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. Dennis

    Please... to my homestate of Pennsylvania. Open your eyes and ears and release your racism... Vote Obama tomorrow and help this country move forward. Hillary's political ad of fear is an insult to your intelligence!

    April 21, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  2. Jay

    "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."

    What?

    April 21, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  3. Windy

    CNN is doing campaigning for Hillary - Larry King Live Friday night, AC 360 Friday night, Larry King Live again tonight, all about Hillary, not to mention Hillary-only live video on cnn.com. What makes the media so bias on Hillary these past weeks? First ABC, then CNN.

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

    Can not believe democrats are threatening to vote republican if their candidate does not win. That is so silly and will only cause anguish for four long years. After these least 8 how can anyone vote a republican into the White House?

    April 21, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  5. Amy

    Yeah, great move guys. Abandon the Democratic party for four more years of Bush policies.

    You're not a real democrat if you abandon the party in an immature hissy fit.

    I'm an Obama supporter, and I will still vote for Hillary if she wins the nomination. Any democrat that would act differently, whether a supporter of Obama or Clinton, will have four more years of war, poverty, and ineptitude on their heads.

    April 21, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  6. 50+ Woman in MA

    Wolf,

    Has anyone discussed the voting machine controversy in PA? Will there be a way to count votes if there is a problem?

    April 21, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  7. K.L.

    Mathematically, Hillary can not win. If it was Obama, everyone would demand Obama drop out.

    Obama 08

    April 21, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  8. Maggie

    I just wanted to comment on how much Obama has spent in Pennsylvania and he still won't win that primary. He thinks money buys votes but that is not so. His careless and wasteful spending will be the end of him. He is trying to buy his way in and I hope all of his financial backers will realize that its not how much money you spend but its how voters feel about you and the policies. He is spending over $8 million and he still will not win. That just shows you that he does not have it in him to gain full support to win these big primaries and Clinton can do so spending less money. The voters are not stupid and they will vote for the better candidate. If he cannot win these big primaries in the democratic race how will he win in the presidential race? Clinton will be able to win these states without a problem so she should be nominated based on that as she will be able to win them.

    Pennsylvanians don't waste your vote on Obama as he will not be able to win in November and it will be another republican in the White House. Vote all the way for Clinton and let her win with a big percentage margin.

    April 21, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  9. Kristen Ingram

    Hillary DID campaign in Florida. She called it "fund-raising," which it was, but she put on some big rallies. Barack observed the DNC's rules in both Florida and Michigan. Just one more untruth from Hillary. I can't tell you how disappointed I am in her.

    April 21, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  10. ***AMERICAN***

    I am just ready for this drama to be over!

    April 21, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  11. And Thats The Truth, Ruth

    Im rired of hearing people who say "If Clinton drops out, I will vote for McCain."...WHO CARES...those type of folks are the same people who voted for Bush....TWICE

    April 21, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  12. Hillary or McCain - There IS no other choice

    Obama is the scariest politician I have seen in my entire life. Thank goodness he's unelectable in the general election.

    April 21, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  13. nate

    The longer the nite the better . And Hope – is that a threat or a promise? Who cares who you will vote for?

    April 21, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  14. Twinkle

    Hillary has crossed the line it's crazy if Obama was doing this he would be gone by now the reson she is sill here is because she is the elitis. Donna Brazil what is going on with the superdelegates Hilllary has given the republicans all they need. get her out now

    April 21, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  15. phil, philly

    i keep hearing the clinton team say "oh, this nomination fight is good for the party." and then i keep seeing clinton supporter posts saying "i'll vote republican if hillary loses." so how is this good for the party again?

    April 21, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  16. Alpha Shaw

    Wolf, you are a bias journalist. It is clear in everybody's mind the way you talk and the way you conduct your intervivew you are backing Hilary Clinton. It is not a problem for a journalist to back a presidential candidate, but should not be made so open as you do when you are on air. You have to realise that millions of people worlwide are wataching your program. So please stop the bias campaign against Barrack Obama, plerase...

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

    If Hillary drops out I am voting for McCain.
    Obama is a "baby" politician who speaks before he thinks–YA!!! THAT IS WHAT THE USA NEEDS--LIKE A HOLE IN THE HEAD.

    April 21, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  18. AZM

    Go Hillary!!!

    The hypocrite is on the ropes!

    NOBAMA – NO WAY

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

    Win or lose, she's vowed to take this to the convention. There is no rhyme or reason to her position at this point, why would a loss tomorrow change anything?

    Honestly, it just needs to play out... the best that can be done is to isolate her, limit the damage to the party. She's Ralph Nader X 1,000, not Rocky Balboa...

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

    Double standards here! One wonders what everyone would be saying if all indicators on Obama's side were on Clinton's side. I am sure after Winsconsin he would have been politely easied out.
    Look; money wise, delegates, all Nos. despite the fact that he has always come from behind. Call it a disadvantaged background. Insteady we see the opposite, the media trying to push him on the edges. Texas went for Hillary because some voters had voted earlier before knowing Obama and not the election day. No one is telling the truth. Ohio we know that Hillary framed Obama. So hopefully "not this time" !!!

    April 21, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  21. TJ in Texas

    Obama is the answer to America PA.

    OBAMA 2008!!

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

    Lets not count out the Clintons yet, you know their philosophy, "If you can't beat em cheat em." I just love this latest attempt to advertise. Who would you want in charge in case there is a war? Well so far her qualifications are sniper fire and one dead duck. LOL

    April 21, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  23. David

    Clinton will win PA by single digits and then Obama will win in Indiana by single digits and kick her lying butt by double digits in NC. Then the Ice Princess will have to get out of the race FINALLY!

    April 21, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  24. Tommy, Dayton, OH

    As an independent, white voter, I've got to say that Obama is showing the best leadership ability. He is the best chance to move forward in Pennsylvania, Indiana, and the rest of the country.

    April 21, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  25. Mark Eisen

    Wolf...Are you planning to give equal time to the Obama camp on the eve of the primary? You just gave Hillary a 5-minute infomercial by allowing her political hack to spew his talking points over and over without answering directly a single question that was asked. On top of that you ran and re-ran her negative ad while he was speaking. One of the reasons I watch CNN is its fairness. How about showing some of that and allow the Obama camp equal time.

    April 21, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
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