February 6th, 2008
09:38 AM ET
5 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. sj

    For those of you who brand Hillary supporters as 'the poor, uneducated ' , I am a Hillary supporter and I am neither poor, nor uneducated.

    Also, even if that was the case, the poor and uneducated are as worth being heard as educated and rich.

    As far as illegal immigrants voting for Hillary, that is a false statement because only US citizens are eligible to vote – even the legal immigrants can not vote, let alone the illegal ones.

    Like many other Hillary supporters, I believe, she is the best fit for the presidency.

    Hillary 08!

    February 6, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  2. Gracious

    It looks CNN is very biased against Hillary. Obama has the rhetoric, but Hillary is action in word and deed all the way. Go Hillary 2008

    February 6, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  3. J.C.T.

    BARACK OBAMA IS SPENDING HIS DAYS OF RELAXATIONS.
    WATCHING VIDEOS OF MARTIN LUTHER KING,FIDEL CASTRO AND HUGO CHAVEZ..
    HE IS MESSING OUR DEMOCRATIC PARTY WITH POPULIST ACTS...
    HE DON'T HAVE ANY ORIGINAL IDEAS.....
    AMERICANS VOTERS VERY SOON ARE GOING TO WAKE UP TO REALITY...
    HILLARY CLINTON
    WILL BE NOMINATED SOON OR LATER..
    LATIN AMERICANS CITIZENS
    WILL GIVE TO HER SUPPORT 100%

    February 6, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  4. Eclectic

    The only reason CNN has clinton leading in deligate count by one is because they are in denial. They really want Clinton to win. But don't worry, Obama will make them tell it like it will be after the next few primaries when Obama gives them no choice but to tell the truth about the popularity of his fantastic idea of uniting this natrion. Division is what CNN is known for red states-blue state, hispanics hates blacks nonesense.

    February 6, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  5. Pravda

    Ever since the begining of this race the media and the polls downplayed Clinton supporters making her look like the underdog. Through her committment and hard work she has shown us that she truly is a leader.

    February 6, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  6. RD

    Congratulations Hillary !!! I am a little bit perplexed that Obama is getting such a big hype on the 300 or so votes he won in Alaska.

    February 6, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  7. Caleb

    It truly is wonderful to see such vociferous efforts put into mere discussion of this election and regardless of the nominee (though of course Obama is my preferred choice) I hope that everyone will maintain their dedication to seeing a democrat in office and encourage others to do so as well. Voter turnout is the main thing working against us and both Clinton and Obama must campaign offensively to guarantee that the ritualistic republican voters allow us to sink further in our global standing.

    February 6, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  8. Svanbasten

    This is like half time and Hillary has a slight lead going into the 3rd Quarter.

    A good defense and stellar stamina will eventually determine the winner and Obama has these qualities.

    It may be a squeaker but he will WIN the nomination and go ahead and win in November.

    No need to be abusive, stick to the issues.

    February 6, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  9. Samuel

    Quinn...

    I guess you haven't been paying attention to whats been going on the last 7 years.

    I think one canvote for a puppy and be certain that they made the right decision than putting another Republican in the White House. I guess you want some more of what was shoved down our throat the last 7 years.

    College kids...if you want to lose your financial aids...vote for McCain...if you want to let the Republicans blindly "go bomb..bomb Iran!"..vote for McCain...remember if we do that, I am pretty much certain the draft would be re-instated. Consider yourself drafted and in another pointless war!

    If you want to drag this country deeper into debt, tarnish it's reputation a little bit more, send more jobs overseas, destroy small business and entreprenurship....vote for McCain..

    Senator Clinton or Senator Obama..are our ONLY choice for a better future...

    My father in law is a white male, 63 years of age. He said, if Obama gets nominated he will vote for McCain. He is a union organizer and a lifelong democrat. You sound like him! Get a grip!

    February 6, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  10. Truth

    Hillary will never win the Presidency. She is a divisive liar that will do anything to get elected. Obama supporters will stay home or vote for McCain. Do these Hillary supporters think the increase in voters is for her. If it goes to the convention it's a win for Obama. Too many people dislike her.

    February 6, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  11. sally in New York

    Wow – What a shame – All the insults. Who cares who is Black/White or what Gender.
    Who cares how rich or poor. Who has been afforded an education and how many degrees. It is "We the people that matter" Because of our attitudes and our discriminations toward our fellow American we are no longer the most powerful nation in the world and we have ourselves to blame. If you are voting based color or gender Don't vote – that is just wrong.

    February 6, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  12. Janie

    Okay several things....

    1 – If the Kennedy clan and Oprah were in support of Clinton her supporters would be using it as additional reasons to vote for her – that simple

    MOST IMPORTANTLY...

    In this election we (the people) will be making history. The future of our country is at stake. I BEG you to remember that is not just our future that at stake it is the future of our children. I am 46 with 3 children 26, 19, and 15 – when I decided who to vote for I looked at the candidate that would CHANGE our country's current track. Where do I want to see the country 5 – 10 – 20 years from now – not for me but for my children.

