Washington, Mar 12: Democrat presidential candidate Barack Obama has won the contest in Mississippi, his second victory since experiencing losses to Senator Hillary Clinton in Ohio and Texas.
With over 80 percent of the precincts in Mississippi voting for Obama, he led Clinton by 59 to 39 percent. Obama's win on Tuesday adds to his overall delegate count but not enough to claim that he has gone ahead of Clinton to win the party's nomination in August. Mississippi had 40 delegates, including seven super delegates, and political analysts say that Obama has to come away with at least 19 out of the 33 pledged delegates to blunt the gains his rival came away with in last week's spectacular wins in Ohio, Texas and Rhode Island.
According to reports, Obama won 17 Mississippi delegates and Clinton won 11, with 5 still to be determined. That gave Obama a total of 1,596, to 1,484 for Clinton, including both pledged delegates and the party leaders and elected officials known as superdelegates
The Pennsylvania primary on April 22 opens the final stage of the Democratic nominating fight, with eight other states and territories left to weigh in.
A total of 2,025 delegates are needed to win the Democratic nomination, something that neither candidate is expected to wrap up prior to the August convention.