April 21st, 2008
05:20 PM ET

Heading into Pa., does Obama or Clinton have the advantage?



FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

After a 6-week lull, we will actually get to hear from the voters tomorrow when Pennsylvania holds its long-awaited and much publicized primary.

The stakes are enormous. If Obama wins, Hillary Clinton may be asked by the party leaders to stay home and bake cookies. If Clinton wins – as she's expected to – the battle moves to Indiana and North Carolina.

Both campaigns are hedging expectations about tomorrow's results in Pennsylvania. An average of recent polls shows Clinton with about a seven point lead. Political experts have been saying Clinton must win Pennsylvania by double-digits for her campaign for the nomination to remain viable. Her supporters, not surprisingly, beg to differ. Clinton has vowed to carry her campaign all the way to the convention.

The two candidates have spent tons of time and money in Pennsylvania, although Obama has outspent Clinton by perhaps as much as 3-to-1.

If he's unable to get the support of blue-collar workers, it could make some uncommitted superdelegates question how strong he'd be in the general election.

Meanwhile, The Politico reports that the historic spike in Democratic voter registration could help Obama cut into Clinton's lead in Pennsylvania. One pollster has taken a look at people who have switched parties in order to vote Democrat this time around. They represent about 7% of the 2 million Democrats expected to turn out tomorrow... and 62% of them prefer Obama. This pollster says these voters could help Obama cut Clinton's margin of victory by 2 to 3 percentage points.

Here’s my question to you: Who has the advantage on the eve of the Pennsylvania primary, Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Peter from Fairview, Texas writes:
Neither has the advantage. When they leave Pennsylvania, neither will have won much more then half the delegates in the state therefore neither will be any better off. If Hillary Clinton does not win by a very large margin, she will have nothing to offer the superdelegates as far as why she should be the nominee over Obama.

Barbara from Hazleton, Pennsylvania writes:
Jack, Of course Clinton will have the advantage with roots in Pennsylvania, but it won't matter anyhow –she's not going to be the Democratic nominee when all is said and done. It'll be Obama.

Tom in Greenville, South Carolina writes:
It is Hillary, substance over charisma in a big way.

Lynn from Tennessee writes:
Jack, Hillary has a slight advantage in Pennsylvania but in the long run I believe Barack Obama will get the nomination and hopefully the election in November. Her ad that came out today featuring among others Osama bin Laden shows what a fear mongerer she really is, and that is not something needed in this country at this time.

Michael writes:
Jack, I am a retired business agent, and there is tremendous pressure on the union members to tow the leadership line publicly. I believe the rank and file in the privacy of the voting booth will break for Obama. I am voting for Obama as is my wife, and by the way my union has supported Clinton.

Mary writes:
Hillary has the advantage, but it is not going to help her. We are angry and bitter out here even if you media pundits won't acknowledge it.

Filed under: Barack Obama • Hillary Clinton • PA Primary
soundoff (237 Responses)
  1. Cynthia

    Definitely, Senator Obama does – he went into Pennyslvania campaigning down by no less than 20% and has cut her lead to 5%.

    April 21, 2008 at 2:22 pm |
  2. Jerry, Fayetteville Tennessee

    There's no question that Obama has the advantage at the moment. The focus isn't on who wins, it's on how much does Hillary have to win by to keep her hopes alive (as defined by the pundits).

    April 21, 2008 at 2:22 pm |
  3. Ron

    Hi Jack:

    PA is "Hillary Land" I think she will take PA BIG!!

    Ron K. San Diego

    April 21, 2008 at 2:22 pm |
  4. J.D. in NH

    Hillary has the advantage in Pennsylvania because it's a "home" state for her. If she doesn't win by a large margin, the fat lady will be coming out of the shadows and singing. If she loses, the fat lady will be dragging her off stage.

    April 21, 2008 at 2:26 pm |
  5. Jamaal Kansas

    Of course Clinton has the advantage for 1. half of registered democrats are older voters which favor her 2. She is known in that state an Barack is a New comer to the State. 3. She has 3 Clinton's Campaigning for her 4.In these last weeks she has threw a mini van a Obama. 5. She was up 20 points 3 weeks ago.

    April 21, 2008 at 2:26 pm |
  6. DAD in Hollis, NH

    It seems like Hillary has a slight advantage. I find both campaigns at this point annoying. It’s a mudslinging contest where Hillary has the experience and demonstrates it. Barack has gone on the defense by coming up with attacks, albeit less venomous, of his own. What happened to focusing on the issues? What really hurts is that the negative campaigning gets results which are a sad commentary for the folks of PA and the rest of us. The GOP loves it…

    April 21, 2008 at 2:26 pm |
  7. Joe in DE

    Obama had the edge but he is vulnerable – last cahnce to capture one of the major states so important to Democvrats. A loss of 5% or more could be be a big set-back.

    April 21, 2008 at 2:27 pm |
  8. JoAnn in Iowa

    The Pennsylvania advantage is to Clinton. As across the country, she has the name recognition. Very early on she secured the backing of key Pennsylvania politicans. Her organization is working hard to save her nomination, but it won't work. Nationally, she has already lost. The longer she hangs on, the more damage she does to all democrats.

    April 21, 2008 at 2:28 pm |
  9. Keith, Irving Texas

    Hillary has the advantage, Jack:

    She has almost the entire Pennsylavania political machine working for her. She has the endorsement of the Governor and almost every other political figure in the State. She has the demographics.

    The only thing she doesn't have is the money and "the people's movement" who are tired of politics, as usual. We'll see if she has enough in less than 18 hours.

    I'm thinking upset.

    April 21, 2008 at 2:28 pm |
  10. Carol c.

    No doubt Sen Clinton does due to past history and the older demographic who trust what they know. I am in that demographic but am ready for a change–Washington politics as usual has not worked, maybe it won't work with Obama, but I am willing to give him a try. He has the ability to bring people together and has done quite well coming close to her lead, but I don't think he will win. However, I would dance on my two new hips if he did!

    Knoxville, TN

    April 21, 2008 at 2:28 pm |
  11. Raul from kentucky

    I guess Clinton have the advantage in some of the big states like Ohio, Pennsylvania, and so on; but saying that the small states are not as important as big states sounds a little "elitist".

    April 21, 2008 at 2:28 pm |
  12. Michael Houston, TX

    Clinton obviously didn't major in mathematics, because the hard numbers overall don't work in her favor. The United States lost the battle at the Alamo, but won the war. That is all Pennsylvania is, one war out of many.

    April 21, 2008 at 2:30 pm |
  13. Pennsylvania for Obama

    It's over for Hillary. Michael Moore just endorsed Barack Obama.

    April 21, 2008 at 2:30 pm |
  14. garrick

    Hi jack
    Hillary has the advantage,but Obama will come out still ahead and thats whats truly going to matter heading into NC,she will lose again and by double digits and his lead will continue,jack shes domed but just wont admit defeat,she likes tax payers money to much.

    April 21, 2008 at 2:30 pm |
  15. Patricia

    Pennsylvania will look much like Ohio with Obama doing a little better in PA, but that's not what matters.

    Hillary's negatives are just to big nationwide for her to recover. Whether you look at the math or the polls, she's toast.


    April 21, 2008 at 2:30 pm |
  16. dennis north carolina

    the media has Clinton as the leader but i hope the voters in the penn. state just not letting the media know their true feelings. I believe that the voters are tired of the media picking the leader with their polls and their constant political experts comments on who should win.

    April 21, 2008 at 2:31 pm |
  17. Larry from Georgetown, Tx

    I was hoping that all of the networks would show the movie "Liar; Liar" for the next 24 hours so the people in PA could be reminded of what they are voting for when they mark Clinton on their ballots. Also, show her financial situation on all of the major news shows to let people know she can't even pay her own bills. Hillary will win which makes me "BITTER" at the people in PA as I thought they had better sense than that.

    April 21, 2008 at 2:33 pm |
  18. James in Cape Coral, FL

    Im an diehard Obama supporter and even I can see a small advantage is bending towards Clinton in PA. Unfortunatly for her a small victory in PA does very little to stop the mounting lead Obama has on her in pledged delegates and the popular vote. Which simply translates to more American's wanting him as President than her, not that the will of the majority means anything to the Clinton's. Unless she wins by 20% or more Obama will come out on top. If she loses then I will be real interested in hearing what her newest excuse for staying in the race is.

    April 21, 2008 at 2:34 pm |
  19. Joe C PA

    Neither one has any advantage. Both are true politicians.They only care about their power and money and political double speak !

    Lou Dobbs for President.

    April 21, 2008 at 2:36 pm |
  20. dorothy delong

    Jack, Hillary has the advantage as she did in Ohio she tells us what she will do for the country and she doesnt talk over our heads like she is better than us. I don't think Obama has any answers for us he needs more experience. Who was he before this campaign? He was a nobody and I hope he remains that way, Dorothy Lucasville Ohio

    April 21, 2008 at 2:37 pm |
  21. Mark - Asheville, NC

    I believe that Mrs Clinton has the Bradley Effect going for her, but we will have to wait and see; this would be the phenomenon in which voters are reluctant to tell pollsters that they are not comfortable with Obama, and when they get into the voting booth they do what they really want. PA is a made to order scenario for this: voters have been told for months that voting against Obama is politically incorrect – tomorrow they have the opportunity to refute that nonsense.

    April 21, 2008 at 2:38 pm |
  22. Ken Mattheis

    Hillary had the advantage. She basically had Pennsylvania's entire political apparatus tied up before Obama had a chance to get started. It is absolutely amazing that, given Hillary's once sizable lead and with the help of the state's political machine, that Obama has been able to narrow the margin. It speaks volumes about the Obama campaigns organization and his ability to win people over once they get to know him. As has been the case with Hillary's candidacy in general, her inevitability isn't as inevitable as it once was.

    April 21, 2008 at 2:39 pm |
  23. 30somethingforhillary

    Hillary has the edge in PA. I think the people are starting to judge these two for who they are and not for what the media paints. Obama has come out the last few weeks and been just the opposite of what is message of change was about. Now he is just the same "OLD WASHINGTON POLITICS" that he said would be different and in fact he is worse. He sounds like he wants to be on the REP ticket now. When she wins 9 or 10 point lead it will be bad for he not to be on the ticket this fall.

    April 21, 2008 at 2:39 pm |
  24. Anne/Seattle

    I feel it's close to a tie and I believe that Obama will come out the winner. And that will prove there is a God because so many millions of us have been praying for Barack's win (chuckle, chuckle).

