February 6th, 2008
09:38 AM ET
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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. Kodi Q., Oregon

    I am a woman and even a Caucasian lesbian but i won't get behind Hillary just because she is a woman. In fact, I just want to scream out to the world to WAKE UP and start tuning in, quit dropping out. When it comes to making a decision, weigh the facts, then, and only then, balance that decision out with your intuition. Sadly, too many people vote according to their unconsciously biased, ingrained preferences. The California primary clearly showed our nation's division of race according to their voting habits. I like Obama not because he's a man or a woman or black or white; I like him for president because he seems to be the one person that has attracted people of all colors, education, faith systems, and yes…..even political parties. Barak Obama may just be the one person that bring our country together. He has the brains, heart, and vitality to do so. You don't have to be a political fossil to have experience. Seems to me that less political baggage is actually favorable in Washington. Sorry Hill.......I prefer Barak. He's the icing; you're the cake.

    February 6, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  2. Lawrence

    Ask yourself those questions. How long have you known the Clintons???? How long have you known Obama????

    Obama made such a BIG POSITIVE IMPACT within a short time.....

    Don't you think that he can do the same with the United State Of America.

    Everyone should vote for OBAMA....

    February 6, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  3. Graham F

    How many here are going to mispell the word "illiterate" while claiming to not be?

    Please look up functional illiteracy before responding again.

    February 6, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  4. Jacob, Houston

    I first listened to Obama's speeches about a year ago, and I told my co-worker back then that Obama will emerge and surprise a lot of people. I registered as a Democrat, but I'm somewhere in the middle. There was a report that claims Obama was even more liberal than Hillary, and that is the fact based on their votes in 2007.

    That is a concern if he wins (when go heads up with McCain), plus living near the Latino and Asian communities I know they want Hillary and not Obama. They really want their candidate which is Hillary.

    Don't you guys think Obama is too inexperienced and openly claims to change Washington when almost everyone in there plays the same old politics. Give it a thought if you think he or anyone can do that. I like his speeches, but he sounds like a pastor.

    February 6, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  5. Renee Martin

    I will vote for Barack Obama as I don't trust Hilliary Clinton. (I did vote for Bill Clinton twice) Because of the current Bush administration, I have begun to to follow politics more closely.
    I am afraid of Hilliary 's Universal Healthcare (I think that she will ruin employer related healthcare that is already in place) I can't understand how she plans to get healthcare for 47,000 Americans and the additional 20 million illegal aliens that she is so insistant on giving a path to citizenship . The American people are struggling and she seems to care more for the hispanic and Illegal alien vote more than an American born citizen.
    I don't trust her or Bill Clinton and I will not vote for Hilliary if she turns out to be the nominee.
    If the illegal aliens are given citizenship, it will destroy social securty, schools, hospitals and kill the american taxpayer and I feel that Hilliary doesn't care as long as she get the Illegal and hispanic votes. She doesn't care about the americans!
    Also thru watching the many debates and news media, I have seen how angry Hilliary and Bill Clinton have gotten, almost like evil!

    February 6, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  6. gene

    CNN will try to spin this as well, but Clinton won on super tuesday. She did this in face iof the fact that the three cable stations,CNN,MSNBC and FOX waged a relentless anti Clinton bias. Obama has won 15 states to date, 9 of which are red states and some so red they have never voted democratic in a general election since to were allowed to become a part of the united states The rest of these nine have not voted democractic since the civil rights act, sinded by LBJ. Tow of the states, Missouri and Iowa are swing states and the remaining four are blue states and of these four he only won Missouri by 5000 votes and Conn. by 10,000 votes. Bear in mind that he made race and issue and he carried the black vote in these states by as high as 8 to 1. In prevois comments, I have stated that he would lose in the general election, all of the south and border states (this includes Missouri)and he would lose a combination of either Michigan, Ohio, NewJersey, Pa. and game over. The reason this election is so muddled, is because he has invited republicans and independents to vote in these primary elections. Why in the world are we allowing them to select our democratic candidates. One other note. Six of his wins were caucus victories.

    February 6, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  7. Lyn

    The voters in MA and CA sent a very clear and strong message.....that their votes can not be bought or influenced by Oprah, Ted & Caroline Kennedy, MariaShriver, Sen Kerry, etc. We, "The voices of America" will vote for the most qualified person who will walk the walk and that person is HILLARY, not someone who only talks empty words of "Yes We Can and This is Our Time". Yes for WHAT, and time for WHAT????? And Michelle Obama directing voters to vote for her husband now because they are not going to do this again!!!! Is she out of her mind??? Are we beneath her or what? Hillary will fight for our values and our rights as Americans. HILLARY '08.

