For Clinton, Profitable Is sweet But Delegates Are Greater

Enlarge this imageHillary Clinton speaks for the Lyman & Merrie Wood Museum of Springfield History in Ma sachusetts on Monday.Justin Sullivan/Getty Imageshide captiontoggle captionJustin Sullivan/Getty ImagesHillary Clinton speaks in the Lyman & Merrie Wood Museum of Springfield History in Ma sachusetts on Monday.Justin Sullivan/Getty ImagesIf you want to understand Clinton’s Super Tuesday strategy all you need to do is look at her travel schedule: Georgia, Arkansas, Tenne see and Monday in Ma sachusetts and Virginia. In these states she’s delivering a relatively new, more positive me sage. There’s le s drawing contrasts with her primary opponent Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and more talk of “breaking down barriers” and “love and kindne s.” “I want us to break down the barriers that stand in the way of people being succe sful, that stand in the way of America fulfilling our potential,” Clinton told an enthusiastic crowd in Springfield, MA. “We have barriers. We have economic barriers don’t we. A lot of people are working hard and feeling like they are just barely standing in place.” She adds racism and sexism to that list, among other barriers. Clinton is also taking aim with the Republican field, in particular the insults and mean-spiritedne s that have seemingly overtaken the race. She told a crowd in Springfield, Ma s. that disagreements are part of the American DNA but “what we can’t let happen is the scapegoating, the blaming, the finger Jarrad Davis Jersey pointing that is going on on the Republican side.”This new me sage served Clinton well in South Carolina where over the weekend she won a dominant victory, built on the strength of her support among black voters. She’s hoping that support will also help her in Southern states like Arkansas, Georgia, Tenne see, Texas and Alabama. A lot of those Southern states “are states that we expect to do well in,” said Jen Palmieri, the campaign’s communications director. “Some states like Ma sachusetts we are not confident that we can win.” Polls show the race in Ma sachusetts close, which explains why both Sanders and Clinton are campaigning there Monday. But for Clinton, it’s not just about wins and lo ses (though she certainly Jesse James Jersey wouldn’t mind more landslides like she had on Saturday). As far as they’re concerned Palmieri says: wins are pleasant, but delegates are more important. “Even if you don’t win the state, you can pick up delegates there,” explained Palmieri. Democrats award delegates proportionally throughout the primary season. “And even if you’re confident that you will win the state, you may want to spend more time there so you pick up more delegates because ultimately that’s what’s going to mean you get the nomination.” That’s a le son Clinton learned the hard way in 2008. This Super Tuesday she hopes not just to notch wins in key states, but to build a delegate lead that it will be nearly impo sible for Sanders to overcome.


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