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. Taylor


    I am very offended by your comment. I am a highly educated, hard working individual (I actually have a MBA). I have also watched every single debate, Republican and Democrat since the very first one. I take my political choices very seriously and have evaluated every candidate before making my decision. Most of my family and friends are also in the same position of me and only one of them supports Obama. To judge all Clinton supporters in that way is ridiculous.

    February 6, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  2. Rebecca Wiggins Wylie, TX

    Get ready America for the First Woman United States President !!!!! Prepare to show her the Respect she Deserves.......She will be the Democratic Nominee!

    February 6, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  3. Phil

    Lot's of name calling and finger pointing in these posts.
    It's very unfortunate.
    Perhaps something to think about for the future is how the Democrats conduct their primaries. These caucuses are an abomination. To think that a few thousand select individuals speak for a whole state's party is bizarre.
    Years ago the Dems moved away from winner take all primaries and one of the instigators for this was Jesse Jackson. It has created a situation that going into the convention there will be a leader but no clear winner. That's when the real fighting will begin.

    February 6, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  4. jp/michigan

    Johnson: obviously you are taken in by Obamas rhetoric because he sells platitudes, not policy. Only issue he has going for he is the Iraq War. If you have time check out when and why the speech was given, then you would understand why he said what he did. He gave the speech that he was for wars but not for DUMB wars, at a ANTI-WAR rally. What else would you expect he would say? It helped him get into the Senate. But at the 2004 democratic convention he supported Kerry and Edwards who voted for the war, and that made him famous and got him in the Senate on his way to be President. He not fooling any one , he takes what ever stand helps him get where he wants to be. Forget the flowery unity speeches, look at his voting record, experiences and his platform on the issues. Put them side by side with Hillarys , hers make more sense and are feasible. I am an college educated white female.

    February 6, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  5. Samuel

    After watching yesterday's events, it is apparent these two need each other. There are no winners or losers.

    It is very apparent Senator Obama does not have the backing of Hispanic voters, Asian voters, older folks, and moderates. Most are for Hillary Clinton. It is apparent that Senator Clinton has the backing of less that 30% of the young adults and people who registered Independent and she has no African American support.

    It is also apparent what a difference young adults have made in this election. Historically, younger adults do not show up during the general election. Primarily because of the timing. November is a difficult month. Exams, end of semester, and preparing for the holidays.

    Neither can say one group or the other will shift, as the lines have been drawn hard on the sand. This will not end at the convention. Even after the convention, the other half is going to feel cheated. That they deserve it more.

    We cannot tear at each other like this. Both Senator Obama and Senator Clinton have proven their point. This contest is about race and gender. Like President Clinton said, we waited for this day when we can go to the polls and vote for a African American or woman. Unfortunately, they are both running at each other.

    If we tear at each other like this and we can't even bring our side together, how are we going to bring the country together. I seriously doub't either of them can bring this country together at this rate. Both are equally divisive.

    I am torn between the two.

    February 6, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  6. peter

    The media divides us. Do not be moved by these categories, and folks from both camps should lay off criticizing "illiterates", "educated", "women", "Blacks", etc. and focus on what each candidate holds forth to the American Public and how he or she can best win against McCain.

    February 6, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  7. Alice

    Dan, if everyone cynically voted for the candidate they felt was "electable" rather than the one who was more qualified for the job, we'd keep getting idiots like the incumbent who most Americans would like to have a beer with but who doesn't have a clue how to run either the country or its foreign affairs. Forget electability and also forget charisma, people. We need a president with the know-how to dig us out of the deep, deep hole that Bush has dug for America.

    February 6, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  8. kigozi


    February 6, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  9. Abe

    Hillary did better in the states that actually make a difference in the general election. I think its been some time since Idaho made a difference. Winning California was huge for her!!!!

    Go HILLARY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 6, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  10. Bob

    80% of all African-Americans are not rich and well educated. Thats how many voted for Obama. The media said that most high income and well educated blacks voted for Obama.

    February 6, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  11. Amy

    I have been following the US party elections and find it interesting at all the critiques that have been occuring with the one female candidate in either presidential race. It is her record and words which has garnered the most attention. Why is the media not doing the same in depth analysis of everyone?? I only see the media targeting Hillary Clinton and not closely doing the same examination of Barak Obama. What experience does he have internationally–no comment on this topic or any serious issue that will affect the country.

    February 6, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  12. Jackie

    I was torn between Hillary and Obama before Bill Clinton decided to take negative and racial swipes at Obama. That's when I really began to focus on Obama and then realized he was the best candidate. Thanks Bill! If Obama does not get the nomination, I don't know that I can cast a vote for Hillary. Another four years of Bushism in the white house.

    February 6, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  13. Adam in Texas

    Some of these comments I've read through are simply disconcerting. I've never posted on any CNN.com article before, but feel compelled to rant a bit about some things I've read.

    I suppose the first thought that comes to mind is ignorance. Not from everyone, of course. But some people say things that are appalling, such as Obama can't win any white voters or Clinton gets only the "dumb" Democrats. Statistically, Obama does better amongst well-educated Democrats, but that doesn't mean that degree holding Liberals can't support Hillary. Obama is progressively doing better at racking up the "white vote". Despite losing California, Obama won the white vote there. What hurt him, CNN suggested, was actually the Asian vote.

