"Hillary Deathwatch" Odds: 10.2 Percent

"Hillary Deathwatch" Odds: 10.2 Percent

"Hillary Deathwatch" Odds: 10.2 Percent

A campaign blog.
April 10 2008 4:15 PM

"Hillary Deathwatch" Odds: 10.2 Percent

There's no other way to put it: Hillary Clinton is suffering from thesoft punditry of low expectations. We explained yesterday how Hillary'schances improve ifshe's not actively taking damage, kind of like a first-person shooter.The corollary is that Barack Obama is like Google: He has to continually outperform expectations to keep his stockholders onboard. Treading water is not an option. Sowhen both candidates pick up a superdelegate, the tie goes to Clinton.Factor in the $2.5 million she picked up from last night's Elton Johnconcert, and we're giving her two-tenths of a point, bringing her to a 10.2 percent chance of winning the nomination.

Today's news: Obama snagged the endorsement of Wayne Holland, the chairof the Democratic Party in Utah, while Clinton netted former PittsburghMayor Sophie Masloff, for a gain of one superdelegate apiece . Elton John's benefit concert for Clinton last night raised $2.5 million for her campaign, and Clinton went on the attack in Pennsylvania ,airing a 60-second radio ad calling out Obama for exaggerating hisrefusal to take money from oil companies. The Puerto Rico newspaper El Nuevo Dia reports Clinton up in the polls by 13 percentage points in the territory, giving her some light at the end of the tunnel if she can hang on until June 1.

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