Hillary Clinton Tops Barack Obama in Pennsylvania, Trails in Delegates

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Apr 23, 2008   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Hillary Clinton Tops Barack Obama in Pennsylvania, Trails in Delegates

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by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
April 23
, 2008

Harrisburg, PA (LifeNews.com) — Hillary Clinton defeated Barack Obama by a 55 to 45 percent margin with 95 percent of precincts reporting, but the victory may not necessarily help her much in the delegate race. Clinton will win a majority of the state’s 158 delegates but she will continue trailing Obama by more than 100 delegates.

Clinton may not be able to overcome the deficit, in part because Obama leads by a wide margin in North Carolina, the next primary state with the highest number of delegates at stake.

Despite the negative prognosis for the future, Clinton used the victory to rally her supporters.

"It’s a long road to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue and it runs right through the heart of Pennsylvania," she said. "I’m in this race to fight for you. You know you can count on me to stand up strong for you every single day in the White House."

Clinton backers say she could use her victories in big states such as Pennsylvania, Ohio, New York and California to rally superdelegates to her side and possibly siphon off some of the support Obama has collected with his primary victories in earlier months.

"The tide is turning," Clinton told supporters.

But the Obama camp argues that’s not the case and they point to a delegate lead that may be insurmountable, more popular votes than Clinton among Democrats and more states won during the primary season.

His team cites the North Carolina lead — which has him with a double digit advantage over Clinton — and an advantage as a senator from neighboring Illinois when Indiana voters head to the polls on the same day, May 5.

If neither candidate captures the 2,025 delegates needed to essentially win the nomination before the end of the primary season in June, the super delegates — Congressional Democrats, state elected officials and top party leaders — could decide the nomination.

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