CBNNews.com - Hillary Clinton won the Democratic primary in Pennsylvania, Tuesday, a huge victory in keeping her campaign alive in a drawn-out race for the party's nomination.
The former first lady won with 55 percent of the vote to 45 percent for rival Barack Obama. Click here for live returns.
Clinton Thanks Pennsylvania
As the projected winner Hillary Clinton thanked a crowd of cheering supporters for her victory.
"It's a long road to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., and it runs right through the heart of Pennsylvania," Clinton said as she took to the podium.
"This is your campaign, and this is your victory tonight," she said. "Today, here in Pennsylvania, you made your voices heard; and, because of you the tide is turning."
"Some people counted me out and said to drop out. Well the American people don't quit and they deserve a president who doesn't quit either," she said.
Clinton thanked political leaders, labor unions, and her family for their campaigning across the state over the last several weeks.
"I believe with all of my heart we will turn promises into actions, words will become solutions, hope will become reality. I believe the answer is, 'Yes, we will.'"
Stopping Obama's Lead
With 158 delegates at stake, Pennsylvania was a must-win state for Clinton in order to cut into rival Barack Obama's lead in the race.
Clinton won at least 64 delegates to the party's national convention. Obama won at least 54, according to an analysis of election returns by The Associated Press.
Early exit polls showed Clinton won big among blue-collar voters, women and white men. Obama was favored by blacks, the affluent and voters who recently switched to the Democratic Party.
The same polls showed Obama led in Philadelphia and nearby suburbs, while Clinton took Pittsburgh, the western part of the state, and blue-collar areas around Scranton.
Pensylvania is the biggest prize left in the primary race, which ends in June. But who actually wins the nomination may not be determined until the Democratic National Convention in August.
Click play to watch CBN News Washington Correspondent John Jessup's report.
Race to the Finish
There are seven states left to vote after Pennsylvania, and the candidates appear likely to split the spoils. Clinton is favored in West Virginia and Kentucky, while Obama is expected to take North Carolina, Oregon and South Dakota. Two states - Indiana and Montana - are competitive.
But Clinton still has a lot to overcome to be nominated. Obama is practically assured to end the race with a lead in pledged delegates.
Even in Pennsylvania, Clinton's victory does not bank the entire delegate count since urban districts where Obama is strong had more delegates than those in rural areas where Clinton did well.
Winning the nomination will require Clinton to get unpledged superdelegates to look past the Obama's lead. Many of those superdelegates are elected officials who have constituents to answer to.
Source: The Associated Press