For Dems, the race goes on

The campaigns of Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.) and Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaSaagar Enjeti rips Buttigieg for praising Obama after misquote Steyer scores endorsement from key New Hampshire activist Saagar Enjeti dismisses Warren, Klobuchar claims of sexism MORE (Ill.) both claimed victories and split up delegates Tuesday night, ensuring their race for the Democratic nomination will continue.

Both campaigns predicted as much prior to Tuesday, and while votes were still coming in, the two rival camps held conference calls with reporters to remind them that the nomination contests is a battle for delegates, not states.

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Because the Democratic National Committee’s (DNC) rules are set up so delegates are allocated proportionally by congressional district, the winner of the most delegates was still in dispute early Wednesday morning.

Clinton scored big wins in the Northeast, picking up her home state of New York and neighboring New Jersey and a surprise win in Massachusetts, where Obama had secured the endorsements of Sens. John Kerry and Edward Kennedy.

Obama split the region with Clinton, however, winning Delaware and Connecticut.

The two camps split Super Tuesday’s Southern states, with Obama taking Georgia and Alabama and Clinton winning Tennessee and Arkansas, where she served as the state’s first lady.

The split likely came as a source of relief for the Clinton campaign midway through the night, as the first reported results, which were from Georgia where the polls closed at 7 p.m. EST, showed Obama with a landslide win on top of six to one black voters ratio.

As predicted, Obama handily won those states, primarily in the Midwest, that held caucuses instead of primaries.

For days, David Plouffe, Obama’s campaign manager, said the campaign had been furiously organizing in caucus states, hoping to replicate the overwhelming success it reaped in Iowa.

Wide margins in North Dakota, Minnesota, Kansas, Idaho and Colorado showed they were able to do just that.

Clinton also secured two Midwestern wins in Oklahoma and the bellwether state of Missouri, where Obama enjoyed the high-profile support of Sen. Claire McCaskill.

[Editors note: When this story was published, the Missouri race had been called for Sen. Clinton by the Associated Press. The race was later determined to be too close to call and then awarded to Obama.]

As the race moved West, results were late coming in, but Clinton won the first Western prize by taking Arizona.

Numbers from California and New Mexico were still trickling in.

With the dust far from settled following the “national primary” of Super Tuesday, the campaigns have already spoken at length about their efforts for the following rounds.

The Potomac Primary follows on Feb. 12, when Virginia, Maryland and Washington, D.C. will vote.

The Clinton campaign has repeatedly said the rounds immediately after Super Tuesday benefit Obama. Clinton campaign officials have said they are focusing heavily on March 4, when delegate-rich states of Ohio and Texas will vote.