Thursday, May 08, 2008

Truth In Politics: Clinton And Superdelegate Math

I actually posted a superdelegate story at The Sixth Ward. I figure why not post another superdelegate story here. A different story that what I had put over there last night. Just a quick note these are the people who even if Sen. Barack Obama has a lead among delegates and in the popular vote the Democratic nomination could easily be handed to Sen. Hillary Clinton. The Democratic National Convention is going to be interesting isn't it? From Channel 2:
Barack Obama is riding high Tuesday night's primaries in North Carolina and Indiana.

Hillary Clinton is down in delegates, cash, and momentum, but she's vowing to remain in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination.

CBS 2 Political Editor Mike Flannery reports many superdelegates don't want the public to think they're forcing Clinton to drop out of the race.

Clinton smiled at every stop on the day after losing what many feel was her last chance to stop Obama. Even when a Wednesday night fundraiser was disrupted by people protesting her Mideast policy, she saluted their passion, adding, "I think I've got some pretty passionate supporters myself."

Clinton acknowledged Wednesday that she'd been hoping for a better outcome in Tuesday's primaries. But she's doubling down, putting millions of her own dollars into her campaign and calling on supporters to make the next four weeks count in the five states and Puerto Rico yet to vote.

"I believe I'm the stronger candidate against Sen. McCain and I believe that I'd be the best president among the three of us running," Clinton said. "So, we will continue to contest these elections and move forward."

The New York senator waved off calls for her to drop out after losing North Carolina in a landslide and just barely beating Obama in Indiana, where she had been expected to win easily.

Such calls came from party elders, including former Democratic presidential nominee George McGovern and four superdelegates who on Wednesday endorsed Obama.

Indeed, party leaders who'd love to see Clinton quit don't want to be seen pushing her off the stage for fear of alienating her core supporters -- older women who always vote. Instead, they talk about what might happen next month, when all the primaries are over.

"I'm gonna look at the playing field and if Sen. Clinton isn't close in both the delegate count and the popular vote, I think you're going to see almost all the superdelegates go for Sen. Obama," said uncommitted superdelegate Rep. Jason Altmire (D-Pennsylvania).

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