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July 20, 2017

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Atkinson Gates to have hand in DNC decision that could settle Obama-Clinton race

Thirty Democrats could settle their party's grueling presidential nomination contest in a Washington, D.C., hotel room this Saturday, according to this report from the Hill, a Washington newspaper.

Among the elite few who will be in the room: Former Clark County Commissioner Yvonne Atkinson Gates.

Although she resigned from the commission last year amid a police investigation into her campaign spending -- one that has resulted in no charges -- she remains a player on the Democratic National Committee.

As a member of the committee's 30-member Rules and Bylaws Committee, Atkinson Gates could help put to rest the agonizing race between Sen. Hillary Clinton and Sen. Barack Obama to secure their party's nomination.

The rules committee is to decide the fate of Florida and Michigan, states that bucked the DNC's rules and moved the dates of their primaries forward despite warnings from the national party that their delegates would not count.

The decision by Atkinson Gates and her 29 colleagues about how to factor in results from Florida and Michigan ­ if at all ­ could have a huge impact on the contest, as detailed in the Hill article.

Atkinson Gates has been mum about which candidate she supports and did not return a phone call today from the Sun.

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