The delegate count

The Obama camp reports that HRC only picked up 4 delegates net last night. Not very impressive.

According to the Obama website, the delegate count for yesterday was:

Clinton 187

Obama 183

[The details, as best I can make them out:

Clinton gains 8 in Ohio, 4 in Rhode Island, 2 in the Texas primary.

Obama gains 7 in the Texas caucuses, 3 in Vermont.]

A net pickup of four delegates on what was supposed to be Clinton’s “firewall” day? Not very impressive. On current form, Obama will more than make up for that in Mississippi alone. It means that the percentage of the remaining delegates Clinton needs to take just went up, not down.

Obviously, the “kitchen sink” attacks worked, and Obama needs to figure out how to respond. But while Clinton managed to stay alive last night, she didn’t get any closer to her goal.

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: Markarkleiman-at-gmail.com