    April 21, 2008 at 2:40 pm |
  25. Jim, Cary NC

    Got to be Clinton. Obama has to not only perform well, he has to perform as well as recent polls suggested he would. Any ground lost by Obama is a "win"for the Clintons, and will be used as supposed evidence that voters agree with how they have tried to characterize him and are turning away. If Clinton loses, she'll just deny that it was an important primary.

    April 21, 2008 at 2:40 pm |
  26. Tom, Avon, Maine, The Heart of Democracy

    Apart from the rend rate of people turning from Clinton to Obama, one of today's polls says that he has overtaken her already by 3 points, 49 to 46. (publicpolicypolling.com).

    April 21, 2008 at 2:41 pm |
  27. mitchell martin ark.

    the person who has raised the most money,will win the election.isn't that how the system works?obama has shattered records in donations,the people have put their money where their hearts lie,and if we have to buy back our government,for the people,then so be it!

    April 21, 2008 at 2:42 pm |
  28. Angela

    Clinton still has the advantage – Obama had a very poor showing last week. Even if she doesn't beat him by double digits (the standard that everyone seems to be using) one needs to take into account the how much money he has spent in that state.....3 to 1? And he isn't ahead? Hmmmm

    April 21, 2008 at 2:43 pm |
  29. Tom, Avon, Maine, The heart of Democracy

    Apart from the trend rate of people turning from Clinton to Obama, one of today's polls shows him leading her by 3 points, 49 to 46 (publicpolicypolling.com)

    April 21, 2008 at 2:44 pm |
  30. Mike S., New Orleans, Louisiana

    Obama still has the delegate lead and popular vote lead, and therefore the advantage. The fact that Hillary was able to bloody Obama's image a little doesn't explain the fact that she did have a 20 point lead in Pennsylvania, now it's down to 5 points. The writing is on the wall, Hillary refuses to read it.

    April 21, 2008 at 2:44 pm |
  31. Charles in Florida

    Jack, on this eve of the PA primary Hillary Clinton clearly has the advantage. Now the real deal is, even though Clinton will win, Obama will be very close in the number of delagates awarded. That Jack will be hard for Hillary to wash down with a Crown Royal chaser.

    April 21, 2008 at 2:45 pm |
  32. AndyZ; Fairfax, VA

    I really hope Hillary has the advantage. If she is nominated, I will vote for her in November. If Obama wins and is subsequently nominated I will vote as an independent and cast my ballot for Bullwinkle the Moose. If, on election day, heavenly hosts approach me and want me to vote republican – ha! After eight years of Bush I would rather spend eternity rotting in hell than ever voting for another republican.

    April 21, 2008 at 2:45 pm |
  33. Les Young Oklahoma

    I think Clinton will possible win by a small margin, but Obama will lead in elected delegates and popular vote after the next few primaries, Clinton will have to drop out because the super delegates will not buck the will of the people because most of them will be up for reelection themselves at sometime.

    April 21, 2008 at 2:47 pm |
  34. Carolyn in Houston

    Hi Jack,
    Hillary Clinton went in with a huge advantages of the backing of the Democratic Party machine there, her grandparent's roots in Scranton and her appeal to the demographic attracted to Hillary Clinton, i.e. middle aged and older women and blue collar workers.

    However, as Senator Obama spent more time and money in Pennsylvania the people have had an opportunity to learn who the new kid on the block is. He's had a bus tour throughout the state early in the campaign and on Sat. Senator Obama chartered an Amtrak train where he made whistle stops in different Pennsylvania towns. He gave a rally in Philly on Friday where he drew 35,000 folks.

    I can't predict who will win, though the media and the Obama campaign say it will be Clinton by single digits. Voters will tell us the outcome tomorrow. I imagine it will be a squeaker.

    One good thing about this long drawn out primary is that the American people are learning more about our country's various states and fellow Americans.

    April 21, 2008 at 2:47 pm |
  35. Sandy

    Let's see...
    She can't keep her husband in line
    She can't balance her own campaign
    She has to use fear tactics in her ads
    She lies about Bosnia (Big Lie)
    The money is drying up...hopefully PA vendors get paid
    The list goes on and on

    Obama has the advantage

    Go Obama

    April 21, 2008 at 2:48 pm |
  36. Patricia from Pine Plains, NY

    There's no doubt about it, Obama. There is the youth vote that cannot be polled. They all carry cell phones and you can't poll cell phones. In my estimation, Obama is much closer if not leading Clinton.

    April 21, 2008 at 2:49 pm |
  37. Ryan, Champaign IL

    Obama cleary has the advantage, except when it comes to the television pundits and reporters mangling his message and focusing on all the "issues" that have no bearing on our well-being.

    April 21, 2008 at 2:49 pm |
  38. Shannon MT

    Hillary has the advantage. This primary is in a state that she should win big. If she does win by 8%+ she will claim the 'momentum' going into IN and NC. I should say the illusion of momentum, as momentum would be a more appropriate word if the same people were being polled over and over. Nonetheless, the Clinton machine will get the all important 'spin' advantage going toward the decisions of the 'super'delegates with a win in PA.

    April 21, 2008 at 2:49 pm |
  39. Jenny

    To be honset JAck, If they keep at it, McCain is the one who will have the advantage. It is time to grow up and stop picking at each other. I want information on issues, not more mud.

    Jenny Ga

    April 21, 2008 at 2:49 pm |
  40. Rosalynd Florida

    Obama has the advantage. Clinton has seen a 20+ percent lead dwindle to less than 10 and she is now cash poor. Regardless of a win in Pa. for her (if it happens) she is done. I hear the Fat lady singing, loudly!

    April 21, 2008 at 2:50 pm |
  41. Sandi Philadelphia, PA

    Hillary Clinton does, of course! Pennsylvania is her home state, as is Arkansas, Illinois and New York and wherever else she needs it to be on any given day.

    April 21, 2008 at 2:50 pm |
  42. Terry from North Carolina

    Awhile back I would have thought that Hillary would take Pennsylvania easily however after she blundered her way through the last few weeks I believe she is ahead but not by much and Obama might pull this one out.

    April 21, 2008 at 2:52 pm |
  43. Norm from Mass

    Well nowadays they say the presidency is for sale. Obama has the cash.
    I guess we'll see if it's true or not........... JC for president! CNN can afford it! hahaha!

    April 21, 2008 at 2:52 pm |
  44. mike scourby

    Obama has the advantage because people are realising Clinton is the "old Guard" she is the epitomy of the old democratic way. Three weeks ago she was up 20 + points now its 4 points. Its really a very easy decision. If you want the ploitics that has given is what we have had since WWII then Clinton or McCain are the two you sould vote for. If you want change real change and are tired of the same old same old then its Obama. The "old Guard" on both sides of the isle are terrified of Obama because if Obama wins there may actually maybe change in DC. What a concept!!!

    Mike Knoxville

    April 21, 2008 at 2:53 pm |
  45. Ray Kinserlow

    Clinton probably will win, but not by as much as she needs to catch up with Obama.

    April 21, 2008 at 2:54 pm |
  46. Connie

    It would not matter if Obama won by fifty percent , she would still think she won. Hasn't he had the edge for a long time ?

    Connie from Logansport, In

    April 21, 2008 at 3:09 pm |
  47. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Obama has a clear advantage of the young people and male voters. Hillary's advantage is with the older and undecided.

    April 21, 2008 at 3:12 pm |
  48. Jeff in Seattle

    hillary has the big demographic advantage, it remains to be seen if barack can blunt that in the big ad spending advantage. Pennsylvania can end this nightmare of a process that has only benefited the Republican party tomorrow, I pray that they do.

    April 21, 2008 at 3:15 pm |
  49. Mike Steuer Bedford N.Y.

    The basis of Clinton's advantage in Pennsylvania is ironic in the extreme. It's the poor people who CAN'T pay their bills supporting the super-wealthy candidate who WON'T pay her bills.

    April 21, 2008 at 3:17 pm |
  50. Scott L. - Wichita, Kansas

    McCain does: He gains more of an advantage as long as this fight keeps going

    April 21, 2008 at 3:26 pm |
  51. Shirley-Ohio

    Who knows, if Hilliary doesn't beat him by 60% it is pretty much over for her.

    Shirley, Ohio

    April 21, 2008 at 3:28 pm |
  52. Kevin Leo (Jonesboro, GA)


    The Pennsylvannia primry has been Hillary's to lose the entire time. The fact that Barack has cut her early lead in half and is in single digit speaks volumes to the job he has done of getting his message out. He is running against Hillary, Bill, Chelsea and the conventional wisdom machine. I would love to see an upset here but am prepared to see a narrow Clinton victory by less than 10 percentage points.

    April 21, 2008 at 3:29 pm |
  53. Elonda, Portland, Oregon

    Only God knows!

    April 21, 2008 at 3:29 pm |
  54. Terry, Chandler AZ

    Sen. Obama has the advantage. All he needs is to keep Clinton's winning margin below 10%. Each point below 10% strengthens Sen. Obama's advantage. If he can loose by 6% points or less, I think Hillary's supporters (the Super Ds) will depart.

    April 21, 2008 at 3:30 pm |
  55. elida from florida

    Obama has the advantage. He came from 20 points behind to a single digit difference. Obama has positioned himself as a real contender in what appears to be a very close call in tomorrow's primary. Obama was the newcomer, the unknown. When people get to know him and listen to him, the balance goes on his side. Hillary has had all the publicity from been the president's wife and her years in the white house. Winning tomorrow by a small margin in her own so called hometown, is nothing but an embarrassment, no matter how they might spin it.

    April 21, 2008 at 3:31 pm |
  56. Vinnie Vino

    It has to be Hillary, by her Pinocchio nose...

    C.I. New York

    April 21, 2008 at 3:35 pm |
  57. Mike


    Hillary has all of the demographics in her favor and should win by a large margin but she'll only manage a small victory. Regardless of the outcome, she'll press on with no chance of getting the nomination. Her intent is becoming more and more obvious, if she can't get the nomination this year, then she'll destroy Obama so McCain will win and she can run in 2012. To Hillary it's all about personal ambition and a sense of entitlement.

    Tucker, GA

    April 21, 2008 at 3:37 pm |
  58. Dave

    The only advantage Hillary has in Pennsylvania is to win BIG but everyday, the indicators are that the lead that Clinton may have once had is narrowing, and at best Obama can still win in Pennsylvania by losing "small". What is more compelling is the position that the media and coporrate interests have placed this country. By dislodging democratic hopefuls like Edwards and Kucinich, it was expected that Hillary Clinton should have had a straight line to the presidency. What got in the way of trouncing Obama? Either Clinton had no clear idea of her eventual contestant or she misunderstood his strengths. If the media and the corporate interests who had wanted Clinton as their respective candidate, then it is as much the media and corporate interests' fault for not being able to ascertain Clinton's shortcomings against Obama. Hillary Clinto was given the seat once held by the former democratic senator of New York but she is not and will not be given the presidency simply by asking for it. The better person is in Obama and therein lay the mistakes of the media, coreporate interests , and Hillary Clinton, who seems to be playing th position of Senator Douglas tot hat of Abraham Lincoln all over again and we all know how that turned out!

