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Obama to Head to Indiana

Senator Barack Obama boards his campaign plane in Philadephia, en route to Evansville, In. (Jahi Chikwendiu / The Washington Post)

By Shailagh Murray
PHILADELPHIA -- Sen. Barack Obama is a big sports fan, so it's not surprising he's not spinning a potential narrow loss here as a "moral" victory.

"Let me cut to the chase,'' Obama told reporters during a stop at Pat's King of Steak, a famed South Philly cheesesteak haven. "A win is fifty plus one. So if Sen. Clinton gets over 50 percent, she's won the state. I don't try to pretend I enjoy getting 45 percent and that's a moral victory; we've lost the state."

But he added, he is winning overall, in total states, pledged delegates and popular votes.

"We've competed in every state, win or lose. When I hear arguments about, well, he hasn't won this state or that state.... Part of the reason ... is we've decided we could get more delegates by campaigning in five small states. That was a decision based on the notion that this was a delegate race.''

The candidate will jet off momentarily for Indiana, the next big battleground state. He'll hold a late-night rally in Evansville with Hoosier native John Cougar Mellancamp. Obama staffers boarded the campaign wearing new election day T-shirts: "Stop the drama, vote Obama."

By Web Politics Editor  |  April 22, 2008; 7:29 PM ET
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