Obama Camp Lowers Wisconsin Expectations

03/28/2008 02:46 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • Sam Stein Senior Politics Editor, The Huffington Post

The Obama campaign took concrete steps to lower expectations for their candidate in tomorrow's primary in Wisconsin.

On a conference call with reporters, campaign manager David Plouffe stated on several occasions that the Badger State represented friendly turf to Sen. Hillary Clinton. Obama's objective, he added, was to merely maintain his delegate lead: roughly 138 pledge delegates.

"[The Clinton camp] is competing very heavily here," said Plouffe. "They have had some amusing and creative reason for why they have not won states so far: [they're] too small, too many African Americans, too many college voters, too many red states...Wisconsin by their own definition is an important state."

What Plouffe was referring to was a refrain from Clinton and her surrogates that the contests Obama has won so far in the Democratic primary have either been formats favorably disposed to him, or states in which a Democrat will have difficulty in a general election.

With the Clinton campaign advertising heavily in the state, and with the tone and tenor of the attacks between the two camps heating up, Plouffe argued that Clinton has made a calculation that Wisconsin is, in fact, winnable.

"We think Wisconsin is going to be a competitive contest and I assume they've made the same decision," Plouffe said.