Barack Obama can fully accept Hillary Rodham Clinton's terms on Michigan and Florida and still win a majority of pledged Democratic delegates on June 1, allowing him to lay claim to the nomination under the New York senator's own rules.
A Politico analysis of the delegate numbers after Tuesday's primaries in North Carolina and Indiana shows Obama can concede to Clinton's position on Michigan and Florida and still claim victory -- potentially forestalling the Democratic nightmare scenario of a floor fight at the Denver convention.
The Clinton campaign rejected the premise of Politico's analysis, dismissing it as "artificial metrics" that "might make for interesting cocktail party conversation" but would give Obama no legitimate claim on the nomination.
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