Fox: Clinton won't concede after SD, Montana
David Edwards and Nick Juliano
Published: Monday June 2, 2008

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As the Democratic primaries come to an end Tuesday night -- finally -- political observers are asking when Hillary Clinton will end her nearly hopeless bid to grab the presidential nomination.

Whether a concession is on the horizon, her campaign won't say, but several reports Monday afternoon indicated that Clinton has no intention to call it quits after votes in South Dakota and Montana, which she is expected to lose.

"She's not going to drop out tomorrow night, not going to give a concession speech, but a speech designed rather to celebrate all the victories she believes she's achieved," Fox News' correspondent Major Garret reported Monday afternoon, based on conversations with Clinton aides.

Clinton's campaign appears to be keeping its options open. Even if Obama secures the 2,118 delegates he needs now after a Democratic rules committee reinstated Florida and Michigan delegates (with a half-vote each), Clinton still may not drop out. She's reserved her right to appeal the Rules and Bylaws Committee's decision all the way to the convention, arguing that their decision to halve the delegations was unfair.

A campaign spokesman did not immediately respond to RAW STORY's request for comment on the New York senator's plans for Tuesday and beyond.

Speculation that Clinton would suspend her campaign reached a fever pitch after Bill Clinton said that Monday "may be the last day I'm ever involved in a campaign of this kind."

Even if it doesn't happen Tuesday night, many still see an imminent Clinton exit on the horizon.

"Hillary Clinton has summoned top donors and backers to attend her New York speech tomorrow night in an unusual move that is being widely interpreted to mean she plans to suspend her campaign and endorse Barack Obama - if not that night, within a day or two," reports the Huffington Post's Tom Edsall.

At Time magazine's The Page blog, political reporter -- and reader of tea leaves -- Mark Halperin collected several clues Clinton would drop out, including her decision to get rid of her campaign advance staff, the lack of any events after a Wednesday morning speech and reports that she and her husband will "huddle with advisers" Tuesday.

However, Clinton's future is still surrounded with question marks, and the candidate herself isn't giving any direct indication that she plans to drop out.

""My political obituary has yet to be written, and we're going forward. It is not over 'til it's over," Clinton told reporters on her campaign plane Sunday.

"One thing about superdelegates is that they can change their minds."

This video is from Fox's Your World with Neil Cavuto, broadcast June 2, 2008.

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