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Obama Ahead in Delegate Count?

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Posted on Feb 6, 2008
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Splitting hairs? Obama’s team is looking to the overall delegate count as a sign of victory.

Super Tuesday’s aftermath is certainly providing a good crash course in American electoral politics as the results are sorted out. The latest surprising twist involves Barack Obama’s camp claiming a slight lead over Hillary Clinton in the total number of delegates racked up. Officially, the final count has not been determined yet.


The Politico:

With the delegate count still under way, NBC News said Obama appears to have won around 840 delegates in yesterday’s [Tuesday’s] contests, while Clinton earned about 830—“give or take a few,” Tim Russert, the network’s Washington bureau chief, said on the “Today” show.

The running totals for the two, which includes previous contests and the party officials known as “superdelegates,” are only about 70 delegates apart, Russert said.

The bottom line is that the two are virtually tied.

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By Maani, February 9, 2008 at 1:15 pm Link to this comment

Even though this is from the MSM, it is a truly instructive article on counting delegates:

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/02/09/us/politics/09delegates.html

Peace.

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By Han G Thesobs, February 8, 2008 at 10:15 am Link to this comment
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Amen- If not shot.  Notice ONLY the peace-promoters get assassinated? Why don’t any warmongers get shot? Reagan was promoting peace when HE was hit by a bullet that hit the car first. Imagine, everyone AROUND his gets shot even his car.  Next agenda? Star Wars!

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By Grousefeather, February 7, 2008 at 1:39 pm Link to this comment
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Who cares if Obama becomes president if dispite all the lofty talk about change he turns out to be just another wolf in sheep’s clothing. My suspicion is that he’s being backed by wealthy corporate interests who also back McCain, that way the wealthy can’t lose. So far, I haven’t heard one straight or difinitive statement from Obama. But I’m just a disallusioned old guy listening for a nugget of truth and not hearing it. In my view Obama is long on words but short on real meaning and that’s makes him just like all the rest. The circus like excitement surrounding his candidacy reminds me that the voting public loves a good magic show and usually votes for a carefully packaged personality and not the policy.

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By Aegrus, February 7, 2008 at 7:53 am Link to this comment

Watch out, folks. The next two months will be something to behold. Let logic guide you, and know Barack Obama will be the next president of the United States of America!

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By omop, February 6, 2008 at 5:00 pm Link to this comment

if she goes on record and promises that if she gets back to the WH her first official act will be ordering a video camera to be installed under the desk in hubby Bill’s favorite room.

Thats one sure way to let the good times roll again.

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By steve, February 6, 2008 at 2:56 pm Link to this comment
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It really doesn’t matter who is ahead or tied…the bottom line is Hillary or Obama or even McCain will have to listen to the real people who run this country…the great leaders of our Multinational Corporations…the leaders in Exxon Mobile, Citigroup, the infamous Carlyle Group, and of course our friends in the Medical and Pharmaceutical companies to name a few.  Everything else, the primaries and general election, is nothing more than a big show.  To make you think you actually have a say in anything.  The next President will have to do their bidding or face the consequences.  At least in Obama’s case, who at least almost seems honest even to my cynical eyes, there would probably be some kind of scandal either real or manufactured to discredit him.

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