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April 8th, 2008
02:25 PM ET

Who benefits from Pa.’s record Democratic voter registration?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

It looks like voter turnout in the upcoming Pennsylvania primary on April 22nd could follow record-breaking trends set around the country this year.

Statewide, there are more than 8.3 million registered voters. That's only 50,000 fewer than the record set in the 2004 presidential election. And we're only talking about the primaries here. Officials say the numbers will go even higher as they continue to process applications that were due March 24th.

Chalk the huge numbers up to the excitement that seems to be bubbling over especially when it comes to the race between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. And the implications are not good for Republicans. 4.2 million Democrats have registered in Pennsylvania so far this year... that's an increase of almost 14% from the 2004 Democratic presidential primary, while Republican registration has remained virtually unchanged at 3.2 million. This means Democrats now outnumber Republicans in some counties outside Philadelphia that have long been bastions for the GOP.

It will be interesting to see what an increased voter turnout could mean in the match-up between Obama and Clinton. Pennsylvania delivers 158 delegates, more than any of the remaining states. The polls continue to suggest that Obama is closing fast on Clinton's one time lead of more than 30 points. The most recent CNN poll of polls shows Clinton ahead now by only 6 points, 49% to 43%.

Here’s my question to you: Who benefits most from record Democratic voter registration in Pennsylvania?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Keith from Irving, Texas writes:
Prevailing sense would say it benefits Obama, but you never know. Of course, Hillary's last few days will probably hurt her more than any recent voter registrations will help either candidate.

Dorothy from Lucasville, Ohio writes:
Jack, I hope it benefits Hillary once people realize that she will put this country back on course to be respected once again by other countries… not like it has been since Bush took office. We need to get out of debt, like it was when Bill was president.

Scott writes:
Barack Obama will. He's been able to excite and energize the electorate far more than Clinton has. Hillary will only benefit if a large portion of the new voters are cross-over Republicans who listen to Rush Limbaugh and want to keep her in the race.

Mark from North Carolina writes:
Is this yet another setup question to push Obama? Are we to assume that most or all new voters will vote for him? We won't really know until April 22nd, will we? Perhaps many of these new voters are simply sick and tired of having the networks tell them who to nominate!

Greg writes:
Definitely not the good Republicans left in the state who are still in their right minds!

Ron from Richmond, Virginia writes:
Any time a large turnout happens, it is good for the people. But it also says volumes about the State of the Union! We are barreling down an economic dirt road and the bridge is out.


Filed under: Democratic Race
soundoff (264 Responses)
  1. Mike S., New Orleans, Louisiana

    Uh.... the Democrats?

    April 8, 2008 at 2:26 pm |
  2. Dave Brooklyn, NY

    Since Obama is making all the gains, he is. Everywhere people get to see him, he seems to win them over. The more people know about Hillary, the less they like her.

    April 8, 2008 at 2:28 pm |
  3. Keith Irving, TX

    Prevailing sense would say it benefits Obama, but you never know.

    Of course, Hillary's last few days will probably hurt her more than any recent voter registrations will help either candidate.

    April 8, 2008 at 2:29 pm |
  4. Carol c.

    hopefully Sde. Obama. There is absolutely NO doubt that his presence in this race for the presidency has aspired people who have had no hope in status quo to get out and vote because they have a candidate who truly offers change.

    Think about it, Jack–how long has it been since you have seen so many young people who actually think someone might have an interest in what they are thinking since they will be inheriting the financial mess the Bush administration has left us with. They finally see a hope at the end of the tunnel and therefore Barack has cut her huge lead in PA.

    Carol
    Knoxville, TN

    April 8, 2008 at 2:30 pm |
  5. Rob, Arvada, CO

    Simple, Jack, Obama does. His campaign is responsible for the record numbers of voter registration and rally attendance. People are finally getting interested in politics again. Did you know that in Australia and many other countries, it is the law to vote?

    April 8, 2008 at 2:31 pm |
  6. Ron Richmond, VA

    Any time a large turnout happens, it is good for the people. But it also says volumes about the State of the Union! We are barreling down an economic dirt road and the bridge is out, Jack! The stock market is simply trying to make everything look good so they can get Big investors out! It's going to tank big time, you better get your money out now! Obama can't fix it, doesn't have a clue! McCain, doesn't see a problem!!!!!!!!

    April 8, 2008 at 2:31 pm |
  7. Patsy

    In a word? America. Patsy in NE.

    April 8, 2008 at 2:31 pm |
  8. Mark - Asheville, NC

    Is this yet another setup question to push Obama? Are we to assume that most or all new voters will vote for him? We won't really know until April 22nd, will we? Perhaps many of these new voters are simply sick and tired of having the networks tell them who to nominate!

    April 8, 2008 at 2:32 pm |
  9. Jamaal

    The person who poured alot of resources in the get out to vote drive and that person is of course Barack Obama he is the reason we have all these new voters.

    April 8, 2008 at 2:33 pm |
  10. Joe in DE

    The people of PA. One of the critical states for Democrats.

    April 8, 2008 at 2:33 pm |
  11. Greg, Athens

    Definitely not the good republicans left in the state that are still in their right minds!

    April 8, 2008 at 2:35 pm |
  12. Mike from Syracuse NY

    Jack,
    Clearly Obama. , but is it because they love him, or hate her?

    April 8, 2008 at 2:36 pm |
  13. Larry from Georgetown, Tx

    Hillary does as most of them just as in Texas and Mississippi are republicans that want her to get the nomination since they believe and rightfully so that she will lose to McCain. I wish is was to our country's benefit that this many people wanted to get involved in the direction we're going but unfortunately my faith is not there today.

    April 8, 2008 at 2:36 pm |
  14. dennis north carolina

    Obama, If the people of the Penn. state have listen and read the news
    they should be able make the right vote.

    April 8, 2008 at 2:37 pm |
  15. Patricia

    Duh.

    Patricia in Idaho

    April 8, 2008 at 2:37 pm |
  16. Lisa from Mesquite, TX

    Well if we look at the polls over the past few months, I would say Barack Obama is benefiting.

    On February 4, the polls had Hillary Clinton ahead by about 23%. Over the past 2 months, and especially after Super Tuesday (March 4) we've seen record number of voter registrations in PA and the gap has closed by 10% – 13%.

    April 8, 2008 at 2:38 pm |
  17. AndyZ; Fairfax, VA

    The Amish. All of you campaign workers come to Amish country; sit at a 60 foot long table with total strangers, eat portions of food you never that tought you could manage, enjoy that 'I'm so full I'm going to burst' feeling. Hey Jack, What goes, 'Clop, clop, Bang! Clop, clop, Bang?'
    A drive by shooting in an Amish neighborhood. 😉

    April 8, 2008 at 2:39 pm |
  18. dorothy delong

    Jack I hope it benifits Hillary. When people realize that she will put this country back on the course to be once again respected by other countrys not like it has been since Bush has been in office. We need to get out of debt like it was when Bill was President.
    Dorothy Delong Lucasville Ohio

    April 8, 2008 at 2:39 pm |
  19. Bob from Traverse city Michigan

    We all do Jack. This record turnout is a pretty good sign that we can bury the republicans face down come November so they can see where the "heck" they're going.

    April 8, 2008 at 2:40 pm |
  20. R. Lopez in South TX

    The main man, Obama, will benefit the most.

    April 8, 2008 at 2:40 pm |
  21. cj-delhi ny

    Obviously from the recent poll numbers, Obama will benefit.

    April 8, 2008 at 2:41 pm |
  22. mikeytherhino

    The American people. Record Registration creates record Participation, and that can do nothing but good. All of America benefits everytime the voter rolls increase, because here The People Rule. It doesn't really matter which democrat is voted for, because both are good candidates with almost identical Ideas and Ideals.

    Mike, From Staten Island, New York.

    April 8, 2008 at 2:41 pm |
  23. Richard Sternagel

    Barack Obama benefits the most with the record voter registration! He has shown with his campaign that he can reach out and connect with the young and old voters!

    April 8, 2008 at 2:41 pm |
  24. Tom Huntington,NY

    The Democrats..DUH?

    and the eventual nominee which at this point appears to be Obama.

    April 8, 2008 at 2:41 pm |
  25. Teddie

    Hopefully either Democrat candiate unless the Republicans are switching party only to vote in Nov for McCain and hurt the Democrats.

    April 8, 2008 at 2:43 pm |
  26. David Bakody

    Hi Jack, I would say Obama but there are so many rumours on the street than the Republicans have registered to vote for Hillary because they see he as their best chance I am not sure. Jack with the greatest of respect the American voting system has so many holes in it you could use is as a watering can.

    David
    Dartmouth Nova Scotia

    April 8, 2008 at 2:43 pm |
  27. Gaz of Oz

    Obama, simply because he is the catalyst, the inspiration and the resurrected hope of not just the young and first time voters, but also those who have been disaffected from the American political process over the last several decades.

    April 8, 2008 at 2:44 pm |
  28. Scott

    Barack Obama will. He's been able to excite and energize the electorate far more than HRC has. Hillary will only benefit if a large portion of the new voters are cross-over Republicans who listen to Rush Limbaugh and want to keep her in the race.

    April 8, 2008 at 2:44 pm |
  29. Brian

    Jack,

    The Democratic candidate does, even if PA goes for Clinton and Obama wins the nomination. When this political hurricane passes, Democrats in PA will collect their thoughts and belongings and rebuild their political lives right where they used to be, which is in the Democratic Party. Once Clinton is out of the race, PA Democrats will realize they are still Democrats and Obama is still leaps and bounds better than McCain when it comes to the issues they care about – the War in Iraq and the economy.

    Brian
    Moscow, Idaho

    April 8, 2008 at 2:45 pm |
  30. Warren

    I think it's clear that the Chinese do.

    April 8, 2008 at 2:45 pm |
  31. Brian - Trinidad

    Nobody benefits.The voters lose all the time,primaries,general elections,doesn't matter. You vote,you lose!

    April 8, 2008 at 2:47 pm |
  32. Scott L. - Wichita, Kansas

    No One. After the primaries, all these new registrations will be so upset with whoever wins, that they will go back to not voting at all.

    April 8, 2008 at 2:47 pm |
  33. mitchell martin ark.

    obama,he's the only one that has inspired disenfranchised and newer young voters to turn out to vote.hillary's voters and supporters,have been there since the beginning.and some of them seem to be moving to obamas side,the more they see what he's brought to this race.

