Candidates Spin Tuesday: Math vs. Momentum

Superdelegates loom ever larger as Clinton barely narrows deficit
By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 6, 2008 1:25 PM CST
Democratic presidential hopeful, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., and his wife Michelle arrive on stage for an election night rally Tuesday, March 4, 2008, in San Antonio, Texas. Obama won the Vermont primary...   (Associated Press)
camera-icon View 5 more images

(Newser) – Hillary Clinton's victories in Texas and Ohio changed little in the race for pledged delegates—by some estimates she netted only five—but Tuesday's primaries changed the dynamic of the Democratic contest, the Wall Street Journal reports. The candidates have divergent arguments: Barack Obama's team says the math favors him; Clinton's claims she should be the nominee if momentum lies with her.

With Clinton unlikely to make up a 100-delegate deficit to Obama, the focus has turned back to securing the superdelegates whose votes will be crucial at the late-August convention. Clinton's flock, diminished recently by defection, is urging uncommitted superdelegates to wait until after Pennsylvania's April 22 primary. Michigan and Florida, meanwhile, could yet add to the equation by scheduling re-votes.