Election 2008


Obama Earns Delegate Majority, but Faces Delicate Battle for Support

May 21, 2008 03:48 PM
by Christopher Coats
Following a loss in Kentucky and a win in Oregon, Barack Obama earned a majority of pledged delegates Tuesday night.

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Following his victory in Oregon, Obama stopped short of claiming an overall victory in the contentious and extended Democratic primary contest.

Addressing a crowd of supporters in Iowa, site of the candidate’s turning point victory in January, Obama praised Clinton for having “shattered myths and broken barriers and changed the America in which my daughters and your daughters will come of age.”

Calling the nomination “within reach,” Obama now has 1,962 of the 2,026 delegates needed to secure the nomination, a lead virtually impossible for Clinton to overcome.

Facing a sizable percentage of Clinton supporters who have told exit polls that they would not support Obama were he to earn the nomination, the Illinois senator now faces the challenge of winning over his opponent’s supporters.

Clinton, speaking to supporters in Louisville, Kentucky, offered no signs of retreat, stating that she intended to stay in the race and again pledged her support for the seating of delegates from the disqualified states of Michigan and Florida.

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