April 23rd, 2008
10:00 AM ET
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Analysis: Did Clinton victory come in time?

 Did Clinton's win come too late?

Did Clinton's win come too late?

(CNN) - Hillary Clinton scored a big victory in Pennsylvania on Tuesday to keep her hopes for the Democratic nomination alive. The question is whether the win came soon enough.

Barack Obama's loss in another big state and the margins by which he lost among blue-collar and rural voters on Tuesday, on the other hand, may raise questions about his electability.

Some polls had shown Clinton with a double-digit lead in Pennsylvania. But in the weeks between the last primaries in Ohio and Texas, Obama had whittled down Clinton's advantage.

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  1. Jay

    Stop The Drama, Drop Out Obama!

    Hillary ALL THE WAY!!

    April 23, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  2. TXdem

    And she didn't even wear a flag pin! Impressive.

    April 23, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  3. concerned

    win is a win. Sen.McCian won well last night. So please do not take that way from him.

    April 23, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  4. stop

    In time for what?

    April 23, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  5. Rob

    This fight as been over for a long time

    If her last name was anything but Clinton we wouldn't even be talking about this right now. But by all means..let her stay in tell June 3. She has earned that right.

    April 23, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |

    I laugh at the Obama supporters that say, "Clinton can't even run a successful campaign." Well, can oBama? He outspent her 3:1 and still lost by double digits. Did he use his money wisely?

    April 23, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  7. Roger

    I hope she will be able to win the nomination since she is the only one that can win in the general election.

    April 23, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  8. Joshua College Station Texas

    I think I want to throw up. How is it that people are willing to vote for someone that can't be trusted and who is so so so nasty? Clinton is going to be the WORST president ever! Yuck!!! I am so disappointed.

    April 23, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  9. Frank, Missouri

    Well, she is running right now for 2012. So 'No!' it's still perfectly in time for her. She needs Obama to be defeated in November, that is what her campaign is about.

    April 23, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  10. MC, Pa

    Game is almost over. A 10% win does not change much of the big picture. Face it. The longer she stays, the more damage she will do to the party.

    April 23, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  11. Dan, Oklahoma

    Hillary is too far behind in the delegate count, popular vote, and number
    of states won. She has many negetives. The numbers will win in the

    April 23, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  12. An Agnostic Democrat

    BTW: Her lead has been cut down to just under 9 points.

    April 23, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  13. Wanda Matthews

    Not to worry. Obama came from way behind and garnered an amazing number of votes. He can do this! Go, Obama. We're behind you all the way to Pennsylvania Avenue.

    April 23, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  14. PA

    She won by going negative and attacking Obama aggresively in PA. I have seen the wonderful hope for change that Obama offers take a hit in the weeks before PA. It is up to the voters to reject this negatively and embrace the hope of a better future with a government that can work together and help it's people.

    OBAMA 2008!!

    April 23, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  15. Jesse - San Antonio TX

    A Win is A Win.

    People are getting a better picture of the uppity arrogant hypocrite senator from Illinois.

    April 23, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  16. Ron, TX

    It didn't come in time, and it simply wasn't big enough. She keeps asking why Obama can't close the deal, but she doesn't seem to realize, the deal's already been closed.

    April 23, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  17. AZM

    I thought she did win by double digits... barley...

    Obama can't win the big states... that's huge in the general...

    However... still a few months of fighting to go... see how it plays out I guess!

    April 23, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  18. Mike

    Congratulations Hillary!

    You deserve this win and the general election. You have had a lifetime of struggles and you keep on going.

    You are the only real candidate out there.

    April 23, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  19. there you go

    Yes, it comes to prove that Mr. Obama can not carry the big important states with the most diversified number of voters. This comes to prove again that Hillary can and will win. She has carried New York, California, Ohio, Michigan, Florida...the popular vote in Texas ect... the states that will matter and will give us the Whitehouse.

    April 23, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  20. Kristin

    I am very disappointed with some Obama fans. I read the comments on articles here and some of them are just downright nasty. People are entitled to their own beliefs and opinions – That is the beauty of this country. You don't have to agree with other people but respect that they believe differently. Take the high road, people. Just because people back Clinton, which they believe is the right candidate, does not make them wrong or less – just different than you. Bashing one candidate just makes you and your cadidate appear less personable. Obama has a message of "hope" and giving it back to the people. Putting down others because of what they believe is not apart of that message.

    April 23, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  21. Chris

    I find it humerous and perplexing how 1.3 million donors, 30-40 million in fund raising per month, 2.2 million in ad money per week, 90% of support from the mainstream media people, successful perception build of dishonesty onto your opponent, 35 thousand attendees at one rally and coronated as the next JFK and Messiah for change.................and still, Obama can not close the deal on large swing states like CA, FL, MI, PA, OH, MA, TX, NJ, NY......perhaps the movement and phenomenon in this race has been a woman no one expected to win. A woman who lost the first race and was counted out time and time again. Perhaps the real story is one of the greatest story that has not been told in this election. Perhaps americans has come to embraced and appreciate Tenacity over Audacity!

    April 23, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  22. chris nguyen

    how obama can win in general election since he could not win in any big swing states? democrates should send him back to trinity church.. with his UNCLE wright.. lol..

    April 23, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  23. MRG

    It didn't help. It's all over but the shouting. Anyone that watches political news knows she has ties to that state. It's not like she
    won Illinois. The NY Times even criticized her campaign (the paper from her own state). She's only making the dems look bad.

    April 23, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  24. Rod, Alpahretta, Ga

    These people kill me saying "Why can't Obama close the deal" and "He cant win a General Election". WAKE UP PEOPLE!!!! Clinton came in this thing as the presumed Presidential Canidate.......She started out ahead. WHY CANT SHE CLOSE THE DEAL!!!!!!!!! And you think she can win the General when SHE CANT EVEN WIN THE PRIMARY. SHE IS LOOSING AND IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO CATCH UP!!!!! WAKE UP!!!!!!!!

    April 23, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  25. JOSH


    April 23, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
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