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Signs point to a Hillary bow-out
With the end of the primary season upon her and the odds against her, signs of a gracious if belated Hillary bow-out are increasing.
Sen. Clinton "will give her post-primary speech in New York Tuesday night, a rare departure from the campaign trail," the Associated Press reported.
Advance campaign staffers received e-mails late Sunday night requesting they either attend the speech or return to their hometowns and await further instruction.
Even husband Bill spoke with a tone of finality Monday as he stumped for Hillary in Milbank, S.D.
I want to say also that this may be the last day Im ever involved in a campaign of this kind, the former president said. It has been one of the greatest honors of my life to go around and campaign for her for president.
Staffers on the campaign are being urged to submit their expense receipts before the weeks end another telltale indication that the Clintons are wrapping up their affairs.
If she planned on staying the race, the New York lawmaker would continue spending money from the campaign account, not collecting receipts, according to Marc Ambinder of TheAtlantic.com. The camp is as much as $11 million in debt, he reported.
Democratic voters will cast their ballots Tuesday in South Dakota and Montana, and Clintons event at Baruch College are conspicuously scheduled away from the site of the primaries. Ben Smith of Politico.com reported several major donors have been invited, but Clinton aides have insisted the New York speech will not be a concession.
Hillary Clinton, her husband and close advisers plan to gather in her Chappaqua home to watch the primary results roll in and discuss whether and how to end her run for president, according to Newsday.
Memos to campaign aides indicate there is little scheduled for Clinton beyond a speech Wednesday morning at the AIPAC conference in Washington, D.C.
Clinton won Puerto Rico on Sunday by an impressively large margin, but rival Sen. Barack Obama overshadowed the victory by inching closer to the magic delegate number of the nomination.