Obama’s Lead in Delegates Shifts Focus of Campaign

Senator Barack Obama emerged from Tuesday’s primaries leading Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton by more than 100 delegates, a small but significant advantage that Democrats said would be difficult for Mrs. Clinton to make up in the remaining contests in the presidential nomination battle.

Neither candidate is expected to win the 2,025 pledged delegates needed to claim the nomination by the time the voting ends in June. But Mr. Obama’s campaign began making a case in earnest on Wednesday that if he maintained his edge in delegates won in primaries and caucuses, he would have the strongest claim to the backing of the 796 elected Democrats and party leaders known as superdelegates who are free to vote as they choose and who now stand to determine the outcome.

Mrs. Clinton’s aides said she could still pull out a victory with victories in the biggest primaries still to come, including Ohio and Texas next month. But Mr. Obama’s clear lead in delegates allocated by the votes in nominating contests is one of a number of challenges facing her after a string of defeats in which Mr. Obama not only ran up big popular vote margins but also made inroads among the types of voters she had most been counting on, including women and lower-income people.

Should the cracks in her support among those groups show up in Ohio and Texas as well, it could undermine her hopes that those states will halt Mr. Obama’s momentum and allow her to claim dominance in many of the biggest primary battlegrounds.

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4 comments on “Obama’s Lead in Delegates Shifts Focus of Campaign

  1. Katherine says:

    [blockquote]With every delegate precious, Mrs. Clinton’s advisers also made it clear that they were prepared to take a number of potentially incendiary steps to build up Mrs. Clinton’s count. Top among these, her aides said, is pressing for Democrats to seat the disputed delegations from Florida and Michigan[/blockquote]If you don’t like the results, just change the rules! Who ever thought the Clintons and Al Gore had so much in common?

  2. The_Archer_of_the_Forest says:

    There is another interesting article over on [url=http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/23153925/]MSNBC[/url] where it announces that Hillary’s campaign “advisers also made it clear that they were prepared to take a number of potentially incendiary steps to build up Mrs. Clinton’s count.” I found that disturbing but enlightening.

  3. drummie says:

    Hillary will take whaever action she has to to win. She is not used to being told no. In a different way, she would probably be as disasterous as Jimmy Carter was.

  4. evan miller says:

    It will be unfortunate if Sen. Obama wins the nomination as he will, in my opinion, be more electable thant Sen. Clinton. Either would be a disaster, but I think there’s enough distrust of the Clintons out there to make her less a sure thing for the presidency than Sen. Obama. The media seems to have pretty much deserted her as well, indulging in a love fest with Sen. Obama and anointing him with the “Kennedy” mantel.