After three wins this weekend and three more this week, it’s safe to say that Sen. Barack Obama cleaned up shop. However, the race to win the Democratic Party nomination continues as Sen. Hillary Clinton and Obama strive to win in Texas, Vermont, Ohio and Rhode Island. However, with Obama’s increasing popularity, how is Clinton responding?
This past weekend, Clinton replaced her campaign manager following the multiple wins by Obama. Patti Solis Doyle now serves as a senior adviser, while former senior adviser Maggie Williams stepped up to the plate. Clinton feels confident that her new replacement will give her campaign the boost she needs in order to win the nomination. Is this a desperate measure on the senator’s behalf? I think so.
Clinton enjoyed leads over Obama for quite some time, but now that Obama’s campaign has gained momentum, how will she keep up? This weekend, Obama enjoyed a 59-percent lead over Clinton’s 40 percent in Maine and added three wins in Nebraska, Louisiana and Kansas to his campaign this weekend.
It doesn’t look good for the Clinton campaign. The next hurdle for her will be the March 4 primaries. By that time, will it be too late for Clinton to win the nomination?
At this point, it takes 2,025 delegates to win the nomination and Obama has 1,215 compared to Clinton’s 1,190. Obviously, Clinton needs more than a campaign manager replacement.
I think it’s time that she rethinks some of her strategies for these next few weeks.
The Clinton’s recent victories were in states heavily populated with Hispanic voters, but it’s going to take more than the Hispanic vote to win these next few weeks.
I think she took for granted that the ties her husband made with the black community would help her win the approval of black voters. Obviously, her previous connections weren’t strong enough, so she should attempt to sell herself rather than rely on her hubby’s campaigning at black churches.
I also feel she has neglected one important group: women. Recent results show a good percentage of women in support of Obama, as well as low-income and white voters who heavily supported Clinton, or at least she thought.
The Clinton campaign hopes to recover from this weekend next Tuesday in Wisconsin. These next few weeks could either hurt the campaign more or it could give back the edge that Clinton once enjoyed. Although, she leads the race among super delegates, with Obama close on her heels, it’s hard to tell whether there will be a last man or last woman standing at the end of the race.
Krystal Upshaw is a sophomore broadcast journalism major from Houston.