Right now, the media is caught up in the drama of Clinton’s wins in Ohio and Texas, but just as with Super Tuesday when Clinton was at first seen as the big winner until the delegate counts started getting tabulated, Obama could be back in prime position by this time next week. The results of the Texas caucuses are still trickling in, but Obama seems likely to win them, meaning that when the delegates are added up over the next few days, we’ll see that Clinton’s net gain was negligible. Obama is likely to capture big wins in Wyoming on Saturday and Mississippi on Tuesday, meaning by this time next week, the excitement of last night’s victories will have worn off, Clinton will once again be starring at a huge delegate deficit, and Obama can retake the momentum.
UPDATE: When you combine Mississippi, Wyoming and North Carolina–all states that favor Obama–you get 160 delegates. Pennsylvania, the supposed Clinton stronghold, has 158. This reinforces how difficult it will be for Clinton to even make a dent in Obama’s delegate lead, let alone overtake him. And if you consider the fact that Obama has tended to win his states by larger margins than she has won hers, he may very well expand his delegate lead by June.
CLARIFICATION: You may also be seeing reports that Pennsylvania has 188 delegates. I just put in a call to the state party, and that number includes 30 superdelegates.