Counting Delegates and Hoping for a Win
By Shailagh Murray
SAN ANTONIO -- Sen. Barack Obama's campaign aides are breathing a sigh of relief that early returns suggest very tight races in Texas and Ohio and a smaller-than-expected loss in Rhode Island. That means Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton is likely to add few additional pledged delegates to her column tonight.
Back-of-the-envelope calculations show Clinton netting no more of an advantage than about a dozen delegates from all four contests, including Vermont, which Obama won easily. A Clinton gain tonight could be wiped out in Saturday's Wyoming caucuses and the Mississippi primary next Tuesday, contests that Obama expects to win. The Obama campaign anticipates he will pick up around 17 additional pledged delegates from those two states.
But make no mistake, as much as they talk about delegates, Obama advisers very much want to win at least one big state tonight. Splitting the take with Clinton would blunt her ability to claim a comeback, Obama advisers believe, and help to rally party leaders and uncommitted superdelegates to line up behind his candidacy.
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March 4, 2008; 10:01 PM ET
Categories: Barack Obama , Hillary Rodham Clinton , Primaries , The Democrats
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