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If Obama Wins in Oregon, Clinton Vows to Still Fight On

The latest numbers from state elections officials -- 42 percent of the state's 2,027,564 registered voters have cast a ballot as of Monday.

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Sen. Hillary Clinton will score a huge win in Kentucky tonight, but most expect that the former First Lady will loose the vote in Oregon to her rival, Sen. Barack Obama, but she is telling supporters that she will continue her campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination all the way to the Democratic National Convention this summer in Denver.

(SALEM, Ore. ) - Sen. Hillary Clinton will score a huge win in Kentucky tonight, but most expect that the former First Lady will loose the vote in Oregon to her rival, Sen. Barack Obama, but she is telling supporters that she will continue her campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination all the way to the Democratic National Convention this summer in Denver.

Polls have the former First Lady down double-digits in the Beaver State, and winning in the Bluegrass State by as many as 30 points. However, state elections officials are expecting a record turnout in Oregon's unique vote-by-mail system.

Kentucky Votes 2008:

With 36 percent of the precincts reporting in the Bluegrass State, Clinton has a big lead, and it looks too big for Obama to mount any sort of late rally. She currently leads Obama 55 percent to 41 percent. So far Clinton has 22 of Kentucky's pledged delegates to 11 for Obama.

Tension Rises After Obama Says He May Declare Victory in Iown on Tuesday:

Obama told reporters after the Portland rally when asked if he was going to declare victory on Tuesday after the Oregon vote: “We think we will have a majority of pledged delegates at that point and that’s a pretty significant mark.” On Saturday night during a campaign fundraiser in Portland, Obama said, "In order for Democrats to win in November it will require a unified party, and that means all of you have to be nice to Clinton supporters."

The Clinton Campaign fired back saying: Senator Obama’s plan to declare himself the Democratic nominee Tuesday night in Iowa is a slap in the face to the millions of voters in the remaining primary states and to Senator Clinton’s 17 million supporters. They say there is no scenario under the rules of the Democratic National Committee by which Senator Obama will be able to claim the nomination tomorrow night. He will not have 2210 delegates, the number needed with Florida and Michigan included in the process, nor will he have 2025 delegates, the number needed to secure the nomination without Florida and Michigan. "Premature victory laps and false declarations of victory are unwarranted. Declaring mission accomplished does not make it so," said Clinton's campaign.

Obama Winning the Oregon Money Race:

Obama has raised more money in Oregon. He has raised an estimated 1.7 million compared to $422,000 for Clinton. Sen. McCain comes in at just over $236,000 according to data provided by the FEC on April 20th.

Some Question Why Obama Not in Oregon for Victory Speech:

According to both campaigns, neither candidate will be in Oregon on Tuesday. Clinton is expected to be in Kentucky, which has 51 delegates at stake, while Obama is scheduled to be in Des Moines, Iowa for a rally in the state who's caucuses first established him as a viable contender for the nomination. An estimated 77,000 Obama supporters jammed Tom McCall Waterfront Park in downtown Portland during a rally Sunday afternoon, the largest turnout so far. So why, not be in Oregon for tonight's speech, a phone call and e-mail by to the Obama Campaign Press Office was not returned.

2,026 delegates Are Needed to Get the Democratic Nomination:

Barack Obama has 1,929; Clinton has 1,741. That means Obama needs only 97 more delegates in the next five contests (Kentucky, Oregon, Puerto Rico, South Dakota, and Montana) to become the nominee. There are 260-plus superdelegates who are yet to be claimed and are not bound by the outcome of any state's vote. Oregon has 52 delegates at stake, but it is not a winner-take-all.

Florida and Michigan Still Up For Debate:

Clinton is also trying to make a case that if the results of disputed primaries in Michigan and Florida are included, she would lead Obama in the overall popular vote.

Obama vs McCain for President Polls:

According to Rasmussen Reports daily presidential tracking poll, Obama and McCain are running neck-and-neck. In Monday's poll, McCain was just ahead of Obama -- 45 percent to 44 percent.

