With Historic Nomination in Hand, Obama Will Turn to Swing States

Clinton and Obama split the final two primaries in South Dakota and Montana.

Sen. Hillary Clinton pauses as she speaks to supporters at her final primary rally in New York City.

Sen. Hillary Clinton pauses as she speaks to supporters at her final primary rally in New York City.

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Obama also has much work to do to appeal to voting blocs that he will need in November but have flocked to Clinton in the primaries, especially older women and working-class whites. This won't be easy.

But Obama also has some very important strengths. Eight of 10 Americans think the country is on the wrong track, and a similar percentage disapprove of President Bush's job performance—a ready-made formula for Democratic victory. The issue landscape also is conducive to the Democrats, with the country largely unhappy with the administration's policies on the economy, gasoline prices, Iraq, and corruption.