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Obama gets it in gear

   WASHINGTON — So much for the Clinton machine.

   It turns out that Barack Obama, the former community organizer from the city that gave political machines a bad name, is out-organizing Hillary Clinton in state after state.

   Combine that with the fact that Obama's message is resonating better with voters, and the fact that he's out-raising Clinton on the Internet, and it's no wonder that the Illinois senator is the new Democratic front-runner.

   Obama has a lead in delegates now, and given that the Democratic Party divides its delegates proportionally based on primary performance, the Obama campaign argues that it will be very difficult for Clinton to regain the lead.

   But what of the Clinton machine? Wasn't she supposed to have the can't-miss connections that would fill her campaign coffers and guarantee that the voters would turn out for her?

   Whatever happened?

— Jerry Zremski

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Jerry Zremski

Jerry Zremski

Jerry Zremski, The Buffalo News Washington bureau chief, has reported from the nation's capital since 1989 after joining The News as a business reporter in 1984. A graduate of Syracuse University, Zremski is a former Nieman fellow in journalism at Harvard University. In 2007, he served as president of the National Press Club.

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