The Washington Times - February 13, 2008, 10:13AM
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David PlouffeSen. Hillary ClintonOhioTexas
Lone Star Latinos, Buckeye endorsements and women — these are three factors that must come through for Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton to reclaim the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination that once appeared hers.\ \ \ Mrs. Clinton, now looking like the underdog despite her once sky-high front-runner status, is laser-focused on Texas and Ohio while appealing to the demographic groups where she remains strong in the face of Sen. Barack Obama’s surge in delegates and national polls.\ \ \ Mr. Obama’s formula for the nomination includes math, momentum and time, and after last night’s dominance of the Potomac region’s primaries, these elements are all on his side.\ \ \ Both candidates are wooing superdelegates — members of Congress, top state officials and local Democratic activists — in hopes of tipping the scales in their favor. The superdelegates play a key role, one that has sparked heated debate over whether the process is fair.\ \ \ Despite Mr. Obama’s rout of Mrs. Clinton in the three Potomac primaries yesterday, and his five-contest sweep over the weekend, their race for the White House is still very much up for grabs. The uncertainty, making some party elders anxious, is due in part to the way Democrats allocate pledged delegates proportionally, as well as the many uncommitted superdelegates.\ \ \ Team Clinton has been touting her showings in the big states of California, New York and Massachusetts, saying that she does very well in primaries of populous states. Looking ahead, they want her to win by wide margins in Texas and Ohio on March 4 and Pennsylvania in April, allowing her to rack up more delegates.
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