Is Tuesday's win enough for Hillary?

April 23, 2008 12:28:14 AM PDT
Clinton needed to beat Barack Obama by double-digits to keep her campaign moving. She accomplished that, but it still might not be enough. With 99 percent of precincts reporting, Clinton leads Obama by 10 percentage points, 55 to 45 percent. Still, she trails Obama in the important delegate count. According to the count from ABC News, Clinton has 1,582 and Obama has 1,712.

Sen. Hillary Clinton can enjoy the win for the night. It is double digits, barely, but it is and that's better than expected. A lot of politics is about beating expectations.

Clinton told supporters in Pennsylvania they've revitalized her campaign.

"Today here in Pennsylvania you made your voices heard and because of you the tide is turning," said Clinton.

Clinton's campaign started the day very short of cash and she by Tuesday night, she worked an appeal for campaign contributions.

"Your support has meant the difference between winning and losing. Now we can only keep winning if we can keep competing against an opponent that outspends us so massively," said Clinton.

It worked, according to former Clinton White House aide who have been talking with the campaign.

"As of about an hour ago they had raised over two and a half million dollars online. 80 percent of that money was brand new donations people who had not given a single penny to the campaign up to this point in time," said Chris Lehane, a former President Clinton advisor.

Clinton was outspent in Pennsylvania by a margin of three to one.

Sen. Barack Obama's campaign still has $40 million in reserve. He traveled to Indiana, which holds its primary in two weeks, and instead of Clinton, he talked more about his Republican rival.

"John McCain has offered this country a lifetime of service and we respect that, but what he's not offering is any meaningful change from the policies of George W. Bush," said Obama.

A member of Barack Obama's leadership council says Clinton had all of the advantages in Pennsylvania.

"She's got the governor on her side, the mayor of Philadelphia. She's got the political machine in her corner," said Tony West, a member of the Obama Leadership Council.

That's not the case in Indiana and North Carolina, the next big contests.

University of San Francisco political scientist James Taylor says Clinton's momentum will be tested.

"Indiana becomes very significant because the polls suggest it's about even some polls have her up some polls have him up, but it's neck and neck and I think that will be determinative," said Prof. Taylor.

In the popular vote count, Hillary Clinton picked up 214,000 votes and in delegates it looks like she picked up 16. Obama still leads by more than half a million votes and by 130 delegates, but on Tuesday night Hillary had the momentum.

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