Obama Delegate Lead Dicey for Clinton

Unlikely to catch up, she'll push for Fla., Mich. delegates
By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 14, 2008 9:10 AM CST
Democratic presidential hopeful, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., points to her supporters upon her arrival for a campaign stop in McAllen, Texas, Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2008. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Barack Obama has taken a lead of more than 100 delegates in the race for the Democratic nomination, leaving Hillary Clinton with a deficit she's not likely to make up unless she wins Texas and Ohio with a landslide, the New York Times reports. With dwindling options, aides say she'll push aggressively to seat disqualified delegates from Florida and Michigan, where she won the primaries unopposed, a move likely to be highly divisive.

And she'll continue to lobby superdelegates, making the case that they should discount Obama's lead because much of it was won in caucuses, which attract far fewer voters than primaries. “I think for superdelegates, the quality of where the win comes from should matter in terms of making a judgment about who might be the best general election candidate,” Mark Penn, Clinton’s senior campaign adviser, tells the Times.