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Obama Team Touts Delegate Lead

By Shailagh Murray
Obama campaign manager David Plouffe asserted this morning that the Illinois senator had opened up a pledged delegate lead that appears all but insurmountable. "We believe it's next to impossible for Senator Clinton to close that pledged delegate amount," Plouffe declared. "The only way to erode that in a serious way is to win in blowouts."

According to Plouffe, Obama has moved head of Clinton by 136 pledged delegates, after netting 50 pledged delegates last night in the Potomac primaries. A total of 1,075 pledged delegates remain up for grabs, but Plouffe said Clinton would need to roll up victories of two to one or better in states like Ohio, Texas and Pennsylvania, in order to catch up. He added, "We see no evidence that that's going to happen."

By the Obama campaign's calculation, Obama leads with 1,139 pledged delegates, compared with 1,003 for Clinton. The campaign notes that one delegate remains to be allocated in New Mexico, based on a statewide outcome that has yet to be called, and two delegates remain to be allocated in New York, pending final results.

By Washington Post editors  |  February 13, 2008; 11:10 AM ET
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