Hillary Clinton pulled out a dramatic late night squeaker of a win in Indiana 51%-49%, but Clinton won’t be appearing on the morning news shows as scheduled, and she only has kept a fundraiser on her schedule for tomorrow. This is looking like the behavior of a candidate that isn’t long for this race.
A deflated sounding Hillary Clinton vowed to fight on last night, “Not too long ago, my opponent made a prediction. He said I would probably win Pennsylvania. He would win North Carolina, and Indiana would be the tie-breaker. Well, tonight we’ve come from behind, we’ve broken the tie, and thanks to you, it’s full speed on to the White House.”
The funny thing about Indiana was that the polls had the state a dead heat, and this primary turned out to be a virtual tie. What this close win, along with her blowout loss in loss in North Carolina, does is that it makes it virtually impossible for her to win the nomination. Even if Michigan and Florida are counted, Clinton would still trail in delegates and the popular vote.
The money isn’t coming in, and the Clintons really need to think about whether or not they want to run up campaign debt for an election they can’t win. Clinton also sounded the horn of party unity during her Indianapolis speech, “It is time for all of us to recognize what is at stake in this election, not just for Democrats as we decide who will be our nominee, but for all Americans.”
For the first time last night, Clinton looked defeated. She may stay in the race and pick up easy wins in West Virginia, Kentucky, and Puerto Rico, but I think that her days of seriously contesting the nomination are winding down.
I would not be surprised if she quits buying television time, and scales back her campaign. No one should be surprised if Hillary retires her negative campaign and takes a more unifying tone. I think even she sees that this is all but over.
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