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back these measures, albeit more stringently.

McCain has taken a more liberal stance on the environment than President Bush. “It is a natural thing for Republican candidates to take steps toward the left and Democratic candidates to the right. They are going to be fighting over those Independent voters, and McCain is trying to position himself to get them,” says Berch.

With only 28 delegates at stake, West Virginia won’t be a windfall for Clinton if she wins, but it demonstrates her ability to woo the white working-class vote.

In a national election, “Clinton might do well against McCain [in West Virginia], but there are just as many states that go the other way, where Obama would do well against McCain,” Berch says. “If you are on the Obama campaign and making a list of the states that are going to get you 270 electoral votes, West Virginia
is not on that list. It is not a crucial state for him in November. Instead of being worried about the marginal voter in West Virginia, he’ll be trying to figure out how to get that 51st percentile in Colorado; whereas, for Clinton, West Virginia might be a part of her coalition.”

Two superdelegates from West Virginia, Sen. Jay Rockefeller and Rep. Nick Rahall, have declared their support for Obama, while three have made commitments to Clinton, including Pat Maroney, former state party chairman. Five more are uncommitted.

In the past week, several former Clinton superdelegates, including Rep. Donald Payne of New Jersey, switched to the Obama team after the Indiana primary. As of today, Obama needs 146 more delegates to clinch the nomination, while Clinton needs 325.5, according to an Associated Press count.

“In January Clinton had a lead in superdelegates, of about 100. Since Super Tuesday, Obama has gained 100 superdelegates and Clinton has gained about 10. I get the sense that the Obama campaign has about 30-40 more superdelegates and are stringing out a few a day to make it look like they have more momentum,” offers Berch. “It seems that if you were for Clinton you would have declared yourself a long time ago.”

In addition to Obama’s lead in pledged delegates and superdelegates, Berch says it does not bode well that Clinton’s campaign is running out of money. Obama raised $42 million in March alone. Year to date he has raised $234 million. Compared to Clinton, who last week loaned $6.4 million of her own money to continue her campaign, Obama’s campaign’s debt is minuscule.

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Marcia is a multimedia content producer focusing on technology at Black Enterprise Magazine. In this capacity she writes and assigns stories to educate readers about social media; digital integration; gadgets, apps, and software for business and professional development; minority tech startups; and careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). In 2012, she received two Salute to Excellence Awards from the National Association of Black Journalists and was recognized by Blacks in Technology (BiT) as one of the Top 10 Black achievers in the tech arena for 2011 at SXSW in Austin, Texas. She has spoken about technology on panels for New York Social Media Week, at The 2012 Rainbow/PUSH Wall Street Summit, as well as at Black Enterprise’s Entrepreneurs Conference and Women of Power Summit. In 2011, SocialWayne.com chose her as one of 28 People of Color Impacting the Social Web, and through crowdsourcing she was listed as one of BlackWeb2.0's/HP's 50 Most Notable African American Tastemakers in Social Media and Technology for 2010. Since taking on the role of Tech editor in September 2010, she has conceived and produced five cover stories on Technology and/or STEM and countless articles, videos, and slideshows online. Before joining BlackEnterprise.com as an interactive general assignment reporter in 2008, she freelanced with Black Enterprise beginning in 2003 while working as the technical editor at Prepared Foods magazine. There she further honed her writing skills and became an authority on food ingredients, including ingredients used in food fortification and enrichment. Meanwhile, her freelancing with Black Enterprise and BlackEnterprise.com helped her stay current on issues pertaining to the financial and business welfare of African Americans. As a general reporter for Black Enterprise she attended and reported on the Democratic and Republican National Conventions, where she interviewed Valerie Jarrett, senior advisor and assistant to President Barack Obama and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder. Marcia has a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture with an emphasis in food science from the University of Minnesota, and a Master of Science degree in journalism from Roosevelt University in Chicago. En route to her secondary degree, she served as the editor-in-chief of the Roosevelt University Torch, a weekly, student-run newspaper. An avid photographer and videographer, Marcia is one of several employees at BLACK ENTERPRISE who interned for the publishing company as a college student. She lives in New Jersey with her husband, a food scientist; her seventeen-month-old daughter; and “The Cat”, but still considers Chicago home.


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