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Obama overtakes Clinton in delegate tally
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14:23, February 13, 2008

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U.S. Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama overtook his major opponent Hillary Clinton in delegate tally after he won the presidential primary in Virginia Tuesday.

In terms of the number of delegates who will go to the party's national convention in late August, Obama, a senator from Illinois, now leads Clinton, a senator from New York, 1,170 to 1,168, according to CNN's tally.

He also leads Clinton in the number of pledged delegates 1,014 to 934, but trails her in the tally of super-delegates 156 to 234.

However, the Democratic race is far from over, as the hopefuls need at least 2,025 delegates to secure the party nomination and neither of them is likely to reach that number in a short period.

Facing a growing Obama momentum, Clinton is shaking up her campaign staff. Her deputy campaign manager Mike Henry announced his departure Tuesday, a day after Maggie Williams replaced Patti Solis Doyle as her campaign manager.

Henry was the campaign's main field architect and was best known for penning a memo last spring urging Clinton not to compete in Iowa, the first state to hold nomination contest.

Source: Xinhua

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