Hillary Clinton's faltering campaign for the Democratic Presidential nomination is out of cash, short on hope and deeply in debt.
She has lent her campaign more than $11 million and may have to fork over more if she wants to stay in the raise.
Which brings up two questions: Can she afford to stay in the fight and, if she does, can she ever get her money back?
Kriss Riggs isn't one to spend her money on politicians.
"Even the place you can donate a dollar on your taxes, I refuse to do it," says the 60-year-old photographer from Blue River, Ore.
Likewise for Kate Schwartz, a 24-year-old marketing expert from Chicago. Past elections, she says, always seemed far removed from young people.
Perhaps Barack Obama's competitive juices need new outlets now that he has expanded his lead over Democratic presidential rival Hillary Rodham Clinton.
On a five-hour flight from Washington to Oregon late Thursday, the Illinois senator came to the back of his charter plane for a spirited word game against reporters, and it was clear he did not intend to lose.
Her voice raspy, her tone determined, Hillary Rodham Clinton urged her supporters Thursday to ignore the political pundits who have declared her toast.
And so, the what-if season begins.
It's hard to believe that it's over, but for Hillary Rodham Clinton, it is. She will not be president in 2009.
How did a "sure thing" a year ago turn into a what-might-have-been today?
Now that it seems certain Sen. Barack Obama, barring some catastrophic occurrence, will be the first African American to carry a major party banner into the presidential election, will he persevere all the way to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue?
Are Republicans falling in love with Hillary Clinton?
It sure looks that way. Rush Limbaugh has famously launched "Operation Chaos," urging GOP voters to cross party lines and vote for Clinton in Democratic primaries. His aim, of course, is to disrupt the nominating process and hurt Barack Obama's candidacy.
Barack Obama's march toward the Democratic presidential nomination picked up support from four more superdelegates Wednesday, pushing him ever closer to victory over Hillary Rodham Clinton — even as their primary marathon staggered on.
She added two superdelegates herself in what has become the last big contest as their race winds toward a finish.
There are just 217 delegates to be chosen in the final six primaries, and neither candidate can win enough of them to claim final victory. Meanwhile, 265 additional delegates — the party elders and other "superdelegates" — have yet to be claimed, and their support will be the deciding factor.
On television Tuesday, a presidential candidate I know well was blasting the Senate's "shabby treatment" of judicial nominees and basking in virtue for having voted to confirm presidential picks despite differences with their philosophies.
Barack Obama took a big stride towards the Democratic presidential nomination Tuesday with a thumping victory over Hillary Clinton in North Carolina, while she eked out a wafer-thin win in Indiana.
Well after midnight, hours after they declared the North Carolina result, US networks said the former first lady had taken Indiana by a few thousand votes for a victory margin of 51 percent to 49 percent.
In North Carolina, Obama romped home by 56 percent to 42, and used his victory speech here to cast himself as the Democrats' heir apparent for the November election against Republican John McCain.
"This fall we intend to march forward as one Democratic party united by a common vision for this country because we all agree that at this defining moment in our history, a moment when we are facing two wars, an economy in turmoil, a planet in peril, a dream that feels like it's slipping away for too many Americans," he said.