April 21st, 2008
02:15 PM ET
10 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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  1. noobama


    Hilary can win the general election. Obama cannot. Vote Hilary she is the best of the three.

    April 21, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  2. Rick in Oregon

    Wow Cindy.....all those capital letters and still you said basically nothing.

    I have seen on both sides of this coin how people spin things. Try to take your emotion out of it a bit people and see things for what they are.

    Cindy, Clinton had a double digit lead until Obama out spent her 4 to 1. Does that mean that he is buying the election? Do you think that he would have been able to cut into Clintons lead if she had outspent him 4 to 1? Not very likely.

    Not that I begrudge Obama. He has the money, he should spend it. It's all part of the political process, but let's recognize it for what it is.

    Now as far as Clinton destroying the democratic party, I hardly think so. That's just a bit dramatic, don't you think? I know that my party (the democratic party) is certainly much stronger than that. I think that in the long run, it will actually make it stronger. We have seen some of our flaws (caucuses for one, disenfranchised voters for another) and are getting pretty much all the publicity. Some people are like, John who? Our nominees are getting most of the press. Their dirty laundry is waving proudly.

    When it's time for the GE, we'll have everything behind us and we can just rip into McCain. Any smart person will realize that Clinton and Obama are much closer to each other than McCain. I have my favorite, but I know that the other one is much more of what I want than McCain.

    April 21, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |

    Way to go Blitzer keep chipping away at Hillary trying to get those polls down. You will find out tomorrow these polls will not mean a darn thing. Just like New Hampshire I predict Hillary to win with15% to 20% margin. Pack your bags Obama. There will not be anymore scum allowed in this race. To all you Obama supporterss that say the Clintons can not manage money. What dumb butts. I guess you don't remember the 90s when Bill left office with three trillion dollars in escrow and a wole lot less people on welfare. But, then again that seems to be a way of life for some people, welfare. Maybe tha tis what you're looking for agin. Someone to pay your way. Because America owes it to you. BAH!!! HILLARY 08

    April 21, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  4. Lynn Hudson

    I think the 7% are undecided because they don't like any of them. I wish the other candidates were still in. What a mess. It will be interesting to see how this turns out.

    April 21, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  5. DJ, LA, CA

    All the supposed Clinton supporters that are threatening to vote for McCain are really just Republicans amusing themselves with the drama.

    Please PA – put an end to this and vote Obama. Even if Clinton wins PA she still has no chance of catching up. So why bother?

    April 21, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  6. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    The questions is, who is willing to give the democrat nomination to Hillary. The answer is, no one because she can't win unless Obama drops out.

    April 21, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  7. mykle

    FEAR>>>>>FEAR>>>>FEAR ,Is that ALL she has left?? Hey pennsylvanians, Clinton must think you're ALL idiots ! If this "AD" works,I'll start thinking ALL of you ARE idiots !! Vote tomorrow, and prove me wrong !!!!

    April 21, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  8. Lynn/West Hills, CA

    Lately I have been switching channels (not like me). I am a Hillary supporter, and want fair and balanced.
    CNN has given far too much air time to Obama...let the voters decide. I hope it is a long night and voters are not discouraged (any ones camp) from voting ,due to to early predictions;
    Hillary 08

    April 21, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  9. Jeff

    What's going to be really amazing is to see Clinton win the state (regardless of how many points) given the fact that she has been out spent in advertising by a 2 to 1 margin. Superdelgates, take note of this when it happens. A win by Clinton under that ratio of spending is truly an amazing feat and speaks loudly of the choice of the American people!

    April 21, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  10. bunny

    I agree with Cindy. Hillary does seem to be determined to bring down the democratic party, if she doesn't win the nomination. All of her nasty, biting comments and misrepresentations are making me nauseous. I will definitely vote for Obama, and if necessary, McCain, before I will vote for her.

    What political experience does she have other than as a senator? Did she gain experience by osmosis while living in the White House?

    April 21, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  11. paul

    It occurred to me that if Hillary does not win the nomination, she will go for an independent run against Obama and McCain. I live in Connecticut and I have seen that work with Joe Lieberman in 2006. He won his senate seat as a "petitioning democrat" after losing the primary. I think more than anything she wants to have a chance to become president and if that is what it takes, she'll do it.

    April 21, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  12. Rob

    Hopefully CNN won't project a winner right off the bat. It makes me excited to watch all of the votes come in over the hours. You do a great job Wolf; no wonder you are a part of the best political news team!

    April 21, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  13. Wayne

    Hillary has done more to advance the candidacy of McCain than any republican ever could. She has declared him a better Commander in Chief than Obama (who will beat her in the primaries), and she has successfully ebbed the wave of "Obamamania," a feat which McCain does not possess the charisma nor personal magnetism, nor connection with his fellow republicans to have been able to accomplish. In her selfish, "me first and forget everyone else" campaign she will both lose the race to become the democratic front runner, and has jeopardized her party's chances to win. Way to go Hillary, way to go!!!

