Senator Hillary Clinton's camp has shot down all talk of moving out of the Presidential trail after the pivotal March 4 nominating contests in Ohio and Texas, where competitor Senator Barack Obama is expected to land a knockout. Clinton's decision followed talks by prominent politicians that she reexamine her contest prospects at this primary.
Several key politicians have suggested that Clinton fold her campaign if she fails to win the landslides in the contests. A prolonged Clinton-Obama combat, they believe, could work in favor of the likely Republican nominee, Senator John McCain.
Clinton's communications chief, Howard Wolfson, insisted that the race would continue after this primary into the next key showdown in Pennsylvania in April and the Puerto Rico primary in June. "We're going to win this nomination. This nomination fight is going to go forward after Ohio and Texas. We're going to go to Pennsylvania, where a lot more Americans are going to vote, and we're going to be the nominee in Denver," he said.
Meanwhile, Obama is spending lavishly in Texas and Ohio, reportedly outspending Clinton by a ratio of about two to one on television ads, in the run-up to the March 4 primaries, in order to deliver a knockout blow to Clinton. This, combined with the extensive travel schedule all over Texas and Ohio, highlights the anticipation of the deciding nature of this voting.
Obama hopes to extend his current winning streak of 11 straight nominating contests. He has closed important Clinton leads in the past three weeks, with most polls having him in the lead in both states. In fact, he is said to have started planning the makeup of his Cabinet, which includes two prominent Republicans.
A total of 2,025 delegates are needed for victory at the Democrats' convention. The current count of nominating delegates shows Obama leading by 1,389 to Clinton's 1,279. The Democratic rivals are currently in Ohio. Polls reveal that the race is virtually tied in Ohio and Texas, and a shift in this deadlock will help decide the much-awaited Democratic contest.