Delegates adding up, and up for Obama

February 20, 2008 2:59:25 PM PST
The delegate lead continues to grow for Barack Obama in the race for the Democratic nomination. With wins yesterday in Wisconsin and Hawaii, Obama can claim 56 delegates from the two states, while Hillary Rodham Clinton won 37.

One is still to be awarded in Hawaii.

Obama is also getting a boost from new superdelegate endorsements, as well as newly released returns from several elections held on Super Tuesday.

Election results have been slow in some states because of delays in assigning votes to the proper congressional district.

In the overall race for the nomination, Obama leads with 1,351 delegates, including superdelegates. Clinton has 1,262.

On the Republican side, McCain won 34 delegates yesterday in Wisconsin and Washington state to move within less than 240 delegates of securing the nomination.