Obama wins Wyoming as talk of a ‘Dream Team’ intensifies
Barack Obama’s campaign to win the Democratic nomination for President of the United States was given another boost when he won another state over the weekend.
Wyoming may be the least populous state in the union, but his comfortable margin of victory, 61% to 38%, has heartened his supporters after his rival Senator Hillary Clinton won three key states last week.
Senator Obama took seven of the twelve delegates Wyoming sends to the Democratic party nominating convention in August.
Both campaigns are looking to the remaining contests.
Mississippi Democrats will choose a candidate tomorrow, with Senator Obama expected to win comfortably.
The next major state to decide will then be Pennsylvania on April 22nd.
Many party activists, alarmed at the prospect of a bitter and acrimonious fight all the way to the convention, are pushing the candidates to compromise and come together on a President/Vice President ticket.
A Newsweek poll found 69% of Democrats are now in favour of a combined “Dream Team” ticket, though the poll did not specify which candidate would run as President.
The Republican party nomination has already been won by Senator John McCain.
Senator Obama has a lead over his rival in pledged delegates but neither candidate can now win outright without the support of the super-delegates.
The 795 super-delegates can vote for whoever they want.
All Democratic Congressmen, state Governors and former and current office holders, along with members of the Democratic National Committee, are super-delegates.
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Yesterday former President Bill Clinton talked up the prospect of a Clinton/Obama ticket.
“He would win the urban areas and the upscale voters, and she wins the traditional rural areas that we lost when President Reagan was President,” he said while campaigning in Mississippi yesterday.
“If you put those two things together, you’d have an almost unstoppable force.”
Three times in the past week the Clinton camp has made it clear it would be willing to accept Senator Obama as a Vice Presidential candidate.
“You won’t see me as a Vice Presidential candidate,” was his response.
“I’m running for President. We have won twice as many states as Senator Clinton, and have a higher popular vote, and I think we can maintain our delegate count.”