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AP Hopes End Of Primaries Forces Decision

From the DNC’s Associated Press:

Long primary season ends today with Obama ahead

By TOM RAUM, Associated Press Writer

CHICAGO – Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton heaved toward the finish line in their exhausting Democratic presidential odyssey with Obama poised to claim victory and Clinton facing the prospects of having to abandon a quest that once seemed a sure shot.

And although Tuesday’s primary-season ending contests in South Dakota and Montana won’t decide the Democratic nomination, the closing of the polls could open the floodgates to dozens of superdelegates — members of Congress and other party leaders — long anxious to throw their support to Obama.

That could decide the nomination in a matter of days…

Obama said there were a lot of superdelegates who have been private supporters of his but wanted to respect the process by not endorsing until the final primaries were done…

The former first lady has given no hint of quitting the race, and she has said repeatedly she may continue her candidacy even beyond the end of the primaries…

She still sounded buoyant. Her biggest booster and most tireless campaigner, husband Bill Clinton, didn’t. “This may be the last day I’m ever involved in a campaign of this kind,” the former president said somberly as he stumped for her in South Dakota.

Ahead of Tuesday’s concluding primaries, Obama sought to set the stage for reconciliation, praising Clinton’s endurance and determination and offering to meet with her — on her terms — “once the dust settles” from their race.

“The sooner we can bring the party together, the sooner we can start focusing on McCain in November,” Obama told reporters in Michigan. He said he spoke with Clinton on Sunday when he called to congratulate her on winning the Puerto Rico primary, most likely her last hurrah.

That fueled speculation for a “dream ticket” in which Clinton would become Obama’s running mate — but neither camp was suggesting that was much of a possibility.

In the AP interview, Obama was asked when he would start looking for a running mate.

“The day after I have gotten that last delegate needed to officially claim the nomination, I’ll start thinking about vice presidential nominees. I think it’s likely to come this week,” he said. “It’s a very important decision, and it’s one where I’m going to have to take some time.”

Robert Gibbs, a top Obama aide, said late Monday the seemingly endless Democratic contest could be resolved “in the next 24 to 48 hours.”

“You’re going to have a lot of superdelegates come out,” he said. ..

Democratic officials said that if Obama failed to gain the needed 2,118 delegates by Tuesday night, one possibility under discussion was for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Speaker Nancy Pelosi to issue a statement on Wednesday urging superdelegates to state their preferences as soon as possible.

No matter how many ways the media sift this, the nomination process won’t be over until Hillary concedes or the delegates vote in Denver.

Up until that time, they can change their mind as often as they like.

Besides, we have to ask once again, what’s the rush? Why is our watchdog media so hell bent on settling this? Isn’t it good copy?

Or is having their masters happy more important to them than selling newspapers?

(Rhetorical questions.)

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