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Saturday, April 12, 2008

Obama Widens Lead in Washington State

Here's an interesting bit of news from Washington state that was forwarded to me from a faithful reader (and alternate delegate):

Sen. Barack Obama has inched a little farther ahead of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination in Washington state.

Figures released Friday by the state Democratic Party show that Obama won about 70.5 percent of the delegates selected last weekend at the party's legislative district caucuses. That's a slight increase over the 68.5 percent of the delegates he won in February at the party's precinct caucuses.

Clinton's share fell slightly, to just below 30 percent.

"It's pretty clear that both campaigns did a good job of maintaining their turnout at the next level," said state Democratic Party Chairman Dwight Pelz.

The Democrats are selecting the majority of the party's 97 national convention delegates through the caucus process. The next step in that process: the congressional district caucuses and finally the state Democratic convention, which is scheduled June 13-15 in Spokane.