Obama Takes 9th Straight

He defeats Clinton in Wisconsin to keep his momentum on pace
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 19, 2008 8:22 PM CST
Obama Takes 9th Straight
Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., speaks during a campaign rally at the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2008, in San Antonio, Texas. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)   (Associated Press)

(Newser) – Barack Obama won the Wisconsin primary tonight to continue his impressive streak over Hillary Clinton, NBC reports. Obama has now won nine consecutive political contests, and early results suggest he's going to win his native Hawaii too. In Wisconsin, he led 56% to 43% with nearly all results in, and he made big inroads into Clinton's base of white voters, women, and blue-collar workers.

"Houston, I think we've achieved liftoff," Obama told supporters in Texas. Clinton, now relying on wins March 4 in Texas and Ohio to stop her rival's momentum, did not acknowledge the loss during a speech in Ohio. "Only one of us has spent 35 years being a doer, a fighter and a champion for those who need a voice," she said. (Read more Hillary Clinton stories.)

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