April 21st, 2008
02:15 PM ET
7 years ago

Blitzer: 'We could be in for a long night'

CNN Anchor Wolf Blitzer
CNN Anchor Wolf Blitzer

(CNN) - Pennsylvania voters must now decide who will be a stronger Democratic presidential nominee in the general election against John McCain. The latest polls show Hillary Clinton ahead of Barack Obama - but those same polls show about 7 percent of the likely Democratic voters remain undecided. They could certainly tip the balance.

State officials also say that hundreds of thousands of new voters have registered – many of them about to vote for the first time. They represent a new element of the political equation, and they, too, could tip the balance. They represent a surprise factor.

In other words, we could be in for a long night tomorrow as the results come in. I will be anchoring our coverage from the CNN Election Center, beginning with The Situation Room at 4 p.m. ET.

If Clinton wins, even by a narrow margin, we will then gear up for the May 6 primaries in North Carolina and Indiana. I don’t think she would drop out. If she loses, however, her campaign would have to make a very tough decision.

On the substantive issues – like the economy, health care, housing, crime, the war in Iraq and other foreign policy matters - the two candidates have spelled out their visions in great detail on their respective websites. There are differences between the two of them, but not necessarily huge differences. That’s why you have heard so much from the candidates and their surrogates about so many other marginal matters.

The real differences, of course, are between the two Democratic candidates, on the one hand, and John McCain on the other. This idisagreements s very clear irrespective of whoever wins the Democratic nomination. In the fall, there will be very big between the two candidates on such sensitive issues as the war in Iraq, abortion rights for women, taxes, guns and a whole lot more.


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soundoff (227 Responses)
  1. Bridgette

    I think wolf is right.

    April 21, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  2. Male 4 Hill- Yes I am a HILLRAISER

    go Hillary!

    April 21, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  3. White male for Obama

    It's foolish to see the Democrats as anything but a nicer version of a party that exists to do the bidding of the corporate elite in this country. Any endorsement of a Democrat must be done with this acknowledgement and a hope that one day we will have a party that'll represent the people first, and laws that allow that party an equal voice.

    Finally, I want to say a word about the basic decency I have seen in Mr. Obama. Mrs. Clinton continues to throw the Rev. Wright up in his face as part of her mission to keep stoking the fears of White America. Every time she does this I shout at the TV, "Say it, Obama! Say that when she and her husband were having marital difficulties regarding Monica Lewinsky, who did she and Bill bring to the White House for 'spiritual counseling?' THE REVEREND JEREMIAH WRIGHT!"

    But no, Obama won't throw that at her. It wouldn't be right. It wouldn't be decent. She's been through enough hurt. And so he remains silent and takes the mud she throws in his face.

    April 21, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  4. Obama Montana Grandma

    As an Indpendent I am voting for Barack Obama..

    Wolf.. don't forget the indpendent as HIllary does..

    April 21, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  5. Paul, Chicago

    I can't wait until Obama takes on John McCain in the presidential election.

    April 21, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  6. CT Chriss

    Stick a fork in HRC! I think she's done!

    Her compulsive lying and campaigning for McInsane disqualifies her for dogcatcher.

    Time to get out of the kitchen HRC!

    April 21, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  7. Lisa

    I look forward to watching it! This makes for great TV when I am traveling for my job. Love ya, CNN!!

    April 21, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  8. Smith

    we know that H sees sniper fire in her imagination,

    which gives her both real and INVENTED experience!

    can't beat that!

    April 21, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  9. Nancy

    BRING IT ON, OBAMA IS "TOUGH ENOUGH". HE IS A "PEOPLES CANDIDATE" NOT A SPECIAL INTEREST CANDIDATE. PEOPLE OF PENN, THIS IS YOUR CHANCE TO CHANGE THE DIRECTION OF THIS COUNTRY.

    O8AMA

    April 21, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  10. tidho

    The first sentance of this article:
    "Pennsylvania voters must now decide who will be a stronger Democratic presidential nominee in the general election against John McCain."

    Really? That's what they're doing?
    I thought what Pennsylvania voeter were doing was deciding who they thought would b a better President.

    April 21, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  11. Ben

    Wolf, there are indeed large differences between the candidates. Clinton is a hawk, Obama is not.

    Also, Clinton is going to have a very tough decision to make even if she wins. She needs a huge margin to stay competitive in delegates.

    April 21, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  12. Smith

    Maybe the Clintons can also make a loan to the US to ease the deficit!

    April 21, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  13. Obama Montana Grandma

    Wolf, Barack brings in crowds of up to 35,000.. When cameras sweep in Hillary crowds I can almost here the echos...

    Same ole same ole for Hillary..

