Clinton Wins Puerto Rico, Obama Closer to Nomination
Hillary Clinton won yet another primary today but, thanks to the Democrats’ Special Olympics-style delegate allocation method, Barack Obama edged closer to the party’s presidential nomination.
Hillary Rodham Clinton cruised toward a largely symbolic victory Sunday in Puerto Rico’s presidential primary, the final act in a weekend of tumult that brought Barack Obama tantalizingly close to the Democratic presidential nomination.
“We’re going to win big here today,” Clinton’s campaign chairman Terry McAuliffe predicted Sunday as Puerto Ricans cast ballots in a race with 55 delegates at stake. A pre-election poll backed him up, showing Clinton favored by 65 percent of the votes to 35 percent for Obama.
Obama was on track to gain at least 14 delegates, bringing him within 50 of the 2,118 needed for the nomination.
If nothing else, we’ll be spared exit polls showing Obama’s poor showing among white, working class voters.
The article sidebar links a CNN has a video report with the title “Puerto Rico a Game Changer?” The short answer is No. The rationale behind the question — whether this could give Clinton a lead in the “popular vote” — is slightly more interesting.