    April 21, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  14. Sheila WA

    Get a clue, Hillary is worried about our nation's economy???? Have you looked at the economy of her campaign?? Wake up America, if she cannot successfully manage the finances in her own campaign,
    HOW ON EARTH can she possibly straighten out the economy
    in our country????????????

    April 21, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  15. Joanne

    thank God for we baby boomers. Generation X would be in big trouble. Afterall, if it weren't for we baby boomers where would all of you be. Most of you can' tevern work. Live off of Mom and Dad. Now explain this. You vote for a man that you think is an American Idol. Well, good luck when the Mr. Obama loses this game. you see he is not yet ready. Most of you in my opinion are not ready to vote Following a movement for a President is a scary thing. However, you know no better.

    Start pulling your own weight and perhaps we will give you Generation X some respect from what I have seen in my lifetime you definitely are going no where fast.

    April 21, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  16. SueB

    Even if Obama wins in PA, Hillary won't drop out. She doesn't care what's right or ethical. She doesn't care what she's doing to the democratic party or even what the ultimate results of her actions (a win for McCain if she continues) will be. All she cares about is that it is her turn. I picture Obama walking up to the podium to take his oath of office, with Hillary hanging onto his pants legs, screaming: "No!!! It's my turn! Mine, mine mine!!! It's not fair!!!!!!"

    Hillary is the worst thing that has happened to the democrats in a long time.

    April 21, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  17. Dilip Samuels

    Hillary Clinton is becoming less unlikeable by the day ...and even worse less trustworthy by the hour

    April 21, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  18. mama for obama

    Wolf, please do not do service to clinton.. the math does not add up
    but, we know she will have to be pushed, as she will not voluntarely go away
    this "is personal."

    someone please tell Sen. Clinton her time is up and the time has come for change to start _ seriously............

    April 21, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  19. Veterans for Obama

    If Hillary can't win by double digits she needs to drop out.....this is getting silly.

    April 21, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  20. Sarah

    Go Obama, NO MORE CLINTONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 21, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  21. a democrat from nebraksa

    lots of crazy comments floating around these days. i hope that people can calm down a bit . it important to consider that all of this crazy fanaticism might drive a lot of people to mccain between now and november.

    obama isn't exactly what he promised us he was, and he's got a lot of negatives that might prevent him from winning the white house. that's the way it is...and just because he can attract crowds of 35,000 people doesn't mean that he's the best candidate. some people might not like the fact that he's become more of a fad and a movement. maybe older voters are starting to realize that a president obama might not be a good thing. maybe he's too liberal for some people. we need to ground ourselves in reality.

    and clinton...we'll she's a clinton and a lot of people don't like her all that much. so we need to ground ourselves in that reality as well.

    nothing is certain regardless of how much we want our candidate to win. the process needs to play out and in the end we will select the best candidate to go against mccain.

    so calm down.

    April 21, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  22. Hillary's Last Hurrah

    Even if Hillary manages to win in Pennsylvania, it will only be by 2 or 3 percent, and that will be far too little to keep her campaign from alive as anything other than a pathetic delusion.

    April 21, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  23. Independent, Butler PA

    Excited to vote in Pennsylvania...


    I will vote first thing tomorrow for you lady

    April 21, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  24. PA Democrat

    I dont get it – I thought American were wise enough not to fall for the trickery Hillary Clinton have been dishing out throughout her campaign!
    I mean come on now alllllllllll those lies from her mouth! No one had to even spin or twist anything SHE LIED! END OF STORY!
    We do not want a president who LIES we had that now for 8 years and here she comes LYING!!!!!
    Sen. Obama who this whole time has proven to be a decent, upstanding, honest and focused candidate with integrity. He has a vision and he knows how to effect change in Washington! Thats the ONLY way things are going to change for the USA!
    Hillary's has experience in deciving the people of America like she did the folks in Ohio when she LIED and said she did not support NAFTA!
    WAKE UPP PEOPLE!!!!!!!!!
    Vote Obama!

    April 21, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  25. R Garcia

    Hillary was a republican when she was younger, and she's a closet republican now. Only she can see that her tactics are the same that she's trying to protray onto Obama, but no one is buying it. Why would you vote for this woman, when 60% of voters think she is dishonest/untrustworthy? Its sad how this boils down to race, which it is right now, and lots of white people just can't see past his skin, or his name. He'll still win, but i just wish it would be sooner. Pack it up Hillary, America is sick of you and Bill, and your daughter.

    April 21, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
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