UPDATE: Clinton underscores Obama's 15 moths of inaction on his responsibilities in her latest ad. It seems that Barack has been too busy feeding his ego to actually DO something:
I am in the camp that says Clinton will continue to the convention, and will not withdraw from the race before then.
I read a report this last weekend that quoted Florida Governor Crist as saying he was open to the idea of holding the Florida Democratic primary over again, which is something both Clinton and Obama supporters have been calling for - and maybe the same can be done in Michigan.
In addition, the Clinton camp is now casting Hillary's choice to stay in as a viable option if Obama loses any of the four primaries held tomorrow - Ohio, Texas, Rhode Island and Vermont. Their reasoning is that if Obama loses any one of those four primaries it's an indication that momentum is turning away from Obama - since he has 11 straight wins since Super Tuesday.
And Hillary had this to say:
Hillary Clinton told reporters Monday she is "just getting warmed up" as she campaigned through Ohio and Texas on the eve of primaries that could determine the outcome of the Democratic race for president.
"I think I know what's happening and I believe we're going to do well," she told reporters before a rally in Toldeo, Ohio. When asked how she would "measure success" from the outcome of tomorrow's contests Clinton replied "winning, winning, winning, that's my measure of success."
Clinton said she would take her message on to "Pennsylvania and states ahead," a proclamation neither she nor her aides have made much since Senator Barack Obama won 11 February contests in a row.
That's a slightly different tune from what we've been hearing. I suspect that the Clinton campaign's internal polling shows some slippage for Obama, and I sense the same shift. Either Obama's momentum has turned or it's slowed dramatically in the last week.
Obama's actual performance versus the poll predictions will be a better measure, and we'll start to see those results in about 24 hours.
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