According to the New York Daily News Senator Hillary Clinton will not ask to be nominated for President when the Democrats gather in Denver to officially nominate Barack Obama later this month.
Some had speculated that Clinton would request the nomination so that her supporters could cast their first vote for her, thus validating the closeness of the Democratic race while simultaneously symbolising the historic nature of Clinton’s bid to become the first woman nominated for President by a major party.
But that seems unlikely at this point.
A source close to the New York Senator confirmed she won’t file a formal request to the convention asking to be nominated along with Barack Obama, who secured the nomination with the help of Democratic superdelegates.
“She is not going to submit the signed request,” the insider told the Daily News. “People are still circulating petitions on her behalf, but this is a done deal.”
Though Obama’s nomination is certain at this point, Clinton’s supporters and delegates can vote for whomever they want during the roll call of the states.
And some may well still vote for Clinton instead of Obama, though the former First Lady is expected to release her delegates when she speaks to the convention on August 26th.
“Depending on the dynamics, hundreds of delegates might decide to demonstrate their support and affection,” a Clinton source speculated to the Daily News.
While Clinton appreciates the support, she is encouraging those who supported her to back Obama.
“Hillary Clinton is 100% committed to helping Barack Obama become the next President of the United States and realises there are passionate feelings that remain among many of her supporters,” said Clinton spokeswoman Kathleen Strand.
In a show of Democratic Party unity, Senator Clinton, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Michelle Obama will appear together when women’s group EMILY’s List (a major Clinton backer in the primary) throws a gala during the Democratic Convention in Denver.
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