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. sandra

    Someone please explain to me how someone with so many odds against him can come into your own backyard or table and cut such a large piece of your pie and walk away with it? I dont understand –all he had to do was have trustworthiness,a good message and some money–you are in big trouble Hilary–and you wont win–i know the Clintons dont accept defeat well but when the superdelegates start endorsing Obama she will get the message–this should not go to the convention to be decided –its clear who is in the lead from here on out

    April 23, 2008 02:07 am at 2:07 am |
  2. Tiffany

    As an Obama supporter, I'll concede to the fact that she won. She won Pennsylvania...just as Obama was supposed to win Illinois and Hawaii. The only defining factor is that it was a "big state". She has lots of family ties there, and I couldn't understand why she would lose at all...I'm light-hearted about a 10 pen margin.

    DB, San Francisco is correct..she barely put a dent in the Obama campaign. Being that presidential campaigns can turn up neck and neck, I would say that a 138 delegate lead all while planning to sweep over half of the remaining primaries is sufficient.

    With that stated, Clinton is "playing catchup". Even if the remaining primaries we're a wash, she would still be down. Plain and simple...numbers tell no lies. (But Hillary Clinton does...)

    Obama 08'....

    April 23, 2008 02:08 am at 2:08 am |
  3. Raphael Houston Tx

    Obamas campaign is a bunch of sore losers. The Obama camp is just confused how they can break records and spend 12 million dollars on tv ads and still lose by 10%..

    The reason why is: OBAMA can not win the BIG STATES.

    CNN analyst King: "Obama was Thumped in Pennsylvania even though he out spent Hillary 3 to 1."

    Texas – Ohio – Pennsylvania. three HUGE wins in a row..

    Go Go Go Hillary

    April 23, 2008 02:08 am at 2:08 am |
  4. Diana Hamilton

    I'm really surprised at how easily the HRC message changes as she fails to make sufficient gains. She blew off Florida and Michigan until she thought she needed them. Now the super delegates will save the day. We lead in popular votes, states, pledged delegates....What do you REALLY think the superdelegates will do?

    April 23, 2008 02:09 am at 2:09 am |
  5. Dick in Sioux Falls

    I noted that the exit polls showed that 2/3 of the voters believed that Clinton was unfair in her attack ads on Obama. Just another example of decrying negative campaigning, at the same time as you allow yourself to be swayed by it.
    She lied in Ohio about NAFTA, and won that state; and almost won as many delegates in Texas as Obama, even though she won the popular vote.
    Admittedly, Obama needs to take off the gloves and show elitist Clinton for what she is. She pretends to know what working blue collar America is facing – she never missed a meal or worried about the rent or the groceries in her entire life. Obama needs to communicate more transparently with blue collar America. Hillary was born with a silver spoon in her mouth in Park Ridge or Lake Forest, ill. Now she is a multi-millionaire who can't balance her checkbook.

    April 23, 2008 02:09 am at 2:09 am |
  6. F Hitlery

    This is the beginning of the end for Obama. As much as I want to see Obama win, Hillary will become the nominee and the next president. It is inevitable by the will of GOD himself. She is GOD's chosen one and will fulfill her destiny.

    April 23, 2008 02:10 am at 2:10 am |
  7. Ted van Tol

    Come on Obama.
    Stay who you are
    talk about issues
    ingnore attacks
    invite new voters
    on the train of change
    and you will win in the end.

    Ted. The Netherlands.

    April 23, 2008 02:10 am at 2:10 am |
  8. Dennis

    it's over Hillary....

    April 23, 2008 02:10 am at 2:10 am |
  9. KA

    I think obama supporters should take the defeat sportingly and just shut up. they think only they can think and rest of PA consists of fools.. enough of crying kids..

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

    I want to address the Catholic and Jewish question, posed tonight:

    I believe that Catholics are used to Aristocratic and Corrupt Ethics, thereby easily sliding into a Clinton constituency.

    I left the Catholic Church (metaphorically) at age 13, in a life long search for truth. I am a Barack Obama supporter.

    April 23, 2008 02:10 am at 2:10 am |
  11. Canadian Neighbour

    A few delegates ahead ????
    By CNN count the lead is 138 delegates ahead

    April 23, 2008 02:11 am at 2:11 am |
  12. LT for Obama

    Leanza – Barack holds more that 140 delegates ahead. Do the math.

    Let's see how Hillary fares after her fraud trial starts on April 25th. You know, the one no one wants to talk about, the Peter Paul vs Hillary Clinton trial?

    "Paul claims Rendell directed various illegal contributions to the DNC and Hillary Clinton's campaign and failed to report to the Federal Election Commission more than $100,000 given for a Hollywood event for Gore's campaign and the Democratic National Committee in 2000."

    CNN why are we not seeing any investigative reporting on this one?

    April 23, 2008 02:11 am at 2:11 am |
  13. Jim

    The difference between Money Clinton raised and Obama raised are not that large, but she is now in financial debt. How is that possible ?Even though Obama raised little more he also spent more on advertisement compared to Clinton. So based on Income and Expense ratio Clinton still should have Money.

    April 23, 2008 02:13 am at 2:13 am |
  14. Ed

    are you people retarded?

    of course obama is going to win, he is leading and that's all there is to it.

