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Clinton Marches On

By Anne E. Kornblut
Despite her less-than-overwhelming results Tuesday night, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton is pushing ahead in the campaign. She is campaigning hard on Wednesday, and planning to meet with undecided superdelegates on Capitol Hill late this afternoon.

Has she even discussed dropping out? "No," senior adviser Howard Wolfson said flatly on a conference call with reporters.

But one party elder has already made the switch from Clinton to Sen. Barack Obama: former Sen. George McGovern told representatives from both campaigns that he is moving his allegiance toward the frontrunner.

And although Clinton advisers are making Herculean efforts to sound upbeat ("Another beautiful day in downtown Arlington!" Wolfson announced at the start of the daily call) the argument for why Clinton should become the nominee has not changed, and appears to be losing steam.

Clinton aides said the path forward is the same as before: try to seat disqualified delegates from the Michigan and Florida contests; win the remaining handful of contests; and keep telling superdelegates that she is best able to beat Sen. John McCain in the general election.

One Clinton adviser, speaking on condition of anonymity in order to be frank, said: "If the supers weren't buying it before, it's hard to see how they'll buy it now."

By Washington Post Editors  |  May 7, 2008; 11:38 AM ET
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