Barack Obama has lost a primary but he believes he now has the Democrat presidential nomination in his grasp. Even as Hillary Clinton took two thirds of the votes in the Kentucky primary, Obama went back to Iowa, where the race started, to imply he couldn’t be caught: “Tonight, Iowa, in the fullness of Spring, with the help of those who stood up from Portland to Louisville, we have returned to Iowa with the majority of delegates elected by the American people and you have put us within reach of the Democratic nomination for president of the United States of America,” he said.
Barack Obama was sure this would be D-Day, the moment when he would pass the pledged delegate threshold, even if neither he nor Clinton can now hit the magic 2,026 target, without Florida or Michigan counted. He did not even wait to confirm his Oregon primary win. But he did apparently issue a directive to his campaign team not to claim victory overtly out of respect for his rival.