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. Roy (San Antonio)

    Wolf has had some unbiased moments, but it is true, respectfully Sir, if you are on world stage representing your profession, you should focus reporting the news and staying unbiased. Is that not what real journalism is?

    Seriously the two very biased "journalist" on CNN are Rick Sanchez and Campbell Brown. Both make it bluntly apperant that they support HRC. I'm glad Rick Sanchez is not running for any elected position; he's come-off as extremely arrogant.

    Let me point out one instance: in an interview with two public elected officials, one for Obama and the other for HRC, he'd ask the question to both; funny that almost in every instance of the interview he was quick to interrupt the Obama supporter arrogantly never allowing him to answer the question, but would be almost silent for the HRC supporter.


    April 21, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  2. carlo

    How can you Hillary supporters even claim that she has a chance? Have you read that she is 10 million in debt? What part of that don't you understand? No one is supporting her. Her donors are big wigs who have maxed out.

    Ray Charles could see this.

    April 21, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  3. Tammy

    As a PA voter, it would be nice for people to let the process take its course instead of making these candidates bow out early. My vote is as important as those in Iowa and New Hampshire. The system sucks and needs to change, we should all vote on the same day and let every state in the country count. Hillary has come far and worked hard and there are many, many of us that support her and feel we should have a choice and not have it made for us!!

    Go Hillary – Mercer County Supports You!!

    April 21, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  4. A.J. in FLA

    Dear Mr. Blitzer

    I do not have yours nor CNN's expertise in political projections nor access to any polling team nor on the outcome of elections. However my sense tells me that no matter who becomes the Democratic Party's nominee, before the end of the voting day in November you will be announcing that the Republican candidate has won with 53% of the vote. That is that and we must learn to live with in....!!!!!!!

    April 21, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  5. Vig

    As well we should be. Obama is very presumptuous. He has already nominated himself. It would serve him right if he's left with egg on his face after already counting all of his chickens before they've hatched superdelegates. His depth of arrogance is amazing.

    April 21, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  6. Oregon is Obama

    Let her come to Oregon , we will send a message that even Hillary can understand.

    April 21, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  7. J. Mackey, Hamptons

    Why is everyone so excited about a seven point lead? That only means
    that Hillary is still far behind in the delegate count, popular vote, number
    of states won, and money. This primary is about DELEGATE count.
    Hillary has lost. A seven point lead in Pennsylvania is irrelevant.

    April 21, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  8. Anonymous

    I am a retied teamsters and i give Obama a 100 dollars a month. Why votes always voting for the wrong person. If Obama don't win we will be sorry. Clinton and her peoples don't do nothing but lie.

    April 21, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  9. Ron, Hollywood

    . . . If Senator Obama is weak, then why is he WINNING?

    YES WE CAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 21, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  10. jr.

    Dear Republicans: I hope you all are not thinking to vote for Mc Cain do you all whant more American blood in your hands.Let Iraq fix there onw problems we help them enough. An what happend to the republican party didn't they said last election that they would stop abortion. Can we realy aford this war, paid by China.If we ask God bless America we have to do our part too, vote for Hillary.

    April 21, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  11. Diane

    I can't begin to imagine how people could be so fooled by the Clinton's. The Clinton's are who started all the jobs being lost by incorporating Nafta, they let Bin Laden go when they had the chance to reign him in, and the outrageous scandels that kept rolling in during their reign. It just goes to show that some people are not capable of thinking for themselves, so they go with the status quo.

    April 21, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  12. look byond

    How much are the clintons paying you Wolf in sheeps clothing

    I don't think you deserve the gift from the POP.

    Give it Back.

    You constantly trying to ask the Arizona Governor a question that you need to asked Hilary.

    How much are you getting from the $109. million. or are you paying you dept.

    CNN should look into your dealings with the Clintons.

    April 21, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  13. Lucas Hart

    I loved the kid that did not pay any attention to this deceiver and bosh candidate!!

    Go Penn State!! Destroy this ambitious and supercilious loser!!

    April 21, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  14. Chris

    Mr. Blitzer has many long nights ahead before the Democrat convention.

    We could see a historical moment; in that one of the major political parties splits in two. The Democrat party has many factions and that list is long.

    April 21, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  15. Lucas Hart

    Penn voters will cling their votes and kill this Obama failure!

