CHICAGO--Obama campaign manager David Plouffe on a conference call on Wednesday with three senators and two governors discussing the Indiana slim loss and solid North Carolina win, said, "we can see the finish line."
The pledged delegate totals, according to Plouffe for the two states : 87 for Clinton and 100 for Obama. The breakdown....In North Carolina, Obama picked up 66 delegates to 49 for Clinton. In Indiana, Clinton won 38 to 34 for Obama. Plouffe said their count has Obama with 172 more pledged delegates than Clinton, the biggest lead ever.
Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.), on the call, said Obama would have won Indiana if conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh had not urged his listeners--who are usually in the GOP primary--to pull a Democratic ballot to vote for Clinton, on the theory she would be easier for presumptive GOP nominee Sen. John McCain (R-Az.) to beat.