Political Wire: “Obama Would Do The Same as Kerry in Swing States.” (I’m sure President Kerry will give him some good advice for expanding his lead. Oh, wait a minute…).
Shattering records, the two leading Democrats raised nearly $500 million through April to finance their rival armies. Mrs. Clinton’s $214 million, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, exceeds money raised by all candidates in both parties in the hard-fought 1988 contests that nominated George Bush and Michael S. Dukakis. Mr. Obama raised $50 million more than Mrs. Clinton did, relying heavily on the Internet and creating a new model for financial supremacy.
…Mrs. Clinton has finished robustly despite a costly string of February losses. Even after this weekend’s disappointment of failing to gain all the Michigan and Florida delegates she had sought before the Rules and Bylaws Committee of the Democratic Party, Mrs. Clinton commands 45 percent of convention delegates to Mr. Obama’s 49 percent.