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MO: Clinton Takes Lead

By Rob Stein
With election officials reporting a heavy turnout despite terrible weather, Sen. Hillary Clinton appeared to be opening a commanding lead with 25 percent of the vote tallied.

Clinton was leading Sen. Barack Obama 57 percent to 38 percent in the heavily-contested, closely-watched state of Missouri.

Clinton had hoped to benefit from the state neighboring Arkansas, where she has deep roots.

Obama had picked up endorsements from three members of the state's congressional delegation while Clinton had garnered one.

The Democrats allocate delegates proportionally. Forty-seven of the delegates will be awarded according to how well the candidates do in each of nine congressional districts, while 25 will be awarded based on the statewide vote. Sixteen will be unpledged.

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  February 5, 2008; 10:31 PM ET
Categories:  B_Blog , Midwest , Primaries , The Democrats  
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