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For the past six plus weeks the media and most political pundits have given Senator Hillary Clinton little chance of winning the Democratic nomination. Headlines like “The Long Defeat” and “The Clinton Myth” have portrayed Clinton’s hopes as dwindling and nearly extinguished. The numbers appear to back this up. Senator Barack Obama has a commanding lead- some might say insurmountable- in delegates, popular vote, and states won.
The Clinton campaign faced similar dire straits leading up to the March 4th contests in Ohio and Texas, and showed her campaign’s resiliency by winning Ohio and the popular vote in Texas.
Now one day before Pennsylvanians vote, Clinton appears to have abated Obama’s momentum in the polls and perhaps is increasing her lead.
If she wins by at a comfortable margin, the real question might not be whether Clinton should drop out but why can’t Obama close the deal? Why are Democratic voters so resistant to embrace Obama as their nominee? Not only is Obama not pulling away from Clinton as he continues to outspend her three or four to one in advertising, but is outright losing.
So the question is, despite what most perceive as an almost certain path to the nomination, why can’t Obama seal the deal and end the race?
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