    April 21, 2008 at 3:38 pm |
  59. Patricia

    Does it matter Jack, I mean seriously.... They have both sunk to the same common denomiator of campaigns. Make the other candidate look as bad as you can.
    Palmdale, Ca.

    April 21, 2008 at 3:38 pm |
  60. Rex in Portland, Ore.

    I suspect that HRC has the advantage in Pennsylvanie, Jack. That is if what you media folk report is true, you know, the polls and myriad opinions of y'all pundits. God knows what the voters will do, Jack, and She ain't sayin'. Maybe She is sort of mad about all this negative stuff, too, and will help Her son Barack.

    April 21, 2008 at 3:42 pm |
  61. Penny

    According to the polls Clinton has between a 7 point and 14 point lead. Even Obama has said that she will win Pennsylvania. With the amount of money he is spending, it is evident that the voters are not paying attention to who has more money to spend.

    April 21, 2008 at 3:58 pm |
  62. rbrannan

    Obama has tried to buy the advantage in Pennsylvania BUT after Obama's degrading remarks that Pennsylvanians cling to guns and bibles and have antipathy to others who differ from them ( and then tried to use flawed logic that they do so out of frustration with the government )–Clinton has the advantage.

    April 21, 2008 at 4:00 pm |
  63. Dr. Proctor

    Senator Obama's organizational skills and fundraising skills are far
    better than Hillary's. If hillary runs the country the way she runs her campaign, then we are in trouble. Thats why he would make a better
    president. Jack, you're a trip.

    Obama 08.

    April 21, 2008 at 4:02 pm |
  64. Scott G.

    Polls show Hillary has the advantage with PA voters and that is without the majority of the black vote. Hillary will have to win without great support from African Americans and so she will have to spend some time concentrating on the undecided voters.

    April 21, 2008 at 4:02 pm |
  65. A Kraft

    who cares...I am so sick of this primary I am moving to another country

    April 21, 2008 at 4:03 pm |
  66. Kaiser Berlin

    Who will care about the winner, when America has already lost:
    Credibility and a great chance to regain respect in the world.

    April 21, 2008 at 4:04 pm |
  67. Tom in Texas

    If you are talking about who has the advantage in terms on getting the Democratic nomination, then Obama has the advantage. Hillary has a very low ceiling in terms of support. The Republican's were right about her. She is a b-- .... never mind, you know what they call her, Jack.

    April 21, 2008 at 4:04 pm |
  68. Al, Lawrence KS

    Advantage Obama. Even if Clinton gets a 10+ point win in PA, Obama's strategy to contest that state has cost Hillary all of her campaign cash. She has nothing left to spend in Indiana or North Carolina or beyond. If money is important, Obama can pour it on...Clinton is tapped out.

    April 21, 2008 at 4:04 pm |
  69. Guy B

    I really don't care. Please tell the candidates not to bother spending money in North Carolina. We know who we are going to vote for after months and months of the same old crap.

    April 21, 2008 at 4:04 pm |
  70. amanda

    Hillary does Jack, She has the "Clinton Brand" going for her. So, if she doesn't win by double digits she should suspend her campaign.

    April 21, 2008 at 4:04 pm |
  71. Kenney

    The question is, How can you have 35yrs of experience and 8 yrs as first lady and some guy name Barack Obama is cleaning you and your husband the former president Bill's clock. The super delegates should stop this contest on those merits alone. Also, you can't raise or budget money. You compaign team is awful. How can you allow Barack to make you look this bad. Im sorry but i have to vote for Barack.

    April 21, 2008 at 4:06 pm |
  72. Karen - Branson MO

    Hillary always had an advance. Now it's just dwindling. Hopefully, Pennsylvania is smarter than to vote for Hillary.

    April 21, 2008 at 4:09 pm |
  73. Jack Cafferty, Jr.

    ***Joe C***

    Sorry to say it, but Lou Dobbs is a TOOL!

    April 21, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  74. Dave

    If Hillary has forced him to spend 4 or 5 times more money, then he clearly sees the advantage to be hers. Buying the vote is pure politics.
    Unless the public wises up we will have the choice of McCain or Obama in November, and once again the american political system will provide us with the two poorist possible candidates. It should be noted that the major media, yourself included, aided and abetted in what will be the travesty ever perpetrated on the American public.

    April 21, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  75. tony

    HRC has the advantage. Voters in PA are like voters in OH. They don't trust a politician that is afraid to come out and let the world know where he really stands on issues.

    HRC wins by 7-9% and Obama will claim some moral victory for once again losing the popular vote in a large electoral vote state, yet keeping it competitive.

    April 21, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  76. Danielle

    Obama does! Brace yourselves! I've got a feeling that Pennsylvania is going to stand up for the people of America, make OUR voices heard and put an end to Hillary's foolishness in a huge, defining way!

    April 21, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  77. Martha K-Florida

    The fact that Obama closed in on Hillary's lead so easily and so significantly shows that HE has the advantage. Plus his supporters are so much better organized and involved and passionate about getting out his message.

    April 21, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  78. m. stanford from SC

    With the older voters of Pennsylvannia, Hillary has the advantage. Older voters have a longer-time view and assess the specifics from past experiences. These experieces younger voters just have. and younger voters don't even know they lack these perspectives! Bless the youngster's hearts-let's just hope the youngsters don't manage to get land us with a golden-tongued but inept, moarly inexperienced candidate for the Democratic Party! MS from SC

    April 21, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  79. Karen

    I think Barack Obama is a great candidate and a refreshing person for America. I hope that he will be the one, who will be challenging Mr. Mc Cain, and who will bring change into the American Life. Good Luck Barack Obama!

    April 21, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  80. AJ

    One thing people need to remember is that the poll numbers don't account for college students. The independent poll numbers done on campuses are showing a large break for Obama: 4 to 1. I don't think they will give him a blowout win but they will bring him close to reducing the overwhelming lead she had a few weeks ago.

    Of course not everyone who shows up to rallies votes for that candidate but I am seeing Hillary surrounded by 2000-5000 people and Obama had a rally in Penn State with 22,000 and Philly on friday where 35,000 people came. Those numbers are staggering and speak to his draw as a candidate.

    People who hate on either candidate and spew horrible things about people overly stressed and working their hardest for a year and a half straight and then speak about how they dislike the mudslining of campaigns are the hypocrites. I'm just glad that for the first time in my 32 years I am seeing 2 qualified candidates in the race.

    April 21, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  81. B.Dennis,GA

    Hillary is on King tonight so, she does

    April 21, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  82. Lynne, Bloomington, Indiana

    I think Obama will keep it tight or win, because people want and need hope, change and a new way of doing business in Washington.

    If the Clintons can spin to the voters that after the impeachment, legal scandals and "misstatements", and the big vote for the war in Iraq, that they represent any type of change – it'll be a sad day for us all.

    April 21, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  83. Ann California

    Obama does. He doesn't have to win, he just has to be close. If he does that ,he wins.

    April 21, 2008 at 4:18 pm |
  84. carolsullivan

    i grew up in phila and left when i was 35 to move to florida but i truly believe obama will surprise everyone at the polls in pa i think he is the best candidate for the job and can turn this country around

    April 21, 2008 at 4:18 pm |
  85. curtis, in New Jersey

    Hillary's crowds at events got smaller and smaller this past weekend, while Obama's crowds were larger and larger.

    He will win the nomination!


    April 21, 2008 at 4:18 pm |
  86. dorothy

    She is awful

    April 21, 2008 at 4:19 pm |
  87. Elaine Ontario Canada

    I think Obama has the advantage. Maybe we will be surprised and an upset will happen, I hope so.

    I don't understand when Hillary Clinton is said to have one Texas. I see it as Obama won Texas. Clinton won the primary but Obama won the caucasus and the popular vote and delegates. How is that a Clinton win? I see it a Obama winning a large state.

    April 21, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  88. Ibagere

    Jack, i can't wait for it to be over. I would love to see the look on Hillary's face when the results turn out in Obama's favour. Yeah yeah, that would be priceless. WORD!!!

    Obama 08!

    April 21, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  89. Dawn, Payneville,KY.

    Hillary has the advantage... but it's only because of the working class white voters, race is still a problem there, just like it is here in Kentucky. Same demographics. I pray I am wrong, it's time for a REAL shake-up in washington.

    April 21, 2008 at 4:23 pm |
  90. Surer, Ontario, Canada

    Although I may be a part of the minority, I think Obama has the advantage. Clinton is going to have to lead with a 10 point win to REALLY prove to the superdelegates that she can still win it. If she wins with only a 2 point lead, Obama may still be declared the winner for narrowing the gap between the two.

    April 21, 2008 at 4:23 pm |
  91. Mike Ramsey, Sellersville PA

    Enough already, How can you not know who you're voting for after all of this time..... either you know who you're voting for or you're simply not voting.

    April 21, 2008 at 4:23 pm |
  92. 50+ Woman in MA

    Is there some kind of controversy about the voting machines in PA? I thought what I just read that there were problems with PA touchscreen machines and a possibility of results being off. Is there a paper ballot to back up the system if a recount is necessary should there be any problems?

    April 21, 2008 at 4:23 pm |
  93. carl from houston

    Obama have the edge, why are people so stupid ? can't they see this thing is over. The Clintons is a disgrace to the United States of America and the democratic party, but not to the man haters ( angry white females). get a grip.

    April 21, 2008 at 4:23 pm |
  94. Claudette Trevison

    Hillary Clinton definitely has the advantange & she will win! No question about it!! Obama is not experienced enough to be the President. It shows in his responses, as he talks a lot and basically there is no substance to what he says. It reminds me of the cliche , BS baffles brains. Unlike Clinton who is knowledgeable and has a plan and is ready and experienced on day one to be President. The white males of America need a wakeup call as the are being hoodwinked by Obama.

    April 21, 2008 at 4:24 pm |
  95. Steve Hayden, Idaho

    Hillary has the advantage, she's got Bill Clinton, John McCain, Rush Limbaugh, Lou Dobbs and the whole right wing establishment in her favor. Without the Republicans coming across the aisle to vote for Hillary, to try to stop Obama, he would wipe her out in Pennsylvania.