    April 8, 2008 at 2:48 pm |
  34. Tom, Avon, Maine, The Heart of Democracy

    I'm going to be an optimist, Jack, and assume that all of the newly registered voters are legally eligible. Having said that, it would be Senator Obama who has drawn first timers to the polls. He gives faith to the most jaded of cynics. America is going to teach Tina Turner how to comeback.

    April 8, 2008 at 2:48 pm |
  35. Ron Kepics

    Hi Jack:

    Obama.

    April 8, 2008 at 2:50 pm |
  36. Kevin,FL

    Hillary Clinton benefits more from the record voter registration because the voters swing toward Clinton strengths.

    April 8, 2008 at 2:51 pm |
  37. Yvonne

    Obama of course.

    April 8, 2008 at 2:52 pm |
  38. IFEANYI AZUBIKE Houston, Texas

    OBAMA. The gains reported by the different polls is evidence that Obama stands to gain from the record voter registration. Prior to the late rush for registration, Clinton had a comfortable lead but since the close of registration, Obama has been inching his way up the poll numbers. This is evidence that either Clinton supporters are backing down or that the new registrants did so for Obama. It is difficult to be very definitive though unless you have governor Rendells cystal ball Jack's age-borne wisdom.

    April 8, 2008 at 2:53 pm |
  39. Paulette Dallas,PA

    Obama benefits immediately because he just may carry the state. In the long haul, all Americans will benefit because this pretty much secures the General election for the Democrats. We will finally be rid of Bush and hopefully our troops will come home and the entire economy may improve.

    April 8, 2008 at 2:57 pm |
  40. Malachi from Drexel Hill

    The Republicans are trying to disrupt the democratic by influencing the Democratic race with their vote. Hillary will be allowed to continue on in the race when she would have really been out after Ohio and Texas. the Texas primary vote wasn't really representative of the deomocratic vote but the caucus vote bought out real democratics. PA dosen't have a caucus but with Hillary's lies and misspeakings and the Mr Penn's debacle the race may be close. I think Hillary is stubborn and cares only for herself. and can't bring herself to lose to Obama Hillary McCains gets stronger everyday because you won't except what we all know to be our nominee. No Superdelegate will vote for you. What is more important Hillary your pride or the Democratic Party Success in Nov.? How will the party remember you?

    April 8, 2008 at 2:57 pm |
  41. MIKE A,CHARLOTTE,NC

    hillary may benefit the most because of the hard working blue collar people in pennsylvania, however the real benefit goes to the entire democratic party. the more people coming out to vote shows how dissatisfied they are with the current administration and determined to force change. everyone benefits from it. i hope this continues through november so that january 20, 2009 we can say goodbye to the worst president and administration in history.

    April 8, 2008 at 2:57 pm |
  42. tim from Ravenna, OH

    That depends on if the new voters are informed, intelligent, and thoughtful. If this is true then all Americans will benefit. If in fact they are uninformed, mindless, automatons then in a real sense they have the ability to do far more damage than good.

    April 8, 2008 at 2:58 pm |
  43. lou from Iowa

    It sounds like Obama did most of the leg work. His skills as a community organizer has come in pretty handy for the democratic party. Even it some of those new sign-ups vote for Clinton, Obama will win in the eyes of the DNC, who see those new registers as new blood for the party.

    April 8, 2008 at 2:58 pm |
  44. earl illingsworth

    I'd have to say the people. There is a new found ground-swell of enthusiasm in the latter half of the democratic primary season, that is unprecedented in modern times! The unsolicitated number of new voters makes the "American Political System", a remarkable testimonial to our forefathers genius of a "Living,Breathing, and Spiritual Constitution" for the people,and by the people. Amen Brother!

    April 8, 2008 at 2:59 pm |
  45. David Natchez, MS

    All the citizens of America.

    April 8, 2008 at 2:59 pm |
  46. Shyla from So. Lake Tahoe, CA

    Jack,

    The Democratic Party.

    April 8, 2008 at 3:00 pm |
  47. D. Tucker, Ozark, PA.

    Jack, . . .This is not just an election, this is a revolution. A phenomenon
    not seen since the 60's. I even pulled my old bell bottoms out of the
    closet, along with my Seals and Croft album. The beneficiary of this
    record turn out will be We The People, that is, after we elect Senator Barrack Obama.

    Yes We Can.

    April 8, 2008 at 3:00 pm |
  48. Dee, Canada

    The people of PA and the American people benefit if they vote Democratic and for Hillary Clinton.

    April 8, 2008 at 3:01 pm |
  49. roger dowdle lockhart, tx

    Iwould think it is obvious that Obama is the one who will benefit the most from new voters, exit polls have shown that most of them vote for him. That is why polls of "likely to vote" (based on previous voting) are so inaccurate, as they track people who voted dem in previous elections. Hillary gets her support from hard core dems. who would probably vote dem. no matter who it was. In the general election, they will probably vote for Obama, as will the majority of the newly registered. That last group may well go for McCain if Hillary is the dem. nominee. It is not that the country is not ready for a woman, just not THIS woman.

    April 8, 2008 at 3:02 pm |
  50. marie in sc

    Obama has been campaigning hard in Pennsylvania. His ads are dwarfing hers, and his poll numbers show that he is rapidly catching up to Clinton. She is starting to appear like the second Democratic choice in the national media. The new Pennsylvania voters are registering because they are motivated. Obama has the clear momentum again – They would most likely be his supporters.

    April 8, 2008 at 3:03 pm |
  51. Tom Smith, Madison, Wisconsin

    Certainally not the American people.
    The Democrats and Republicans are doing so much damage to what was our United States that it will be amazing if we can ever regain our place in the world.
    With the way the US is self destructing I am not at all worried about terrorists.

    April 8, 2008 at 3:04 pm |
  52. marti thompson

    You do Jack....You get to brag on Obama more than ever..

    April 8, 2008 at 3:04 pm |
  53. dave, michigan

    Obama should, but it all depends on where these new voters come from. I mean, yes some of them are the young who have not registered before( Obama surporters according to the polls), some may be those independent thinkers who have never felt much of a party affiliation( Obama again), more still might be Republicians looking to cause mischief in the Democratic race( Clinton I think).

    April 8, 2008 at 3:04 pm |
  54. Don in Buda, TX

    This is an easy one Jack. Democracy benefits. It's just too bad that it took 8 years of Bush/Cheney driving us into the ground to get people out to exercise their constitutional right.

    April 8, 2008 at 3:05 pm |
  55. John from Chicago

    Jack Obama definately benefits from new voters. They like him. He is down to earth and new face in washington. I used to be a republican but became upset with the way my party has acted in washington.

    I will be voting for Obama in the fall.

    April 8, 2008 at 3:09 pm |
  56. Terry in Hanover County, VA

    You mean which Democrat benefits the most, don't you? Hillary "should" benefit the most but not as significantly as she would have several weeks ago. Back then I thought she would lead Obama by 20 lengths (or 20 points in human parlance). Today, I think she'll be lucky to best him by 6 lengths. By the time Pennsylvanians finally vote I think there's a better than even chance Obama will win by a nose.

    April 8, 2008 at 3:10 pm |
  57. George from Pottsville Pa.

    You know the answer Jack is's John McCain. Do all you Librocrats actually believe that the surge in the DemoRat regestration are people who are going to vote for either Clinton or Obama in November? NOT! We are trying to influnce who is going to be the opposition, I personally have switched to vote for Obama because I can't stomache Hillary! It happened in Texas, Ohio, and Mississippi GOP voters voting for Hillary just to make the primary season last a little bit longer so Clinton and Obama to attack each other and dirty each other up. I havent had rthis much fun since I voted for Jessy and then voted for BUSH 1.

    April 8, 2008 at 3:10 pm |
  58. John in San Diego

    Jack, it's the entire country that benefits. It has been the excitement among young people – black and white – toward the Obama candidacy that has bouyed new registration, but that excitement, translated into greater participation throughout the electorate, can only serve to expand the true measure of our democracy.

    April 8, 2008 at 3:10 pm |
  59. Jon, NY

    Jack-

    That's easy. The Democrats benefit the most.

    The real fight is supposed to be reserved for the general election.

    April 8, 2008 at 3:12 pm |
  60. Andre / Florida

    Record voter turnout in Pennsylvania and across the nation is a by- product of Americas infatuation with tabloid news and shock value journalism.

    As the line between professional journalism and ratings mongering becomes blurred so too does the publics ability to distinguish between a real life situation and a situation comedy.

    In the short term the democratic party may benefit from the influx of new voters, if they hang around long enough to impact the general election this fall. But in the long term, I think once the media stops hyping the election as if it were a prize fight, most folks will go back to "Big Brother" or "The Flavor of Love", or move on to the shock T.V. flavor of the month.

    Andre,
    Miami, Florida

    April 8, 2008 at 3:12 pm |
  61. Terry from North Carolina

    Jack
    After the terrible week the Clinton campaign just had, the primary in Pennsylvania will be a close one. It would not surprise me to see Obama take this state then on to North Carolina where he will win hands down.

    April 8, 2008 at 3:12 pm |
  62. Peter Pan Fairview, Texas

    That remains to be seen. All the voter turn out in the whole country is not going to make any difference if even after the democrats vote the super delegates go against the popular vote. All those people that turned out to have a fair and impartial election will be robbed for all their time and effort.
    In almost any election half of the people are unhappy with the results and then after 4 years the other half that were happy become disillusioned. Voting isn't everything it is cracked up to be. be careful what you wish for. You might just get it!

    April 8, 2008 at 3:13 pm |
  63. K - in Northwest CT

    no brainer - THE AMERICAN VOTING CITIZENS

    April 8, 2008 at 3:14 pm |
  64. Jim, NC

    It's the American people that benefit. After years of low-turnout, people are making themselves heard. Regardless of which candidate you support, I think you have to hand it to Senator Obama for mobilizing so many people and changing the way this race has been conducted.

    April 8, 2008 at 3:15 pm |
  65. Isaac Cruz

    I think that the people who should be benifted is the people arselves. We the people should be the ones who benfit the regstartion at the Pennsylvania primary.Tell those people that we are the ones, We derserve the right ot speak....
    El Monte,California

    April 8, 2008 at 3:15 pm |
  66. Sue

    No one can tell now, but if past trends are anything to go by, then OBAMA might perform better than the polls are saying, as new voters usually vote for OBAMA.

