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Delegate math for Barack Obama now one tick harder

With recent Congressional wins for the Democrats, the number of superdelegates has Barack_obamachanged and it will now take 2,026 instead of 2,025 delegates to win the nomination at the Democratic National Convention in Denver in August (details will be here eventually; at last check it still had the April numbers)

So reset your calculators. And be ready to reset them again depending on what the DNC rules committee decides in a couple of weeks. And you serious junkies can always spend a little time on the delegate tracker. It's not as cool as that interactive map that John King plays with on CNN, but it will let you play analyst from the comfort of your own home -- or work cubicle. And we have to wonder -- on nights when Barack Obama can't sleep, do you think he dozes off by counting delegates?

-- Scott Martelle

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Obama will soon be indicted in the Rezko scandal. See Evelyn Pringle's series at

Title Author Date Comments
Curtain Time for Barack Obama - Part IV Evelyn Pringle 05/16/2008 6
Curtain Time for Barack Obama - Part III Evelyn Pringle 05/15/2008 10
Curtain Time for Barack Obama - Part II Evelyn Pringle 05/13/2008 13
Curtain Time For Barack Obama - Part I Evelyn Pringle 05/12/2008 32

That would be 2025.5. There is another special Congressional election in Maryland in June that could bump it up to 2026, but let's not get ahead of ourselves.

Here's my response to the democrats and their complicated rules. " Let's just be done with the democratic primary in 2026" The democratic rules are so convoluted you should not be surprised if a republican, a liberitarian or may be even Nader is the new president.

The Rules Committee will be voting, and the delegates will be seated. Howard Dean said as much on the Daily Show with John Stewart. With the seating of the Delegates, Senator Clinton will be ahead in the popular vote, and will continue to pull ahead in the coming primaries. She is not only the most qualified candidate, she is the appropriate balance between the left (Obama) and the right (McCain). She is what the country wants, what it needs, and what it will get. She will be our next President. And, thank God.


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A veteran foreign and national correspondent, Andrew Malcolm has served on the L.A. Times Editorial Board and was a Pulitzer finalist in 2004. He is the author of 10 nonfiction books and father of four. Read more.
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