Campaigns Temper Expectations
Update (9:50 am MT): George Stephanopoulous on the campaigns' predictions:
Obama's supporters suggested to Stephanopoulos that Clinton would win in Indiana by as much as eight points, and Clinton's camp hinted that Obama would win by as much as 10 points in North Carolina. If either of those margins are trimmed, the loser will likely claim some sort of upset victory.
Terry McCauliffe was on Fox News this morning with Bill Hemmer. Hemmer said word is from Drudge that Clinton advisors say Obama will take N.C. by 15 points. He asked Terry if he's hearing those numbers and if he thinks Hillary can win that state. McCauliffe said he's never spoken to Drudge in his life and he hasn't heard those numbers.More...
But, McCauliffe wouldn't answer if he agreed with the predicton and instead started talking about Kentucky, W. Va. and Puerto Rico.
Hemmer tried to pin him down three times on N.C. and then Indiana. McCauliffe finally ended by saying he thinks she'll win Indiana. When asked the margin, he said "a win by one vote is a win."
It's very early but he sure didn't inspire confidence.
Next segment: Major Garrett says the Clinton campaign thinks she'll win Indiana by about 5 points. He says the Clinton campaign wouldn't have invested so many resources in North Carolina if they thought they were looking at a double digit loss. He said while the demographics overwhelmingly favor Obama, a five to 10 point loss in North Carolina is what they are hoping for.
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