April 22nd, 2008
11:45 PM ET
7 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. kimere

    Observers keep forgetting that there are about 300 superdelegates left and they are not all going to vote for Clinton. The super delegate plan and arguement are baseless and may doom Clinton as she appears to be making the wrong calculation. They should do the Maths properly. Even if the remaining SDs are split 2 – 1, Obama still wins.

    April 23, 2008 02:30 am at 2:30 am |
  2. read this

    search obama the courage to face fear

    April 23, 2008 02:30 am at 2:30 am |
  3. Johnson Law

    This is a win for the Obama camp. They succesfully reduced her margin of win. Clinton should quit.

    April 23, 2008 02:31 am at 2:31 am |
  4. Claude A. Webb

    Bush...Clinton...Bush....Clinton...OH.,,,PA...you failed "BIG TIME" 8 yrs. down the road, JEB BUSH..And so it goes.

    April 23, 2008 02:31 am at 2:31 am |
  5. FrankSmith

    If positions were to switch, most people in this country would have been telling this "black man" (Obama) who has and continues to work twice as much, to drop out of the race. The pressure would have been greater on him, if he was behind in delegate and popular vote counts and he was running negative ads. The push would have even been stronger if he was running out of money. God is watching our "inner hearts." Some day, we will face Him individually. God bless this nation!

    April 23, 2008 02:31 am at 2:31 am |
  6. Winterblink

    130+ delegate lead is not "only a few delegates ahead"

    Penn was Hillary's state to loose.
    She wonders how Obama couldn't win in a state that was considered Clinton Country when he spent so muhc money.

    The better question to ask is.. How could Hillary blow a 20 point lead so badly in a state that should have been a slam dunk for her.

    Obama closed the gap significantly and made her victory negligible

    On to NC. Same story except its an Obama slam dunk state.
    Hillary's goal, since they already admit they wont win the state, will be to do what Obama did in Penn... narrow his lead and shrink his victory %.

    At which point you will have to ask.. if Hillary is such the potential nominee she claims to be.. why can't she win in NC.

    Closing the gap in Penn and whittling down Clintons victory margin and "home field advantage" was Obama's goal and he did it well.

    Hillary's goal in NC will be the same.. whittle down Obama's lead and shrink that victory margin.

    Question is.. can she accomplish that?
    me thinks not

    April 23, 2008 02:31 am at 2:31 am |
  7. Mike

    Obama's catch up comes with a cost of millions of dollars. Perhaps, this shows money does not talk directly to voters as someone who has been serving for this country for years. Yes, I want changes but it will be very risky to select a candiate who does not have enough experience, achievements, and strength to carry out those big and important changes. I choose Hillary for that matter.

    April 23, 2008 02:32 am at 2:32 am |
  8. Dan.

    Whatever the peirceved feelings about Obama, in the eyes of the world, he is better than a Billary who are consistent and pathological liars.

    April 23, 2008 02:32 am at 2:32 am |
  9. Breezy

    TWELVE MILLION DOLLARS, AND THEY STILL LOSS BY 10% OF THE VOTE. I SINCERELY HOPE THAT THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY SUPER DELEGATES ARE PAYING ATTENTION. HE SIMPLY CANNOT PULL IT OFF IN THE GENERAL ELECTION IF HE LOSE SWING STATES. I AM TALKING SWING STATES WHOSE DEMOCRATIC PARTIES DO NOT FIT IN A TELEPHONE BOOTH UNLIKE MANY OF THE STATES WHERE SENATOR OBAMA HAS WON. COME ON NOW. I HAVE SUPPORTED SENATOR CLINTON FROM THE VERY BEGINNING BECAUSE I WANT TO WIN IN NOVEMBER, AND THERE IS NOT THAT MUCH OF A DIFFERENCE BETWEEN CLINTON AND OBAMA ON THE ISSUES. CLINTONI WILL NOT HAVE TO HOLD BACK WITH MCCAIN.

    THE REBUBLICANS ARE JUST WAITING FOR OBAMA TO BE CONFIRMED AS OUR NOMINEE, AND "HE", NOT HILLARY CLINTON HAS GIVE THEM THE AMMONITION TO TAKE HIM OUT IN THE GENERAL ELECTION. THEY, ON THE OTHER HAND, ALREAdY KNOW THAT CLINTON HAS A SPECIAL CAN OF "WHUP AZZ "SIT ASIDE JUST FOR THEM WHEN THEY ATTEMPT TO FIRE-UP THE SLIME MACHINE. "YES WE ARE GOING TO LOSE" IF DEMOCRATIC PARTY INSIDERS WITH AXES TO GRIND WITH THE CLINTONS DON'T REMOVE THE "HATER" BLINDERS AND GET BEHIND THE MOST ELECTABLE CANDIDATE, HILLARY CLINTON.

    April 23, 2008 02:33 am at 2:33 am |
  10. Allen

    I too, was for Obama. I started to see that he can't take the heat. For a long time, he was cool and collective. He spoke very well and said all the things he wanted me to hear. Now, I can see that he does not respond well to challenge or people getting tough. His campaign has wonderful writers and a staff that likes to throw mud too. Now, that he has joined into all of that, it shows that he is just like the rest of them. Overall, I now see that Hillary Clinton can handle the stress and the mud. If she makes it, I will vote for her in the end. I just gave the maximum allowed to her campaign a few minutes ago.

