With March 4th Behind Them, What's Next for Hillary and Obama?
Hillary Clinton, you've just won the Ohio, Texas, and Rhode Island primaries. What are you going to do now? "I'm going to Wyoming!"
Sure, the political world was eyeing the March 4 contests for weeks, but those contests are so yesterday's news. What's next?
We have two contests in the next six days -- the Wyoming caucuses on Saturday and the Mississippi primary on Tuesday. If Barack Obama is looking to pick up a few much-needed victories, and get the bitter taste out of his mouth after Texas and Ohio, he'll probably enjoy the next week.
As March progresses, though, Clinton still has a tough climb, and Obama retains a formidable position.
The two contests this month -- Wyoming and Mississippi -- play to Obama's strengths. One is a small Western caucus; the other has the most heavily African-American primary electorate in the nation.Neither state offers huge delegate totals, but given that Obama is expected to win both fairly easily, it should help him pad his delegate lead a little.
After Mississippi, there are five full weeks in which nothing happens at all, except furious campaigning in Pennsylvania, which host its primary on April 22. Clinton goes into the contest favored, but God only knows what's going to happen between now and then.
Clinton and Obama will constantly be battling for position, of course, but there are rumors that Obama has a couple of tricks up his sleeve.
For example, the Obama campaign never did get around to announcing exactly how much money it raised in February. Expect some kind of announcement this week that will be intended to help give Obama some positive press for a change.
Also, there may be some big superdelegate news on the horizon.