In what appears to be her closing argument to the dwindling number of undeclared superdelegates, Hillary Clinton sent a letter and accompanying memo laying out her case that she would be the strongest Democrat to go up against John McCain in November.
She argues that she has beaten Barack Obama and is leading McCain in the polls in the swing states a Democrat must win, and that she is putting together the core Democratic coalition of women, seniors, Latinos, and working class and rural voters.
Clinton also says that after the last contests on June 3, she expects to lead in the total popular vote (counting the disputed Florida and Michigan primaries, of course.)
"I hope that in the time remaining, you will think hard about which candidate has the best chance to lead our party to victory in November," she writes in the letter, obtained by CNN. "I hope you will consider the results of the recent primaries and what they tell us about the mindset of voters in the key battleground states. I hope you will think about the broad and winning coalition of voters I have built. And most important, I hope you will think about who is ready to stand on that stage with Senator McCain, fight for the deepest principles of our party, and lead our country forward into this new century."
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