Everyone I know is shocked that with Ted Kennedy and John Kerry endorsing Obama, Massachusetts went big for Hillary Clinton. I guess I’m surprised too — but Obama still did very strongly tonight. He has 11 states so far out of 24 — not bad. . .and may get more.
As I write, Hillary Clinton has 55% of California with 15% of precincts reporting. Zogby predicted a 13% lead in polls for Obama, so this is either a huge polling read mistake — or Clinton as able to push a lot of the right buttons in one of the most pivotal states in the country. Although I haven’t analyzed exit polls, I think that Hillary did well overall with women and Hispanics in California.
As I write, Blitzer on CNN is reporting that McCain and Hillary Clinton win in California.
The Dems will continue to struggle internally with what they want to be — and I bet that despite some stumbles, McCain wins the day for the most part — and knows that he has to do a VP deal with Huckabee, who was the big news of the day.
— Steve Clemons