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. John

    Clinton and Obama can make claims and promises about the issues . Its up to the voters to sort the sense from the nonsense.

    February 6, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  2. Lisa in TN

    Adam in Texas has made some excellent points.

    February 6, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  3. B from Miami, FL


    It's obvious some people here are posting ignorant, uneducated comments. Let's not give them anymore bragging rights and let's completely ignore them, since we're the more educated group.

    I too have gotten sick and tired of the "yes we can" slogan and the long, now boring, useless speeches! Imagine Barack as President. His speeches of "yes we can" and "hope" will be there for four or more years. Can you really put up with that?

    It's Hillary's time and guess what people??????????? YES SHE CAN!!!!!!!!!

    HILLARY '08!!!

    February 6, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  4. Mk

    There seems to be a real fascination with Hillary's "experience".
    I must ask, Experience doing what? The same thing that has been done in politics for years? And then I must ask what does experience guarantee?
    If one were to look at the past 8 years of disaster the answer would be obvious.
    Experience is no guarantee that someone will do a good job. It only means that they have probably set up a system and pattern of doing things in certain ways and of course we know you can't teach an old dog new tricks.

    I believe change comes from fresh perspectives and new ideas. Obama may not have the lengthy resume' that Hillary constantly touts but who needs all that experience!!!.. We need new and fresh ideas from new people. We owe it to the young people of this country to give them SOMETHING. How else will we EVER atone for the damaged that George Bush and the republican's have done to their future.

    Don't be afraid to vote for change. Don't let that "same old same old" be your safety net.

    February 6, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  5. King

    Look at the stock market. The market rallied this morning as they thought Hillary won last night. As soon as they said Obama got more pledged delegates, the market started to retreat and now is negative. That's a sign to what we are going to expect if Obama became the president.

    February 6, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  6. Di

    YOU GO MATT UK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 6, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  7. Deanna

    Barack is the Paris Hilton of politics, famous for not doing much.

    February 6, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  8. Deanna

    Vince, I tallied Clinton at 7,347,860....recount???

    February 6, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  9. matt UK

    the idea that a lot of democrats wont vote for clinton is a hyped up, poorly thought through NOTION. especially against the inevitable backdrop of a 'bush 3rd term.' If they are willing to cut off their nose to spite their face and stay in Iraq for 100 years, i'd hardly call them democrats anyway.

    the word wants faith in the knowledge and perseverance of the presidency- more so than exciting poetry i'm afraid, though it helps. although i love them both, i get the feeling obama believes he is in fact a legend already too. let him them both be on the ticket, VOTE CLINTON. THE WORLD LOVES CLINTON, EVEN IF YOU DONT!

    February 6, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  10. Randy

    Congratulations to Hillary! She ran well, she prepared her whole life for the presidency, and she prepared well. I sympathize with her that there is a greater FORCE at hand. I contributed to her campaign in the past but right now OBAMA is what the country needs. Bush and all his cronies with 1 million years of experience have devastated our country!! It's definitely not all about experience. OBAMA is WISE, and wisdom beats Experience any day!
    Hillary CANNOT STAND against an inspirational movement – she will get swallowed-up by it. I feel sorry for her losing her dreams to some UNKNOWN, young senator. How can he it be that he is standing toe to toe against a political maverick like Bill Clinton and his well-know wife?? How can it be that he is able to collect more money than theese long-time democratic institutions?? This movement is more than meets the eye and Hillary's little campaign efforts are futile against it – God always has the final say. YES! WE CAN!!
    Contribute to the Obama movement – its the power of the people!!

    February 6, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  11. Tia

    I live in a state that was energized a few years abck by a new type of candidate that would "change the system" . He said he was a new type of politician and he would shock the world by winning. The young vote flocked to him like moth to flame and was so vocal his speeches seemed more like kegger parties than political gatherings. Once he was elected and "shocked the nation" and vowed to change to political system, he did nothing and realized the system does not only fight change , it also swings back to the old way after any change happens. Anyone recall Jesse Ventura?

    In reality Obama is a much better candidate than Ventura , but anyone that lived through that event is well aware that grandiose speeches do not make one a better politician neccessarily. A person cannot eat a speech. One cannot pay the rent with a speech.

    February 6, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  12. Peter K

    I think CNN has the Obama working in here as they keep taking out my negative comments about Obama.

    February 6, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  13. matt UK

    VINCE from los angeles attempts to sound intelligent, but fails in attempting to paint hillary supporters with one brush. try again mate. but not so offensive this time.

    also- how did you write in bold?

    February 6, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  14. A IL

    Steve Powell,

    Your comment about "BMW on the driveway of a $200K+ house", made me laugh, speechless.

    What's the Median house price in US? Educate yourself. $200K is below national average.

    February 6, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  15. Peter K

    Obama caught Hillary off-guard sneaking up from behind in this race. She is still standing in the front tough and strong. Now she just needs to re-position herself to fight against Obama's empty speeches with her focus on how she will solve the problems we are facing. She will come out as a winner.

    February 6, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  16. Teresa

    Watching last nights super votes, I was shocked to see the analysts so one sided OBAMA< OBAMA. I feel like this is becoming a man against woman race, most of the male analysts were so eager to shoot Sen. Clinton down, before projections were even in. If you are going to cover the elections, remain neautral. This election is not about man or woman, its about who can do the job!!!!

