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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  1. Manuel

    The interesting thing about Hillary is her delussions of grandeur. She lost the primary elections and she has thrown the kitchen sink at Obama and he has survived. Anything that McCain can say about Obama would pale to the accussations from Hillary and her husband. No one is more mean and small minded than the two of them. Since she tries to ignore mathematics, she still does not understand that she already lost the election.
    Manuel

    April 21, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  2. Jeanine G

    I wanna know why CNN Hasn't reported on Hillary's lies about Moveon.org?

    April 21, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  3. Pat Allred

    About Hillary Clinton's "Preparedness". You gave attention to Hillary's
    attempt to link William Ayers and the weathermen with Obama. But seemed to ignore OBAMA'S quick comeback that it was Bill Clinton who
    pardonned some of the other Weathermen. She also "misspoke" on the
    comment of Ayers "we didn't do enogh", linking it to 9-11, which it was not. She had not done her homework. Scary!
    Also whatever happened to the strange esaggerations about being named after Sir Edmund HIllary, who was unknown at her birth, and did not climb Mt Everst until 6 years later. Or the story about Chelsea being endangerd by the World Trade Center when she was acutally safe several miles away having cofffee with a friend. This person is not presential material.

    April 21, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  4. dorothy

    We are all in for a long night, but Hillary Clinton's is going to longer if she does not WIN IN PA! But that is Alright, because she made the Quote herself, If you can't stand the Heat Get Out of The Kitchen!

    Dorothy
    OK

    April 21, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  5. JTomorrow

    You've been talking about McCain's temper but what about Obama's temper? He gave Hillary the finger and it's on youtube.com

    April 21, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  6. Elitta

    Sorry to get off the immediate subject, but we just have to get the attention of CNN & the candidates. The Virgin Islands are suffering in many ways. Our gas prices on St. Thomas are OVER $4.00 per gal. We fight and die in the wars, yet we can not vote in the presidential election. What kind of “Democracy” is that?

    April 21, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  7. LG

    It's not the empty promises that Obama speaks that concern me. It is what he does not say that worries me more. we don't know this guy. If he wins, I am a lifelong Democrat voting for McCain !!!!! Stay with a patriot who sacrificed for his country. His wife is always proud to be an America. Michelle is shameful for her comment !!!

    April 21, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  8. ANNA

    THE TRUE COLOR OF THE CLINTONS JUST CAME OUT.THEY WANT TO BE IN THE WHITE HOUSE SO BADLY THAT THEY RE READY TO DO ANYTHG TO ACHIEVE THEIR GOAL.TO ME,IT LOOKS MORE LIKE A PERSONAL AGENDA FOR THEM(CLINTONS)SHE WANTS TO BREAK THE RECORD TO BE THE FIRST FEMALE PRESIDENT OF UNITED STATES.FOR BILL,HE WANTS TO GO BACK TO THE WHITE HOUSE TO FINISH THE JOB HE STARTED(YOUNG GILRS LIKE LEWINSKY ETC).I VE LOST ALL RESPECT FOR THIS COUPLE WITH THE WAY THEY RUN THEIR CAMPAIGN,ATTACKING OBAMA WITH SO MUCH HATRED,TURNING THE WHOLE THING INTO JERRY SPRINGER SHOW.
    WE CAN ALL SEE THAT OBAMA IS THE ONE THAT HAS THE QUALITY TO UNITE AMERICANS,HE IS A PROBLEM SOLVER ,NOT A DIVIDER, HE MAY NOT HAVE SO MUCH EXPERIENCE,BUT HE SURE WILL HAVE A LOT OF EXPERINCED PPL WORKING WITH HIM.WHEN GOD APPOINTED DAVID OR SOLOMON,THEY WERE VERY YOUNG AND IN-EXPERINCED.BUT GOD GAVE THEM THE WISDOM TO MAKE GOOD JUDGEMENT WHICH IS WHAT WE NEED IN LIFE TO SUCCEED.FOR MCCAIN,HE IS JUST TOO OLD.WHEN THE PHONE RINGS AT 3 AM,HE WILL PICK UP THE TV REMOTE CONTROL INSTEAD OF THE PHONE.HE CANNOT WITHSTAND THE STRESS.ALSO WE DONT NEED ANOTHER BUSH.
    SO AMERICANS YOUR BEST BET IS OBAMA.
    WE NEED FRESH IDEAS,YOUNG BLOOD,NEW PPL.WE NEED DEMOCRAT IN THE WHITE HOUSE.
    IF YOU ARE A TRUE DEMOCRAT,IF YOUR CANDIDATE LOSES,PLS SUPPORT THE DEM CANDIDATE THAT IS NOMINATED SO THAT WE CAN KEEP THIS REP OUT OF WHITE HOUSE FOR A CHANGE.

    April 21, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  9. John Smith

    The Dems in PA can help the party by bringing this primary to a quick conclusion. That is, if they love the party and this nation over their support for Hillary. We all know who has the numbers regardless of how long this campaign goes on. Hillary's chances are so small that a vote for her is to encourage the party to continue to suffer under Hillary's need to win at all cost! This is common sense, Hillary does not have the number of (a) pledged delegates and (b) popular votes to continue without making it easy for the Republicans to win the general election.

