April 22nd, 2008
11:45 PM ET
12 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. Mel Sacdalan

    You all don't get it....put them both in the ticket, Hillary for President ....Obama as her VP... 8 years for Hillary....another 8 years for Obama....this way the Democrat can control the White House for 16 years....Hillary can win the big states where the highest electoral votes count....and Obama can deliver the small states...together they are dynamic...and Obama can get in for 16 years!!!!!!

    April 23, 2008 04:43 am at 4:43 am |
  2. Stephen

    Go Barack,show them how it's done....Hillary can only delay the enevitable....Obama for America....

    April 23, 2008 04:44 am at 4:44 am |
  3. Uday

    Hillary..congratulations...U could have got a 20 point lead if u had just been as calm and gratious as u were in any debate complimenting Obama and spoke less.

    April 23, 2008 04:45 am at 4:45 am |
  4. Corrine Pessel,Woodbridge, CT

    I don't recall a campaign where so much negativity ever happened before.
    The media, it seems , decided Hillary should quit a long time ago. That is where the most negativity is coming from. The rest , is from the bickering of two candidates that should have risen above that pettiness. It's not too late to do that.
    I think the American people should realize that politics is – and has been- a cesspool of lies and deceit from almost anyone that has ever run for office.
    However there are also many truths, and it's the truth we voters need to find and to focus on. It remains on record what each person has thus far accomplished in their lives, and all the experiences that have tested their mettle.
    Clinton has the experience and the steel.We need a tough person like Hillary, to overcome the damages of the Bush administration.
    We are left with a war, a terribly damaged economy that will take generations to recover from, and a reputation that has been damaged world wide.
    So keep your chin up Hillary and let's hope you're our first lady president. We need you!
    It is also wonderful that both candidates have broken ground on what should have happened many long years ago... a woman and a black man running for the most demanding , highest office in our country!
    Yea for the Democratic party...we've got it right! Now let's make it perfect! Perhaps Hillary will choose a black lady as a running mate!
    Wow...wouldn't that be a great first!?

    April 23, 2008 04:51 am at 4:51 am |
  5. rick smith

    with Obama must be getting money from over sea, middle east cash, helping to get Obama Hussan in the White House, hw would have Taped out his base suporters long time ago, so just were is all this money comming from ????

    April 23, 2008 04:53 am at 4:53 am |
  6. Mel Sacdalan

    this is a dream ticket....The Democrats should think this over....if they want to take back the White House they would put Hillary and Obama in the same ticket......Hillary is older and experienced.....let her be the top name....8 years for her....when she is done ..Obama is ready for another 8 years...if you put Obama as President and Hillary as VP they would only have 8 years in the White House....Hillary would be too old to run for 8 years....I say put Hillary on top NOW!!!! Obama is young... this will give him more experience...and will be ready for the next 8 years terms.....This is a once in a liftime dreams for the Democrats to control the white House for the next 16 years....Forget the bickerings and work together Democrats!!!!!!!!

    April 23, 2008 04:54 am at 4:54 am |
  7. obama!

    "I'm letting the Iranians know, we will obliterate them." – Clinton #2

    let the clintons keep shouting off. besides it being entertaining, they alone are showing us Americans just how despicable they truely are. despite their own racist hypocritical machine, Obama lost by only 9 points. this was supposed to be written off on feb. 5 and look where we are now, the Clintons are broke, tripping, stumbling and grabbing whatever they can to win ugly.

    i love this country. obama 08!

    April 23, 2008 04:54 am at 4:54 am |
  8. EDS in Van Nuys, CA

    Can anyone tell me what is meant by "closing the deal"? Tuesday night after Senator Hillary Clinton was declared victorious, media across all networks were singing from the same choir, "Obama can't seem to close the deal".

    Even if he earned all the electoral delegates in the PA primary, mathematically he would still be shy the 2025 delegates required to claim the nomination.

    Hillary will never dropout of this race, NEVER! These so-called "superdelagates" will "close the deal" at the Democratic Convention for Hillary Clinton. Neither she or Barack Obama will have the 2025 delegates to claim the nomination. Obama will have more delegates and most likely the popular vote, but the Clinton Political Machine will call in all its "IOU's".

    Poor leadership in the Democratic Party will cost the party & the American citizens(most important) a legitimate opportunity for significant change in this country's short history.

    April 23, 2008 05:38 am at 5:38 am |
  9. Benson

    Iam so proud of you OBAMA for narrowing the gap tonite.The truth must be told,nobody expected you to come this far,talkless of beating Hillary -a well known Political figure in American politics.Now .listen,you need to go back to your beginning,the message of hope,change,inspiration,.Tell both young and old americans,in clear terms,how you will handle ,the economy,the collapsing mortgage industry,the war in Iraq,the education sector,social security,job creation,energy,immigration,how you will restore the good name of america to the entire world ...just to mention a few.Remember it is a selling game...you need to sell your self to the american public more..,Dont be afraid, dont be tired,GO,OBAMA..GO FOR GOLD

    April 23, 2008 05:48 am at 5:48 am |
  10. Hillary Supporter

    OH MY GOD! you're right.

    we'll maybe she hopes and prays that you'll give her just ONE MORE CHANCE to loose, in 2012 when she runs for RELECTION.

    you people in that camp are such big time sore losers, it's frightening.

    HILLARY '09.

    April 23, 2008 06:14 am at 6:14 am |
  11. gebriye

    After all, winning 45% of the vote in PA is really some achievement. It could've been worse if election had been conducted a month ago when Mrs. Hillary had a good lead in the polls. Still, the Obama camp has lots of homeworks to do if the said 'change' slogan is to be made practical !!!

    April 23, 2008 07:41 am at 7:41 am |
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