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Eye On Candidates
March 31, 2016

Clinton Resets Benchmarks For Campaign Success – Again

CNN has an interesting piece this morning on Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's once again being forced to push down the road the day when her campaign can announce they have effectively secured the Democratic nomination:

Clinton moves goalposts again; girds for New York battle

When Hillary Clinton lost the New Hampshire primary to Bernie Sanders in February, Robby Mook, her campaign manager, took the long view and declared the nomination would "very likely be won in March, not February."

The campaign is now taking an even longer view, with April now being the month they hope to put Sanders away. It's an optimistic projection, with Sanders support far from fading and the Vermont senator vowing to compete in primaries and caucuses through June 7 in California, and possibly to the Democratic convention.
Even though Clinton aides say her lead in pledged delegates is "almost insurmountable," they are now doing something they never expected: Investing considerable time and money to the April 19 New York primary.
While Clinton still is in a commanding position for the Democratic nomination, the fact that she's having to pour resources into winning New York by a large margin suggests she is still going to have to focus on defeating her rival, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, for at least a couple more weeks, instead of turning her full attention to the general election campaign.