Hillary Clinton (photo), running for Democratic nomination into the White House race, has vowed to continue her campaign, despite losing ground in the latest primary contests. The Senator of New York is also having financial problems.
In Indiana’s primary, Mrs Clinton beat her rival Barack Obama by just two points, while he won by 14 in North Carolina.
During her election gathering in Indianapolis, Hillary Clinton told cheering supporters it was “full speed on to the White House”.
But Mrs Clinton is also facing a funding crisis, as she was forced to loan her campaign $6.4m (£3.3m) last month. She also appealed to supporters for more funds to carry on the fight.
While speaking to reporters, she pledged to remain in the race “until the nominee is chosen”. But she didn’t reveal whether this meant she would stay in until August and the party’s nominating convention.
The two Democrat candidates are locked in a drawn-out battle to stand for the Democratic Party against the Republican candidat, John McCain, in November’s presidential election.
As the race is coming to its end, none of the Democrats candidates seem to be able to get enough delegates to win the nomination in August. The decision will then be taken by nearly 800 so-called super-delegates, many senior party members, who can choose which candidate they will back.
Persuading a majority of the remaining undecided super-delegates to back the New York senator is now the hope of the Clinton’s campaign.
On the day after North Carolina defeat, Mrs Clinton met some of them, in an effort to shore up her support. So far she has received endorsements from 271 super-delegates, and Mr Obama’s 256. It makes 270 super-delegates still undecided, according to the Associated Press.
Many super-delegates say they will vote for the candidate chosen in the primary of their home state.
The campaign also suffered a setback, when George McGovern (photo), a former senator and 1972 Democratic presidential candidate, announce that he was changing his support from Mrs Clinton to Mr Obama. He also called on Mrs Clinton to withdraw from the race.
Mr McGovern, is not a super-delegate, so he will not have a vote at the party’s nominating convention.
Mrs Clinton’s team is also still arguing about the delegates from Michigan and Florida, saying they should be allowed to take their seats at the convention, even though the states broke party rules by holding their contests early. Such a decision would benefit Hillary Clinton.
According to the Associated Press news agency, Barack Obama is leading the race in delegates by 1,840 to 1,684 for Hillary clinton.
“Tonight we stand less than 200 delegates away from securing the Democratic nomination for president of the United States” , said Barack Obama, on a rally in Raleigh, North Carolina, on Tuesday night.
Latelly, Mr Obama has been dodged by controversy over his blunder, when he said that small-town residents were “bitter”. He has also had to give explanations about the racially charged comments pronounced by his former pastor, Reverend Jeremiah Wright.
Those votes were the final major Democratic primaries which help decide the party’s White House candidate. Now the Democratic candidates still have six smaller primary contests left : West Virginia, Oregon, Kentucky, Puerto Rico, Montana and South Dakota.
On Tuesday the Republicans also held primaries in Indiana and North Carolina, but it was purely symbolic, as Senator John McCain has already secured his nomination.