    Yes... We.. Can... in 2008 for Barack..

    April 21, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  14. Jim, Indiana

    This will be the beginning of the end for Obama. Thank you Pennsylvania!

    Our country need a real leader with real programs and a proven record.

    Go Hillary!!!

    April 21, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  15. Hope, Kansas

    If Clinton drops out, I will vote for McCain.

    April 21, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  16. Is America Ready for Real Change

    In the end PA will decide to vote for a well educated African American senator or the wife of a Impeach disbard adulteress former President.

    The Shameless Hillary Clinton is looking to play PA for fools. She has lied, lied, and more lies

    The sad story about the sniper fire we have military killing them self as a resulft of war stress. Hillary or Bill Clinton would never understand this.......

    April 21, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  17. vikas

    well said wolf. waiting for tomorrow night for the best political team.

    April 21, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  18. Donj, NJ

    ok

    April 21, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  19. ALECO1

    HILLARY WILL WIN PENN. BY 8 PERCENT--SHE SHOULD DROP OUT. EVERY DAY SHE STAYS IN THE RACE, McCAIN GETS STRONGER--A VOTE FOR HILLARY IS A VOTE FOR MCCAIN.

    April 21, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  20. Chicago

    STOP CALLING IT THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY; it doesn't exist!!!!

    Has anyone stopped to think that no matter what the people of America want, Hillary or Barack, the decision will be decided by people whose vote is more powerful than yours. I mean, are the citizens of America worth less than a superdelegate. How can one person be a superdelegate when it takes at least 1,000 normal people to vote for a delegate; and they have the nerve to even debate elitism....I mean does a superdelegate play with Superman.
    Like if politicians are voted in by the people shouldn't they represent the people's wishes. Sounds like Americans are worth at the most 1/1000th of a superdelegate (superdelegates are people too). Remember the civil war and how to count black slaves in voting, it sounds like ALL Americans are worth less than 1/3 of a human no matter what color now. You learned your popular vote doesn't matter from the Bush fiasco, now you will learn that your not even a full person compared to the elite. Is this democracy; I voted for Barack but if he wins with one vote from a superdelegate that is against the population of area represented then I'm out. I mean let's at least pretend to have freedom. Generation X is watching, you Baby Boomers. SHOW US THAT WE AS A PEOPLE ARE ALL CREATED EQUAL!

    April 21, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  21. DEE in fla

    OBAMA WILL SURPRISE ALOT OF PEOPLE IN PA AND AROUND THE NATION

    Most of those new voater are going for Obama .... he will make an upset just like hillary did in NH

    OBAMA08

    April 21, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  22. brandi

    The only tough decision to be made is by the DNC and if they want to continue this farce of a smear campaign against Hillary and to alienate Florida and Michigan voters. Let the votes count and the real delegate tally be known and lets see this thru to the end. Unless Obama finally realizes that he's been getting a free ride and he chooses to withdraw.That would be the best thing for the party. But alas, his control freak wife will never allow that to happen.

    April 21, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  23. Cindy

    Yes and I'm sure we'll continue to hear about how popular Hillary is with PA voters and how she has family there and blah, blah, blah!

    THE FACT STILL REMAINS THAT SHE HAD BEEN UP 20% BEFORE THE START OF THE PRIMARY IN PENNSYLVANIA AND HE'S CLOSED THE GAP CONSIDERABLY!

    SHE'S NOT GOING TO WIN BY THE DOUDLE DIGITS SHE WAS CLAIMING SHE WAS GOING TO GET FROM PA... BUT SHE'LL FUDGE IT AND TWIST WHAT SHE HAS SAID OR COMPLETELY IGNORE IT AND PUH, PUH IT- She'll have balloons and a parade going even if she only wins by 1%! She'll justify it in some way.

    she's destroying the democratic party single-handedly and no one has the guts to stop her! She can't catch up even if she won PA by double digits- whoch she's NOT.

    April 21, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  24. angela benson

    why can"t run a clean race, she is turning this race into a jerry springer show, come togrther and not apart,we all want who is best for our country, Hillary was in the white ,but not in command, BILL MADE THE ALL OUR COUNTRY NEEDS NOT HER,so she do not have experience herself,look at all the Experince Bush had and look at us now, so we need some one to fight and support us and our country with out the soap drama, isee to much of that on tv,so obama is going to lead this country in a good place we we will all come together for each other.

    April 21, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  25. sivananthi

    Hillary Clinton will solve the problems…
    ..........................will treat all americans with dignity……
    ..........................will balance the budget…
    ..........................will unite the country…
    ..........................will become one of the greatest american presidents.

    .-HILLARY 08

    April 21, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
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