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. Daniel L

    Let's not forget who our real enemies are: The republicans. Lets see only positive comments from everyone. If you would like to make an argument, and legitimately want to have an affect on those that don't already share the same opinions as you, then provide support for your statements.

    We, the people, are to blame for the increasing negativity of BOTH campaigns. We're the ones that respond to it. If we were all to collectively denounce such mindless tactics then we can eliminate them. Instead of immediately grabbing at the latest gossip or half-baked attack from the candidates, their constituents, and the media; lets instead demand investigation. We, the people, are intelligent individuals and would appreaciated to be treated as such.

    Deny hostility. Deny ignorance. Deny belittlement.

    Demand evidence. Demand investigation. Demand proper insight.

    Again lets see only positive and intellectual comments.

    I support Obama, but I will vote for Hillary over McCain or any republican any day.

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

    Leanza, a "few delegates ahead"? How are you counting? Obama is the MOST electable democrat between the two. The "REAL" Clinton is the LYING and MUDSLINGING Clinton, the same old politics Clinton and the newest one, the "War monger" Clinton.

    Give me a break. Hillary supporters need to OPEN THEIR EYES please, just do it. She is a hypocrite and is deceitful. Please recognize. Your eyes are closed if you support Hillary. Rather, you're putting a vote for McCain if you are putting your vote for Hillary. Obama is the ONLY ONE WHO CAN BEAT McCain.

    April 23, 2008 02:20 am at 2:20 am |
  3. Lashanda

    I am sorry Obama fans, you will have to gracefully and smoothly back out of this race, as this is for grown ups. We need a strong President, and a Democrat. Since Hillary Clinton is the only other alternative to the young and dreaming Barack Obama, we need to choose her to lead our country out of this disaster. SHE CAN DO IT. I HAVE NO DOUBT. I'd suggest that we all black people rally behind her and give Barack time to ripe until next term. He'll be able to grow wiser and the country to learn more about him in the meantime. Let's do it. Let's not leave the Republicans win this. They'll get their pockets even fatter than they have them and the rest of us, we will all leave in misery

    April 23, 2008 02:21 am at 2:21 am |
  4. Linda Seaton

    Jewish voters, just don't feel they know enough about Obama's background.

    They feel safer with someone they really know. However, having said that, once they have opportunity to actually hear Obama's stance on issues, they will abandon Clinton for Obama. He is the underdog and Jewish people will support him, once they know him, because they can relate as a people.

    April 23, 2008 02:21 am at 2:21 am |
  5. kimere

    Clinton needed to win by at least 20% to make meaningful headway. She needs to win th remaining contests by 20% TO BE ABLE TO MAKE HER ANTICIPATED ARGUEMENT. It appears virtually impossible to catch Obama considering the "slim" victory in PA. This is the time the superdelegates should "make the call" and this is for the sake of the party. Republicans will be at a very great advantage if this continues. The Obama camp should make the call to super delegates now

    April 23, 2008 02:22 am at 2:22 am |
  6. J-Syxx

    LOL, Leanza. The super-delegates will got with who ever has the most pledge delegates and who has the popular vote. Hillary needed to win by like 30 points for this to have really damaged him. This election is pretty much over. Pennsylvania was a really good area for her, but 60% of the rest of the country finds her un-trustworthy. I wouldn't be surprised if she loses all the states left.

    April 23, 2008 02:22 am at 2:22 am |
  7. Persio, NY

    Obama camp again spinning it any way they can. Bottom line is that Obama lost and Hillary won. Yeah Obama did what anyone would expect when you invest 12 million dollars plus, he narrowed the margins but wasn't able to beat her even when he outspent her 3 to 1. He cannot close the deal, actually he was the one that needed to knocked Hillary out once and for all, but he couldn't. So that brings up a good question, Is Obama ready for the general election if he can't put Hillary away?

    April 23, 2008 02:22 am at 2:22 am |
  8. T Baker

    Obama was gracious in his loss of the state primary (more than can be said about ANY of Hilary's losses) – so don't know what you are talking about Roshawda?

    Obama does not have the margin to claim the nomination. He his only a few delegates ahead

    Eh? ... and Hilary does not have the margin to claim the nomination – and is LOSING! what's your point?

    I want to know why all of the talking heads keep brining up Obama's supposed 'inability to close the deal', when he's winning in every count – AND he's going against the Democratic Establishment in the Clintons – where's the talking about that? Hilary was supposed to have this thing wrapped up on Super Tuesday.. where's her 'ability to close the deal'?

    April 23, 2008 02:22 am at 2:22 am |
  9. KM

    OK Obamaniacs...start your whining and spinning. You are getting to be very entertaining with all your desparate babbling...

    April 23, 2008 02:23 am at 2:23 am |
  10. Don Small Town Louisiana

    It really does not matter if Obama wins the nomination or not. We have all heard the Democratic Party Leaders say that the voters will get behind whoever wins the nomination. I for one feel this is not true. With the blood that has been spilled and the bitter taste left in Democratic Voters mouths, they have picked one candidate or the other. So, the ultimate winner is..... John McCain. I know myself that I will vote for McCain before I vote for Obama.

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

    I think Obama did pretty well – he cut Clinton's lead by a lot. He has appeared the more statesman like of the two and his campaign has not been so negative. And (in response to the comment above) he was graceful in defeat. He said she ran a terrific race. I'm not sure I agree with him – but he was certainly polite in his acknowledgment.

    April 23, 2008 02:25 am at 2:25 am |
  12. Mike

    Hillary still won't be able to significantly impact the elected delegate gap that Obama has over Hillary. The supers will not go against the elected delegate result since that will ensure a McCain victory in Nov.

