As reported here earlier, Hillary Clinton won the Nevada caucuses, but there’s some controversy tonight over who won the most delegates in Nevada this afternoon. Reading various accounts of controversy, apparently although Hillary Clinton won the raw vote, “senior aides to Sen. Barack Obama (Ill.) believe they have narrowly won the fight for delegates in the Silver State.”
In a just completed conference call with Obama campaign manager David Plouffe and director of delegate selection Jeff Berman argued that the Illinois Senator will leave Nevada today with 13 pledged delegates to 12 for Clinton thanks the weighting of northern and rural areas in the state.
AP and NBC adjusted their call on the delegates for Obama. But both the chairwoman of the Nevada Democratic Party and a senior adviser for Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton’s campaign disagree:
“The calculations of national convention delegates being circulated are based upon an assumption that delegate preferences will remain the same between now and April 2008,” said Jill Derby, the chairwoman of the state party. “We look forward to our county and state conventions where we will choose the delegates for the nominee that Nevadans support.”
Howard Wolfson, communications director for Clinton, echoed that sentiment. “Hillary Clinton won the Nevada Caucuses today by winning a majority of the delegates at stake,” he said. “The Obama campaign is wrong. Delegates for the national convention will not be determined until April 19.”
Hillary Clinton also chimes in on the controversy:
Does anyone have an alka seltzer? This all sucks big time quite frankly. All this mud slinging at a time when we’re poised to take the White House. A lot of folks are looking at this delegate thing as “Obama playing Bush to Clinton’s Gore.” From where I sit, the Obama team has pulling a lot of dirty plays and then claiming innocence for months now.
Topping off the delegate controversy, there has been accusations from a href=”http://marcambinder.theatlantic.com/archives/2008/01/obama_manager_accuses_clintons.php”>team Obama/a> and team Clinton of dirty politics.
Back on the delegate mess, Jeralyn explains how the delegates will be awarded at the National Convention. Can some one wake me when the convention is over? Seriously… will we all survive at this rate?
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