Obama sweeps Clinton on campus

Obama won on-campus, state caucuses by a vast majority.

Hilary Brueck

Barack Obama won the DFL caucus held at Coffman Union on Tuesday night in a landslide on-campus victory.

Obama carried nearly 85 percent of the Coffman votes, with rival Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton trailing behind with just 15 percent.

The trend was mirrored statewide, where Obama captured 66.8 percent of the DFL vote and Clinton received 31.7 percent.

At Coffman, an overwhelming number of Obama supporters and campaigners were in attendance, while visible Clinton support was notably absent.

One member of the Obama campaign estimated there were 12 times as many supporters for his candidate than Clinton.

University first-year student Anastasia Scott went to Coffman Union to cast her ballot for Obama.

While she was unsure who to support last week, Scott said seeing Obama speak at the Target Center on Saturday helped make up her mind.

“He can inspire hope,” she said.

University first-year student Scott Schanke also said the recent campaign stop by Obama influenced his decision to vote for him.

“I don’t agree with him completely on some issues,” Schanke said. “(But) he is a more articulate speaker and more people-friendly than Hillary.”

Despite the strong turnout for Obama, finance and communications sophomore Ashley Bao said she thought it was important to support Clinton on Tuesday night.

“(It) makes me very proud as a female,” Bao said. “She really cares for the middle class.”

The recent campaign stops by Obama and a number of celebrities on his behalf did not go unnoticed Tuesday.

Sociology junior Thomas Walthour said he became interested in supporting Obama only recently.

Walthour credited recent campus visitor Scarlett Johansson with his decision to support Obama.