February 6th, 2008
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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. Tanaya

    I'm a woman and I am NOT voting for Clinton because she does NOT represent change. She is embedded in the same old political machine. I want to move this country forward! Our time is now and our candidate is OBAMA! Votes should not be determined by a race, sex, or religion. Obama can unite our country. He can reach down and bring out the best in all of us. I believe Obama can win the general election. I believe that if Clinton is the nominee, much of the excitement that has been generated will dissipate, and many will once again turn their backs on the system after a defeat. We will see apathy once again, and that is what hurts our great nation the most. Win or lose in the general election, a Clinton nomination will be the worst outcome for our nation.

    February 6, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  2. dmw

    Those RED states everyone on this post is claiming as a God send for Obama, may be just that because caucuses are not really a true take on the State. Very few total percentage of people in those States vote in a caucus. So, Obama did have the advantage. Yet, those RED States NEVER vote Democratic in the General election.

    Obama did well, yet, Hillary won all of the large, strong Democratic States. These States go for the Democrat during the General election. Hillary also won Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Arkansas, which do not lean Democratic in the General election.

    Iraq continues to be an issue; it is very odd however because I thought all of the Obama supporters are looking to the future; the past appears to work when it is to the Obama campaigns advantage. Since Obama has been in the Senate, he and Hillary have identicial records on Iraq. So, that is a dead horse that keeps coming back to life. Most of us care more about the economy and we all know that both Hillary and Barack will get us out of Iraq.

    Obama never talks about what 'change' he is hoping to bring about. My guess is that it is only a slogan and that the change is just electing a black guy as President. WDC is so entrenched that it will take someone like Hillary, who knows the system to actually make any real changes to policy. The Republicans, special interests (which also include a lot of liberal causes), and corporations will not just go away because Obama says 'fired up' and 'yes, we can'.

    I also sense that although the media says that Obama will have a good couple of weeks due to the last three caucuses (thank goodness) happening this weekend and the WDC, Viriginia, and Maryland primaries will not be a blow out by Obama. You all forget that all of those liberal, educated, high paying people in the WDC area are lobbyists, special interests, and politicial folks. If they vote to give up their power, I will be surprised.

    The only way Obama wins big is if blacks like they have in all States so far, use race and vote for Obama. Obama and his campaign have been more racists than any whites I've seen because they claim it's not about race, yet, they use it every chance they get. Blacks are more racists than whites; just look how they vote, always for their own.

    February 6, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  3. michael, ny

    The reason Hillary is asking for more debates is that she does not have alot money left and want to use Obama to get TV exposure.

    I hope Obama camp can see this. Dont let her use you, period.

    The lobbyists have financed her campaign and the people have financed yours. Ultimately, the people have won the financial battle. If she wants more exposure, she can go back to her lobbyist friends.

    I just donated $25 to the Obama camp.

    Yes we can!

    February 6, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  4. Dan

    HILLARY ALL THE WAY!!! ..... SHE IS FAR MORE CAPABLE THAN OBAMA TO RUN THE COUNTRY.

    February 6, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  5. Matt from Texas

    None can argue that now with McCain as the Republican nominee, the war will be THE topic in the general election. Hillary cannot win that contest.

    None can argue that if Hillary were the nominee and somehow clawed out a win against McCain, that the Republicans who control roughly half of the Congress, who have been blamed for everything– the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy, a.k.a. Republican Attack Machine– will not work with her. The result will be 4 more years of partisan divisions and no progress. Thus, she cannot deliver the Progressive agenda.

    This is why Obama is overtaking her. This is why he is the best candidate to face McCain. This is why he makes the best sense for the United States.

    So, he is the winner.

    February 6, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  6. chevy

    I am sick of hillary clinton. But what disgusts me more is that, she fools the american public with the usual politics. If she wins the nomination the republicans WIll win the white house, theres no question about it. All these new voters will NOT support Hillary Rhodam Clinton.

