Dems on the Attack Ahead of PA Primary

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CBNNews.com - With one day left before the Pennsylvania primary, Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton observed the rituals of the last days of campaigning: visits to churches, stops at restaurants catering to families, as many public events as possible -- and blanketing the state with attack ads.

For more campaign analysis, watch CBN Political Reporter David Brody, following this report. 

"In the last 10 years Barack Obama has taken almost $2 million from lobbyists, corporations and PACs. The head of his New Hampshire campaign is a drug company lobbyist, in Indiana an energy lobbyist, a casino lobbyist in Nevada," said a new Clinton commercial airing in the campaign's final days.

If anything, Obama upped the ante with his rebuttal. His ad said he "doesn't take money from special interest PACs or Washington lobbyists - not one dime." Clinton does, it added, and accused her of "eleventh-hour smears paid for by lobbyist money."

The State of the Race So Far

Preprimary polls show Clinton with a lead in the state she must win to sustain her candidacy.

Overall, Obama has 1,646 delegates to 1,508 for Clinton, according to the Associated Press' count, with 2,025 needed to clinch the nomination.

He also leads Clinton by 1,414-1,250 among delegates won in primaries and caucuses, while she has the advantage, 258-232, among superdelegates, the party officials who attend the convention by virtue of their positions.

More than 300 superdelegates remain publicly uncommitted and, in interviews, many told the AP they want a candidate who can capture the White House.

At the same time, others said that before deciding which contender to support, they will give special weight to the candidate with the most delegates won in primaries or caucuses, or the one who won their state or congressional district.

Do or Die for Clinton

Even Clinton's allies concede she must win the Pennsylvania primary, and some have suggested she needs a sizable victory if she is to have a chance of overtaking Obama.

But as was the case in other states, a strong popular vote win would not necessarily mean a major gain in delegates for her.

Democrats award delegates proportionally based on the vote in congressional districts, and some have more than others.

For example, a congressional district in Philadelphia with a large black population has nine delegates, more than any other.

Numerous other districts have four delegates, and the likeliest outcome in most if not all is for a 2-2 split.

Pennsylvania's primary marks the end of a six-week intermission in the Democratic campaign season. Only seven other states, Guam and Puerto Rico, will follow over the next six weeks.

Source: The Associated Press

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