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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.

By Web Politics Editor  |  March 4, 2008; 10:01 PM ET
Categories:  Barack Obama , Hillary Rodham Clinton , Primaries , The Democrats  
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yeah, this sucks. i had hoped that her underhanded tactics would backfire. i think obama getting more scrutiny from the press is fine, but her completely obvious attacks are ridiculous. i wish more of her double talk and past, and current, scandals would make the news. have people such a short term memory that they forget all of the crap that went down? don't they see her doing ANYTHING to win? what kind of a president would resort to these tactics? what happens when someone disagrees with her policy? i mean, this is the stuff that BUSH has been pulling! "disagree with me, and you're unamerican!!" just soooooo frustrating to watch her get away with it!

Posted by: foomonkey | March 4, 2008 11:56 PM | Report abuse

As much as it would have been lovely to keep this campaign "clean and above board", the Clinton campaign started several weeks ago trying mean-spirited and below the belt tactics. The press has not asked her how a First Lady got experience in national security without a security clearance or how being a First Lady gains experience to be President of the United States. The Clinton campaign has played the race card, the Muslim card, the fuzzy memo card, what next? There are still Americans who read, research and THINK!! We don't need the press or the Clintons to tell us for whom to vote. I hope she doesn't think "by any means necessary" and the country be sadled by her personal ambitions. The system works if the bar isn't constantly in motion.

Posted by: ardj | March 4, 2008 11:40 PM | Report abuse

News flash for Hillary:
Do the math. You won't defy the laws of the universe and you won't gain the nomination. But you may succeed in splitting the party and handing the November election to the Republicans if you carry this fight beyond tonight. Yes, Hillary, you won Ohio because you went nasty just like Rove would do. But Barack Obama won Texas and will win the nomination because he ISN'T a b***h. That's getting things done, Tina Fey.

Posted by: rippermccord | March 4, 2008 11:32 PM | Report abuse

"But make no mistake, as much as they talk about delegates, Obama advisers very much want to win at least one big state tonight"

Holy mackerel. Did Shailagh Murray just poke her head out from under the desk long enough to type a less than completely credulous and star-struck sentence about Sen Obama and his campaign? Did the editor fall asleep?

Posted by: zukermand | March 4, 2008 10:28 PM | Report abuse

Sorry, I misread the semi-colon -- need to put on my glasses next time -- Texas and Ohio still too close to call.

Posted by: JakeD | March 4, 2008 10:06 PM | Report abuse

P.S. at least CNN has called Texas for Obama . . .

Posted by: JakeD | March 4, 2008 10:05 PM | Report abuse

Barack HUSSEIN Obama will not be sworn in as President on January 20, 2009.

"Hillary Clinton is a major candidate," Sen. Feinstein (D-CA) said. "She has every right to stay in the race if she chooses to do so."

Posted by: JakeD | March 4, 2008 10:04 PM | Report abuse

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