Dems Do Their Math on Feb. 5 Primary States

Candidates pay heed to delegates, not just overall state wins
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 23, 2008 4:39 PM CST
Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y. gestures to the crowd as she receives the endorsement of the United Farm Workers at a rally in Salinas, Calif., Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2008....   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Hillary Clinton is all but ceding Saturday's South Carolina primary to Barack Obama, just one variation of the political calculus Democratic presidential candidates are using ahead of Super Tuesday primaries February 5, the Washington Post reports. Clinton will spotlight states with personal history—Arkansas and New York—and two with delegate counts—California and New Jersey.

Obama will focus on the six caucus contests—especially Colorado, Kansas, and Minnesota—and try to benefit from proportional delegate counts, which could forestall any potential landslide. Clinton will focus on Latinos, the Post writes, while Obama will woo black voters. Meanwhile, a John Edwards aide played up his candidate’s importance, saying he could still win “enough delegates to play kingmaker."