    Hillary can argue allshe wants that this was the greatest primary victory of all time but she is still LOSING

    April 23, 2008 02:13 am at 2:13 am |
  15. Tom,des moines

    Hussein Obama,stop whining,crying,moaning and except your defeat loser. Go Hillary 08!

    April 23, 2008 02:14 am at 2:14 am |
  16. simon

    I wonder why Clinton thinks that she has what it takes to be commander in chief, to confront Osama and all other claim she is making. Where did you get that experinence Hilaryriri. From where I stand the only visible thing is that you would do or say anything to get another four years in the White House. Aren't you afraid of ghost?

    April 23, 2008 02:14 am at 2:14 am |
  17. tiff

    Hillary is making in hard for me to say I'll vote for her in November even if she does win the nomination. Obama seems to be the lesser of the 2 evils. Her campaign tactics have just turned this political process into a cestpool.

    April 23, 2008 02:14 am at 2:14 am |
  18. Wake up America!

    I agree with DB.

    As for the other two entries. Hillary won a contest, not the nomination. Obama has already congratulated Hillary on PA and showed his grace. We can plainly see that Hillary, with her negative attacks, isn't showing any.

    As for the party system...it was designed to counter the popular vote if insider felt the need, or wanted, to do so. She knows how to work the system after all. She's got an argument for everything Obama is trying to change. Then she has the unmitigated gall to say that even pledged delegates can vote their conscience. So much for our vote. Did you pick up on that? Or are you just another blind devotee? She's even had defections from her superdelegates. That says a lot.

    Bottom line...Obama will be heading into the convention with the most pledged delegates and the edge in popular votes. Will Hillary and her supporters act with grace then? We can already see the venom spewing now. Looks like McCain is already getting some of those votes. And once again, the American people get duped into electing another Corporate America panderer. Wake up.

    April 23, 2008 02:14 am at 2:14 am |
  19. birdie

    well im for one glad that mess is over. Hillary keeps showing her true colors .yes she won – but her lies and- OH i was tired and mis spoke were such a joke-.we are a bunch of the grey hairs that she thinks she has in her cornor.. wrong if she wins this none of us can stand her so i guess we wont vote or we will go with the GOP
    anything but another
    Clinton to have more sex in the WHITE HOUSE.
    and she will be up to 200 MIllion when she doing good for all the lobbist
    you all vote for her i sure as HELL wont

    April 23, 2008 02:16 am at 2:16 am |
  20. Vote Hillary

    DB, San Francisco
    Remember the POLL that says she was up 20 pts, was just that a Poll! Not real Numbers!I think Hillary did a great job Pennsylvania made the right choice i just hope the supers make the right choice also.Clearly Hillary has the popular vote (Floridaians..and michigans votes included) Supers need to step up and support HILLARY she is the best chance democrates have against Mcain.Rember Rezko's trial is long from over ,So much time!So Much to learn about Mr. Obama DONT RISK IT!! VOTE HILLARY VOTE SMART!

    April 23, 2008 02:18 am at 2:18 am |
  21. BHO

    Super delegates must back the winner of the primaries and not the loser. In this case Obama will get the endorsement from the super delegates.

    Clinton cannot bridge the gap between her and Obama in delegate count even she wins other primaries.

    If super delegates support/reward nomination to the loser, American democracy will be in question.

    April 23, 2008 02:18 am at 2:18 am |
  22. Linn

    This whole thing stinks. Keep it up, Dems, and Mc Same will be your next president. Enough, already. Create a joint ticket.....and put away the soapboxes....or the next eight years will be a continuation of our present political nightmare.

    Because of your blessed inaction, we may be forced to endure yet another eight nightmare years.

    Wake up and smell the coffee. And Hillary, you grow less appealing by the minute. Why on earth you were endorsed by the New York Times remains a mystery.

    Happy in Hawaii.

    April 23, 2008 02:19 am at 2:19 am |
  23. James

    I suggest people check the delegate calculator available on cnn.com. Unless she gets something like 65% in ALL the remaining contests she cannot catch up to Obama in number of pledged delegates.

    Calling Obama an "elitist" has got to be the most ridiculous thing I have heard in this whole campaign. When he made the "bitter" comment he was simply trying to explain that the Democrats need to find a way to convince rural voters that they care about and will do something about their dire economic circumstances to counteract the Republicans appeal to issues like religion, guns, and anti-immigrant sentiments. That is not "elitist", it's just the truth!

    April 23, 2008 02:19 am at 2:19 am |
  24. Jesse


    If this is Clinton's back yard and she could barely come out 8 pts ahead...

    Mmm... Clinton used 911 and Bin Laden... and still only 8 pts

    Time for the party to tell her to get out before she destroys the party

    I will never vote for Clinton now!

    April 23, 2008 02:20 am at 2:20 am |
  25. Lisa

    Get a clue. Hillary Clinton was suppose to win PA. by a landslide, but it didn't happen because people are starting to get the real picture. She barely won and that is because she used every dirty trick she could think of. Wow that says a lot about her character, NOT!!!! Now since people seem to keep voting for her, she has taken her campaign to all out lows with no conscience about it. Why does it seem as though she is untouchable when it comes to her flip flopping on issues, her pastor, her relations to certain shady characters. Hillary has way more dirty laundry that is factual but the only thing the media constantly focuses on is manufactured nonsense about Obama. People should wake up and recognize that all this hoopla goes way against what is in our best interests.

    Obama 2008

    April 23, 2008 02:20 am at 2:20 am |
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