Obama takes super delegate lead over Clinton

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New York, May 10: New York Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton had one thing going for her up to this point in the presidential campaign for the White House, the support among the super delegates who can control the fate of the Democratic nomination.

But on Friday, her Democratic rival, Senator Barack Obama moved into the lead on this score for the first time. The super delegate movement toward Obama, gave him a net gain of six on Friday alone, with more expected, increasing pressure on Clinton. The New York Times quoted Democratic officials as saying what had been a trickle of super delegates declaring for Obama is now turning into a steady stream in the wake of Tuesday's primaries in North Carolina and Indiana.

Clinton lost by 14 percentage points in North Carolina and narrowly won Indiana. Obama is just 166 delegates away from the 2,025 delegates needed to secure the nomination.

Obama made his own peace offering to the Clinton camp, albeit a tactical one, suggesting he would be open to helping her retire her campaign debt.


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