Wednesday, March 05, 2008

The reality of last hight that doesn't get widespread media play (notice the article doesn't report the caucus result)

Obama regains ground on Texas caucus results

Democratic hopeful Barack Obama boards a plane in San Antonio Wednesday, a day after rival Hillary Clinton won three primaries, including Texas. Obama limited her gains in the Texas caucus votes.
Clinton gains slim despite winning popular vote in Ohio, Rhode Island and Texas primaries

The Associated Press

WASHINGTON – Barack Obama regained lost ground in the fierce competition for Democratic convention delegates on Wednesday based on results from the Texas caucuses, partially negating the impact of Hillary Rodham Clinton's string of comeback primary victories.

Late returns showed Clinton emerged from Rhode Island, Vermont, Texas and Ohio with a gain of 12 delegates on her rival for the night, with another dozen yet to be awarded in The Associated Press' count.

That left Obama with an overall lead of 101 delegates, 1,562-1,461 as the rivals look ahead to the final dozen contests on the calendar.

The two presidential contenders made the rounds of the morning television news shows, agreeing on little – except that their historic struggle would continue at least until the Pennsylvania primary on April 22.

That left six weeks for public campaigning, and for private appeals to party leaders, known as superdelegates, who attend the convention but are not chosen in primaries or caucuses.

Clinton has the support of 241 superdelegates, and Obama 202. But more than 350 remain uncommitted, a large enough bloc to swing the nomination should they band together.

Clinton, in particular, projected confidence on the day after her candidacy-saving victories, suggesting she might want Obama as her vice presidential running mate.

"That may be where this is headed, but of course we have to decide who is on the top of ticket. I think the people of Ohio very clearly said that it should be me," she said on CBS.

Obama no doubt had other thoughts.

He said he would prevail in the nominating battle despite facing a tenacious candidate who "just keeps on ticking.''

Democrats plunged into the next round of their campaign as Republican John McCain was visiting the White House to confirm his status as the party's nominee-in-waiting. Lunch with President Bush headlined his day.

Bitter rivals in the 2000 presidential primaries, the two have forged an uneasy relationship during Bush's administration and have clashed on issues such as campaign finance, tax cuts, global warming and defining torture.

Original article posted here.

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