In Pa., Clinton Has a Math Problem

Only 'blowout numbers' can help case against Obama, experts say
By Laurel Jorgensen,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 21, 2008 2:17 PM CDT
In Pa., Clinton Has a Math Problem
Hillary Clinton applauds the remarks of Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell before addressing supporters at a rally in West Lawn, Pa., Saturday, April 19, 2008.    (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Hillary Clinton must rack up unprecedented numbers in tomorrow’s Pennsylvania primary to challenge Barack Obama’s 800,000-vote lead in the national popular vote, Bloomberg reports. She needs a 25-point margin plus record turnout—2 million in a state where only 800,000 went to the polls in 2004—to have any hope of closing the gap and arguing that she's better positioned to take on John McCain.

"The wheels would have to come off the Obama bus, and the engine would have to blow," says an unaffiliated Democratic consultant. (More Pennsylvania primary stories.)

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