by Steven Ertelt
February 11, 2008
Augusta, ME (LifeNews.com) — Barack Obama captured another victory in the Maine Democratic caucus on Sunday by a good margin over Hillary Clinton. The win landed the pro-abortion Illinois senator another 15 delegates to nine for Clinton and helped bring him to only a 20 delegate deficit on the way to the nomination.
With 99 percent of the precincts reporting, Obama captured the support of 59 percent of Maine Democrats compared to just 40 percent for Clinton.
As a result of the victory, CNN estimates that Obama now has 1,121 delegates — just a short step behind Clinton, who has 1,148 pledged delegates and super delegates.
Other media outlets watching the race have different delegate tallies.
According to an Associated Press tally, Clinton has 1,136 delegates compared to 1,108 for Obama. Real Clear Politics now has Obama in the lead for the first time with 1,143 delegates compared to 1,138 for Clinton.
The 796 elected officials and party leaders could ultimately determine the outcome of the race at the Democratic national convention in Denver this summer if one candidate emerges with a small lead at the end of the primary season.
That’s roughly 20 percent of the 2,025 delegates to win the nomination at the convention.
AP reports that Clinton leads 243-156 among super delegates, but that lead could vanish if Obama’s winning streak continues and Clinton is perceived as vulnerable.
The momentum from the victories Obama earned this weekend will carry him into Tuesday’s contests, where polls show him leading Clinton in both Maryland and Virginia. Should Obama win there, he will likely have the delegate lead no matter how they are counted.
The Clinton campaign hopes to turn things around next month in larger states that would be more likely to support her.
"Although the next several states that hold nominating contests this month are more favorable to the Obama campaign, we will continue to compete in them and hope to secure as many delegates as we can before the race turns to Ohio, Texas and Pennsylvania," her campaign said in a statement.
Obama and Clinton both strongly support unlimited abortion paid for at taxpayer expense and have promised to only appoint Supreme Court judges who will keep all abortions legal for another 35 years.
They will likely face Arizona Sen. John McCain, who has a solid voting record opposing abortion and has called for overturning Roe v. Wade and judges who would be more likely to do so.