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Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Kentucky and Oregon Primary Results

Hillary Clinton took Kentucky, as expected, by a large margin, 35 percentage points, with the final results showing Clinton at 65 percent and Barack obama with 30 percent.

In Oregon, Obama won by a lesser margin with 58 percent to Clinton's 42 percent.

Despite Clinton's latest two landslide victories in Kentucky and West Virginia, (She won WV by 40 plus percentage points)this has not brought Clinton up to the total needed to win the Democratic nomination and Obama still leads by a wide margin in delegates.

Neither candidate has reached the 2,026 number of delegates needed to officially win the Democratic nomination unless the other candidate bows out as many are hoping Clinton will do.

Clinton has made it clear, she isn't dropping out of the race though and plans to fight this to at least June.

The landslide victories for Clinton in both Kentucky and West Virginia point to divisions within the Democratic party that seem to be getting worse the longer this battle continues.

From CNN:

The exit polls from Kentucky also suggest a deep division among Democrats.

Two-thirds of Clinton's supporters there said they would vote Republican or not vote at all rather than for Obama, according to the polls.

Forty-one percent of Clinton supporters said they'd cast their vote for McCain, and 23 percent said they would not vote at all.

Just 33 percent said they would back Obama in the general election, according to the polls.

Those numbers are even worse for Obama than in West Virginia one week ago, where 36 percent of Clinton voters said they would back him in the fall.

The battle goes on, Obama is the favored nominee but Clinton believes that in the general election against John McCain, Obama will not be able to get the 270 electoral votes needed to win.

Next stop, June, where South Dakota, Montana and Puerto Rico will weigh in.