If Hillary wins the popular vote in all 50 states, I say she has a real claim to the Superdelegates, and the nomination!
For a long time I have been a loner here hearing about how great Barack was, and also hearing how the Superdelegates shouldn't override the will of the people & give Hillary the nomination. After last night I think Hillary may have a new argument to the Superdelegates, and a real reason that she should be the nominee. The will of the people & the popular vote nationwide if she wins the popular vote in all 50 states. This would prove a real problem for Obama too, since he is supposed to be bringing people together, and any argument from him to not go by the will of the voters wouldn't be good.
At this moment, while some votes are still being counted, the popular vote nationwide on Realclearpolitics.com shows Obama 13,121,162, Hillary 12,813,812 when including Florida. This is a difference of 307,350. The difference in OH alone so far is around 225,000 votes. As a result, at this point it is quite possible that Hillary Clinton will be very close to even in the popular vote after Pennsylvania, not even counting what could happen in MI or any of the rest of the states left to vote.
I realize that Howard Dean hoped that someone would emerge the victor without having to deal with the FL & MI issue. However, after the margin in RI & OH last night, it appears that counting the raw vote in MI & FL might actually swing the popular vote & maybe even the delegates to Hillary. He will now have to address this issue.
I know the argument will be that the "pledged" delegate count should rule the day, but we need to be realistic, the process for allocating the pledged delegates is less transparent than the Superdelegate issue. If Hillary wins the popular vote but loses because certain votes count more than others in determining delegates, how can you then argue that the Superdelegates are unfair?
My personal opinion is that there should be a revote in both Florida & Michigan, after Puerto Rico in June. This would solve the other potential problem that Puerto Rico could decide the nominee. My opinion at this point is we need to live up to the 50 state strategy and let the will of the voters in all 50 states decide the nomination. If Obama wins the popular vote after this I would support him too. I would challenge Obama supporters to tell me why their candidate should be made the nominee by Superdelegates IF, and I do say IF, he doesn't win the popular vote?