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Sunday, March 09, 2008

Obama Wins Wyoming by Large Margin

Despite the fact the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton campaigned in Wyoming, Obama took the state of Wyoming with a 23 point margin, according to the New York Times.

This means he will gain about 7 delegates and Clinton will get 5, since the Democrats win delegates by the proportion of votes cast for them.

The next primary will be on Tuesday, in Mississippi and the latest polls show that Obama holds the lead there, by a 53 to 39 spread.

Obama hold an approximate 110 point lead in delegates over Hillary, so she is trying to blunt that lead by winning as many delegates in states that go to Obama.

As these contests continue, there is a feeling expressed from uncommitted superdelegates that this race will continue to be close leading into the Democratic National Convention in Denver and are saying many will remain uncommitted, which furthers the worry of Democratic party leaders.

Many of the 80 uncommitted superdelegates who were contacted over the past several days said they are reluctant to override the clear will of voters. But if Clinton (N.Y.) and Obama (Ill.) are still seen as relatively close in the pledged, or elected, delegate count in June, many said, they will feel free to decide for themselves which of the candidates would make a stronger nominee to run against Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) in the fall.

"You're going to see a lot of delegates remaining uncommitted," said Rep. Mike Doyle (Pa.), who has not endorsed either candidate. "There's a sense that this is going to Denver not resolved."

Obama's victory in yesterday's Wyoming caucuses gave him an additional seven delegates, bringing his total to 1,578. Clinton won five delegates, bringing her total to 1,468, according to the Associated Press. Obama had 61 percent of the votes to Clinton's 38 percent.

To win the nomination, Obama or Clinton will need a total of 2,025 pledged delegates and superdelegates.

Party leaders still deciding what to do about the Michigan and Florida delegates which according to party rules, because Florida and Michigan held their contests before the allowed date, the DNC has so far refused to allow them to be seated at the convention.

There has been talk of having a second contest in each state so that voters there can have their voices heard, nothing has been decided yet, but those delegates, as it stands, would help Clinton, because, in Michigan for example, she was the only one left on the ballot because the state was told those votes wouldn't count, thousands that did not want to vote for her, didn't even bother going because their candidate wasn't on the ticket.

Expect the ugliness that has been seen between Obama and Clinton to increase continuously until the candidate has been chosen, because this is bare knuckled politics, Democrat on Democrat.