Obama Leads Clinton Going Into Homestretch Primaries

Hillary Clinton has not won a state since she took California on Super Tuesday and this does not bode well for her faltering campaign.

Barack Obama pushed ahead of Hillary after winning overwhelmingly in Idaho, Washington State, Minnesota, North Dakota, Utah and Maine.

A delegate count by The New York Times, including projections from caucuses where delegates have not yet been chosen, showed Mr. Obama with a 113-delegate lead over Mrs. Clinton: 1,095 to 982.

Mr. Obama’s campaign said that he had a lead of 1,139 to 1,003; by the count of the Clinton campaign organization, Mr. Obama was doing even better: 1,141 to 1,004 for Mrs. Clinton.

Obama is now the front-runner in the race for the Democratic Party’s presidential nod. Although neither candidate is expected to win outright the 2, 025 pledged delegates needed to claim the nomination by June, Obama’s momentum might well bring him the backing of the 796 elected Democrats and party leaders known as superdelegates. These superdelegates will determine the outcome of the race for the Democrats.

Clinton has to win the Texas and Ohio primaries next month if she hopes to have a fighting chance going into the homestretch. More alarming for Hillary, Obama has made inroads into her traditional voter base: women, Hispanics and lower and middle-income groups. Obama also has the clear edge in terms of the youth vote, particularly first- time voters.

Clinton is purportedly planning to pose legal challenges should Obama surge further ahead, including pressing for delegates to be recognized from the disputed states of Florida and Michigan. Although Hillary won more votes in both states, Florida and Michigan ran afoul of Democratic Party rules by holding primaries earlier than scheduled. As a result, their delegations are being prevented from taking part in the Democratic national convention.

But it won’t do her much good if she fails to stem the Obama tide. With time running out, Barack Obama is poised make history as the first U.S. black presidential candidate.

Gloom and doom for Hillary, but all is not lost. How she can pull it off.

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