As I am about to retire this evening, Hillary Clinton has won Pennsylvania and is nurturing a 9% lead and about a 150,000 vote margin — which has increased by 50,000 in the past hour.Â Â Being a Pennsylvania native I know a lot about the state, and I observe that MANY of the rural counties (including a couple of the Philly burbs) aren’t reporting all results yet.Â I suspect Hillary will top 10%, if not more once all the votes are counted.
In any case, the big winner aside from Hillary is America’s Anchorman — Rush Limbaugh.Â His “Operation Chaos” has kept the Democratic race going and this thing is far from over without serious rifts in the party.Â As Hillary said today about Obama…
Speaking to reporters in Conshohocken, Pa., today, Clinton rejected that common argument, saying “a win is a win.”
“But maybe I’m old fashioned about that. But you run a very competitive race at a considerable financial disadvantage. I think maybe the question ought to be why can’t he close the deal?”
By the way, Michael Barone’s excellent analysis of the Democratic primary race — Jacksonians vs. Academics — definitely rings more true with Hillary’s Pennsylvania victor this evening.
Now… North Carolina, my new home state, is looking more and more like THE KEY battleground especially if Hillary winds up winning Indiana (which is up next).
Operation Chaos moves to the TarHeel State!