    So Hillary's concession speach will still come after the Indiana primary.

    Obama will erase the gains that Hillary made tonight in Penn in the NC contest. Indiana will be the deciding factor which it was before tonight.

    Obama is inspirational. Clinton is the status quo.

    April 23, 2008 02:25 am at 2:25 am |
  13. 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?
    What America need is new blood, fresh start. Look around us, where is the America that our Fathers have helped build an America proud and envied by all, an America strong and listened by all, an America showing the path to a better future. All is left, is an America that feed special interest and and leave the rest in the gutter. Today, even the American dream is gone, millions of people are loosing there houses. Why so that a few can have a fatter paycheck.
    We want a new start, we want to dream of a better future and for that neither Clinton nor Mc Cain can lead us in the right direction

    April 23, 2008 02:26 am at 2:26 am |
  14. joaquin

    Voters have not changed their minds about Obama. On the other hard, smart voters have realized how negative is Clinton.

    You can not have a president that need to sink his opponent because she cann't convince people by her abilities.

    It's not surprise Clinton won, but she won by very few points which is good for obama....

    Obama has the popular vote; that's what matters

    April 23, 2008 02:26 am at 2:26 am |
  15. Jesse

    hrc was expected to win, why act all surprised. No one expected obama to really win in that part of the country anyway. I'm in shock that some of the voter can see past the color of his skin!

    April 23, 2008 02:26 am at 2:26 am |
  16. Angela Marshall

    Someone needs to tell Hillary and Chelsea, that the overly animated facial expressions have got to END please. It is too much! They are both so phony.

    President Obama 2008

    April 23, 2008 02:26 am at 2:26 am |
  17. David

    I have yet to meet someone who likes Hillary Clinton. I honestly hate Hillary Clinton. I am from Canada and I currently am a huge supporter of Obama and so is the rest of the world. You've disappointed the world over the last two elections please don't do disappoint us again. We would gladly adopt Obama as a Canadian, because we at least recognize someone special. If he isn't elected as President I will lose all faith in your country. Please prove me wrong!

    April 23, 2008 02:26 am at 2:26 am |
  18. vietasianfox45

    One thing what Obama said is true. He said that McCain would have been a better choice for president than Bush was. I totally agree with Obama on that issue. He also said that Clinton and he would be a better choice than McCain, which I totally agree with as well. I believe that the Democrats are a much better choice for president if we want to have our economy back on track. After all, the Democrats are much better in handling the economy than the Republicans. It had been proven time after time that Democrats are domestically better than Republicans and Republicans are better at foreign affairs than the Democrats. Yes, there are some exceptions such as Reagan with the economy since the economy was very good and Bush with the foreign affairs being a total disaster. Bush has the whole wolrd hating us now and we need to improve our image to the world, especially to the Moslems. I totally support the war in Afghanistan, but do not support the war in Iraq anymore since the main objective was supposedly to dismantle the WMD, which were never there. Bush just wanted to go there to bully the Moslems around. He wanted a war to divert the attention from the domestic affairs, where he knew he was a total failure. He concentrated on terrorism to the point where he said that we were not safe. The invasion of Iraq was to distract us from the main issue, which was the economy. That is my opinion of Bush's war in Iraq.

    April 23, 2008 02:27 am at 2:27 am |
  19. Rushed

    While pondering Hillary's 10 point lead, consider the Hillary-Rush maniac vote. It is real. I've spoken with republicans here in Texas who cast their vote for Hillary. I have no doubt that the PA Rushers couldn't wait to cast their vote... even under the shame of having to declare themselves a democrat. This may also explain why Hillary's finances have been troubled, as these Rush Repulicans most certainly draw the line at donating their hard earned pay.

    April 23, 2008 02:27 am at 2:27 am |
  20. Kat

    Well, whoever is moderating is certainly doing a FINE job os censoring what is posted.

    OBAMA 2008, HILLARY is a LIAR and a hypocrite!!

    April 23, 2008 02:28 am at 2:28 am |
  21. Jane

    Obama's camp.........arrogant, smug....they make a good match. It is now impossible for either candidate to win the nomination by the delegate count alone. It is now up to the Superdelegates.

    April 23, 2008 02:28 am at 2:28 am |
  22. Mike

    I am voting on two policies.

    The war in Iraq.

    Clinton helped get us there.


    Obama has a much more progressive stance on stem cell research than Clinton or McCain. As a type 1 diabetic, I will not under any circumstance vote for McCain or Hillary. It's Obama or a third party candidate.

    April 23, 2008 02:28 am at 2:28 am |
  23. rforclintoninwa

    There is hope!

    I am so proud of Senator Clinton!

    Her fighting spirit is an inspiration to me.

    One has to wonder how good of a steward Barack Obama is, after all. I mean, he outspent the Clinton campaign nearly 3-to-1. What a waste of money; huh? Maybe the economy isn't his forte? I wonder what is?

    Go Hillary!

    April 23, 2008 02:28 am at 2:28 am |
  24. Phil

    Leanza – The Super Delegates will vote for whoever gets the most pledged delegates. There have been many reports that many will changes their allegiance in this case, and what most of the remaining SD's are waiting for.

    April 23, 2008 02:29 am at 2:29 am |
  25. MV from CA

    IS this the same Hillary Clinton who said "Shame on you Barack Obama" for tearing a page out of Carl Rove's playbook? She is so hypocritical with her latest fear-mongering Osama ad. I don't know how we as party tolerate this kind of behavior from such a high-profile Democrat. Please read the latest NYTimes article about her negativity.... for me it goes way beyond that. Obama is the better candidate.

    April 23, 2008 02:29 am at 2:29 am |
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