by Steven Ertelt
February 12, 2008
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Pro-abortion Illinois senator Barack Obama has taken the overall lead in the race for delegates for the Democratic nomination away from Hillary Clinton. Obamas lead over his pr-abortion rival is his first since winning the Iowa caucuses in early January and pulling out to an initial lead.
On Tuesday night, Obama captured victories in Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia.
Virginia Democratic voters gave Obama 63 percent of the vote compared to 36 percent for Clinton, Obama lead 61 to 36 percent over her in Maryland and finished with 76 percent to 24 percent of the vote in the nations capital.
The result gave Obama a total of 1,195 delegates won in the primary and caucus states compared to 1,178 for Clinton, according to estimates from CNN.
To clinch the Democratic nomination, one of the pro-abortion candidates will need 2,205 delegates. Wit the closeness of the race, its unlikely Democrats will have a nominee until some of the larger states such as Ohio and Texas vote in March or afterwards.
Because Clinton has retained a lead among super delegates — the elected officials and Democratic Party activists who can also vote on the nominee at the national convention — Obama has been unable to take the lead in the overall delegate count until tonight.
The recent wins have given Obama significant momentum that he hopes to use to topple Clinton in states like Ohio and Texas next month — ones she hoping to use to catapult her to the nomination.
"The change we seek swept through Chesapeake and over the Potomac," Obama told supporters. Tuesday night.
"We won the state of Maryland. We won the commonwealth of Virginia. And though we won in Washington, D.C., this movement won’t stop until there is change in Washington, D.C, and tonight we’re on our way."
Obama and Clinton both strongly support unlimited abortion paid for at taxpayer expense and have promised to only appoint Supreme Court judges who will keep all abortions legal for another 35 years. Both will also reverse limits on funding embryonic stem cell research that involves the destruction of human life and has never helped patients.
They will likely face Arizona Sen. John McCain, who has a solid voting record opposing abortion and has called for overturning Roe v. Wade and judges who would be more likely to do so.