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Clinton rejects DNC ruling

Washington Post  

Clinton campaign retools delegate math

By Christina Bellantoni
May 6, 2008

DURHAM, N.C. — Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton’s campaign yesterday tried to redefine the delegate math for securing the Democratic presidential nomination, signaling its willingness to wage a divisive battle with front-runner Sen. Barack Obama through the summer.

Mr. Obama, meanwhile, questioned Mrs. Clinton’s trustworthiness heading into today’s primaries in Indiana and North Carolina.

Top Clinton aides said the nominee must win based on a tally that includes delegates from Florida and Michigan, which held January primaries that were disqualified by party rules.

The campaign’s “Delegate Hub” Web site identifies 2,208 as the total delegates needed to be nominated, or 183 more than the threshold of 2,025 set by the Democratic National Committee’s rules.

“That’s what we believe is the standard for deciding this — who has the majority of the total delegates including Michigan and Florida to decide the nomination,” said Clinton strategist Geoff Garin.

The Obama campaign has long accused Team Clinton of “moving the goal posts” to avoid facing the reality that it is nearly impossible for her to catch up, and his supporters in the Democratic Party’s hierarchy reacted angrily yesterday to the idea that the 2,025-delegate finish line could be changed, especially because Mr. Obama is 273 delegates from reaching that magic number according to his campaign count. Link to Washington Post full story>>


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