As a Washington Post/ABC News poll shows Obama seven points ahead of McCain nationally, Hillary's thank you video (below) at last signals that she has realised the game is up:
A video sent by Hillary Clinton as a thank you to her supporters has fuelled speculation that she is on the verge of dropping out of the White House race, with its strikingly valedictory tone.
The senator was also heard inadvertently referring to the next president as “he” as attention turned to how she could make a graceful exit from a gruelling, 17-month contest.
As she continued campaigning for today’s primary in West Virginia, the former First Lady thanked her followers for “all that you mean to me” and “for what you believe in”.
Nowhere in the message did she mention winning the Democratic nomination or becoming president.
“We will stay in touch and I hope you will continue to let us know what is on your mind,” it concluded.
Speaking to voters in the Appalachian state on Sunday evening, she said: “All the kitchen table issues that everybody talks to me about are ones that the next president can actually do something about, if he actually cares about it.”