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Monday, March 17, 2008

Obama Racks Up Superdelegate Commitments

By Perry Bacon Jr.Washington Post

After wining the popular vote in the Texas and Ohio primaries on March 4, it seemed that Hillary Clinton had captured the momentum in the Democratic race.

The all-important superdelegates don't seem to agree. Since Clinton's two major wins, 11 superdelegates -- as the 796 Democratic officials who get their own vote on the party's nominee are known -- have publicly declared who they are backing. Ten have publicly embraced Obama, compared to just one for Clinton. Her slight gain was canceled out by the loss of one of her superdelegate backers, former governor Eliot Spitzer of New York, who resigned his post, leaving her with a net increase of zero.

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