Sunday, June 01, 2008


Senator Barrack Obama crept closer to clinching Democratic nomination for president by adding two more super delegates sunday that can eclipse grounds he lost Saturday when the national party's rules committee voted to reinstate delegates from Michigan and Florida.

The delegates had been stripped because the two stated violated party rules by holding primaries before Feb. 5 against Democratic party rules.

Sources however say, Hillary Rodham Clinton won most of the delegates in Puerto Rico's primary Sunday.

Clinton won at least 28 delegates, according to an Associated Press analysis of early returns. Obama won at least 14, with 13 still to be allocated.

Obama has a total of 2,068 delegates, leaving him 50 shy of the number needed to clinch the nomination, with two primaries remaining. Clinton has 1905.5, according to the latest tally by the AP.

Before Saturday's decision, Obama was 42 delegates shy of the nomination. Seating delegates from Florida and Michigan increased the number of delegates needed to secure the nomination to 2,118.There are a total of 31 delegates at stake in Tuesday's contests in Montana and South Dakota. If Clinton and Obama split them, Obama would need to pick up 30 or so superdelegates to secure the nomination.

There are about 200 superdelegates left to be claimed.

Superdelegates are the party and elected officials who automatically attend the party's national convention and can support whomever they choose, regardless of what happens in the primaries.