It ends tonight,
AP tally: Obama clinches Democratic nomination
WASHINGTON (AP) — Barack Obama effectively clinched the Democratic presidential nomination Tuesday after a grueling marathon, based on an Associated Press tally of convention delegates, becoming the first black candidate ever to lead his party into a fall campaign for the White House.
Will Clinton concede? Who knows. The Clinton campaign is in disarray, sending out mixed signals all over the place–some of her own people are saying she’ll drop out, while others are saying she won’t. Nobody knows the real story, but it doesn’t matter–Obama is the Democratic nominee, and we need to do everything we can to get him into the White House.
It’s too late to fight; it ends tonight.
UPDATE: Then there’s this:
WASHINGTON — Hillary Rodham Clinton will concede Tuesday night that Barack Obama has the delegates to secure the Democratic nomination, campaign officials said, effectively ending her bid to be the nation’s first female president.
The former first lady was not ready to formally suspend or end her race in a speech Tuesday night in New York City. But if Obama get to the magic number of delegates, 2,118, she was prepared to acknowledge that milestone, according to aides who declined to be identified.
That’s a pretty nuanced position to take, and it’s far short of conceding, dropping out, or even suspending her campaign. The big question is, where does she go from here? Does she continue trying to win delegates over, or is she going to exit, stage left? Until tonight, we won’t know…
UPDATE II: And also this:
Sen. Hillary Clinton is poised to deliver a message Tuesday “that she will do whatever it takes” to put a Democrat in the White House — a message that Sen. Barack Obama insiders say indicates she would accept an offer to be Obama’s running mate if asked.
“In her speech tomorrow night, she will convey the message that first and foremost she is committed to Democrats winning in November and will do whatever she’s asked to do,” said a close friend and adviser of the New York senator and former first lady, who speaks with her regularly and is privy to her deliberations.
“She will do whatever it takes to bring the party together to win and whatever is asked of her to make sure the Republicans are defeated.”
That message has been conveyed to the Obama campaign via informal channels, according to Obama insiders who said the message is a signal that she would be willing to serve as Obama’s vice president.
Noted without comment.
UPDATE III: Maybe not tonight, but soon.
A knowledgeable source in the Clinton campaign says that Hillary Clinton will suspend her campaign either tomorrow night or Thursday morning.