Hillary Clinton Not Ready to Concede Race to Pro-Abortion Barack Obama Tonight
by Steven Ertelt
June 3, 2008
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is is apparently not ready to concede the primary election to her pro-abortion rival Barack Obama. The New York senator was not able to amass as many pledged delegates or superdelegates as her Illinois counterpart.
However, an Associated Press report indicates Obama has captured enough delegates, thanks to superdelegates switching their endorsements to him, to wrap up the nomination.
As a result, the general election matchup in November will apparently pit Obama against Arizona Sen. John McCain and feature a clear contrast on abortion.
While McCain opposes abortion and has called for overturning Roe v. Wade and letting states decide their own abortion laws, Obama has repeatedly voted for abortion, for taxpayer funding of it, and against any limits like parental notification or a ban on partial-birth abortions.
According to an AP report, key Clinton advisors said early Monday she will suspend her campaign and not formally exit the race. That allows her the ability to become the Democratic nominee should something unforeseen happen to require Obama to exit the campaign.
It also allows her to wield significant power at the Democratic convention and possibly place herself in a position to become the vice-presidential running mate.
Later, campaign officials said that would not happen until Obama officially reached the mark of 2,118 delegates needed to lock up the nomination.
Democrats head to the polls today in Montana and South Dakota to concluded the primary election season and it could end with another victory for Clinton.
Obama has a small lead in Montana according to a Monday ARG poll which put the race at 48 to 44 percent for him. However, Clinton has a lead in South Dakota, the survey showed, as she is shown at 60 percent to his 34 percent.
Obama is just 42 delegates short of having the official number of delegates needed to capture the nomination and the two states offer just 31 delegates total. However, Clinton’s suspending of her campaign will likely cause a large number of undecided superdelegates to endorse Obama or Clinton backers to switch their position.
Clinton will likely concede to Obama in a speech in New York, where her officials say she will deliver a message "that she will do whatever it takes" to put a Democrat in the White House.