Obama slowly closing the superdelegate gap

With the pledged delegates and narrowing the gap of superdelegates, one has to ask if Obama is now the inevitable nominee, as some have said for over a month now. In the short answer, I’d have to say “Yes,” mainly because to take the nomination, Hillary Clinton would have to use the superdelegates and some argument of electibility. This will not fly with Democratic Party activists who are continuing to promise mass chaos at the Denver convention should this be the case.

A report on Obama’s superdelegate gains from USAToday:

WASHINGTON — The Democratic nomination race is murkier than ever. Hillary Rodham Clinton is rising in the polls while Barack Obama is gaining ground among superdelegates who will decide the winner.

Obama has spent the past 10 days coping with his loss in Pennsylvania and new controversy sparked by his former pastor, Jeremiah Wright. At the same time, he has won 15 endorsements and Clinton has netted 10 from the VIP contingent called superdelegates.

Obama is ahead in overall delegates. His campaign is keeping a count of how many more he needs to reach 2,025 and win the nomination. On Thursday, tallying the latest additions on both sides, it put the magic number at 283. (The Associated Press had the number at 288.5 on Thursday.)

Clinton’s top endorsement this week was North Carolina Gov. Mike Easley, whose state votes Tuesday. He appears in a Clinton ad describing her as resilient and determined.

Obama made gains Thursday with a high-profile switcher: Joe Andrew, a former national party chairman from Indiana — the other state that votes Tuesday.

Andrew urged other superdelegates to coalesce behind Obama. “It is time for us to unite, time for us to take on John McCain,” Andrew said. He said the presumptive Republican nominee has benefited from the long Democratic battle.

Here’s a short clip of Clinton responding to questions about Obama’s superdelegate gains:

Nothing has changed for several months away from the fact that Obama is leading in pledged delegates from primary and caucus wins. Even if Clinton wins by narrow margins in Indiana and, somehow, in North Carolina, Obama will still lead.

Here’s the bottom line, does Hillary Clinton want to risk taking the nomination through the use of superdelegates or not? If not, then the campaign is done. If so, then it will continue as it is.

  • Barbara Platt

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  • jack

    yes hillary, we are paying attention, letterly PAYING!

  • frappe intellectuelle

    Obama gonna win this nomination. He is better than Hillary who have made only negative campaign. The different is the fact tha Obama talk about the reals issues and problem.

  • Cameron

    She knows she is fighting a lost battle.The last kicks of a dying horse.I am proud of her anyway.She has been able to make Obama her student to beat McCain.Anyone who will not congratulate her for that is ungrateful to Tough Mme clinton.

  • Sion Griffiths

    I don’t think it is over yet. Indiana and NC will be the test. If she manages to win those, then I think it is going to be dragged out to the convention. If Barack is to win NC with a high percentage and closes in Indiana, then they super delegates will flock round the choosen one.

  • bennett

    Sion, totally agree with you. If Obama wins both May, 6 prmaries Hillary is finished and there will be tremendous pressre for her to drop out. Whether she does or not is another story. I would also offer this, if Hillary loses both contests and does not drop out, more than ever I will believe that what she is trying to do is sabatoge Obama’s chances to beat McCain; I think she has been working at this for some time, recent evidence being the fact the her supporters organized the National Press Club event w/ Jerimiah Wright,…

  • Sion Griffiths

    Bennett, I have to say, I find it difficult to believe that Hillary is sabotaging Baracks’ campaign willingly. I believe that she is fighting a campaign to win and is maybe a little blind to outside events.

    Hillary is a remarkable woman and knows how far she can take something. The main objective for her is to see a Democrat as president, so far she believes it to be her, I feel however, if things were to that it cannot be her, she will do the right thing and become vice president.

  • Dreadsen

    Bennett

    What about Bill Moyers and NAACP events?

    I haven’t watched the naacp event in it’s entirety but from what i’ve heard he didn’t say anything damaging.

    The most damaging from the National press conference was the question which was directed to his answer on the Bill Moyers show about how he felt about Obama’s statements about him in his race speech. I don’t think Hillary’s camp or supporters had anything to do with the Bill Moyers interview.