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Hillraisers Still 'In It to Win'

By Matthew Mosk
About 50 top fundraisers for Sen. Hillary Clinton packed into the living room of the candidate's Washington home this afternoon to express their continued belief in the candidate and her mission, several of those who attended said today.

This was not an intervention aimed at persuading her to make a graceful exit, said fundraising co-chair Hassan Nemazee. "The message was, we're in it to the end, we're in it to win, and we still believe we can win."

Nemazee, a New York investment banker, said Clinton came across as surprisingly energetic and "quite determined" and, he said, she told the group she was "not willing to stop fighting."

Those in the room were "not delusional," said another of Clinton's "Hillraisers," who have each raised at least $100,000 for her bid. "We all recognize this is an uphill battle."

Nemazee agreed, saying the Clinton faithful understand that there remains only "a narrow path" to the nomination, "but there is a path." He said the group committed to redouble efforts to persuade superdelegates to wait for the remaining contests to unfold before picking their candidate.

Nemazee did not rule out the possibility that Clinton would loan more of her own money to the campaign, though he said the subject did not come up this afternoon.

By Web Politics Editor  |  May 14, 2008; 7:41 PM ET
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