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. richard

    hope america gonna chose a better president this time !! lol

    February 6, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  2. Jimmy

    i think too many people here are voting for Obama for the wrong reasons. I am sure he will bring change, but i think anyone of the candidates on either side will do so. I just wonder how many people that are voting for him really understand where he stands on the issues. I am not saying anything negative about him but I feel that people really don't know much about him aside from what we hear on the news/tv. Its almost like a fad or some kind of popularity contest. Can anyone really picture what an Obama presidency will look like besides saying that it will be different? Change is important but experience is very valuable especially for a job such as important as the president.

    February 6, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  3. Manny

    Illegal immigrants can't cast their vote, there are many requirements at the polling station before anyone can vote or register to vote before primary.

    The reason the poor voted for Hillary due to the fact they don't believe in idealism, they're REALIST. Only college students and those who makes 6 figures income can afford to be an IDEALIST.

    February 6, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  4. David

    Kevin, supporting a candidate based on what he/she is as opposed to who he/she is and what he/she believes and stands for is step down a short road to destruction. All men (read people if you insist on 'political correctness') are created equal– but that equality will never be present in a society that chooses someone simply because they are one of the 'oppressed minority'. We have nothing to prove to the rest of the world. So why hasn't the US elected a woman president yet? I have yet to meet a woman candidate that strikes me as the most qualified person to lead us. The best interest of the United States is served when people vote for the *best* candidate. Who cares if that person is a man or woman, or what race or religion they are.

    February 6, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  5. Robert

    To Mr. Creaven, sure electing a woman would be a change for America, but different gender, same old politics isn't good enough.

    We need new ideas and new unity in this country. It doesn't matter if the proponent of that is white, black, male or female.

    Often times I feel like Hillary is playing up her being a woman because its the only change she'll bring to D.C. A superficial one.

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

    Voting for someone based on race/ gender is wrong.

    February 6, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  7. Alice in Florida

    I have to wonder about the "educated" vote claim when I read some of the Obama backers' postings..............!

    February 6, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  8. Benjamin

    You could win the half the midwest, and still not have the same electoral votes as NY and CA combined. Trumpeting wins (and yes it's an empty boast) that you won states that are RED, and will most likely STAY RED in November is meaningless. The most needed states are NY, CA, PA, FL, OH. Only Obama supporters dismiss the importance of the vote in FL, but record numbers came out and Hillary won that BIG. Had FL been Blue on 2004, Bush would never have had a 2nd term.

    All day yesterday, everyone said the most important states were NY, NJ, and CA. Who won those? Now, according to the media, they're not that important anymore? Get real....

    February 6, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  9. Seth

    I am glad everything is so close. I like Obama more due to the fact that he has less experience than Hillary.

    The more experience you have in the Political field the more corrupt you become. As it stands Obama makes good speeches and whoeer says inspirational speeches don't get stuff done doesn't know anything about Politics.

    Politics is 65% showmanship and 35% real work. If you can garner enough support through personality and strength of will you already have won the cause and Obama can do that while Hillary has everyone always thinking of her past aka Whitewater. Suprised no one ever mentions that.

    Anyway vote for who you want but Obama is a fresh voice with power to move people and in a democracy the people are the ones who decide what to do.

    Obama 08

    February 6, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  10. Lankan

    GO OBAMA!!!
    I don't have a vote in this election however, as an outsider to American polictics, I think if OBAMA become a president..it will translate the old dirty politics in to a new generation of democracy. I manage a convenience store in a small Indiana town and when you see the people roar against government it clearly ststes the much needed change in the political main stream. America distant it self from the world as a biggest democratic nation. If any means America wants to paly a top part in spreating democracy around the world America definitly needs a president who can change the old norms of traditional politic in to a new form of youth democracy.
    All the polls clearly gives Obama advantage amoung youth and educated Americans.
    This is the season where underdogs play as a united teams to beat the so call unbeatens. Whatever, it can be said it is all up to the people og great America to choose widley about their presidential choice...

    America beware past is History....take history as a lesson and move forward to plant a strong platform for the furture history......
    CHANGE is much need in this country and I belive OBAMA is the only viable candidate to bring that change and UNITED AMERICA........

    GO OBAMA....C'MON AMERICA CHANGE THE BARND NAME OLD POLITCS OF PAST TO NEW REVELUTIONARY NEW DEMOCRACY.....

    February 6, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  11. Onari

    Johnson,

    I believe that it is you that do not listen and mind your words about educated individuals. I am wondering if really you are educated. I will tell you one thing, educated people work as hard as non educated people and I don't understand where you are drawing your analogy from...

    I for example is highly educated, work hard and a strong supporter of Hillary Clinton because I am open minded, I listen to her message without bias so I understand her better.

    I follow specifics, not rhetoric. Obama is equally a good candidate and people here should respect the choice of other Americans...thats is liberty and freedom. it is highly reprehensible that people who claim to be educated insult the sensibility of their fellow Americans because they do not go with them.

    If Obama gets the nomination I will vote for him, but for now I strongly support Hillary Clinton and it will remian so until one of them win the nomination.