    April 21, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  10. TOM WITTMANN

    It would be interesting to know why CNN's poll of polls 4/19-20 include
    little known SUFFOLK poll taken only on 600 LV(Clinton +10%) instead of the taken at the same dates but on 2338 (!) LV of the much better known Pollster PPP (CLINTON – 9% ???

    tHE MORE RELIABLE average QUINNIPIAC / ZOGBY / PPP SHOWS ONLY + 3.33% FOR CLINTON.

    The more time extensive average valculated by REAL CLEAR POLITICAS from 4/17-20 shows 5.9% for CLINTON.

    TOM

    April 21, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  11. Jeff

    Blizt. I think it will be a night in which Hillary will win 57% to 43%
    I also want to know if
    Gloria Borger, Jack Cafferty, Roland Martin, and about 5 others I can't remember their names are on Obama's payroll
    I want to know if anyone of these 3 jerks think Mr Obama's relationship with Wright, Ayes, Rezko are a window into his good judgment

    April 21, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  12. Gina

    One thing I have noticed when you read the specs on the polls. It seems to me ( and I could be wrong) but in the very latest Rasmussen poll 58% of the respondents were women and over 80% were white. Only 11 % were under 30 and 50 % were over 50. Is that the overall population dynamics of Pennsylvania? These groups usually favour Clinton, while men, younger voters and African Americans favour Obama. Just wondering if we might be in for a shocker.

    April 21, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  13. WhosehadEnough

    A long night Wolf, how about a long year!!! The media has created this two "man" Democratic primary race by "pushing" John Edwards out of it!! If Democrats are serious about reclaiming the White House in 2008, Sen. Clinton should drop out if she doesn't win by at least double digits. This will be a repeat of 1980 when Sen. Kennedy took the primary fight with Jimmy Carter all the way to the convention and Ronald Reagan became President.

    April 21, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  14. dEMOBRAT

    Hillary 2008!

    April 21, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  15. Hillary Is Our True Leader!

    ITS OVER ITS OVER ITS OVER For Obama go back to your Moma!

    April 21, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  16. Joseph

    Wolf, I would like to suggest that you also report the delegate count between Hillary and Obama as if it was winner take all like the Republicans do, just to see what the results would be. Maybe it would help people make a decision as to who the best candidate would be.

    April 21, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  17. Florida voter

    Please Please Please Pennsylvania, help Obama and let's end Hillary's run once and for all....We need to unite the party and we can only do that by getting rid of Hillary and her negative campaigning....she is disgraceful

    April 21, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  18. Kelly in Southern Cal

    I wish Wolf would have done a better job at calling Terri M. on his inclusion and interpretation of MI and FL in his "voice of the voters" bleating/propoganda-fest on this afternoon's interviews. It is, at least in theory, the reporter's job to keep things accurate and relevant, as opposed to spin. Right?

    April 21, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  19. Maxine

    Wolf, everyone knows Clinton is suppose to win Penn, so what is the big surprise; by how much. It doesn't matter by the margin, you and the rest of the media will say what you did in Ohio and Texas. I am not even watching this anymore. I check out things on the web, let it go and get on with my life.

    April 21, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  20. Sam in OK

    Good luck, Wolf. You're a great anchor and a politics expert. If Obama wins, Clinton has no reason to stay in the race, and Obama should act like the nominee and ignore Clinton.

    April 21, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  21. McCain '08

    What's wrong with voting for McCain? What has Bush done? He held the country together when the terrorists attacked on 9/11. He attacked them back in a whole new era of war! He held this country together when it was nearly destroyed, not by th President's actions, but by Congress! John McCain represents a strong America! George Bush represents a strong America! A vote for Democrats is a vote for an unknown, like Hitler was, or a vote for a Monica Lewinski flashback, complete with sniper-fire!

    There! I've said my peace! Go, McCain! Thank you, Bush!

    April 21, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  22. Tim from Ohio

    I am a lifelong democrat but will vote for McCain if Obama is the nominee. I cannot and will not ever cast a vote for that swindler Obama. He is trouble.

    April 21, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  23. Laura

    what does it take to get posted on this blog? are my comments not pro obama enough?

    April 21, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  24. Emma CA

    The Republicans who vote Republican, are hoping that Hillary Clinton will win the Democratic nomination. They are ready to jump on her shady history and will join forces to demean her and raise $$$ to keep her from becoming president.

    April 21, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  25. B. hawkins

    Make no mistake HRC is running scared. She knows that any time she puts the negative bs that is in her latetest ad her positve numbers go down nationally. She is already the most disliked candidate in the race. This is a deperate appeal to her base to show up. This an appeal to all the Dems that voted for Bush. This is nothing short of an appeal to FEAR. The people of PA maybe angry but they are not afraid. Rocky aint scarred!!

    April 21, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
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