Election 2008

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Contests Over But Still No Clear Winner

June 03, 2008 01:23 PM
by Christopher Coats
After a turbulent and prolonged primary season, the Democratic Party has covered all fifty states, but a final result is still unclear as Clinton vows to continue.

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Still facing a deficit in overall delegates and a qualified loss in the popular vote, Clinton enters the final contests in Montana and South Dakota with little chance of erasing her opponent’s lead.

However, the Clinton campaign has signaled that they will likely continue their fight for the nomination past the party’s final primary contests.

In his closing argument at this weekend’s party meeting to decide the fate of previously disqualified delegates from Florida and Michigan, Clinton advisor Harold Ickes stated that she reserved her rights to take this to the Credentials Committee.

Clinton followed up the meeting, which finally ruled to seat the disputed delegates as half votes, by suggesting that those superdelegates pledged to Barak Obama were free to change their minds. Clinton has invited one such convert to campaign with her in South Dakota.

Addressing supporters following her victory in the Puerto Rico primary, held Sunday, June 1, Clinton said that because neither candidate would reach the necessary number of delegates to clinch the nomination, there would be no clear winner after the end of the primary season.

Despite these statements, speculation abounds about Clinton’s plans past June 3. Her campaign has not announced any appearances beyond June 4 and some loyal supporters have begun to call for her to suspend her campaign.

Headline Links: ‘Clinton Spokesperson: She Is Not Conceding’

Background: Michigan and Florida

Reactions: No concession

Opinion & Analysis: Clinton’s future

Reference: The candidates

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