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. B from Miami, FL

    I posted earlier and don't see it!

    I had a response to Johnson. I said that his comments were ridiculous in that only the poor and uneducated vote for Hillary. Are you kidding me??? I speak 3 languages and have a graduate degree and I am not poor nor uneducated. I think you need to do some research first before you post such an uneducated comment like that.

    HILLARY '08!

    February 6, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  2. Lourdes

    Chris – what an ugly nasty comment about Hispanics.

    Kevin Creaven from Ireland – This isn't about not wanting a woman in the White House (just as for Hillary supporters I don't think it's about not wanting a black man in the white house). As a woman I do not feel compelled to vote for another woman just because we are of the same gender. It's not enough if I don't also agree with her on the issues (which I don't). I think it's sexist to vote for someone because of their gender, male or female. Also, being compelled to cast a vote based on our gender goes against the hard-fought equality women in this country strive for. Think about it, here you are, a man, telling women what's best for them... we can decide what kind of change we want for ourselves!

    February 6, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  3. Melissa in CA

    If Obama wins, he will crush McCain. McCain doesnt have the GOP base but he has idnependents.

    The American electorate:

    Independents = 1/3
    Republicans = 1/3
    Demcorats – 1/3

    Obama is also popular with idnependents and even some republicans. He may even get the anti-McCain GOP vote in some places.

    Hillary would galvanize he GOP Hillary-haters and make sure they all come out ad vote against her, helping McCain. Meanwhile, she does not win Independents - check the poll results.

    The result according to all the polls I've seen:

    McCain beat Hillary.
    Obama beats McCain.

    If Dems want to win, the choice is clear.

    February 6, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  4. Joanne, Indianapolis

    This has been a very exciting election cycle for both the Republicans and the Democrats. If Barack and Hillary continue to split the votes and keep it close, Indiana's primary just may be relevant. Now that would be something for me to look forward to!

    Obama 08

    February 6, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  5. Jorge from California

    Sen. Clinton won the latino vote! But you have to realize that the latino vote is OVER!! there is no more big latino influence anymore and that is in favor of Barack Obama, He is wining the rest of the vote! Barack Is Stronger at this time And Will Beat hillary in the next days!!!

    February 6, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  6. Terry

    Barak is more experienced then people give him credit for and older then Bill was when he ran for President. I think its time for change and Barak is the best example of it. We don't need another old guard in Power, please Hilary join the movement.

    February 6, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  7. Lisa

    GET RID OF DELEGATES!! WHY DON'T THE PEOPLE'S VOTES COUNT FOR WHAT THEY'RE WORTH?! OR ARE THEY NOT WORTH ANYTHING?! IF THAT'S THE CASE, WHY NOT JUST LET THE DELEGATES VOTE!! SAVE ME A TRIP TO THE POLLS!

    February 6, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  8. enomisa

    Hey Folks,
    What is with the insults to the Hillary supporters?
    Not that it SHOULD matter- since we are all created equal, but:
    I am college educated and earn a good salary.
    Every Hillary supporter I know is well versed and well educated and well informed.
    Every Hillary Supporter I know is college educated.
    However, WE are all independent thinkers. WE are not swayed by the RICH and their glitzy choice. WE are not worshippers at the alter of Oprah or the Kennedys.
    Furthermore, research indicates Hillary's Health Care plan is the better of the two.
    And... why do the Obama supporters keep complaining about Hillary's plan?
    Do they think Health care comes free?
    Don't they realize those who are unwilling to pay for low cost, affordable Health care, STILL get sick. And though they have opted out of paying Health Insurance, they DO NOT opt out of going to a Doctor or visiting the ER. Those costs are then picked up by those who DO pay, and further drives up the cost of Health Care.
    In order for UNIVERSAL Health Care to work, It needs to be affordable and then EVERYONE needs to buy into it. That way and only that way will it be available to all and still be affordable for all. Help, in the form of rebates, credits and subsidies will be available to the POOR who truly can not afford it. Those who CAN afford it (the highly paid, well educated, Obama supporters) have to be willing not only to USE the health care system, but pay for their utilization. I pay now through payroll deductions? And I'm Healthy (Thank God) and don't need to use it. I also pay for Auto Insurance- which I have seldom needed. What is the big deal? You get sick, you need a doctor. Lets make it so all of us pay for it and can freely utilize it when we need it.
    Hillary's plan is the only one that will work. Most intellegent people can figure that out ( so lets not denigrade the intelligence of those who DO NOT support Obama).
    The rest of Hillary's ideas and plans are just as realistic and viable.
    Lets vote for the person with the best platform, and stop the insults, okay?

    February 6, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  9. Dem of NJ

    Obama supports are those inexperienced (college kids), losers (Kerry and
    Ted Kennedy, and racists (blacks vote for black) and sexists (men vote for
    man). Think if Obama were white, could he get more votes than John Edwards?

    What a joke Obama is.

    February 6, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  10. Richard from Texas

    Obama knows ZERO on foreign affairs. During the New Hampshire primary, he called the 2 groups who were fightin' in his native Kenya to negotiate and guess what: they cared less and the killing is still goi' on today! Obama will be a lame duck on foreign affairs and will be a Total Disaster like Carter.
    I will vote for Hillary this Nov. If Obama is the nominee, I vote for McCain! Go Hillary!

