Obama only about 70 delegates away

After marking a milestone in the race Tuesday, according to counts by major media organizations Barack Obama is pulling ever closer to the Democratic nomination.


Alex Koppelman
May 21, 2008 6:20PM (UTC)

With the major media organizations having done most of the work of figuring out the delegate allocation from Tuesday's results in Kentucky and Oregon, Barack Obama can now almost reach out and touch the Democratic presidential nomination.

On Tuesday night, Obama marked a major milestone in the race, having captured a majority of pledged delegates. Now, the counts by most media organizations put him about 70 delegates away from the 2,026 currently needed to become the nominee. The Associated Press has him at 1,956 delegates, while NBC News gives him 1,954 and CNN gives him 1,953. (These counts vary because each organization has its own survey of superdelegates and its own allocation method for pledged delegates from states that have already voted but not officially awarded the pledged deleates.) Hillary Clinton trails him by about 200 delegates.

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The Clinton campaign disputes this 2,026 number, which is the count currently being used by the Democratic Party. It wants the disputed delegates from Florida and Michigan counted, which would bring the total number of delegates needed to secure the nomination to 2,210.


Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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