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. Don, Rochester, NY

    Hillary won more delegates...and Hillary will win the Presidency! For those of you looking at "income/education" stats, remember that is A LOT of America and they want the change for their families that only Hillary can provide. I want REAL change, the kind that comes from REAL hard work!

    February 6, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  2. John, N.H

    CNN we need an update on New Mexico result.....

    February 6, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  3. jennyp

    The reason that Hillary has more delegates is because of the superdelegates that have already pledged their support. I say it is time for them to rethink their support and think about who can actually win against McCain in November, and that person is definitely not Hillary Clinton. I can just hear the Republican backroom strategists licking their chops in anticipation of another Clinton running for the White House. The Democrats need to get smart, and think about what is good for the country, and not what is politically correct. I am all for a woman president, just not this woman.

    February 6, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  4. Ric

    The Reverend Obama doesnt stand a chance of winning against the Republicans. Look at the numbers... white people overwhelmingly voted Hillary. You dont really think those same white folk from normally Republican voting states are gonna vote for Obama, do you? No way. The Repubs have a way of coming together, especially the religious, to vote overwhelmingly Republican. His sad preachy comments aren't going to help his case. Change! Yes. We. Can! Eh. More like "yes, you can lose!" ... He's toast. Expect another 4 years with a Repub. president. Where are the real Democrats? And how come they don't run for office anymore. Why do we have to pick between an inexperienced hack – (more qualified to host a revival meeting under w white tent), and an overqualified Washington insider, who happens to be married to an ex president? We're voting McCain this year. Atleast he's truly independent, and we can depend on him not to favor lobbyists, religious extremists or steal something out of the White House.

    February 6, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  5. Solola Hutchinson

    The polls show Hillary won in the states she and Bill have long lasting relationships.She has not won states, only given support from the past. On the other hand Obama is earning suppot all over the United States. He is receiving votes from a wide range of groups.

    February 6, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  6. Sharon Jenson

    Neither poor or uneducated, I voted for Hillary simply because this country is a real mess. I am quite sure Bush will piss in every corner of the white house before leaving. Why wouldn't he? He has already pissed all over the constitution! I resent that the media continues to say that Hillary voters are stupid! Especially on the very day everyone is going to the polls. A last-ditch effort on the part of the right-wing paid media to sway voters, to plant a "dummy" seed in their heads: "Hillary voters are less educated, lower income". Did they say that about ANY of the Republican candidates? Some really stupid people put our current administration in office. Those of you who hired him should try now to contribute to the cleaning up of the mess & vote for an experienced Democrat! NO, not all Hillary supporters are DUMB! Quite the contrary. I don't want to risk it! We no doubt need a Democrat, so why not choose one who has experience & a realistic idea just how filthy the current administration intends to leave things. She will be equipped with a staff who has no illusions, just experience. I visit her site frequently, I've watched ALL the Democratic debates, and I have seen her in action as the first lady. There is no headline on this website declaring her last night's winner - even though she IS. Instead the media calls it a draw, when it is not, and focuses instead on the voters who were stupid enough to vote for a Republican. Are you people crazy? Don't waste your time! Or mine!

    February 6, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  7. jeff bishop

    Read the rules J. I went through them once, being Canadian and ignorant of how y'all do it down south of the border. It seems your rules change from state to state between parties. Hillary likely won many more of the electoral districts than Obama, even though he had the overall lead in votes accross the board in Alabama.

    I am not sure of the rules, again, having only read them once (some states not at all) but something of the same could happen in California, where each Electoral District won yields delegates for the winner of that district.

    The actual total percentage of votes won in California does not matter at all: it's who has won the most Electoral Districts, if that is the correct term you use...

    Jeff Bishop, Toronto

    February 6, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  8. Toronto,Canada

    Johnson :

    you don't have the rigth to insult people, those who vote for HILLARY are as much educated than you.

    issues are what make people go and vote for hilary

    I been follow all the domocratic debates here in Canada and let me tell you that aas far as i concernt what I am hearing from Mr. Obama is just poetry. without clear essence of what are is goint to do for your country
    so don't be a full and keep your oppinion to yourself.

