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Clinton volunteers revel

Beth Sindaco gets excited when Hillary Clinton is announced as the projected winner of the Pennsylvania Democratic primary on Tuesday.

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Hillary Clinton supporters clap for her victory in the Pennsylvania primary on Tuesday night.

Aimee Dilger photo/the times leader

Sen. Hillary Clinton supporters went through so many campaign signs Tuesday that they had to resort to pulling extras off their headquarters walls – all part of an effort to make Clinton the Democratic presidential nominee.

It may have helped.

Clinton bested her opponent, Sen. Barack Obama, in the Keystone State.

In Luzerne County, unofficial returns showed Clinton garnering 48,075 eletronic and absentee votes to Obama’s 15,975.

Clinton campaign volunteers spent Tuesday evening watching the election results at Bart and Urby’s Bar and Bistro in downtown Wilkes-Barre, where emotions were running high.

“This is wonderful,” Mary Ann Alapeck said. “I’ve beaten two cancers and was sick today, but I came out.”

Alapeck is hopeful Clinton will get into office and bring back the men and women serving in Iraq.

“I feel sorry for the parents,” she said. “She’s going to do a lot for us.”

Some volunteers were already looking toward the future – and the next primary in North Carolina.

“If I cross the Hudson (river), it has to be special,” said Stuart J. Bernhard, of Sayville, N.Y.

He’s still pondering whether to head south.

“We think she is the best person for the veterans because she will speak up and right the wrongs,” Stuart said.

With Clinton’s downtown Wilkes-Barre campaign headquarters set to close today, many volunteers said they’ll miss the area and hope they’ll return to campaign for the general election.

“The people in this area have been really great and kind to Hillary,” said volunteer Nona Russell, a Pittston native who now lives in Chicago.

Russell spent Tuesday afternoon fielding phone calls, relaying messages and organizing volunteers.

One of them, Sean Mack, stood on Public Square and River Street on Tuesday with signs that read “Honk for Hillary!”

Mack traveled from New York to support Clinton and said she’s been a wonderful senator for his state because of the concern she showed during visits to his hometown of Cortland.

“We’ve never had that kind of service,” he said.

Mack worked at Clinton campaign headquarters in New Hampshire and Ohio before heading to Wilkes-Barre, and he plans to go where his candidate needs him.

Mack said volunteers arrived in Wilkes-Barre as early as 6 a.m. to stand at various polling places, drive people to vote, walk door-to-door and make phone calls.

“I’d say 98 percent of people said they had already voted,” said Ann Turnbach, of Houston, Texas, a Hazleton native who worked in Wilkes-Barre the past week as a volunteer for Clinton’s cause.

“I’m just passionate about wanting Hillary to win,” Turnbach said, adding that after Clinton won Ohio and Texas, the excitement was just too much to ignore.

“I thought my state would make her proud.”

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