In Sweep, Obama Breaks Into Hillary's Base

Wins among women, whites, Latinos in Virginia
By Jane Yager,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 13, 2008 5:50 AM CST
Supporters for Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., listen during a rally Monday, Feb. 11, 2008, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – With his wins yesterday in the three Potomac primaries, Barack Obama made stunning inroads into Hillary Clinton's base of support, the Washington Post reports. Obama won a majority of white voters in Virginia and Maryland, and also captured the support of 54% of Latinos, a traditional Clinton stronghold. He dominated all income brackets, education levels and religions, and won liberals, conservatives, and independents.

This crack in Clinton's coalition may mark a critical turning point in what was until now a tight race, the Post notes. The one group Clinton won were white women, but her 53% to 47% lead among those voters was not enough to make up for the 58% of white men who backed Obama. "It looks to me like the more Senator Obama wins, the broader the ranks of people who are supporting him are," Rep. Rick Boucher, a conservative Democrat from rural western Virginia, told the Post.