Clinton Wins Big in West Virginia

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CBNNews.com -  Sen. Hillary Clinton won West Virginia by a wide margin Tuesday night, making a strong case to undecided superdelegates that the Democratic race is not yet over.

"I am more determined than ever to carry on this campaign," Clinton told supporters.

Watch Pat Robertson's analysis following CBN News Correspondent David Brody's report.

Clinton won with 67 percent of the vote, giving her 20 of West Virginia's 28 delegates. Obama will receive eight delegates from the state.   Click here for LIVE returns.

"In light of our overwhelming victory, I want to send a message to those who have yet to make up their minds," she said. "I am in this race because I believe I am the strongest candidate. I can lead this party to victory in the November election."

In a clear signal to undecided superdelegates, she again highlighted the fact that neither candidate has reached the magic delegate number to snag party nomination.

The number of delegates needed to clinch the nomination increased by one Tuesday - to 2,026 - with the election of Democrat Travis Childers to a vacant U.S. House seat in Mississippi. That increases the number of superdelegates to 797.

Tonight, Clinton reiterated her earlier warning about importance of winning West Virginia.

"No Democrat has won the White House since 1916 without winning West Virginia," she said

"The bottom line is this: the White House is won in the swing states, and I am winning the swing states," she said. "I am ready to go head-to-head with John McCain."

Hard Math for Clinton

 

DELEGATES

OVERALL

OBAMA

8

1,883

CLINTON

20

1,717

But the delegate math is not in her favor. Obama still leads in the delegate count with 1,875.5 delegates overall, to Clinton's 1,712.

Tuesday's win is not enough to overcome her rival's lead, but Clinton aides said earlier that it demonstrates her strength with blue-collar voters, making her the more electable candidate against Republican John McCain.

"After tonight, we will have one more proof point, if you will, that Hillary Clinton is the strongest candidate Democrats can nominate," said Ann Lewis, an aide to the former first lady.

Clinton's camp has arranged a meeting with superdelegates for Wednesday. About 250 of them remain publicly uncommitted.

The former first lady has struggled to overcome an emerging Democratic consensus that Obama effectively wrapped up the nomination with last week's win in North Carolina, and narrow loss in Indiana.

Obama has been gobbling up superdelegates since then. Close to 30 superdelegates have swung behind Obama this week, some of which formerly backed Clinton.

Earlier this week, Sen. Barack Obama all but conceded defeat in the state, turning his sights on the remaining primaries and the general election.

"We know from the Bible that faith can move mountains," Clinton said Tuesday night. "And, my friends, the faith of the Mountain State has moved me."

Source: CBN News, The Associated Press

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