EN ROUTE SAN ANTONIO--Aboard his campaign plane--and with wife Michelle beside him--Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) said he does not expect the results from Tuesday's balloting in four states, including the giant Ohio and Texas to clinch the nomination for him or Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.)
"It is very, very tight," he said, downplaying expectations.
"We started 20 points behind in Texas and Ohio. We've closed the gap. But, you know, whether it's going to be enough to actually win is going to depend on what the turnout looks like in both states. We know that there's not going to be a huge shift in delegates, one way or the other, just given the math, which means that, you know, either way we'll go on to Mississippi and Wyoming next week."
"...What my head tells me is that we have a very sizable delegate lead that is going to be hard to overcome...
When we were winning those 11 races in a row, the theory was they had to blow us out in Texas and Ohio and I don't think that is going to happen. But look, she is a tenacious and determined candidate and so, you know, we're just going to make sure that we work as hard as we can as long as it takes."
Obama spoke flying from Houston to San Antonio.