John McCain accomplished his goal in Wisconsin’s Republican primary, defeating Mike Huckabee across the board, winning among conservatives, and shifting the GOP’s focus toward the general election. But Hillary Clinton did not.
And now the burden rests on her to prove she can still compete with Barack Obama, who last night became the clear favorite for the Democratic nomination.
Clinton didn’t just lose in Wisconsin and Hawaii, she was routed by a margin in the Badger State not much smaller than in her landslide defeats last week in Virginia and Maryland.
Exit polls show Clinton lost among all age groups except senior citizens. She narrowly carried her core constituency of white women, but was swamped among white men. And she lost among households earning less than $50,000, among union members, among conservative democratic voters, and those without college degrees.
Those results matter because those are important voting groups on March 4th, when the Clinton team acknowledges she must win in Ohio and Texas to overtake Obama for the nomination.