    February 6, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  7. Yola

    CNN is for Obama, you only have to see their faces – Give Hillary more Press – equal time – you are too much – Go Hillary Go

    February 6, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  8. Fay Sims

    I am personally through with nominating someone for "experience." "Experience" has taught us that senseless wars can be fought and that the economy can go down the drain. It's amazing to me that people don't see the crap that Ms. Clinton is spewing. She is a huge liar and I don't believe a word that comes out of her mouth. I believe Mr. Obama when he talks about change and I think it is time for Americans to run not walk towards the better candidate. This Texan will make the right choice. Obama in 08!

    February 6, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  9. Thinkaboutit

    How is Obama winning red states a good thing? He'll get killed there come General Election time. The winning candidate will win the blue states and swing states. Not saying Obama can't win. Just saying you have to look at the big picture. Clinton is winning the majority of those states at the moment.

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

    Those who are still inspired by Obama .. try to get a life on your own, don;t rely on rock stars to make one for you. A President is hired to do a job for the country not to entertain insipid people.

    My surprise and displease is to see people with education (post-graduates) continuing to vote Obama in large proportions. These individuals are those who get the most from the society: better jobs and respect. They should feel responsible to pay back. World is not built around them, things don't happen just to make them feel good, they should start to get a feeling of reality. Obama is not the candidate to match the current quite tough need to change the country. Real change for real lives, not for those who are doing ok anyway and just need excitement. For such need, check American idol.

    Hillary'08!!

    February 6, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  11. cmt

    does it matter what the #'s are? Ann-- has a point that there are strong feelings and those that have Hillary as their candidate will not support Obama and some of those that support Obama may not support him in the general election. The democratic party is so split that whoever wins the democratic nomination will probabaly lose to McCain so the republicans will have succeeded in their having the run of the country for four more years, at least , because of our inability to unite as one party, it's really sad.

    February 6, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  12. Steve MN

    If Americans want change, they are not going to get it by voting for a presidential candidate who promises change. The change must come from the American People. Cross party lines and vote out the incumbents. When politician realize they are going to be held accountable, there will be change and the only way we can hold them accountable is at the polls. The American People must change before the candidates are going to change.

    I find it strange how Obama who has a similar voting record to Hillary is going to bring change to the establishment. I also have a hard time believing that a young Senator with presidential aspirations would NOT have voted for the war in Iraq based on the information the bush administration chose to make available. It’s easy to take a position on something when your decision does NOT impact the country, your constituents and your presidential aspirations.

    GO Hillary!!!!

    February 6, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  13. gee

    Let Hillary go for the president.There is no way an american can vote for a black man.sink it to your heads the democrats or else the republican will win again.And also when the dice is cast the white man we go for skin.

    February 6, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  14. Ayyub, Richmond, Va

    Obama is going to do very good if not a near blowout here in the Virginia, if not all of the Beltway. We here have been bonbarded by his commercials and a lot of young people expecially here in Richmond strongly support him and think of her as the GOP's #1 christmas present and as overly coniving and untrustworthy, to put it in small words. He will do go here because, and I don't think race can come in this time, because these states around DC are filled with everyone of every race and party.

    February 6, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  15. Sharon

    Reading blogs of Hillary supporters who are clearly educated is encouraging! MEDIA – – PLEASE stop reporting that voters for Hillary aren't educated! We can see right through your obvious tactics on the very day the elections are held. It has been proven to you that the American people are paying attention! Those of us who are fortunate enough to have an education are listening along with those who do NOT have an education. Of all the candidates, WHO had the most votes? Delegates? WHO???? GO HILLARY!

    I am in complete agreement with Dammy from NJ, Obama would be a great vice president, but he isn't ready for the dirty mess Bush will leave behind. Come see us in 8 years after serving as Hillarys running mate, partner, and friend. The two of you can certainly clean up, and implement your agenda. Americans will prosper greatly from it!

