Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton
Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton is making a stealth play for Oregon, where a primary win next month - combined with her two strongest remaining states, West Virginia and Kentucky - may open up a pathway to the Democratic ticket by convincing superdelegates that she deserves the nomination.\
Mrs. Clinton has set her sights on the Beaver State and its 52 delegates by focusing on local issues. She has concentrated surrogates, staff and resources there and called for two debates in hopes of narrowing the gap between rival Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois and herself.\
With neither candidate likely winning enough delegates to capture the nomination outright, the attention to the party’s superdelegates and their mind-sets has become increasingly important.\
Few polls have been taken of Oregon voters, but Mr. Obama leads Mrs. Clinton 52 percent to 42 percent in a SurveyUSA poll done earlier this month.\
Mr. Obama, who is favored to win the state known for antiwar, liberal voters and college towns, last campaigned there March 21 and has not yet announced plans for another trip.
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— Christina Bellantoni, national political reporter, The Washington Times