Hillary Tops Pennsylvania

Hillary Clinton‘s campaign lives again!

The Senator from New York tidily won a victory in today’s Pennsylvania primary. Only about 85% of the votes have been counted, but early results give Clinton 55% over rival Barack Obama‘s 45%. That’s a ten point victory and more than enough to fuel Clinton’s continuation.

The Democratic candidate made sure to highlight said continuation in her victory speech, telling voters that the “tide is turning.”

Some counted me out and said to drop out, but the American people don’t quit. And they deserve a president who doesn’t quit, either.

Because of you, the tide is turning.

Our sinking economy dominated Pennsylvanians’ electoral concerns, which helps explain why blue-collar voters largely leaned toward Clinton.

…Clinton won support from two of three whites without college degrees, and about the same number of whites from families earning under $50,000 a year, according to preliminary figures from exit polls of voters conducted for The Associated Press and the television networks. This was one of her stronger performances of the year with these groups, compared to prior competitive Democratic primaries.

Men also seemed to favor the former First Lady. Meanwhile, Obama won over the black and affluent populations. And, not surprisingly, took the majority of newly registered voters.

Clinton used her victory speech to reinvigorate her campaign, but a tired seeming Obama, speaking to an equally sleepy crowd in Indiana, reminded Democrats what the election’s all about: a party victory. He also spent much of his time blasting John McCain, the Republican nominee. Be sure, however, that Obama talked himself up, as well. Unfortunately his message fell a bit short. We’ll have more on that one tomorrow (stay tuned!).

As Obama acquiesced and paid Clinton his respects, Mrs. Clinton took a moment to criticize her competitor: “He broke every spending record in this state trying to knock us out of this race…Well, the people of Pennsylvania had other ideas tonight.” They sure did. And now Clinton and Obama’s campaigns are dreaming up new ideas on how to win the next primaries, Indiana and North Carolina, which hold their contests on May 6th.