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BREAKING POLITICS 11p 5-20-08 Clinton Landslide Ky Win; Obama Takes Oregon - Not over Yet.
Wednesday, May 21, 2008 4:36am

ROAD TO THE WHITE HOUSE: CNN (By: Tom Pace, Talk of the Town) BREAKING: POLITICS 11:00pm 5-20-08  Hillary Clinton takes a landslide win in the Democratic presidential primary in Kentucky. According to CNN, Clinton will win by a wide margin - by some 35 points. Exit polls indicate Clinton is leading by nearly a two-thirds margin over both men and women. She vows to fight to the finish.

Meanwhile, in the Oregon primary held today, CNN projects Barack Obama to win by 10 points over Clinton. Neither candidate is expected to reach the 2,026 delegates needed to win the Democratic nomination.

That means the race is likely to be settled by "superdelegates" -- party leaders and officials who will cast votes at the Democratic convention in August.

Speaking in Iowa, where he won the first-in-the-nation caucuses, Obama told supporters, "it was in this great state where we took the first steps of an unlikely journey to change America."  Watch Obama say he's in reach of the nomination

"The skeptics predicted we wouldn't get very far. The cynics dismissed us as a lot of hype and a little too much hope. And by the fall, the pundits in Washington had all but counted us out. But the people of Iowa had a different idea," he said.

Obama continued to look to the general election, focusing his attacks as he has for the past week on Sen. John McCain, while commending Clinton for "her courage, her commitment and her perseverance."

"I'm going to make [my case] until we have a nominee, but we're not going to have one today, and we're not going to have one tomorrow, and we're not going to have one the next day," Clinton said Monday in Kentucky.

She argues that she leads in the popular vote, but her argument is debatable.

For Clinton to claim such a lead, primary states but not caucus states -- which Obama mostly won -- would only be counted, plus the popular vote totals in Florida and Michigan.

Florida and Michigan were stripped of their delegates for scheduling their primaries too early, in violation of Democratic Party rules. Obama's name wasn't on the Michigan ballot, and he received no votes in that state's contest. 

Clinton also argues that she's won the states that she contends would stack up stronger against McCain in the general election.

"The states I've won total 300 electoral votes. If we had the same rules as the Republicans, I would be nominee right now," she said. "We have different rules, so what we've got to figure out is who can win 270 electoral votes. My opponent has won states totaling 217 electoral votes."


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