Saturday, January 26, 2008

McCaskill on Obama's South Carolina Rout

On MSNBC, Sen. Claire McCaskill called Senator Obama's primary win in South Carolina "an extraordinary victory."

"Barack Obama was behind by 20 points three months ago. By anybody's measure, it is quite astounding that he has won, and he's won the way he has won. And I'm excited about the young people all over Missouri. I see the young people out working like I've never seen them work before," McCaskill said.

McCaskill made the rural/red state case for Obama pointing to his win in white-Iowa, his close second in white-New Hampshire and his good showing in rural areas of Nevada.

"We've got a long way to go but obviously this is a good night for the Obama campaign," McCaskill said.

She also attempted to build momentum for Obama by citing poll numbers. She said Obama has been able to cut Hillary Clinton's lead in Missouri in half. "Elections in Missouri are decided by independent voters, and guess what, presidential elections are decided by independent voters, and Barack Obama is hitting a chord with independent voters," McCaskill said.

She said that would help him win the most delegates on Super Tuesday, February 5th.

***By the way, earlier in the day, MSNBC's Chuck Todd called Missouri one of the battleground states between the Clinton and Obama campaigns on Super Tuesday.

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