Dems Push for Swift End to Primary Race

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Barack Obama could well be the Democrats' presidential nominee by this time next week.

Only three primaries remain, and they don't offer enough delegates for Hillary Clinton to catch up. But Clinton is not giving up yet.

Superdelegates Feeling the Heat

With Obama just 44 delegates shy of the number needed to win, he could capture enough to go over the top by Tuesday.

And even if he doesn't, Senate leader Harry Reid and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi say they'll push the remaining uncommitted superdelegates, about 200 of them, to pick a candidate after Tuesday, and most will likely go to Obama. 

By this time next week, it will all be over give or take a day," Reid said. 

But Clinton indicates she may not withdraw unless she's happy with what the Democratic National Committee decides to do over the thorny issue of the Florida and Michigan delegations.

Those states were warned if they disobeyed party rules and held their primaries earlier than allowed, their delegates wouldn't be seated at the party convention and their voters wouldn't be counted in the Democrats' total popular vote. Disenfranchised Voters

At least one Florida voter, Victor DiMaio, is so mad over that, he's filed a lawsuit against the party.

"The state spent more than $25 million of our tax payer money to have a presidential preference primary election like we're supposed to do every four years. We did it, I voted, and now my vote counts for nothing," DiMaio said.

The DNC rules committee meets in Washington this Saturday to decide what to do about those states, with Clinton demanding all their delegates be seated and all their votes counted.

If not, she might carry her fight to the convention in August. 

Judas Priest?

Some say Clinton's real reason for staying in the race is in case other Obama scandals pop up that could seriously hurt his popularity.

They point to how much revelations about Reverend Wright hurt Obama. And now he has a new pastor problem.

People are flocking to YouTube to view activist Chicago priest and Obama adviser, Michael Pfleger, last Sunday at Obama's church doing an imitation of Clinton:

"I'm white, I'm entitled, and a black man is stealing my show," Pfleger mocked Clinton.

Obama says he's deeply disappointed in the priest's rhetoric, and the priest has apologized.

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