Clinton needs ‘blowout’ to salvage race

With time, numbers and momentum running against her, Hillary Clinton needs a “blowout” victory in Pennsylvania to keep her Democratic Presidential race alive.

The odds are against her.

Obama has a lead of more than 800,000 votes and a substantial delegate lead and Clinton appears unlikely to overtake the Illinois Senator in either category.

Yet she continues to vow to take her fight to the Democratic national convention in Denver in August.

Reports Bloomberg News:

To overtake Barack Obama in the nationwide popular vote, Hillary Clinton needs a bigger win in tomorrow’s Pennsylvania primary than she has had in any major contest so far. And that’s just for starters.

After more than 40 Democratic primaries and caucuses, Obama, the Illinois senator, leads Clinton by more than 800,000 votes. Even if the New York senator wins by more than 20 percentage points tomorrow — a landslide few experts expect — she would still have a hard time catching him.

Clinton needs “blowout numbers,” says Peter Fenn, a Democratic consultant who isn’t affiliated with either campaign. “The wheels would have to come off the Obama bus, and the engine would have to blow.”

A popular-vote victory is vital to Clinton’s chances because she is likely to end the primaries still trailing Obama, 46, in the race for delegates to the Democratic National Convention.

2 Responses to "Clinton needs ‘blowout’ to salvage race"

  1. Sandra Price  April 21, 2008 at 10:43 am

    Tonight (Monday) will have Hillary interviewed by Keith Olbermann. Most of MSNBC has taken Hillary apart and it seems as if NBC has tried to stop this assault on Clinton. If Keith Olbermann bends into the wind on this, he will lose his popularity. He has been consistent in his opinions and I hope he can continue… MSNBC, 8 PM ET, 5 PM here in the desert.

  2. Flapsaddle  April 21, 2008 at 11:33 am

    I still think it very likely that the nomination will be brokered in the time-honored “smoke-filled room” of presidential politics.

    Clinton has wasted time and money on a strategy unable to contend with a potent challenger like Obama, and neither she nor her staff seems to have grasped the necessity of a new plan. She is now running very low on money, has left a string of debts behind her, she trails in both popular vote and pledged delegate numbers, and the supposedly loyal “superdelegates” are jumping ship.

    But she will not quit. She will take this down to the wire and she cares not a fig if she takes the Democratic party with her. Like Hitler in his bunker as Berlin burned above him, she appears to believe that a world without her in charge is better a world in ashes.

    The powers-that-be in the Democrat leadership need to get control of the situation and they need to do so very quickly. Their advantage over the GOP has been largely squandered, and the public is beginning to think that McCain, for all his faults, may be less of a problem than the squabbling Democrats.

    Popcorn, anyone?

    Most sincerely,

    T. J. Flapsaddle

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