    He's a threat to corporate America and the Washington as usual crowd as you saw the way he was ganged up on during the ABC debate.
    With all of that, if she doesn't win big enough in Pennsylvania ,she's history. It will be the first time in decades that the people will regain control over their destinies.

    April 21, 2008 at 4:24 pm |
  96. Fernando

    You have to be kidding...From 20% to 5% in two months. Obama for the upset

    April 21, 2008 at 4:24 pm |
  97. Martha

    Hillary does because Larry has invited her on his show the eve of the primary-shame on Larry! I am an Obama girl who is over 60!

    April 21, 2008 at 4:24 pm |
  98. Candace

    She may win be a small margin, but no landslide win, hopefully she will stay in the race so Obama can a clean cut win......damn Clintons!!!!

    April 21, 2008 at 4:24 pm |
  99. georgia jones

    Hillary appears to have the advantage there but not overall. Her negatives are high and well desrved. Look at what Gov. Rendell said about Farrakhan, and I am sure she knew. I am a woman and she makes me feel ashamed. She is so dishonest and devious. Those are characteristics we usally expect in a man. Sorry Jack!

    April 21, 2008 at 4:24 pm |
  100. Martha

    Hillary does because Larry invited her to be on his show the eve of the primary-shame on Larry.

    P.S. I am an Obama girl who is over 60 years old!

    Brunswick GA

    April 21, 2008 at 4:26 pm |
  101. BobW Rochester, NY

    Hillary has the advantage but not the momentum. She will most likely pull out a weak win and use that to justify her continued "scortched-earth" campaign against Obama. The sad thing is that her potential win tomorrow won't change the fact that she is losing the war.

    April 21, 2008 at 4:26 pm |
  102. jack

    Michael Moore just endorsed Barack Obama.

    Another reason to vote Hillary!

    April 21, 2008 at 4:33 pm |
  103. Iris in Saugatuck, Michigan

    Dear Jack, As the ancient philosopher, Yogi Berra, once said, "It ain't over till it's over."

    April 21, 2008 at 4:34 pm |
  104. Valerie Snipes

    We will wait to see if Obama is Seabiscuit. I hope he is.

    April 21, 2008 at 4:34 pm |
  105. Kim -Charlotte, NC

    Al Gore was expected to win in his home state but did not , when running against Bush. So who knows what will happen. PA may turn out to be Barracks as well.

    April 21, 2008 at 4:34 pm |
  106. Chuck in Alabama

    Well, you'd never be able to answer that question by checking the reciepts! A now supposed 3:1 spending margin for Obama and he's only caught up half of her lead in the polls?

    Methinks the lady has won her arguement in Pennsylvania.

    April 21, 2008 at 4:42 pm |
  107. Chuck B Coastal NC

    watch out people,Obama is going to shock you

    April 21, 2008 at 4:42 pm |
  108. Sam Phx

    Advantage? On what? Pensylvania or Pensylvania ave ? I don't recall The 'Candidate for Change' claiming he was gonna win the April 22nd election. Ask me again in November and i will tell you. I dont think Hillary will conceed to Barrack's momentum, advantage, "front runnerness" .. .for lack of better words. Even if Obama is elected president and sworn into office, i still think Hillary will think she has advantage.

    April 21, 2008 at 4:43 pm |
  109. juice-Canyon Lake

    Barrack Obama–Hilliary's trust-worththiness is suspect at best and people are starting to see this. After seven years of dishonesty by the Bush administration, the American people don't won't another untrustful person in the white house.

    April 21, 2008 at 4:43 pm |
  110. Colleen

    Hopefully Hillary's edge is on the brink of total collapse!

    It has become increasingly painful to witness the levels and tactics SHE (not just her campaign) will take to win at all costs!!

    Pennsylvania, please, end our suffering once and for all!!!!!

    OBAMA '08!!!!!!!

    Glendale Heights, IL

    April 21, 2008 at 4:46 pm |
  111. Brian - Trinidad

    Obama has the advantage because he has the backing of most of the Democrat leadership who are going out of their way to voice their support for him.But it makes you wonder though,if they have to be so vocal in their anti-Clinton rhetoric,is Obama really ahead as the polls say.Wonder what the silent majority polls are saying.My guess is they don't have Obama ahead.

    April 21, 2008 at 4:47 pm |
  112. Sam. W-S, NC

    I doubt CNN will let this through just like other well-reasoned comments. Hillary will win PA.. but not by much.. I give her 6 points max... and even less now her new antiquated and fear mongering ad has gone up.. It might as well be Obama vs. 2 republicans here...

    Hillary still has the edge, but has dropped 10-15 percentage points from where she was because of how she has run her campaign... She is in debt and in crisis... She may win PA, but not enough to solidify anything. She will continue to run her campaign into the ground.

    It is time to stop dealing with the affiliations of the candidates and start dealing with the issues. I don't care who Barack knows, but I care what Hillary does and says, and for her to misspeak and be inaccurate while spending money she doesn't have in order to spill her poison across the country. I am truly scared of her and what she will do as president... so much that I would rather have McCain in office, so if it isn't Obama, my vote won't be Dem in Nov.

    April 21, 2008 at 4:48 pm |
  113. sandra/alberta

    dear Jack: clinton may have the advantage in votes, however the margin may be so slim that i believe that it will push many of the superdelegates to break for obama. they have their own political lives to worry about and the time to pick the winning horse grows short. i also believe that people see that clinton's mudslinging has dragged obama down into the mud with her and may blame her for his recent negativity.

    April 21, 2008 at 4:48 pm |
  114. LISA

    Look at Martha's e-mail from Florida. Don't you think you should be asking that?

    April 21, 2008 at 4:49 pm |
  115. ub arizona

    The White House is not up for grasp like the current NBA championship. Obama's got that (the win) so lets move on. Hillary can have pensylvania so far as Barrack is in the White House come 2009. Hillary waits out 8 years i bet she still wont be as old as McCain,so why the scarmble?

    April 21, 2008 at 4:50 pm |
  116. Mary ( Columbia Louisiana)

    Clinton will always have the advanges because look who she has working for her and helping her keep up the lies, that would be her lying husband.

    April 21, 2008 at 4:51 pm |
  117. Anthony

    I am from Pennsylvania and I see ten times more Hillary Clinton campaign signs then I see Obama signs, does that answer your question.

    April 21, 2008 at 4:51 pm |
  118. Arnold,WV

    Over all Obama has the advantage to win the nomination,She has seen a huge advantage in the polls dwindle away.She will win PA but not by the numbers she needs.They are now saying that a win is a win.Well 28 wins to 12 is a win in any contest.She might win the battle but ultimately she will lose the war.What she gains in PA she will lose in NC.

    April 21, 2008 at 4:52 pm |
  119. Maria, California

    unfortunately Jack, the people of Pennsylvania have the edge. they will decide whether to give hillary a pass to the white house, a devastaating pass that will end up costing this country far more than the war in iraq. she is already stirring things up with iran.

    April 21, 2008 at 4:52 pm |
  120. TexasWoman4Change!

    Hillary Clinton, the Pennsylvania "home girl" has the advantage. Isn't she supposed to be winning in her "home state" by more than 10-20% percent??? Regardless of the %, she seems to be entitled to this primary and the nomination. Let's play ball!

    April 21, 2008 at 4:53 pm |
  121. Carolyn Pottsville, PA

    Unfortunately Hillary has the advantage in PA. Even though Obama has brought her large lead down to single digits, she will claim a HUGE victory even if she wins by one vote. The woman is delusional and a master of putting SPIN on everything. Maybe she will get a job with Fox Network. In my heart, Obama is the winner. It's just that most of the voters in PA have no idea about the issues. How else could they vote for her? Senator Bob Casey stood up and supported Obama. Where is John Edwards? Or Joe Biden? I think they are afraid to go against the Clintons who play dirty if you cross them. I am a snowbird and going back to Florida where I can have an intelligent conversation.

    April 21, 2008 at 4:53 pm |
  122. Susan Missouri

    Hillary Clinton.

    She is the strongest of the two.

    Obama is the most negative of the two. He rudely insulted the good people of Pennsylvania.

    We need a president who is for the people, not one who insults the people.

    Hhillary 08 🙂

    April 21, 2008 at 4:54 pm |
  123. Deanna, Katy Texas

    Clinton has the advantage but Obama will have the nomination. It was never about winning PA. It was about keeping the numbers up. He does not have to win to do that.
    But for those of us out here that have brains? Hillary knows all this and knows she is not going to win. She is trying to ensure that Obama won't in November so that she can run against McCain in 2012.
    But just as she was surprised after Super Tuesday, she may be in for another one.

    April 21, 2008 at 4:54 pm |
  124. Mike, Iowa

    I hope Obama does and i hope Penn. Can see through Hillary. Obama didnt want a negative race and we didnt have one until Hillary started losing. Im not impressed by someone who is obviously clinging, yes i said clinging to whatever she can grab to hold herself up. Which seems to be her negative attacks that have nothing to do with the race itself and proves she is more mouth then anything. Obama to me shows he is more serious about changing our country becuase forcing him to explain himself over and over about the same tired spun out and fabricated issues that seem to be more important to Hillary shows that shes willing to do anything to win and manipulate voters which worrys me about what she would do as our president should she actually win. I think Obama has what it takes to take on McCain and take the white house.

    April 21, 2008 at 4:55 pm |
  125. Shannon, Alamo City, Texas

    Heading into PA, it appears that Hillary had the momentum and the backing to continue this disasterous campaign. Even with a win, without a major thrashing of Barack Obama, the momentum will shift focus to those super delegates who must now decide whether this "inevitable" candidate is really the "people's choice".

    In light of the issues that are important to me, like a balanced budget and the mortgage crisis, a candidate who can not pay her bills or sustain a campaign budget is not someone I would want problem solving for Americans as a whole.

    As a woman, I was really ready to stand behind our first "inevitable" woman candidate, but it's time now to really direct my attention on the person who has the best chance of taking this country in a new direction.

    Barack Obama 08 – Yes We Can!

    April 21, 2008 at 4:55 pm |
  126. julie in MN

    The people of PA, are good hard working americans. so I say Hillary.

    April 21, 2008 at 4:55 pm |
  127. Julie, NY

    It's all over for Obama- Michael Moore just endorsed him!

    April 21, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  128. Yolanda

    It is a tight race . Hopefully folks in PA will remember NAFTA and the role it has played with our economy. In my opinion, Hillary's statement" hold me accountable doesn't hold water".

