Barack Obama Captures Superdelegate Lead, Makes Nomination More Likely

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   May 12, 2008   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Barack Obama Captures Superdelegate Lead, Makes Nomination More Likely

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
May 12
, 2008

Washington, DC ( — Barack Obama has captured more superdelegates who will be instrumental in deciding whether he or Hillary Clinton becomes the Democratic nominee. Obama has held the lead in pledged delegates for months and his lead among party insiders makes his pro-abortion candidacy almost inevitable.

Over the weekend, Obama picked up superdelegates from Utah and Ohio and two from the Virgin Islands who had backed Clinton.

The Associated Press now has the superdelegate tally at 275 for Obama to 271.5 for Clinton and it shows Obama with 1863.5 delegates total compared to 1,697 for Clinton. That means he’s just 161.5 short of the 2,2025 he needs to win the nomination.

CNN has Obama ahead 277 to 273 among superdelegates and 1869-1697 overall.

Because it’s difficult to nail down the allegiance of super delegates and because of flexible positions of some pledged delegates, it’s difficult to have a precise count of the delegates until the Democratic convention.

A tally from the political web site Real Clear Politics shows Obama leading the superdelegate battle 278-272 and the total delegate battle 1869-1698.

Clinton’s hopes for a comeback are pinned on voters in West Virginia, Oregon and Kentucky, who head to the polls this week and next.

She holds a massive lead in West Virginia and her campaign is hoping for a heavy turnout there and in Kentucky, where she also holds a strong lead, in order to make the case to superdelegates that she has won the overall popular vote in the Democratic primaries and to show she can win in states Democrats must capture to defeat eventual Republican nominee John McCain.

On abortion issues, McCain has a strongly pro-life voting record and has supported bills to ban partial-birth abortions, respect parental involvement regarding teenagers and prohibit tax-funded abortions in a variety of situations.

The Arizona senator has also repeatedly called for overturning Roe v. Wade, said he would appoint judges who won’t legislate from the bench, and says he will keep the pro-life plank in the Republican Party platform.

Both Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton have 100 percent pro-abortion voting records with the group and have pledged to only appoint federal judges who will keep unlimited legal abortions in place for another 35 years.

Those differences are so significant and will affect so many lives of women and unborn children that National Right to Life and pro-life groups in California and Wisconsin have already endorsed McCain.