Hillary Preparing to Leave Wisconsin Early

By Dotcomabc

Feb 17, 2008 10:45am

"On Wisconsin, On Wisconsin, Fight on for her fame!/Fight, Badgers, fight, fight, fight, we’ll win this game!"

Is Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-NY, giving up the fight?

The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel notes that Clinton is leaving Wisconsin Monday morning, a day before Badger State Democrats go to the polls.

The move certainly does not suggest confidence that she will win Tuesday. Presumably she will not be heading to the site of Tuesday’s other primary — Hawaii — but rather one of the three states she must win in which she leads in polls — Texas, Ohio, and Pennsylvania.

A Research 2000/WISC-TV poll released Valentine’s Day had Obama only slightly ahead of Clinton.

This is all tea-leaf reading, but presumably, if her campaign tracking polls showed her gaining on Obama, Clinton would pull out all the stops and stay in Wisconsin until election day. (Or at least through Monday night!)

This decision to bail suggests the contrary.

- jpt

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