Barack Obama, once thought to be the underdog in the Democratic presidential primary against Hillary Clinton, may have finally shed that title last night by winning three convincing victories in the Potomac primaries, where voters in Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia went to the polls and cast their votes overwhelmingly for the first-term Illinois senator. He also took the lead in the delegate count. With the fast pace of this primary season, Obama was en route to his next campaign stop in Wisconsin when the results of the contests came in. Clinton spent last night in Texas, where she and Obama will compete for delegates in another Super Tuesday-like primary on March 4.
On the Republican side, John McCain strengthened his role as the prospective party nominee by winning all three jurisdictions and then seemed to take aim at Obama. In a takeoff on a cheer often shouted by Obama supporters, McCain told a crowd in Alexandria, Va., last night that he was "fired up and ready to go."
"To encourage a country with only rhetoric rather than sound and proven ideas that trust in the strength and courage of free people is not a promise of hope," he said. "It's a platitude." While McCain is seen by most observers as the inevitable Republican nominee, Mike Huckabee, who had a string of wins last weekend, vowed not to drop out until McCain has earned the required number of delegates.
Forget underdogs in presidential politics. In another part of the country, the underdog was, well, in fact, a dog. In an upset win, Uno the beagle took best in show at the Westminster Kennel Club. While beagles have for nearly 100 years been consistently listed among America's most popular breeds, Uno was the first ever to earn such an honor at the prestigious dog show. No hound of any kind had won since 1983.