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PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton thanked Pennsylvania voters for giving her a must-win victory in Tuesday's primary and immediately asked for money to help keep her White House bid alive.
U.S. media projected Clinton the winner over rival Illinois Sen. Barack Obama in the hard-fought Pennsylvania race, extending their battle to determine who will face Republican John McCain in November's presidential election.
Addressing cheering supporters at a victory rally in Philadelphia, Clinton said the win belongs to them and appealed for more help so that she could remain in the race.
"Your support has meant the difference between winning and losing," she said. "Now, we can only keep winning if we can keep competing with an opponent who outspends us so massively, so I hope you'll go to HillaryClinton.com and show your support tonight, because the future of this campaign is in your hands."
A Clinton spokesman told reporters she had raised nearly half a million dollars in less than an hour after the polls closed.
"Supporters are fired up," he said.
Previously their best fundraising records were about $1 million a day, So he noted this pace was significant -- raising half of their record daily hauls in such a short time period.
Writing by JoAnne Allen; Editing by David Wiessler