Obama, McCain coast to victory in Vermont primary

03/04/08 8:45PM

Barack Obama easily defeated Hillary Clinton to win the Vermont Democratic primary today by tapping into a desire for change among war-weary voters.

Exit polls found that Obama cut into every part of Clinton's traditional base of supporters, including women, older voters and the working-class.

On the Republican side, John McCain easily defeated former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee.

Exit polls conducted for The Associated Press and television networks found that Obama won about three of five women.

The war in Iraq proved to be a key issue in Vermont. Three-fourths of voters who thought the Iraq war was the most important issue facing the country voted for Obama.

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