And It Continues

By Nitya

Mar 5, 2008 7:40am

Big wins in Ohio and Texas last night for Sen. Hillary Clinton — but she still lags behind Sen. Barack Obama’s delegate count, and it remains unclear who "won" Texas once the caucus results are added to Clinton’s primary win.

(In the southwest Houston precinct I visited last night, Clinton won the primary but lost the caucus.)

In talking points circulated late last night, the Clinton campaign acknowledges that it can never overtake Obama with pledged delegates, and asserts that it intends to overtake him with the support of superdelegates.

"We plan on gaining pledged delegates and closing the Obama camp’s lead by the end of the nominating process," the Clinton memo says. "When it comes to pledged delegates, we’ll be competitive."

As you know, it is perfectly within Democratic party rules for superdelegates to vote however they want (indeed, pledged delegates can vote however they want, too).

But the notion that superdelegates – party insiders and elected officials – would assure a nomination for a candidate who is not the choice of the majority of pledged delegates makes many Democratic officials quite nervous. 

Confusing matters further are questions about who wins the overall popular vote, who wins the overall popular vote of Democratic voters (as opposed to independents and Republicans who voted in open Democratic primaries) and the Michigan and Florida contests.

We still don’t know right now who won more delegates in Texas last night.

Yowza.

- jpt

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