Hillary Clinton might be reeling after 10 consecutive losses, many of them blowouts, but she shows no signs of giving up as the Democratic presidential race heads to showdowns March 4 in Ohio and Texas.
She gave a defiant speech this morning at Hunter College in New York City, where she pressed the case that Barack Obama is thin on track record and not ready for the Oval Office. Clinton cited an appearance on MSNBC by an Obama surrogate who, when pressed repeatedly to name a legislative accomplishment for the Illinois senator, was unable to come through.
"We're asking to compare our records," Clinton implored. "We're asking to compare our years of service."
But comparing delegates shows that Obama is an increasingly strong position after a 58 percent to 41 percent victory in the Wisconsin primary on Tuesday and a 76 percent to 24 percent whitewash in the Hawaii caucuses.
Obama's camp said today that he leads by 159 pledged delegates -- those determined by the results of primaries and caucuses. Because Democratic delegates are awarded proportionately, Clinton would have to rack up big margins in Ohio and Texas to catch up. According to an Associated Press tally that also includes committed superdelegates, Obama leads 1,336 to 1,251.
The Clinton campaign responded today by launching a delegate update website to keep up with the ins and outs. Interestingly, it says that 2,205 delegates are needed to clinch the nomination -- a figure that assumes that the disputed delegates from Florida and Michigan are seated at the national convention. Many party leaders have said it would tear apart the party if that happens.