May 6th, 2008
09:30 PM ET
7 years ago

Obama, Clinton aides spin primary results

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(CNN)–The spin wars are heating up.

Tonight won’t do much to change the delegate gap, say Barack Obama’s senior aides – and any day they break even makes it that much tougher for Clinton to make up the shortfall.

"We think we won a really big victory here tonight - it insures that regardless of what happens in Indiana that we are going to extend our delegate lead," senior adviser David Axelrod told reporters. "We have taken another big step down the road here… The important thing is that this was not a game changer, folks, in any way, shape or form."

Earlier in the week, Clinton had said a win in North Carolina could be a “game changer.”

But Deputy Communications Director Phil Singer reminded reporters that Barack Obama had said that Indiana might be the “tiebreaker,” given Clinton’s victory in Pennsylvania and his expected win in North Carolina.

Indiana may not be in the win column at this point in the evening, but they say the exit polls out of both states Tuesday night have bolstered their electability argument: they show Obama’s supporters are more likely to support Clinton in the fall than vice versa.

At the heart of their thinking: Florida and Michigan. Together with Ohio, says the Clinton team, those three states are vital to any Democratic win – and the New York senator has claimed all three.

soundoff (105 Responses)
  1. Nick, Texas

    Clinton is finished. Its over. Tonight she almost conceded the race, Chelsea had tears in her eyes and Bill looked sombre.

    Obama 08

    May 6, 2008 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  2. Anonymous

    Are these the r&b group SPINNERS or the are dj's spinners

    did anyone get the real definitions to hilliary's when she says "LETS MSKE HISTORY"? It means she is running for her own interest.

    last of all if they want to spin lets talk about 3 on 1 media coverage. the dream team clintons vs. Obama. she also said in her speech she is going to win in Nov. someone please tell mke the name of her party cause its not the democratic party

    May 6, 2008 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  3. steveda - poconos

    WOW... Hillary said something I can agree with, that we like to see her husband on the campaign trail ... in public ... where we can watch him and keep him away from our daughters.

    May 6, 2008 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  4. KINGSLEY

    Are these the r&b group SPINNERS or the are dj's spinners

    did anyone get the real definitions to hilliary's when she says "LETS MSKE HISTORY"? It means she is running for her own interest.

    last of all if they want to spin lets talk about 3 on 1 media coverage. the dream team clintons vs. Obama. she also said in her speech she is going to win in Nov. someone please tell mke the name of her party cause its not the democratic party

    May 6, 2008 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  5. Obama '08

    All you Clinton supporters, the ones that believe hang on every word she says, are you going to disavow her when she drops out and backs Obama for president? Will you disavow her when she makes the plea that Obama is the ONLY choice for president? What will you say about her then? Get real, you voters are smarter than that to cut off your nose to spite your face.

    Obama '08...our next Democratic Presidential nominee.

    May 6, 2008 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
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