As Maine Goes … ?
By Katharine Q. Seelye - New York Times
Before the results of the Chesapeake primary start coming in tonight, we wanted to take a quick look back at Maine, where Sunday’s caucus results were overshadowed by the news that Senator Hillary Clinton was shuffling her top staff.
The question is, why did Mrs. Clinton lose?
Maine, after all, was supposed to be one possible ray of sunshine for Mrs. Clinton in an otherwise gloomy February, which began with a split and inconclusive Super Tuesday outcome and saw a wave of successes by Senator Barack Obama.
The state’s demographics fit the profile of those who have voted for her elsewhere: many voters are older, blue-collar and largely high-school educated; they make less than $50,000 and are concerned about health care and the economy. As of the spring, when the last statewide poll was done, Mrs. Clinton was 17 percentage points ahead of Mr. Obama.
But in Sunday’s caucuses, Mr. Obama overpowered her by almost 20 percentage points.