Barack Obama has momentum and excitement after his five-contest sweep over the weekend — the margin of his Maine victory was especially impressive, given that the demographics (white women, blue-collar) were said to favor Hillary Clinton.
Obama also is pulling away on fundraising, clearing $32 million in January, compared with $13.5 million for Clinton, who lent her campaign $5 million of her own money.
With Obamaâ€™s expected wins in Tuesdayâ€™s primaries, itâ€™s looking like a long, demoralizing month for Clinton.
But can Obama close the deal? That remains the nagging question, this article points out. He still hasnâ€™t shown that he can put away Clinton. Heâ€™s running up a string of wins and attracting funds and crowds — but can he translate it into a vote shift where it matters, in Clintonâ€™s March 4 firewall states, Texas and Ohio?
If he can win those contests, especially Texas, heâ€™ll be on his way to the nomination. Thatâ€™s still a big â€œif.â€