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Obama now leads Clinton by at least 4 superdelegates

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May 11, 2008

Barack Obama erased Hillary Clinton's once-imposing lead among superdelegates yesterday when he added more endorsements from the group of Democrats who will decide the party's nomination for president.

Obama added superdelegates from Utah, Ohio, and Arizona, as well as two from the Virgin Islands who had previously backed Clinton. The additions enabled Obama to surpass Clinton's total for the first time in the campaign. He gained nine endorsements Friday.

Nearly 800 superdelegates will attend the convention. Obama has endorsements from 276, according to the latest tally by the Associated Press. Clinton has 271.5.

The milestone is important because Clinton would have to win over the superdelegates by a wide margin to claim the nomination. Party insiders have been streaming to Obama since he started posting wins in early voting states.

"I always felt that if anybody establishes himself as the clear leader, the superdelegates would fall in line," said Don Fowler, a former chairman of the Democratic National Committee.

"It is perceived that he is the leader," said Fowler, a superdelegate from South Carolina who supports Clinton. "The trickle is going to become an avalanche."

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GOP leader quits after Burma ties are reported
The man picked by the John McCain campaign to run the 2008 Republican National Convention resigned yesterday after a report that his lobbying firm used to represent the military regime in Burma. "Today I offered the convention my resignation so as not to become a distraction in this campaign," said Doug Goodyear, the convention coordinator.

Goodyear, chief executive of lobbying firm DCI Group, resigned a few hours after Newsweek posted a story posted online that the company was paid $348,000 in 2002 and 2003 to represent Burma's junta. The convention runs Sept. 1-4 at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.

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