Campaign roundup

Clinton's cattle futures are off the table, while Obama looks strong in North Carolina.

By Steve Benen

Published April 23, 2008 6:45PM (EDT)

Today's installment of campaign-related news items that wouldn't generate a post of their own, but may be of interest to political observers:

  • The Obama campaign has ruled out going after Hillary Clinton on '90s-era controversies, such as Whitewater and cattle futures. Good to know.

  • Barack Obama continues to look like the favorite in North Carolina, where SurveyUSA shows him ahead by 9 percentage points, 50 percent to 41 percent.

  • On a related note, Obama also got a boost in North Carolina Tuesday, when 29 state legislators, including the Senate majority leader and the former House speaker, endorsed him.

  • Clinton will likely get a net gain of between 10 and 12 delegates as a result of her victory in Pennsylvania.

  • Obama picked up another superdelegate this morning: "Oklahoma Gov. Brad Henry endorsed Barack Obama for the Democratic presidential nomination Wednesday, calling him an inspirational leader who can unite the country."

  • The Republican National Committee and the McCain campaign are reportedly urging the North Carolina Republican Party to drop a scurrilous new campaign ad.

  • Speaking of McCain, he won 73 percent of the Republican vote in Pennsylvania yesterday. Isn't that a little low?

  • Using results she previously said wouldn't count, Clinton is now arguing she's ahead in the popular-vote count.

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