April 22nd, 2008
11:45 PM ET
10 years ago

Obama camp: Clinton just 'lost her last, best chance'

(CNN) -
Shortly after Hillary Clinton claimed a decisive victory in Pennsylvania Tuesday night, staffers for Barack Obama’s campaign sent reporters a memo in which they tried to argue once again that her win in the state had left the status quo fundamentally unchanged.

“Tonight, Hillary Clinton lost her last, best chance to make significant inroads in the pledged delegate count,” they wrote. “The only surprising result from Pennsylvania is that in a state considered tailor-made for Hillary Clinton that she was expected to win, Barack Obama was able to improve his standing among key voter groups since the Ohio primary.”

They said that Clinton’s lead over Obama with white voters had narrowed slightly, and her advantage among seniors had shrunk by nearly half - but that gap remained significant, at 24 percent. They pointed to Obama’s strength with Independent voters, a group that did not participate in Tuesday’s primary vote.

“The bottom line is that the Pennsylvania outcome does not change dynamic of this lengthy primary,” they wrote. “While there were 158 delegates at stake there, there are fully 157 up for grabs in the Indiana and North Carolina primaries on May 6.”

The Obama team had made similar arguments in the days leading up to Pennsylvania's primary, in which Clinton was favored despite being significantly outspent by the Illinois senator's campaign.

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soundoff (336 Responses)
  1. Montana is Obama Country

    YES... WE... Can...

    Yes.. We.. Can...

    YES.. I ... WILL>>>>>>>> $$$$$... right NOW...

    I am making my 4th donation immediately..

    April 23, 2008 12:18 am at 12:18 am |
  2. Amy

    They're right. Tonight really made no difference, no matter what Fox News is trying to say right now. You know they want this thing to drag on and on.

    Dems, get smart. Stop voting for this woman. A vote for Hillary is a vote for McCain at this point.

    April 23, 2008 12:20 am at 12:20 am |
  3. Debby

    Talk about sour grapes she won and it was a double digit win get over it. If Clinton wins, Indiana, Kentucky, West Virginia and Puerto Rico, they give her Florida and split Michigan she wins the popular vote and I bet the superdelegates flock to her.

    April 23, 2008 12:20 am at 12:20 am |
  4. Debbie

    I think the Obama campaign should worry about why their guy can't win the big states that he would need if he wins the nomination!

    April 23, 2008 12:23 am at 12:23 am |
  5. fran

    11 million dollars in tv ads and he still lost by 10 points. I would try to spin things too. He can spin all he wants, but the truth is he cannot win the blue collar votes, the Reagan democrates. Without them on our side in November, we loose big time.

    April 23, 2008 12:23 am at 12:23 am |
  6. Cindy,CA

    Great win Hillary!!! I thought Obama was above the fray in the realm of negative spin. I was wrong.

    April 23, 2008 12:24 am at 12:24 am |
  7. John in KY

    Time for OBAMA to get REAL WORRIED about being ELECTABLE in NOV 08!!


    April 23, 2008 12:25 am at 12:25 am |
  8. Kyu Reisch, Radcliff, Kentucky

    Obama and his supporters are quibbling, Obmama's advisors are professional to cook up a good excuse, all of his supporters are just same as Obama and his advisors, they made me laugh everyday.
    Obama is inexperienced and naive, so he doesn't know how to lose, he and his supporters thought they can buy the voters with money, but no way with PA voters, where is Obama's JUDGEMENT?

    April 23, 2008 12:25 am at 12:25 am |
  9. Sue

    True That!!!! Let them spin it however they want to, but that's the bottom line. Like it or lump it.

    April 23, 2008 12:25 am at 12:25 am |
  10. alice2

    OBAMA DID A GREAT JOB TONIGHT. Clinton was expected to win by a LARGE MARGIN. & she just barely made it. Obama has won 30 & Clinton has won 15. Hillary is a BIG LOSER. Keep it going Hillary.

    April 23, 2008 12:25 am at 12:25 am |
  11. Pepou62

    She was supposed to win by 20 points. she barely won 10. So what has changed ? She won 3 more delegates ? What a joke ...

    April 23, 2008 12:25 am at 12:25 am |
  12. female grad student, NYC

    oh course they're trying to diminish her victory, politics politics politics. but i guess they're just doing their job.


    10 PERCENTAGE POINTS, and they said she needed a double digit victory – well we got it!

    April 23, 2008 12:25 am at 12:25 am |
  13. Joey

    Tonight once again shows Obama can't seem to win the battleground states like Ohio, Pennsylvania despite outspending Hillary in ads 3 to 1. Questions should be raised about Obama's electability.

    April 23, 2008 12:25 am at 12:25 am |
  14. deidre

    Since Feb. 20, Hillary has won states with 70 electoral College votes representing 48.9 million voters.

    OH 20

    TX 34

    PA 21

    RI 04

    Obama can brag about Vermont’s 3 electoral votes and its 750,000 voters.

    VT 03

    April 23, 2008 12:26 am at 12:26 am |
  15. Joe

    Put your hoods on and Vote for Hillary 08'

    April 23, 2008 12:26 am at 12:26 am |
  16. WILL Even Vote for BUSH but Never Obama

    Obama and his guys need to stop crying foul... Doesnt he remember Win is 50 plus 1.

    HILLARY ...'08.. Keep going.. you are going to make it....

    April 23, 2008 12:26 am at 12:26 am |
  17. Luis Mejia

    Sore Losers.... Such hypocrisy

    April 23, 2008 12:27 am at 12:27 am |
  18. Real Dem

    Ok, Big deal. He spent more money than she did whoopie!!! But his money spent narrowed him below a 10 percent margin which was supposed to be 20 percent or more. So who is the winner here? Lets see how closer she got to O'bama in delegates......I really don't see a big difference at all. This continued farce is very very bad for the democratic party.

    April 23, 2008 12:27 am at 12:27 am |
  19. Jacob

    Not even the Bush admin can spin a defeat faster and harder than this. Funny but now the Obama camp is starting to sound a little bitter themselves.

    April 23, 2008 12:27 am at 12:27 am |
  20. Robert in Albuquerque

    comments like those from Obama's team just add to the negative tone of this election season. BOTH Obama and Hillary are too negative and are to blame

    April 23, 2008 12:29 am at 12:29 am |
  21. bill in Oklahoma

    Well I belive counting all election returns, clinotn leads in the popular vote. I guess that does change the dynamic

    April 23, 2008 12:29 am at 12:29 am |
  22. Ladyleo

    I agree, is does not look like Hillary is going to damaged Obama delegate lead.

    April 23, 2008 12:29 am at 12:29 am |
  23. eric from canada


    April 23, 2008 12:29 am at 12:29 am |
  24. LennyInDelaware

    Oh yeah???

    You are good at making someone look bad when if we have to trace the where the trouble lies from it will turn back to your camp.

    Yeah play that innocent "I did not do such thing. I do not know who did it. I did not do it."

    April 23, 2008 12:32 am at 12:32 am |
  25. merle 7

    Obama will show Hillary what a landslide win is in NC.
    OBAMA 08!

    April 23, 2008 12:32 am at 12:32 am |
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