    April 8, 2008 at 3:16 pm |
  67. Mecca

    I am sure it will be Hillary and the people of Pennsylvania because they are making the right choice by favoring Hiillary! She is our best and most qualified candidate, Jack, regardless of your favoritism for Obama!
    Mecca from Puerto Rico

    April 8, 2008 at 3:16 pm |
  68. Sue, Bloomington, IN

    Obama benefits most by bringing in young voters, independents and 52 year old white republican women like me who will vote for him!

    April 8, 2008 at 3:17 pm |
  69. Amy in NY

    In a Change election, the one who benefits the most is Barack Obama. Because Hillary Clinton is status quo. You can't reinvent a Clinton and dress her up in a pantsuit and call it "Change." Sorry.

    April 8, 2008 at 3:17 pm |
  70. rbrannan

    Hillary will benefit. She is a fighter and resilient and that's what Pennsylvanians love. Her well-received tv appearances over the past couple days, the Press now acknowledging that she didn't lie about the hospital incident, and her appearance/speech at the Iraq hearing today will solidify and increase her numbers with Pennsylvanians .

    April 8, 2008 at 3:17 pm |
  71. Ben David

    Jack, one would assume it would be obama, but in every big state this has been the projection by the so called pundits. Then a funny thing happens on election day. Hillary Clinton wins. So, we will see if this holds true in Pa., but to answer your question, HRC will be the one that benefits.
    Ben David
    Meridian, Ms.

    April 8, 2008 at 3:17 pm |
  72. Eric in PA

    Ahhh, the eventual Democratic nominee?

    But I think McCain may also benefit in November. Folks around here seem to support Clinton, but the second choice is McCain. The reason for this paradox? It appears that after 8 years of Bush, folks here want someone less naive and more worldly. Obama doesn't appear to fit the bill in many minds.

    April 8, 2008 at 3:18 pm |
  73. Will, San Jose CA

    The American public.

    More democratic voters makes it more likely someone willing to end Bush's policies gets into the white house. November can't come soon enough.

    April 8, 2008 at 3:19 pm |
  74. Patricia -Lexington, Ky..

    Perhaps Hillary at this point. But 2 weeks from today, it could well be Barack! I hope so!!

    April 8, 2008 at 3:19 pm |
  75. Patricia

    It doesn't matter to me who benefits Jack, until the general election, because I would hope those Democratic voters who registered during this primary will also get up & vote for a Democrat for President.
    Patricia
    Palmdale, Ca.

    April 8, 2008 at 3:19 pm |
  76. Michael Lorton, Virginia

    I believe that they both will benefit in some form or fashion. The fact is that Hillary will probably win Pennsylvania, but again that is a moot point....she cannot make up the difference in the gap of delegates and popular votes by which Obama is leading. I think CNN is making a mountain out of a mole hill here....

    April 8, 2008 at 3:20 pm |
  77. Kimberly from Dallas

    It will benefit Barack Obama. New registrations are generally younger people who are known to flock to Obama. I believe Obama has Pennslyvania in the bag!!!! If anyone wonders why, just ask Hillary about those Bosnia bullets! How could you run a country if you can't even "remember" that you when you arrived, you calmly walked to your limo?! Its Hillary Clinton who wouldn't be able to answer those 3 AM phone calls!

    OBAMA 08!

    April 8, 2008 at 3:20 pm |
  78. marylee atlanta,ga

    Probably Rush Dirtbag Limbaugh !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 8, 2008 at 3:21 pm |
  79. mr.singh

    America and the world benefit of course. It tells the whole world that America is desperate for change and it's gonna happen.

    If you look around most trouble come from countries where their leaders are old and have old-view no change keep status quo thinking. What about us young idealistic thinkers? And there's nothing wrong with being old–older folk if they don't suffer from dementia like Jimmy Carter are visionary and statemen who actually want better world just like I do. Look at Charleston Heston that guy was liberal-like in young life, then he gets old and gets cold-stone crazy with NRA–he had alzheimers, dementia–that's what is ruling the world and sending young people like me to fight their wars, barbaric thinking.

    The world can still learn from the likes of Jimmy Carter. So greater voter turnout benefits Obama for sure.

    April 8, 2008 at 3:22 pm |
  80. Bob from Fairfield, CT

    Jack,

    Clearly Obama benefits the most...he draws the biggest crowds, the most excitement and has created new registrants from young and college level kids, independents etc. getting motivated. Hillary draws mostly the typical, tried and true democratic registrant who has already been there over the years. The enthusiasm is for Obama even if the majority (barely) in PA are still for Clinton.

    April 8, 2008 at 3:24 pm |
  81. chryssa

    As voter registration increases, Hillary's lead decreases. Coincidence? No way. Obama's responsible for most of the new Democrats and he'll surely benefit from them. (Sorry to disappoint, Rush.)

    Boise, Idaho

    April 8, 2008 at 3:25 pm |
  82. Greg in Leavenworth Kansas

    Record voter turnout indicates one thing: change: Barack Obama gets elected in November, Hillary remains "Senator Clinton" (at most, thankfully), and America benefits.

    April 8, 2008 at 3:26 pm |
  83. Louis

    Jack, the Democratic Party benefits from registering people in such high numbers. Its uncertain if a particular candidate will benefit, but Obama and Clinton are to be credited for bringing new people out and into the party. I think the Republicans are in big trouble come November.

    April 8, 2008 at 3:28 pm |
  84. George Wilson

    That depends on who it is that is registering. If it is Republicans registering so that they may influence the Democrat Primary, then it will help Obama, if it is all new voters it will help Clinton.

    April 8, 2008 at 3:28 pm |
  85. Bruce St Paul MN

    New voters come from previously underrepresented groups, young voters and independents. These groups have been in Obama's corner in previous primaries. Clinton's support comes more often from the traditional Democratic base. She could get a bump from new woman voters, but overall, advantage Obama.

    April 8, 2008 at 3:29 pm |
  86. Jon, Austin, TX

    Easy! The Democratic party benefits in November! And since Obama has closed the gap so much, he is getting the majority of those voters.

    April 8, 2008 at 3:29 pm |
  87. Douglas Lehmann

    Love you JACK, Good for dem DEMS. NOW Please send me a copy of your great,great book. thanks Jack/

    April 8, 2008 at 3:33 pm |
  88. annec, glenside pa

    I think the voters as well as the candidates will benefit in the Pennsylvania Primary. The large numbers of registrants show that people are relaly interested in this election and want our government to serve us better.

    April 8, 2008 at 3:34 pm |
  89. Brian, Devon PA

    Well I guess that depends from what segment of the population of PA the greatest percentage of new voters come from. If it is the under 30 crowd or African Americans, it will help Obama. Otherwise it will bolster Clinton on April 22, and possibly McCain in Nov. if Clinton is not the Democratic nominee.

    People in PA seem to see Obama as mostly fluff and little substance. Guess that's because he was a state senator little more than 3 years ago, and has spent 1/2 of his time in the US Senate running for President. When has he had time to gather the necessary experience?

    April 8, 2008 at 3:34 pm |
  90. Edwin Mims

    Jack,
    The registration exercise was for "first timers" and " new converts"and you know who these grps vote for...

    If you still cant get it, check the trend in the latest PA polls( PPP,Rasmussen, ARG, etcs )

    -Edwin Mims
    Jackson MS.

    April 8, 2008 at 3:35 pm |
  91. J. Onofre - CA

    The American people are benefiting from this great process. The government cannot ignore us any longer. This year the voters are the difference makers.

    April 8, 2008 at 3:35 pm |
  92. Nora. South Texas

    I think the Democratic party does. It is sending a loud shout out to the Republicans, It will be the democrats in November and this is just a small hint as to what will happen in the general election. This is the first time people have been so intrested and actively participating in this whole process. The amount of money being raised by the democrats should tell us so much. People are hard pressed to part with money these days, but they are still donating to the democrats that is for sure. People have to admit the intrest and excitement being exhibited in the selection of the democratic nominee is like something we have never seen and probably never will again.

    April 8, 2008 at 3:36 pm |
  93. Denny, Midland, Tx

    Both should benefit from the registeration. I think Obama will have the edge with the young voters. Of course they will not vote in November and they can complain with us old folks about MCCain. The old folk retired want have to stand in those long unemployment line.

    April 8, 2008 at 3:36 pm |
  94. Al, Lawrence KS

    I benefit, Jack...and so do you. We all benefit when Americans participate in and influence our country and it's leaders. The silent majority is rapidly being replace by a very lloud and vocal majority. At least President Bush has finally reach his goal of uniting us all....uniting us for change.

    April 8, 2008 at 3:36 pm |
  95. mary

    NO DOUBT , OBAMA

    April 8, 2008 at 3:37 pm |
  96. Kathy - CT

    Jack, The democrats-both of them benefit from higher registration in PA, but it saddens me as to why so few people vote in elections to begin with. More than 4000 US troops lost there lives in Iraq already, much less the countless number of critically injured-just to allow Iraqis to vote in there country. I find it absolutely APPAULLING that while so many want this unnecessary war to end, – as do I -so many people in this country do take the time to vote in elections–then they criticize policy made in Washington when things don't go as planned-they have only thenselves to blame for thier lack of committment to our governing process. Shame on them-vote or shut up!!!!!!

    April 8, 2008 at 3:37 pm |
  97. Michael

    Jack,

    This benefits Obama more that Hillary. Simply put, Obama gains more support as people get to know him. Hillary on the other hand relies on the Clinton name and her husbands legacy. I get the feeling that thousands of new voters are not running out to sign up for a canidate who misspeaks on a daily basis. If Hillary gets the nomination, I'm writing your name in Jack.

    MIchael
    El Segundo Ca

    April 8, 2008 at 3:37 pm |
  98. Terry, Manassas Virginia

    Don't elections always turn on the weather? If it's raining racial doubt, the tide will be with Clinton. But I forecast high winds instead. With strong gusts of false information and spin enough to spawn a funnel cloud. Surprisingly, all that turbulence might just help Obama, because as the sun sets on Clinton's presidential aspirations, the smell of her desperation lingers in the air like burnt lilies. Obama will rise, because the season we're in is Spring, when the smell of new life permeates everything and we forget for awhile that we're supposed to be cynical.