    By the way we Canadias look forward to see HIllary Clinton WIN.

    February 6, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  9. joanna


    How presumptuos of you that those who support Hillary are less educated and poor! If true those are the very same people who would benefit the most from a Clinton presidency! Obama is just a stuffed shirt with very little experience running anything except a campaign.... Hillary on the other hand "knows' politics, she is undoubtedly the better qualified candidate to become president. Men, specially white men, are so downright frightened of a strong woman as president, in their way of thinking, only men are "qualified" for the position. If this woman lacks qualification, then who does? Hillary could do no worse than most of the men who have ran this country for centuries....all well educated, with impeccable backgrounds, money, connections, yet most of these men have been mediocrities at best, consider Pres. Bush, has all those "qualifications" but look at the mess this country is in being run by the some of the best products of our best universities....and you don't think Hillary can do better? Obama fits quite well with the other mediocrities that we have had.

    Give a woman a chance to show what they can do when at the helm!

    Hillary for President in 2008!

    February 6, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  10. John, N.H

    To johnson....

    Typical Obama arrogance.......

    February 6, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  11. Jalwa

    If Obama wins the Democratic Party Nomination. Here's what the Repulican campaign is going to be,

    Voice over: Barack Obama does not believe that to keep America safe we need to detroy the terrorist networks outside the US. He believes that the war in Iraq was a huge mistake. How can he lead us to victory if he does not believe in the cause?

    Tage Line: Barack Obama – Weak on Security. Wrong for America.

    February 6, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  12. Craig

    Another distinct advantage for Obama is that the states with the largest Latino vote are past with the exception of TX.

    Romney and Huckabee combined beat McCain in CA. No unification yet.

    February 6, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  13. Andrew in Dallas, TX

    It is now our time. Texas will weigh in on March 4, 2008 and from Dallas to Austin to Houston to San Antonio we are mobilizing for BARACK OBAMA. Texas Democrats want change badly; they can taste it. Obama has a stunning presence in Texas and although endorsements are neither here nor there, the Austin American Statesman, and The Dallas Morning News have rallied behind Obama. The time is now!

    February 6, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  14. namande - Boston

    To Johnson:

    Poor, less educated and yes we are hardworking – however, we are not stupid, we are not swayed by endorsements nor the biased media. We are voting for someone who may solve our problems. We understand that this may not be possible. However, Hillary outlines how she will do it. Yes, we are for hope, yes we are for inspiration and yes we are for change but where is the beef??

    Poor people watch debates, read the newspapers and have access to computers – ok???

    You do not feed us nor pay our bills. Stop the nonsense!!!!

    February 6, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  15. Reid

    If Obama wins the democratic nomination, we'll lose the White House in November. He's not going to pull republicans to vote for him but he will likely push many independents, and even some democrats, to vote republican. In the general election, Clinton vs McCain is a much stronger ticket than Obama vs McCain.

    February 6, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  16. Ladybird

    to: johnson
    May i ask u one simple question!!..Where are u getting your information from?...cnn..msnbc?....You best check your facts buddy...I have listened carefully to all the candidates and its clear that hillary is better prepared to be president...yes i agree obamo talks good but theres no substance to anything he says!!...nothing but talk!!!...He should be a preacher because he sounds alot like mine on sunday morning.....Youre just voting for him coz he's a man...you should be ashame to even vote!!!!

    February 6, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  17. Ren B.

    Great support for both. These votes are a clear indication of unprecendented Democratic young support and determination for change. I believe Clinton will prevail . More states to hear from.

