Wednesday, March 12, 2008


Barack Obama's victory in Mississippi last night along with his weekend win in Wyoming has enabled him to erase the gains Hillary Clinton made with wins in high-profile races in Ohio and Texas last week.

With the win in Mississippi, he has now won 29 contests compared to 15 for Clinton. In overall votes Obama has about 13.3 million to 12.6 million for Clinton, based on unofficial returns which don't include the Michigan and Florida contests.

Obama beat Clinton 61 percent to 37 percent with 99 percent of the precincts reporting in Mississippi state. With the victory, Obama added 17 delegates to his total while Clinton picked up 11, according to the estimates.

The Mississippi win was Obama's second win in a row, having won the Wyoming caucuses Saturday. He's also projected to be the winner of the Texas Democratic caucuses that occurred March 4. Obama will be awarded 38 of Texas's delegates, while Clinton will win 29 delegates as a result of the caucuses.

Clinton beat Obama 51 percent to 47 percent in the Texas primary that was also held on March 4, but Obama was expected to win a majority of the 228 Texas delegates due to his caucus win. Two-thirds of the state's 193 delegates were at stake at the primary, while the remaining third were decided by the caucuses.

Counting the wins in Mississippi and Texas, Obama now leads Clinton 1,608 to 1,478 in the total delegate count. Neither candidate is expected to obtain the 2,025 delegates needed to win the nomination outright before the national convention in August.

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