by Steven Ertelt
March 9, 2008
Cheyenne, WY (LifeNews.com) — Pro-abortion presidential candidate Barack Obama defeated rival Hillary Clinton on Saturday in the Wyoming caucus vote to extend his lead in the delegate count. Now the race heads to Mississippi on Tuesday where polls Obama with a significant lead, making it more important for Clinton to perform well in Pennsylvania next month.
With 100 percent of the vote counted, Obama captured 61 percent compared with 38 percent for Clinton.
Obama won not only the counties in the more rural parts of the state but captured the vote in Cheyenne and Casper, home to the most populated areas.
Democrats next vote in Mississippi on Tuesday and the large percentage of African-American voters there is giving Obama a boost in the polls.?
A Rasmussen survey released on Saturday shows Obama ahead with a 53-39 percentage point advantage. Two polls released on Friday, from polling firms Insider Advantage and ARG show Obama with a 46-40 and 58-34 percent lead respectively.
Should Obama win Mississippi as well, he will make it even more difficult for Clinton to wage a comeback and capture the nomination. Should she decided to continue on, the next battle isn’t until April 22 in Pennsylvania.
That’s a state where Clinton currently holds about a 10 point advantage, but Obama could close the gap with over a month’s worth of campaigning and some Democrats may urge her to leave the race so the party can unify behind Obama.
With McCain as the Republican nominee, there would be a clear contrast between him and either of the Democratic candidates on the issue of abortion.
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.
McCain has a solid voting record opposing abortion and has called for both overturning Roe v. Wade and judges who would be more likely to do so.
Two leading pro-abortion groups, NARAL and Planned Parenthood, have already attacked McCain for opposing abortion and give him a 96 and 100 percent pro-life voting record on abortion, respectively.