    April 8, 2008 at 3:38 pm |
  99. Wayne in Nh

    Jack, We all do. When more people participate in our election process, we start talking and listening to others. This will benefit all of us and our country in the end.

    April 8, 2008 at 3:39 pm |
  100. Andy (PA)

    If the new voter are African American or twenty-somethings, Obama. Otherwise, advantage Clinton. In November, I don't think it will matter. Although a "blue" state, the rumblings here suggest McCain will take PA in Nov. if Clinton is not the Dem's nominee. Haven't seen the "Obamamania" develop here like it apparently did in states like GA, ID, WY, KS, WI, and SC. Hey aren't almost all of those "red" states?

    April 8, 2008 at 3:40 pm |
  101. Brian, Houston Texas

    Depends on how many loud mouthed Rush the dill weed registered for no reason than to boost Clinton's chances of winning because they worry McCain can't beat Obama.
    IF Clinton is able to steal this election? One would have to ask how much of her support is actually the democrats and how much belong to people sitting at home laughing their butts off at our stupidity.

    April 8, 2008 at 3:40 pm |
  102. Rex in Portland, Ore.

    Who was the .3 voter of the 8.3 registered ones?

    Obama will benefit since it was his campaign that caused all the excitement, provided the impetus, and encouraged voters of all ilk to get off their asses.

    April 8, 2008 at 3:41 pm |
  103. Marc Seattle Wash.

    Obama if PA wake up and do the right thing. They can also do like Ohio did and vote for a NAFTA supporter and a very big supporter of free-trade without regulations and fair treatment. PA, don't make the same mistake that Ohio did or else you will be like Upstate NY, begging for jobs to come back and also moving to Canada. Thanks Hillary.

    Obama 08

    April 8, 2008 at 3:42 pm |
  104. Jerry Wilson

    Pennsylvania is Hillary country. Therefore a large Pennsylvania turn out favors Hillary. Sorry Jack!

    Jerry Wilson
    Broken Arrow,OK

    April 8, 2008 at 3:43 pm |
  105. Alan, Buxton, Maine

    The Democrats of course but specifically Obama. There is little or no reason for this phenomenon other than the excitement generated by a candidate who seems to have integrity and an admirable grasp of reality which is totally absent in the other two candidates.

    April 8, 2008 at 3:44 pm |
  106. Velle In Halifax

    Barack Obama Jack. The people are determined NOT to have "more of the same" and certainly NOT a continuation of Duh-Duh-Dubya's "ship of fools". We want a new direction. We are seeking a government that is responsive to our needs...our will...OUR COUNTRY!
    Deaf and insensitive is NOT the way to serve the American People. Incumbents beware...you are on probation and a third party is on the horizon.

    "Experience" = "more of the same"

    April 8, 2008 at 3:44 pm |
  107. Garnet

    The people that registered to vote do. Because when they vote, they have a right to complain about the bums. And the only thing I hope is that we throw all the bums out! Since a lot of us vote, maybe we can get our constitution and civil rights back. We have to vote, our constitution is in deep doo-doo. (I think that is where Georgie and Dicky are)

    April 8, 2008 at 3:45 pm |
  108. Ralph at NYC

    Jack, I would think Obama benefits most. Clinton is supposed to win in Pennsylvania, but if more people get to know and like Obama, the race there may be close if not an upset.

    April 8, 2008 at 3:46 pm |
  109. Raul from kentucky

    It is yet to be determined Jack. I have bad feelings over such a high democratic registration. Remember that republicans could be trying to influence democrats nomination by choosing the losing candidate, in hopes of continuing the current state of the democratic party, then switching sides in november. They did it in Texas and Ohio. That could be in fact Hillary's chance to win the nomination.

    April 8, 2008 at 3:47 pm |
  110. Sue Filutze

    Jack, I believe it's Obama, he has clearly brought many people to the voting booths, he's raised his money through mostly internet donations so the people he is beholding to are the people of the country, not lobbyist and corporate hacks. I haven't seen this many young people involved in politics since JFK. I also believe when Hillary trys to explain the money being paid to her husband from Columbian officials she's going to have much explaining to do.
    Sue-Idaho

    April 8, 2008 at 3:47 pm |
  111. Joshua P. at North Carolina State University

    To be determined on April 22, Jack.

    April 8, 2008 at 3:47 pm |
  112. JeninTexas

    clinton

    April 8, 2008 at 3:50 pm |
  113. Margie

    My "hope" is that it means support for Senator Obama because we
    truly need a new direction for the WAR, the ECONOMY, & just to feel
    good about where the U.S. is headed in our future!!!

    Margie
    Queen Creek, Az.

    April 8, 2008 at 3:50 pm |
  114. Anne/Seattle

    Admittedly I am an Obama supporter. However I feel it's clear that when he spends considerable one on one time with voters as he is in Pennsylvania, he profits with votes. Having heard him speak in person, I feel he has charisma and is a captivating speaker. I expect to see Barack Obama as the candidate who will profit most from the high voter registration. And my hope is that if my prediction is correct, Hillary will listen to those who are telling her it's time to pull out of the race. In the long run it will benefit her as well as the Democrats.

    April 8, 2008 at 3:50 pm |
  115. Chuck Warren,Ohio

    Jack: Hillary will win Pa. 57% to 43%.

    April 8, 2008 at 3:51 pm |
  116. Emily

    Hi Jack, Obama benefits hands down, and especially because O will get most of the younger voters and that could lead to him winning in PA

    Obama 08

    April 8, 2008 at 3:52 pm |
  117. fred

    it has to benefits obama, hillary had a big lead and now she dont . i hope the people wake up and see hillary as she is and vote for obama.

    April 8, 2008 at 3:53 pm |
  118. Ted, Beaverton, OR

    I'm thinking the numbers for PA are about the same in every state. That's probably the biggest reason any polls showing a matchup between McCain and either HIllary or Obama are not worth the keyboard it's typed from. Addkitionally, If I may be so bold, look for a Democrat controlled Senate, 58 to 42 at least, and a House at 255 to 180. Yes Jack, people are that sick and tired of the GOP waste of lives, money, and more than either, the wasting of the Constitution. .

    April 8, 2008 at 3:53 pm |
  119. Ralph

    Barack Obama. New voters mean dumb voters. Rick, Yakima, Wa.

    April 8, 2008 at 3:54 pm |
  120. Lou

    The Republicans. "Ditto-heads" in Pennsylvania are registering as Democrats as they did in Texas to help Hillary, prolong the suicidal Democratic primary standoff, and eventually help McCain win.

    April 8, 2008 at 3:54 pm |
  121. Peter in Alberta,Canada

    The Democrats do Jack..and therefore ultimately Obama! Hillary will win Pennsylvania by between 6% and 15% but these kind of margins are insufficient to have her prevail in the overall race. Unless she wins by 35% or so, the increased turnout actually destroys her "I win the big states" argument.

    A small margin of victory for either candidate simply indicates that EITHER could win Penn. in the General Election!

    Thanks Jack.

    Peter-Alberta, Canada

    April 8, 2008 at 3:55 pm |
  122. Sunae

    Barack Obama will benefit the most. I'm hoping he can upset the Clinton Campaign come out of Pa. with a win. Go Obama!!! YES WE CAN!!!

    April 8, 2008 at 3:55 pm |
  123. Andy (PA)

    If the counties outside Philly are leading the growth in Democrats, it may be a mixed blessing to Sen. Obama. The suburban counties are mostly non-minority, middle and upper middle class, not his base as witnessed in other states. I'm surprised that these areas have had such increase in voter registration- I live there and have not seen much in the way of registration drives.

    April 8, 2008 at 3:55 pm |
  124. Liz - Winter Haven, Florida

    Jack, What a silly question! Who benifits the most? Every US citizen. If Obama can win Penn. the contest is over. The end of the Clintons, the Bushes and the McBushes. Any one with a double digit can see that.

    April 8, 2008 at 3:56 pm |
  125. Lori, Battle Creek, MI

    The answer to that question would be the Obama supporters. Obama is the one who attracts new voters. If Obama wins Pennsylvania, she can no longer attest to the fact that she can win all the big states. Along with all her missteps of late, Hillary will be history. Obama supporters can then breathe a sigh of relief.

    April 8, 2008 at 3:56 pm |
  126. Marjorie

    Certainly not the republicans Jack, that's for sure.
    Marjorie
    Brentwood,NY

    April 8, 2008 at 3:56 pm |
  127. Gerry Trier Ankeny, Ia.

    Hillary will benefit. She was on all 3 channels this morning. People could see how much more experienced and intelligent she is than Obama. When you compare the two you see his experience, 7 years in state legislature,3 and a half years in US Senate and one of those year on the campaign trail, as not ready to be President. Even though invented by the MSM as so wonderful and not holding him to same standards they do Hillary.. People don't like TV people favoring one person over another, repeating hateful and malicious stories against one person, Hillary, and not the other,Obama.TheMSM found that out in New Hampshire. Hopefully they wull find it out again.

    April 8, 2008 at 3:58 pm |
  128. Liz - Winter Haven, Florida

    Jack, What a silly question! Who benifiits the most? Every US citizen. If Obama can win PEnn. the contest is over. The end of the Clintons, the Bushes and the McBushes. Anyone with a double digit IQ can see that.

    April 8, 2008 at 3:59 pm |
  129. Marsha

    Barack "To Know Me Is To Love Me" Obama.

    Marsha – Atlanta
    Obama '08

    April 8, 2008 at 3:59 pm |
  130. Jonathan Morgan

    Jack,

    There are many things that will benefit Barack Obama in PA not the least of which is voter turnout. Hillary should have dropped out of the race already and this contest has me worried that a new precedence has been set in campaign spending for future presidential races. Perhaps people should donate less to campaigns and save some money for gas...it's only going up.

    Jonathan
    Fort Worth, Texas

    April 8, 2008 at 3:59 pm |
  131. Marsha

    The Republicans.

    April 8, 2008 at 4:00 pm |
  132. Diane

    The person who benefits the most from the record Democratic registration in Pennsylvania will be, of course, the person who wins the Democratic primary in PA. The support that is in PA for Hillary Clinton is huge. If any state in this country is her base, it's PA. Voters respect her for her toughness, her intelligence, and her patriotism. Yes, patriotism. That's a biggie here in PA. Obama's relationship with his offensive pastor, his refusal to wear a flag pin, his refusal to put his hand on his heart during the national anthem, his Muslim family, his bigamist father, and his ties to Arab-American gangster/slum landlord Tony Rezko, do not inspire these feelings for Obama. Watch for a Hillary Clinton landslide on April 22 in PA.

