Clinton vs. Obama - The Problems
April 21, 2008

The race for the Democratic nomination remains neck-and-neck and there are only 8 states that have yet to hold their primary elections. So far Obama has 1645 delegates (plus 231 super delegates) and Clinton has 1504 delegates (plus 254 super delegates). What is the positive difference between Obama’s percent lead over Clinton when the super delegates are included versus his lead when the super delegates are excluded? Express your answer to the nearest hundredth. Note that a super delegate vote is worth the same as a “regular” delegate vote.

Super delegates differ from “regular” delegates in that, among other things, super delegates’ votes are not tied to how their state voted in the primaries. Based on the numbers in question 1, what percentage of Obama’s super delegates would have to switch to Clinton’s side in order to make their delegate totals even? Express your answer to the nearest tenth.

On April 22nd, 2008, Pennsylvania will hold its primary to divvy up their 187 delegates. Clinton is projected to get ¾ of Pennsylvania’s delegates. If the predictions are accurate, who will be the race’s overall leader and by what percent will s/he be ahead after the Pennsylvania primary? Disregard super delegates for this question. Express the number of delegates each candidate gets to the nearest whole number and then express your final answer to the nearest hundredth.

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