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Obama Wins Virginia

Sen. Barack Obama (Ill.) won a convincing victory in the Virginia Democratic primary -- boosting the Illinois senator's chances at a sweep in tonight's Potomac Primary.

Polls in the District of Columbia close at 8 p.m. ET. The same was supposed to be true in Maryland, but state election officials have extended voting until 9:30 to allow voters slowed by inclement weather in the state to cast their votes.

Obama is expected to cruise to victory in both Maryland and the District. Should he fulfill that expectation, Obama will have claimed eight straight contests between Feb. 9 and tonight. He is also leading in the polls in Hawaii and Wisconsin, which will vote on Feb. 19.

That would make 10 straight victories for Obama over Clinton leading up to the March 4 showdowns in Ohio and Texas. Has Obama's winning streak fundamentally altered the race? If so, how?

By Chris Cillizza  |  February 12, 2008; 7:47 PM ET
Categories:  Eye on 2008  
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