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The battle for delegates, momentum

Here is a glance at the seven states holding presidential primaries or caucuses Tuesday. Combined, these states account for more than 10 percent of the 2,162 delegates needed to clinch the nomination.

MISSOURI

Delegates: 74

2000 general election winner: Bush

December 2003 unemployment rate: 5 percent

Primary voting requirements: Open Democratic and Republican primaries; any registered voter can vote for a candidate from either party.

The race: Two factors suddenly have made this state into a coveted prize: Sen. John Kerry's surprise rebirth and local son Rep. Richard Gephardt's exit from the race. Plus a large number of delegates are at stake.

Kerry leads in polls, but Sen. John Edwards of North Carolina, retired Gen. Wesley Clark and former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean are waging campaigns in hopes of picking up delegates. Under party rules, delegates are divided among strong finishers.

SOUTH CAROLINA

Delegates: 45

2000 general election winner: Bush

December 2003 unemployment rate: 6.1 percent

Primary voting requirements: Open Democratic primary; no party registration is required to vote.

The race: This contest may come down to Kerry vs. Edwards, though Clark also is competing hard.

Kerry, the Vietnam veteran, once had high hopes for South Carolina, with its heavy military population, but in recent months has devoted little money and organizing time here.

Edwards, a South Carolina native, called a victory crucial.

The state poses one of the first tests of whether Kerry, a Massachusetts senator and son of New England, can have broad appeal.

ARIZONA

Delegates: 55

2000 general election winner: Bush

December 2003 unemployment rate: 4.8 percent

Primary voting requirements: Closed Democratic primary; only voters registered as Democrats by Jan. 5 are eligible to vote.

The race: It once appeared as an all-but-certain showdown between Kerry and Clark, but now the race is considered wide open. A statewide poll showed about a third of the voters were undecided.

OKLAHOMA

Delegates: 40

2000 general election winner: Bush

December 2003 unemployment rate: 5.1 percent

Primary voting requirements: Closed Democratic and Republican primaries; only voters registered as Democrats or Republicans by Jan. 9 are eligible to vote in their respective primaries.

The race: Jay Parmley, executive director of the Oklahoma Democratic Party, said Clark and Edwards remained the clear favorites while Kerry and Dean could well see their votes suppressed by their absence.

A quick look at the other states:

NEW MEXICO

Delegates: 26

2000 general election winner: Gore

December 2003 unemployment rate: 5.7 percent

Caucus voting requirements: Closed Democratic caucuses; only voters registered as Democrats by Dec. 30 are eligible to vote.

DELAWARE

Delegates: 15

2000 general election winner: Gore

December 2003 unemployment rate: 4.1 percent

Primary voting requirements: Closed Democratic primary; only voters registered as Democrats by Jan. 13 are eligible to vote.

NORTH DAKOTA

Delegates: 14

2000 general election winner: Bush

December 2003 unemployment rate: 3.2 percent

Caucus voting requirements: Democratic caucuses; participants must sign a sheet saying they backed a Democratic candidate in the last general election or have plans to support a Democrat this year.

_ Information from the Associated Press and New York Times was used in this report.

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