BBC News
watch One-Minute World News
Languages
Last Updated: Wednesday, 20 February 2008, 22:53 GMT
Wounded Clinton eyes big contests
Hillary Clinton at New York fundraiser
Mrs Clinton (r) is pitching to blue-collar workers in the next primaries
Hillary Clinton is scrambling to revive her bid for the Democratic presidential nomination, staking everything on contests in Ohio and Texas next month.

Her husband, former President Bill Clinton, said he thought she could win the nomination over her rival Barack Obama if she wins the two large states.

The two candidates are due to face off in a TV debate in Texas on Thursday.

Mr Obama's latest wins came in a caucus in his home state of Hawaii and Tuesday's primary in Wisconsin.

The BBC's Jonathan Beale says Wisconsin was a significant victory for Mr Obama, eating into Mrs Clinton's support base.

Union endorsements

Correspondents say the blue-collar vote will be crucial in the Ohio and Texas contests, and the New York senator has already begun targeting lower-income workers in her campaign ads.

"This whole nominating process has come down to Texas and Ohio," said Bill Clinton, campaigning for his wife in Texas.

"If she wins in Texas and Ohio, she will win in Pennsylvania and I believe she will win the nomination."

Barack Obama at a rally in Houston, Texas, 19 Feb 2008
Barack Obama has gained backing from some major unions

But Mr Obama has begun chipping away at her support among lower-income workers, our correspondent says, and is picking up endorsements from several major trade unions.

The Service Employees International Union endorsed him on Friday, and the Teamsters union has also given Mr Obama its backing.

"He is the candidate in the best position to lead our movement to restore the American dream for working people in this country," Teamsters general president Jim Hoffa said.

In campaign speeches, Mrs Clinton continued to try to depict Mr Obama as a man of fine words but little action.

"It's time that we move from good words to good works, from sound bites to sound solutions... This campaign goes on!" she said, quoted by AP, at a fundraising event in New York.

"Others might be joining a movement. I'm joining you on the night shift, on the day shift."

Democrats

Hillary ClintonHillary Clinton
17 states, 1,592 delegates
Arizona, Arkansas, California, Florida, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Texas
Barack ObamaBarack Obama
24 states, 1,723 delegates
Alabama, Alaska, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Carolina, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington state, Wisconsin
2,025 delegates needed for nomination. Source AP (includes all kinds of delegates)
Q&A: US election delegates

Republicans

Mike HuckabeeMike Huckabee
8 states, 271 delegates
Campaign ended
Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Iowa, Tennessee, West Virginia, Kansas, Louisiana
John McCainJohn McCain
20 states, 1,253 delegates
Arizona, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Maryland, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Washington state, Wisconsin
Mitt RomneyMitt Romney
11 states, 251 delegates
Campaign suspended
Alaska, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, North Dakota, Wyoming, Utah
1,191 delegates needed for nomination. Source: AP (includes all kinds of delegates)

Speaking in Houston, Mr Obama said the change he wanted would be hard to achieve.

"It is going to require more than rousing speeches... It is going to require something more, because the problem that we face in America today is not the lack of good ideas. It's that Washington has become a place where good ideas go to die."

Republican frontrunner John McCain, who is now virtually assured of his party's nomination, also appeared to attack Mr Obama.

"I will fight every moment of every day in this campaign to make sure that Americans are not deceived by an eloquent but empty call for change," he said.

Women and youth

In the Wisconsin and Hawaii contests, Mr Obama amassed at least 55 of the delegates who will officially nominate the Democratic candidate - compared to Mrs Clinton's 33.

He now boasts a total of 1,335 of the delegates to his rival's 1,251. Six delegates are still to be allocated.

It will take 2,025 delegates to secure the Democratic nomination at the party's national convention this summer.

The Illinois senator was reported to have gained almost equal support from white women, and to have polled well from working-class Democrats - both groups that have usually supported Mrs Clinton.

Mr Obama also took the youth vote and six out of 10 voters who described themselves as independent, according to exit polls for ABC.

The Ohio and Texas primaries will be held on 4 March, together with the smaller New England states of Vermont and Rhode Island.


Are you in next month's key primary states of Ohio or Texas? How do you intend to vote? How crucial do you think those primaries are in this election race? Send us your comments using the form below.

Name
Your E-mail address
Town & Country
Phone number (optional):
Comments

The BBC may edit your comments and not all emails will be published. Your comments may be published on any BBC media worldwide.




VIDEO AND AUDIO NEWS
Clinton and Obama on the campaign trail



Select from the list below to view state level results.



FEATURES, VIEWS, ANALYSIS
Has China's housing bubble burst?
How the world's oldest clove tree defied an empire
Why Royal Ballet principal Sergei Polunin quit

PRODUCTS & SERVICES

Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific