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. obamarama

    Hillary doesn't have powerful endorsements or the media behind her??? Where have you been the last few years. The media completely endorsed Hillary until about three or four months ago – probably for no other reason than who she is married to. The former First Lady thought that these primaries were nothing more than a coronation for her. If there is something that should be admired, it is that Obama has worked so hard to come from behind. Few people knew who he was or what he stood for this time last year. But it has been shown in state after state, that once the voters get a chance to get to know him and his ideas, he wins hands down. Go Obama!!!

    February 6, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  2. Mark in Texas

    Why is it the case that in states that caucused,Obama won big, but in states that held primaries, Hillary generally got huge support? I don't understand how the national caucuses work, but if they are all as transparent as Iowa's caucuses, this could be a telling statistic: people may secretly want to vote for Hillary, but they are somehow ashamed to. Public or not, I will not be ashamed to vote for Hillary in Texas' primaries.

    Furthermore, CNN should not be ashamed to write a positive article for Clinton every now and then.

    February 6, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  3. Change is in order!

    Lee,

    I think that your comment/question "do you think that blacks voting for Obama are well educated??? I think not" clearly shows what Johnson said to be true in some nature. That was an awful comment for a "well educated" and possibly intelligent womant to make. What's more scary is that you state that you are a School Administrator. Maybe this is a clear reason why a lot of minority students are projected as not performing well because bigot school administrators such as yourself. You obviously fit the profile that Johnson is refering to if you think that all most blacks are educated. This type of thinking is definitely not what Americans want in the white house and you representing Hilary is another reason why most of us are voting for "change!" We are tired of your way of thinking...I feel sorry for those "black" children in your school district with an administrator who thinks like you! Go back to school and take some sensitivity courses, it may help your argument a little more!

    February 6, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  4. Tommy2

    PEOPLE PEOPLE PEOPLE, if you think Obama is pulling in new states that will help in November, think again. Those states will vote for Dumbo before they will vote for HRC/BHO or BHO/HRC. Get real she won the big blue and he did good in the red. ( I wonder why) If we keep this BS up we may be giving it to Dumbo in November.

    February 6, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  5. tate

    It really is amazing how much sexism and racism is being displayed by some of the comments. Just because you vote for HRC that does not mean that you are uneducated or an illegal immigrant. I voted for her in Fl and I am well educated, black, female, and make a comfortable salary. I looked at the facts and decided that she is the most fit candidate; I hope that she can with stand all of the drama that is against her and push forward, not because she is a female but because she is educated . poised, experienced, and can also speak well but not preach. Regardless of what is being said, I believe she does care about the people as evidenced in her coming to Florida with nothing to gain. Some people should stop being so jugdemental in their comments/HRC while disregarding others choice of candidate.

    February 6, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  6. hkitty

    Okay, try again.
    Hillary supporters, let's make this week our goal to put our posting power to fundraising power. Tell 3 Hillary supporters to send anything they can afford this week and to tell 3 more. I pledge to do so! HK

    February 6, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  7. Change is in order!

    Lee,

    Revision.....correct sentence to my comment

    ."you obviously fit the profile that Johnson is referring to if you think that all or most blacks are UNEDUCATED!!"

    February 6, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  8. Beth

    I cant believe Obama during his speech attacked hillary, when she congratulates him..speaks volumes...and hes the uniter????

    February 6, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  9. eric

    I can t understand that in a so called DEMOCRATIE , superdelegates or the establishment will decide for us who will be our president next year .

    February 6, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  10. Former Clinton appointee

    The presidency is not an extended town hall meeting nor a test of who is the greatest policy wonk. Fair or unfair, nothing will energize or unite the Republicans in the fall more then Hilary.

    What is fair is that Hilary is the democratic machine of old that plays to interest groups, cobbling together the mainstays of the party from the 90's. Her support is capped and goes down. Even if she wins, she will be no further along in putting together a governing coalition then her husband was.

    Contrast that with Barack who is expending the pool of voters both in
    terms of age and independents. It has been so long since a popular president has used the bully pulpit, that one forgets what can be done. The country stopped listening to W. years ago because he explicitly governed as if nobody had to follow him for him to act as a leader.

    We do not need a menu of little initiatives. We have huge unaddressed issues that need a movement, not action steps from a public policy seminar.

