Clinton Wins Pennsylvania
Posted on Apr 22, 2008
Hillary Clinton has scored a big, if expected, victory in Pennsylvania, a win crucial to her big-state argument to superdelegates. According to exit data, Obama won over new voters while Clinton appealed to those who made up their minds in the aftermath of the ABC debate. Clinton needed a double-digit win and she nearly achieved that, beating Obama by 9.2 points.
Update: Media reports originally put Clinton’s lead at 10 points, which is how we reported it, however the Pennsylvania Department of State says the difference was 9.2 points. What that means and whether it matters is now open for debate.
Next up it’s North Carolina, a state Obama is expected to win handily, and Indiana, the next true battleground. Both states hold their primaries on May 6th.
One out of every seven Democratic party voters was not registered as a Democrat at the beginning of the year, and 60 percent of them cast their ballot for Obama, according to the exit polls.
Clinton fared better with voters who made up their mind in the last week, the exit polls showed.
Fifty-eight percent of those voters said they chose the New York senator. That includes voters who made up their mind in the aftermath of last week’s heated Democratic debate.
AP photo / Elise Amendola
D-day: Hillary Clinton greets voters outside a polling station in Conshohocken, Pa., on Tuesday.