Clinton, of course, won the popular vote on March 4, netting her four Texas delegates via the March 4 primary. But Obama's lopsided victory in the caucuses erased her lead. Obama folks say he netted nine delegates in the caucuses. Do the math and the Illinois senator would have five more pledged Texas delegates than Clinton, a 99-94 split. That's how CNN projected it weeks ago.
But while Clinton's top Texas honcho, Garry Mauro, acknowledged losing the county-level conventions to Obama Saturday and Sunday, he said it was too soon to make precise delegate predictions. He agreed Obama was ahead Sunday night, but said it was between one and three pledged delegates statewide.
"It looks like he’s got a small lead, but it’s a lot smaller than it was on Election Night,’’ Mauro said
That the two presidential candidates are still fighting so intensely over what appears to be at most three Texas delegates -- weeks after voters went to the polls -- indicates just how bitterly contested the 2008 Democratic race has become. Obama leads Clinton nationally by about 125 delegates, depending on who’s doing the counting.
Obama thanked his Texas supporters in a statement released by his campaign Sunday night.
“I want to thank the record-setting number of Texans who participated in the caucuses and helped our campaign secure an important victory in Texas,” said Obama. “Texans from across the state sent a crystal clear message that families across America are ready for change in Washington.”
-- Jay Root