Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi working to end race

Both Democratic leaders predict the race for the nomination will be over soon, and are trying to make that happen.

By Alex Koppelman
May 30, 2008 6:53PM (UTC)
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A month ago, some of the Democratic Party's leaders said that if the race had not ended by June, they'd pressure the remaining uncommitted superdelegates to make it end. Now, two of them are following through.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid have both been publicly predicting that the campaign will wrap up soon. On Thursday, Reid said, "By this time next week, it will all be over, give or take a day." On Wednesday, Pelosi told the editorial board of the San Francisco Chronicle she thinks the race will have concluded within a week of the final primaries, which will be held Tuesday. And, she said, she's prepared to personally intercede if it's not over by the end of June.


In a recent interview, Reid said he'd spoken with Pelosi and they'd agreed they'd act to avoid a convention fight. The New York Times reports that the two have been contacting uncommitted superdelegates to ask them to make public endorsements and help hasten the conclusion of the race.

Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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