This broke earlier today while I was at work, so my apologies for having it up late.
Although Obama has not formally come out with the “magic number,” my tallies, as well as CNN’s and the Associated Press’s do confirm that he should go over that mark tonight, if what Obama is reporting in terms of Superdelegate pledges is true, and if what Superdelegates themselves have said is true.
Clinton will not formally suspend her campaign until Obama reaches that number, but she will when he does, presumably tonight, a Clinton staffer told reporters.
A statement from her campaign said, “Senator Clinton will not concede the nomination.”
According to an AP article, “Clinton field hands who worked in key battlegrounds said they were told to stand down, without pay, and await instructions.” It has also been reported that Clinton officials will not contest the seating of Michigan’s and Florida’s delegates.
This morning on the “Today Show,” Clinton campaign chairman Terry McAuliffe said, “[Once Obama reaches the magic number] I think Hillary Clinton will congratulate him and call him the nominee.”
While on a conference call with other New York lawmakers, Clinto was asked by Representative Nydia Velazquez (D-New York City) if she would be Obama’s running mate. She told Clinton that she thought that the best way for Obama to win key voters, including Hispanics, would be for him to take Clinton as VP. Clinton replied, “I am open to it.”
Representative Carolyn McCarthy (D-Long Island) told reporters that Clinton said she would do “anything to make sure a Democrat would win” in November. She went on to say, “If Senator Obama asked her to be the V.P., she certainly would accept that. She has obviously given some thought to this.”
Representative Velasquez told reporters, “She said that if it’s offered, she would take it.”
I really don’t know – Clinton has specifically said (or at least her campaign did), that she won’t concede tonight. She’ll just acknowledge that he’s won. I think she still thinks that the nomination was stolen from her, and she’s too bitter still. That’s good for us, because if she makes a hissy fit for another month, McCain wins.
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