Obama projected to win Va., D.C.; McCain prevails in Virginia

Sen. Barack Obama (Ill.) is projected to comfortably win the Democratic primaries in Virginia and the District of Columbia over Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.), extending his recent winning streak.

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The Clinton campaign had essentially said the former first lady was prepared to lose all three contests that make up Tuesday night’s Potomac primary. However, of Maryland, D.C. and Virginia, it was Virginia where Clinton had worked the hardest to peel off delegates.

An expected Obama sweep of the so-called Potomac primary was delayed after a judge extended voting in Maryland until 9:30 Eastern Time because of bad weather in the region.

In Virginia, Obama picked up the support of Gov. Tim Kaine (D) long ago, and the governor campaigned aggressively for the Illinois senator.

On the Republican side, Sen. John McCain (Ariz.) was projected to win a close race in Virginia over former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee.