Dem Bankrollers Readying United Wallet

Race will continue into June, but merger under way
By Caroline Zimmerman,  Newser Staff
Posted May 18, 2008 1:54 PM CDT
Dem Bankrollers Readying United Wallet
Howard Dean, Chairman of the Democratic National Committee appears during the taping of "Meet the Press'" Sunday, April 27, 2008.    (Associated Press)

Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama will fight each other for the nomination into June, but top fundraisers are already ensuring a McCain defeat, no matter who the nominee is. One DNC fundraiser was held in honor of a Clinton backer at the residence of an Obama supporter, the Washington Post reports. But some aren't so quick to make peace.

Clinton sees defectors as traitors at this point, and Obama supporters will have to move away from calling Clinton's style outdated. Some Obama fundraisers "are thinking, 'Hey, my guy won. Now I have to share the trophy?'" said one donor. But the DNC's new "joint fundraising agreement," conciliatory figures like Howard Dean, and talk of a Clinton supporter as veep may mend the rift. (More campaign finance stories.)

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