03/29/2008 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Can Clinton Win The Popular Vote?

The apparent collapse of planned new votes in Florida and Michigan could push victory on a key symbolic measure -- the primary season popular vote -- beyond Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's grasp.

Clinton's top supporters, including her husband, have suggested in recent days that amassing more votes than Sen. Barack Obama, while it has no formal meaning, could offer a key rationale for laying claim to the nomination. The theory: Winning the popular vote might give party leaders known as superdelegates a reason to take the nomination away from Obama, who is virtually sure to earn more pledged delegates.

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