Obama is still in the lead, of course, and he was never expected to actually win in the state. The long race has seen attention on his former Pastor, on his own misteps in trying to empathize with working class America, and the results of Tuesday have some openly wondering if America is ready for a black President:
But just when it seemed that the Democratic Party was close to anointing Mr. Obama as its nominee, he lost yet again in a big general election state, dragged down by his weakness among blue-collar voters, older voters and white voters. The composition of Mrs. Clinton’s support — or, looked at another way, the makeup of voters who have proved reluctant to embrace Mr. Obama — has Democrats wondering, if not worrying, about what role race may be playing...
“Race is intertwined with a broader notion that he is not one of us,” said Andrew Kohut, director of the Pew Research Center, which did an extensive examination of voter attitudes, particularly among Democrats who have an unfavorable view of Mr. Obama. “They react negatively to people who are seen as different.”
This is an election that could leave scars on the Democrats for a generation. The remaining superdelegates need to get off the fence and show some leadership.