Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Clinton wins Pennsylvania Primary

Yesterday Senator Hilary Clinton won the Pennsylvania Primary by a double digit margin. As last reported the results were:
Clinton 55%
Obama 45%

Updated delegate count estimate:
Clinton 1584
Obama 1714
* 2,025 need to secure nomination

Yesterday’s results do not bring the Democrats any closer to a conclusion towards their nomination process. Clinton has won the last three big state primaries, and is able to argue that Obama will have a hard time winning these states, particularly states that make up the Rust Belt come the general election. She has been able to capture blue collar voters better then Obama, an important demographic for the Democrats. However, Obama still leads in pledged delegates, popular votes, and number of contests won. Clinton will have to persuade superdelegates to cast their vote for her because she is the better candidate for the general election, even if the Democratic voters do not agree.
The focus now turns to Indiana and North Carolina, whose primaries take place on May 6th. The tone of the campaigns has been increasingly nasty. It will be interesting to see how this progresses as they move to the next round.

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