Clinton tops McCain: Fla., Ohio, Pa.reuters.com
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reuters.com — Democratic presidential contender Hillary Clinton holds a 9-point lead over rival Barack Obama among likely Pennsylvania Democratic primary voters ahead of the state's April 22 primary, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released on Wednesday.

Clinton, a New York senator who would be the first female president, leads the Illinois senator 50 percent to 41 percent, the poll found. She also runs better against the likely Republican nominee, Sen. John McCain, in Pennsylvania, Florida and Ohio - all important swing states in the general election.

In a general election matchup in Florida, McCain closely trails Clinton 42 percent to 44 percent but McCain leads Obama, who would be the first black president, 46 percent to 37 percent, according to the poll.

"The difference between Clinton and Obama in Florida is the white vote," said Peter Brown of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

New York Sen. Hillary Clinton holds a 50 - 41 percent lead over Illinois Sen. Barack Obama among likely Pennsylvania Democratic primary voters and runs better against Arizona Sen. John McCain, the likely Republican nominee in Pennsylvania, Florida and Ohio, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

The Pennsylvania primary vote splits along racial lines, with Clinton leading among white voters and Obama leading among black voters. Clinton holds a 59-34 percent lead among white Pennsylvania voters who are likely to participate in the primary, while Obama leads 73-11 percent among black Democrats likely to vote in the primary.

This compares to a 53 - 41 percent lead in a March 18 survey by the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University. In general election match ups of the three largest and most important swing states in the Electoral College, the survey finds.

* Florida: Clinton 44 percent - McCain 42 percent; McCain beats Obama 46 - 37 percent;
* Ohio: Clinton beats McCain 48 - 39 percent; Obama gets 43 percent to McCain's 42 percent;
* Pennsylvania: Clinton tops McCain 48 - 40 percent; Obama leads McCain 43 - 39 percent.

The primary vote between Obama and Clinton splits sharply along racial lines, with her advantage coming from stronger support in every contest from white voters. For example, Clinton leads 59 - 34 percent among white Pennsylvania likely primary voters, while Obama leads 73 - 11 percent among black Democrats.

"When it comes to November, Sen. Hillary Clinton's strength is a big edge over Sen. Barack Obama among white voters, who have not given a majority of their votes to a Democratic presidential nominee since Lyndon Johnson in 1964," said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute."

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Posted 2360 days ago
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When you look at both democrat candidates in: votes casted, Delegates, and states won, there isn't much difference, especially in each candidates plans for right-sizing this country. However, Hillary Clinton carries a greater amount of baggage due to reoccuring issues - that is public knowledge - in the (Bill) Clinton administration that had a impack with respect to manufacturing jobs - NAFTA. I don't see any soluton to regain lost jobs, expecially in Ohio, West Virginia, parts Western Pennsylvania and northern Kentucky. Also to fix this mightmare, Hillary mention that we need to have a re-training program to provide these individuals with a new job - In some cases this will work, in other cases it will not - Can't teach an old horse new tricks as the saying goes - many are one skill employees. Hope it works!!!!!!!!!
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If you take a closer look at the two candidates, it becomes clear that Obama's lead comes from him winning caucuses and red states. Clinton was not that interested in those, which was a strategic mistake, because it provided Obama with a comfortable lead and a lot of momentum. I guess that she did not expect Edwards to drop out so early, counting on him stealing votes from Obama on Super Tuesday, as he did in Florida.

Who has the best chances to win the General Election against McCain? Clinton definitely did her homework, winning most of the big blueish states and the important swing states of Ohio and Florida, while Missouri was very close. She is strong in rural areas, among women, blue collar workers, Hispanics, Asians, Catholics, Jews, her agenda is very Democratic, so the core Democrats will be satisfied. Yet, she is more conservative than Obama, even more conservative than McCain.

If she wins Pennsylvania, then it should be clear that she has the best chances to win, because there is no chance that Obama wins any of the red states that he carried in the primaries, because Republicans outnumber Democrats 2-1 in those states. Most of these states were carried by Bush by more than 10%, so Obama would win the popular vote from strong second places in the south and west and huge wins in some blue states, but even if he is able to defend the states Kerry won in 2004, he is still short on votes. Especially since he will lose Florida and Michigan.

With Obama gone gracefully, even the Black vote will return to the Clinton fold, because she is not a racist, never was.
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Hillary is the only Democrat who will beat McCain in the fall. Please don't let the rest of the states still to vote and FL and MI voices be silenced. America needs Hillary Clinton to restore our standing here at home and in the rest of the world. Vote Hillary Clinton and stop the "mania" that earlier swept America. Hillary, the right choice in these most serious of all times facing "US".
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