Clinton supporter says she doesn't want a re-vote in Florida
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02/12/08 Mitch E. Perry
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Presidential primaries are being held tonight in Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia. Preliminary polls show Barack Obama has a good chance of winning D.C. and Maryland, while some say the Virginia race could be closer than expected.

IF Obama were to be run the table tonight, it would mark a string of primary and caucus wins for him. Wisconsin and Hawaii vote next week.

The New York Times reported today that advisors, donors and superdelegates for Hillary Clinton are now resigned to the fact that Obama could possibly sweep the rest of this month’s contests.

One anonymous superdelegate already pledged to Clinton said: “She has to win both Ohio and Texas comfortably, or she’s out ... The campaign is starting to come to terms with that.”

The Ohio and Texas contests are in three weeks. But there are plenty of analysts who believe Clinton is still in the driver's seat.

There has been speculation that if it becomes apparent that neither candidate will have the magic number to become the nominee after the Pensylvania primary in late April, the issue of what to do with Michigan and Florida needs to be revisited.

Clinton won both states, but under the penalties imposed by the Democratic National Committee, was awarded zero delegates. But Clinton has said that if nominated she would seat both states' delegations. Such a decision won’t be Clinton’s but probably rest with DNC Chair Howard Dean.

Tampa political consultant Anna Cruz is a spokeswoman for FloridaforHillary.com. She told WMNF today she is absolutely against the idea of a re-vote.

If Florida and Michigan are not key to the Democratic nomination, then it will certainly come down to the hottest people in the Democratic Party these days, superdelegates.

Tampa Bay area congresswoman Kathy Castor is one such uncommitted superdelegate. She told WMNF that she will make up her mind soon.

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