April 22, 2008
Voters in Pennsylvania are feeling the power.
"It is very exciting. We are in the limelight," said Denise Hill, Pa voter. "It feels great. It feels great to vote, and it counts."
Its primary day and Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton are battling for the
state's 158 delegates. Voters are flocking to the polls, but it appears many
have known for some time who they support.
Exit polls show that 77 percent of Pennsylvania Democratic voters made up their minds more than a week ago.
As for the most important issue, no surprise there, the economy is once
again the issue that matters most to voters.
And while Clinton began this day as the front-runner she is playing down
"A win is a win. Especially under the circumstances where my opponent has outspent me probably 3-1 maybe 4-1," said Clinton.
Even her husband was campaigning to the bitter end most political experts
agree. Clinton will need a big win here. If she wants to quiet the calls for her to get out of the race.
After barnstorming the state, Obama has conceded he will likely lose
Pennsylvania but by a margin small enough to maintain his national lead in
the delegate count and the popular vote.
"We feel good about the organization that we put together, we think we made enormous progress. As I said before it's an uphill battle," said Obama. "She's launched the most negative and misleading ad of the campaign."
Both candidates released negative ads as the contest drew closer and the tone of the campaign darkened. But now it is all in the voters hands and it will soon become clear whose message made the biggest impact.