April 22nd, 2008
11:45 PM ET
6 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. colo

    Seat Florida and we have our PRESIDENT Madame Hillary Clinton.

    April 23, 2008 03:24 am at 3:24 am |
  2. marlino

    I think Obama did pretty well in narrowing the margin that Hillary had in Pennsylvania in the early days.

    What Obama has to do his be prepared for more negative ads from senator Hillary in the finally days of the campaign.

    April 23, 2008 03:25 am at 3:25 am |
  3. Kelly

    I simply don't understand how, with Hillary running in the red with her campaign, how she can be a good choice for president! So what if Obama had more campaign funds! If she can't budget with whatever money she has for the task, how can she budget for the entire United States?!?!

    April 23, 2008 03:27 am at 3:27 am |
  4. FV

    Yeah right..... and the 'Wanna be Brarockstar just lost HIS best chance to be VP'

    Two words loser..... SUPER DELEGATES!

    God Bless Hillary!
    God Bless AMERICA!!

    April 23, 2008 03:27 am at 3:27 am |
  5. Oregon

    Obama will win 6 of the 9 remaining primaries. He's way ahead in the polls in the largest (North Carolina) and also my state (Oregon). He'll also win by smaller margins in Indiana, Montana, South Dakota, and Guam. Soon Clinton will be farther behind than ever.

    April 23, 2008 03:30 am at 3:30 am |
  6. stockwatchers

    The Clintons are the past. If Hillary Clinton was nominated nothing would change. The the people could elect McCain or keep Mr. Bush.

    April 23, 2008 03:32 am at 3:32 am |
  7. rachel

    No she didn't cause she did get 10% she won with all the money obama dumped in PA he should have been able to win.

    April 23, 2008 03:32 am at 3:32 am |
  8. Vincent

    Seems Hillary is the uncrowned queen of white thrash while Obama is the leader of intellingent whites

    April 23, 2008 03:33 am at 3:33 am |
  9. Newman

    Eight point six percentage points. Sounds like piddly-winks for Hillary. You gained what, six delegates, woo, I'm so scared. Obama did what he set out to do, and made you celebrate a "bitter" victory. You have no money, and you did not blow Obama out the water like you said you were going to do. Hillary's victory is shallow at best, people who understand politics know this, and the Super delegates know this too, and that is why they will choose Obama, no matter how much begging or crying she does in August.

    April 23, 2008 03:33 am at 3:33 am |
  10. Cole

    Hillary did the Democratic Party a huge favor by goiing negative. Bill is the only candidate since 1976 that has won against the ROP machine, because they are too soft on their own candidates. If the media isn't going to vet our candidates then it IS up to the other candidate to do it. Obama lost because of Wright and Bitter which was his choices and reflects his lack of experience, leadership, and arrogance to think he wouldn't be held to the same standard as other candidates.
    No, it isn't over at all. Hillary is going to win in Indiana by 6+
    The smartest thing the DEMs could do is to run Hillary on top, with Obama and keep MI and FL happy. They would win by a landslide.

    April 23, 2008 03:35 am at 3:35 am |
  11. Tony

    Superdelegates will side with Obama. They risk losing all of the new voters and an entire generation of voters if they don't.

    Billary is old GW/Rove-like politics of negativity and ignoring issues for silliness like actually trying to get someone to defend their minister for the first time in all of history.

    Maybe we can get another fake cry or some more sniper fire fantasies out of Billary as they inject race into a campaign and then proclaim "omg, the race card" as they play the sex card daily.

    April 23, 2008 03:36 am at 3:36 am |
  12. Vig

    If you watch Obama give a speech, he sounds like an evangalist. His emphasis on certain words, his hand gestures – he seems programmed and so does everything else he does. Obama has definitely counted his chickens before they have hatched – tempting the fates.

