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    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080507/ap_on_el_pr/campaign_delegates Obama wins most delegates in Tuesday s primaries By STEPHEN OHLEMACHER, Associated Press
    Message 1 of 1 , May 7, 2008
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      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
      had 1,684.

      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
      claimed.

      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
      Tuesday.

      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
      preferences.

      Most primaries and some caucuses are binding, meaning
      delegates won by the candidates are pledged to support
      that candidate at the national conventions this
      summer.

      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.
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