Several of Sen. Clinton's supporters among Democratic senators and governors joined on a conference call Wednesday to celebrate her victory. Gov. Ted Strickland of Ohio noted that Sen. Clinton has won states such as Ohio and Pennsylvania that are expected to be closely fought in the fall campaign.A related article:
"This is for me a no-brainer," Gov. Strickland said. "If we're going to plan to win in November, we need to choose the candidate that has the greatest strength in the states that are necessary to get us the electoral votes we need." He added: "I hope the superdelegates are paying attention."[...]
One adviser said Tennessee Rep. John Tanner, a leader among House Democratic conservatives, had called last week. "He said, 'If she wins Pennsylvania, I'm with you.'" Later in the day, Sen. Clinton's campaign announced Rep. Tanner's endorsement.
The Clinton campaign is renewing its fight to claim disputed votes from Florida and Michigan primaries, but that may anger the very superdelegates the campaign needs.
The Democratic Party stripped both Michigan and Florida of their convention delegates because both held primaries earlier than party rules allow, as all the Democratic presidential candidates recognized at the time. None campaigned in the states, and most candidates -- including Sen. Obama -- weren't on the Michigan ballot. The Clinton campaign says both states' votes should be counted. If they are, Sen. Clinton would overtake Sen. Obama's lead in the overall popular vote, and cut deeply into his pledged-delegates lead.
Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm said on the pro-Clinton conference call that giving Sen. Clinton the lead in the popular vote from all contests, including Michigan and Florida, "should be a sign to these superdelegates that she in fact is the strongest candidate to win the general election in November."
"I don't think the tide is turning, I think the tide has turned," New York Gov. David Paterson, a Democrat, said in a conference call with reporters.