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The Obama-Casey State Tour

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That doesn't mean Obama will win Pennsylvania. The primary may not even be close, Casey said, given the Clintons' deep roots in the state, "but the reaction at that bowling alley, it was intense. People really wanted to meet him."

-- Shailagh Murray

DEMOCRACY, TEXAS-STYLE

Murky Caucus Results Favor Obama

For all of you Trail readers desperate for a Texas caucus update, this is your moment: In district conventions held across the state last weekend, Barack Obama appears to have secured about 60 percent of the state's 67 caucus delegates. If that total holds, he might end up with more pledged delegates from Texas than Hillary Clinton, who won the March 4 primary by four delegates, 65 to 61, and has trumpeted that win ever since.

But, really, does anybody care anymore?

The campaign has long since moved on from Texas -- on to Jeremiah Wright Jr. and a Virgin Islands vacation and speculation about a primary in Puerto Rico. Both candidates are in Pennsylvania this week, readying for the April 22 primary there. Texas, and all of its confusion, seems like little more than a memory.

Even this latest update from Texas is still murky. Obama won 2,235 delegates to the state convention, compared with 1,511 for Clinton. Clinton's campaign continues to argue that more results might still need to be tallied and that Obama supporters behaved unfairly at caucuses. Obama spokesman Josh Earnest responded with similar accusations.

Only one thing in Texas seems overwhelmingly clear so far: During this election, at least, no other state could make democracy look so impossibly difficult and protracted.

-- Eli Saslow


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