Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Hillary Clinton Stayin' Alive, Stayin' Alive

Race not over yet, Clinton declares

Going into today's Pennsylvania primaries, Hillary Clinton needed a margin of victory of 10% to justify staying in the race for the Democrat Presidential nomination.

As the last precincts in Pennsylvania report, it looks like she just might have gotten her wish, by virtue of a 55-45% win over rival Barack Obama.

"It's a long road to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. and it runs right through the heart of Pennsylvania," Clinton announced during her victory speech. "I'm in this race to fight for you ... You know you can count on me to stand up strong for you every single day in the White House."

Obama still leads in the Primary Election, but Clinton hopes her strong performance in Pennsylvania -- coupled with what she hopes will be strong performances in upcoming primaries in Indiana and North Carolina -- will help to sway enough superdelegates to lure the nomination away from Obama at the convention.

Intriguingly, however, word within the Democratic party is that they want to decide their nominee well in advance of the Democratic National Convention so that they may use the Convention as an opportunity to stage a dramatic rally around them.

With party brass clearly pulling the strings in the Democratic party, it will be interesting to see which way the party elite will push the nomination.

Clinton currently maintains a slim lead in superdelegate endorsements, although enough remain to still swing the Convention in favour of Obama -- that is, if the contest makes it that far.

So for now, Clinton is still alive in the Primary Election. But if the extremely undemocratic superdelegate process discards the democratically-expressed will of rank and file Democrat voters, whether or not the Democratic party survives her will be another story entirely.

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