    February 6, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  8. Edward Green

    Lee- I am also disappointed by your comments.I am a doctor and do vote based on the issues.The point about Obama been young and would be a good vice president puts me off.Obama would have been older than Bill Clinton and JFK before he takes office.He has held about 12years of elected office.Has worked the past 24years from community organizer to his present post as Senator.Remember what Bill Clinton campaigned on against the most experienced Bush then? I am a student of history too! Enough of this experience stuff!

    February 6, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  9. Jake, California

    You see, Hillary should be very worried because the heavy latino states are over.
    Her moment was Tuesday, but she didn't pull it away so bye bye madam first lady.

    we have Lousiana, Washington State and Nebraska this weekenen...
    Clearly, these are not Latino towns! so Hillary, what's your strategy?

    we also have Maine on Sunday..still not Latino land

    then Next Tuesday which is yet another mini super Tuesday, we have Virginia, Maryland and Washington DC...
    It seems to me that Hillary has just a bit more time to be around.

    Obama's strongest scenarios: If you compete with him head to head in a state, you r dead.

    All those wins Hillary made in these large states were because of the old establishments and of course our Latino cousins who will not vote on the issue but simply against a Black man...[my apology goes to those Latinos who are educated and were able to vote on the issue]

    Take a deep breath Billary, change is coming!

    February 6, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  10. Sal in Phoenix

    To Dan,NJ, I want the best and most qualified person to get the job done without on the job training and that would be Hillary. And the rest of you who can't fiigure out why Hillary got more delegates than Obama, I suggest you get yourselves informed on the political process in this country before you make dumb comments.

    February 6, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  11. d

    Johnson... your remarks are INSULTING!!!! and INSULTING to MANY AMERICANS. Poor sport ... that's what Obama's campaign is – a sport, pep rally atmosphere. Had to stand up behind the Kennedy's and Oprah.

    In reality, the Kennedy's are old too – so INSULTING of you, I could barf !

    February 6, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  12. AJ, IL

    Come on Obamacans...it is time to start refilling the Obama's campaign with donations to show our support. Let's keep the momentum going! I feel that Ron Paul will be dropping out soon, so I invite Ron Paul supporters to join us Obamacans to bring about change.

    OBAMA in '08!

    February 6, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  13. Anonymous

    What good is 35 years of experience, if it doesn't give you better judgement? Secondly, President Bush has experience and so does Dick Cheney, but our country is still falling apart. Also, no one is pointing out that Hillary only has a few more years of senate experience than Barack. Beyond that, she only has the experience of being a first lady. So out of her 35 years of experience, I only give her 20 years of relevant experience, max. Thirdly, Barack has state and senate experience.

    February 6, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  14. Danny G. Boca Raton, FL

    This blog is just getting way too nasty, Sen. Clinton did very well, despite the bias of all the media wanting Obama to be coronated last night. the fact is that she and her husband are still very popular, Sen. Obama also lacks substance, change for the sake of change is no forward change. Sen. Clinton's speech said it best, we are a can do nation we know how to do it and it took one clinton to clean the mess of the first Bush, it will take another clinton to clean up the mess of the second Bush.

    February 6, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  15. AMN

    "The most powerful nation in the world." It's this superiority complex that has us in the fix we are in now. Some Americans are so arrogant. Ugh.

    But this race is so tight it's not even funny. What gets me is that people think that Black people vote for Obama just because he is Black. I am Black, and yes, I support him, but it's not just becuase he's Black, it's because he's real. He seems so tangible, and he allowed us a peek into his life (right down to the mistakes he made) with Dreams from My Father and The Audacity of Hope. Sorry, but Hilary doesn't seem personal like that. So, if she wins...okay, that's fine and I will vote for her, but I am for Obama all the way right now!

    And why do people say he has no experience? He was/is a Illinios senator! So what Hilary was First Lady? First Lady and Commander-in-Chief are two different things. She was/is a senator just like him. I don't buy that crap. If he wasn't qualified, he wouldn't have make it this far.

    But...we do still have Bush in office, so that doesn't say much for American standards of "qualification".

    February 6, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  16. Jeremy

    If Hilary's last name isn't Clinton is it even a question who the candidate for President should be??