    February 6, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  11. STEPHANIE

    Johnson and Chris,
    Are you joking me? Before you post about illiterates I believe you should learn to spell it. The fact is it is easy to promise change to get elected. The problem is when it comes time to deliver. We can elect Hillary and have an economy like there was in the Clinton Era. Remember when gas was $1.35 and milk didn't cost $6.00 a gallon? Or, we can elect Obama and when he can't deliver on his empty promises we can have another Republican President in four years. Let's see who is singing his praises then? The fact is I am an educated teacher and I have pursued all the ideas and websites of all the candidates. Hillary is the best "person" for the job!!
    Tennessee Teachers for Hillary!!!

    February 6, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  12. Alfred D.Bills

    It is clear to see that Senator Clinton will outpace Senator Obama and win the Election.Now all she has to do is pick Gov.Richardson as her running mate and it will all be over.Sorry all you anti Clintonites right wing republican zelots. See you in 8 years.

    February 6, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  13. Vince

    Hillary has now won in the states that favor her the most. New York, Arkansas, Califonia.

    The race is basically tied.

    From here on out Obama will have the advantage.

    If you look at the issues, there isn't much difference between the two candidates, so it comes down to personal preference. I prefer Obama because I believe he is more of a uniter and he seems more honest to me. Hillary always seems take the side that will win her the most votes. (Like voting for the war in Iraq when it was the popular thing to do)

    Obama 08.

    February 6, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  14. ARMY Lt. Col

    I'M GOING TO LET YOU ALL IN ON A LITTLE SECRET....JOHNSON IS REALLY A HILLARY SUPPORTER......THAT'S HOW THE SPIN WORK.......PEOPLE WISE UP GET OFF OF THE RACE AND GENDER THING.....THIS IS ALL BEING DONE BY RACIST AND IGNORANT FOLKS

    February 6, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  15. Graham F

    After reading several posts such as Lee's above, I wonder how and why some people are allowed to vote. It saddens me to read this nonsense and know that these people are going to "help" me decide who will be the leader of the country I live in.

    February 6, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  16. MG

    To Dan of NJ's Open Question:

    If it's Obama, I vote for him.
    If it's Hilary, I vote for McCain.

    The End.

    February 6, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  17. Bill

    Can't wait for the Washington state caucuses on Saturday. Seattle for Obama! This is NOT Hillary country.

    February 6, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  18. Alecia

    I voted for Hillary and I am NOT illetrate!! I have watched many of the debates and also went and supported her when she came to St. Louis. I've wanted Hillary in office for many years. These men are getting NOTHING DONE!! Go Hillary! America needs a women in office, I know she will get things done starting on day one. Obama has NO EXPERIENCE!

    February 6, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  19. Sierra

    To Johnson

    You call 80% of Asian-American generally poor, and less educated ? Wake up.

    February 6, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  20. Kris

    Please, I'm educated and I'm a supporter for Hillary. The sad part is people who are making an educated decision are voting for Hillary, as they're looking at policies and issues rather than general statements and speeches without specifics. When it comes to health care, economics, foreign policy, energy, etc., Hillary is by far the one who people believe can make a difference.

    Obama and his supporters continue to have excuses for everything – from voting present, pushing the wrong button, Rezko, his Exelon Bill, etc. – there is always an excuse.

    Hillary won last night in the popular vote, the delegates, and this so called Obama momentum was again proven to be wrong.

    February 6, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  21. O'Latino

    From the Nevada caucus to the Super Tuesday primaries, one theme has clearly emerged that OBAMA needs to address: THE HISPANIC VOTE. He needs to get a big figure out there on his side that will attract the Hispanic voters to understand that he is clearly the PEOPLE'S CHOICE. Any big names that you can think of that would take his voice to the Hispanic People just like Oprah. Maybe Geraldo, etc. AMERICA IS READY FOR A CHANGE and needs to depart from the BUSHES AND THE CLINTONS. Get the LATINO vote out for BARACK as it will make a difference just as we saw in California.

    February 6, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  22. Atlanta

    Kodi Q from Oregon,......

    He also comes with just too little experience that will toss this country into more doscourse around the World. His inexperience would digus deeper into this hole that Bush as placed us in. Frankly, I'll take Hillary every time over a newbie with pipe dreams he cannot fulfill.

    February 6, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  23. Brad

    Obama must be very dissapointed. He had the Kennedys, Oprah, hollywood celeb endorsements, he has had the media selling, pushing and spinning for him for months and yet he couldn't pull ahead. Can you imagine what it would look like today if he was actually trying to win this thing on his own merits?

    With every one of these contests I am all that more impressed with Senator Clinton. She just keeps standing and she just keeps fighting and comes out looking better every time. This is what it is going to take to keep the republicans out of the white house. Obama proved last night that he won't be able to win the general, unless states like Kansas, Utah, North Dakota etc., are the kind of states that win general elections for democrats? Didn't think so. You are on the right course Senator Clinton to becoming our next president.!

    February 6, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  24. Ken

    This is a year of so called change!! People are trying to sell mirrors to blinds!! When would CNN come out of the box and endorse Obama? It is time for wolf and company to be honest with people and show they firmly believe in the oratore of the present.

    February 6, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  25. Mike

    Mark V.

    I think one thing you miss too is the fact that in Iowa a caucus state where a VERY small percentage of the populatin participate. Also where to participate you have to give up several hours of your time....who has the ability to give up several hours of there time the most.....hmmm lets see the very youngest of the voting block because they dont have kids, jobs, etc to go to....might tell you something.

    February 6, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
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