Obama Sees Finish Line, Clinton Clings To Dwindling Support

05/16/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • PATRICK HEALY, JEFF ZELENY NY Times

Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton struck a publicly defiant posture on Wednesday about continuing her presidential bid despite waning support from Democratic officials and donors. Some of her advisers acknowledged privately that they remained unsure about the future of her candidacy.

With the political world trained on Mrs. Clinton's financial and electoral viability, Senator Barack Obama moved closer to becoming the first African-American presidential nominee of a major party. Mr. Obama spent the day at home in Chicago, after increasing his delegate lead in Tuesday's primaries -- a result that led David Plouffe, a top Obama aide, to say on Wednesday, "We can see the finish line here."

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