Both candidates vying for the Democrats’ US presidential candidacy have been drumming up last minute support in Kentucky and Oregon. Barack Obama is fewer than 100 delegates short of the total needed to secure the party’s nomination against Hillary Clinton. And there are 103 pledges at stake in the two states.
“I’m very excited because I think we have a man that’s going to try and change things. And we certainly need a change,” said one Obama supporter.
But the Hillary Clinton camp is refusing to give up the fight and accept defeat.
“They have no substance to share with me what his change is. I know what Hillary Clinton’s plan is. I know we will be out of Iraq in 60 days. I know she has a plan for health-care, get rid of No Child Left Behind, social security. Everything. She’s got a plan for it,” was a Clintonite’s comment.
But as the trailing New York senator worked doggedly in Kentucky to overtake her rival, Obama was already referring to her campaign in the past tense, saying ‘she has been a formidable candidate,’ and ‘she has run an extraordinary campaign.’
He drew his biggest campaign crowd yet – estimated to be 75 000 at Portland in Oregon – a reflection of his double digit lead in the opinion polls in the state.
Kentucky votes on Tuesday.