News Outlets Report: Clinton to Quit Friday, Back Obama

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By: E&P Staff

Senator Hillary Clinton will quit her race for the White House on Friday endorse Senator Barack Obama, ABC News reported this evening, with The New York Times, MSNBC, the Associated Press, and Reuters all quickly confirming.

The Times said it would take place at an event in Washington, D.C. while others identified New York City as the site.

MSNBC reported that the move followed entreaties today from eight of her strongest backers in the Senate, following a conference call with House members. It also said that some of Clinton’s own aides had asked the senators to intervene, to help her come to her senses.

“Her decision came after a day of conversations with supporters on Capitol Hill about her future now that that Mr. Obama had clinched the nomination,” the Times reports.”Mrs. Clinton had, in a speech after Tuesday night?s primaries, suggested she wanted to wait before deciding about her future, but in conversations throughout the day Wednesday, her aides said, she was urged to step aside.”

?We pledged to support her to the end,? Rep. Charles B. Rangel, a New York Democrat and Clinton backer, said in an interview with the Times. ?Our problem is not being able to determine when the hell the end is.?

The Times related: “One of Mrs. Clinton?s aides said they were told that except for her senior advisers, there was no reason to report to work after Friday, and that they were invited to Mrs. Clinton?s house for a farewell celebration that afternoon.”

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