Is It (Finally) Over?
UPDATE, 1:15 am: Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.) has officially been declared the winner in Indiana, taking 51 percent of the vote to 49 percent for Sen. Barack Obama (Ill.). The final margin looked to be roughly 22,000 votes out of more than 1.25 million cast.
For months, a debate has raged on The Fix and everywhere else in the political world over when and how the race for the Democratic presidential nomination would end.
Many believed New Hampshire would be Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's (N.Y.) Waterloo. But, she won and ensured the race would continue for the long haul. Ohio and Texas on March 4 became the next unofficial death watch. But Clinton won convincingly in Ohio over Sen. Barack Obama (Ill.) and eked out a win the Texas primary even while losing the Lonestar State's Democratic caucus. Then came Pennsylvania on April 22 where a narrow win was sure to signal the end of her days. But, she won by nine -- just enough.
Tonight's results in North Carolina and Indiana, however, could well be the end. A substantial margin by Obama in the Tarheel State and -- at best -- a VERY narrow Clinton win in Indiana could be just the sign that donors, superdelegates and party leaders need to begin the process of bringing the nomination fight to an end.
What say you? Is the race over? And, if you believe it is, when does Clinton call it quits? This week? Next? June 3?
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