    April 21, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  129. Tyrone Brown, Seattle, WA

    I have the same "take nothing for granted attitude" as Barack Obama. Pennsylvania is going to be a tough race and if he does win it will be by the slimmest of margins. One thing is for sure, I and millions of Americans are prepared to move forward with our time, energy and money to make him the Democratic nominee...no matter tomorrow's outcome.

    Obama '08

    Tyrone Brown
    Seattle, WA

    April 21, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  130. Dana Cruz

    Unfortunately the answer is John McCain, Hillary has handed this election over to him on a silver platter. Even if she were to get he nomination, she would lose because I am sure I am not the only person who would stay home on election day rather than have "Billary" again. They have reminded us of all the reasons we were glad to get the Clinton's out of the White House. The GOP will eat the Clinton machine alive and there will be blood. At least Obama has HOPE with his experience problem but Hillary has LIES, deceit and more of the same!!! Her goal has been to make Sen. Obama unelectable in PA and anywhere else for that matter. I'm "curious" (to use her words) what solutions she will have for the country once McCain is elected and the Dems are blaming her for our loss.
    Dana, Charlotte NC

    April 21, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  131. Elizabeth

    Have we forgotten that the reason Hillary stayed in this race was because she was ahead in PA by double digits (20 %) and figured that she could use that slam dunk to convince superdelegates to override the delegate counts and nominate her (i.e.: change the rules mid-stream)?

    So, if Hillary wins by 10% or less, she needs to go home – she is simply being allowed to destroy the party if she continues.

    April 21, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  132. James Honse

    As it's estimated that we're spending 12 to 15 billion dollars per month keeping a presence in Iraq, if the new president so chooses, he could after withdrawing those troops use that same amount to subsidize the American consumer, much as many countries subsidize their farmers purchase of urea, shipping costs, etc., in the reduction of the price of gas by at least $1 per gallon. (The US uses approximately 11.25 billion gallons of gas per month).

    By dropping the consumer price to around $2.50 a gallon, people would have a sense that the economy is improving and would then be more likely to spend more as a consumer, starting the reversal of the downward trend now encompassing us.

    Jim Honse

    April 21, 2008 at 5:18 pm |
  133. Jean

    Hillary will win PA and possible several other states, she should stay in (because there are a large majority who WANTS HER TO-why else have the numbers been so close between them?) until all the people have voted. This crazy feces that Howard Dean and Donna Brazile are sending out are way out of line!! The end results should be determined by the remaining states before any of these people state their own spewed propagada on the media. Obama spending these millions of dollars is obscene to say the least.
    As far as the Republican talking points – they'll be there no matter what Clinton or Obama say at any time.

    April 21, 2008 at 5:19 pm |
  134. John, Blaine, Tn.

    Does Hillary ever go away. How many lies does it take. We're rolling the dice with anyone of these canidates. Obama has the chace to be the greatest President in history. All he has to do is put america first !

    April 21, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  135. pat

    Hillary has the advantage.And although I don't believe in polls, money can buy anything these days, which is why I feel her lead has lessened. Its clear people want change, but how far will they go to get it? Obamas camp is desperate to win PA, but I feel that even if she wins by single digits, it will prove to the rest of the states coming, and the superdelegates, that money cannot buy votes.

    April 21, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  136. Dotty Roberts

    Hi Jack,

    I live in Brooklyn, NY. I feel Barack Obama has the advantage. I am tired of all the negative stuff Hilary Clinton is talking. Obama is trying to talk about the issues.

    Obama will win or cut into Clinton's edge in Pennsylvania.

    April 21, 2008 at 5:22 pm |
  137. Michael Murry

    As the Greek King Pyrrhus said after he "won" a battle but lost most of his army doing it: "One more victory like this and we are undone!" Senator You-Know-Her has essentially bankrupted her "campaign" (for the second time) having to debase herself competing in a state primary that she formerly thought she owned gratis. She may "win" in Pennsylvania, but the terribly costly "victory" in just one battle will undo her in a campaign that has several more to come. Again, a Pyrrhic Victory, by any other name, loses wars by winning battles (see U.S. military in Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan, for pertinent analogies).

    April 21, 2008 at 5:22 pm |
  138. Tania

    As I sit here north of the border I feel like I'm watching a repeat of the 2000 election. Why are so many Americans manipulated by the rhetoric of their politicians? Sadly the outcome of your elections have huge implications for us but we cannot vote. Finally an extremely bright articulate candidate is running with a real chance of winning a general election and you, the American people will likely not elect her because you are swayed by the "talk" of a candidate that sits on a fence and chooses his positions very carefully.. I implore you to look beneath the surface, as you failed to do 8 years ago, and elect the best candidate not the best public speaker! Your vote impacts all of us.

    April 21, 2008 at 5:22 pm |
  139. Ruby Coria, LA. CA.

    Jack, you want to hear what is already been known and is old news.., that the more time Obama has to speak the better he is off, there fore he has the advantage the night before..regardless Jack, your boy will take it at the convention.

    April 21, 2008 at 5:22 pm |
  140. John in PA

    It's too bad more coverage isn't be focused on her campaign's financial woes. If she can't budget her own campaign finances, what is she going to do to the budget IF she were to become President? Pay bills late? What about all the small businesses that she's hurt by failing to pay them on time?

    If Hillary doesn't win by at LEAST 20 points, she should give up and quit for the good of the party.

    April 21, 2008 at 5:23 pm |
  141. Harry Huffman

    The more Obama talks now, the more ordinary, air-filled and inexperienced he appears. Clinton did so much better in revealing a heartfelt spirit on the "compassion forum" last night; Obama came across as defensive against recent probing questions, and intellectual rather than spiritually motivated. He's just too liberal to win the November election–and I'm an independent.

    Harry Huffman
    Gallatin TN 37066

    April 21, 2008 at 5:23 pm |
  142. Carol

    Hillary has the advantage. Her natural constituents are Pennsylvanians. Pennsylvania has too many constituents with low educational levels for Obama to win.

    April 21, 2008 at 5:25 pm |
  143. James

    Hillary should warm up her oven it's over!
    Obama all the way....

    April 21, 2008 at 5:25 pm |
  144. karen Charlottesville, VA

    Whether she wins by 1 vote or by 20%, Hillary will spin it as a major victory. And if she loses.... she'll come up with some other litmus test to tell the superdelegates that she's the rightful heir apparent in spite of the voters.

    Meanwhile, she better get those bills paid so her employees don't lose their health care. The debt she has run up is a good indication of why she should go. She's not qualified to run a business, a campaign, or a country.

    April 21, 2008 at 5:25 pm |
  145. Gladys Harris

    I was previoulsy Hillary supporter, but as the campaign progressed, It appeared to me that Hillary would do anything to win, I'm so dissapointed in Hillary. She has been exposed, her character is dispicable. The phony issues she has used in order to win the nomination is indeed out of the Carl Rove playbook. Mr. Obama has proven over and over again that he is a person of fine character. If she gets the nomination I would never vote for her. I don't want a president that's cold calculationg deceptive and cunning. She cannot be trusted. I'm not a fan of John McCain anymore.he has flipfloppped so much. I don't know who he is. Hillary and McCain have a lot in commom,whatever is expedient for them that is the way their wind blows. I would rather have him then Hillary. I am a disenchanted democrat. I may vote for McCain or I just may stay home

    April 21, 2008 at 5:26 pm |
  146. Jim Mullins

    Neither, if we combine all the best talents of the three candidates, we could not come up with a candidate worth a damn to run the United states.

    April 21, 2008 at 5:26 pm |
  147. Deb

    I respect Obama for his eloquence on the campaign trail. He has the charisma to offer change. Is it a change through mere words that we seek or change by action. Mr. Obama clearly demonstrated in the last 45 minutes of the PA debate that he becomes tongue tied under pressure. I am not afraid of him answering the call at 3AM – my biggest concern is that his speechwriters may be sleeping.

    April 21, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  148. Matt

    All that we have heard from Obama for answres is that is the "politics of the past" but we have not heard what is his idea of the politics of future. Don't waste your time explining because McCain will be our next president.

    April 21, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  149. dave, michigan

    Jack, what does it matter the Party and the media has already chosen Obama as the candidate.

    April 21, 2008 at 5:29 pm |
  150. Lutisha BeeBranch Ark

    Hopefully Senator Obama he is organized, intelligent and is running a
    excellent and on budget campaign . Ifell he is the best person for the job and at first I was for Hillary until i saw all the dirty tricks she ahd Bill were willing to pull to try and get ahead and that did not work. If people will look to the future and see we need a change President Clinton for the most part had a good term in office but times have changed and also the problems of today we need a new start and clear vision of what can be done, WE NEED OBAMA 08!!!!!!!!!

    April 21, 2008 at 5:30 pm |
  151. Praetorian, Fort Myers

    I have to say I have no idea!!

    Looks to me it's 50/50 all the way to the convention unless one of them decides to concede to the other–and that doesn't seem likely.

    Like Popeye and Bluto–they're gonna slug it out until the end of the line!

    April 21, 2008 at 5:30 pm |
  152. Courtland

    Certainly Barack Obama has the advantaged in Pennsylvania because as we all recall, months ago Hillary had a staggering lead in PA and it looked almost impossible for Obama to overcome. Well, things have changed on the eve of the election and Obama may pull off the impossible. Contrary to what the Clinton camp says, a win is not a win in this proportionate share Democrat process. If Obama loose by a few percentage points it is considered a win for him and he will retain his advantage in the delegate count.

    By the way, a couple of months ago wasn't Hillary complaining about being asked questions first during a particular debate with Obama. Once again, she is talking out of both sides of her mouth. I hope PA do us all a favor and vote for Obama. Let's get this thing over with.

    April 21, 2008 at 5:31 pm |
  153. John

    We would love to see our two smart candidates campaigning, debating and develop strategy to win general election. Unfortunately they are not because Hillary is playing the mad looser.
    We believe that Clinton's time is over. Her campaign is too negative. Democrats in PA will say enough is enough.

    April 21, 2008 at 5:34 pm |
  154. Rick Jeffrey

    Obama has the advantage. He has outspent Hillary 3 or 4 to 1. Plus he has 40Million on hand and her campaign is broke or nearly broke.
    Obama has the added advantage of having CNN and MSNBC in his pocket. I wish the media would just stop telling everyone who they should vote for especially after 2000 when the media told us to vote for Bush instead of Gore. Look how well that worked out. Why is the media trying to shove a green inexperienced politician with a paper thin list of accomplishments down our throats Jack? I think that should be your next question!

