April 21st, 2008
02:15 PM ET
6 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. bigben

    Will not vote for obama , he is to weak.

    April 21, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  2. aliou

    McCain doesn't have to do anything. Hillary is doing it for him. Go hillary!! democrats destruction machine.

    April 21, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  3. Zoinks

    Gosh, Blitzer is so smart. I'm in awe.

    April 21, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  4. Debby

    Wolf, this is better than the Super Bowl and World Series put together. LOL We bet she comes away with an 11% win. Congrats on Tony Snow the comments were closed already, but we always liked him.

    April 21, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  5. aliou

    I wouldn't trust hillary near my cat's budget

    April 21, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  6. Anthony-Minneapolis,MN

    Wolf, she should drop out if she doesn't win PA by a large margin i.e. 65% to Obama 35% or by at least 20 points as she had a 30 point lead early this month

    April 21, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  7. Frank

    SHE WILL WIN PENNSYLVANIA. I DON'T KNOW ABOUT THE OTHERS.

    I CAN TELL YOU THIS THOUGH. IF HILLARY DOESN'T GET THE NOMINATION, MCCAIN WILL BE THE NEXT PRESIDENT.

    April 21, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  8. Sheryl

    Hillary has to be the most evil person, the new ad she has is terrible has she no shame? Hillary should be impeached by the democrats for this ad. I've had enough of her attack ads and lies. She continually lies and thinks it's okay. She distorts facts and thinks its okay. She think people are stupid so stupid they will vote for her. I hope people in PA are more intelligent than that, but I doubt it. I'm sure she will win by a good margin. People seem to like the old attack politics. Shame on them.

    April 21, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  9. jp/michigan

    Run and hide Obama! No longer the hope and inspirational man!

    April 21, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  10. carl

    Two Points
    if clinton wins; i'll vote for macain because she would have stolen it
    the clinton supportors has no reason not vote for obama besides
    dislike

    April 21, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  11. Stevo in PA

    I hope that Barak and Hilliary can come clean and unite against those Republicans. Neither will win the White House without the other.
    More importantly, the joint ticket may even tip the congrssional balance towards the Democrates. We need 2/3 Congress.

    If Hill or Barak think they can win without one another, then McCainBush will continue to live on.

    April 21, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  12. Paula

    If Obama gets the nomination, I'm voting for McCain.

    Some of you people must have brain damage. Hillary is a MUCH better choice than the Obama.

    April 21, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  13. jonsid

    I believe part of the reason Hillary needs to win is because of her daughter. She has been preening her for a job in politics ever since her campaign began. She expects that if she wins, her daughter will have much more of a chance to rise as she has. She might even be thinking of a Chelsea run for President some day. If Hillary doesn't win, that dream is all but over. Too bad for Chelsea, but I'm not sorry for Hillary.

    April 21, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  14. Eunice, Maryland

    Mr. Blitzer, you don't have to worry about anything. It is going to be the shortest election night. The result will be decisive almost immediately because Hillary Clinton is going to win with such landslide victory that everybody will go to sleep very early.

    Hillary '08

    April 21, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  15. Sherylanne

    IF OBAMACANS ARE GOING TO BLAME ALL OF HRC FAULTS ON THINGS HER HUSBAND SAID AND DID THEN START LOOKING AT MICHELLE OBAMA ACTIONS AND WORDS AND BLAME OBAMA FOR HER FAULTS.

    PLEASE GO HOME TO CHICAGO OBAMA AND CONTINUE DESTROYING THEM AS YOU DID BEFORE.

    THIS IS JUST LIKE TX, AZ, CA, OHIO, ETC... WHERE OBAMA WAS PROJECTED TO WIN AND DIDN'T. HILLARY WILL CARRY THE STATE.

    OPERATION OBAMA TAKE-OVER IS FAILING...

