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. Rohit Singh

    Stop the Drama, Vote Obama

    April 23, 2008 01:47 am at 1:47 am |
  2. Magdalena

    Obama keeps telling us that he is "winning". So why hasn't he won, already? He isn't and he can't and he won't win without superdelegates. He and Hillary are pretty much in the same boat.

    April 23, 2008 01:48 am at 1:48 am |
  3. bigdog

    140 delegate is more than a few she needed to win and win big and she didn't not to mention their is still Indiana and North Carolina if she losses both you can't agrue that Obama should get the Nominee. He was graceful and congradulated her and if voters changed their minds about him then what happened to her 20 point lead. An Hiliary isn't bad she lied members of her campaign where making deals with the Columbians, oh and not to mention she supported Bush in invading Iraq my bad she is a saint

    April 23, 2008 01:48 am at 1:48 am |
  4. Neutral

    Obama MUST admit to the fact, they've OUTSPENT Hillary 3:1 and LOSE big time in PA!

    Your money Obama can't buy you votes!

    April 23, 2008 01:49 am at 1:49 am |
  5. Tanis

    Blah, blah, blah, I am so sick of these two democrates–I am voting for McCain, he has some manners and would make a pretty good president.
    Obama needs a lot more experience in the senate or whatever.
    Clinton needs to be a senior Senator.
    Bill Clinton needs to shut up.
    I am moving back to Canada

    April 23, 2008 01:49 am at 1:49 am |
  6. Jordan

    Leanza – Obama is up by more delegates than are even total in the state of PA. I like how Clinton likes to say not to disenfranchise voters, yet then when you look at the vote count as it stands, she says superdelegates should look past the delegate count.

    April 23, 2008 01:49 am at 1:49 am |
  7. Joe MN

    You need to check your math Leanza ... 130+ is more than "only a few"!
    The 8 or so she won tonight is "only a few"

    April 23, 2008 01:49 am at 1:49 am |
  8. R.H. East Bay Area, CA

    I do believe that if Hilary had not won PA tonight, a concession would be in order. But that did not happen. And she's in it to win it! I myself will vote for her since I value experience and ingenuity over talks of hope and "change". Give it up Barack, your days of preaching "change" are over and you should prepare to jump on Hilary's ticket as a VP.

    April 23, 2008 01:50 am at 1:50 am |
  9. Terry

    Clinton can't win. She has to win 68% of the vote the rest of the way out to overtake Obama. If roles were reversed, Obama would be forced out by the party leadership.

    April 23, 2008 01:50 am at 1:50 am |
  10. nmt

    ITS FUNNY HOW HILARY SUPPORTERS SIMPLY DO NOT GET THE MATH......IT DID NOT CHange the delegate count!!!!!!Can you people, figure that out????all hilary is doing is denting obama's image so that supporters like you who have little infomaTION CAN RALLY BEHIND HER. THE TRUTH IS SHE REALLY DOES NOT CARE ABOUT YOU GUYS, BUT OBAMA, DESPITE THE FACT THAT YOU DID NOT VOTE FOR HIM DOES1!!!!!!!!

    April 23, 2008 01:50 am at 1:50 am |
  11. Tim

    Do the MATH, Obama wins the nomination.

    Hillary needs 80% of the rest of the pledged delegates.

    She needs 75% of the superdelegates.

    It just isn't going to happen. Obama won the Democratic Primary, just be graceful and accept that.

    Say no to McSame!!

    April 23, 2008 01:50 am at 1:50 am |
  12. ash

    clinton needs 80% of undecided supers to break her way to catch up

    highly unlikely

    April 23, 2008 01:52 am at 1:52 am |
  13. Darryl

    What a shamefull statement from the hope king.

    April 23, 2008 01:52 am at 1:52 am |
  14. Michelle

    She lost her shot months ago, it was called Iowa.

    April 23, 2008 01:52 am at 1:52 am |
  15. Matt, Austin Tx

    I disagree with the Obama campaign. This result shows that although Senator Clinton was outspent 3 to 1 by her opponent, she still managed a 10 point victory. This is amazing.

    She has shown strength, courage and determination. All of these qualities are exactly what you want in a President. Throughout this
    campaign, she has never given up.

    I hope everyone watching this election sees this win in Pennsylvania for what it is: a great accomplishment against great adversity.

    April 23, 2008 01:53 am at 1:53 am |
  16. Obama be da Prez!

    Roshawda...she wasn't gracious when he won. She wouldn't even acknowledge, let alone congratulate. You don't mind a woman who has lied to you, played the woman card, fake cried before New Hampshire, she made accusations about him with NAFTA and Canada, which Canada said were untrue, but Columbia admitted they weren't sure if Penn was not there for Clinton, she has been dishonest in so many ways. Used the race card and been dishonest about the issues with Florida and Michigan and you support her??


