Dems Encircle Vital Virginia

Clinton pushing hard in state thought to favor Obama
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 7, 2008 12:38 PM CST
Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., addresses the media at her national headquarters Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2008, in Arlington, Va. Clinton and Democratic presidential rival...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Forget Yorktown and Manassas: Virginia will weigh in on a new war Tuesday, as Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton make the state the next key Democratic battleground. Watchers had thought Obama would sweep the so-called Potomac Primary—in Virginia, Maryland, and DC—but Clinton is looking for a crucial stand in the Mother of Presidents, the Washington Post reports.

One-quarter of Dems are black, and the primary will see many highly educated, upper-income, and independent voters; Obama is also aided by support from Gov. Tim Kaine. But Clinton sees strengths in growing exurbs and in under-employed white voters in the rural southwest. One pollster noted “there is no primary history” in Virginia, which may prove “a void of unknowns.”