Philadelphia, Apr 23: Hillary Clinton, fighting for the Democratic nomination against Barack Obama, today won the primary in the Pennsylvania state. Out of the 86 percent of votes counted so far, Clinton was leading over her Democratic rival Barack Obama by 55 to 45 per cent in the primary which would send 158 delegates.
Though she is still trailing behind Obama in terms of delegates, this win will keep her campaign alive. In the total votes cast, she has won most of the big state contests. "Some people counted me out and said to drop out, but the American people don't quit and they deserve a president who doesn't quit either," Clinton told her cheering supporters. Obama, who is already campaigning in Indiana, which along with North Carolina, would have the primary on May 6, congratulated Clinton.
He claimed that his campaign had done better than expected in Pennsylvania. "There were a lot of folks who didn't think we could make this a close race when it started. Six weeks later, we closed the gap. We rallied people of every age and race and background to our cause," Obama said.
Prior to Pennsylvania primary, Obama led in the number of Democratic convention delegates by 1,648 to 1,509.
A total of 2,025 delegates are needed to win the Democratic nomination, something that neither candidate is expected to wrap up prior to the August convention.