    April 23, 2008 03:36 am at 3:36 am |
  13. Gavin

    It amazes me that no one has noticed how Obama seams to talk a lot but says little. He is good for throwing around buzz words and popular expressions over and over again but never seams to give an actual plan on what to do about the nation’s problems. I feel his campaign is very reminiscent of the Carter years and we all know how that turned out.
    If they both truly want to unite the party they should run together. I feel they would make the Democratic Party an unstoppable force for the next 16 years.

    April 23, 2008 03:36 am at 3:36 am |
  14. Tonie

    With all her advantages, support has eroded for Hillary. She was a sure bet six months ago – now she trails in every count, and that's with Bill stumping for her every step of the way.

    It's not the money – it's the message. Obama raises twice as many small donations, because people believe in him.

    I was a huge Bill Clinton fan until this election. It's soured me on both of them. That, the scare tactics, and her support for Iraq – unforgivable.

    April 23, 2008 03:41 am at 3:41 am |
  15. zo

    leah dimarco,

    You think too much..NObama lacks the political clout to win over the remaining super delegates....great guy, but he just isn't in the elite click like Billary!!!This election is ran by the elite, and all of you are right, he isn't elite, in fact, he isn't anything more than a junior U.S. Senator..do you honestly think he could beat a highly decorated war hero[white].Its all about the elite...his pandering will catch up to him, just like hillary's has caught her...He will be another dukakis and salty democrats like myself will be the modern day Reagan Democrats...It just wasnt his time..His lack of experience will destroy his "sandbagging" self.. Semper Fi

    April 23, 2008 03:43 am at 3:43 am |
  16. woot

    Life long dem. who happens to be black, I think if Clinton should steal the nom. I will be voting for Big John and hope other blacks will do the same. Will not set by let you throw My man under the bus. I to hell with Baba Bill. Enough is a Enough. Thank you just in case you think we are not looking at the people in PA. Don't think we are just going to follow the party to hell.
    YES I SAID IT AND WILL KEEP ON SAYING IT UNTIL THE TIME COMES. i'M 63 YEARS OLD AND DON'T LIKE WHAT SEE AND HERE. I'M ALSO A COLLEGE GRAD. AND DAV. CHECK THE DEMO. AND YOU WILL SEE THEY CAN NOT WIN WITHOUT US. THE OTHER PEOPLE WILL GET NO LOVE EITHER. SORRY IF I HURT YOUR FEELING BUT YOU NEED TO WATE UP. WE KNOW THE DRILL AND THE DEAL. PA. PEOPLE ARE UPSET SO WHAT!!!!! THEY CAN LIVE AS GOOD AS THEIR FATHER UNLESS THEY MAKE THE CHANGE NOW!!!! IF YOU WANT TO KNOW WHATS GOING ON YOU SHOULD READ THIS ACOUPLE OF TIMES.

    April 23, 2008 03:46 am at 3:46 am |
  17. Jim, Indiana

    You have not won one big State! You can not win in November and Democrats do not want to give the White House to McCain thanks to you Obama.

    Get out of the race now!

    Go HIllary!!!

    April 23, 2008 03:46 am at 3:46 am |
  18. lk

    seems crazy that someone with so much financial backing cant close the race! How on earth is he ever going to close a major deal. Least to say how on earth will he be able to fight for the USA! Personally I think he has lost major credibility by not shutting Hillary out. Obama I like you and your fancy rhetoric but I am not fooled by your inexperience. You will make a great president in 8 years time. For now I will rather vote with my head and Hillary is the choice. Hillary 08!

    April 23, 2008 03:49 am at 3:49 am |
  19. petra

    congratulation hilliar,,,its a success well achieved, either by tooth and nail or not, success is success,,,at least i am slightly relieved,that these negative biting and tearing your colleague and party down,, will be reduced,,even if its been imbibed in you,,so My question for you is this?? Ater this what next? see this result as a good dividend of your negativity,,, and keep on with it,, or remodify your lies and present it to indiana people,,,,but one thing i am 1000percent sure of is that,,, people that votes for you are just people that are very gullible,and perhaps even deceitful on their own part,,,,and let you go all the way to clear the remaining primaries,,,i wont stil dance to your tune,, and if i do in november i do it cos im scared of mcbush,,but then i wont be expecting anything good from your regime as well,, same old politics same old liar,,same old gimmicks,same old players and above all same old results and dividends,,,God bless America

    April 23, 2008 03:50 am at 3:50 am |
  20. woot

    SUPER DELS. BETTER TAKE NOTE I DON'T FEEL GOOD ABOUT THE PARTY.BILL AND HILL NEED TO JUST GO AWAY.

