While pundits and some party leaders are ready for the Democratic race to be over already, voters are fine with the contest continuing, according to a new poll.
In the ABC News/Washington Post survey released late today, 64 percent of Democrats -- and even 42 percent of Barack Obama backers -- say Hillary Clinton should keep going. A majority of Democrats say the protracted primaries won't hurt the party's prospects in November, and 15 percent in the poll said they would actually help the party.
By a 12-percentage-point margin, according to the poll, Democrats prefer Obama as the nominee.
The race will definitely continue through Tuesday's primary in West Virginia, which Obama has effectively conceded and has suggested he could lose as badly as 80 percent to 20 percent.
While Clinton has planned a victory rally in Charleston, West Va., Obama plans to leave her the spotlight. He does not have a primary night event of any kind scheduled, but plans an afternoon economic town hall meeting in Missouri, a possible swing state in November.
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