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Obama Plans Hillary Knockout

Sunday, 02 Mar 2008 09:01 PM

Sen. Barack Obama is spending lavishly in Texas and Ohio -- hoping to deliver a "knockout blow" to Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton this Tuesday.

The New York Times reported that Obama is outspending Clinton almost two to one on television ads in the run-up to the March 4 primaries.

The expenditures of the two Democratic presidential candidates, combined with a travel schedule that sent them and their surrogates from border to border in Texas and Ohio, reflect the expectation that the voting this week may be climactic. Clinton’s advisers have suggested that she will bow out of the race if she falters in either state, after 11 straight losses.

Obama has closed significant Clinton leads in the past three weeks, with most polls show him leading slightly in both states. The Obama campaign, fearing a "New Hampshire" result where he led in the polls but lost on election day, is said to leaving nothing to chance and spending lavishly to stop Hillary.

If Clinton wins in one or more states she could stay in the race until the Puerto Rico primary in June.

“Senator Obama is spending a lot of money on TV; if this can be purchased, he can win it,” Gov. Ted Strickland of Ohio, a Democrat backing Clinton, told the Times.

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