The Dallas Morning News: "Their race stubbornly tight, Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama blitzed Texas on Monday in a final surge of campaigning for Tuesday's primary. And while some have seen today's contests in Texas and Ohio as potentially decisive in their historic battle for the Democratic presidential nomination, Mrs. Clinton raised the notion that it could go on for months more and ultimately be decided in a fight at the party's summer convention."
The Houston Chronicle reports, "The monthlong political fight in Texas and Ohio concludes in today's primaries, but the campaigns of U.S. Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama signaled Monday that neither expects a knockout punch for the Democratic presidential nomination. The expectations were lowered because the polls in Texas and Ohio showed the race was too close to call."
For the journalists following Obama, NBC/NJ's Aswini Anburajan muses, last night's rally in Houston could have been swapped for any other late night rally he has held between his win in South Carolina and now. Just another enthusiastic crowd, just another soaring speech. Except, Monday night marked the second time that Obama has appeared on the verge of winning the Democratic nomination, and his speech to the crowd of 6,000 people had an uncanny resemblance to the speech he gave to another packed room, another cheering crowd in Concord, NH the night before the primary.
Like he did then, Obama told the crowd that it was important to make sure that the movement he's helped generate was not "just a flash in the pan" but rather a sustainable wave that could lift his candidacy and carry him to the White House. "So this has been your campaign. That's why so many people didn't see us coming… Change happens because America speaks in one voice and decides that it's time for change." He later added, "Tomorrow in Texas, and Ohio and Rhode Island and Vermont, we have the chance to show America that this is not just a flash in the pan. We are in this for the long haul.
But Obama has also learned the lesson of losing in this primary, and he warned the crowd of the possibility of failure as well. "So here we are with the possibility of winning the nomination," he said. "But here's the thing that people have to understand. It's that change is not easy. You know sometimes I think during the course of a campaign, particularly one that has been successful, there's a tendency for feeling kinda like 'huh.' That things are always going to go the way they should." And suggesting that if tomorrow does not hand Obama, he told the crowd that they will persevere anyway. "What makes this powerful is not that things are not always going to go easy, rather that we are going to go forward even when it's hard."