    April 21, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  16. SHIRLEY, GRAMBLING LA

    I like both Obama and Clinton...the sad part is ,we here in America
    really do need a MAJOR CHANGE IN THE WHITE HOUSE. In the beginning the race was fairly clean...Now Clinton is so desperate she
    is playing the old policital play book. Dirty politics as USUAL we need a president with grace and intergrity. I'm looking for a new voice with new ,ideas a person who can reach across the table and bring peace TO OUR HOME TOWNS AS WELL AS ABROAD. we NEED ARE TROOPS HOME AND TAKEN CARE OF. nOT PUSHED AWAY LIKE MY BROTHER WAS WHO WAS IN VIETIAM WHO NOW HAS A CRIPPLING ILLNESS , WHO MADE A SACRIFICE ONLY TO FIND OUT NO ONE BUT HIS FAMILY CARED.

    April 21, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  17. California Girl

    So True!
    Hillary is a strong woman and I would want her on my team. Hillary knows the issues and has solutions to her plan. Nothing can stop her now, keep going Hillary.

    Hillary08

    April 21, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  18. Beatrice

    I missed part of Wolf Blitzer's show today because I can no longer tolerate the rantings of the "Crypt Keeper". I like CNN, and enjoy most of the host because they graduated from Journalism school, but this man's absurdity is what has held our country in the 1862 era too long. I dont know his name, ( dont want to) but he needs to go back to the woods of Selma, and stay there until his fear of blacks subsides. Judging by how old he looks that should remove him from the world stage indefinitely.

    April 21, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  19. Mike Curtain NY

    Why does Youtube videos by Hillary Clinton mostly rates lower than the videos by Barack Obama?

    April 21, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  20. Dan (TX)

    Actually, it just doesn't matter how the voters in the remaining states vote. There is no likelyhood that either one will be able to garner enough delegates to become the Democratic party nominee without the help of superdelegates.
    By all means, go exercise your right to vote – just don't expect that it'll make a difference in the end this year. The SUPERDELEGATES hold the keys to this Democratic primary – don't fool yourselves!
    Just remember, the Democratic party leadership thinks that the average Democrat is too stupid to be able to pick a candidate – therefore, they're going to do it for us!
    Time to eliminate the superdelegates and adopt a simple "winner-take-all" delegate process in 2012.

    April 21, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  21. alex

    Viewing this situation from this side of the Atlantic (Scotland) I am rather saddened that for the first time there is the real chance of an African American or a female presidential candidate that fate would have it that they are both battling for the same party's nomination.
    The republicans are loving this situation.
    I think the only way the Democrats can win the presidency in November is if Obama and Clinton formed a dream ticket.
    This would have the Republicans running scared. (Who would have 1st place on this ticket?)
    Unfortunately it doesn't look like it is going to happen.

    Ah well! Another 4 years in the presidential wilderness for the democrats.

    April 21, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  22. ma

    Mr Blitzer,
    as it relates to Sen. Hillary and Obama; it is amazing that whenever you speak of them, you always promote the worst case situations for Sen Obama, when you question others about them you always mention negative things about him first to engage them and you continue to press them to make them agree with your mind set.
    I hope that when all of this is over, you will create a library of your remarks and comment, take some time to listen to yourself.
    This might be your right, but i believe you should realize what you have done.
    Is it odd that you and CNN would have Sen Clinton on less than 24 hours before the PA Primary?

    April 21, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  23. concernRepublican in CA

    PA please save America. Do you want more scandals, distractions, wordly attacks the opposite, partisan, divided, lies, corruption in the White House? Vote for Obama

    April 21, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  24. shirley

    Thank you Wolf. This is thoughtful unbiased reporting, very refreshing.

    April 21, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  25. Deborah Whipp

    Hey Windy,
    Took me a while to catch on, but we are all being played by the media.

    Regardless of who you're for, and even if she wins PA, Barack is going to win the nomination. The numbers are not there for Hillary and the Democratic party will not risk permanently disabling the party by appearing to steal the nomination from him.

    Members of the media, however, is having the time of their lives. They are getting tons of face time and raking in advertising dollars hand over fist.

    The longer this mess goes on, the happier (and richer) they are.

    April 21, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
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