Democrats Start Spinning PA Primary

All eyes are on Pennsylvania as the Democratic presidential hopefuls make final appeals ahead of tomorrow’s primary. And the candidates are preparing for the best – and the worst.

Most observers and polls put Hillary Clinton on top, but the lead remains contentious. Rasmussen Reports gives the Senator from New York a five point lead over rival Barack Obama. Clinton’s campaign, however, projects an eleven-point lead.

Regardless of how many points she wins by, Clinton’s going to use all of her power to employ a win as a persuasive tool to woo more voters – and the ever-important superdelegates.

No doubt Clinton’s aware that Obama’s got more dough. Finance reports released today show quite the cash-flow gap:

Obama, an Illinois senator, had $42.5 million available for spending on primary elections and caucuses, his campaign said yesterday. Clinton, a New York senator, had about $8 million in cash and $10.3 million in debt, according to her spokesman, Jay Carson, and a filing with the U.S. Federal Election Commission.

Clinton will couple this data with a potential win to tell voters – and the ever-important superdelegates – that she’s again the comeback kid. In fact, her team’s already started the spin cycle by highlighting a report showing that Obama’s outspending the former first lady 2 to 1. Or, to be more precise, 2.3 to 1.

Just as Clinton’s aware of her campaign’s financial inequality, Obama’s aware of the ground he’s covered in Pennsylvania. Polling from March put Clinton ahead by about 15 points. Now Obama’s got his own story to spin – and he’s doing it, telling a Pennsylvania radio station: “I’m not predicting a win. I’m predicting it’s going to be close and that we are going to do a lot better than people expect.”

Radio isn’t the only realm where Obama’s spreading his message. As you can imagine, the Senator’s using some of his money to fire off a commercial campaign. The politico has aired four news ad over the past week. All of them take a firm stand against Clinton. Obama has also offered some oral jabs, saying “If you are feeling cynical and your basic attitude is, ‘You know what? Things can’t really change,’ then you may decide Sen. Clinton’s your choice.” He can’t use the word “bitter,” of course.

Here’s Obama’s latest campaign ad: “Reason.”