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.
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.