    This group of young new voters have found someone to believe in, someone that not only gives them hope but someone they feel they can hope with. Don't deny this generation the opportunity to have hope in the future of this country. For the most part they are a generation known to be hopeless – Obama has changed that for 100's of 1000's – Should you deny Obama the nomination I fear you will forever dash the hopes of many of our own children.

    Just my opinion

    February 6, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  13. Peanuts

    and yooooooooou know these people are voting for McCain...how? How many votes are we looking at. Millions or 100. That's spiting the nose on your own face. Your going to cross your party line for that reason! Wow!! How are you anyhow? If Hillary looses, I will just vote for Obama. End of story.

    February 6, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  14. cici

    A woman for president -–YES!!!! This woman says NO, NO, NO, NEVER to Hillary/Billary!!!! She's too full of herself AND she's got Bubba in tow. No more Clintons in the WH! No to dynasties!

    February 6, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  15. Bobby

    America is a country that bases everything on race or on gender. To read comments with the underlying tone "if Obama wins the primary I will vote for a republican or I will not vote at all" is simply rediculus. Individuals only have one vote, and that vote should be cast. I firmly believe that if you don't believe in something, you will believe in anything. Racial prejudice is what keeps America 20 years behind in several categories. When will people learn that no one is superior to another. Look at the BIG picture which goes well beyond race or gender. This is about the future of AMERICA! Vote for a democrate and let's keep it real

    February 6, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  16. Illinois Democrat

    Check out this online news flash from the 'Albuquerque Journal' dated 02-06-08; and then consider if this reminds you of the infamous 2000 election day results from Florida. Hmmm…counting must continue the candidate preferrred by the Lt. Governor of New Mexico has secured her victory?

    "Clinton holds narrow lead over Obama with thousands of votes to be counted.
    8:15am UPDATE: As many as half of the nearly 17,000 provisional ballots to be hand-counted today could be thrown out, New Mexico Lt. Gov. Diane Denish — a strong backer of Hillary Clinton — told 770 KKOB Radio's morning show host Bob Clark just moments ago."

    February 6, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  17. Cathi

    Kudos for Hillary....the clear winner! Oprah needs to re-think her...."I've never endorsed a politcal candidate" But.....he's black and that's a good reason! Obama can talk out of both sides of his mouth with his pepsodent smile all day long. When it comes right down to the main issues......Hillary is the CLEAR choice!

    February 6, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  18. LeeAnn N. Taylor, San Francisco, Ca

    Glad people of the greatest state in the Union – CALIFORNIA! – know a president when we see one. Hillary all the way, baby!

    Go Hillary (and go Lakers!!)

    February 6, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  19. Matt

    The most shocking stat of the night, in my opinion, is that Hillary won the "last minute deciders" by 11 points.

    Was this Obama wave of popularity all hype? Or is a backlash brewing?

    February 6, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  20. Lee

    Quinn and all Barack Obama's supporters (including CNN):

    If Barack Obama gets the nomination, I'll vote for McCain

    Barack Obama can't be electable in November, 08

    Vote for the person who can win in November, 08 and that will never be Barack Obama

    We are not ready for Barack Obama yet, at least in this election

    The vote for Barack Obama = the vote for destroying the American image

    February 6, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  21. Bob Coats

    Hillary is a witch doctor.

    February 6, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  22. shobha

    I am dying to see the faces of Oprah Winfrey, Ted Kennedy, Maria Shriver, John Kerry and a whole lot democratic party establishment (if these are not who?) after they heard that MA and CA went for Hillary. I was so thrilled with that news. Obama wants to talk about future and not past but is surrounded by the past. Hillary is right, she is not going to let anyone swiftboat this election. What a statement !!

    February 6, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  23. ximena

    johnson - your comments on how hard working uneducated people vote are so
    racist. Just because those people did not have the resources to go to school and get an education, it does not mean they are not smart people. I think you are the one who needs to pay more attention to the debates because you are making a bad decision voting for Obama. You are either black or a white man, who can not stand to have a woman president therefor, you are voting for somebody that has zero experience, voted no for the war on Iraq, but voted YES to okay billions of dollars to pay for the war. I bet you didn't know that!!!!

    February 6, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  24. Al, Sacramento Ca

    Californian's were not swayed by the Shriver and Ted endorsement...we sure got past the awe inspiring rhetoric. We will stick to facts and a candidate with a clear plan.

    Hillary 08!!

    February 6, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  25. moody

    For all Hillary supporters that claimed this a victory for her for super Tuesday.... Why is no one talking about how Obama won Utah!! That is a republican conservative state. The same state that Mitt Romey won. Their were hardly any black vote there. It's just strange to me how all these analysis are not bringing up that Hillary is not winning all white states. She wins states where their is a more diversity. Where Obama is winning all white states as well as diverse ones. Its a movement people wake up!!

    February 6, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
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