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At Last, a Caucus Result (of Sorts) From Texas

By Eli Saslow
For all of you Trail readers who, desperate for a Texas caucus update, have been frantically hitting your browser's refresh button for the last 26 days, this is your moment: In district conventions held across the state last weekend, Obama appears to have secured about 60 percent of the state's 67 caucus delegates. If that total holds, he might actually end up with more pledged delegates from Texas than Hillary Clinton, who won the March 4 primary by four delegates, 65 to 61, and has trumpeted that win ever since.

But, really, does anybody care anymore?

The campaign has long since moved on from Texas -- on to Jeremiah Wright, and a Virgin Islands vacation, and speculation about a primary in Puerto Rico. Both candidates are in Pennsylvania this week, readying for the April 22 primary there. Texas, and all of its confusion, seems like little more than a memory.

Even this latest update from Texas is still murky. Obama won 2,235 delegates to the state convention, compared to 1,511 for Clinton. Clinton's campaign continues to argue that more results might still need to be tallied, and that Obama supporters behaved unfairly at caucuses. Obama spokesman Josh Earnest responded with similar accusations.

Only one thing in Texas seems overwhelmingly clear so far: During this election, at least, no other state could make democracy look so impossibly difficult and protracted.

By Post Editor  |  March 30, 2008; 5:56 PM ET
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