I’m calling it

February 20, 2008

Barack Obama has destroyed Hillary Clinton in Wisconsin, and John McCain has done pretty much the same against soft GOP competition.

In Obama’s case, to call the numbers “disparate” would be a laughable understatement. This is how Drudge sums up the exit polls:

Obama Won:
Women (51-49)
All age groups under 65
All education levels
All regions of the state -- urban, suburban and rural
Voters without college degrees (50-48)
Democrats (50-49)
Whites (53-46)
White men (59-38)
Voters who decided in the last week (58-42)

Won or tied voters of all income levels
Tied among white women
Tied among union members
Tied among union households

Big, big numbers. I especailly note that Wisconsin’s labor unions, a major factor in that and surrounding states, did not give the victory to the storied Clintons. Obama also took the women vote, which was pretty much her most reliable voting bloc. To see that go to Obama is a blow to Mrs. Clinton’s base that only the miraculous could repair.

I am going to take this opportunity and officially call the nominees: Barack Obama and John McCain. Even though Clinton and Huckabee are still mathematically alive, they would have to achieve that which would be amazing given equal momentum in their respective races, much less the kind of slanted momentum that we see in both parties. It’s not going to happen. Obama and McCain have gained the confidence from their party and it appears infectious.

The nominations are locked, as far as I can see. Your 2008 Presidential election features Barack Obama (D-IL) and John McCain (R-AZ).

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