s skippy the bush kangaroo: punxatawney hill sees shadow, six more weeks of infighting

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Tuesday, April 22, 2008

punxatawney hill sees shadow, six more weeks of infighting

and she wins pretty decisively, 55% to 46%. abc:

the pressure was on clinton today to win by a large margin. she won 55 percent of the vote, to obama's 45 percent, with 85 percent of the precincts reporting so far.

"hillary clinton needs a clear and convincing victory today in pennsylvania if she wants to continue on in this nominating process," democratic strategist tad devine told abc news this morning.

with neither candidate able to get the 2,025 delegates needed to win the party's nomination, tonight's win in pennsylvania will bolster clinton's argument to superdelegates — the 795 democratic party officials and members of congress who may ultimately decide the nomination.
the latimes points out it's hillary's home state:

scranton, pa. -- after six weeks of testy campaigning by hillary rodham clinton and barack obama for the affections of this working-class city that has seen better days, voters streamed to the polls tuesday. and if people such as simon lipchus were any indication, the television ads, interminable robocalls, bad bowling and whiskey sipping didn't make a whole lot of difference.

lipchus, the 64-year-old proprietor of simon's restaurant on market street, a little place with a screen door and great omelets, knew more than a year ago that he would vote for clinton. it was personal: she's from here. no obama miracle or clinton mistake would budge him.

"when her dad passed away, we were down on court street at the methodist church to see her at the funeral," said lipchus from behind the counter, wearing, as was his entire staff, a clinton t-shirt…

she mused about her grandfather toiling in a scranton lace mill at age 11, and the happy summers she spent at the family cottage on nearby lake winola. he set one of his many ads here, won the endorsement of native son sen. robert p. casey jr., and ate pancakes at the landmark glider diner.

for their part, scrantonites thoroughly enjoyed the attention. it was the first time in a generation anyone cared what they had to say in a presidential primary, and if things go the way many want, this morning they will pat themselves on the back for giving clinton's campaign yet another reprieve.

"this felt good," said frank tunis, 60, a republican who switched parties just so he could vote for clinton.

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