    SJ, California

    February 6, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  16. Chris

    The only person who can fix this country is Obama.Clinton tried for what? 35 years? and what has she accomplished. Largest lobbist money sucker.

    Obama for change.

    February 6, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  17. Melissa in CA

    Hillary went from 20 point leads in the entire country to a dead heat. This is a HUGE vitcory for the Obama insurgent campaign.

    Most important, this is HUGE for the DNC:

    Obama is crushing her in red states, where he ispopular among independents and even some republicans.

    Just imagine the possiblities if the Dems can actualy compete in the RED states again?

    I don't think Obama is the next JFK, but he may be the Dem's version fo Ronald Reagan - stealing Republican voters and winning a huge mandate. This could be history in the making ....

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

    Obama is declining the debate offers because he knows he can't go toe-to-toe with Hillary .... she is far more capable than he is

    The only thing Obama knows how to do well is project his voice and make constant calls for change .... I don't believe he's ready to be President

    February 6, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  19. dave

    Yes we can? No, you can't. If you can't win the big states, you can't win. Forget the nonsense with AK, ID, & CO.; you have to carry New York and CA in the national election.

    NO, NO YOU CAN'T

    February 6, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  20. saddened by democratic bigots

    It's truly a shame that we as a party cannot follow the lead of our candidates. They learned from 2004 not to attack each other and further the ends of the GOP political machine. In debates, they do not aim to destroy each other's characters and they work together to express their political views.

    We should do the same! If you are really looking for a change, CHANGE YOUR ATTITUDE and stop attacking our democratic candidates. Anyone who negatively attacks a democratic candidate is a GOP bigot.

    STAY POSITIVE, please. And don't call our valued American voters illiterate.

    February 6, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  21. john

    Obama supporters call the less educated ignorant. Will they accept the ignorant votes and voters in the general election if Obama wins the nomination or will they ask them to stay home because they are too ignorant to vote the "right" way.

    February 6, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  22. missouri

    I totally agree with Ann. The democrats have basically split their own party because of these two candidates. It's either lov'em or hat'em, no in between, which will result in a Republican win in November. It's been said over and over on these posts, if she wins the nomination people will vote republican, if he wins the nomination people will vote republican.

    Many posts here are just downright hateful and childish. Something you'd see from school kids, not our voting Americans. To say that Hillary supporters are poor and un-educated is ridiculous. I am neither poor, nor un-educated and I voted for Clinton. I have followed the campaigns, watched the debates and made my decision based on what I've learned and who I felt the better candidate would be.

    The republican machine will tear both apart in general election. They will scare voters on Obama's lack of experience, all talk no substance campaign speeches, etc.. The will blast Clinton for the earlier Clinton years.

    If the Democrats don't stop this bickering back and forth with these petty and childish points of view, we will have nobody else to blame but ourselves when we lose in November.

    February 6, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  23. Tim

    If people that vote for Obama are rich and well educated, then all those blacks that voted for him (80%) are rich and well educated. So 80% of all blacks are rich and well educated. Somethings is wrong with that picture.

    February 6, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  24. Meg

    Clinton 08 .the very fisrt woman President in the USA....

    February 6, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  25. LISSA WELLS-BLACKMON

    WHY WOULD WE WANT A PERSON WHO TAKE MONEY FROM LOBBYIST SHE WILL OWE THESE COMPANIES SOMETHING WHEN SHE GETS IN THE WHITE HOUSE.IM TIRED OF BUSH-CLINTON FAMILIES.IF SHE WINS I WILLNT VOTE THATS THE DAY I BECOME AN INDEPENDENT.ALSO I DONT WANT MY CHECK GARNISHED I HAVE ENOUGH MONE Y BEING TAKEN OUT.THAT SOUNDS LIKE ONCE AGAIN A LEADER NOT LISTENING TO THE PEOPLE.WAKE UP THIS MAN JUST NEEDS A CHANCE.THEY HAD THERE CHANCE.

    February 6, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
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