They are contemplating Clinton's end game, especially now that former presidential candidate John Edwards, the second-place finisher in Iowa's caucuses, has endorsed Obama. "She needs to go through this in a magnanimous, gracious way," says Kolmer, who when asked if she'll vote for Obama replied: "Hell, yes."
A vice presidential slot for Clinton? Maybe, says Donna Buell, 47, a lawyer in Spirit Lake. "I would like to see Hillary become either Senate Majority leader or vice president, nothing less," Buell says.
Clinton may not be the nominee in the end, says Kolmer, but "a helluva lot of people wanted her to be." And by remaining in the game, several women say, she has only made Obama a stronger candidate.
Says Stough: "I hope she gives her concession speech at the convention. She deserves it."