    April 8, 2008 at 4:01 pm |
  133. Gene

    New registration Obama benefits the most. People who switch partys are parked there because thats the way the system is set up if they wanted to vote in a past primary. Hilliary Clinton will benefit if they switch they want to have their voice heard.

    April 8, 2008 at 4:01 pm |
  134. Ken Murray

    Hillary does because many of them are republicans that want her to get the nominations.

    If this happens they believe she will get trounced by McCain.

    If Barack Obama wins the nomination most people believe he will become the next president.

    April 8, 2008 at 4:02 pm |
  135. Dan, Washington DC

    The American people

    April 8, 2008 at 4:02 pm |
  136. Jenny from Nanuet, New York

    It depends on how many new voters are really "Limbaughians" who registered as Democrats to vote for Clinton like Rush Limbaugh told them to. Before "Operation Chaos," Obama was winning the support of the vast majority of Repubs. But after, Clinton pulled almost even with him. We'll see if this continues.

    April 8, 2008 at 4:04 pm |
  137. Ralph, Long Island, NY

    Thanks for the softball Jack. The voters win, because politicians pay the most attention to people who actually vote. Wow, what a concept.

    April 8, 2008 at 4:04 pm |
  138. Bill

    It's obvious that it's Obama. He represents a new age of excitement in politics and Hillary still represents the the politics of past.

    April 8, 2008 at 4:04 pm |
  139. Nancy, Cunningham, TN

    Hillary for President will take on new meaning after all the voters of Pennsylvania go to the polls. Hillary is a force to be reckoned with. The Obama supporters can stop telling her to get out of the race and they had better move over and let her through. She's like a runaway train bound for the White House.

    April 8, 2008 at 4:04 pm |
  140. Greg

    If Sen. Clinton's strength is Pennsylvania is with long time registered democrats, wouldn't the new voters registering now be something else? People new to the process do not think along strict party lines and do not fall into rank with the established leaders of the party. These new voters are registering now for a reason and that reason apparently is outside the traditional hierarchy. QED, that reason is Obama.

    Greg
    Oak Park, IL

    April 8, 2008 at 4:07 pm |
  141. Darren S.

    I would imagine there a number of Republican's voting for Hillary, via Limbaugh's command, but aside from that, I'd say but parties are fighting hard for Pennsylvania voters and both due credit.

    April 8, 2008 at 4:07 pm |
  142. Lou Lasser

    According to DNC Chair Howard Dean – The popular vote does not count. As I have posted previously, it only serves to amuse the superior delegates.

    April 8, 2008 at 4:07 pm |
  143. Bob S Philadelphia, PA

    Jack,

    I think Clinton will benefit from the large number of Democrat registration in the primary election, But if Clinton does not win I think it will benefit McSame in the general elections. I know as a Clinton supporter if she doesn’t win I will cast my vote for McSame, I would rather have 4 more years of Bush then vote for Obama

    April 8, 2008 at 4:07 pm |
  144. Dwayne (Atlanta) GA

    I'm sure lying about sniper fire and an uninsured pregnant woman. Didn't inspire people to register to vote for Liar Liar!!!

    April 8, 2008 at 4:07 pm |
  145. Davis

    Let me see. More voters, more democrats, more democratic candidates, more votes to get out of war.... I guess the soldiers win when they start coming home

    April 8, 2008 at 4:07 pm |
  146. Carol from El Paso

    The American people benefit, of course. I've grown a little disappointed with both Obama and Clinton infighting lately, but am holding high hopes that whichever of these two very capable candidates wins the democrat ticket goes on to win the presidency and gets this country back on track.

    April 8, 2008 at 4:08 pm |
  147. m. stanford from SC

    Increased action and interest by the working class voters hopefully will result in newly elected representatives who are much more interested in the welfare and needs of the working class. Good new choices could be a BIG "turning point" in the history of our democratic process. Since many of our current representatives' actions and voing records suggest a very weak interest in the welfare of workers and their families, let's hope that voters in LARGE NUMBERS more carefully choose better future representatives -and especially in this election when critical changes are needed VERY SOON! We can hope that the incompetence and debacles of the GWB years will soon be over and a new hopeful day with new directions will be here!
    MS in SC

    April 8, 2008 at 4:09 pm |
  148. Tearched Scott Chicago, IL

    Jack, Barack Obama is benifiting from the newly registered voters of PA. If people hadn't notice before young people are coming out to support him, because he has such a great connection with young people. Young people see "change" in him and believe that he is the man to be President of the United States. I wish him much success in the future. OBAMA 08'

    April 8, 2008 at 4:09 pm |
  149. Pat in MIchigan

    A free democracy benefits the most when it's people register and then go out and voice there opinion through their vote. I think it is obvious that Barack will benefit the most between himself and Hillary, but we as a nation will be the ones that benefit the most if this trend continues and the voices of the people is FINALLY heard

    April 8, 2008 at 4:10 pm |
  150. Tracy/So. California

    Obama has more money to buy koolaid for the masses so time will benefit him.

    April 8, 2008 at 4:10 pm |
  151. Kab

    I think the one who survived the sniper fire.

    April 8, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  152. Grady

    America.

    April 8, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  153. David Grantham

    This is off-topic but it has to be said.. John McCain recently said that "we're no longer staring into the abyss of defeat" in Iraq.. doesn't that mean we WERE before and he just admitted to lying about all his support for the war up until now? How can anyone trust this guy?

    April 8, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  154. Linda

    What's the point of even trying to get on Jack's blog if you even hint you are fr Hilary, it won't get on "comments".

    April 8, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  155. John (Virginia)

    The Democratic party benefits the most. Regardless of who ends up the Democratic candidate, registration numbers across the nation paint a gloomy picture for Republican presidential aspirations.

    April 8, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  156. Don Blue Springs, Missouri

    When looking back in time from the presidental election it may very well prove the turning point in the election. President McCain will say thank you Pennsylvania.

    April 8, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  157. Harriet J. Brown

    Certainly not John McCain. This happened because the Republicans really messed things up.

    Hillary Clinton would be the best president of the three candidates running, but Obama would be FAR better than McCain or any Republican would be.

    April 8, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  158. Del

    Given that Obama has a much better organization and his grass roots effort have greatly surpassed that of Hillary Clinton...he will benefit greatly. Also it is quite possible that the polls including likely voters are not including some Obama voters because they are new to the political process.

    April 8, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  159. John-Ontario

    Simple Jack – democracy is the big winner, the system is the runner up and Obama takes home the bronze......

    April 8, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  160. Timothy Smith

    Well, hopefully it will be the millions of innocent civilians in Iraq will benefit the most.

    April 8, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  161. Charles in Florida

    Jack, nobody wins! The record turnout is only because so much divisive politics were injected into the arena, polarizing the crap out of Pennsylvania's voters. Nope, no winners here.

    April 8, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  162. Carl from Pa

    Jack,
    I would have to say most of the new voters are Obama supporters. He has put out a great effort to educate those who have turned 18 on the process of voting and the importance of it. It is my believe that these polls don't suggest just how much inroads Obama has on Clinton due to the number of enthusiastic young voters – such as myself.

    Remember, anything under 10 points for Clinton is basically a loss since the delegate count will not change enough to make any difference in the grand scheme of things.

    April 8, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  163. everaldo

    Obama benefits. In PA he has the time he should have had in california. The more people see him, the more he looks like the one who SHOULD be president. The more people see Hillary, the more they despise her.

    April 8, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  164. Wendy

    If Obama's grassroots campaign in PA is anything like it has been everywhere else, it will definitely be to his benefit. It is all a product of his experience with community organizing and is clearly creating a new politics for the future.

    April 8, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  165. Roger, AR

    Survey USA asked the following:

    If the Democratic Primary for President of the United States were today, would you vote for Hillary Clinton? Barack Obama? Or some other Democrat?

    The results were:

    55% Clinton
    36% Obama
    5% Other
    3% Undecided

    April 8, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  166. Mike

    to be quite frank with you jack, americans. put more people into the mix, you get more voices out, albeit may be democratic voices, but lets face it, these last 7 years have been a complete mess, and we're all confident that no republican will win come november.

    April 8, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  167. Danuel Gettysburg Pa

    In the long run it will be the country as a whole if the young voters who are just now registering are not disinfranchised by the Democratic party. Just another reason the Supers should let the voters voice be heard and not overturn the popular vote regardless of who has the lead.
    It does seem that a few months ago Hillary was projected to win in the Pa primary Now after all these new voters her lead has dwindled and it has now become a race. I guess we pennslyvanians don't like our choices being made for us.

    April 8, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  168. Damon

    Unfortunately Clinton because of Rush Limbaugh!!!

    Will Limbaugh's change overs be able to switch back to their own party for the main election???

    Obama suppoter

    April 8, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  169. Karl in CA

    I doubt the increased registrations were by Hillary Clinton fans. That's why her 30 point lead has dwindled to 6. Obama is inspiring the interest in the PA primary and will profit from it. It's sad when a dead horse just won't lay down.

    April 8, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  170. Stacy Clarks

    like one comment above said--> DEMOCRATS!!!

    in many states, the amount of voters for ONE democratic alone was equal the amount for the entire republican party

    its so funny to see these polls saying McCain is running even, but the number of people coming out to vote is saying something different

    mind you, more people turn out to vote in the general election, and this year will be no different

    DEMOCRATS 08!!! (IN OTHER WORDS, OBAMA 08!!!)

    April 8, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  171. Stephen Schneider

    That's an easy answer: The American People! The greater the turnout the more legitimate the election. If everyone eligible votes and every vote is properly counted, then we all have a stake in the outcome, and will proudly back the real leader with the mandate he or she deserves.

    April 8, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  172. Christina

    Our local news in Philly interviewed some people who are registering or changing their party affiliations: while some folks are registering for the right reason, others are just flocking to register as Dems so they can vote in our primary for whomever they think can be defeated by McCain (i.e, Hillary).

    At this juncture, what's the incentive to register as a GOP anyway, when there's nothing at stake in the primaries.