    Gore 2012

    April 21, 2008 at 5:34 pm |
  155. Bill Boeye

    The process of this entire primary and those to follow reminds of the old saying "it's like trying to push a rope". What a waste of time and money! With the system of proportional splitting of the delegates and 700,000 lead in the popular vote, she will never take the lead and to deny Obama the nomination that he earned would be the kiss of death of the party she professes to love.

    April 21, 2008 at 5:36 pm |
  156. Eion-Toronto

    Jack, Hillary has the advantage. If you check Obama's playbook for the primarys, he never expected to win Pennsylvania, if he can keep her winning margin within 5 points that is has good as a win for him. If you go back and check his playbook, you will see that he has won all the states he expected to win, and lost those he expected to lose. Obama planned his way to the White House perfectly, and so far it's worked out to the tee!

    April 21, 2008 at 5:37 pm |
  157. Allan in Harrisburg, PA

    i see a lot of comments from people in texas, tennessee and san diego, california. being a life-long resident of the state and being "on the ground" so-to-speak i can tell you all it's gonna be close. she's got he governor and the mayor of the capital but he's got a popular junior U.S. senator and every major newspaper in the state. 35,000 people at a rally in Philly. 8-10,000 at a rally on the steps of the capital building in Harrisburg. 20,000 on the campus of Penn State University in what is a VERY conservative county outside of dorms and student apartments. I'll give Clinton the advantage but stay tuned; this one could be a duesy.

    April 21, 2008 at 5:37 pm |
  158. Chris

    Hillary has the edge in PA...But that's her problem it is down from a double digit 20+ point lead to just an edge.

    Clinton has had leads in almost every state, but Obama has been able to close the gap, if not overcome, each time. Even in her home state, New York, Obama lost by only 17% (57% to 40%). But Clinton could not come close to closing the gap in Illinois, losing by 32% (33% to 65%). Obama lost Texas & Ohio but started behind by huge double digits, close Ohio to 10% and Texas lost Primairy but won Caucus.

    Clinton's inability to hold gaps or close when behind and Obama's ability to achieve a delegate lead at this point of the race that Clinton can not overcome is very impressive due to the way the Democrats proportion their delegates.

    Hillary wins PA battle....Obama win Nomination WAR

    April 21, 2008 at 5:46 pm |
  159. Jerry Wilson

    The large population of older voters in Pennsylvania will result in a easy Hillary victory, there. Big blue states have supported Hillary over Barack in the primaree; Pennsylvania will be no exception.

    Jerry Wilson

    April 21, 2008 at 5:46 pm |
  160. Luke

    I think Hillary has the advantage in the polls and political ties. But hopefully the people of PA will see through her negativity and dishonesty. As for negative campaigning, it seems as though she's the only one doing it. Baracks campaigning isn't "negative", it just pushes back what has been thrown at him, showing that he has the power to withstand negative attacks and fight back but the integrity not to start them. If you look, he's never once said anything negative about Hilary Clinton's character. He could've made a big deal about the whole snipers in bosnia situation and could have called her dishonest, but he has never once did that. He knows the people are smart enough to make that call on their own.

    April 21, 2008 at 5:55 pm |
  161. Scot - Fairfield, CA

    At this point, who cares? Let's just just get on with it.

    April 21, 2008 at 5:56 pm |
  162. Tom in PA

    Clinton has had the advantage from day 1 in PA. However Obama has cut into that advantage. If I was a Clinton supporter I would be worried a little. If the huge amount of new young voters turn out in big numbers tomorrow Obama might steal PA by 2 points.

    April 21, 2008 at 5:56 pm |
  163. aneeta

    Ask Lou Dobbs.

    April 21, 2008 at 5:56 pm |
  164. Joseph, Los Angeles California

    Jack, I think Mr. Obama has the advantage. I think the Pennsylvanians will do the right thing and give him the nod.

    April 21, 2008 at 5:58 pm |
  165. Arlene

    I live in Southeastern Pennsylvania. Over the past few days, I have seen the momentum shift to Obama. My view after talking to neighbors and friends is that many Democrats in Pennsylvania want this primary to be OVER! They realize, unlike Hillary & Bill, that the longer this primary goes on, the more damaging it will be to the Democratic Party in November. The fact that Hillary has said she wants to take her campaign all the way to the convention, regardless of the will of the people, indicates to me that this is all about her!

    April 21, 2008 at 5:58 pm |
  166. Anthony Q

    The advantage is to whoever has the best ads the night before. Many undecideds wait until the last minute. Before they fall asleep, they'll be scrolling through the channels for news or comedy or drama to fall asleep to, and there will be plenty of commercials for them to see. And tonight before they fall into slumber, they'll know that they'll have to make a decision. Tomorrow morning they will reflect on their closest memories of those ads, what affected them, what inspired them, what disgusted them.

    Whoever has the advantage before the primary will only know it after the primary. It's silly to try and guess now.

    April 21, 2008 at 5:58 pm |
  167. Sammy A. from San Diego, CA

    I think Hillary has the advantage in Pennsylvania, but the undecided are the ones who will be deciding (no pun intended) this election. I think that if Hillary wins, she will only win by a slim margin and that it won't be enough for her to last much longer than May 6th.

    April 21, 2008 at 6:00 pm |
  168. Paul W. - Houston, TX

    I do not understand how people can blindly vote for Senator Clinton considering all the lies, mistatements and flipflopping that she has done. She complains and it's supposed to be ok but when Obama says something about his treatment she and Bill say that he can't stand the pressure. She brings up Rev. Wright without being asked but when Obama says something about Bosnia she says that he is being negative.

    What experience does she have that qualifies her to president? I work at a company full of people who have been around foever but they could not catch a cold if they tried.

    April 21, 2008 at 6:00 pm |
  169. Frank, GA

    Hillary has the advantage. Even if Barack wins by a small margin as expected, it wil prove he can't win big swing states. Not forgetting that he outspent Clinton by 3 to 1. Though I'm not a supporter I feel he will get the nomination just to keep a roit from breaking out in the Democratic Party only to lose the general election. Those small states he carried during the primaries will vote Republican, he can forget Florida and Michigan, it looks like ( I hate to say it) John McCain wil be president.

    April 21, 2008 at 6:01 pm |
  170. Don't Let McBush Scare You

    Billary will likely win PA although I would like Obama to win.

    Also, if Hillary wins big we may have to credit pill-popping (I haven't forgot) Rush. If she doen't win big or fails to win, Rush is having a huge serving of crow.

    April 21, 2008 at 6:01 pm |
  171. gilbert

    Please Hillary stop hurting the democratic party, you are done, i was a clinton supporter a couples of months ago, but really she has no clues of what she is going to do, and will be another pupped.



    April 21, 2008 at 6:02 pm |
  172. Tom Hopkin

    I would hope it's Obama. Hillary couldn't even manage her campaign budget. She and Bill said "If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen." When was the last time she was ever in a kitchen???

    Concord, Il

    April 21, 2008 at 6:02 pm |
  173. Carl, Fort Lauderdale

    Jack, While Clinton has the advantage in Pennsylvania, Obama will win the nomination. The only reason that more super delegates have not declared for Obama, is that they are yellow-bellied and are waiting to be sure that he will win. They are terrified of offending the mighty Clintons.

    April 21, 2008 at 6:05 pm |
  174. jim in pennsylvania

    pennsylvania is known for doing the right thing.
    we did it when we helped put john f kennedy in the white house.
    barack obama is so much like john that pennsylvania wont let him get away from us.

    April 21, 2008 at 6:06 pm |
  175. PCM01

    We do not know.
    There are so many number out there.
    In the the numbers we have read, you can smell the spin, like a dead skunk on the road.

    April 21, 2008 at 6:08 pm |
  176. Wendy Potter

    OBAMA has the ADVANTAGE!! Clinton has to not only win but win big.
    And let's face it Hillary.. . There's no more dirt to throw, no more mud to sling, no more "misspoken" words to speak, no more lies to tell and no more reasons to whine!

    April 21, 2008 at 6:10 pm |
  177. Ted Ekman

    Definitely, Definitely, Senator Clinton she Penn. has 60% women and about 40% men. Senator Clinton becuase she's a women and the women in Penn. would vote for her in tomorrow's election

    April 21, 2008 at 6:11 pm |
  178. Rick Bosch

    I believe that Barack Obama has the advantage. It's obvious to most who listen to those who once supported Clinton but now have chosen to back Obama. Hummmmmm......Wake up Pennsylvania! They now back Obama for a reason, they never trusted the Clintons! You shouldn't either.

    April 21, 2008 at 6:14 pm |
  179. Judy Loverde

    Sen. Hillary Clinton won't be baking any cookies any time soon; she herself is "one smart cookie," and has a definite advantage with the voters in PA who are thinking about which candidate has convinced them–about preparedness, genuineness, motivation vs ambition; and yes–bowling expertise. BO takes his cue from her.

    April 21, 2008 at 6:14 pm |
  180. skip

    and further more... Obama has more money still in the bank when PA is done... so how does Hillary run on "red" money going to the next primary.... I'd like to know so I can balance my checkbook like she does

    April 21, 2008 at 6:14 pm |
  181. Pat in NC

    Clinton has the advantage in Pennsylvania. Though I'm an avid supporter of Obama, I'm also an avid CNN viewer. I don't miss much!

    As a Keystonian, I don't agree with the majority in my home state!!

    April 21, 2008 at 6:14 pm |
  182. Vaughn Donahue

    It is useless to predict anything after watching previous contests. Remember the surprise in New Hampshire. Polls have lost any real credibility at this point in the race, and while Clinton seems to still have the advantage, a 3 or 5 point lead tomorrow is not going to be very advantageous in the long run. In order to make a difference, she needs to win in an huge way. I don't see that happening.

    Orange City, IA

    April 21, 2008 at 6:15 pm |
  183. Mel Bullhead City AZ

    Hillary Clinton clearly has the advantage...but 2 months ago she was expected to win by 33 Percentage Points!!!! Now, it looks like she might win by 3, if she's lucky. I don't call this a win for her....Barack Obama is clearly the Nominee for the Democrats in 2008...

    April 21, 2008 at 6:15 pm |
  184. Dave from Ontario


    To use a Clintonism, it depends on the definition of ‘win’. Hillary will win for the most votes, while Barack will win protecting his overall lead.

    The candidate who promises to make the Philly Steak the official sandwich of the White House will guarantee the big win!

    April 21, 2008 at 6:15 pm |
  185. Darren - Kansas

    Hillary Clinton has the advantage because the governor and Philadelphia's mayor support her. In addition, most people say the demographics are in her favor.

