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. Godbolt777

    (Zzzzzzzz) As if we did'nt know that her family roots in Pa. would be her only advantage to win. Well Hillary you just barely made it so don't get too cocky. You better quickly get over your small accomplishment and wake up to realize you are still in the back of Senator Obamas smoke!
    Keep your political mask on because up here in the Obama stratosphere you have to learn how to breath in the truth and exhale honesty. Deceit and bravado along with cronyism do not exist. John M. and you represent pretty much of the same ( wars and rumours of war). I hope you can stand the heat from the fire you have started.

    April 23, 2008 01:18 am at 1:18 am |
  2. Jon

    To Camp Obama:

    The good senator still has my vote, but it's apparent seeds of doubt are sprouting up across the land. Time to do away with the one-size fits-all speeches and roll up the sleeves. In other words, focus on making connections with voters–instead of making history.

    April 23, 2008 01:19 am at 1:19 am |
  3. Barb in TN

    Here we go with the Obama spin again! Geez! She won. Deal with it and move on Obama cry babies! He out spent her 3 to 1 and she still whipped him good! He can't even buy a win. Maybe people are finally beginning to question his judgement.
    She is gaining on him in the popular vote big time! There is only a 1% difference in popular vote.
    Yeah Penn! Lots of good hard working smart people live there is Obama downing them and their opinion again? Sounds like it to me.

    April 23, 2008 01:19 am at 1:19 am |
  4. Voice of Reason

    She had a net gain of, what, 3 or 4 delegates?

    North Carolina will be won by 15-25% ... not 5%.

    That's more than she won in PA.

    She's a loser.

    April 23, 2008 01:19 am at 1:19 am |
  5. Charlotte

    Congratulations to Senator Clinton! But, I must say "this is still not a victory because she only received 52 pledged delegates to Senator Obama's 47". This win told the world "she needs to be on the winning ticket as Vice President", but, she is not the front runner and it is impossible for her to be.

    If she does not accept being on the ticket as Vice President, she is definitely out to destroy the reputation of Senator Obama and the Democratic party. In playing "Russian Rulette", she could also damage her name with the Democratics going forward.

    Obama, Mr. President, and Hillary, Vice President 08 – WE CAN NOT LOOSE WITH THIS TICKET!!!

    April 23, 2008 01:19 am at 1:19 am |
  6. SVCAN

    Forget about President, Clinton just lost her last chance for a VP position.
    I would rather not vote, if Obama chooses Hillary as his running mate.
    There are so many well qualified and energetic men and women in the democrat party to be Vice President.

    April 23, 2008 01:20 am at 1:20 am |
  7. Nina Bathy

    Barack Obama and his campaign have done an amazing job. I would say it's one of the best run campaign I've ever seen in my life. Hillary should have won Pennsylvania by double digits, and I mean 15+ and she didn't. The more people get to know Barrack, the more they like him and trust him. According to Chuck Todd, after PA, Hillary has NO CHANCE to win the nomination with pledged delegates. Her only hope is to overturn the will of the voters by getting superdelegates to vote for her. A sad, sad case for the 'inevitable' nominee. No matter what people say, even though Obama is the frontrunner, he is still the underdog in this campaign. He's had to prove himself over and over and over. And I say to Barrack, GO KICK MCSAME TO THE CURB AND CLEAN UP THE WHITE HOUSE!!!

    April 23, 2008 01:21 am at 1:21 am |
  8. Mario

    Clinton has won, good! All we want to know is where she got the experience she is claiming over Obama. Wife of a president can not claim experience in dealing with American problems. In fact, I see her crying instead of answering the 3am phone call.
    I forgot Clinton has one experience.The experience is how to lie about snipper shot. American people should know that a presidential candidate who has short-term memory and a snipper shot at her, will forget that unemployment and poverty hovering around low income families.
    Let us not forget the name Clinton; let us not forget that any more Clinton in the White House will be a glorified "third term" tenure. American people need a new person in that White House. No more, old Politicians who always promise us heaven and earth, only to spend 8yrs causing troubles and scandals.

    April 23, 2008 01:23 am at 1:23 am |
  9. MJ

    These guys are a joke! First of all, Obama had 6 weeks to sway all of these voters his way, to no avail. He significantly outspent Hillary Clinton by 3-to-1 margins in advertisements. By the same argument, I guess it's safe to say that Obama's demographic states are those with black voters, who will vote for him not matter what. The argument goes both ways. Additionally, who do you think these blue collar, older white voters will vote for if Obama's the nominee?

    April 23, 2008 01:25 am at 1:25 am |
  10. Chris in Iowa

    It makes me ill to see this woman doing whatever it is she does to cheat/rig elections. I have felt she has done this since New Hampshire. When they said she needed to win by 10 tonight I knew she would do it. How exactly does she do that? It makes me ill to think there are so many twisted people in this world that can not see through her and actually vote for her. Scary! She has caused so much damage and I would never vote for her ever...
    Barack, just keep doing what you do best and don't sink to her level. You are a man of integrity (not a word in her vocabulary). Keep fighting.

    April 23, 2008 01:25 am at 1:25 am |
  11. Marc PDX

    Is it just me, or does anyone else see the polish wearing off of the Obama express?

    April 23, 2008 01:26 am at 1:26 am |
  12. Barb

    Shame on CNN. Obama was NEVER projected to win in Pennsylvania. Why are you hyping this so much? Compared to Senator Clinton, First Lady for eight years, and her husband, President for eight years, he was not nearly as well known in Pennsylvania.