    Yes We Can.
    Obama 08'

    February 6, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  17. Jon Cruz

    Anyone who calls CNN the "Clinton News Network" is obviously not paying much attention. The coverage both online and on television has been outrageously and transparently pro-Obama. I wish Bill Schneider and Wolf Blitzer would just endorse him already. At least Sean Hannity has the spine to do so.

    February 6, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  18. Ivan, Chicago, Illinois

    Did anyone notice that Obama won where there was not a primary but a CACUS.
    It would have been informative if the news networks would have given the
    per centage of the voters who showed up in the cacus states and the primary states.
    If as I suspect you had around 10% to 20% showing up in the cacus states and around 50% to 60% showing up in the primary states it would put Obama's wins in the proper perspective.

    February 6, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  19. tomdavie

    If hillary is the nominee, she WILL win Ohio and most importantly, FLORIDA.

    She got more votes than Mc Cain and didnt even campaign there.

    I have noticed how they wont add in the california delegates yet. So to say Obama is 'close' is probably not that accurate.

    He probably lost the pledged delegates by 50-100 , and when u add in the super delegates, its not that close.

    As for the media SUPER HYPING Obama. Ted Kennedy, Oprah .Media BIAS that is shamefull.

    -If that was going to work, It would have by now. People are used to it by now.

    – The more it goes on, the more people get SICK of the bias. They just want to watch the news.

    -If anyone hasnt noticed, the incredible media HYPE, Oprah stumping, and everythihg else failed to get obama a major victory.

    -The most alarming thing of all is that if Obama cannot STUMP in one state, he cannot drag out the youth vote or create hysteria, and doesnt do as well.

    His name recognition is not enough to win him the general election where all 50 states vote at the same time.

    February 6, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  20. Jennie

    Obama is the only candidate for change?
    Having a female president would be the biggest change this country has EVER seen!

    Obama ( or should I say Barack as Hillary is usually referred to by HER first name) is a Washington outsider and Clinton is politics as usual?
    How can that be when both candidates are sitting U.S. senators!

    CNN is looking as impartial as Fox these days.

    February 6, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  21. Jalwa

    We need to unite as a Democratic party!!! We cannot afford to 4 more years of George Bush! If the Republicans Win it will be 4 more years of the same. I realize that Obama inspires, but Hillary Clinton is the moderate with a track record of achievement. She is considered as a moderate by conservative media such as FOX. She has a better chance of bringing in the moderate voters on both sides of the party. The question of the decision to go to Iraq is largely academic at this point. we are in a tremendous mess. Hillary Clinton is READY to be commander in Chief on DAY 1. America does well when it is governed from the middle. Let us set our emotions aside and focus on the issues on hand. Vote for Hillary Clinton in the next few primaries.

    February 6, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  22. Michael

    It is clear that the choice for our democratic nominee should be Hillary Clinton. She won in the most important states, which should show all of us she is the most viable to beat the republican nominee.

    It is also clear by the votes that Hillary Clinton is the president for the lower income and working man and woman.

    John Edwards should put his endorsement behind Hillary Clinton, since she now showed him that the lower income voters have voiced their need.

    If John Edwards and Bill Richardson do not endorse Hillary Clinton, then I will know that what they have told us during their campaigning was a lie and I will no longer have faith in the word of these politicians.

    February 6, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  23. Andrew

    Wow it looks like Obama won 14/22 states including Missouri which traditionally never gets it wrong in choosing the POTUS.
    He won more delegates on the night but she has an edge stll with super delegates which can still change their mind
    She won 8 states and may have won the popular vote by about 50,000
    This is appalling for her no wonder shes firing some of her campaign staff
    Thats the real story of Super Tuesday folks

    February 6, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  24. sandy

    Can you imagine people going into the voting booth faced with John McCain a war hero, years of experience, noted for reaching across the aisle or Obama a jr. senator from Illinois who voted present on most all controversial legislation. We heard George Bush run on "change" eight years ago and look what we got. In Washington you need to know and understand how things get done you need to have built a base. We do not have time for Obama to practice and get experience while in office. Hillary Clinton is the real voice of change, look at the voting records. Most people voting for Obama do not know where he stands on most issues they would rather vote for a man whatever the ethnic baackground than vote for a women even though she is the most qualified for the job.

    February 6, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  25. Bart

    They candiadates both arent talking about the issue as throughly as id liek them too. Its moslty a popularity contest and whoever gets the hispanics and older people will win.

    There should be more debates about the issues at hand, like stem cell research and such. They should also explain why they think they way they do.

    February 6, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
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