Both Obama and Clinton Camps Claim Lead in Popular Votes

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Washington (AP) Keep the spin factor in mind when listening to both democratic presidential campaigns claim they're ahead in the popular vote.

The day after her big win in Pennsylvania, Hillary Clinton told an Indianapolis rally that she now has more votes than anybody who has ever run for president in a democratic primary.

But Barack Obama's campaign manager disputes that. He tells reporters that Obama has a comfortable lead in the popular vote and doesn't expect to lose it by the time voting ends June 3rd.

Deciding who is right depends on how the votes are counted.

Clinton is including Michigan and Florida, primaries she won after all the candidates agreed to boycott the states for holding votes too early for party rules.

Even under that criteria, Clinton's lead may not last long. Obama is heavily favored to win the North Carolina vote on May 6th.

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