    April 8, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  173. Barbara in NC

    Hi Jack

    Unless this is a "Limbaugh Trick", the people of Pennsylvania and the United States benefit. It's always a good thing for everyone to be involved – in an honest way.

    BBB in NC (we're next – GO OBAMA)

    April 8, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  174. Dwayne (Atlanta) GA

    The democrats win Jack....Every time I see the republicans on tv, I think I'm watching my grandfathers 50th class reunion...

    April 8, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  175. Maddy in NC, USA

    McCain. Does anyone really believe the increase in Dem registration stems from some recruiting surge? The GOP candidate is already selected, so Republicans are registering as Dems to monkey with them. It's no indication they'll vote for a Dem in November!

    April 8, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  176. LC MN

    Simple ......Jack

    AMERICA AND DEMOCRACY WIN.

    We have had our fill of this Administration..actually, we are drained. 😦

    April 8, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  177. Jim

    Jack,

    If you listen to Rush Limbaugh, or other right wing radio, they have been pushing "Operation Chaos", where Republicans register as Democrats to vote for Hillary (who they presume to be the weaker candidate) thereby damaging Obama and stretching out the primary season a lot longer. Rush has been plugging this so much that he is even selling "Operation Chaos" shirts on his website.

    So, if Hillary wins, I bet Rush will try to claim the credit.

    April 8, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  178. Gerald, Gary, Indiana

    Barack Obama benefits most. You can't gain "more" of a lead, you can slip up and lose your lead. It's rough at the bottom, but even rougher up top. Barack is the underdog in this state, and Pensylvania is underdog state. Its amazing how Barack has and continues to break down the racial divide across this nation, and he's done it with his brilliance, intelligence, and...pertaining to the question at hand...with time. Shouts out to you John, I am a black male from Gary, Indiana and I must say I appreciate your morality with the media. Props.

    April 8, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  179. Matt, Houston, TX

    Jack,
    Card carrying independents know for a fact (as I'm sure you do), that everything right now favors Obama. It's not the economy! It's the youth!

    April 8, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  180. Brian (Pennsylvania)

    Unlike most states where Obama did well, in PA one must claim a party in advance of election day. Thus in general independents cannot vote in the Dem. primary. Many independents may have thought ahead and registered as Dem., leaving open the option to vote in the PA primary. Whether or not they'll be motivated to get to the polls on election day remains to be seen.

    April 8, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  181. Chad San Dieg

    Barack Obama benefits most. He is attracting Republicans and Independents to the Democratic Party. I just hope America is ready for a leader like this, especially now when we need it so much. Put a fork in Hillary, she's done.

    April 8, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  182. Kathy

    Senator Obama does – and should. He is the one who has been inspirational in getting voters out. America would benefit most from him being elected. This country is in need of some new and inspoirational thinking and leaders who conduct themselves in an open and adult manner. Wouldn't it be a refreshing change to actually have a leader who knows, understands and respects the Constitution of the United States?

    April 8, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  183. Lanxton Washington

    Jack, Senator Obama gins the most with the increased registration I have observed during the regisration drive an enthusaim by your people, black and white to involve new people in this race. They were in churces, supermarkets and on street corners. I predict that Senator Obama will win Pennsylvania by two to three percent.

    Lanxton Washington
    Philadelphia

    April 8, 2008 at 4:18 pm |
  184. Warren Williams, San Francisco CA

    I think that ultimately Barack Obama definitely benefits in the end. He may just get edged out by Hillary, however she will not dominate as previously anticipated. His ability to personally engage voters is his strength. This is where Hillary gets steamrolled by the Obam-mentum!

    April 8, 2008 at 4:18 pm |
  185. Brendan-14 year old

    Obama. Sure Clinton brings some new people. But its Barack who has the hope. Its Barack who has the inspiration. He has the most money donated to a campaign in history. He is closing the gap, mean while more people are registering to vote. I think it is an obvious correlation. It ties together. Obama might very well take Pa. from the Clinton back pocket.

    April 8, 2008 at 4:18 pm |
  186. Scott - Watsontown, PA

    I am 43 year old white male and have been a registered republican for ALL of my adult life until recently when I changed my registration to democrat just to vote for Obama in the upcomming primary.

    The upsurge in democrat registration in PA as well as in other states clearly benefits the democrats over the republican. Hopefully it signals a willingness for the American populous for change than can only be brought by Obama.

    April 8, 2008 at 4:18 pm |
  187. Diana Mercier

    We all benefit from the record numbers of registered voters. Whether Obama or Clinton ends up winning the primary in Pennsylvania, higher voter turn-out will give us a more accurate picture of the people's opinion.

    April 8, 2008 at 4:18 pm |
  188. Seth

    The Democratic registration numbers are dramatically inflated. During every federal election cycle, there are massive voter registartion efforts. Typically what happens, is that as many as 50% to 80% of voters are re-regestered (people are paid to do voter registration drives, specifically paid by the number of registration forms they turn in). Only after the election do voter registration offices purge the dupes. So the bottom line, is that the actual number of new Democratic registrants is really 50% less than what's being reported.

    April 8, 2008 at 4:18 pm |
  189. Andrew

    I am one of those newly registered Democrats and I did it to vote AGAINST Hillary. All of the old democrats are the over-unionized old guard democrats you guys are talking about who already support Billary and make it pointless to register anything but democrat for primaries in Philadelphia . The giant influx of new democratic voters is only going to hurt her or at least make it closer than everyone expects.

    April 8, 2008 at 4:19 pm |
  190. James W. Blevins

    Apathy in American politics has been endemic until this election. Under Bush, things have gotten so bad than many more Americans are now paying attention. It is certainly the American people who benefit most from this. Democracy can work surprisingly well when the voters have a strong interest in what happens.

    Jim, Craig, CO

    April 8, 2008 at 4:19 pm |
  191. Anthony

    If the lead of Hillary Clinton is narrowing then that proves the people who are registering have an IQ of less then 80 and that proves that Obama will win Pennsylvania because they allow people to vote with an IQ of less then 80. How do you think George Bush Jr. got to be president?

    April 8, 2008 at 4:19 pm |
  192. Paula

    I believe that Barak Obama benefits more. You can bet that those new registrants are young people and African Americans who, until this race, saw no reason to participate. With Barak Obama, people are getting engaged and charged. People feel that THIS is the race to participate in. They see a new light, hope and promise to this great United States.

    April 8, 2008 at 4:19 pm |
  193. sammy

    Hillary's supporters are coming out in droves. Obama has shown his voters are more independents. If these are democrats it's because the women are rising again. When is the nation going to believe the statement "The Hand That Rocks the Cradle Rules The World"? Rockabye Baby – Pennsylvania is Waking Up!!!!

    April 8, 2008 at 4:19 pm |
  194. Gerald J Maynard

    Jack, this doesn't seem like a question you'd ask but I'll answer.
    I would hope Pennsylvania and the nation do. Clearly the Democrats offer a stronger program for the country. I assume Obama has influenced the increase since the change has been on his side of the polls ledger. That's fine with me as I have become disillusioned with the honesty and integrity of the Clintons' campaign.

    Gerald J Maynard
    Elkins WV

    April 8, 2008 at 4:19 pm |
  195. Rob from Canada

    Who benefits from big Dem turnout? Earth and all who live there

    April 8, 2008 at 4:19 pm |
  196. JP Arizona

    Hillary Clinton. Different demographic, Jack. But nice try, Obama boy. You did say you'd eat crow after the PA primary....right. Feathers and all. Oh, forget the bowling, Jack. You'd have to be able to pick the ball up. And you seem to have a problem of DROPPING the ball. They don't come any more BUBBA than you. Well, maybe CNN is a close second.

    Never Obama!

    April 8, 2008 at 4:19 pm |
  197. Richard Ya'Zhynka

    I changed my Pennsylvania voter registration from republican to democrat for the specific purpose of helping to keep Senator Clinton in the race. However, in November my vote will go to Senator McCain.

    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

    April 8, 2008 at 4:20 pm |
  198. Ana, MI

    I'm going to go with Obama on this one simply because he is the reason for the overall increase in voter registration. You can play this down if you want, but Hillary's voter base was probably already registered. Those who are supporting Obama historically show up less in numbers at the voting booths, especially in the primaries. This will be my third time eligible to vote and is the first time that I've paid any attention to primaries. I didn't even know what it was about until I heard Michelle Obama on the radio one day. Now I'm following it like a new episode of Law & Order.

    April 8, 2008 at 4:20 pm |
  199. Helen from Maryland

    Obama usually brings in most of the new registrants, but with the volatility of the campaign, its difficult to say who will benefit. A lot depends upon from which area of PA these new registrants hail.

    April 8, 2008 at 4:20 pm |
  200. Norma

    Who benefits the most? The Jury Selection System for many years.

    April 8, 2008 at 4:20 pm |
  201. SGM(Ret)J

    The people of the United States will benefit and get a Highly enthusiastic Leader in Barack Obama who has inspired everyone young and old to vote Democrat (even the Republicans to vote Democrat).

    April 8, 2008 at 4:20 pm |
  202. marvin yates

    Finally an easy question, duh, the voters.

    April 8, 2008 at 4:20 pm |
  203. Micheline Alexandre

    I think it will benefit the republicans, If Obama wins the democratic nomination, I will vote for John Mccain. We do not know much about Obama, just because he is an educated guy and black, does not mean he is what is good for all black democrats.

    Micheline from Dallas

    April 8, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
  204. Rosemary, California

    I wish the Media and people in general would stop acting as if Hillary Clinton is bringing these crowds out. She is not. It is Obama. If he were not in the race, most new people would stay home and say, ho hum, Clinton's got this primary/caucus and we will be there to vote for her in the in the General. Obama has given this race the pazazz it needed to peak people's interest.

    April 8, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
  205. Roland, Pennsylvania

    Barack would the one. He's the one shaking up the political world and setting the pace for this election and elections to come. Back when we were going into the ditch on the left, Ronald Reagan came along and got us back on the road. Now we are in the ditch on the right side of the road. Along comes Barack to pull us out. America works best when we stay in the middle of the road. Someone from the right simply can't get get us back where we should be, they can only get us farther into the ditch.

    April 8, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
  206. opal Rampey

    Well I say Hillary will benifit the most. As the AOL pole shows she is leading by 18% today and has been ahead in that pole for the last 5 WEEKS. Not everyone has given up on her.

