Clinton Fights on After Stinging Defeat in N.C., Narrow Win in Ind.

A day after her loss in North Carolina and a disappointing, razor-thin win in Indiana, Hillary Clinton said she was determined to stay in the race.

"It's a new day, it's a new state, it's a new election," Clinton told reporters at a press conference in West Virginia on Wednesday.

"I'm staying in this race until there's a nominee," Clinton later added, saying she feels "really good" about her performance in Indiana and emphasized that she continues to win groups — white, middle class, middle income voters — essential to winning a general election against John McCain, the presumptive Republican nominee.

But Clinton refrained from the type of harsh criticism of the Democratic frontrunner, Barack Obama, that has been more commonplace on the campaign trail recently.

Clinton added that she didn't "buy" the argument that a continuing nomination fight would ultimately hurt the Democratic nominee in the fall, arguing she is staying in the race because she believes she would be a stronger candidate against McCain and would be the best president.

Clinton Loans More Personal Money to Campaign

Clinton's woes extended to her campaign finances.

The Clinton campaign announced Wednesday that in the last month the senator has loaned herself $6.425 million — bringing her grand total of "loans" to her campaign to $11.425 million — making her the second biggest self-funder this election cycle, behind former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.

Clinton made three new loans to her campaign over the last month, two of them following her win in the Pennsylvania Democratic primary.

On April 11, Sen. Clinton loaned her campaign $5 million; on May 1, she loaned $1 million; and on May 5, she loaned $425,000.

Insiders says Clinton "will continue to" loan money to the campaign as the race turns toward the final six contests in five states and Puerto Rico.

The fight for the Democratic nomination may, however, ultimately be out of the voters' hands, as Democratic superdelegates may be the only ones in a position to persuade Clinton to either continue her fight or fold her campaign.

Superdelegates Hold Clinton's Fate

Following her event in West Virginia, Clinton drove to the Democratic National Committee party headquarters on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC for a meeting with Democratic Party superdelegates who may ultimately decide her political fate.

"The [meeting] goal is to make the case to the superdelegates that Senator Clinton would be the best nominee," said Clinton communications director Howard Wolfson on a conference call with reporters Wednesday.

The Clinton campaign maintains that these were previously scheduled meetings designed to ask high-profile party members for their support for her presidential campaign. ABC News estimates there are 263 superdelegates who have yet to declare who they will back — 80 of those on Capitol Hill.

ABC News has learned that Obama is scheduled to meet with superdelegates on Thuesday.

On a conference call with reporters Wednesday, supporters of Obama's were careful not to call for Clinton to withdraw from the race, arguing it is her decision to make.

"It would be inappropriate and awkward and wrong with any of us to tell Senator Clinton when it is time for this race to be over," said Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., who is backing Obama. " I am confident that she will do the right thing for the democratic nominee. And confident that she will work hard for the party."

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