    And Leanza...he is ahead by 129 delegates and over 500K in the popular vote and won twice the states. It's hypocrital to accuse Obama of disenfranchising the Florida and Michigan votes when SHE was in agreement with that decision when she felt she was a shoe in THEN to openly demand the Superdelegates to disenfranchise the voters to rule in her favor. Its also hypocritical of her to claim the states HE won are not important, but insist the primary race continue because she feels all state are important and should be counted. Which one is it?

    You guys prefer lies and hypocracy?

    Honestly, this is why men joke about women voting. Who can respect us when women like you vote just because she is a woman and disregard behaviours and issues that you would not disregard in a man.

    April 23, 2008 01:54 am at 1:54 am |
  17. Obama Supporter

    It figures that Clinton won Pennsylvania, that backward, uneducated, racist state. They are looking backward like their backward, dishonest candidate to the "good old days". But it is a credit to Obama's campaign that she won only by 10%. I don't feel sorry for those thousands of people in Pennsylvania who lost their jobs. They need to get a grip and get up to date in the 21st century and read the fact checker - reality conflicts with their illusions.

    April 23, 2008 01:54 am at 1:54 am |
  18. Lisa

    I think I know why Bill Clinton is trying to bring up HIS racial slurs in South Carolina on the day of the Pennsylvania primary and prior to Indiana/North Carolina...to forget HER nasty comments. If we remember Bill Clinton's fantasy and Jesse Jackson remarks, maybe the media won't replay Hillary Clinton's clips of "words don't matter" and "it took a white president, Linden Johnson to get Civil Rights inacted." 92% of Pennsylvania's black voters seem to remember.

    April 23, 2008 01:54 am at 1:54 am |
  19. Hazel , an American in London

    It's clear that Obama will be the Democratic nominee. If Hillary wants the Democrats to win the next general election then she should go now.

    Obama is the best choice – for the USA and for the world.

    April 23, 2008 01:54 am at 1:54 am |
  20. SC for Hillary

    Obama, If you could turn your whinning into votes, you would be smoking, face it you cannot win the big States, you are a weak candidate, you are a HORRIBLE debater, because you are inexperience, you have no substance, just an empty suit, You entered the Senate Yesterday and today you are running for president. You are the AUDACITY OF HYPE instead of the AUDACITY OF HOPE. You spent 12 million dollars and you could not BUY yourself a win in Penn. You Don't get it. People are on to you and Rev. Wright, go back and get some experience so that when you debate, you will be prepared

    April 23, 2008 01:56 am at 1:56 am |
  21. Terri


    April 23, 2008 01:58 am at 1:58 am |
  22. Terry

    Polls are just polls till the results are in. Clinton won by 10% which is what it took to make an impact. Obama outspent her 3 to 1 and STILL lost! In almost all parts of PA Clinton won by huge margins except Philly and he won in Philly because 90% of African Americans voted for him which is mostly the race of the people in Philly! Obama can't win most of America in the Presidential election where Republicans, Independents, and Democrats vote because most of America is not made up of the group of people who vote for him! He just doesn't appeal to the broad base of ALL voters in a Presidential election! He keeps saying I have more this, I have more that. Add Florida's voters where both Clinton and him were on the ballot and see where he stands.. Let Michigan vote again and then see where they both stand. Dean really screwed this election up disenfranchising voters. If the Democrats want to win in NOVEMBER in the election that REALLY counts, they will need have a nominee that has a chance against McCain and that simply isn't Obama if you REALLY pay attention of the dynamics out how everyone will vote in a general election. Bush won in 2004. Who thought that was possible?!?! Hillary is the only one who stands a chance against McCain..

    April 23, 2008 01:58 am at 1:58 am |
  23. vf

    the only reason obamas ahead is because florida and michigan have not spoken

    April 23, 2008 01:58 am at 1:58 am |
  24. Mauri

    I just made a discovery. Obama does not live up to his slogan as an instrument of CHANGE. While he talks about "changing" the way Washington works, he continues to brag about all those well seasoned politicians/superdelegates who continue to endorse him. Another reason we can all see that this "change" tactic is a bottomless talking point - and nothing else - is his continuing to surround himself with former cabinet/staff members of President Bill Clinton. So while he was busy running down the Clinton presidency in his "concession" speech tonight, just a few days ago came a highly publicized endorsement from Robert Reich, Clinton's Secretary of the Treasury. Go figure!

    April 23, 2008 01:58 am at 1:58 am |
  25. Peter Damoah-Afari

    Obama is still leading despite a 10 point winning margin. Hillary is going to face sounds in NC. Indiana will be a balanced, She will cry again. Blue-collar vote is finished for the primaries. The remaining contests will be determined by salaried, young and rational voters.

    Go Obama!!

    April 23, 2008 01:59 am at 1:59 am |
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