Clinton Wins Pennsylvania Primary

Obama still ahead in delegate count and popular votes

Following six weeks of vigorous—and often vitriolic—campaigning in Pennsylvania between Sen. Barack Obama and Sen. Hillary Clinton, voters decided in favor of Clinton by a margin of 10 percentage points. Clinton won 55% of the vote to Obama’s 45% in Tuesday’s primary.

It wasn’t quite the victory the New York senator had hoped for, but more than enough to justify not bowing out of the race. “You know, 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,” said Clinton in her victory speech.

The showdown in the Keystone State was particularly important for Clinton who continues to trail Obama in the number of delegates, popular votes, and campaign dollars. Obama had $42.5 million to spend on the race at the start of April, or about five times as much cash as Clinton. According to an analysis of election returns by The Associated Press, Clinton won at least 80 of the 158 delegates at stake in Tuesday’s contest, while Obama won at least 66, with 12 still to be awarded.

In the overall race for the nomination, Obama leads with 1,714.5 delegates, including separately chosen party and elected officials known as superdelegates. Clinton had 1,589.5 delegates, according to the AP tally. A candidate needs 2,025 to claim the nomination.

With the race now shifting to primaries in Indiana and North Carolina on May 6, Clinton still needs a major win. The biggest state left to vote is North Carolina, offering up the next coveted prize—some 115 delegates.

But will it be enough for either campaign going forward? The Clinton campaign has often eagerly pointed out that although Obama outspent Clinton in Texas, Ohio, and Pennsylvania, he still lost each of those states, which they also claim are critical to a win in the general election.

David Bositis, a senior political analyst at the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, says it’s ridiculous to assume that Obama cannot win certain big states in November. Texas will vote Republican, and Ohio could go either way, he says, “But Obama can win Pennsylvania and Michigan without question. Plus, he’s put into play states that previously weren’t, such as Colorado, Virginia, and states in the west and southwest that like his message of change and bipartisan approach to solving problems.”

Still, says Peter Groff, senior lecturer and executive director of the Center for African American Policy at the University of Denver, despite Obama’s appeal and potential to win, in states such as Pennsylvania, Texas, California, or New Hampshire, undecided voters are breaking for Clinton. “Superdelegates must be asking themselves why Obama continues to close the gap but not the deal in some of these significant states,” he says. “I wonder if there’s an invisible barrier where the undecided voters say I just can’t vote for an African American,” adds Groff.

One barrier Obama was unable to overcome in Pennsylvania, explains Lincoln University political science professor F. Carl Walton, is the inability to connect with older

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  • charles washington

    Wow this really works. I call some friends to practice my elevator pitch and they all want to know more about my company.

  • Tarshall

    Great info on what others expect to hear when promoting your business

  • Elaine Jackson

    I believe that one should also have  2 or 3 pitches
    Based on the environment – some pitches may not work.
    I teach project management.  Going past level 1 of descriptions could cause one to not want to communicate more because they don’t understand. I have heard people say “what you are saying sounds good but I still don’t understand”. At a technology conference I can give it all I have  – knowing they will get it completely.

    Elaine Jackson, BS, PMP

  • M. Gaither

    I like the brief points and examples describing appropriate elevator pitch. Easy to remember.

  • Kennette

    I love, love your example of comparing tell individuals about my company to riding on an elevator.  I am going to share that with a couple of my friends.   

  • Shay Atkins

    This has been my favorite topic yet!…I’ve been titled as the pitch queen but even I took notes here

  • Askmysecretary

    I love her statement to keep it simple. I can get excited talking about my services that I fear I may overdeliever. This gave me the keys to be direct and on-point!

  • Paige

    The most useful topic thus far.

  • Erica D.

    I like how she broke it down by scenario. If you are in an elevator and someone asks you what you do, but they press two floors up or down, you really do not have much time. It is so critical to be in a business which you love and are familiar with. This pitch should really come easy then (easier said than done, I’m sure!).

  • I like this video. I now have a blueprint on how to create my elevator pitch. First, I’ll begin with a couple of statistics– a) The first will be that of the number of Christians in the U.S. b) The second is the popularity of lyrically explicit urban music that runs contrary to the spiritual beliefs of our target audience. Lastly, I will present my record label, with our Christian urban music, as the solution to the problem.

