McCain, Obama Looking to Gain Momentum

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WASHINGTON - It's primary day in Virginia, Maryland and Washington, D.C. Everyone's watching to see if the gap between the Democrats will tighten and whether there will be another upset in the Republican race.

Can Huck Take the Potomac?

It is a long shot, but Republican Mike Huckabee is hoping to pull off another surprise win in today's Potomac primaries.

He is the underdog, trailing well behind John McCain in the delegate count. And despite calls to end his campaign, Huckabee is refusing to bow out just yet.

Meanwhile, McCain is looking to distance himself from Huckabee's weekend wins in Kansas and Louisiana, which expose his weak support among conservatives.

But his overall support within the party is not as strong as it could be.

A recent USA Today/gallup poll shows that among Republicans, just over half are satisfied with McCain as the nominee, while 45-percent would have preferred another candidate.

A Make or Break for Clinton?

That same poll shows Democrat Barack Obama edging ahead of Hillary Clinton 47 to 44-percent, within the study's margin of error, but the first time for Obama to overtake Clinton's lead.

Obama is poised to do well today, entering into the Potomac primaries with 4 percent contest victories from Maine to Washington State.

It puts Clinton in a must-win situation particularly when it comes to next month's primaries in Texas and Ohio.

Polls show she has a lead there, but three weeks out and two more contests in between, the concern for the campaign now is breaking Obama's momentum.

One super delegate who's backing Clinton even told the New York Times "she has to win both Ohio and Texas comfortably, or she's out."

"I know this is a challenging campaign here, I recognize that. And it's a good problem to have," Clinton said.

The Hispanic Vote

Clinton is banking on support from Hispanics as well as working class and lower income Democrats.

She's also looking ahead saying she'd fare better than Obama against the republican nominee because she's a political veteran. Obama she says, on the other hand, has no experience with negative campaigns.

In a televised interview last night, he begged to differ.

"I started from scratch and was up against an operation that had been built over 20 years by a former President with the bulk of the democratic establishment on their side," he said.

The next contests are one week away, in Wisconsin and Hawaii.

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John Jessup

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