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Clinton Now Has Tight Grip on Dem Nomination

With Vice President Joe Biden bowing out of the presidential race, the Democratic nomination is all but Hillary Clintons.

According to Democrat strategists, she should easily win the nomination and be able to capture a large number of Biden’s supporters.

“To all intents and purposes, she is the nominee, short of some fundamental catastrophe,” said one Democratic strategist who has been critical of Clinton in the past.

The Hill reports:

Neil Levesque, the executive director of the New Hampshire Institute of Politics at Saint Anselm College, also asserted that the deal was sealed.

“This means she’ll be the Democratic nominee for president,” Levesque said. “Round One of the Democratic nominating process is over.”

Within Clinton’s orbit, Biden was seen as a more serious challenger than Sanders, the liberal Vermont senator.

Clinton allies breathed a sigh of relief after the Biden news, saying the vice president would have been the only one to “really give her a run for the money,” as one put it. The former secretary of State and Biden spoke on the phone after his announcement in the White House Rose Garden, according to Clinton’s traveling press secretary, Nick Merrill, who declined to describe the specifics of their conversation.

“It’s really good news for us,” said one staunch Clinton loyalist. “Biden people are Clinton people and vice versa. This translates to more votes for us, I think.”

Democratic strategist Brad Bannon agreed.

“Biden would have drawn from the same well that Hillary Clinton did — establishment Democrats, minority Democrats, older Democrats,” he said. “All of those people, Clinton would have had to fight Joe Biden for. And now she doesn’t.”

See the full story at The Hill.

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