Hillary Clinton Takes Pennsylvania
After six weeks of blanketing the Keystone State with ads, debates, and rallies, the New York Senator pulled out a ten point victory, garnering 55 percent of the vote.
"You know, some people counted me out and said to drop out," she told supporters after the results were announced. "But the American people don't quit and they deserve a president who doesn't quit, either."
While Clinton is riding a wave of critical blue statesPennsylvania, Ohio, Californiashe is still behind in the pledged delegate count and will not be able to surpass Obama without winning an overwhelming majority of the eight remaining primaries.
The Obama campaign, anticipating a loss, ended its night optimistically in Evansville, Indiana.
"There were a lot of folks who didn't think we could make this a race when it started," he told the crowd.
In spite of the loss, Obama was able to significantly cut into Clintons early lead among Pennsylvania voters.
"But we worked hard ... And now, six weeks later, we closed the gap. We rallied people of every age and race and background to the cause. And whether they were inspired for the first time or for the first time in a long time, we registered a record number of voters, and it is those new voters who will lead our party to victory in November."
The next round of primaries will occur May 6 with Indiana and North Carolina having their say.
At this point, neither candidate will have the required 2,025 delegates needed to secure the partys nomination. As of press time, Obama has 1,713 total delegates to Clintons 1,568.
The partys elected officials, known as Super Delegates can change their votes at anytime and are not bound by any party rules to vote for the candidate theyve endorsed.
Counting only pledged delegates won during primaries and caucuses, Obama still leads Clinton, 1,479 to 1,328.