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Obama inches closer as Clinton wins Puerto Rico

Sen. Barack Obama, who is closing in on the Democratic nomination, catches a pancake at an event for the military in Sioux Falls, S.D. After three catches, he said, “That’s it, enough.”

Associated Press

Sen. Barack Obama, who is closing in on the Democratic nomination, catches a pancake at an event for the military in Sioux Falls, S.D. After three catches, he said, “That’s it, enough.”

WASHINGTON — Hillary Rodham Clinton won most of the delegates in Puerto Rico's primary Sunday, but Barack Obama crept closer to clinching the Democratic nomination for president.

Clinton won 38 delegates and Obama won 17, according to an Associated Press analysis of election results. All Puerto Rico delegates have been allocated.

Obama also picked up two superdelegates Sunday, which means he has made up most of the ground 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 states violated party rules by holding primaries before Feb. 5.

A total of 31 delegates are at stake in Tuesday's contests in Montana and South Dakota. If Clinton and Obama split them, Obama would need to pick up about 30 superdelegates to secure the nomination.

About 200 superdelegates have not declared whom they support. Clinton would need more than 180 of them.

Robert Gibbs, a senior Obama aide, did not rule out the possibility that Obama will seat the Michigan and Florida delegations at full strength if he is the nominee.

Clinton's campaign chairman, Terry McAuliffe, appearing on the same program, declined to say what Clinton would do. "We'll see where we are when we finish up Tuesday," he said. "Then superdelegates will begin to move."

Priest is sorry

A Chicago priest whose comments mocking Clinton reignited a controversy over Obama's former church stood before his own parishioners Sunday at St. Sabina's Catholic Church and apologized.

The Rev. Michael Pfleger said he isn't racist or sexist. "I apologize for anyone who was offended and who thought it to be mockery." During a guest sermon at Trinity United Church of Christ May 25, Pfleger pretended he was Clinton crying over "a black man stealing my show."

Pfleger's statements, along with inflammatory remarks by Trinity's longtime pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, prompted Obama and his wife, Michelle, to resign their 20-year church membership.

By the numbers

2,118 number of delegates needed for the nomination

2,071 Sen. Barack Obama's delegate count as of Sunday

1915.5 Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's delegate count as of Sunday

Up next (and last)

Can you believe it's almost over? Only two states have yet to hold Democratic presidential contests: Montana and South Dakota hold primaries Tuesday. Montana has 16 delegates at state, South Dakota 15.

Obama inches closer as Clinton wins Puerto Rico 06/01/08 [Last modified: Monday, November 1, 2010 9:21am]

    

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