Coming off a downbeat weekend marked by a series of defeats, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton shook up her staff Sunday, replacing her campaign manager with a trusted senior aide from the Clinton White House years in hopes of reinvigorating her candidacy.
The Clinton campaign announced that Patti Solis Doyle was being replaced as campaign manager even before the final Maine numbers confirmed that she had lost the Democratic caucuses to Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois. With 99% of the precincts reporting, Obama had 59%, Clinton 40%.
With his win in Maine, Obama enjoyed a clean sweep over the weekend, after finishing first on Saturday in the Washington state and Nebraska caucuses and in the Louisiana primary. That gives Obama fresh momentum as the two candidates pivot to Tuesday's so-called Potomac primaries, in Virginia, Maryland and Washington.
A Clinton campaign official said privately Sunday that the campaign expects to lose all three contests.Solis Doyle's successor will be Maggie Williams, who served as chief of staff to then-First Lady Clinton.
An overhaul of Clinton's senior staff had been rumored for months as her national lead shrank and she struggled to keep pace with Obama's prodigious fundraising.Clinton has raised about $130 million, but she was recently compelled to loan her campaign $5 million out of her personal funds. (The campaign has since paid it back.) Privately, some donors have said the campaign was slow to use the Internet to raise money, relying too heavily on the Clintons' old fundraising network.
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