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The Spin from Obamaland

By Shailagh Murray
EVANSVILLE, Ind. -- Sen. Barack Obama was en route from Philadelphia to Evansville, Ind., when the race was called, but the candidate and his advisers were all smiles when they boarded the plane, relieved that the dreaded blowout had not occurred. The news of a projected single-digit win for Hillary Clinton -- a projection that might yet change -- was transmitted via BlackBerrys as the campaign landed.

"We've been very clear from the beginning, we didn't come in with oversized expectations," said David Axelrod, Obama's chief political adviser. "We wanted to get our share."

Campaign officials were particularly pleased about his strong showing with new voters, including independents and Republicans who changed registration in order to participate in the primary. Obama's ability to expand the party's base beyond traditional groups like union members and African Americans is a key part of his pitch to superdelegates, and the campaign believes the 230,000 new Democrats who registered in Pennsylvania could make the state that much easier for Democrats to win in November.

"That number is very important and it augers well for the fall, in Pennsylvania and around the country," said Axelrod.

By Web Politics Editor  |  April 22, 2008; 9:53 PM ET
Categories:  Barack Obama , Primaries  
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