McAuliffe: "I don't see it going to the convention"

Former DNC head Terry McAuliffe, a steadfast Clinton supporter, predicts when the Democratic race will end.

By Alex Koppelman
May 9, 2008 2:29AM (UTC)
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Even Terry McAuliffe, the former Democratic National Committee chairman who's been one of Hillary Clinton's most passionate surrogates, seems to be conceding some major points to Barack Obama these days.

Sure, McAuliffe has largely kept up a game face, and he's been saying most of the right things. But in two interviews on Thursday, McAuliffe told interviewers he does not believe the Democratic presidential race will continue to the convention in August. There's little, if any, chance that Clinton could become the Democratic nominee without a battle at the convention.


On NBC's "Today" show, McAuliffe said, "I don't see it going to the convention ... after June 3rd, I think this will come to a conclusion."

June 3 marks the final Democratic primary; after that, McAuliffe said, he believes the remaining uncommitted superdelegates will announce their decisions.

Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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