Oregon Votes 2008:

The latest numbers from state elections officials show that 42 percent of the state's 2,027,564 registered voters have cast a ballot as of Monday. In the mid-Willamette Valley - Marion County is at 44 percent; Polk County is at 44 percent; Linn County is at 39 percent; and Benton County is at 42 percent.

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Tommy May 22, 2008 9:58 am (Pacific time)

Obama is a JOKE! All you left wingers think it is cool to elect a "BLACK" man, just because he is black and...


This person wanted to make a comment stating that Barack Obama is a Muslim, does anyone know what a stupid thing that is to try and suggest at this point?  All of the liars who think they can use this section to perpetuate hate and untrue  statements can find somewhere else to go; your crap will not be published here.  For the record, all smart people, even those who do not like Obama, know he is a Christian. 

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Henry Ruark May 21, 2008 2:06 pm (Pacific time)

andersen et al: Ironic to hear your reference to factual statements, sir. For anyone likely to understand the dialog here, that fact is or should be only too well known. We are dealing here with the influences and sometimes other than factual statements made to "persuade"(read:manipulate) essential political action, and we have a right to seek good faith dialog as offset to such references as the website of the candidate-praised, and substitution true "informed opinion", with sources and links given for evaluation by the reader. Inquiry's inquiry deserves careful consideration, part of which is that racism here is directed at others than "blacks" --surely an unreliable term, unless one knows and can guarantee every iota of family history all the way back to early-export efforts in Colonial days. For that, you can be sure, Oregon has an inimitable and historic record, somewhat to the positive side from that nationally, but also with its own smears and situations. But at least we are hard at work to kill off once and for all generations that myth of racism which began as a truly economic weapon and has been so noted now, for centuries, for precisely what is is. For full documentation see my recent Op Ed --the one that begins with dialog-experience from interview with a famous psychiatrist in Chicago, years ago...sorry copy-and-date not momentarily available here, but accessible via STAFF-note and "Written by..."

Inquiry May 21, 2008 1:17 pm (Pacific time)

I wonder if Oregon's low percentage of race as an influencing variable compared to say Kentucky and other states is because of a very small black population, which is below 2%? Though it is also small in West Virginia, one must realize that Obama received about 27% of the available state vote. Will be interesting to see how the percentages work out in November if he is the general candidate. I was going to say compare it to Iowa, but that was before the Pastor Wright tempest.

andersen May 21, 2008 11:54 am (Pacific time)

It is the Electoral College vote that decides the winner, not the delegates or the superdelegates. Get your facts straight!

Henry Ruark May 21, 2008 10:24 am (Pacific time)

MC, DMC: Your insightful, accurate and hopeful comments are well appreciated here. Please note that in Oregon, only 1 in 10 stated race was a factor in decision, while in Kentucky the number was 1 in 5, in after-vote polls. Most do not recognize racism when it interferes with clear thought and responsibilities as a citizen. Unfortunately the same is true of sexism, too, which is a tough factor for Hillary to overcome. But surely, as we segue into the 21st Century after thirty years of confrontation and conflict, both internal and via "preemptive wars", caused by neocon notions now seen in tatters and terrible consequences at every level, by November even those now in denial on both will come to their American common-sense and act for the nation's best interests.

andersen May 21, 2008 10:10 am (Pacific time)

Obama thumped again in Kentucky: 65%-30%.

DMC May 21, 2008 12:30 am (Pacific time)

Oregon has now played a significant role in this historic race between Senator Clinton and Senator Obama. Thank you for a successful election process in Oregon.

MC May 21, 2008 12:16 am (Pacific time)

America: A Beacon Light of Hope Considering that America represents a Beacon Light of hope for people around the world, it is unfortunate that race, gender, and religion have tarnished this historic moment in American history. Nevertheless, Oregon has proved to the world that the consciousness of America is evolving somewhat; that the rights of all American citizens are respected; that the pursuit of life, liberty, and happiness is truly possible for all. Thank you! Thank you for standing up for the principles that American patriots risked that lives and fortunes to secure. I Love Oregon!!

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