    Finally to the posters who belittle rhetoric and praise better wonkness, I asked why so many of the country's big problems have not even been addressed by the leaders? There are many solutions that are beautiful on paper. We need leaders who have the ability to bring others with them. Barack clearly wins that measure.

    February 6, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  11. Bob

    For the people who voted for Hillary, Please tell me how you can sleep at night !!!

    First she voted for the war in Iraq. She said if she knew now what she knows back then, she wouldn't have voted for it. It's a war Hillary!! What did you Expect??

    Now she does not vote to fund the war !! I don't get it !

    She does not want our troops to have better weapons.
    She does not want our troops to have better armor.
    She does not want our troops to have better equipment.

    She instead wants them to be killed and faster??

    How can She sleep at night?

    How can you people who voted for her sleept at night??

    February 6, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  12. Go for the Win!

    Clinton.........845 delegates
    Obama........765 delegates

    The media would like Obama to win so the owners of the media (all Republicans) can chew him up if he is the nominee....and Republicans will take the White House again. To go for the win we need someone who has withstood the test of time vs. the Republicans – that person is Hillary Clinton!

    I got the delegate #'s from a different site than CNN

    February 6, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  13. Ann

    It was a hard decission to vote on 02-05-08 especially as a democrat because the party has two extremely qualified candidates. At the end of the day, I can only wish I was living the years we brought home great amounts of money and can afford to pay bills without worrying which debtor to pay first because COLA is more than what we earn. As a mother of a household, creating sufficient income is as important as getting enough sleep. Hopefully, America decided on a candidate that will truly change our lives. I don't care who endorses who because celebrities have made it. I hope democrats don't make a mistake and vote based on popularity. At the end of the election celebrities will go home and continue to make money. The remaining population will have to worry.

    February 6, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  14. Umm

    When I look at Hillary I see the same mistake America made by voting in Bush on a repeated basis. Obama on the other hand looks to be the individual who will take our country to a new level, or at least put it on the right track. Doesn't anyone see anything wrong with a Bush Bush, Clinton Clinton, Bush Bush, Clinton Clinton pattern? As a proud American I see change coming with Obama and hell even McCain over Hillary.

    Obama 08
    if not then vote McCain

    February 6, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  15. Mark

    Although it's too early to start seriously discussing running mates for the dems, wouldn't it be an interesting choice for Obama to choose a female other than Hillary as his running mate if he gets the nomination? I think most people agree that Hillary wouldn't be his VP choice, but there seem to be some strong women to choose from. Claire McCaskill has been a die hard Obama supporter and is a senator from the swing state of Missouri. Kathleen Sebelius seems like another potential choice.

    I understand the urgency of women who want a female president now and don't see other options, but if Obama were to get the nomination and win the election with a female VP, a successful administration would help to propel her to the presidency in 8 years. That's getting a little ahead of things but my point is that I don't think it's Hillary or bust in the case of a woman for president. There are a number of strong women in the Democratic party, Barbara Boxer, Dianne Feinstein, Nancy Pelosi, etc. I would support Hillary if she gets the nomination and I think it would be terrific for our country to have a woman president, but I question whether she is the right woman.

    While Hillary's story and her historic run at the presidency are inspirational, if you take gender out of the equation, doesn't she look like just another politician? I think Democrats in general and women in particular need to ask, "Do we just want a woman to be president, or do we want a woman who inspires us"?

    February 6, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  16. Michel B

    The Democratic super Tuesday is not good news for America.... No clear winners either Democrats or Republican.Unfortunatly race and gender are part of this election! it seems to me with the Democrats, we have a candidate selling hope to a new generation and a candidate selling reality to mature people...
    Question : Hope without experience or experience with hope ?
    It is a tuff choice America !

    Michel B
    Montreal Canada

    February 6, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  17. Mark Stewart

    My father was a "hard-boiled" Detroit Republican. With that hanging over every breath I take this season, I see a sad electorate with only one hopeful. Obama. On the Red camp we have one Halburton war dog and a bunch of christian fundamentalists, a sure recipe for malingering disaster. On the Blue camp we have Kennedy a.k.a. Edwards bravado dishing delegates and votes to our best hope. I have nothing against Clinton (the woman), but inbred autocracy is historically distasteful, if not logistically gloomy. California, having consigned itself to hollywood's senseless violence, chose the lurch of nepotism. Sad, but no surprise. Now, a dynamic takes hold, winning the landslide of States. A quiet man, a reserved strategist, a seeker of unity and compromise, an econo-political model that is sensitive to real global currents and heartland growth, Obama.

