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Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Obama actually won in Texas, Not Hillary Clinton

In Texas they split their delegates with two thirds being awarded from their primary and the rest being awarded with their caucuses.

On the March 4, 2008 Texas primary date, Hillary Clinton was announced the winner and she did win by a slim majority in the primary, but news today reports that Obama took the caucuses and with their system of awarding delegates by the proportion of votes casted, Obama took more delegates than Clinton, which means Barack Obama won Texas, not Hillary Clinton.

Under the Texas Democratic Party's complex delegate selection plan, Texas voters participated in both a primary and caucuses on March 4. Two-thirds of the state's 193 delegates were at stake at the primary, while the remaining third were decided by the caucuses.

An additional 35 superdelegates were not tied to either contest. Clinton, of New York, defeated Obama in the primary by a 51-47 percent margin. But results of the caucuses were up in the air on election night and for several days afterward, due to state party rules that did not require local caucus officials to report their results to a centralized location.

Partial caucus results, representing 41 percent of all caucus precincts, showed Obama last week with 56 percent of the county-level delegates chosen at the caucuses to 44 percent for Clinton. The state party says it will not be able to provide a further breakdown of the caucus results from March 4.

After a comprehensive review of these results, CNN estimates that Obama won more support from Texas caucus-goers than Clinton. Based on the state party's tally, Obama's caucus victory translates into 38 national convention delegates, compared to 29 for Clinton.

This news puts Obama back up to the lead he held before the Ohio and Texas primaries and caucuses, even a little more ahead than he was prior to March 4, 2008.