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Clinton's super delegate lead gone, Obama confident

Reporter: Brain Mooar
New Media Producer: Mike Mardis

Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama picked up another super delegate Sunday. According to NBC News, that puts him within one and a half super delegates of Hillary Clinton. The Associated Press said he's already passed her.

Either way, it narrows Clinton's already slim hopes of winning the nomination. But, she's made it clear she's not ready to bow out.

Desperate for a big win on Tuesday, Clinton rallied supporters in West Virginia by reading a note that seemed to sum up her attitude.

"It's not over until the lady in the pants suit says it is," Clinton said.

She's fighting on for the Democratic presidential nomination even though Obama now appears all but unbeatable.

His supporters said she's welcome to stay, as long as the message is positive.

"The unity is really the critical question," Senator Chris Dodd, Obama supporter, said. "And so, how the campaign is waged is more important than whether or not it's being waged."

Obama is already focusing on Republican John McCain.

"We're going to have to have a debate, not based on John McCain's image or my image, but on facts," Obama said.

Obama has closed Clinton's once-wide lead in super delegates, but now her campaign is moving the finish line.

"Everyone needs to be clear," Terry McAuliffe, Clinton supporter, said, "Until someone gets the magic number of the delegates, 2,209, you are not the nominee of the Democratic party."

Until last week, just about everyone agreed the magic number was 2,025. a number Obama could reach on May 20 with a win in Oregon and a good showing in Kentucky. But now the Clinton team is demanding that Florida and Michigan's banned delegates be added to the bottom line.

In plain English, Clinton isn't giving up just yet.

The party will revisit the Florida and Michigan votes at the end of the month, and that may turn out to be Clinton's last hope of winning.

There's no word yet whether either candidate will return to the Tri-State before the Kentucky primary on May 20.

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