Obama wins most delegates in Tuesday's primaries
By STEPHEN OHLEMACHER, Associated Press Writer Wed May
7, 1:32 AM ET
WASHINGTON - Sen. Barack Obama won the most delegates
in Tuesday's primaries, moving within 200 delegates of
securing the Democratic nomination for president.
Obama won at least 94 delegates in the North Carolina
and Indiana primaries, according to an analysis of
election returns by The Associated Press. Sen. Hillary
Rodham Clinton won at least 75 delegates, with 18
still to be awarded.
Sixteen of the outstanding delegates were from North
Carolina and two were from Indiana.
In the overall race for the nomination, Obama led with
1,840.5 delegates, including separately chosen party
and elected officials known as superdelegates. Clinton
Obama was 184.5 delegates shy of the 2,025 needed to
secure the Democratic nomination.
There are 217 delegates at stake in the final six
contests. Also, about 270 superdelegates are yet to be
Superdelegates are the party and elected officials who
will automatically attend the national convention and
can support whomever they choose, regardless of what
happens in the primaries and caucuses.
Obama is on pace to reach a majority of the pledged
delegates won in primaries and caucuses in two weeks,
when Kentucky and Oregon vote. Obama had a
171-delegate lead among pledged delegates.
Obama has argued for months that superdelegates should
support the candidate who wins the most pledged
delegates. Clinton argues that superdelegates should
exercise independent judgment.
Clinton leads in superdelegate endorsements, 270.5 to
256, though Obama has been chipping away at her lead
since the Super Tuesday contests on Feb. 5. Both
candidates picked up a superdelegate endorsement
Nearly 800 superdelegates will attend the national
convention. About 220 remain undecided and about 50
others will be named at state party conventions and
meetings throughout the spring.
The AP tracks the delegate races by calculating the
number of national convention delegates won by
candidates in each presidential primary or caucus,
based on state and national party rules, and by
interviewing unpledged delegates to obtain their
Most primaries and some caucuses are binding, meaning
delegates won by the candidates are pledged to support
that candidate at the national conventions this
Political parties in some states, however, use
multistep procedures to award national delegates.
Typically, such states use local caucuses to elect
delegates to state or congressional district
conventions, where national delegates are selected. In
these states, the AP uses the results from local
caucuses to calculate the number of national delegates
each candidate will win, if the candidate's level of
support at the caucus doesn't change.