Election 2008

Blogger: Obama Hurt by High Pa. Primary Turnout

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Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama at a rally in Evansville, Ind., on Tuesday

Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama at a rally in Evansville, Ind., on Tuesday, following his defeat in the Pennsylvania primary. Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Sen. Barack Obama is reported to have registered at least 180,000 new voters in Pennsylvania in advance of that state's primary. But blogger Bill Scher says those fresh faces weren't enough to topple his rival, Sen. Hillary Clinton, who beat the Illinois senator by 10 percentage points.

Scher, a blogger from Campaign for America's Future and Liberal Oasis, says Obama polls better when independents and Republicans can vote. But because Pennsylvania's turnout rate was so high — the highest of any state in the entire race so far — Obama's newly minted Democrats were overwhelmed by long-registered Democratic voters, such as the party's rural and over-60 members, who favored Clinton in Tuesday's primary.

"You can't say [Obama's] incapable of winning states like this," Scher says. "He's going to have to dust himself off and prove himself somewhere else."



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