In her first campaign appearance since Tuesday's primaries that put Barack Obama on the cusp of winning the Democratic nomination, Hillary Clinton gave no hint today that she plans to withdraw.
"I'm staying in this race until there's a nominee," she told reporters after a rally in Shepherdstown, West Va. "We will continue to contest these elections and move forward."
Clinton is favored in West Virginia, which holds the next primary this coming Tuesday. And she continued to press the case that the party isn't being hurt by the protracted fight and that she would be the party's better standard-bearer.
"We should remain focused on who would be the stronger candidate versus John McCain," she said.
While she acknowledged she needs to do better among black voters, who are overwhelmingly supporting Obama, she noted that she is winning women, Hispanics, and blue-collar voters.
"What we haven't been able to count in the past elections are the voters I'm getting," she said. "I think the base I've put together in these primaries is a stronger place to start from."
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