Obama emerges favourite over hillary

Washington, Feb 26: In more bad news for Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama has for the first time emerged as the favourite among Democratic voters in the White House race while the vitriolic campaign intensified with a fresh slanging match on a photograph of Obama in a traditional African dress.

A CBS News/New York Times poll has found that Obama, who is leading in the delegate race, had 54 per cent backing of Democratic Primary voters as opposed to 38 per cent of Clinton, who faces a do-or-die battle in the March 4 contests in Ohio and Texas.

The fresh setback came as polls indicated that the 60-year-old former first lady was fast losing her turf in the two states to the African-American.

In January, the Clinton was leading by a 15 point margin nationally. Today/gallup poll released yesterday showed 51 per cent for Obama to 39 per cent for Clinton.

With a tough battle ahead, the vitriolic campaign was fuelled again by a photograph of Obama wearing a white turban and a robe during a 2006 visit to Kenya which appeared on the internet.

The photo was first circulated by internet gossip columnist Matt Drudge in the drudge report which said it purportedly came from a Clinton staffer through an e-mail but the New York Democrat dismissed the allegation as “laughable”.

The Obama camp was not amused with manager David Plouffe accusing Clinton’s campaign of “the most shameful, offensive fear-mongering we’ve seen from either party in this election.”

But the Clinton surrogates hit back forcefully terming it as a strategy by Obama camp to distract the voters from real issues through a “divisive” campaign.

Bureau Report

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