February 6th, 2008
09:38 AM ET
8 years ago

No rest for Clinton, Obama; 7 more contests fast approach

 Sen. Hillary Clinton celebrates with her supporters Tuesday night in New York.

Sen. Hillary Clinton celebrates with her supporters Tuesday night in New York.

(CNN) - With Sens. Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton almost even in delegate counts, the two Democratic presidential candidates will focus on several weekend contests and then a trio of primaries in the Washington area next Tuesday.

Super Tuesday delivered a split decision for the Democrats. CNN estimates showed Clinton earned a handful more delegates than Obama, who surprised observers by taking states where the senator from New York had large polling leads until recently.

The latest estimate gave Clinton 582 of the 1,681 delegates at stake Tuesday, compared with 562 for Obama. It will take time to determine the final distribution because of complicated formulas.

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  1. Bene

    I was torn between Hillary and Obama, however after yesterday I made up my mind for Hillary. She has been working hard and stayed on the issues. She does not have the media behind her and the so “influential” endorsements, and she is still winning votes. That tells me that she really has a message that is reaching a lot of people. She has “substance” something that has been difficult for me to grasp in Obama. I’m tired of nice empty speeches. She certainly has my vote.

    Bene TX

    February 6, 2008 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  2. Lawyer2B

    Uh, that's 582 for Hillary Clinton which beats Obama's 562. Hillary also has a strong lead in super delegates.

    Now can the media stop the bogus Obama hype and let the voters decide these primaries?

    February 6, 2008 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  3. Gigi

    Why can't you EVER say something positive about Hillary's wins??? She won the states that count, despite backing for Obama from his wealthy, "influential" supporters like the Kennedy's and Oprah. Very influential indeed in turning people off.
    GO HILLARY! We love you.

    February 6, 2008 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  4. Hill Supporter from Minnesota

    She won it through hard work.

    February 6, 2008 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  5. Mrs. America, somewhere, USA

    Why won't CNN give Clinton credit for her win?? No matter how good she does, CNN will still somehow report Obama the winner. This morning on CNN, Clinton was 93 delegates ahead of Obama, not just 30 as this ticker is showing. The media (and CNN is doing this as much as any other station) is trying to make Obama the winner and not stating the facts. We Americans are NOT STUPID. Report the facts and not just the outcome CNN WANTS!! Clinton is the clear front-runner now, no matter how much people try to deny it!

    February 6, 2008 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  6. mike

    I believe clinton actually won nation wide more than Obama. This voted is bias because Black voted overhelmingly to Obama!

    February 6, 2008 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  7. A

    split decision? go to drudgereport "obama claims delegate lead".
    Obama wins 14 states, Hillary 8, and he beats her in delegates, yet the clinton news network makes it sound as if obama wasn't even in the race.

    February 6, 2008 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  8. JohnT

    Is CNN a news network or a political action committee? Last night's primary coverage was so slanted toward Obama that one might rightly call CNN the 'Obama Channel.' One can expect biased reporting from Roland Martin (he's clearly carrying water for Obama), but the rest of CNN's so-called reporters? I finally gave up and shifted over to ABC News, where they were at least making an effort to appear neutral. Please CNN, report the news, don't hype your favorite candidate.

    February 6, 2008 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  9. faboo

    Ya'll can call it a 'split decision' if you like, but you have to admit that Sen. Obama kicked some butt. What I wrote earlier today:

    I sat here last night, watching them call states for him and it didn't really dawn on me until I was tabulating them for my blog. I was just blown away that in some states, Obama "from nowhere" could go from a 28 point deficit 2.5 months ago, to winning by 25%. To beat the Clinton's and their entrenched and extensive noise machine. Despite their race-baiting, and lies about Sen. Obama's present votes and other smear, he won in states that he wasn't projected to win. All 8 of Clinton's states she was expected to win even before Iowa. She still had to spend a lot of money and time in those states. And just looking at the map and the number of votes, Obama could beat any of the GOP candidates. Clinton would be like John Kerry and get the coasts. Yes, it's was a very good night.

    And everyone's even amused by this delegate counting (how you guys have decided to include the superdelegates in the totals all off sudden) you guys are doing. We have an actual race and so far Sen. Obama is winning it on all fronts.

    February 6, 2008 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  10. Joe

    Obama made a good showing. What it means is that the American people want change for what ever its worth. Our vote means very little. The Super Delegates are going to make sure that Hillary gets the nomination. Current and former Presidents are among the delegates, and low and behold Bill Clinton is one of the so called distinuished party leaders who has a vote. This is why a lot of people refuse to vote because they know its means nothing.

