News from the Votemaster
Barack Obama is campaigning in Wisconsin. Hillary Clinton has left and gone on to Texas. She probably has given up on Wisconsin and is putting all her energy into Texas and Ohio, which vote March 4. Big wins there will break Obama's momentum. Chelsea Clinton is off in Hawaii campaiging for her mother. Obama was born in Hawaii so it is unlikely Chelsea can do much to stop Obama there, but she can have a good time trying at least. She's entitled to a bit of down time after all the fuss about her last week. If you are a first child and stay entirely out of the spotlight and don't break any laws, the media will generally leave you alone. But if want a high profile, the media will oblige.
The NY Times has a good story on the battle for the PLEOs. So does the LA Times. Expect more in the months ahead. Of the ones who are decided, 256 are for Hillary Clinton and 170 are for Barack Obama. The remaining 370 are so are up for grabs. About 70 of them haven't even been chosen yet; they will be elected at state caucuses and conventions. The known PLEOs are being courted day and night by both camps. Many have ties to Bill Clinton's administration, but a substantial number of these come from states Obama won, putting them on the hot seat.
No new polls today.
The polling results for all states are available as a Web page and in .csv format.
Here are the delegate totals from various news sources. They differ because in most caucus states, no delegates to the national conventions have been chosen yet, just delegates to the district, county, or state convention. Also, some sources try to count the PLEOs (Party Leaders and Elected Officials) and unpledged delegates, who also get to vote at the convention. When different reporters call a PLEO and hear "Well, I like Hillary, but Barack has his charms too" they may score it differently.
Needed to win: Democrats 2025, Republicans 1191.
-- The Votemaster