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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soundoff (227 Responses)
  1. Alta boy

    I have a strong feeling that we are all in for a major UPSET tomorrow. Obama is going to trounce Hillary so badly (even if by just 1 % point), it will not even be funny. It's just a feeling though ... time will tell.

    April 21, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  2. JB Oakland

    Deb, they're fake Dems. Only a fool would support Obama or Clinton now and yet vote for McBush in Nov.

    April 21, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  3. Peter R

    The only thing that Hillary has not done this time is cry....

    She still has 13.5 hours to get a good cry in....

    April 21, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  4. Independent

    Uh, Wolf, if she wins by a narrow margin she's lost. In fact, she already lost. The MSM is the only thing keeping this purported race alive right now.

    April 21, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  5. South Beach

    Are the new voters Obama's teenage groupies? Or are they Rush's "Operation Chaos" legions?

    Obama's teenage groupies don't remember anything he said except "change". I remember another generation who was looking for "change" in 1968, and they got Richard Milhous Nixon for President.

    I'm still figuring out "Operation Chaos." The chaos was supposed to hurt the Democrats, but I think the Operation Chaos voters are more interested in the Democratic candidates than in John McCain, and we hardly hear of him since Operation Chaos began.

    April 21, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  6. justobserve

    Scare tactics is for the desperates.

    April 21, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  7. What about our Soldiers?

    Thanks John, McCain and Hillary Clinton

    For your part in the lie U.S. soldiers continue to commit suicides bidding farewell to their patriotism.

    US Soldiers 4000 + US Soldiers dead, 35,000 injuried, IRAQ's Civilians 120,000 civilian dead.

    What about there night of voting.

    April 21, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  8. sozzi

    If PA. doesn't vote for Obama, it's becasue they'll be clinging to thier guns and religion, when they know that Obama is the better candidate. But, thier willingness to vote for a Black candidate will be against thier race.

    April 21, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  9. Phillip-Little Rock

    Hope, Kansas, we Obama supporters don't need a fairweather friend like you. Why don't you and that other Hillary blowhard, Susam MO, go tickle yourselves with a collard green!!!

    GO OBAMA '08

    April 21, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  10. Ken

    Hope Kansas, think again! We need to raise this country's voting IQ. Not voting will leave it where it's been: in the hands of the morons who voted-in Bush in 2000 and 2004.

    April 21, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  11. Bode

    Any one want to take a bet on how long its going to take to call the race?
    I think Obama wins. Period.
    I believe the pundits know who will win. Obama, and it will make for great TV!!!

    April 21, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  12. JT in Dallas

    Obama hopes and wishes he will win.

    Clinton is the best candidate for the job. She has a track record, not a non-record!

    Clinton and Experience 08 – 16!

    April 21, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  13. AZM

    If it's going to be that long of a night you might want to put out some tissue for Obama... someones liable to say something negative and he'll start crying again!

    Unity & Change
    Hypocracy 2008

    April 21, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  14. Susan

    I cannot begin to express my absolute hatred for Hillary Clinton. She represents everything that is wrong with politics. Special interests, lying, kitchen sink and dirty tactics. Wolf and the rest of the gang need to get a grip. This woman does not belong anywhere near the White House. Her scandal ridden past and her disgusting husband are enough for me to say NO more Clintons! The way she has handled her campaign is proof positive...unfit from Day 1. 9 million in debt..give me a break!

    April 21, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  15. wolfsbane

    Tough decision? If she doesn't beat Obama by a 20% margin, the only way Hillary can win is by convincing the super delegates to ignore every metric (delegate count, popular vote, states won), ignore the popular will, and go with her. This is craziness, for the past 20 years we've had presidents from one of two families. It's time for change!

    Obama might get torpedoed in PA by voting machines being hacked.

    April 21, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  16. Chris

    Clinton had leads in almost every state, but Obama has been able to close the gap, if not overcome, in every state. Even in her home state, New York, Obama lost by only 17% (57% to 40%). But Clinton could not come close to closing the gap in Illinois, losing by 32% (33% to 65%). Obama lost Texas & Ohio but started behind by huge double digits, close Ohio to 10% and Texas lost Primairy but won Caucus.

