Thursday, May 15, 2008

West Virginia Boosts Clinton? Obama Blows That Delegate Gap In Less Than A Day

Hillary Clinton is trying desperately to hang on to some semblance of a credible campaign by claiming a large victory in West Virginia. Percentage-wise she did quite well, beating Obama by more than 40 points. Yet when that is put into the context of a national primary the amount of delegates she won by were erased just today and it is only 2pm on the East Coast.

From DailyKos:

Super Delegates:

Obama +4
Rep. Jim McDermott (D-WA)
Larry Cohen, the president of the Communication Workers of America and a super-delegate from D.C.
Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA)
Rep. Howard Berman (D-CA)

Pledged Delegates:

Obama +7 from Edwards' Delegates.
Reportedly the breakdown is
(1) - NH
(6) - SC

Daniel Boan, Christine Brennan-Bond, Robert Groce, Susan Smith, Mike Evatt and Lauren Bilton are the South Carolina Edwards Pledged Delegates confirmed by CNN as supporting Obama.


United Steelworkers Union
Communication Workers of America

Endorsements aren't delegates, but they put the necessary boots on the ground that help win elections. For right now, those 11 delegates negate Hillary's West Virginia win (not that WV doesn't matter, this is context people) and puts Barack Obama that much closer to officially becoming the nominee for the Democratic party.