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“Hillary is obviously better positioned to beat McCain than Obama,” Ms. Garrard said.

Constanta Nour-Hinkle of Reading, Pa., who was one of a few hundred Clinton supporters who protested outside the Marriott, said she is a lifelong Democrat, but would not vote for Mr. Obama for president.

“It would be the first time in my life I would vote Republican for president,” said Mrs. Nour-Hinkle, 35. “I think Obama is an empty shirt, the same as [President] George W. Bush, but only a Democrat.”

John Overton, who shouted pro-Clinton slogans outside the hotel, said he would leave the party if Mr. Obama receives the Democratic nomination for president.

“I can’t stand for the Democratic Party if they don’t stand for voters’ rights,” said Mr. Overton, who traveled from his home in Chapel Hill, N.C., to attend the rally. The party “would no longer exist to me as a party.”

“I don’t scream like this normally. I’m a rational guy, but I’ve never felt like this before,” he added. “This has been a travesty of democracy.”

But Johnnie Mae Collins, who traveled from Jacksonville, Fla., to attended the protests, said that while she is upset the Democratic Party disqualified her state’s primary results, she won’t leave the party.

“Why would we abandon what we are? McCain is not for us,” Ms. Collins said. “Some people say if Obama wins they’re not going to vote for the party, but I’m not going that way. Those people who say that were never a true Democrat, that’s for sure, because for me, you’re going to stand with [the party].”

T-shirt vendor Charles Greer of Washington said he brought his stash of Obama shirts and hats to the Rock Creek rally because he said he thought it was going to be a Democratic rally for “recounting the vote.”

“But all I’ve heard them talk about was Hillary, Hillary, Hillary,” Mr. Greer said.

Mr. Greer said that while some protests cursed him and waved obscene hand gestures, he still sold about 30 to 40 Obama shirts and hats.

“Hillary shirts don’t sell well in Washington. If they did, we’d have Hillary shirts too,” he said.