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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  1. ginnyaz

    On the Anderson Cooper political wrap up Roland Martins commets on Hillarys victory in PA. "she won because blue collar, uneducated, workers voted for her" Well that sounds like Obama faux pas.
    I know she won because American voters voted for her.True,not all Americans have a college degree
    True Americans work hard so their children can get a college degree.
    True the American Army- Marine Who was just killed in Iraq may or may not have a college degree.
    And the Amerian mother or father of those killed may or may not have a college degree.
    We need a president who will represent ALL AMERICANS not just Americans with a college degree.
    My mother used to tell me "you are know by the friends you choose"
    God bless you mom you are right again.

    April 23, 2008 01:59 am at 1:59 am |
  2. Ben

    And they're right...

    Yesterday, 28% of the remaining delegates became accounted for...and Hillary closed only 7.5% of Obama's pledged delegate lead.

    Stated another way...

    Before PA, Clinton needed 65% of the remaining delegates to catch up. After PA, Clinton needs 69% of the remaining delegates to catch up.

    She won. But by not enough.

    It's comparable to being in the 25th mile of a marathon...and trailing the leader by two minutes. And during that 25th mile, you shave off 10 seconds of his lead.

    It might feel good, but it's just not enough.

    April 23, 2008 01:59 am at 1:59 am |
  3. Bill

    Yes, Roshawda, I "accept the FACT that voters have changed their mind about you (Obama)" they sure did, They swung TO OBAMA by another 10 points in just the last 2 weeks!!! PA was always gonna be a Hillary win, just like North Carolina is considered one for OBAMA. This is NOT a swing to her, she was up nearly 30 POINTS a few months ago in a state made for her demographics. She had to win BIG to make a dent in the 157 delegate lead he has, she did not succeed. The spin about this being a surprising win, and a tide-turner is just that, spin. I'm SICK TO DEATH of the pundits talking about these results like each race is with the same folks/demographics, so each result can be compared...NO NO NO. Just like there are RED states and BLUE states, there are always going to be states where one of the candidates is expected to win thru demographics, PA was one. She was up by 30 and Obama cut it back to 9.5. The momentum is with him.

    April 23, 2008 01:59 am at 1:59 am |
  4. Scott

    Based on fact Hilary did win but at this rate it is technical impossible for her to win the nomination without the super delegates overriding the current and eventual results. If the super delegates were to override the delegate count, it will put the country into complete disarray, raises significant questions around the structure of our democracy and potentially lay the foundation for a civil war. This isn't about whether it is Obama or Clinton, this is about our collective people as a society that we are in control of our destiny.

    April 23, 2008 01:59 am at 1:59 am |
  5. bob toano

    It looks like her final tally will be closer to 9% rather than 10%. Not a major change other than Hillary didn't hit double figures. If she somehow does get the nomination I don't think the pundits have any idea of the level of scorn there is for the Clintons in their own party.

    April 23, 2008 02:00 am at 2:00 am |
  6. Mauri

    Tonight, Obama spoke about how throughout each presidency in former years, much was promised, but nothing changed. How does he propose to bring about change when he continues to surround himself with for president Bill Clinton's former staff/cabinet members?

    April 23, 2008 02:01 am at 2:01 am |
  7. Dick in Sioux Falls

    Because of the nature of Hillary Clinton's campaign in Pennsylvania, I fully expected her to win by a 20 point margin. Apparently her motivation is to destroy Obama to such a degree that even if he wins the Democratic Nomination, he will be so bloodied that he will even have a difficult time beating McCain. I don;t really believe he will lose to McCain, but Clinton won't mind if he does, because then she can come back in 2012 and say, "See, I told you so." I am ashamed of the women who so blindly vote for a woman candidate that they shut their eyes to the kind of person she is.
    I sincerely believe that Barack Obama is a once-in-a-lifetime presidential candidate whom we may not see again in this generation. His innate decency prevents him from really getting into the gutter with this woman, and as a result, either he will lose or the Democratic Party will be so badly splintered that we may lose in November. Tragic!

    April 23, 2008 02:01 am at 2:01 am |
  8. William Kasel, Carbondale, IL

    Obama knew coming into Pensylvania he was not going to win. He said it on a news interview earlier this week. He pulled off a great run at PA even tough the Clinton campaign continues to show tactics that hint more towards the right. Obama will be getting the nomination.

    April 23, 2008 02:01 am at 2:01 am |
  9. Jerry

    My hope, and I have "The audacity of Hope", is that the 'Billary' crowd sinks down to their earned level of respect. The thought of the two of them slinking around the WH is my worst nightmare. With Hillary's latest promise to nuke Iran in oblivian, she ranks with McCain and Bush. Idoits! Anything to get a vote. As a white male,age 72 and a retired Marine officer my vote is for Barrack!!!

    April 23, 2008 02:01 am at 2:01 am |
  10. Linda

    There is a very telling Washington Post article in which a few native Pennsylvanians articulated their reasons for not voting for Obama. Among them were comments like "Is he even an American?" and concerns about his father being from "Nigeria [a.k.a. Kenya]."

    So way to go, Hillary. Way to work that uneducated white male vote.

    (Let's not discount that Pennsylvania was dubbed "Ohio on crack," and yet the margins of victory are much lower. Those facts, while soft, and those numbers suggest an exponential loss of support for Sen. Clinton.)

    April 23, 2008 02:01 am at 2:01 am |
  11. Steve, PA

    Change change change, that's all Obama talks about, what has he DONE about change?

    OBAMA = WRIGHT
    OBAMA = REZKO
    OBAMA = AYERS

    Same old corruption.

