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. Ronnie...Charlottesville, Va

    This give the voters more time to discover the real Obama.
    Oh yes...and the superdelegates....and maybe delegates in general.
    She knows what she's doing.

    April 23, 2008 01:35 am at 1:35 am |
  2. Temitayo Gidado

    Congratulation Hillary, in life we all win some and lose some. With that being said, u and barack will still win some more and lose some more states BUT Barack will be the democratic nominee. Mark my prediction!

    OBAMA 08

    April 23, 2008 01:38 am at 1:38 am |
  3. Jackie

    so funny. obama the loser.

    April 23, 2008 01:38 am at 1:38 am |
  4. Angela Dailey

    no, no, no; everyone on cnn was pointing out that he had been very far behind in Pennsylvania to begin with, but then caught up. What they left out on ccn was that he did not freaze in closing the gap, but actually went backward. he was down some 20 points, caught up to around 4 or 5 behind, then lost by 10. not to mention that obama spent a lot of time and money in that state, but still lost. he outspent her 3-1 and he still couldn't pull it out. she is going to make significant in roads in the pledged delegate count as well as the popular vote and voters are going her way, so that increase will continue to go up. she's winning the blue states and the blue states and by significant double digit margins. the democratic base is on her side and the super delegates realize that.

    April 23, 2008 01:38 am at 1:38 am |
  5. edwin

    Yes, she won the Penn state as expected.....but.....the delegates
    that are still pending have a majority for Obama, and thus
    by math the total delegate count will be for Obama. At the
    end Mc Cain will win !

    April 23, 2008 01:39 am at 1:39 am |
  6. Demetrius

    Hillary's margin in PA means that any chance of her winning the nomination outright died tonight. Expect her to be even nastier in races to come – as damaging Obama beyond electability is her only hope of ever becoming POTUS. She makes me weep for our party.

    April 23, 2008 01:39 am at 1:39 am |
  7. terrence

    The only reason Clinton was outspent by Obama is because he could.
    He has 3-4 times the number of people throughout the country sending him money.
    He has raised 3-4 times that of Clinton.
    If Hillary had the same amount of money to spend as Barack you can guarantee that she would have spent every single dime.

    This is a ridiculous argument put out by the long term losing side.

    If the super delegates go into the convention and change the democratically cast popular vote from Barack to Hillary this process will be no better than Bush stealing in 2000. It will be a sham of democracy.

    April 23, 2008 01:39 am at 1:39 am |
  8. Tessa

    Leanza do you reallly think that his over 100 delegate lead is just a "few". Wow?!? She needs to get out now for the sake of the party.

    April 23, 2008 01:39 am at 1:39 am |
  9. Lucas Hart

    These Obamorons are funny in a sad way!

    April 23, 2008 01:39 am at 1:39 am |
  10. Walls

    Lets face it, the Democratic party is stupid as far as these primaries go. Why don't they do like my party, the Republicans, and just give the winner all the delegates? It shows that Hillary Clinton would be ahead of Obama. 🙂

    April 23, 2008 01:40 am at 1:40 am |
  11. Hillary The True Leader!

    Obama you lost in my state Ohio, and now PA start packing your campaign your done!

    April 23, 2008 01:40 am at 1:40 am |
  12. Formerly of PA

    "The party system was organized for the superdelegates to elect of best between the two" - omg just when I thought I heard it all, someone comes out with something like this. Helloo out there Leanza - go buy a Politics 101 book and start reading. Superdelegates don't go against the popular vote - WHICH OBAMA HAS WON.

    April 23, 2008 01:40 am at 1:40 am |
  13. Ron

    Obama is leading in every category of cumulative result. And people want to write him off already? The same people who say they admire Clinton for continuing to tilt at windmills?

    The escalating negative tone that has come from Clinton will only hurt all democrats this fall.

    Obama is ahead and she can't catch him. What part of that is so hard to grasp?

    April 23, 2008 01:40 am at 1:40 am |
  14. NO-BAMA

    Obama "LOST" me a long time ago

    when on Feb 1st, he tried to speak for me and say that I would certainly endorse him had he won; and his supporters would Not endorse Clinton had she won...

