posted on Feb, 7 2004 @ 07:34 PM
Sen. John Kerry furthered his claim on the Democratic presidential nomination Saturday with wins in both Washington and Michigan.
Howard Dean, shut out of the primary season to date, suffered a fresh blow when union leader Gerald McEntee decided to withdraw his support from the
American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees.
Returns from 71 percent of Washington's precincts showed Kerry with 48 percent and Dean with 31 percent. Rep. Dennis Kucinich of Ohio had 8 percent;
Edwards had 6 percent and Clark had 3 percent. Early returns from Michigan's caucuses showed Kerry with 55 percent support. Edwards had 15 percent,
Dean 14 percent, Clark 7 percent, Kucinich 6 percent and Al Sharpton 3 percent.
Kerry, campaigning like the front-runner he is, paid scant attention to his Democratic rivals focusing his attention instead on President Bush. His
showing swelled his delegate total to 290, with Dean at 132, Edwards at 110 and Clark at 82. It takes 2,162 to win the nomination.
Sunday brings the candidates another 35 delegates to split in Maine's race where Dean hopes for a surprising win to validate his candidacy. Similarly
Edwards and Clark are expected to make last best stands in Tuesday's votes in Tennessee (85 delegates) and Virgina (98 delegates).
[Edited on 7-2-2004 by SkepticOverlord]