    April 8, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
  207. Brandon

    I am 13 and Jack do your research better a SurveyUSA Poll in Pennsylvania had sentator Clinton Up by 18, Man! Obama must relly be closing in. Plus Listen to Rush and his Friends operation chaos
    is in full spring go Republicans!!

    April 8, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
  208. Sarah

    Jack,

    Why use the polling companies that never seem to get the numbers right, why not use the only company that has been correct throughout the primary season, it would make you look as though you have some sort of fairness in you. Survey USA has a new poll out today and Hillary is beating obama by 18%, so I believe the new voter registration is going to benefit Hillary.

    April 8, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  209. Paul

    Obama benefits by a landslide. The Clintons represents the old ways of politics while Obama represents youth and change. There's nothing new or youthful about Hillary. With every new registered voter, Billary inches closer and closer to utter defeat!

    The formula is simple; Washington minus Bush & Clinton, plus Obama divided by youth, equals CHANGE!

    April 8, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  210. Culturegeek

    This one's kind of obvious because there are two kinds of people who weren't registered Democrat, and Obama appeals to more of both groups.
    1. Obama reaches a lot of Republicans and Independents, and many of them re-registered in order to vote for Obama in the primary. The breadth of the coalition supporting Obama is staggering. I mean, I am _way_ to the left of Obama; I never expected to work with Republicans on a Presidential campaign, but when volunteering for Obama, I did.
    2. Obama also reaches a lot of people who weren't previously registered to vote.
    People are frustrated because politicians always seem to end up doing the same thing when they're in Washington, and that's a big part of why so many don't vote. People are realizing that there's a reason for this, and a reason why Obama is genuinely different. Every politician in recent memory has ended up behaving the same way because they've all been beholden to the same lobbyists. Obama is not, and that's just about unprecedented, so he's bringing new voters out of the woodwork.

    April 8, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  211. Rick Cairns Swarthmore, Pa

    Jack,
    Five weeks ago the Obama campaign sent five 25 year old young men and women to south eastern Pa. In four weeks they built an organization of 1500 dedicated volunteers. In Delaware county alone we volunteers registered over 7000 democratic voters. After we get out the vote on the 22nd. of April, we are going to start planning our summer and fall campaigns.
    If the rest of the country is like Pa., There will be a TRUE mandate for the next President of the United States.

    April 8, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  212. Peter Pan Fairview, Texas

    Pennsylvania is the last big State before the general election. The demographics indicate 10.3 % black and 4.7% Hispanic. Since typically blacks have voted for Obama and Hispanics have voted for Hillary I would think it is in Obama's favor. Obama has more campaign funds and he hasn't been caught in any lies lately like Hillary. In this one I think the high voter turn out will turn against Hillary. Pennsylvania may be Hillary's Little Big Horn.

    April 8, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  213. A. Doyle

    Sen. Obama of course. He has made history in the political field by causing so many people to become interested and involved in the process. The most important being the young people. Hopefully they will descard the many hang-ups that older people have and choose their leaders on the "content of their character '".

    April 8, 2008 at 4:23 pm |
  214. Barry, San Fran

    Depends on how the nominee is chosen: If the people's votes count, then the people benefit (as more of them will be voting). If the super delegates make the choice then its a big waste of time.

    April 8, 2008 at 4:23 pm |
  215. Tom, Raleigh NC

    Hillary will benefit. Media gurus like you Jack have already written her off. Obama's war chest of advertising money dwarf's Hillary's 4 to 1. Polls are all over the place but the only ones you talk about are the ones where Obama is catching up. Bottom line, the odds are totally stacked againtst Hillary, except for one simple factor. The people have not yet voted. Smart Americans that know we need an experienced leader are signing up and will send a message in Pennsylvania. And the middle class in that state is not afraid that they will be called racists because they are not kissing the ground Obama walks on. Middle America speaks their mind with no prejudice in any direction and they will make their endorsement of Hillary Clinton known loud and clear.

    April 8, 2008 at 4:23 pm |
  216. Randolph in Lexington, Kentucky

    Jack, our troops in Iraq benefit most from the increase of voter turnout. Watching Gen. Petraus and Amb. Crocker testify before Congress today, it's clear that Petraus has some understanding of what defines a victory in Iraq, but Crocker just sat there spouting the same tired old talking points that the Bush administration uses to dupe the rest of the country into supporting this war.

    Randolph
    Lexington, Kentucky

    April 8, 2008 at 4:24 pm |
  217. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    The superdelegates would benefit the most which could determine the nominee without them over-turning the will of the people.

    April 8, 2008 at 4:24 pm |
  218. Sandra from Canada

    Jack,
    I think Barack Obama will benifit the most from the record voter registration. I also believe that Obama has been the reason for the large turnout so far. If you guys elect him, he not only will turn America around but he will change the world. I fear that he won't get elected though because he has integrity. A politician with integrity won't make it.
    Obama '08

    April 8, 2008 at 4:24 pm |
  219. John

    I took a survey on my block. out of forty eight homes there are about 133 voters. 19 never voted and signed up this election as deomcrat. So far there are 85 Obama-– 39 Hillary---9 undecided. You do the math but this is a state that turned rep yrs ago and these folk were dug in till now. It seems Obama has changed minds thus far and will change conditions if elected.

    April 8, 2008 at 4:24 pm |
  220. Jerry Klundt

    Who benefits the most? Our country, our people and our freedoms. Any help in ridding Washington, DC, of Republican malfeasance and incompetence benefits the entire world.

    April 8, 2008 at 4:25 pm |
  221. Jared

    Well definitley not Senator MacCain. If people weren't so focused on race and gender democrats wouldn't be in this mess. Its will probably stay half and half for the most part as it always does then lean towards Senator Obama. The fact that these two are still fighting each other and tearing thier party apart, just makes me sick. People should stop bieng so ignorant, agree on a candidate, and watch the other side tremble.

    April 8, 2008 at 4:26 pm |
  222. Ann

    Admit it Jack, you're pro-Obama, anti-Clinton. It's pretty obvious. What ever happen to the media just reporting news and not trying to make it? I'm sure you realize that continuous negative "Hillary" reporting eventually effects the polls in Obama's favour.

    April 8, 2008 at 4:26 pm |
  223. Sheryl - IL

    Jack,
    More Democratic voters in PA. I think not. We can thank Rush Limbaugh and his operation. He's encouraging republicans to cross over and vote for Hillary. He thinks the republicans will have an easier time beating Hillary than Obama. So to even think that more democrats are voting because they are excited is just rediculous. The fact of the matter is that Hillary is only winning due to republicans voting for her so that in the fall they can vote for McCain. Don't be fooled as Hillary is. She really thinks people are voting for her. But then again she doesn't care as long as she wins. It's unfortunate that it has come to this.
    Sheryl
    IL

    April 8, 2008 at 4:26 pm |
  224. Richard Ya'Zhynka

    In this case, John McCain. I changed my Pennsylvania voter registration from republican to democrat for the specific purpose of helping to keep Senator Clinton in the race. But neither democrat will get my vote in November.

    April 8, 2008 at 4:27 pm |
  225. Mrs. Beechum

    Obama is the one who is going to benefit from the surge in the registration turn out. Without Obama in the race I seriously doubt there would have been as high of a turn out at the primaries as we've seen this time around. He's inspired a lot of people to get involved who never thought to care about politics before. The surge in voter registration is proof of that.

    April 8, 2008 at 4:27 pm |
  226. Paul in Sacramento, CA

    Obama benefits by a landslide. The Clintons represent the old ways of politics while Obama represents youth and change. There’s nothing new or youthful about Hillary. With every new registered voter, Billary inches closer and closer to utter defeat!

    The formula is simple; Washington minus Bush & Clinton, plus Obama divided by youth, equals CHANGE!

    April 8, 2008 at 4:27 pm |
  227. Micheal

    Jack, to assume the record number of republican crossover implies Obama is now a shoe-in in PA is a mistake. Can you spell Limbaugh? His "followers" placed Hillary over the top in Texas, and it'll keep Obama from his much needed "spare" in Pennsylvania.

    Mike.
    Maryland.

    April 8, 2008 at 4:27 pm |
  228. Dave from Greenacres, Fl.

    Jack,
    This one is just tooo easy – the American people, of course!

    April 8, 2008 at 4:27 pm |
  229. C Laing CA

    It is not about who you like, but who will do the best job for all of us!

    April 8, 2008 at 4:30 pm |
  230. James in Cape Coral, FL

    Jack,
    It depends on whether democrats in PA are fed up with the same two oppressive and tyrrannical families that have been running this country into the ground for decades or whether they have bought into the same old lies these two families have been feeding us. If history is any guide then I'll put my money on people believing Hillary Clinton and regretting their choice in about two years.

    April 8, 2008 at 4:30 pm |
  231. Allen

    Jack, if the record number of people registering as Democrats will show up at the polls in November, then I feel that America will benefit, no matter which Democratic candidate is on the ticket.
    Allen
    Hartwell, Georgia, USA

    April 8, 2008 at 4:31 pm |
  232. kathleen

    Barack will benefit . I think that all of the new people will be voting for Barackt bring this primary to a close. Their votes are very important now. and hopefully they will bring Obama over the top!

    April 8, 2008 at 4:31 pm |
  233. J.C. from Raleigh, NC

    Jack,
    The first-time voter or the voter who has abstained from voting for some time gain the most. The Democratic candidates will not distance themselves unless another Bosnia or Rev Wright episode unfolds. McCain is treading water at best and will sink after a Democratic candidate emerges. If voters stay the course now and in the future, they may help erase the Bush-League years.

    April 8, 2008 at 4:32 pm |
  234. jim

    Once again Limbaugh took credit for the surge in Democratic voter registration claiming it is his Operation Chaos. At the same time he is claiming this Obama's numbers are rising in the polls. Sounds like his plan is blowing up in his face.

    April 8, 2008 at 4:32 pm |
  235. Matt - AZ

    The influx of new voters in the Democratic primaries are mostly young voters and and the disenchanted of the past 7 years. Because of the horrors of the currnent administration, we need postitve change more than ever and they can create that through voting. The more people that vote, the ultimate winners will be the American people.

    April 8, 2008 at 4:32 pm |
  236. Loretta, Cody, Wyoming

    Our beloved country wins. The excitement and energy generated by this democratic process employed by the Democratic Party, even with the glitches, has inspired the citizenry to awaken from its deep sleep.
    As citizens, we have a responsibility to do our part for the good of our country. It is wonderful that we in the western states are being drawn into the process and not being ignored because the candidate is chosen before all states have an opportunity to have our voices heard.

