On Monday morning, Senator Amy Klobuchar endorsed Barack Obama–and joined Senator Claire McCaskill as another prominent female senator from a purple state backing Obama. During a conference call with reporters, Klobuchar noted that she expected the fierce Democratic nomination contest to continue “through the primaries.” But what about after that? In an interview on Saturday, Hillary Clinton vowed she would stay in the contest past the primaries–which end in early June–until the convention, which opens at the end of August. Would Klobuchar echo the call of other fretting Democrats that the race should somehow be decided soon after the primaries conclude?
Clinton, she said, “has every right to continue her campaign.” But, Klobuchar added that she had “faith our candidates will figure it out” and that the contest “will come to an end in the early summer.” Our candidates, she remarked, “will do the right thing.”
Perhaps. But Clinton is only digging in her heels, and there’s no official mechanism through which the Democrats could declare the race over prior to the late-summer convention. Faith–and hope–may not be enough to settle the matter in June.