    February 6, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  18. Frank

    Hill Supporter from Minnesota February 6, 2008 9:45 am ET

    She won it through hard work.
    -----------------------------------

    You have to be kidding ... she runs 150% on name recognition . Without the Bill-Clinton-Credit she would have only 1/3 of the support . The rest comes largely for the fact that she is a women and too many (women) vote for her without considering the issues and the 'contents of truth and honesty' in that candidate.

    As long as that works for her she should ride it to the end – however, don't confuse that with 'hard work'.

    February 6, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  19. Ryan

    All I can say is look up Obama and Maytag, Obama and Exelon Nuclear, and Obama and Rezko! No special interest there, ya right! Not a change I want any part of!

    February 6, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  20. Angela

    Change plus solutions equals positive results for Hillary. The only person who has shot in hell of cleaning up Bush's mess.

    Hillary needs to add more vision in the content of her speechs. She already has a plan with a solid foundation.

    February 6, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  21. norb

    Michigan has a female governor elected to a second term. We have been in a recession. The former Repbulican governor sold this State to special interests. Sound familiar? And now she has had to clean it up. Go Hillary!

    February 6, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  22. ILoveAmerica

    Obama/Clinton 2008!! – OR, Clinton/Obama 2008!!

    Either ticket is a ticket to victory in November!

    February 6, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  23. bak

    Give me a break, Hillary’s health care policy plan sounds great in theory but it is not realistic. I work in the health care industry, and she claims one way to pay for universal health care is to use the money saved by putting in electronic records nationwide. Oh yeah, but she negated to say where the money will come from to institute electronic records in all these places, very expensive and tedious. That seems so out of touch. She is so against health insurance companies, who does she think will be administering this universal insurance, it surely won't be the government like they will really know how to manage costs. And if we go to universal coverage like Canada and France, quality of health care will go way down, b/c you will have to wait for months just to get a simple test because it will be so much red tape to jump through when the government is involved. Look at Medicare and Medicaid. I don't want the government meddling with my insurance benefits. Barack's plan is more realistic and I can see it being implemented a lot sooner. For those who choose to have a government plan or even want a plan, it can be subsidized. Also allowing those up to 25 years old who aren't in college to continue on their parents’ policy, and getting rid of pre-existing conditions. If I can afford private insurance, I would like to keep it; the government should not force me to buy theirs. There needs to be a change so that everyone can have access to healthcare, but Mrs. Clinton's plan is not it.

    February 6, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  24. Lei An

    I do think the media is biased against Hillary. But that's understandable because they want the race to be close. If Hillary won the nomination last night, who would watch CNN tonight?

    The other thing that I'm very confused about is that a lot of Democrats actually believe what the Republicans think about Hillary and who they would like to run against. This is about who we want to be the leader of our own party. We have to decide by ourselves, not by the Republicans.

    February 6, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  25. matt UK

    THIS WILL ALMOST CERTAINLY BE CENSORED HERE. BUT I DONT CARE TOO MUCH IF CNN ARE THE ONLY ONES TO READ IT. THEY NEED TO.

    I SAY LET CNN WHIP THEMSELVES FURTHER AND FURTHER AND FURTHER INTO AN OBAMA FRENZY. ITS BECOME BLIND OBVIOUS. THE MORE AND MORE THEY BECOME LIKE A LIBERAL FOX IN 2008, THE MORE STUPID THEY'LL LOOK WHEN HILLARY WINS THE NOMINATION.

    THEN PERHAPS AT THE NEXT ELECTION CNN WON'T TRY SO HARD TO BE "DOWN WITH THE KIDZ YO" AND WE CAN START TAKING THEM SERIOUSLY AGAIN. Maybe?

    Also- how can CNN's 'best political team on tv' talk about the need to talk about moving beyond racial politics, when a mainstay of their analysis is based entirely on which way whites, blacks and hispanics went? If they didnt do this, how could we be talking the role of race so substantially? CNN- THE ONLY PEOPLE PERPETUATING RACE IN POLITICS ARE YOU AND YOUR COLLEAGUES. STOP IT, OR WE'LL STOP YOU.

    February 6, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
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