I feel as if it wouldn't be too shocking if Barack Obama really did manage to close the gap and win New York City. After all, it's pretty demographically friendly terrain for him -- sizable black population, plenty of highly educated whites, few Mexican-Americans -- and it's not as if Hillary Clinton has particularly deep roots in New York. What's more, Connecticut and New Jersey are both demographically promising areas for Obama, with Democratic Parties that consist primarily of African-Americans and educated people. But throughout the tri-state area, Obama's playing at a disadvantage because Clinton represents New York and has ties to political leaders throughout the region. It should, however, be interesting to see how close Obama can keep things throughout that area.