“I’m not telling you anything you don’t know … already,” said Chris Redfern, chairman of the Ohio Democratic Party. “I would merely agree with all of the observations that have been made.”
As benign and neutral as that statement may sound, it is not good news for Hillary Clinton, for it accentuates Redfern’s conclusion that, while Ohio is Clinton’s to win next Tuesday, “the question is by how much.”
Like other party officials and Democratic strategists, Refern is looking closely at the math and has decided that a victory alone may not be enough for the New York senator. She needs a big victory.
“Pragmatically,” he said, “we all get the fact that it’s about delegates, and to avoid superdelegates, court actions, Michigan and Florida being seated, all that kind of stuff, Senator Clinton I think needs a real boost in Ohio and — not or — Texas going into the next six weeks, if in fact she stays for the next six weeks…. In the starkest of terms, this is pretty simple. She’s got to win by a margin which gets her a boost in delegates.”