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.

Filed under: Bill Richardson • Hillary Clinton
soundoff (336 Responses)
  1. Jenny, TX

    It is pathetic argument. Obama will never ever win the general election. This nation needs a doer not a talker.

    April 23, 2008 12:32 am at 12:32 am |
  2. Julio

    Exactly, now it's time for clinton to get out while she can save some face. She has a 0% chance of winning the nomination now.

    April 23, 2008 12:32 am at 12:32 am |
  3. Manuel TX

    That's rich.

    Clinton has won 4 of the last 6 primaries.

    It's clear who has the momentum. If what is known about Obama now was known at the beginning of the campaign, this would be over by now.


    April 23, 2008 12:33 am at 12:33 am |
  4. Gary in Tucson

    Clinton won in PA today. I am not for either Obama and Clinton. But, why we don't hear about Obama showing his finger to her during his speach? I did see several YouTube videos about it.

    April 23, 2008 12:33 am at 12:33 am |
  5. kayln

    I think I have to agree with Obama today

    I am so UPSET with Hillary today. This was her last chance to kick that Obama away...

    April 23, 2008 12:33 am at 12:33 am |
  6. bernice


    April 23, 2008 12:34 am at 12:34 am |
  7. Micheal

    So, a 10-point-victory is not convincing enough?. I don't even know Obama and his people are talking about!.. The BEST SOLLUTION for them and for this country is Obama should consider to drop out of this race!. Who's going to vote for him in November anyway?. Not me and never be me!

    April 23, 2008 12:34 am at 12:34 am |
  8. dwayne

    This state was made for her campaign and she could only manage a 10% win. Do the math; she is still behind by all counts. Remember she AGREED NOT TO count Florida and Michigan originally. My parents raised me to believe that a person's ability to keep their word defines their character

    April 23, 2008 12:34 am at 12:34 am |
  9. JT

    Obama's boys must be on drugs.

    Hillary will keep on winning.

    Hillary 08!!!!

    April 23, 2008 12:34 am at 12:34 am |
  10. Marc

    What a joke. Obama can't close the deal and is getting thumped in the states you must win.

    Caucuses aren't in the General Election and the big chip states make or break elections.

    Obama can't win the must win states, in the Democratic Primary. It only gets worse in the Republican General Election run-off.

    April 23, 2008 12:36 am at 12:36 am |
  11. bernice

    Can you smell what the Barack is cooking??

    April 23, 2008 12:37 am at 12:37 am |
  12. Clinton or McCain, but NEVER obama

    Too chicken to debate. obama I wouldn't vote for you for dog catcher.You're too unfit.

    April 23, 2008 12:48 am at 12:48 am |
  13. April in Texas

    Go Obama! Your supporters will work harder for you as we like to be the underdogs. You still have money which I can say Clinton does not shes in debt...

    Obama 08

    April 23, 2008 12:48 am at 12:48 am |
  14. AnnAlohaFairMediaPA

    Crybaby attitude...
    America deserves better.
    12 million spent and the Pro-Obama Media and he still couldn't deliver.
    Just Say "No" to Obama

    April 23, 2008 12:48 am at 12:48 am |
  15. Penn state

    Wow!! Obama's camp are some serious haters. Clinton wins and they just want to attack her. They should just get off of her and focus on their own campaign. Obama lost fair and square.

    April 23, 2008 12:48 am at 12:48 am |
  16. Des,Toronto

    This is the first democratic primary race where it is openly said on a daily basis that the loosing candidate's supporters would support the candidate from the other party instead of the winner. The other party being the one led by George Bush. Why is it so because Barack Obama is african american(actually half white),despite his message of hope and unity and an end to an illegal/immoral/unjustified and costly war. Let me ask you this then. If it were Hillary Clinton and John Edwards and John was the winner, would her supporters desert him? I don't think so, so it confirms my suspicion that Hillary and Bill are purposely and openly playing the race card to the benifit of John McCain and to the detriment of Sen Obama and the democratic party.Now if you loose all of america knows why..shame on you!!!

    Obama 08 and 12

    April 23, 2008 12:48 am at 12:48 am |
  17. Anee

    Talk about negative.
    Everything has changed!

    April 23, 2008 01:00 am at 1:00 am |
  18. Julian

    Yup. She's in it to spin it. Cause she certainly can't win it. The best indication that this contest has long been over for Hillary is the fact that to McCain, she is invisible. John McCain hasn't directed a single comment towards Hillary in the Last month. The Republicans have focused all their attention on Barack because they understand that he has the nomination. Hillary needs come to the same realization, step down and focus on getting Barack into office.

    April 23, 2008 01:10 am at 1:10 am |
  19. Florida voter

    Last best Chance? I believe it was a very significant victory for her. I mean being beaten 3-1 in spending, she managed to pull off a 10 percent lead. This gives her momentum to win Indiana, West Virginia, Kentucky, and Puerto Rico at least. Obama has more to prove, he just cant cross the finish line.

    April 23, 2008 01:12 am at 1:12 am |
  20. JerryDTX

    Clinton just lost her last, best chance.....BAH......

    Clinton was David to Obama's Goliath millions of dollars and she still won by 10%. Outstanding.

    Senator Clinton's supporters are not swayed by the spin of the Obama Campaign. We hope that the media will wake up and smell the voter's coffee and ignore the continuous drivel of the Obama campaign.

    Senator Clinton for President....the best REAL hope for this country!

    April 23, 2008 01:14 am at 1:14 am |
  21. Leticia

    Barrack needs to drop out of the race after this huge defeat.

    April 23, 2008 01:15 am at 1:15 am |
  22. anonymous

    I hate to say this, but to me it looks like Senator Obama's campaign is desperate at this point. I am not a wizard in marketing, and I only have a B.S. in Public Relations, but to me it looks ridiculous to go after the winner and say that they "lost a chance to win". It just damages your image. You no longer look like winners, you now look like loosers. I am an undecided voter, but maybe you should over look your tactics. Your claim to bring in more young people may look affective, but saying that when you lost, you won is wrong and shows your weakness. It will help people decide to support Senator Clinton. A good politician or a speaker does not say that he lost, but he still won. Sorry, but you just made a grave mistake. Good luck.

    April 23, 2008 01:15 am at 1:15 am |
  23. Bonny

    I agree with that, Hillary should have won by big margin given her popularity in that PA state, but Obama have narrowed the gap. The result have shown that, Obama have done well so has H. Clinton.

    Obama 08

    April 23, 2008 01:17 am at 1:17 am |
  24. Jean

    Obama has not shown that he can win the white working votes or the Catholic votes. This is a troubling sign for November if he is the nominee.
    This is a big concern for me and many orders.


    April 23, 2008 01:18 am at 1:18 am |
  25. Sandra Lai Lee

    Hillary needs to get out the race and she is not going to made the nomination. She is very negative in the DNC and she is not get the respect as a persident because she is a liar. We won't trust a leader will liar to the American people.

    April 23, 2008 01:18 am at 1:18 am |
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