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Race Exciting, Exhausting For Voters

The momentum a delegate front-runner had coming in to the Pennsylvania primary less than a month ago apparently dwindled.

Sen. Hillary Clinton (D) New York, won the keystone state in Tuesday night's primary event, defeating Sen. Barack Obama (D) Il. with a win of 55 percent of the vote, over Obama's 45 percent.

Clinton's win can be credited partly to her win of blue-collar workers, women and whites.

The results of the Pennsylvania primary essentially wrote themselves. Obama, the self declared under-dog, lost the state to the predicted favorite.

"For six weeks Senator Obama and I have criss-crossed this state side by side making our best case. You listened and today you chose," said Clinton.

In a race for every delegate that has, for better or worse, lasted as long as it has, neither candidate seems ready to throw in the towel.

"We're coming to the end of the process. We've won twice as many states. We've won the popular vote by a substantial margin, we've got a very big lead in pledged delegates. We've competed in that respect, win or lose," Obama said Tuesday.

"It's been an amazing year, but it's also an exhausting year," said El Paso County Democrat Chairperson John Morris.

Despite the excitement, Morris thinks many voters are ready to see some light at the end of the tunnel.

"They're worried about internal damage to the party, because it's really all about a victory in November," he said.

The party first has to make it to the National Convention in Denver this August, about two months before one candidate has to take on all other presidential opponents, only after months trading verbal punches with each other.

"I think people would like to see the convention as it's been for the past 50 years, as a show of support for the presumptive nominee as opposed to an actual fight," Morris said.

With a Clinton win in Pennsylvania, the front runners stand poised to ring the bell for the next round.

There are nine more primary contests ahead, starting with Indiana and North Carolina on May 6.


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