Long Fight Threatens Dems

Clinton victories in Texas, Ohio presage ugly, costly contest
By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 5, 2008 10:28 AM CST
Democratic presidential hopeful, Sen. Barack Obama D-Ill., waves to the crowd with his wife Michelle Obama after his speech at an election night rally in San Antonio, Texas, Tuesday, March 4, 2008. Obama...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Hillary Clinton's victories in Texas and Ohio herald a long, ugly scrap for the Democratic nomination—and the big loser may be the party, reports Newsweek. It remains unknown how many delegates the New York senator won last night, but Clinton can now brush aside calls for her to end her candidacy as the race moves to its next big battleground: Pennsylvania, six weeks away on April 22.

Looming large is the fate of the disqualified delegates in Michigan and Florida, whom Clinton won uncontested. But the increasingly bitter campaign threatens to weaken the eventual nominee and play into the hands of John McCain, who clinched the GOP nomination last night. His victory speech, in which he laid into Clinton and Obama's  "uncivil brawl over the spoils of power," made it clear he'll take advantage of Dem disarray.