    For those of you who are closed minded, please open up. Obama has spent less time in Washington than his rivals, but his approach to politics is what makes him so appealing, especially in the youth. Change – it's not just empty rhetoric, it's a fundamental core belief that fuels the entire campaign. There is a valid point to be made that people are turned off by the politics of today, and politics should be more inclusive. Obama is not fighting a specific policy, he's fighting the way politics are decided. I think it's compelling, and very deep. You just have to open up to it.

    And Hillary is not a witch who can't hold her own against McCain, either. The Republicans are in a bad shape right now for November. Either Democratic Candidate will perform very well.

    I saw someone write about Obama being more liberal than Hillary. Check your facts – they are about on par. Many of their beliefs are the same, just the philosophy behind the belief differs slightly.

    Anyways, before you write something that is belittling, please try to consider checking sources, thinking from different perspectives, and in a broader scope. Fight the ignorance! And, spell check doesn't hurt, either.

    February 6, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  14. Karen

    Against all those "machine" pushing for Obama, Hillary for 2008!

    February 6, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  15. v.cifaldi&paul


    GO HILLARY!!!!!

    February 6, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  16. v.ananthan

    ITS VERY IMPORTANT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    -Hillary supporter.
    HILLARY 08.

    February 6, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  17. Mike

    I find it hard to imagine that anybody would vote for Hillary Clinton. Its clear how fake her speeches are. And we now cry the night before every big election. Im not 100% sold on either candidate at this point but I find it incredibly hard to think that anybody who has closely followed this race would firmly volunteer their vote to Hillary. The Clinton machine is dirty and will say whatever it wants to simply get elected. They are THE QUINTESSENTIAL EXAMPLE of whats broken in Washington and needs to be thrown out on its head. Please people, how can you miss this???

    February 6, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  18. Bemused

    Ok, so... "I voted for Hillary and I am NOT illetrate!!" Hmm... that's an interesting sentence. It seems emphatic, and yet... proves the opposite.

    February 6, 2008 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  19. Jay

    If all of u Hillary supporters love her so much u might want to give her some money, she could really use it! OBAMA 08!

    February 6, 2008 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  20. Abbi

    Obama is a smooth talker (little specifics) and seems to get away with anything in his past. He even has the media on his side compared to Hillary. He may win the primary on the slogan of Change and with help from republicans but then when it will come to the general elections the tables will turn when he gets the real punches from the republicans. His defeat will be 4 years or more of the same policies. So much for Change. So is a vote for Obama a vote AGAINST CHANGE. The demographics favours his win in the democratic party but Hillary will appeal to the wider voter base (in addition to getting the votes Obama is getting) and the republicans, in spite of what they may say in public, would rather have Obama than Hillary as the democratic nominee.

    February 6, 2008 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  21. Joseph Claghorn

    Just because Obama scored a large percentage of the black vote does not make this vote "biased." He appeals to African Americans for obvious reasons, but also to young people and whites. The fact that he won states like Minnesota and Colorado, as well as most of the rural states says that he has broad appeal outside of the black vote. Clinton obviously has the support of the party establishment democrats (outside of the black vote), but Obama has the capacity to end the supposed divide between red states/blue states, urban/rural areas, and even black/white. And he certainly hasn't alienated the party establishment either.

    February 6, 2008 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  22. Sal in Phoenix

    To Ingrid Turner, she didn't vote for a war,she voted to get observers into Iraq to find WMD, unfortunately Pres. Bush, your fellkow Texan, took it further into war. And, so what if she was a lawyer for Wal-Mart. I'll bet you shop there. And her husband signed NAFTA into law but she's on record for not agreeing with it. Ans Chris, illegals can't and don't vote!

    February 6, 2008 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  23. Jorge - SF, CA

    To Johnson and mark:

    I'm an educated, LEGAL, Latino who voted for Hillary yesterday.

    I earn more than the "typical" Hillary voter.

    I have voted for all ethnic groups in the past, for both genders.

    I voted HILLARY b/c she has substance, isn't afraid to talk about the issues, and she has ideas.

    She's not all talk.

    Your "analysis" as to why people are voting for Hillary is sad and racist.

    February 6, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  24. john L Cerrato, Rockville Centre, NY

    Let's get real, Obama can't beat McCain. The Red States will remain the Red States for McCain. Obamacan't get the Hispanic Vote or the Asian Vote. All McCain needs to do is take one blue State like California & it's over. Obama is too Liberal to win across the country.

    In New York it could be difficult for Obama if the Jewish Vote which went for Hillary could go to McCain because of the support for Israel and Senator's Liberberman support and maybe Mayor Bloomberg.

    Only Senator Clinton can win in NY and California because of her coalition of Women, Hispanic, and older voters, & Asian voters.

    February 6, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  25. jds Pennsylvania

    Those people boasting for Obama on Hillary's comment page should go instead to Barack Husaine Obama's comments.

    Hillary is the one to choose if you want to make America right. Like she said it took a Clinton after the last Bush and it will take a Clinton after this disasterous Bush.


    February 6, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
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