    April 8, 2008 at 4:35 pm |
  237. melissa from nh

    The polls narrowed in Ohio within a few points and look what happened there! Face it, Jack, your guy just can't close the deal. Despite Obama's popularity, he has yet to overtake Hillary in Superdelegates or win the big states needed to lock up the general election. If he were the "shoe-in" you make him out to be, it would be over by now. I think we'll see new voters come out in droves for Hillary.

    April 8, 2008 at 4:36 pm |
  238. ANGELO SILVESTRI

    1 WORD JACK "AMERICA"

    April 8, 2008 at 4:36 pm |
  239. dave walker,n. dartmouth,ma.

    Clearly,Barak Obama. Hillary has burned too many bridges with her blatant lying,plus the fact she is too Washingtonized. can you imagine a millionaire,for whom you and I Jack,pay her healthcare,having the stones to say that she would garnish wages to pay our healthcare,to continue corrupting a system she helped and continues to help corrupt? This is just one example of mant that the record number of voters in Pa. will definitely benefit Obama.

    April 8, 2008 at 4:36 pm |
  240. Todd from MI

    Senator Hillary Clinton will benefit from the Pennsylvania primary with record voter turn out. Although, the natural tendency of the polls appears to favor Obama as he out spends Senator Clinton by a wide margin. Clinton’s supporters will deliver her a resounding victory above the current stated polls, while giving her momentum towards the remaining primary elections. The large number of voters will also deliver her the lead in the overall popular vote and perhaps the overall lead in delegates. Today, if MI and FL would have had valid elections, according to the DNC, based on the elections that occurred and polls at the time of the elections Senator Clinton would be ahead in the popular vote and the race would be a dead heat in delegates.
    Once the media realizes that you can not count Senator Clinton out of the race until all the votes are counted, the better off these denoted biased media outlets will be. Despite all the factors against Senator Clinton, including not counting my state of MI and the all important vote in Florida, I believe the future primary elections will show Senator Clinton is the best candidate to represent the Democrats in the national election, as she secures the deserved popular vote.

    April 8, 2008 at 4:37 pm |
  241. Karen

    The very essence of "grass roots" campaigning is for people to reach out to and enlist their neighbors. All across PA, neighbors who supported Senator Obama did just that - working long and hard to register new voters and those who changed their party (lots of them, too). The new numbers are Obama numbers. That's why the race has tightened and the Democratic machine (which supports Sentor Clinton) will be overwhelmed by the magnitude of what Senator Obama inspires. After the March 24 data is tallied, it will clearly be PA for Obama. Yes, we can! And yes we will!!

    April 8, 2008 at 4:37 pm |
  242. Jewel

    Jack, the voters will benefit the most. What a great feeling to be part of this history making contest!

    April 8, 2008 at 4:40 pm |
  243. David,San Bernardino,CA.

    Hopefully,we all do and all the votes will be counted.

    April 8, 2008 at 4:40 pm |
  244. Andy Wilson NY Voting Expat in Dom Rep

    Jack – Democracy wins as a disgruntled electorate gets involved for the first time or re-engages. Let's just hope that Hillary's 'win-at-all-costs' & 'my votes are my property' strategy and attitude doesn't screw it up for a legitimate primary and, then, carry over to the General Election. Normally, we Dems should be doing back flips with such great voter registration. In the short-term, most of them are probably younger/college students, which favors Obama.

    April 8, 2008 at 4:41 pm |
  245. nick bucci

    thats an easy one jack its our gov. fast eddie rendel,because when obama wins the presidency,he can put the gov. in charge of selling all our national assets to foreign countries,that,s something he's good at. but he might call it a lease.

    April 8, 2008 at 4:41 pm |
  246. Drj---Cincinnati

    Doesn't the fact that the republican nomination was finished before the Texas and Ohio democratic primaries,,, strike a chord in anyones mind about Hillary's change of luck in the primaries?
    Do you really believe the republicans really want to run against a candidate so electric as Obama? The republicans haven't much of a chance as it is,,, there only hope now,,, is to see Obama fall....
    We can only hope that Hillary realizes this,,, or better yet,, even cares..
    DrJ,,,,,,,,,Cincinnati

    April 8, 2008 at 4:42 pm |
  247. Jim, NC

    Sometimes winning just benefits the winner.

    April 8, 2008 at 4:43 pm |
  248. Karen

    Republicans in PA are doing what we did in Texas, Ohio and else where. We are voting for Hillary to keep her in the race so the democrats can fight in Denver. This is good for the Republican Party. Hillary probably does think the voters like her. Well, I'm here to tell you people don't want Hillary and if she wins it will be thanks to the Republican voters. McCain will beat Hillary in November and that's a fact.

    April 8, 2008 at 4:44 pm |
  249. Fran, Michigan

    Remember at the end of the election between Truman and Dewey the newspapers already printed "Dewey Wins!" The lesson they learned is never, never underestimate the voting public. They in the end will do what they feel is best not what the media tells them to do. So I'm not counting Hillary out yet!!!

    April 8, 2008 at 4:45 pm |
  250. clyde in Detroit

    Obama, the more Democratic registered voters, the more democrats will carry the state in the general election over the repulicans.

    April 8, 2008 at 4:46 pm |
  251. Chicago Bob

    Depends on the demography of the new registrants. If they are mainly the 18 – 25 demographic that has previously turned out in low numbers, then Obama. Those are Obama voters.

    April 8, 2008 at 4:48 pm |
  252. George Beshay

    Jack,

    If Hillary wins PA after all this time and momentum and money Sen. Obama has especially after Hillary challenged him that he is unable to win big states then I think that you agree that her point makes sense.

    George
    Monreo, Nj

    April 8, 2008 at 4:48 pm |
  253. nj hansen

    for sure .Hillary will win decisively in Pa. Doubters, wait and see!

    April 8, 2008 at 4:49 pm |
  254. tim

    obama and the american people.this country has seen enough of the bush and clintons.it is time for a new change and someone who will work for the people .

    April 8, 2008 at 4:49 pm |
  255. April in texas

    Im guessing Obama. He has motivated the younger generation to a level I have only heard of from older members of my family. I am even more excited this year than I have ever been before and Im 39.

    Obama 08

    April in Austin Texas

    April 8, 2008 at 4:50 pm |
  256. Chuck B Coastal NC

    Its clear : OBAMA.

    April 8, 2008 at 4:52 pm |
  257. Julie P in New Haven CT

    Common sense (which Jack, I know you have loads of) argues for Obama. However, it has seemed that in spite of all the low-down mean spirited techniques of the Clinton campaign, she still has a viable position in the race. This seems to imply to me that many American voters believe that we need a president who can lie and twist truths just as well as our current president... which I suppose in the world's race to the bottom, might put us in the lead...

    April 8, 2008 at 4:53 pm |
  258. Alex

    So far it's been Obama who has benefited from the higher turnouts. The more people get to know him, the more they like him. There is no reason to believe that it will be any different in PA.
    Alex
    Illinois

    April 8, 2008 at 4:54 pm |
  259. Mark

    Jack Hillary Clinton is in a tough spot. The more people that gets to know Barrack Obama the more most like him. With Obama's bus
    tour across pennsylvania people there get to see just how engaging and likeable Barrack Obama is to those of us who follow him closely.
    Hillary doesn't generrate the kind of excitement that be does nor does
    she have his ability to bring many types of people together with different backgorunds and beliefs. The increase in voter registration
    can only be A sign that Obama's message is getting to the voters. If she continues to bash him at every turn this just might be her last stand. I beleive Obama will win Pennsylvania because he is the better
    choice not because he;s out spending her 2 to 1. We now know that if it came down to money only Hillary is the clear winner between the two.
    I don't know any working class people worht $100 million.

    April 8, 2008 at 4:55 pm |
  260. jessica in NJ

    Umm, let's see. Didn't Obama close up the gap in polls in the days leading up to NH,CA,OH, and TX? I believe he was tied or in the lead in some of those. How did those turn out for him? I don't think Hillary has anything to worry about. PA is hers for the take. On the other, Obama who's been outspending her 4 to 1, must be praying he gets a better return on his investment then he did on some of these other primaries.

    April 8, 2008 at 4:56 pm |
  261. Giselle Evans

    McCain. The democrats chances in the fall are slim to none if either of the remaining contenders becomes the nominee. With all of the racial animosity that has been generated, there will either be a significant move toward McCain from Whites and other Hillary supporters if Obama is the Democratic nominee or AAs and other disenchanted Obama supporters will simply stay home if Hillary becomes the Democratic nominee...or so rumor has it...

    I know that I, personally, am becoming increasingly turned off...

    April 8, 2008 at 4:58 pm |
  262. Rick in Miami Beach FL

    The more time we have to review Obama's history, the more we realize that he has done absolutely nothing in his Senate and State of Illinois career. I challenge his supporters to show Pennsylvania his beef, not words.

    April 8, 2008 at 5:06 pm |
  263. Rebecca from Miami

    Obama. Hillary says he has no experience to run this country and that he is all words and no action. Well he said he offers change and change has been happening since the beginning of the primaries. We've had record turnouts among the Democrats and I think it is mostly due to Obama's "Get Out the Vote" campaign. Wouldn't you agree that the record turnout in and of itself is change. The young people are voting, they finally have a say in their future and he has been their inspiration .

    So I hope that Pennsylvania is falling in line and ready to push Obama over the edge to win the Democratic nomination.

    April 8, 2008 at 5:06 pm |
  264. Tom, Raleigh NC

    Well Mark I dont know any working class people who donated over $10 Million to charity either. And I dont know any working class people who are ex-Presidents and whose words, written and spoken, are incredibly in demand around the world. Should we hold the fact that the Clinton's are respected and popular (which translates into millions of dollars for books and speaking engagements) against them? Consider this instead. I dont know any working class people that save hundreds of thousands of dollars buying land and a home because an indicted mobster was there to help. And I dont know any working class Americans that expose their wife and young children to a hate-mongering, racist "preacher" who is strongly anti-American. And I dont know any working class American that could ignore his job over 100 times (like Obama's "present" votes) and still keep his job!

    April 8, 2008 at 5:10 pm |