A blow-out could give Clinton a net gain of 30 or 40 delegates, while a close loss could give Obama a near-even split. (Or even, as just happened in Nevada, a delegate gain despite a smaller vote tally: Obama could win a few districts 4-2, while losing the rest, in a majority of districts, by small margins.) That 30- or 40-delegate swing is equal to the entire delegate total of Arizona or Colorado.

That should be plenty of incentive for both candidates to put Massachusetts in their sights — and should make for an interesting couple of weeks until February 5.

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