    ...talk about AUDACITY




    April 23, 2008 01:40 am at 1:40 am |
  15. HENRY

    Indiana and North Carolina will balance any gain and improve
    his Delegate count even further. She cannot win, she shot her last
    best chance. It's over.

    April 23, 2008 01:43 am at 1:43 am |
  16. Joe world

    It is fine that all this is what american want, but one thing is that usa as a chance to regain the trust of the world again. By not voting the person people think that he can help to bring the world together it will domage the usa credibility around the global you people you don't see it but people around the world are looking at you. The other thing is that the big machine of the devil is now working more than ever, they want to stop Obama.

    April 23, 2008 01:43 am at 1:43 am |
  17. Don Fitzgerald

    i think she may have lost more than that! I think she may have lost the respect of a good many, good Democrats and gained the admiration of a lot of Republicans. To make such a statement, as; We would be able to totally obliterate them., is a statement I would expect from President Bush or Vice-President Cheney, not from Senator Clinton! Never, in a hundred years! I sure hope she isn't consulting with Senator Lieberman and entertaining the idea of running on Senator McCain's ticket, if she loses the nomination!! I don't really know how far-fetched that thought is, I hope it isn't too far-fetched!!!

    April 23, 2008 01:43 am at 1:43 am |
  18. Unshrub

    I can't believe that Clinton's cult is saying this is a big win. She won 6 more delegates then Obama. Why are all the news making this sound like a big win. At this rate she will need to win 30 more states to catch up to Obama. Everyone says she needs to win by 20% to catch up and she never gets half of that, but the DNC lets her keep going to destroy Obama. It must be the DNC death wish.

    April 23, 2008 01:43 am at 1:43 am |
  19. Don

    All this Obamanista talk about the superdelegates “giving” it to Clinton is a farce. The SD will have to give it to either Obama or Clinton because neither will have the pledged delegates necessary. So which one can beat McCain should be the issue. If the DNC gives it to Obama, then McCain wins. The DNC will deserve to lose the White House and the Congress because they stupidly allowed New Hampshire and Iowa to extort them to disenfranchise voters in Florida and Mich. If those two states counted as they should, Clinton would have this wrapped up. Also, the DNC stupidly allowed the first "official" primaries or caucuses to be in Iowa, NH, Nevada and South Carolina, all states that lean to red in general elections. The small pockets of Dems in those states are lefty-lefts, so they went for Obama, a person who will get trounced by McCain. Clinton polls better than Obama in large populous states that are needed to win in November.

    April 23, 2008 01:44 am at 1:44 am |
  20. American

    Loser Obama.

    Hillary for President.

    April 23, 2008 01:44 am at 1:44 am |
  21. jon

    Typical Hillary stuff: only the votes for Hillary count, etc. While it may be cathartic for her supporters to give lip service to the notion that she is only "e few votes" back, the reality is much less kind. She hopelessly behind, and this is a pyrrhic victory if there ever was one, similar to the 4 primary Tuesday preceding this one. With victories like this, who needs losses?

    April 23, 2008 01:45 am at 1:45 am |
  22. khaemba

    obama is doing great. besides the negative publicity against him during the campaign period, he managed to get very reasonable support from the voters.

    April 23, 2008 01:45 am at 1:45 am |
  23. angela

    After spending millions of dollars more than Hillary he still can't win a major state over 40 percent of her votes will not vote for Obama in the election if he is the nominee.Obama is unelectable against MCcain

    April 23, 2008 01:46 am at 1:46 am |
  24. gamechanger

    Clinton now leads in popular vote, if FL and MI are counted:

    Popular Vote (w/FL & MI)**, as follows

    Obama has 14,954,773 or 46.9%

    Clinton has 15,076,842 or 47.2%

    WHOA!!!! The game has changed!

    April 23, 2008 01:46 am at 1:46 am |
  25. ashish

    if they split the remaining delegates (likely), clinton needs 72% of the undecided supers to break her way just to tie it up..

    think about it

    April 23, 2008 01:47 am at 1:47 am |
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