April 21st, 2008
02:15 PM ET
14 years ago

Blitzer: 'We could be in for a long night'

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/03/13/art.blitzer.jpg caption="CNN Anchor Wolf Blitzer"] (CNN) - Pennsylvania voters must now decide who will be a stronger Democratic presidential nominee in the general election against John McCain. The latest polls show Hillary Clinton ahead of Barack Obama - but those same polls show about 7 percent of the likely Democratic voters remain undecided. They could certainly tip the balance.

State officials also say that hundreds of thousands of new voters have registered – many of them about to vote for the first time. They represent a new element of the political equation, and they, too, could tip the balance. They represent a surprise factor.

In other words, we could be in for a long night tomorrow as the results come in. I will be anchoring our coverage from the CNN Election Center, beginning with The Situation Room at 4 p.m. ET.

If Clinton wins, even by a narrow margin, we will then gear up for the May 6 primaries in North Carolina and Indiana. I don’t think she would drop out. If she loses, however, her campaign would have to make a very tough decision.

On the substantive issues – like the economy, health care, housing, crime, the war in Iraq and other foreign policy matters - the two candidates have spelled out their visions in great detail on their respective websites. There are differences between the two of them, but not necessarily huge differences. That’s why you have heard so much from the candidates and their surrogates about so many other marginal matters.

The real differences, of course, are between the two Democratic candidates, on the one hand, and John McCain on the other. This idisagreements s very clear irrespective of whoever wins the Democratic nomination. In the fall, there will be very big between the two candidates on such sensitive issues as the war in Iraq, abortion rights for women, taxes, guns and a whole lot more.

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  1. Purdue Pete

    What is Tuesday?

    April 21, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  2. CM

    what has this nomination process come to?

    as someone has poignantly pointed out, we have become fanatical and so emotionally tied to these candidates that we have forgotten that they are in fact human beings (all inherently flawed). politics is a dirty game....and unfortunately, we have seen probably the ugliest moments in politics in this democratic nomination process. for those that feel obama is a racist and his wife a control freak....clearly you have not looked at them carefully and you rely solely on what you have heard in the media. first of all, how could obama be a racist of all things, be it that he was raised by his white grandmother and mother (wake up people he is bi-racial)? michelle obama is very vocal, agreed....but does that make her any more controlling than HRC was, when Bill ran?

    HRC is certainly a viable alternative to McCain, as others have pointed out; however, her tactics during this process have made her less favorable. i am an independent and i firmly believe that a true democrat should maintain the party line regardless of who's nominated. are we looking at policies, or are we basing our opinions of the candidates on soundbites and hersay?

    at this juncture we should in fact recognize that his country can no longer afford to be under the reign of bushonomics or a shock and awe foreign policy, which makes a democratic candidate the best choice for the general election. can any one candidate change the political landscape in one term.......most likely not. it took 8 yrs to reverse most of the 12 yrs of the reagan-bush era....certainly GW's won't be reversed in 4. since we have gotten so caught up in the religion aspect of our candidates....let's take the higher road and pray for whomever is elected for '09 that they are truly guided by the God that blesses our country everyday.

    April 21, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
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