Election 2008


Attention Turns to Clinton’s Few Remaining Options

May 07, 2008 01:01 PM
by findingDulcinea Staff
by Chris Coats
With a substantial loss in North Carolina and a narrow victory in Indiana, Hillary Clinton failed to erase her delegate and popular vote deficit during Tuesday’s primary contests.

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The results of the May 6 primaries in the final two states offering any substantial delegate counts have weakened the New York senator’s argument of electability and greatly reduced her chances of catching Democratic frontrunner Barack Obama.

With Clinton unable to match Obama in delegates, her campaign has turned to trying to convince undecided superdelegates that she is the stronger candidate against Republican nominee John McCain in November.

Addressing a crowd of supporters in Indiana, Clinton offered a conciliatory tone, but ultimately dispelled any notion that the day’s events would bring an end to her campaign.

The New York senator framed her 51 percent to 49 percent victory as a “tie-breaker,” and indicated that it was now “full steam to the White House.”

Meanwhile, Obama spoke to supporters in North Carolina after winning the state 56 percent to 41 percent, offering congratulations to Clinton on her win in Indiana, long before the state had been called in her favor.

Further damaging her argument of electability, the May 6 primaries essentially erased any delegate or popular vote gains Clinton had made with her victory in Pennsylvania on April 22.

With six primaries remaining, Clinton’s options for catching her opponent dwindled, providing her with few alternatives to attempting to convince superdelegates to support her, should she be able to seat the disqualified delegates from Florida and Michigan.

This would likely have to occur before the May 20 primary in Oregon, a state strongly favoring Obama.

Despite expected Clinton victories in Kentucky and West Virginia in the next two weeks, a decisive win by Obama in Oregon would give him enough delegates to clinch the Democratic nomination.

Headline Links: What’s next for Clinton?

Background: Obama’s trials

Reactions: Clinton and Obama look ahead

Opinion & Analysis: Clinton not going down without a fight

Reference: Delegates and candidates


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