Hillary Clinton Leads Barack Obama in Delegates, John McCain Heads Republicans
by Steven Ertelt
February 5, 2008
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — With some states still tabulating votes and delegate totals, the early analysis from the voting on Super Tuesday shows Hillary Clinton ahead of Barack Obama in the delegate counts. On the Republican side, John McCain leads Republican candidates Mike Huckabee and Mitt Romney.
Neither of the pro-abortion Democratic candidates could claim a clear victory from Tuesday nights’ primary and caucus contests.
Clinton won eight states and the support of Democrats in American Samoa while Obama captured 12 states overall.
That put Clinton at an estimated 706 delegates and Obama at 611, according to numbers from the Associated Press.
A CNN tabulation of delegates put the race at 689 for Clinton and 582 for Obama with John Edwards controlling 26 delegates and the political web site Real Clear Politics has Clinton leading by a closer 764 to 716 margin.
The winning Democrat must rack up 2,025 delegates to become the party’s standard bearer.
Looking at Republicans, McCain vaulted into the lead as a result of capturing the winner-take-all states such as New York and Missouri. He holds a sizable lead no matter which media outlet counts the delegate totals.
AP has McCain at 522 delegates of the 1,191 needed for the Republican nomination. It put Romney in second with 223 delegates and Huckabee in third with 142.
According to CNN, McCain leads with the support of 514 delegates to 177 for Romney, 122 for Huckabee and 11 for Ron Paul. The Real Clear Politics web site has McCain at 530, Romney with 219, Huckabee with 151 and Paul with 9.
McCain’s totals appear likely to rise once California finishes counting its votes and determining which candidate won delegates in each Congressional district. The Arizona senator captured the state with 43 percent of the vote.