February 6th, 2008
09:38 AM ET
4 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. mike

    WE DONT NEED OBAMA. We dont need the kennedy's and ophrah to tell us who to vote for.

    We know that HILLARY is the best person to run our country in this plunging economy.

    Let our mothers run the household.

    February 6, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  2. jeff

    agreed ron.

    there's no way hillary could win all the states obama did in the general election.

    February 6, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  3. Davy

    Obama likes to pretend that he is bringing a new band of politics to Washington. Looks like more of the same–

    During his speech last night, Sen. Obama continued his negative attacks on Hillary. Among them:

    It's a choice between a candidate who's taken more money from Washington lobbyists than either Republican in this race and a campaign that has not taken a dime of their money.

    Sen. Obama's comments come on the same week Public Citizen released a report detailing ten bundlers for Sen. Obama who have registered as federal lobbyists.

    Sen. Obama has also taken money from former lobbyists, partners of lobbyists, people who hire lobbyists, lobbyists' spouses, and state lobbyists.

    Until he started running for president, Sen. Obama took money from federal lobbyists and, as a state senator, directly from corporations.

    February 6, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  4. Stacy Clarks, Texas

    While both dem candidates are very impressive, and both can clearly do the job, we then need to look to the future, and to the general elections, and answer who can best beat the republican: Obama.

    If you do not want another 8 years of Republican nonsense, then please be smart and vote for Obama!

    February 6, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  5. Jack S

    Oh get over it!!! Hillary is the best choice to UNITE America.....As part of the older over 50 group, you have to realize this young man needs more experience...more substance. Hillary brings to the table both these things. He needs to watch and learn....then come back later. Then the women and older folks like myself will stand by him.

    From Day One, She's the one!!

    February 6, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  6. Patricia

    Ask our Hispanics friends who live in Georgia, and other states where blacks outnumber Hispanics, in this states Hispanic people are not being treated nice by blacks, you might think that becasue both groups are consider minorities , we will treat each other with the same respect we expect from white people, on the contrary ,black people in general are very unkind to Hispanics, especially to poor hispanics. Until this issue is being addressed by Obama, we Hispanics should and must vote either for Hillary Clinton or move to the Republican party where chances are there we will be treat not as enemies but rather parte of this great country.

    February 6, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  7. mark

    Looking for clarification...When Obama said last night that he is someone who "hasn't taken a dime from special interest groups" did mean that nuclear company Exelon isn't a special interest group? Or did he mean that he didn't take "a" dime, but 22,000,000 dimes? I mean, the latter would actually be "factually" correct I suppose. I don't denounce the funds, mind you, just that if you are going to claim to be this different, squeaky clean, honest candidate, don't bash others for what you yourself are doing. That, in and of itself, is divisive politics.

    February 6, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  8. Adjetey

    Obama comes out stronger after each stretch. He has not only been chipping into the lead, he is digging into it.

    February 6, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  9. James

    Super Tuesday's primaries for the Democrats was not that super considering we're pretty much back to where we were. Republicans, on the other hand, had a field day.

    February 6, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  10. Carter

    People, do not be blinded by false hopes.

    Go Hillary Clinton!

    February 6, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  11. JD

    I'd have to say that Super Tuesday went quite well for Obama, and looking forward to the general election he may have the edge. Clinton did well in states where Democrats always do well, but Obama won by large margins in states that are typically Republican strongholds, as well as strong Democratic states such as Connecticut, Delaware, and Illinois.

    To echo Dan from NJ, it seems that Obama is the candidate on the Democratic side that can bring in Independents and Republicans, whereas Clinton would energize the Republican base and bring out a large vote against her. It's going to be interesting to see how things play out over the next few weeks.

    February 6, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  12. beverlyjusseaume@yahoo.com

    Are you kidding me!!! You must be crazy to think the way you are. Can you read, can you think, can you hear? This is and will be a tight race, its been that way for awhile. Hillary will win in July, she will become much stronger come summer and people will be listening more. Obama is just not ready yet. Just to declare that he's for change, why the hell is he not explaining more about what his changes are! Hillary has not changed one part of her speeches since the beginning. She is one strong woman who never backs down. I am one of those undecided voters who will be crossing party lines know that McCain is the front runner.
    Both Obama and Hillary need to show me more, so far I am closer to voting for Hillary.