    Not only was she ahead by 25 points, she had the formidable resource of Governor Rendel and the mayors of Philadelphia and Pittsburgh campaigning for her. All Senator Obama ever hoped to do was try to narrow that gap of 25 points. And he did that pretty effectively.

    Unfortunately, Senator Clinton's hysteria and her desperation rubbed off on all of you media types. You did a lot of the heavy lifting for her in Pennsylvania. You never highlight her lies as much as you do Senator Obama's miscues. It makes you look petty and out of touch, frankly.

    Since she has won a state she was expected to win, where is your story. What is the point of all this hype. You will be talking about this for the next two weeks. Talking about turning a corner, lifting your script right out of her playbook. Obama still leads in delegates, funds, primaries won, and popular vote. I

    have noticed a huge difference in the way you cover the Obama campaign. You aren't even subtle. Maybe you need to read the New York Times editorial for Wednesday, April 23rd.

    April 23, 2008 01:26 am at 1:26 am |
  13. Elizabeth

    Well if Hillary was not in-debt close to $10 Million and running out of money, she would also be spending money to actually beat Obama on her own turf.

    The guy is calculating for spending money on a state he knew she will win, just to slow her financially,which means he can spare millions more 2 beat her @ Indiana and NC. I'm disappointed she was ahead of him by 29% and now she managed measle 10% where she only has 3 more delegates out of Pen victory while he still leads in delegate and popular vote?

    Senator Clinton is winning the usual blue dem, but Obama is expanding on Independent and moderate Republicans who are the swing voters in this election.

    April 23, 2008 01:27 am at 1:27 am |
  14. linda-Texas

    Outspending Senator Clinton nearly 3 – 1 Senator Obama still lost his last chance to win a BIG state primary.


    April 23, 2008 01:27 am at 1:27 am |
  15. Ben

    Hillary has really shown she is really willing to do anything to win. Is this really someone who is concerned with the leadership for the people or the leadership of power?

    April 23, 2008 01:27 am at 1:27 am |
  16. DB, San Francisco

    And let's not forget (because the talking heads on CNN mostly did) that Clinton, just weeks ago, was up by twice the number she won by today. Yes, she won by 10 points, but she lost 10 points to Obama's campaign. And she needed that 10 points desperately. When all is said and done, PA will have made barely a dent in Obama's lead and the bloodying of the Democratic Party will march on.

    April 23, 2008 01:28 am at 1:28 am |
  17. Roshawda

    She won Obama– be graceful and accept that– also accept the FACT that voters have changed their mind about you. I'm one of them. I supported you til I found out who the REAL you was... You won't have my vote anymore!!!!!

    April 23, 2008 01:29 am at 1:29 am |
  18. Leanza

    Obama does not have the margin to claim the nomination. He his only a few delegates ahead. The party system was organized for the superdelegates to elect of best between the two.

    April 23, 2008 01:29 am at 1:29 am |
  19. Nunya

    I am sick of the pundits going on and on about what horrible problems Obama has in not being able to beat Hillary in certain demographic slices of the voters. You don't hear ad nauseum about how Hillary has problems among the demographics Obama has been winning. The treatment is imbalanced.

    There are people who prefer her over him, but that doesn't mean they're going to prefer McCain over him when it comes to the general election. There are many thousands of those people who supported her but will vote Democratic regardless of which one wins. There are many thousands of people who liked both of them well enough that they didn't decide which to support until the day of the primary.
    The same holds in reverse if she were to win the nomination.

    The results do not imply that he has huge problems in getting the support of blue collar Democrats (or Catholics, or seniors, or whomever) when it comes to the general election – it merely means that if they had their choice of the two, they would prefer her.

    April 23, 2008 01:30 am at 1:30 am |
  20. gerry

    Obama is right, Clinton blew her last chance to catch him. She needed a 30 point win, not 9.

    All she gets out of this win is about 12 delegates, which Obama will more than erase in the upcoming contests of Guam, NC and Indiana-3 primaries, he enjoys a lead in and support from the local democratic machines.

    So where are the super delegates, do they not want to win in November. It's time to jump on the Obama bandwagon, while there's still a chance for the democrats to win the fall election.

    April 23, 2008 01:32 am at 1:32 am |
  21. MikeH

    I think this proves that you can't BUY an ELECTION.


    HILLARY 08

    April 23, 2008 01:33 am at 1:33 am |
  22. Independent voter PA

    Nice try at trying to spin your loss.

    You cant win key states and that is why you are unelectab.

    I am a conservative independent and I will never vote for someone as liberal as you. At least Hillary is a moderate that is liberal towards some things and conservative towards other.

    Anybody but Obama '08

    April 23, 2008 01:33 am at 1:33 am |
  23. Ron

    I give the Clinton camp one week before they make the announcement. Go out on a winning note is what Hillary should do. Go Obama.

    April 23, 2008 01:34 am at 1:34 am |
  24. Frank

    Obama beats McCain and Clinton in a three way match up forget the superdelegates! You Clinton people are dreaming in color

    April 23, 2008 01:34 am at 1:34 am |
  25. Jeffrey Pees

    Unelected people to choose who is the best? Really, is that how it should be? We're losing steam as democrats and this in-fighting. We deserve a republican president because simply put, we cannot get our leather together.

    April 23, 2008 01:34 am at 1:34 am |
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