    February 6, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  18. Kodi Q. Oregon

    Sorry Kevin Creaven. I am a woman and even a caucasion lesbian but i won't get behind Hillary just because she is a woman. In fact, I just want to scream out to the world to WAKE UP and start tuning in, quit dropping out. When it comes to making a decision, weigh the facts, then, and only then, balance that decision out with your intuiton. Sadly, too many people vote according to their unconsciously biased, ingrained preferences. The California primary clearly showed our nation's division of race according to their voting habits. I like Obama not because he's a man or a woman or black or white; I like him for president because he seems to be the one person that has attracted people of all colors, education, faith systems, and yes.....even political parties. Barak Obama may just be the one person that bring our country together.
    He has the brains, heart, and vitality to do so. He also comes with far less political baggage than Hillary.

    February 6, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  19. adam

    hilary must be dissapointed. barack obama did very well with white voters and independents. he also has a significant increase with latino voters. obama is starting to attract the young voters which is the reason he won a dozen states. what i am surprised about is the improvement that obama is making week in week out. he keeps it up more delegates and hopefully superdelegates will go his way.

    February 6, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  20. Erik Schuessler

    African-American, Female, Mormon, Vietnam Vet, Evangelical... I think the only way Americans can get past any of these things is if we run our presidential elections such that each candidate has to wear a paper bag over their head until one is elected.

    Iowa City, IA

    February 6, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  21. REDMAN

    Can't get posted- ever
    This is the third attempt with basically the same comment:
    Well folks, having 2 great candidates is apparently just as bad as 2 lousy ones.
    The spending spree continues. Divisions abound.
    The little guy Obama as an agent for change and the voice of the future, has successfully outraised and outspent the Machine Clinton. WOW!!!
    If Hillary had outspent Obama, that would be cause to criticize, not brag. But Obama gets to brag no matter what. No white votes? Must be racism. All the Black vote- absolutely not a racial issue.
    Go figure- some change- spend the most money EVER campaigning.
    The campaign money alone could feed my entire people.
    It isn't at all about race- as long as it is all the African Americans voting for Obama.
    The white folks are honest and love them both- except for the fringe Hillary haters.
    Women should learn to organize from their black friends and RALLY and UNITE for Clinton.
    Latinos, not being wealthy nor powerful better stick with Hillary. Obama is for the rich, the richer, the wealthy, the wealthiest. Poor Oprah, and Ted, and Caroline, and Maria…. they NEED an advocate in Washington. Let Obama be their voice, the voice for the poor powerful celebrity families.
    Some agent of change.
    Native Americans are the FIRST Americans….and the First to be ignored.
    NATIVES for Hillary- SHE has actually BEEN to a Reservation and has worked on a reservation. Obama has Oprah, and the Kennedys- who do not need his help politically. We need Hillary.

    February 6, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  22. Ann

    Unfortunately, most of us that would vote for Hillary... won't vote for
    Obama...which means we will end up not voting or voting for
    McCain......same difference, if Obama gets the nomination of the
    Democratic party then everyone I know is saying the same thing..
    we will have another Republican president.

    The reason: Obama gives wonderful speeches, has great ideas..
    but the bottom line is "he just does not have the experience to
    live up to the promises"....he cannot wave a magic wand to make
    change, because in the real world......if he doesn't know the right
    people in Washington to push......then "nothing will get done"...

    February 6, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  23. Nando, Florida



    February 6, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  24. Well educated.

    I'm have 2 degrees, one master, makes six-figure,speak 3 languages.
    I took a close look at both candidates. And I have have to tell you. Obama is too far left for me. Hillary is more moderate. And I have highly doubts in Obama's charactors. I have the feeling that he will end up like Bush. Everything he did remind me of Bush. He has too much flaws.
    Whoever voted for Obama, be prepare, you might as well have another Bush for 8 years. 16 years of these kind of people will definitely ruin America.
    Hopefully Americans get it right this time.

    February 6, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  25. RWM

    It's nice to see CNN was unbiased suring the calling of precincts; Hillary won big in important states, Obama needs to work alot harder, winning central states and not bigger populated states will further divide the party.

    Hillary 08!

    February 6, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
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