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The US Democratic Race is over – Hillary to endorse Obama this weekend.

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Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton will endorse Senator Barack Obama on Saturday, bringing a close to her 17-month campaign for the White House, aides said. Her decision came after Democrats urged her Wednesday to leave the race and allow the party to coalesce around Mr. Obama. Howard Wolfson, one of Mrs. Clinton’s chief strategists, and other aides said she would express support for Mr. Obama and party unity at an event in Washington that day. One adviser said Mrs. Clinton would concede defeat, congratulate Mr. Obama and proclaim him the party’s nominee, while pledging to do what was needed to assure his victory in November.

Congratulations to Hillary Clinton for a hard-fought campaign, and congratulations as well for finally realizing the stark numbers reality of the situation and not stretching this into a Convention fight in August.

Obama starting to pull away nationally.

A rather slow morning for news on the Canadian front, so I was taking a look at the polling for the Democratic race for the presidential candidate this AM.  As of yesterday, it appears safe to say that Obama has gotten over his “Wright difficulty” with voters.

Gallup daily tracking poll. 4/4-6. Likely voters. MoE 4% (4/2-5 results)

Obama 52 (49)
Clinton 43 (46)

Rasmussen daily tracking poll. 4/3-6. Likely voters. MoE 3% (4/3-5 results)

Obama 51 (50)
Clinton 41 (42)

As for state polls, Clinton leads substantially in Kentucky and has a lead outside of the MOE in Indiana in a majority of the polls taken there so far.  Obama has a sizable lead in North Carolina and Oregon. The big state though of the most importance to both campaigns is Pennsylvania. Polls are all over the place there, but the trend is that Obama has steadily closed the lead or may be leading.

Everyone knows my opinion on this race, but if Hillary loses Pennsylvania, or even wins it by a couple of points and gets no more then a net handul of delegates out of it,  do Hillary supporters or even neutral observers really think she should stay in the race (with little chance of making up any ground and probably losing ground on the pledged voting delgates in the remaining states yet to vote) and hope she can convince 2/3 of the uncomitted superdelegates to put her over the top?

Pyrrhic victories for Clinton

Hillary Clinton won 3 of 4 states last night in the Democratic Primary. However, it appears she didn’t win big enough to make any serious dent into Obama’s lead in delegates. In fact, if Obama wins the Texas Democratic caucus, as predicted by many, the delegate pickups from last night could very well be a wash. Even if it isn’t and Hillary has picked up several delegates to 20 delegates on Obama, it still leaves Clinton with troubling numbers – troubling enough that Time Magazine says “It appears numerically impossible for her to overtake his lead among elected delegates”.

So, Hillary has bragging rights from last night, but I don’t […]

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