    February 6, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  17. Marco

    CNN and all media need to QUITE allowing the the air time to those who cant keep race out of the election. Last I checked Martin Luther King was not running. Oprah will rgret ever stepping up and playing in to this and showing her true colors. The Keneddy's should be ashame to even try and compare Barack to JFK as we all know there is no comparison. This is become the biggest joke ever and I hope people start seeing the reality of this befor it is to late. I am ashame to see so many african american who only are voting on that sole thought of skin color. I to am African american and truely am ashame as MLK would be ashame to see are people only vote as coler not for what is whrite. We have stooped to the level of raceism the we and our families have all grown up with it is truley a discrace to all afrcan american people who fought so hard to over come the old politics of raceism and get us equel rights. I thought this was about change to better the futur of our Country. As far as I can tell there is no positive change with Barack as he has allowed the dirty side of politics to surface when he allowed people such as Oprah and his party to have give a speech that this is a movement wich was deffinatley qouteing MLK. In respect for MLK I hope we can rid of the old politics fast and start casting our vote not based on the color of one skin or the Gender of one. And if we must think like old poitics I would have to say that Women do not have Equil right and are not paid equel to most men and that includs men of color. And as we all know this economy was at its greatest when the Clintons were in office and can be there again if we do right as we did before. it is deffinately a bigger Win for our country by placeing a Women in the house and will have a greater impact on the Economy than a man. Here is the deal a man Black or white willl allways have the chance to run for office and win we just did not have a man of color with the desire. So I think its time to stop stooping to the old ways of politics and vote much more wise. Baack is a great person with no experience to run the nation and if we place him there we will set him up to fell and that is what the republican are counting on. This then will set the pace for future candidates of any color or gendor we will have only returned for more Bush Years. My vote has to go to experience that is Hillary Clinton. We should all support Experience and there is no way she would loose. I was also bothered that Baracks Wife said if we did not vote for him this time we not have the opportunity again the should tell us all he is not in this for real or he would continue on as all other candidates have wether he was to loose or not Look at John Edwards and John Mccaine. Start thing smater people before you blow it the future


    February 6, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  18. kris

    I am an asian with a WOMAN president. I firmly believe that having a woman president will unite ALL diversities in this country. as a mother loved her children is a way WOMAN PRESIDENT would fight for her countrymen. I have nothing against any candidate but I find it very disturbing that race and gender issue are brought up during this very important point of your lives. race and gender does not make any sense at all. it is on your candidate who will STAND on the REAL ISSUES that are needed to be resolved. God Bless America...

    February 6, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  19. Quinn - Houston, Texas

    Add my name to the list of Democrats who will vote for McCain if Billary is the nominee. I am so frustrated by people who refuse to open their eyes and embrace something good because it's something new. Out of fear, we go with the same old tired choices and continue the Bush-Clinton family dynasty. I guess it will always take a Bush to follow a Clinton and a Clinton to follow a Bush. This a sad, pathetic way to keep our country from ever moving forward. Fresh ideas are not welcomed. At least with McCain I feel like I am doing my part to bring about change in America...despite my fellow Democrats.

    For the sake of all of you who Biillary supporters, let me play nice and say what you long to hear...Chelsea 2016! Chelsea 2020!

    Obama 08!
    Yes We Can!

    February 6, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  20. john williams san diego, ca.

    IMPEACH HILLARY before it's too late.

    February 6, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  21. nate

    we dont need a preacher with great ideology,we need somone with substance and smarts, hillary has that oprak and the kennedys are back stabbers. The country needs a candidate who has real experience. Oprah lost my respect by using her trust to get people to vote the way she wants.

    February 6, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  22. James

    Obama doesn't put his stances on ANY issue on his website. Therefore, there is no reason to vote for him.

    February 6, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  23. Tia

    In reality Obama was announced by National Journal last week as the most liberal senator since his election( Hillary was the 16th most liberal). His voting record may be on par with Hillary in many votes, but he is FAR more liberal than Hillary. She was a Republican the first part of her life and still holds many of the more moderate view points. To say Obama is more moderate is laughable. However, I do not think being liberal is a bad thing. It could very well win Obama the Democratic nomination, but then again, it could very well lose him the general election. Personally about a third of the people I know supporting Hillary(part of more than one women's group, social group or network) will vote for the republican candidate if Obama takes the nomination.

    Personally I will never vote for who will an election. That ideal is wrong to me on so many levels I will not go into it. I will say the last time the most electable person won his nomination he won the Presidency...George W Bush. He cowtowed to his base to win the nomination then abused the constituion and mocked the congress for the entirety of his reign. Idealists are a scary thing to me after "W". I am a pragmatist and would find it comforting to have another less idealistic more pragmatic person in the White House!!

    February 6, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  24. nate

    the media bias for obama is disheartening, i always thought that was a myth as far as cnn and msnbc, guess i was wrong the reason there is so much turnout at his rallies is maybe, celebrities??? hillary is a great smart leader with proven experience

    February 6, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  25. Tommy2

    I am glad to hear that young people are getting involved in this election for Obama. What I don't hear is any credit for the older voter for Hillary. In most country in the world the older and wiser people are listened to because of their age. I would like to watch a debate between some young and old voters on the issues. It's nice to have a cool song on u-tube, but that is not going to solve the problems in the world.

    February 6, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
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