    April 21, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  16. Jack from WV

    There’s a group of voters out there that Hillary has forgotten, the young. They have been following Obama and talking to each other throughout the US from college to college. Most of them have been schooled on the Clinton ways and the Clinton years in the White House. They are going to vote for Obama largely due to Hillary’s messy campaign and her smear and fear tactics and Obama’s slogan of change.
    If Hillary gets the nomination which I really hope she doesn’t her “experience “ will be trumped by John McCain’s. However if Pennsylvania does the right thing and vote for Obama then maybe the Dems have a chance at the White House.

    April 21, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  17. ken levy

    I think the voters of PA saw the real Obama on ABC with the debate done by CharlesGibson.Their are many questions Americans have about Obama,he said no more debates.What is he afraid of? Is their another Rev. Wright in his closet? I live in Oregon,I do not trust this man.I will voe for Hillary on May 20th.She is not perfect,but she has the experience needed to win in November.

    April 21, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  18. Susie

    Vote for EXPERIENCE ! Who has the most exerience? We've had 8 years of inexperience and will live with the effects for years. Let's not promote another 4 years inexperience....

    Hillary '08

    April 21, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  19. Funkemariechen

    Uh, today – just a day ahead of the PA primary – seems to be Hillary's day @ CNN.
    Sorry guys, it's just obvious.

    April 21, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  20. Viet Nam Vet

    Right on, Amy

    April 21, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  21. Tim , Seattle

    Rick said "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"

    Speaking of spin, Rick, lets set you straight....
    Barack cuts into all of Clinton's leads when he campaigns persoinally in a state. He meets people, inspires them gets people to believe and they vote. To use your venacular... ' just see it for what it really is', Rick.

    BTW- Hillary is being outspent because she has NO MORE MONEY.
    She only has 8 Million left. She owes the other 18 million she received in March. Its easy to outspend the other candidate when their financial support is drying up. But hey, I am just trying to get you to see things 'for what they truly are'

    Have a nice day!

    April 21, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  22. Sherri

    Hillary Clinton is shameful and reaches as low as a politician can go. She lies. What kind of leadership does her lie about Bosnian sniper fire show? No leadership.

    She is condescending. She wants to win at all cost.

    The people of Pennsylvania are smarter than her politics of fear. We have had 8 years of fear with the Bush administration. No more fear. Vote for Barack Obama for real change and true leadership.

    Don't be fooled by the Clinton smear machine.

    April 21, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  23. Ryan, Los Angeles

    From "Why Women Shouldn't Vote For Hillary Clinton" by Camille Paglia:

    Whatever her official feminist credo, Hillary's public career has glaringly been a subset to her husband's success. Despite her reputation for brilliance, she failed the Washington, DC bar exam. Thus her migration to Little Rock was not simply a selfless drama for love; she was fleeing the capital where she had hoped to make her mark.

    In Little Rock, every role that Hillary played was obtained via her husband's influence – from her position at the Rose Law Firm to her seat on the board of Wal-Mart to her advocacy for public education reform. In a pattern that would continue after Bill became president, Hillary would draw attention by expressing public "concern" for a problem, without ever being able to organise a programme for reform.

    Hillary has always been a policy wonk, a functionary attuned to bureaucratic process, but she has never shown executive ability, which makes her quest for the presidency problematic. Hillary's disastrous botching of national healthcare reform in 1993 (a project to which her husband rashly appointed her) will live in infamy. Obama may also have limited executive experience, but he has no comparable stain on his record.

    April 21, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  24. Chris

    Obama has lost 3 out of the 5 last races, and is expected to lose this fourth one in Pennsylvania to Hillary Clinton too. Clinton is gaining on the popular vote within 0.6% if you count all the states, and there are still 1/5 of the states and territories yet to vote! She just picked up three more Superdelegates and still leads him in that count and in the most important count, the electoral vote (which would actually beat John McCain). This election is far from over!

    April 21, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  25. jim in pennsylvania

    pennsylvania scared of the liar hilary
    pennsylvania knows who to vote for we have known ever since bosnia and nafta
    we dont vote for untrustworthy candidates
    especially when there is absolutely no doubt in our minds
    disastraouis campaign
    even bigger disaster if she would bet the white house.
    clinton were there and was one scandal after the other.
    barack obama is pennsylvania

    April 21, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
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