  • This was so empowering. I began working on my Elevator Pitch right away. It does make the difference, to give you the confidence you desire in promoting your product.

  • Cadiwill

    Thanks for sharing your knowledge. talking about the time frame on the perfect pitch is so crucial. Excellent – elevator pitch needs to be short, to the point and said with passion in your voice. 

  • Kimberly

    That was GREAT information!

  • tony harrison

     love the help it works i have three things in  the works will let you all know soon thanks oliver jess design firm.

  • Faykeys

    loved it…

  • Awesome info! Getting to work right now

  • That was a real eye opener. I certainly have to practice my pitch and refrain from letting my excitement get the best of me. I can testify to losing a person’s interest as a result of telling them everything about my product and service.

  • Csaunders

    Great info..our only problem is explaining to people how we are “virtual”!

  • DreamsKept

    Beautifully said! So important but hard to perfect.

  • expect a call. very important!

  • Keeping it short & simple prevents investors from losing interest in the topic quickly…

  • Apolk

    That was great advice. I am working on trying to perfect my elevator pitch for Solo Noir skin care for ethnic men.

  • joey hustle

    this is sooo important..

  • Thanks again 🙂

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  • Debussey626

    I am so glad I registered for this small business class.

  • De’on

    Amazing advice. I never knew how to describe what it is I want my business to be, now I do.

  • Practicing my elevator pitch:  I am the Dessert Maven for My Dessert Bar, a dessert catering company and retail bakeshop.  We specialize in mini desserts such as cake pops, mini pies and puff pastry.  Our dessert tables bring the wow factor to any event.  

  • Misha

    If I can get my elevator pitch to be as interesting as her video, I will do just fine. I didn’t want it to end.

  • Zurriane

    Very good looks like I need to sharpen my pitch a little more.

  • GlobalService

    Best information for me so far. Thanks!

  • GlobalService

    Best information for me so far. Thanks!

  • Richard Jackson

    I have been in sales for years, she was so on point with keeping it concise and non sale-sy. I’m sure that was my problem before- talking too much 

  • Thank you. You provided some good tips to put into practice. 

  • Bobby

    Be concise, K.I.S.S. = Keep It Simple Stupid.

  • Tanesha

    This is extremely helpful. The perfect elevator pitch!

  • Tettcommunitydevelopment

    GREAT INFORMATION !! I had to watch this one twice to make sure I heard everything.

  • Mckela Simon

    When im out and about i always have my catlogs and bussiness card on hand so i tel to give me a calll at any time…

  • Harmonytresses

    great information

  • Great info on creating an effective elevator pitch!!

  • Great info on creating an effective elevator pitch!!

  • Hj Anderson

    Awesome!  Standing Ovation!!  I will press replay on this one over and over again…

  • This is the best – Perfecting the Elevator Pitch. Wow! this presentation help me craft my pitch in 20 seconds. Awesome!

  • A’Seneque Davis

    This was great!

  • Wizzdom

    Elevator pitch to peek someone’s interest without sounding like a sales pitch. Great information

  • Shaquanna McPhatter

    Very useful video. I have a better understanding of the elevator pitch 🙂

  • Excellent points. Precise.

  • KSM Properties LLC

    Just got an idea of my elevator pitch. this is awesome!!!!

  • great information, really explains the best way to getting to a great elevator pitch.

  • Taniesha

    This was awesome and I never thought of it this way! Thanks Lynnette for this information

  • Devonne

    Great video, I like the item 3 on the list, which is to position your company as a solution.

  • POA

    Thanks I will definitely put this into action!

  • Thank you, this information will one of the keys to success

    • I agree this is a primary key to sucess.

  • Husband & Wife

    Awesome information! This will help us to improve on our marketing strategies and better define our business purpose. Thanks Lynnette!

  • Michael125

    I love the elevator pitch lesson. It was very creative. I have a business that trains youths how to run a small business. I will use this in my next lesson.

  • Lakisha

    There was a lot of useful information about elevator pitches packed in this short video.

  • Campus Basics

    I like the idea of describing how big a problem your solving being in your elevator pitch.

  • I love this video, very informative.