Clinton Battles for Vital Va. Win

Senator targets strongholds: Latinos, federal workers, rural southwest
By Caroline Zimmerman,  Newser User
Posted Feb 11, 2008 12:20 PM CST
Gene, who wishes to go only by her first name, peers over a sign for Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., as she speaks at a campaign stop at Grace E. Metz Middle School...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Super Tuesday was supposed to decide the Democratic nomination, but tomorrow's Chesapeake primary might be what pushes Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton over the top, reports Politico. And with Obama all but assured victories in DC and Maryland, Clinton is waging a critical battle for Virginia, where her rival holds a 6-point lead.

Obama has likely pocketed cities like Richmond and Norfolk, and Clinton is taking her message to northern districts with large numbers of Latinos and federal workers and the southwest's poor rural whites, with whom John Edwards' populist message resonated. The primary is usually too late to hold much sway, but "this time you are right smack dab in the middle," Obama told Alexandria voters.