    February 6, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  13. Jeffrey

    The only thing obvious to me is that both candidates are equally popular and appeal to different sects of the Democratic Party. There may be personal differences and egos involved, but for the party and the American people, and since they are very close on major issues, the powers that be really need to think about a Obama/Clinton or Clinton/Obama ticket.

    February 6, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  14. mark

    Actually, the conservatives have started to align behind Hillary if she is up against McCain. Try a different argument. Not a peep about them voting for Obama, who would have to split independents with McCain. And those conservatives will rip Obama to shreds in the media.

    February 6, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  15. Steven

    Who cares about the Red States? Regardless of the nominee, the red states don't matter. A Democrat is not going to win in Idaho, Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina, Iowa, Utah, Alaska, etc. See a pattern...all Obama victories. When are Democrats going to realize that all that matters is Florida or Ohio? Hmm...who won Florida by an overwhelming margin? HILLARY!

    Clinton/Obama ticket is the only way the Dems will win the Presidency. Nominating Obama will have disastrous consequences.

    February 6, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  16. joanna

    If Obama wins , our family will vote for McCain and so will most of our friends and our friends friend's.

    February 6, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  17. beverlyjusseaume@yahoo.com

    to CNN. please use my E-Mail name Peanuts

    February 6, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  18. beverlyjusseaume@yahoo.com

    Change it now, you cannot use my full name.

    February 6, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  19. beverlyjusseaume@yahoo.com

    You are idiots aren't you.

    February 6, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  20. JenniferWA

    If Hillary goes on to the main contest, she'll win the blue states, I'm sure...just like John Kerry and Al Gore did. However, Obama has the ability to attract more independents to vote for him. I even know some republicans that like him but still hate Hillary. Hillary will only motivate the republicans to vote against her whereas Obama will motivate democratic voters into the poll booths in states where he has had landslide victories in the primaries, red states.

    Think about the possibility of winning states in the deep south and in the mid-west/rocky mt areas. It will really only take just one state to tip it over to our side if compared with the last couple elections...but I bet we wins more than one.

    Think about it. Do you want 4 more years of republican rule or do you want 4-8 years of REAL change in Washington??

    I like Hillary...but I like Obama a lot better and I know he has a much better chance of beating McCain than Clinton does. Obama has me motivated and excited.

    Obama '08

    February 6, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  21. JB

    It doesn't matter at this point who you like more, or if you'd really like a female candidate. What matters is who can beat John McCain. Hillary will unite the republicans against her, and she cannot campaign effectively in red states. Obama is building a coalition across party lines and has done amazingly well in red states. Hillary voted for the Iraq war, and will be lampooned for being a "flip-flopper" by the republicans. Barack was against the war, and is the only dem left in a strong position to make the case for withdrawel. Hillary draws in some new voters, but Barack draws in amazing quantities of voters. Hillary can run a campaign, Barack can run a movement. The stakes are too high to take a risk with a candidate that 50% of the nation says they would never vote for under any circumstance. If you want to beat John McCain, Obama is the clear choice.

    February 6, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  22. NOBAMA NO WAY

    Johnson – are you KIDDING?!? That is so far from the truth, you are pathetic. I have listened to Hillary and Barack speak, and HILLARY CLINTON is the only candidiate ready to take on the issues! Obama is a preacher – a cheerleader – but doesn't have the experience we need in the white house!

    HILLARY CLINTON FOR PRESIDENT 2008

    February 6, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  23. mark

    Good point, Johnson. Poorer and lesser educated people's view points definitely count less than their more fortunate counterparts.

    February 6, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  24. I love CNN

    Wasn't today supposed to be the day where Mrs. Clinton was coronated as the nominee?

    It seems like the more Senator Obama campaigns, the higher his poll numbers go- and since the next month involves primaries that are spaced out, he has time to work his charm with both rallies and some retail politicking.

    February 6, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  25. Ingrid Turner

    Obama has obtained more of the delegates chosen by the people not the party. I'm a Texas voter and an Obama supporter. I will not vote for Clinton for president.

    She voted for the war.
    She worked as a lawyer for Walmart.
    Her husband voted for NAFTA and GATT.

    A vote Hillary Clinton is a vote for business as usual.

    Change the world Texas! Vote for Obama in 08′!

    February 6, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
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