Supporters of Senator Hillary Clinton say theyâ€™ll focus their attention on the next round of state primaries, following her loss last night in Connecticut to Senator Barack Obama. WNPRâ€™s Diane Orson reports.
Two visits in a week, 11th hour phone calls, direct mailings and TV ads and were not enough to deliver a Super Tuesday victory to Hillary Clinton in Connecticut, a state sheâ€™d once considered an easy win. At the Fairchild Wheeler Golf Course in Fairfield , supporters and volunteers gathered to watch the results. Jason Bartlett, co-chair of the Hillary Clinton for CT campaign, says heâ€™s not discouraged.
"Hillary won big time nationally and what we did in Connecticut is, we withstood Senator Obama investing an incredible amount of money in our state. So we are very happy because for Senator Clinton to win in Massachusetts and win big in New York, and win big in New Jersey, basically thereâ€™s no real difference in terms of delegates. And everyone knows that its going to come down to delegates. I think that weâ€™re still in a very good position to win the nomination."
47-year old Debra Hauser is a Clinton volunteer.
"I intend to do everything I possibly can to have her become the next president of the United States. And I think all the volunteers here feel the exact same way."
Attorney General Richard Blumenthal has known Clinton since their days as students together at Yale Law School. He says her battle with Senator Barack Obama is shaping up to be a battle over the heart and soul of the Democratic party in America: a battle between experience and inspiration.
"And a lot of it will be which candidate can really answer the fears and also the highest longings of the American people at this point in history. They want change, but itâ€™ll be a question of which direction the change should go."
Clinton goes on to Ohio and Pennsylvania. Her supporters in Connecticut say the battle may continue all the way to the Democratic National Convention in August.