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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2620

Obama and Clinton Looking for Super Delegates: Primaries Go on Giving Momentum to Obama

By Philip Fernando in Los Angeles

Los Angeles, 10 February, (Asiantribune.com): As Hillary Clinton and Barrack Obama battle for leadership in the delegate country, Obama quietly swept Louisiana, Nebraska and Washington picking up more delegates. Obama giving a brilliant winning speech last night seemed bent on going for the kill. Clinton was more sobering as she looked ahead to the next round of primaries. The Republicans, though far more satisfied, saw Mike Huckabee win Kansas last night. However, John McCain’s lead over Mike Huckabee is substantial. Huckabee pressed on regardless “he has majored in military affairs, I am a miracle major” seems to be his slogan.

Democrats shiver at the prospect of neither Clinton nor Obama getting the required number to win producing a brokered Convention in August, a frightening thought. Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barrack Obama are virtually in a dead-heat. A discussion is re-emerging over whether voters in Michigan and Florida states-punished for front-ending their primaries-should return to the polls and help pick the delegates one more time. Over 300 delegates are at stake in the two states.

Democratic presidential hopeful Senator Barack Obama attends rally in Bangor, Maine. Democratic rivals Hillary Clinton and Obama were slugging it out in a fresh round of nominating contests Saturday, scrambling for precious delegates in their titanic White House race.Democratic presidential hopeful Senator Barack Obama attends rally in Bangor, Maine. Democratic rivals Hillary Clinton and Obama were slugging it out in a fresh round of nominating contests Saturday, scrambling for precious delegates in their titanic White House race.

It is a train wreck said Senator Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), referring both to the role of super delegates and to the party decision to penalize his state. "It is a flawed system that has to be changed." Others wanted the super delegate system amended so that new comers could have a bigger voice. Donna Brazile, who ran Al Gore's 2000 campaign and is herself a super delegate, threatened to quit her leadership post in the party if the nomination were to be decided by insiders rather than the broader group of Democratic voters who have turned out in huge numbers. Brazile, a CNN commentator, expressed worries that things might not go smoothly.

The anxiety is caused by Obama and Clinton still remaining nearly even in the delegate count -- leaving strategists in both campaigns to conclude that neither was likely to win the needed 2,025 delegates even after primary and caucus voting ends June 7. Momentum is on Obama’s side after yesterday victories.

Republicans, who all but crowned a nominee, John McCain of Arizona also, had a shock to see Huckabee win Kansas yesterday. Now some Democrats are worried that the GOP can prepare for the general election way ahead while Democrats will have a dog fight until June. It will tax the super delegates to the limit.

Party Chairman Howard Dean sought this week to calm those fears, predicting that the party would know its nominee by the spring -- even if it requires some sort of deal between Clinton and Obama.

He said "The idea that we can afford to have a big fight at the convention and then win the race [in November], I think, is not a good scenario, I think we will have a nominee sometime in the middle of March or April. But if we don't, then we're going to have to get the candidates together and make some kind of an arrangement. Because I don't think we can afford to have a brokered convention."

Both campaigns are now focusing on those 796 insiders -- Congress members, governors, state party chairs and DNC members from each state -- who could play kingmaker at a competitive convention. Those super delegates can change their mind and vote for anyone they please. The behind-the-scenes campaign may go in anyone favor as they size up specific political needs that are up for grabs when the debate starts.

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