    However, even though the polls have her in the lead, the polls don't accurately reflect people with cell phones only – which is generally young people. Most of the younger voters favor Obama. Also, Obama doesn't need to win – just make it close – which I think he will do.

    April 21, 2008 at 6:15 pm |
  186. Mike

    As I drive around my somewhat affluent Pittsburgh suburb, I see lots more Obama signs than I do Clinton. But that's just my suburb. No doubt the City of Pittsburgh will go Clinton, and it will probably be half-and-half in the 'burbs. But what do I know. I'm just a mini-van-driving "soccer dad." Mike, Mt. Lebanon, PA

    April 21, 2008 at 6:15 pm |
  187. Stephen Quaye

    Jack, simply put, Obama has the advantage. Let's face it: he wasn't even supposed to make it to this point! The Clinton campaign thought they would have this all wrapped up by Super Tuesday, hence their declining funds and kitchen-sink, low-blow attacks. They thought Obama would be the next Howard Dean or Jesse Jackson and inspire a few young voters and that's it. They did not think about the level of organization and muster he would have. Obama was underestimated, and he has turned out to be quite the formidable opponent. How nice to see someone surpass the Clinton's low expectations of their opponents.

    April 21, 2008 at 6:15 pm |
  188. JDeeter in Wayland, NY

    Hillary Clinton has the advantage thanks to fear-mongering, subtle racism, and her "spinning" the facts....for instance, she attacks Barack Obama on his relationship with Rev. Wright, but doesn't admit the fact that when Bill Clinton was confronted with the Lewinski mess, who was one of his spiritual advisors but the SAME Rev. Wright in question! It's this sort of distortion of the truth by leaving out important facts that makes me angry! Am I bitter? Hell yes. I'm 100% serious when I tell you that if Hillary wins the nomination, I'll vote for McCain. I don't agree with him, but at least I trust him! (Almost 3/4 of America admits they don't trust Hillary. How does that equate to being able to win the White House? Must be that "new" Math I always hear about!)

    April 21, 2008 at 6:15 pm |
  189. Tom


    I think that Sen. Clinton has the advantage, but it could be an interesting night. If she wins by 55-45 she will net about 10 more delegates... unless Sen. Obama get under 40% of the vote it won't matter. He is now 25% ahead in North Carolina right now and 150+ delegates ahead total. He is the Democratic nominee, she is turning into Gov. Huckabee.

    April 21, 2008 at 6:15 pm |
  190. Marik

    I think Obama will get P.A. because the young voters are being lured to Obama each time he gives a notorious speech. Besides who wants an old woman in office?

    April 21, 2008 at 6:15 pm |
  191. MK-London

    I ao have am a british citizen who has been following your elections from England. I find it fascinating. I used to have a lot of respect for the clintons, however that has now gone down the drain. they are liars, dishonest, selfish and very self centered. they do not care about democratic party at all.

    Go OBAMA

    April 21, 2008 at 6:16 pm |
  192. Rhonda

    Clearly Obama has the momentum going into PA. He has more delegates and more popular vote. Though the popular vote matters, we have never elected presidents based on the popular vote, so why should we start now? The delegate math is what counts and it doesn't stack up in her favor now. It will not stack up in her favor after Pennsylvania. While I understand the need for spin by the Clinton campaign, the reality is that Pennsylvania is one state among many. She would have to win by a ridiculous amount, like 20 points, for Pennsylvania to deliver a huge blow to the Obama campaign. That will not happen. If she wins by 10 points, that will be expected. If she wins by less than 10 points, its a huge disappointment. Though pundits are quick to point out Obama outspending her 2 to 1, they fail to mention that she gave $5 million to her own campaign. They also fail to mention that the Clinton brand is known around the world, so she doesn't need to get her name and her message out there to the degree that Obama does. Obama should be eternally grateful that his message has resonated with voters and they have been inspired to support that message with their dollars. Hillary can't say the same, at least not to the degree that he can, and so I guess that's his fault? Of course, he should spend what his donors have donated. Do you think they want him to sit on it and lose? That's ridiculous. Hillary Clinton would love to spend his money, she just doesn't have it.

    April 21, 2008 at 6:16 pm |
  193. Rob -BC,Canada

    Hillary seems to be getting most of the air play as well as the Larry King interview.I am somewhat suspicious of the timing of that.I think Larry puts himself in a questionable light by not presenting both candidates at this point in time.Hillary being Hillary though....her embellishments and mis truths could be her biggest downfalls.Her own worst enemy.

    April 21, 2008 at 6:16 pm |
  194. Awa

    Clinton has advantage with the generation of yesteryears and Obama has advantage with the generation of today, tomorrow and the future..............

    April 21, 2008 at 6:16 pm |
  195. Susanne

    I believe that Sen. Clinton has the edge in PA. But I do want to say that having followed you for years as an newscaster/anchor I really am fed up this season with your bashing of women. If you don't think that you are doing this, take a look at your shows. I know that you have daughters and I do hope that no man EVER does to them what you are doing to Sen. Clinton. Personal dislikes are fine, but bashing and slashing are truly wrong.


    April 21, 2008 at 6:16 pm |
  196. Vegard

    He's got everything to win. She's got everything to lose.

    April 21, 2008 at 6:16 pm |
  197. A.M. Saqib


    Because of the fact that there has been enormous new registeration, I strongly feel that 'Obama' has certainly the advantage.

    A.M. Saqib
    Houston, Texas

    April 21, 2008 at 6:16 pm |
  198. kathier

    Hillary Clinton ran a TV ad in PA today claiming that Barack Obama's campaign head in NH was a pharmaceutical lobbyist, his head in IN is an energy lobbyist and in NV a casino lobbyist. Is this true...and if so, why haven't the media exposed this since he continually criticizes Clinton for taking "contributions" from lobbyists?

    April 21, 2008 at 6:17 pm |
  199. Carlton

    Hillary might have more of an advantage if she gets to have the last say on Larry King tonight. I hope Obama has been offered equal time.
    Larry King can be a major force of influence.

    April 21, 2008 at 6:17 pm |
  200. jennifer derosa

    Wow If Hillary wins They need to put downs those guns and put on there thinking caps. They have been dodging sniper fire in Pa too. scary

    April 21, 2008 at 6:17 pm |
  201. Keegan

    Well Jack,I'm On Micheal Moore's mailing list & he has endorsed Obama. Hiliary had her chance and wasted it. She keeps throwing the mud. Just tons & tons of mud. Americans have the wit & self determinaion to fall for these scare tactics. I also don't think Hiliary feels the pain of the middle class. 20 million is far more than the average Joe makes.

    April 21, 2008 at 6:17 pm |
  202. Bev, Phoenix, AZ

    Hillary has won all the big states needed to win in November. She will win another one tomorrow, Pennsylvania!
    A double digit win tomorrow by Hillary Clinton will show Obama that no one can buy the White House. You have to earn it!

    April 21, 2008 at 6:18 pm |
  203. Brenda from Indiana

    Hillary definitely has the advantage – demographics, negative attack ads, all the big name Pennsylvania politicians, and old money ties. However, you do not know how many people are just sick and tired of the whole race, politics, gas prices, etc and say let's vote for Obama and end this thing. Then what will the media talk about?

    April 21, 2008 at 6:18 pm |
  204. Justin from Chicago, IL

    Obama has the advantage because Clinton is majoring banking on miracles, not math. She needs to make 20 point margins in all the remaining contests plus she needs all the uncommitted super delegates. It just ain't gonna happen.

    April 21, 2008 at 6:18 pm |
  205. Chris In California

    I believe Hillary Clinton will not only win in PA by double digits after the undecided voters who are likely to go for Clinton vote, I think she will also win the Democratic nomination and the White House. She has carried the entire Democratic base without which, to the best of my knowledge, NO DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATE has ever won the White House. The superdelegates will have to heavily consider this fact because their main responsibility is to ensure a win in the general election. Barack Obama has not been able to carry the states most important for Democrats in the general election. Most of the states he carried will go to the Republicans in the general election. We cannot allow another Republican White House – first and foremost. Hillary Clinton was and still is the ONLY Democratic candidate that can this country back on its feet for our people. I expect we will be calling her "Madame President" in very short order.

    April 21, 2008 at 6:18 pm |
  206. Michael Badell

    I believe that Obama has the edge. Especially now that it has been revealed that Reverend Whright was the spiritual counselor when Bill Clinton was discovered to be having an affair with Monica Lewinsky.
    I believe that Mrs Clinton negative campaign will work against her.

    April 21, 2008 at 6:18 pm |
  207. Tenisha

    Need not we focus on who's gonna do what in which state. The bottom line is this...both Hillary and Obama have similar platforms/agendas. What distinguishes them is Barack's bottom-up philosophy versus Hillary's top-down philosophy. Thus, across each state, we can expect those who have significant investments (in stocks and bonds, for example) to vote for Hillary and EVERYONE ELSE to vote for Obama.

    Obama for President!

    April 21, 2008 at 6:18 pm |
  208. Tiffany Pena

    Jack, I think that Obama has the advantage because he isn't expected to win overall, but what I do wonder is how many people have switched over to vote in the democratic primary knowing that in Nov. they will definitely be voting Republican. I think there is in an underlying agenda for republicans to some how skew some of the primary results.... I am a democrat but I know members of my family who voted for Hillary in the primary and support McCain and they will and always have voted republican.

    April 21, 2008 at 6:18 pm |
  209. Al

    Hello Jack,

    I think that Obama has the advantage. I believe that voters are starting to see thru Hillary's fakeness. American's want a president that is honest and really cares about everyone. Hillary can't do what she says will do because she owes to many lobbyist favors.

    April 21, 2008 at 6:18 pm |
  210. Colton Fisher

    Barack has the advantage. Hillary may win Pennsylvania as expected - in fact, even Barack has acknowledged this fact. What really matters is that Hillary does not have the lead she needs to gain enough momentum. Barack is in the lead with states won and in delegate count, so if Hillary were to win PA she still would not win enough to catch up with Barack and steal the nomination. Barack's expected loss in PA does NOT make him look weak as some suggest; Hillary already had an advantage in PA and the fact that Barack has done as well as he has shows great triumph. What really needs to happen is that Hillary needs to accept defeat and help unite the Democratic party. If Democrats go all the way to the convention chances are the party will be torn and we'll be looking at another 4 years with a republican in the white house.

    April 21, 2008 at 6:18 pm |
  211. Chidi

    At this point Hillary should realise that she is not making progress in this Democratic process. Right from the start of this campain Obama has shown clout and progress. He has grown and is still growing and I think he has won already.

