John McCain Leads Mike Huckabee in Maryland, Virginia; Obama Tops Clinton
by Steven Ertelt
February 8, 2008
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Both the Republican and Democratic candidates head to the Atlantic Coast on Tuesday for primary elections in Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia. New polls show John McCain ahead of Mike Huckabee in both states and Barack Obama leading Hillary Clinton.
Virginia holds the most delegates on the Republican side and it’s a state that Huckabee needs to win in order to make a serious attempt to try to catch McCain in the delegate race.
However, a new survey by the Mason-Dixon polling firm has McCain leading by a 55-27 percent margin and another new poll from Survey USA shows McCain with a 57 to 25 percent advantage.
McCain also leads in Maryland with Mason-Dixon putting the race at 54 to 23 for the Arizona senator and Survey USA showing McCain leading 56 to 17 percent over the former Arkansas governor.
On the Democratic side, several polls concerning both states shows Obama will likely win in both states and continue putting the pressure on Clinton in the delegate race.
Virginia polls from Mason-Dixon show Obama leading 53 to 37, Rasmussen has the lead at 55 to 37, and Survey USA has Obama ahead 59 to 39 percent.
In Maryland, the Illinois senator is leading his New York counterpart 53 to 35 in the Mason-Dixon survey, 52 to 33 in the Survey USA poll and 57 to 31 in the Rasmussen survey.
Should McCain capture wins in Virginia and Maryland, he would bank another 100 delegates and make it nearly impossible for Huckabee to wrest the nomination from him.
On the Democratic side, Clinton leads in the overall number of delegates by a small margin and securing a large majority of the 200 delegates at stake in the two Atlantic Coast states on Tuesday could put Obama in the lead for the first time.