Obama Beating Clinton and McCain?

February 12, 2008 6:35 p.m.

You can see our live election results down the right in the news section. But if Virginia is any indication, Barack Obama is in line for a very strong showing tonight. Virginia was Hillary Clinton’s best chance tonight and Obama seems to be dominating there.

It also seems like we may be seeing another example of synergy between the two races in Virginia. Independents and Republicans seem to have participated pretty heavily in the Democratic primary, and they went overwhelmingly for Obama. (The reverse happened in New Hampshire.) Those were voters McCain needed in the Republican primary. And without them, or without a lot of them who voted on the Democratic side, he’s in a very tight race with Huckabee.

A key detail from the exit polls. According to CNN, 40% of the Virginia primary electorate was made up of self-identified evangelicals. And they’re breaking 3 to 1 for Huckabee.

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