Campaign coverage concentrated on the count of Democratic delegates. Sunday morning anchors Tim Russert on Tuesday and George Stephanopoulos Wednesday came to virtually the same conclusion: that Barack Obama is thisclose to securing the majority he needs for the nomination. NBC's Russert reckoned that after a split vote in Puerto Rico and Montana and South Dakota, the three remaining primaries, he will need 40 superdelegates: "They have identified them. The Obama campaign will claim a mathematical lock on the nomination one week from tonight." ABC's Stephanopoulos threw the disputes delegations from Florida and Michigan into his calculus yet reached the same conclusion. Obama needs between three dozen and four dozen more superdelegates and "he is almost certain to get that next week."
ABC's Jake Tapper illustrated Obama's impending triumph with a clip of Hillary Rodham Clinton on the campaign trail in South Dakota: "Mount Rushmore may be as close as she gets to the Presidency."
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