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Clinton Wins Kentucky, Turns Up Heat On Superdelegates

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky voters overwhelmingly picked
Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton as their choice for the Democratic
presidential nomination, but it wasn't immediately clear if Gov.
Steve Beshear and two other uncommitted superdelegates will follow
their lead.

So far, Beshear and Kentucky Democratic Party leaders Jennifer
Moore and Nathan Smith haven't tipped their hands on who they will
back for the nomination, even though a record number of Kentucky
voters handed Clinton a lopsided victory over Sen. Barack Obama on
Tuesday.

That victory, by more than a 2-to-1 margin, is expected to
intensify pressure on the three superdelegates to endorse the New
York senator. They could choose to ignore the state's popular vote
and back Obama. Or they could bide their time in hopes the issue
resolves itself.

Beshear said he will not rush to a decision.

"I'm going to continue to look at how things develop," he
said. "As a superdelegate, I feel it's my job to try to figure out
what's the best thing to do for the state and the country in terms
of deciding on a candidate as our nominee. The fortunate thing is
we've got two great candidates running for the Democratic
nomination. So, no matter what I ultimately decide, I think the
Democratic Party will be well represented."

Moore, chairwoman of the state Democratic Party, and Smith, the
vice chairman, said they also will continue to monitor political
developments before committing to a candidate. For both, the
outcome of Kentucky's election will weigh heavily in the decision.


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