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    http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0208/8358.html Obama claims delegate lead By: Mike Allen Feb 6, 2008 08:24 AM EST With the delegate count still under way,
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      Obama claims delegate lead

      By: Mike Allen
      Feb 6, 2008 08:24 AM EST
      With the delegate count still under way, NBC News said
      Obama appears to have won around 840 delegates in
      yesterday’s contests, while Clinton earned about 830.

      In a surprise twist after a chaotic Super Tuesday,
      Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) passed Sen. Hillary Rodham
      Clinton (D-N.Y.) in network tallies of the number of
      delegates the candidates racked up last night.

      Clinton was portrayed in many news accounts as the
      night’s big winner, but Obama’s campaign says he wound
      up with a higher total where it really counts — the
      delegates who will choose the party’s nominee at this
      summer’s Democratic convention.

      With the delegate count still under way, NBC News said
      Obama appears to have won around 840 delegates in
      yesterday’s contests, while Clinton earned about 830 —
      “give or take a few,” Tim Russert, the network’s
      Washington bureau chief, said on the “Today” show.

      The running totals for the two, which includes
      previous contests and the party officials known as
      “superdelegates,” are only about 70 delegates apart,
      Russert said.

      The bottom line is that the two are virtually tied.

      Obama won 13 states, some of them smaller, and Clinton
      won eight.

      On Wednesday morning, the battle was on to shape
      public perceptions about Tuesday.

      The Clinton campaign said it was crunching its
      delegate numbers but was not sure it was correct that
      Obama got more.

      The Obama campaign sent an e-mailed statement titled:
      “Obama wins Super Tuesday by winning more states and
      more delegates.”

      Campaign Manager David Plouffe said: “By winning a
      majority of delegates and a majority of the states,
      Barack Obama won an important Super Tuesday victory
      over Sen. Clinton in the closest thing we have to a
      national primary.”

      “From Colorado and Utah in the West to Georgia and
      Alabama in the South to Sen. Clinton’s backyard in
      Connecticut, Obama showed that he can win the support
      of Americans of every race, gender and political party
      in every region of the country,” Plouffe said. “That’s
      why he’s on track to win Democratic nomination, and
      that’s why he’s the best candidate to defeat John
      McCain in November.”

      The Obama campaign attached an Excel spreadsheet
      containing “state-by-state estimates of the pledged
      delegates we won last night, which total 845 for Obama
      and 836 for Clinton — bringing the to-date total of
      delegates to 908 for Obama, 884 for Clinton.”
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