Canceling Each Other Out

Clinton wins Rhode Island ; Obama wins Vermont . And with that we’re right back where we started.

The two victories, coupled with early returns that currently show 20-point margins in each state, mean that neither candidate will sneak a few extra delegates out of the off-the-radar states tonight. Any delegate gains Obama makes in Vermont are likely to be cut down by Clinton’s slightly better-than-expected haul in Rhode Island. This stalemate is a microcosm of the match playing out on a grander scale in the overall pledged delegate picture.

But a stalemate isn’t enough for Clinton –she needs to start making strides. If her 17-point lead holds in Ohio (26 percent of precincts reporting), that would allow her to strut into Pennsylvania.