PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania (CNN) — Sen. Hillary Clinton claimed victory in Pennsylvania on Tuesday, beating out Sen. Barack Obama after a bruising seven-week campaign.”It’s a long road to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. and it runs right through the heart of Pennsylvania,” she told supporters in Philadelphia. I’m in this race to fight for you … You know you can count on me to stand up strong for you every single day in the White House.”
Clinton commended Obama and his campaign, saying they are in many ways “on this journey together.” Tuesday’s projected victory follows Clinton’s wins in other big states such as Ohio, New York and California. Her campaign said that should raise new questions about whether Obama, who leads Clinton in the overall Democratic race, can beat presumptive Republican nominee John McCain in November.
“The tide is turning,” Clinton told cheering supporters. Chelsea Clinton’s eyes welled with tears as she watched her mother speak.
With about 99 percent of precincts reporting, Clinton was leading Obama by 10 points. Clinton will pick up a majority of the state’s 158 delegates.