Author: Ben Dalgetty
Senator Hillary Clinton won the Democratic Presidential Primary on April 22 with 55 percent of the vote compared to Senator Barack Obama’s 45 percent. The victory netted Clinton 83 delegates to Obama’s 73, according to CNN, although Obama retains a 137 total (pledged and super) delegate lead by this source. Clinton, who was 20 points up in earlier PA polls, has dubbed the victory evidence of her campaign’s resurgence. Although Obama maintains a delegate lead, Clinton has stressed that her victories in swing states like Pennsylvania and Ohio make her the more electable candidate.
The Obama camp has downplayed the loss of the Keystone State, reiterating that Clinton went into the contest with a substantial lead. However, in his speech from Indiana following the projection of Clinton as winner, Obama said Democratic voters are Democratic voters, regardless of their primary choices.
Both candidates are looking toward the upcoming May 6 primaries in North Carolina and Indiana to possibly cast a deciding vote for the Democratic nominee. Earlier this week, Democratic National Committee Chair Howard Dean commented that by June 3-the end of Democratic primaries-one of the two candidates should drop out to preserve party unity.
North Carolina Governor Mike Easley recently announced his endorsement of Clinton following New Mexico Senator Jeff Bingaman’s endorsement of Obama earlier in the week.
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