Obama Loses in Pennsylvania: Still Almost Impossible to Defeat

On Tuesday, Pennsylvania voters chose between two bruised candidates after a grueling and nasty election fight. Hillary Clinton won the Pennsylvania primary vote as expected, claiming a 10-point victory over Barack Obama. With more than 80 percent of the electoral precincts reporting, Hillary had 55 percent of the vote to Obama’s 45 percent.

Nevertheless, Clinton still faces major challenges going forward: her campaign is essentially out of money, with unpaid bills piling up, and she faces growing frustration among some Democratic officials who would prefer her to end her campaign in recognition of Mr. Obama’s lead in the overall popular vote of the primaries and caucuses so far, as well as his continuing edge toward amassing the 2,025 delegates needed to secure the nomination.

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Obama Campaigns in Pennsylvania on the Final Day

In Evansville, after his Pennsylvania concession to Clinton, the Democratic presidential front-runner told supporters that he was able to narrow the gap in Pennsylvania, register a record number of voters and rally people of all backgrounds to his campaign. After the bruising Pennsylvania contest, Obama said bickering and tit-for-tat politics obscured the great issues of the day: two wars, a recession and a planet in peril. Watch the speech:

Obama’s Speech in Evansville, Indiana

NBC’s Chuck Todd pointed out last night that Clinton’s chances of winning the nomination based on pledged delegates is effectively over. If Obama keeps his pledged delegate lead to around 150, Clinton needs to win 70% of them on May 6 and, if not, 80% of them after May 6. That’s more than next to impossible.

NBC Report: Clinton’s Winning is Next to Impossible

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