by Todd Beeton, Wed Jun 04, 2008 at 02:48:28 PM EDT
ABC News is reporting what I hoped would happen: Hillary Clinton will "cede the nomination to Barack Obama" on Friday.
Sen. Hillary Clinton will drop out of the presidential race on Friday, ending her historic bid for the White House and ceding the Democratic nomination to Barack Obama, ABC News has learned.
Clinton's decision to leave the race ends a long, often bitter battle for the right to challenge Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., in the general election.
Awaiting confirmation from the Clinton campaign.
Update [2008-6-4 19:18:7 by Todd Beeton]:The NY Times fleshes it out a bit:
Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton is moving to suspend her campaign and endorse Senator Barack Obama on Friday after Democratic members of Congress urged her Wednesday to leave the race and allow the party to coalesce around Mr. Obama, according to a senior adviser to Mrs. Clinton.
Mrs. Clinton is likely to make the announcement in New York City, an aide said, though no final venue has been chosen.
And, I don't really get to say this too often, but Walter Mondale echoes my feelings exactly:
I was for Hillary I wasnt against Obama, who I think is very talented, said Walter F. Mondale, the former vice president. Im glad we made a decision and I hope we can unite our party and move forward.
Update [2008-6-4 21:43:0 by Todd Beeton]:MSNBC just reported that her concession event will actually be on Saturday. They're playing video of Barack Obama saying "Senator Clinton and I will work together to bring the Democratic Party together." Ha, Brian Williams is trying to trap Barack in a gotcha moment. Barack is too classy to fall for that.
Update [2008-6-4 21:49:51 by Todd Beeton]:This in from the Clinton campaign:
Senator Clinton will be hosting an event in Washington , DC to thank her supporters and express her support for Senator Obama and party unity. This event will be held on Saturday to accommodate more of Senator Clinton's supporters who want to attend.