    LOOKS LIKE BIG JOHN IS GOING TO BE THE MAN.!!!

    April 23, 2008 03:50 am at 3:50 am |
  21. aliou salam Florida

    Out spent? To whom? That money went straight to the media's bank account.

    I will suggest Obama use the money to work with the poors in the rest fo the contests, rather than give it to the media to bash him.

    April 23, 2008 03:51 am at 3:51 am |
  22. whyputaname

    You can sit an argue about numbers but the fact remains is she still won. If it was Obama who won you wouldn't be saying that! So stop your whinning!

    All that money Obama spent, just proves money can't buy you love!

    In the end what it is going to come down to is who is more attractive to the base. Obama may have gotten more states but they are mostly red states. When you look at the ratio of Democrat verses Republicans in these states it don't add up either. There are more Republicans in these states then Democrat. And the one's that crossed over to vote for Obama, chances are they will cross right back
    in the GE. Independents can go either way.

    Oh and btw now that I read the blog who are the people who are being negative. Not Hillary's! But Oh I shouldn't be saying that about the Great and Almighty Obama and his supporters thay would never do that....I must be out of my mind to think that...NOT!

    April 23, 2008 03:54 am at 3:54 am |
  23. Ted M

    The theory is that superdelegates are going to decide this. And they are going to decide for whoever they think has the best chance of beating McCain.
    The reality is that a small group of perhaps 10 people on the DNC national committee are actually going to decide who is the nominee. And they are going to go tell all the superdelegates how to vote. And if any of the superdelegates go against them, those superdelegates will be out of politics forever, and all the resources of the DNC will be brought to bear on them. If they live in a machine-controlled city (like Chicago) they can expect to not have a job the next day, and everyone in their family to not have a job. Life will be very uncomfortable for them. So they won't go against what the party tells them to do. That is after all why the superdelegate system was created – so that if a tie happens, that the backroom wheelers and dealers can fix it.
    Right now the absolute very best ticket in the fall would be a combined Hillary/Obama ticket. With one as the presidential nominee, and the other as the Vice President. In one fell swoop that would sew together any divisions in the party. It's pretty clear that Hillary would take Obama as VP. It's also pretty clear that Obama wouldn't take Hillary as VP if he could help it. But, he isn't going to get a choice. If the party backroom wheelers and dealers decide Obama will be it, then the deal offered to Obama will be to give him the superdelegates if he takes Hillary as VP. If the party backroom wheelers and dealers decide Hillary is it, the deal will be to give her the superdelegates if she takes Obama.

    April 23, 2008 03:54 am at 3:54 am |
  24. malka

    Both the Obama camp and his supporters are being very ugly. Their comments are quite unbecoming. I am beginning to dislike all of them.

    April 23, 2008 03:56 am at 3:56 am |
  25. Jeff Fields

    There is no way without reinstating Michigan/Florida Delegates or the Super Delegates overriding the popular vote that Clinton can realistically win the nomination. If either one happens, the Democrats will replace the hanging chad and/or the stealing the White House via the U.S. Supreme Court title from the Republicans.

    From this point on, Democrats are giving the Republicans the advantage by allowing them to campain for the general election, while we twittle our thumbs for the next four months.

    Also, HRC is 10 million in debt and Obama has 42 million plus 10 million set aside for the general election. Who has the money and/or management skills?

    Besides, the Clinton's and Bush's have been in the White House for twenty tears.

    It is time for a change.

    GO Obama!

    April 23, 2008 03:57 am at 3:57 am |
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