It will all be over in less than a week…
WASHINGTON (AP) – Top Democratic leaders intend to push for a quick end to the battle for the presidential nomination when primaries are over next week, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Thursday, adding that he, Speaker Nancy Pelosi and party chairman Howard Dean will urge uncommitted delegates to choose sides.
“By this time next week, it will all be over give or take a day,” Reid said of the marathon race between the front-running Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton.
Obama is within 44 delegates of clinching the nomination, according to The Associated Press tally, and leads Clinton by roughly 200 delegates.
Reid made his comments in an interview and a speech in San Francisco. He and numerous other Democrats have expressed concern that a protracted nominating campaign could harm the party’s chances of winning the White House in the fall. John McCain effectively wrapped up the Republican nomination in March.
Tantalizingly close to the nomination, Obama stands to gain a minimum of roughly 20 delegates in remaining primaries in Puerto Rico, Montana and South Dakota under party rules that distribute them proportional to the popular vote – even if he loses all three. He would need to enlist the support of uncommitted superdelegates to amass the rest.
Slightly fewer than 200 superdelegates remain uncommitted, including 64 members of Congress.
It should not have been allowed to drag on as long as it has. If it were anybody other than Hillary Clinton, it wouldn’t have.
My guess is that next Wednesday will be a busy day, with Barack Obama claiming victory and Hillary Clinton conceding defeat. The Bush/Clinton era will finally begin winding down.