    Clinton's inability to hold gaps or close when behind and Obama's ability to achieve a delegate lead at this point of the race that Clinton can not overcome is very impressive due to the way the Democrats proportion their delegates.

    I think there is not doubt who is the stronger candidate for November against McCain

    April 21, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  17. ladybmore

    Why is HRC mad about obama ads when he told us that her health plans makes it mandatory and penalize you if you don't get. Isn't that what she said in one of her debates. And her ad about him taking money from gas co. is misleading. They just showed us she took
    300,000 and some other things, when he only took 200,000. HRC IS DISHONEST TO THE CORE.

    April 21, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  18. aliou

    the media is pumping hillary up so that the Obama dollars can continue to flow in.

    This has become your stock in trade. what a shame.

    she is on larry king, her daugther is more covered than michele obama, and even obama, bill has monopolized with their lies until she told him to shut up.

    April 21, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  19. John

    If Clinton doesn't win big then she needs to drop out, because it was herself that said she needed to win big in PA.

    April 21, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  20. JimP

    if hillary needs some spare change to continue, maybe she can get it like she used to:

    Donor Contradicts White House
    The Los Angeles Times
    Sunday, July 27, 1997

    Contradicting accounts by the Clinton administration, one of the Democratic Party's biggest campaign donors says he gave a $50,000 check to the first lady's chief of staff on White House grounds in 1995 in direct response to solicitations by aides of Hillary Rodham Clinton.

    Southern California entrepreneur Johnny Chung said he was seeking VIP treatment for a delegation of visiting Chinese businessmen when he was asked to help the first lady defray the cost of White House Christmas receptions billed to the Democratic National Committee.

    Chung, who has refused to cooperate with investigators unless granted immunity from prosecution, said in interviews that he realized such special treatment hinged on his willingness to make a political contribution.

    "I see the White House is like a subway"you have to put in coins to open the gates," Chung said in his first public comments on the controversial episode.

    On Friday, White House communications director Ann Lewis disputed Chung's account. She said of the first lady's aides: "At no time did they solicit a contribution from Mr. Chung..."

    "...Margaret A. Williams, the first lady's former chief of staff, who has acknowledged accepting Chung's check, is the subject of a pending inquiry by the federal agency charged with enforcing the Hatch Act, which prohibits federal employees from soliciting contributions, as well as by congressional panels probing campaign finance abuses..."

    April 21, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  21. Abbey

    To Democratics who say they are not going to vote for Clinton if she wins or Obama if he wins-are you nuts?

    John McCain means 4 more years of the same thing. With two supreme court judges coming up for retirement, say goodbye to women's rights! Vetern care-forget it. War with Iran-it's on. That is what John McCain will bring.

    I'm a HUGE Obama fan. I distest the Clintons, but I'd rather have a democratic anyday than McCain or a republican.

    This vote is huge-I predict Obama by 2 points will carry PA. The youth vote will show up..35,000 in a rally this weekend-that's nuts!

    April 21, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  22. Steve

    There is nothing wrong with healthy and positive competition in a political party primary. However, the negative swiping that has occurred between Senators Obama and Clinton is not healthy, nor positive and risks the election of John McCain in November who will only extend the Bush presidency. Whether it is Obama or Clinton the voters of this great nation must make the right decision in November.

    April 21, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  23. Sueanna

    Is Obama's fundraising for real? Has anyone really looked at the numbers an sources and figured out if it is legitimate. It is obscene how much money is being raised in this race.

    April 21, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  24. D R

    Bill and Hillary care nothing about the democratic party! They will throw the whole thing under a bus before she backs out! They do not like to loose, and will damage anyone or everyone that finishes ahead of them! She will not accept the popular vote! She will try and persuade super delegates to overturn any decision that doesn't favor her. That will induce the biggest civil unrest in years. Considering that her campaign is held up by mostly women, and people that actually think she didn't support NAFTA! It's going to be costly! This family was impeached! How short sighted can Clinton supporters be!

    April 21, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  25. fairandstraight

    Hillary can not solve her own problems so why does people think she can solve ours.

    April 21, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
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