February 11th, 2008
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TICKER MORNING EDITION: Monday, February 11, 2008

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WASHINGTON (CNN) - Barack Obama won two battles with a Clinton yesterday.

He pulled out a victory over Democratic presidential rival Hillary Clinton in the Maine caucuses, a result that defied the most recent polling. And he beat out former President Bill Clinton in a slightly less snowy contest: the Grammy Awards.

Obama's win in the spoken word category for the audio book version of his book "The Audacity of Hope" - his second Grammy - ties him with President Clinton, who's also won two. Hillary Clinton has also taken top honors in that category, for "It Takes a Village."

The latest CNN count now finds Clinton holds a narrow 27-delegate lead over Obama, 1,148 to 1,121, ahead of Tuesday's votes in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C. - but there are enough delegates at stake in tomorrow's Potomac primary to shift the balance.

(Obama has won 986 delegates in voting so far this year - compared to 924 for Clinton - but she maintains a lead thanks to greater support among "superdelegates," an elite group of almost 800 Democratic Party officials and leaders who also will cast votes at the nomination convention this summer. CNN Political Research Director Robert Yoon and CNN Polling Director Keating Holland will lay out the latest in the hunt for delegates in a new story later today at http://www.CNNPolitics.com)

Meanwhile, Republican Mike Huckabee's campaign - fresh off of two stunning weekend wins - is "exploring all available legal options regarding the dubious final results" in the one state the former Arkansas governor didn't come out on top, Washington State. (Hours earlier, Huckabee had complained to reporters that the vote in Louisiana was "a weird deal" and "kind of cooked" in favor of John McCain. He ended up taking the top prize in that state's GOP primary, 43 to 42 percent over likely Republican nominee McCain - though that won't mean he gets the delegates at stake, because he failed to meet the 50 percent threshold required under state party rules.)

Weekend results aside, the GOP nomination may be just about out of statistical reach for the former governor - but reports of his campaign's demise may have been greatly exaggerated.

- CNN Associate Political Editor Rebecca Sinderbrand


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