Clinton and Obama in tight race

Clinton wins delegate-rich states; Obama takes most states
February 6, 2008 5:06:35 PM PST
Super Tuesday is now history. Neither Barack Obama nor Hillary Rodham Clinton is claiming overall victory in the Democratic race, although both of them took home some coveted prizes.

Barack Obama won a majority of Super Tuesday states -- an incredible accomplishment considering how far back he was as recently as a couple weeks ago. But Hillary Clinton hung on to win enough big states Tuesday night to claim the most delegates.

Among the states won by Obama Tuesday were Illinois, Georgia and Alabama. Clinton picked up big wins in California, Arizona and New York. Obama won 64 percent of the vote in his home state of Illinois.

According to ABC News, Clinton has 1,038 delegates to Obama's 940. A total of 1,681 delegates were at stake in 22 states Tuesday. To claim the nomination at this summer's Democratic convention, 2,025 delegates are needed.

The nomination won't be settled for at least several weeks as the race moves on to more than a dozen other big states.

While Clinton talks about toughness and experience, Obama continues to press his increasingly successful message of change.

"If there is one thing on this February night that we do not need it's to know the final result. Our time has come," said Obama.

The message Tuesday night from the Democratic candidates was once again 'change.' Both Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton say they're the ones to bring change to Washington.

"Tonight in record numbers, you voted not just to make history but to remake America. People in American Samoa, Arkansas, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Oklahoma, Tennessee and the great state of New York," said Clinton.

As Clinton spoke to supporters Tuesday night in New York City, she did not take aim at Obama, the only other democrat in the race, instead she turned her attention to President Bush and his republican allies.

"After seven years of a president who listens only to the special interests, you're ready for a President who brings your voice, your values and your dreams to your White House," said Clinton.

In Illinois, voters in the Democratic primary voted overwhelmingly for Obama. He urged those who have not yet joined his campaign to put their support behind him.

"We are the hope of the future. The answer to the cynics who tell us, our house must stand divided. That we cannot come together. That we cannot remake this world as it should be," said Obama.

Then Obama left the crowd with a final message.

"Yes we can. Let's go to work," said Obama.

There is a lot of work to do as the campaigns move to another group of states in the next week -- -- including Nebraska, Washington, Louisiana, Virginia and Maryland. Obama's probably in better shape financially after raising $32 million in January to Clinton's 13 million.


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