    February 6, 2008 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  11. Dan, NJ

    Update your numbers. Obama has won more delegates. She failed again to put him away when she had the chance. Hillary will look back on today as the beginning of the end. I'm going to donate to Obama now and expect a big $$ day for the people's choice.

    Open question to Dems:

    Do you want the candidate that expands the party by attracting new voters or the candidate that mobilizies the Republican base and could consolidate conservatives behind John McCain?

    February 6, 2008 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  12. J.

    How does Obama win Alabama and yet Clinton gets more delegates?

    February 6, 2008 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  13. pam Eugene OR

    Go Obama
    No more Clintons

    February 6, 2008 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  14. TR in CO

    Hillary is hanging on by a thread. The Obama movement is gaining and is going to steamroll the next round.

    People want REAL change, which Obama offers; Hillary stands for the status quo.

    Do you want 4 to 8 years of the political acrimony we experienced with the Clintons before? If not, then Obama is the one to support.

    A Clinton nomination would also help the republicans, due to her huge negative rating by nearly 1/2 the country. Obama can get independents and some republicans to vote for him; no way Hillary can do that.

    Yes We Can

    February 6, 2008 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  15. Ron, TX

    Why does every mainstream media station have a different delegate count?

    It's pretty clear that Obama won by less than 10.

    Obama edged out Hillary on delegates.
    Obama whomped Hillary on the state-win count: 14 to 8.
    Obama crushed Hillary in the red states: 8 to 4.
    Obama tied Hillary with states that always go democrat anyway: 4 to 4.

    It's pretty clear the democrats need Obama to put the red-leaning states into play for November. He consistently beats McCain in national general election surveys, and Hillary consistently loses. In the last 17 polls on this topic: Hillary loses to McCain -14- times. McCain only beats Obama -5- times. That's out of -17-.

    Make the RIGHT choice America, chose the candidate ready to WIN on Day ZERO!
    GObama '08!

    February 6, 2008 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  16. Brian - Ohio

    Last night I was so excited seeing the results coming in, and of seeing so many Democrats going out to vote yesterday! In every State, total Democrats voting was more than total Republicans!!!! One thing is for real, we want to take the White House in November.

    This race is so tight that I guess I will do get the chance to vote on March 4th in Ohio as I doubt it will be decided by then.

    I really hope we can be united behind who ever finally wins the nomination. We all need to be united behind our candidate in order to win in November.

    February 6, 2008 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  17. Joe, Florida

    People say a CLINTON/OBAMA ticket is a far fetched dream, I say let's prove them wrong.

    If there is a Clinton/Obama ticket, there will be a landslide victory.

    Go Hillary Go Obama, Together!! 2008

    February 6, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  18. Steven Mather

    I don't get it. Are there enough delegates left for either Clinton or Obama to reach the 2015 (or so) they need. With Clinton at appx. 800 and Obama at appx. 700, that make 1500 delegates already used. The 2015 delegates required to grab the spot means Clinton needs to win 1415 more, or Obama needs 1515.

    Are there even that many delegates left in the few remaing states?

    What happens when it's all done and Clinton has 1999 and Obama has 1900 hypothetically). Who wins. THose of us in Florida sure don't win, our delegates don't even vount. So much for a majority vote, again.

    February 6, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  19. jennifer

    WE LOVE YOU HILLARY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    February 6, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  20. Scott, Royal Oak

    Why are there so many different estimates for delegates won? CNN appears to be the only site saying Hillary won more delegates last night

    February 6, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  21. kevin creaven

    I am most suprised that women do not come out and support Hillary Clinton, A woman in the White House is also CHANGE, we all look to the United States of Americia for example, but in this regard the United States of Americia are very old fashioned by not wanting a woman in the White House. Women of the United States of Americia, get out there and support Hillary Clinton.

    Kevin Creaven Galway Ireland

    February 6, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  22. Nana

    It is high time,the democratic party should reflect,do they follow the peoples vote or do the follow some few individual who call them selves supper delegates.It is a delicate moment for the Democrate,they may lose faith and sieze being the alternative to the republican party.
    OBAMA you have a vision,America is heading to that change you are professing.

    February 6, 2008 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  23. Matthew

    That is the funniest, ugliest picture I have seen in a long time of Clinton. Love it.

    February 6, 2008 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  24. Tracey

    I think the fact that Obama has more pledged delegates and has won more states than Hillary says a lot. It says that the American people are for Obama. Hillary is only ahead in the full delegate count because of the superdelegates, who are senior Democrats who basically have received privilege b/c of their tenure in politics and already have ties with the Clintons.

    I really hope Obama wins enough American votes to overcome the effect of these "superdelegates" because if that is what it comes down to in the end, what is the point of our vote?

    February 6, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  25. v.cifaldi&paul



    GO HILLARY!!!!

    February 6, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
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