    April 21, 2008 at 6:18 pm |
  212. Wendy Palm

    The Republicans who have re-registered as Democrats to vote for Obama in PA and elsewhere, have no intention of voting for him in the general election. It is a concerted, planned effort by Republicans to knock Sen. Clinton out of the primary so McCain won't have to run against her. They think Obama will be easier to beat. I learned this recently at a family birthday party when my daughter's in-laws, life long Republicans, said they were told to register and vote as Democrats for Obama to defeat Clinton. They did. The Republicans are not stupid. They're voting for Obama in droves. They don't want to go up against the strongest Democratic candidate. Hillary Clinton. duh! Figure it out for yourself!!!!

    April 21, 2008 at 6:18 pm |
  213. Andrew

    Hillary's campaign is unraveling, especially now that most Democrats now realize that this election is doing nothing but damaging any chances the Dems have at the REAL prize.

    If she were a true Democrat, she'd seriously reconsider her pledge to take this campaign all the way... it wouldn't surprise anyone to see her flip flop again anyway.

    Even now, people are saying that she'll win PA, but by a margin so slim that it doesn't change Obama's inevitable victory.

    It's time to give in.

    April 21, 2008 at 6:19 pm |
  214. GM from MN

    I think Hillary will win, but not by a large margin. That gives Obama the edge. Even with PA in her win column it was by the large margins like many people said she should need. People saw how close Texas was and she'll have to do alot better than a 5 or 10% win. Obama is poised to Win in NC and as long as Indiana is close or if he takes both, the superdelegates aren't going to have much to go off of to overturn the will of the people and endorse Hillary.

    This election is already over....Hillary just hasn't acknowlegded it.

    April 21, 2008 at 6:19 pm |
  215. Brian

    Obama has the advantage among people who understand that for years the Republicans have used social issues to pull working class people into supporting the rich man's party. Hillarious has the advantage among people who do shots and think that is "cool."
    The revulsion people feel at the spectacle of Geoge Stephanopoulos acting like Monica Lewisnsky will push Obama over the top.

    April 21, 2008 at 6:24 pm |
  216. Denise Blackman

    I feel that Barack has a better chance to win, and i hope that he does.I am tired of her pretense and phony attitude.I never thought Hillary can be so irritable and disgusting , her voice quote unquote is like twisting a knife in my gut. Pure lies.Enough is enough from her now there is Osama, please Hillary show us Bill smiling a few years ago.
    We still have not heard anything more about the remainder of your taxes, this shows me that you cannot be trusted but tries to change the topic in a negative way please Hillary CHANGE your way and let us see how credible you are..

    April 21, 2008 at 6:25 pm |
  217. Kayla Boehmer

    Jack, everyone is saying that Clinton will have PA, I agree, but I disagree with the supporters of Hilary. If Hilary by any chance gets into office, who knows of the tricks up her sleeve. Who will be really the president Hilary or Bill? Another things is if 58% do not trust Clinton then how can people continue to vote for her and expect her to do an honest job, and be able to take care of international affairs? It is really disturbing to know that I cannot trust Hilary when she has lied on occasions and her husband has made the choices he did in the past. Obama may not have the experience as that of Hilary, but he does have the energy of the younger generation who is currently experiencing the beat of the brunch when it comes to gas and oil prices. Obama knows what people are looking for and are wanting and is trying his best to carry on the weight of the people.

    April 21, 2008 at 6:25 pm |
  218. ho tc

    Obama certainly has the advantage, for he's literally BUYING the White House. Another note is that Obama has been skirting questions from reporters in the past couple of days, trying to avoid a bad coverage of him (and his campaign).

    April 21, 2008 at 6:26 pm |
  219. Tom Cimino

    Hillary has the advantage going into the eve of the primary. Four days ago her lead was 5% and now it is 7%. Unfortunately we hear nothing about this change because the media wants to create the impression that he is constantly gaining on her. The new data shows just the opposite.

    Tomorrow I think she will win by more that the 7% and if so a neutral media must start focusing on his waning popularity. The media must return to its roll of reporting the news and not become an ad agency for Obama. Freedom of the press does not mean choosing positive adjective for Obama and negative adjective for Hilllary. It does not mean that the media can criticize Hillary's statements while giving Obama a pass on embarrassing statements. Jack Cafferty, are you listening?

    April 21, 2008 at 6:26 pm |
  220. Nisha


    As of late the Pennsylvannia polls show, Sen Hillary Clinton went from a comfortable double digit lead to a single digit percentage difference between her and Sen Obama. In spite of the negative campaign ads against Sen Obama he continues to close the gap. Mathematically Sen. Obama is ahead of Sen. Clinton in every category except the super delegate count. Sen. Obama is out spending, out campaigning, and leading in fundraising with a 2 to 1 ratio. It would stand to reason Sen. Barack Obama has the overall advantage in Pennsylvania. However I feel Sen. Clinton will win by a very small margin. Even if Sen Clinton wins PA and it's a good chance.that she will,. Will it be advantageous for her to continue?

    April 21, 2008 at 6:26 pm |
  221. CalVet

    Michael Moore endoresed Obama? Looks McCain in November.

    April 21, 2008 at 6:26 pm |
  222. Jeff in Philadelphia

    Clinton has the advantage to win PA, true, but there's this crazy notion that just because Obama doesn't win PA (or some other big state) in the primary means he can't win it in the general election. That's nonsense. If all Hillary gets in the general election is 55% of the democratic vote, she has just as much chance of winning the state as Obama with 45%. Both rely on the reconciliation of the voters. The "X" factor that no one seems to have recognized is that Obama has brought in a good chunk of new voters to the party. These are democrats, independents, republicans and people who are only attracted to his message of change. While Hillary might hold onto the democrats in November, the rest of those people are not voting democrat, they are voting Obama; and if Obama isn't there in November (especially if it's because the superdelagates overrode the will of the people), the best Hillary can hope for is that these folks stay home, and not that they vote McCain.

    April 21, 2008 at 6:27 pm |
  223. Antonio in the Bronx

    Barak Obama has the advantage on the eve of the Pa. primary. Hillary has to win big in order to weaken his momentum. Hillary can't win in the general election. Many democratic voters will become disenfranchised if she wins. This will mark a lost to the Republicans in the general election. The Republicans are very weak this year. John McCain was the best of the worst group of Republicans I've seen in my short life.

    April 21, 2008 at 6:27 pm |
  224. Ronald Reichler

    I am not getting in, Wendy has said it all

    April 21, 2008 at 6:27 pm |
  225. Fawn from Texas

    Hello Jack,

    Of course Billary has the advantage as per the current polls, but watch out for those undecided voters, they could prevent the double digit win that Billary desperately needs in order to justify her continuation of the humiliation of the Democratic Party.

    Honestly Jack, even if Hillary looses, she'll still stick around like that pesky fly at the family picnic just annoying you enough to make you loose your appetite for the entire meal.

    Shooo Fly Hillary, Go Away.

    April 21, 2008 at 6:27 pm |
  226. observer

    Hillary will certainly hav the advantage after the interview with larry tonight. Hitting below the belt don't you think?

    April 21, 2008 at 6:27 pm |
  227. stephanie/houston

    The word change comes to mine. The majority of Americans are hurting with lose of jobs,lose of homes,higher gas and food prices, sick of the outsourcing of jobs, health care lost. and unfair trade agreements. Obama represents these changes and Hilliary seems to represent I got your hook-up politics. Last I heard not doing things the right way always meant you eventually got screwed in the end.

    April 21, 2008 at 6:27 pm |
  228. Angie in Indiana

    I believe the people of Pennsylvania are a lot like people in IN. I'm a 49 year old woman who has always been an interested voter but never got involved in campaigning. I'm one of those millions who gave a little money and a lot of time to the Senator's "on-the-ground/grassroots" effort. I personally know of hundreds of people older and younger than me very excited because of a new kind of candidate. One man said he hadn't voted since they shot President Kennedy but he is willing to step out now in hopes of a new beginning with Senator Obama.

    April 21, 2008 at 6:30 pm |
  229. Bissron from Stevensville Montana

    Over 60% of newly registered voters in PA (a record 240,000 of them), favor Obama. This plus a similar margin of undecideds (almost one in five voters is undecided) could swing PA to him.

    We just want this madness over.

    April 21, 2008 at 6:31 pm |
  230. dorothy

    Jack, I think this will help Barack Obama, if Hillary Clinton, does win, it will not be Large!


    April 21, 2008 at 6:32 pm |
  231. Gene

    In Appleton, WI. I still think that Clinton retains the advantae going into Tuesdays primary election. Clinton still is able to draw both conservatives and blue collar voters while it seems Obama appeals more to the liberal side of the party. At this point it's hard to tell if the voters are buying the Clinton war stance or if they are more in the Obama camp. I guess we just need to wait for the voters to tell us late tomorrow after the polls close.

    April 21, 2008 at 6:32 pm |
  232. Stacey-St. Louis

    The Obamanation is Bitter and they cling to negative/harsh posts on blogs all across the internet. Enough Already!

    April 21, 2008 at 6:32 pm |
  233. Carlos R

    If you look at the numbers Hillary is winning, yet when you look deeper into the substance of the run OBama is ahead. He is winning votes, closing gaps, and making head way where most have said he did not have a chance. Now if she would have been able to close the gap in states like Colorado, Georgia, or S. Carolina when she had the chance it would be different. She is winning the vote of the people she is expected to win nothing else.

    April 21, 2008 at 6:32 pm |
  234. Denise Blackman GA

    I fee that Obama can and will win .First she cries then she begs then she wines then lies then the gender card darn she is a great pretender, please leave Hillary.

    April 21, 2008 at 6:33 pm |
  235. Brian from Florida

    Obama has the advantage among people who understand that for years the Republicans have used social issues to pull working class people into supporting the rich man’s party. Hillarious has the advantage among people who do shots and think that is “cool.”
    The revulsion people feel at the spectacle of Geoge Stephanopoulos acting like Monica Lewinsky will push Obama over the top.

    April 21, 2008 at 6:33 pm |
  236. Bill

    Dear Jack:

    How come everytime Hillary says something the media always has a spin on her and not Obama. Did you ever think why the Republicans
    switched over to Demorcrats?Maybe they want Obama to run because they can't beat Hillary in the General Elections. So Demorcrats please wakeup don't let the media control this election as they have in the past. Let your common sense and wisdom tell you who to vote for.

    PS Remember the 1990's to 2000 when the Clintons were in the White House; things were good and so was the economy.

    Bill from PA.

    April 21, 2008 at 6:36 pm |
  237. dorothy

    Suprise, Barack Obama, has the advantage, and will WIN PA!


    April 21, 2008 at 6:36 pm |