    Obama will loose to McCain if he gets the nomination. She is our best hope now!

    April 23, 2008 02:34 am at 2:34 am |
  11. Patrick Blackmon

    Who runs Obama's campaign? Kindergarten teachers? Yeah, right. And all this "change" rhetoric - are all of the congressional super delegates supporting Obama going to resign their seats so that newer, fresher, and changed people can take their place. Yeah, right. It seems to me that the real change happening here is that money no longer ensures victory; just look how Hillary was outspent yet still managed to rout her opponent.

    April 23, 2008 02:35 am at 2:35 am |
  12. Yale' 78

    A request to Sen. Obama to move back on his positive messages from earlier in the campaign. Change. Inclusiveness. Moving together to address and begin to make decisions on the pressing problems that we face in the next 4 years. Please move back to the inspirational message and campaign that you begun.

    As the campaign moves forward to the remaining states, DO NOT follow Sen. Clinton to the old politics of NEGATIVE CAMPAIGNING THAT ATTEMPTS TO DIVIDE US AND NOT UNITE US TO ADDRESS AND RESOLVE OUR MUTUTAL SHAPED PROBLEMS.

    April 23, 2008 02:37 am at 2:37 am |
  13. James

    Hillary should be ashamed of her campaign tactics. She is very desperate. I have no respect for her anymore. She and Bill are just wolves in sheep clothing! Her and Gov Randell. They are the biggest racists that I have ever seen! Who would even vote for Hillary after Rendell said that, "Pennsylvania isnt ready for a Black President". If thats not the race deck, I dont know what it is. That mayor Nutter is just that, a nut! They will kick him straight to the curb when this is all over with.

    April 23, 2008 02:37 am at 2:37 am |
  14. John

    And the real winner of PA... John McCain!

    April 23, 2008 02:39 am at 2:39 am |
  15. Mike

    NObama lets not forget, that you don't exactly "add up" mathmatically to win the nomination either!

    Senator Clinton has a much stronger argument to pitch toward the Super Delegates (and no, I don't have a problem with the Super Delegates making this decision.)

    NObama is unable to carry the Catholic vote, the rural "lunch bucket voter," the seniors and NOW the white male vote (follow the exit polls) is breaking for Senator Clinton.

    How is this guy able to win a General Election?

    If NObama is the nominee, one should simply go ahead and move McCain into the White House without the public even voting.

    Go Hillary, you deserve it!!!!!!

    April 23, 2008 02:39 am at 2:39 am |
  16. Pennsylvania Loves Obama!!

    OBAMA... Congratulations on being the better person and the better candidate!!!!!!!!!!!!

    OBAMA '08

    April 23, 2008 02:39 am at 2:39 am |
  17. LA

    hillary's nomination is inevitable.

    April 23, 2008 02:39 am at 2:39 am |
  18. swoosie10

    She outplayed him in Penn. He knows it. He spins.

    April 23, 2008 02:39 am at 2:39 am |
  19. richard

    I do not have much but I am going to donate $100 to Hillary's campaign. Spin it all you want Obama the tide is turning.

    April 23, 2008 02:39 am at 2:39 am |
  20. Michael

    Great! Vote for Clinton and vote for decades of Bushs and Clintons – Is this a democratic country or a monarchy...?

    April 23, 2008 02:40 am at 2:40 am |
  21. Leah DiMarco, Texas

    So tonight in PA Hillary gained only a net of TEN delegates.

    This drops Obama total delegate lead down ten and so he currently leads by +129 total delegates (pledged and supers).

    There is no way that Hillary can catch up now!

    Obama / Katheen Sebelius '08

    April 23, 2008 02:41 am at 2:41 am |
  22. Indiana for Hillary

    No use trying to spin away Hillary's VICTORY, hard as the Obama camp tires.

    Does Obama not get it? We don't want him! We will not vote for him! Go away, Barry.

    April 23, 2008 02:41 am at 2:41 am |
  23. Donald

    I am an indian and the election campaign is really an interesting debate signifying the opportunities that US has for its citizens. But I am particularly amazed at the way Clinton tactics (Not essentially Strategy) of bulldozing and mudslinging the charater of Obama who has pretty much stuck to issues unless otherwise having to defend his character. I also can see from the numbers that the clinton voters and campaign staff have an animosity which is clearly driven stratgeically by the clinton campaign management. It is heartening to see it. What my spirit tells me is that Obama will win no matter how hard Hillary tries and even if she has the "powers" backing her. My prayer is that she loses the election. She is just not fit to be a president of a country that many nations look up to, if she runs on fear tactics. The last thing anyone would do is use Osama against Obama. Goes to show she will do anything to get what she wants.

    April 23, 2008 02:42 am at 2:42 am |
  24. America Post Obama

    Sour grapes Obama camp! What with your candidate's foot in his mouth, making the most stupid and offensive remarks on record who has some gall to crow over your loss.

    Hilllllllllaaaaarrrrrrrryyyyyyyy alllll thhhhhhhe wwwwwayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy 08

    April 23, 2008 02:43 am at 2:43 am |
  25. Steve London

    Hopefully Obama will carry the mantle at the end of the day, Obama will win the race. !!

    April 23, 2008 02:43 am at 2:43 am |
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