Hillary faces tough odds as Obama's lead widens
US Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton faced increasing odds against her Monday as a new opinion poll showed rival Barack Obama consolidating his nationwide support.
A Gallup tracking survey indicated the Illinois senator extending his lead over Clinton among Democrats nationally to 52 percent versus 42 percent, Obama's largest lead of the year so far.
This marks the first time either candidate has held a double-digit lead over the other since early February, when Hillary Clinton led Obama by 11 percentage points, the polling firm pointed out.
On Sunday, the New York senator vowed to stay in the White House race to the bitter end as party elders floated ideas to avert a paralysing struggle between her and Obama.
In a Washington Post interview, the former first lady said: "I know there are some people who want to shut this down and I think they are wrong.
"I have no intention of stopping until we finish what we started and until we see what happens in the next 10 contests, and until we resolve Florida and Michigan."