Super-Delegates and the Fight for the White House
January 14, 2008
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From the Guardian Unlimited
Saturday January 12, 2008
Hillary Clinton holds an impressive lead over Barack Obama. Mitt Romney is edging out Mike Huckabee, with John McCain far behind.Almost anyone following the unpredictable battle for the White House would protest that appraisal. But Clinton and Romney are winning the competition for delegates, the representatives who will cast ballots at the party nominating conventions this summer.Clinton has locked in more than twice as many delegates as Obama, with 183 to his 78, according to a tracking tally kept by CNN. Romney has lined up 30 Republican delegates, with Huckabee close behind on 21 and McCain on 10. Despite the media fixation and voter attention that come from early wins in the presidential cycle, strategists in every camp are keeping one eye on the delegate count.