Obama Pockets 5 More Delegates

Democratic front-runner's latest haul includes a Clinton defector
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted May 13, 2008 12:55 PM CDT
Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama D-Ill., arrives on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, May 13, 2008.    (AP Photo/Lawrence Jackson)
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(Newser) – Barack Obama won the support of five more delegates today, putting him within 145 total of clinching the nomination, by Huffington Post’s count. Obama's new backers include New Orleans' mayor, a former Democratic National Committee chair and the chairperson of DC’s Democrats. Obama also gained the support of an elected Hillary Clinton delegate from Maryland, a markedly rare switch of a pledged nominator.

Meanwhile, another new Obama superdelegate was pleased to say that Hillary Clinton is “striking a different tone.” Rep. Tom Allen, running for US Senate in Maine, said it was crucial to “reconcile these two camps in a responsible way,” and urged the Obama camp not to shove its rival out the door in trying to unify a fractured party.