    April 23, 2008 02:01 am at 2:01 am |
  12. Lady 49

    IT is AMAZING how much Rosh...and Lean...don't know what they are talking about. Percentage points means thousands of voters.
    If you are going to spout off and try to have an OPINION, try to be correct! Ar least read information for yourselves.
    Clinton would have to win 65% of the remaining states to get close to Senator Obama's lead. After all the hoopla she STILL ONLY NETS 6 delegates. WHY DO YOU THINK ALL THE SUPERDELEGATES ARE GOING TO SENATOR OBAMA"S CAMP? He is the strongest candidate and he beats McCAIN by 10 points when compared to Clinton.

    Who runs the best financial campaign? OBAMA
    Who never looses a staffer due to frustration? OBAMA
    Who raises twice the campaign funds? OBAMA
    At least use your brains when it comes to the elections. The media throws you out a 'sound bite that Carl Rove cooked up and you lap it up like little mindless puppies.
    IF she was going to catch up with him in delegates she neede to win by 65:36 margin. She didn't.
    With the traceless, paperless, RENDELL OWNED voting machines(this is a fact) how could the outcome be any different? Do you think that fire at the Clinton Headquarters burned the records of the foreign donors to the Clinton libray by ACCIDENT?

    April 23, 2008 02:01 am at 2:01 am |
  13. Someone

    Obama is overly arrogant. All he's good for is speak. He tells you that he has plans to change things, but now HOW he hopes to accomplish those plans. Clinton may not be able to clinch the needed number of delegates in time, but neither will Obama. His true inexperience and his true character are starting to show and he's starting to fall apart and the American people are starting to see it. In another article something was claimed about the "wheels of his wagon" aren't coming off. The truth of the matter is, they are. The screws keeping the wheels on the wagon are starting to get loose and he's starting to break down. Clinton is still standing strong.

    April 23, 2008 02:01 am at 2:01 am |
  14. Indiana & NC for Obama

    Obama did amazing tonight. The $12 million was worth it. Hillary has been campaigning for 16 years and she only got 55% of the vote. Obama in six weeks got 45% of the vote. Out of 2.2 million votes Obama came away with over 1 million. He has large support in every demographic. Hillary needs to show good judgement by dropping out, stop wasting time and money by asking people to give to a losing campaign.

    April 23, 2008 02:02 am at 2:02 am |
  15. Venus The Super star

    She won fair and sqaure, I mean come on he out spent her in every possible way and he still lost.

    April 23, 2008 02:02 am at 2:02 am |
  16. Yalie

    If the superdelegates overturn the results of the pledged delegates AND the popular vote, there will be riots in this country. How difficult is it for people to understand that an overall majority of individuals who have voted in these various primaries prefer Obama to Clinton? If you take out the Republicans who are voting for her, that margin grows even larger!

    7 delegates? That's all she gets in her huge victory? Wow... way to drag it out.

    April 23, 2008 02:03 am at 2:03 am |
  17. yes

    Clinton can deliver big swing states that matter. Obama only small Republican strongholds.

    April 23, 2008 02:04 am at 2:04 am |
  18. Jay

    "Hillary Clinton lost her last, best chance to make significant inroads in the pledged delegate count" period.

    April 23, 2008 02:04 am at 2:04 am |
  19. Kimberly Davis

    After all that, you're telling me she gained six delegates? Really? That's all? You'd think it was the second coming of HRC. Give me a break. I can't believe I was actually upset about Obama losing. Six delegates?

    April 23, 2008 02:04 am at 2:04 am |
  20. Mark

    Leanza – only a few delegates ahead??? I guess thats how you count to 100 plus....lol... if 100 plus is only a few we truly need to work on our education system...

    April 23, 2008 02:05 am at 2:05 am |
  21. Diana Hamilton

    Roshawda,
    You fell for the politics of divisiveness. I feel sorry for you.

    April 23, 2008 02:05 am at 2:05 am |
  22. Bob

    She can win few more states but that is not going to change the dynamic of the primary. Obama will prevail and will be the nominee. Older folks wont change and will not change this country.That is bad for the younger generation. The country will slideto few centuries back. See the dollar value compared to Euro. It is time for the change. I hope the superdelegates are not stupid enough to elect the same old folks of DC.

    April 23, 2008 02:05 am at 2:05 am |
  23. jimmy vekmen

    I THINK OBAMA IS A SORE LOSER. NOT ONLY THAT HE DOES NOT REALIZE THAT HILLARY WON THE BIGGEST STATES WITH THE MOST ELECTORAL COLLEGE VOTES . AND IN THE GENERAL ELECTION, HILLARY WILL WIN THOSE STATES, WHILE OBAMA IF HE BECOMES THE NOMINEE WILL LOSE THEM,BECAUSE THE STATES HE WON ARE LEANING REPUBLICAN.
    THE NOMINATIOIS FAR FROM OVER AND OBAMA DOES NOT HAVE A LOCK ON IT , OR AS THEY SAY IN THE MEDIA, WHY CAN'T OBAMA CLOSE THE DEAL? HE OUTSPENT HILLARY BY 3 TO 1 IN MILLIONS OF DOLLARS AND YET LOST BY TEN POINTS. THE MEDIA AND OBAMA'S CAMP THAT THE PA PRIMARY WOULD BE CLOSE AND IN THE LOW SINGLE DIGITS. NOBAMA IS NOW SCARED.

    April 23, 2008 02:05 am at 2:05 am |
  24. Diana Hamilton

    Leanza,
    Maybe if you keep saying that as much as Hillary does, you might begin to believe it as well.

    April 23, 2008 02:06 am at 2:06 am |
  25. Math 101

    Well Mrs Clinton did it. Not by 20 points but by a significant 10. With this victory she will net a total of about 16 delegates thus closing in on Obama's 160 lead. She has bought a few more weeks at least.

    April 23, 2008 02:06 am at 2:06 am |
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