    February 6, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  12. Dammy, NJ

    Why do Obama followers always tout the fact that only he can beat the Republicans in November. That's the most inaccurate statement I have ever had- George W. Bush made sure of that. If a three year-old runs as the Democratic nominee, he/she will win, simply because the Republicans are so out of favor and out of sync with the Nation, and so many are so bitter with Bush that they will never elect a Republican into the White House on geral principle, if nothing else. Obama is a great orator and a very likeable person. But when the sand storm settles, I want someone who has been battle-tested, who has been marred by the dust, who carries the scars of of many years of struggles and battles in the arena, and above all, who has learned the lesson of defeat and known the glories of victory.

    Hillary Rhodam Clinton is that person. She's a proven leader, and mark my words as true as prophecy, she is the next president of these United States. Obama will do well to become her vice, prove himself and come out in eight years as the solid democratic nominee– a shoe-in for president in 2017.

    Mccain will NEVER win the general elections. He is too much of a reminder of the Bush years, and comes off with the same God-complex. Democrats hold the pulse of the nation, and they will win the General election.

    Hear-Hear!

    February 6, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  13. Smile

    Obama08 all the way!

    February 6, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  14. Manuel, Pearland, TX

    I'll be voting for Hillary in the Texas primary.

    I expect that she'll carry our state...in spite of the misinformed people like Ingrid above. (Hillary did not work as a lawyer for WalMart. She was on the board and spent her time pushing for more female employees at the management level.)

    I'm also annoyed at all the venom directed at Hispanic voters (and Asian voters) by Obama followers for voting for Hillary.

    Grow up.

    Calling Hispanic voters illiterate and illegal is really not going to help your campaign. It only betrays your own lack of education.

    February 6, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  15. Mark V

    I totally agree with Johnson. Its interesting to see how the longer Obama is able to campaign and meet with people in a state, the more the state shifts in his favor. For Clinton, she's like the Nike of candidates and the obvious choice for people that don't know much about Obama. Iowa might serve as a good example of a state where name brand recognition was less of a factor. Of all the states, Iowans had the longest time to meet the candidates (they were campaigning there for almost a year) It was Iowa where Clinton came in 3rd to Obama's large win (and in a state with a black population of less than four percent)
    I really think from a strategy standpoint, Clinton needs to find a way to keep Obama indoors. Requesting him to do 4 more debates over the next few weeks might serve her well in this endeavor. If she can tie him up in debate prep and in debate (which is her turf), she might be able keep him from campaigning as much in states like Ohio and Texas. If Obama doesn't take the bait (which I think he's too smart for) it works well for her PR. You'll hear her campaign say, "Obama is declining our debate offers, what is he afraid of?". It's a pretty slippery move but hopefully most Americans will see through it.

    February 6, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  16. Toronto,Canada

    Canada for HILLARY CLINTON way to go agains all odds

    Si se puede !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.

    February 6, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  17. Lee

    The day Barack Obama gets the Democratic nomination, that's day when the Democratic Party will colapse. The day Barack Obama wins the U.S Presidency, that's the day when the U.S Empire will stop to be the most powerful nation in the world!. Thanks God, those days look unreal and even they are not on the calendar for Barack Obama!

    February 6, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  18. Maria in Minnesota

    GO HILLARY.. YOU ARE THE BEST .. HILLARY ROCKS. WOMEN FOR HILLARY.

    February 6, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  19. Sean Green

    Sean Hannity, "Just because a woman is married to a plumber and watches him work, does not mean she can go out and start fixing sinks." (not exact words) Go Obama!

    February 6, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  20. Jackie

    MY response to the stupid CHRIS!

    illitrates? ha! poor macho guy!
    first all all illitares is the right word and second if they are illegal they can't vote.
    c'mom poor guy get some education specially if you open your big mouth to speak of woman.

    February 6, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  21. GaVoter

    WHERE'S THE BEEF??

    February 6, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  22. Curtis

    If I did not know any better I would think CNN was pulling for Hillary, Putting that point to the side for now, I remeber my 8th grade Englaish teacher telling me that we would have a Black man as president before a white woman, at the time I did not beleive. Why can't we have a Black man and a woman at the same time. Time is on Obama's side, I just hope that we can see that dream ticket and lock the White House down for the next 16 years. GO OBAMA!!

    February 6, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  23. Jason

    The next 7 states will prove critical to Obama building a head of steam. If he can win 6 of these 7 states, or all 7, it puts states like Texas and Ohio on notice that he can actually win the nomination.

    The Clintons are banking on a Texas win and atleast a split in Ohio. If Obama can build some momentum, maybe he can score Ohio and split in Texas.

    February 6, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  24. Elizabeth Smith

    This super Tuesday results surprised me a lot. I never thought Obama can win 13 out of the 22 states. It looks time for ordinary people like us to wake up and realize that time for change has come. Sorry to say I voted for Hillary in CA. To offset that , I a going to donate to Obama. May God help Obama. May God help USA.

    February 6, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  25. Illinois Democrat

    Pardon me, Mrs. Clinton, if I may please borrow your recent Super Bowl analogy? Only in real life YOU, Mrs. Clinton, are the New England Patriots. YOU were tagged early and often as the prohibitive favorite. Now, Mr. Obama, he represents the New York Giants. No one gave him much of a chance several months ago; however, suddenly we're going into the second half of the campaign...and Obama's still standing strong and proud. And we ALL know how the Super Bowl...and this analogy...will end, don't we Senator Clinton? Peace to you all, from the Land of Obama!

    February 6, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
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