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Democrat grandees hold Clinton's presidential hopes


Hillary Clinton is campaigning in Puerto Rico this weekend, but the future of her presidential nomination may be decided thousands of miles away. Puerto Rico hosts one of the last three remaining primaries of this long drawn-out nomination race, along with Montana and South Dakota, and Clinton may be facing the end of her presidential campaign.

Democratic Party grandees in Washington are discussing disputed primaries in Florida and Michigan. They voted early, in January, in defiance of party rules, and Clinton won both, as Barack Obama took his name off one ballot, and failed to campaign in the other. Their results were not supposed to count, but as Clinton slipped behind in the delegate race, she demanded her share of the delegates.

Whatever happens in Washington today, Obama is almost certain to win the Democratic presidential nomination. Clinton hopes to win enough support to persuade her party’s superdelegates that she should be the nominee. If the Washington meeting goes against her, her campaign has even considered legal action. That would be a nightmare for the Democrats as they prepare to fight Republican John McCain for the White House in November.

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