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Clinton Wins. Or Does She?

With nearly 90 percent of Pennsylvania's precincts reporting, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.) had a 55 percent to 45 percent lead over Sen. Barack Obama (Ill.).

So, Clinton won the Pennsylvania Democratic primary. Or did she?

At issue is whether ten points -- if that is indeed the final margin -- will provide Clinton with the required momentum (and money) for the New York senator as she looks forward to Indiana and North Carolina on May 6.

The Clinton argument: Obama played to win in the Keystone State evidenced by the $11 million he spent on television. In the hour after polls closed, Clinton raised $500,000 online, a sign of the energy created by her victory.

The Obama argument: Clinton began with a lead of more than 20 points in Pennsylvania. The state's demographics -- heavily white, a large blue collar population -- played to Clinton's demonstrated electoral strengths. In the end, Obama came close enough; he retains a significant lead in pledged delegates and in the popular vote.

Who's right? Sound off in the comments section below.

The Fix will be back with our take on the winners and losers from tonight's primary.

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By Chris Cillizza  |  April 22, 2008; 11:10 PM ET
Categories:  Eye on 2008  
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