SNEAK PEEK: Outsider as Frontrunner


Virginia was expected to be the closest of the three Potomac primaries, but with his comfortable lead over Hillary Clinton, ABC News projected as soon as the polls closed that Barack Obama had carried the Old Dominion. When the polls close in Maryland and Washington, D.C., even the Clinton campaign expects Barack Obama to emerge on top.

While Hillary Clinton continues to lead Barack Obama in superdelegates, once all delegates are accounted for from previous races plus Tuesday's "Potomac Primary," Obama is expected to find himself in the overall delegate lead making him the frontrunner for the Democratic nomination.

On Wednesday, Obama heads to Janesville, Wis., (hometown of uncommitted Russ Feingold) to tour G.M.'s assembly plant and to deliver a major address on restoring "economic balance and fairness."

Hoping to regain her footing, Hillary Clinton heads to Texas on Wednesday for stops in McAllen, Robstown, and San Antonio.

Texas, which along with Ohio votes on March 4th, is shaping up as a must-win for the former first lady.

Even though the press declared the GOP race over once Mitt Romney got out of the race, Mike Huckabee is hoping to keep things close with John McCain in Virginia's Tuesday primary. On Wednesday, McCain is hoping to further burnish his establishment credentials by holding a media availability with the House Republican leadership at the Capitol Hill Club.

For his part, Dr. Ron Paul heads to Georgetown University's Gaston Hall where he delivers remarks and takes questions.

New Mexico update:

The New Mexico Democratic Party is aiming to start counting provisional ballots on Wednesday.

According to a Democratic Party official in New Mexico, approximately 17,200 provisional ballots were cast in the Democratic primary.

By checking county lists, approximately 7,500 of the 17,200 have already qualified as legitimate votes.

The New Mexico Democratic Party is now checking the legitimacy of the other 10,000 provisional ballots against the statewide list (party officials are checking to see if the voter is a registered Democrat -- the primary was not open to Republicans or independents -- and they are making sure that the person is not trying to vote more than once).

The provisional ballots could sway the popular vote outcome and the bragging rights that go with it.

At present, the top two Democrats are separated by roughly 1,000 votes.

The New Mexico Democratic Party wants its entire process to be done by Friday if not sooner.

On the campaign trail . . .


-- 11:55 am ET: Deliver economic policy at event, Janesville, WI

-- 2:25 pm ET: Attends town hall meeting with voters, Waukesha, WI

-- 6:20 pm ET: Attends town hall meeting with voters, Racine, WI


-- 10:00 am ET: Attends event with voters, McAllen, TX

-- 2:00 pm ET: Attends rally with voters, Robstown, TX

-- 7:30 pm ET: Attends rally with voters, San Antonio, TX


-- 7:00 pm ET: Attends the Yitzhak Rabin Center's awards dinner, Washington, DC

As for the Republicans . . .


-- 10:00 am ET: Holds media availability with House Republican leadership at Capitol Hill Club, Washington, DC


-- 8:00 pm ET: Delivers remarks at Georgetown University, Washington, DC


ABC News' Jennifer Parker Reports: Presidential Battle Comes Home: Obama, Clinton Compete in Potomac Primaries LINK

ABC News' Jake Tapper Reports: Hillary on the Offensive LINK

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