March 4th, 2008
10:03 PM ET
5 years ago

Schneider: Clinton's delegate problem

(CNN) - In what may be bad news for Clinton, Democrats across all four states overwhelmingly say they want super delegates to vote based on which candidate finishes ahead in the pledged delegate count at the end of the primary season.

Majorities of Democrats in Texas (62 percent), Ohio (61 percent), Rhode Island (57 percent) and Vermont (66 percent) all said the super delegates should cast their vote for the primary winner, not for who they think can best win in November.

Why is this bad news for Clinton? As CNN's John King has made clear on his interactive delegate map, it is nearly impossible for Clinton to catch up to Obama's pledged delegate count. She would have to win the rest of the states convincingly to do so, given that the party allots delegates proportionally. Barring large blowouts in the remaining contests, its likely Clinton will finish behind Obama in pledged delegates.

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–CNN Senior Political Analyst Bill Schneider

soundoff (351 Responses)
  1. Fabama Alexson

    Obama's the man, Yes he can! Vote Obama. Clinton, oh no, not again!

    March 4, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  2. Jim

    "Democrats across all four states overwhelmingly" – please, correct that. There are hell lot of republicans acting like democrats at least in Texas.

    What a shame!!

    March 4, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  3. Aaron

    I am a democrat but with the way Clinton is acting i am shocked and appalled. At least Mitt had the good sense to back out gracefully and not hurt his party even though he could have been a formidable opponent for McCain.

    March 4, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  4. DONALD

    the party has to allow the florida and michigan delegations be seated or they will vote the other party. this will give the nomination to hilla and then we can beat mccain.

    March 4, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  5. Tina

    I'm with Donald – add in Florida and MI delegates – and watch the truth come forth!

    March 4, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  6. Nicolas

    If Barack is not so popular with the young voters that by the way because of media hype, HE will not be in this election and that's causing us this agony. HILLARY!

    March 4, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  7. Daniel

    Hillary isn't taking both states. It's over for her. If she continues, it will be the end of the Democratic party.

    If Hillary continues campaigning after the pledged delegates (the representatives of the popular vote) have made the winner obvious, she is relying upon the superdelegates. The superdelegates are the old people who have been around or managed to win the right elections or get the right appointments.

    The instant the superdelegates have to decide a nominee, the Democratic party has failed. At that point, it will not be democracy that decides their course, but the infamous "smoke-filled rooms." The Democrats will have let their own clique-ish nature overcome the will of the people they claim to represent. It will permanently damage the credibility of the Democrats, and we will go from a bi-partisan system to a Republican system.

    Hillary needs to bow out to preserve the integrity of the Democratic party.

    And I'm a Republican.

    March 4, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  8. Reginald

    WE WON RHODE ISLAND! GET READY OBAMA...THIS IS OUR NIGHT...THE TIME IS NOW...WE NEED HILLARY! WE NEED HILLARY! WE NEED HILLARY! WE NEED HILLARY! WE NEED HILLARY! WE NEED HILLARY!!

    March 4, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  9. Liv Manto

    I love you Hillary!!! I am an immigrant (legal, 1998) and have seen you fight against for the real people. Just to let you know, I am a member of American Mensa so dont believe those idiots. I have been calling for you, campaigning for you.

    Despite all the negative postings, please stay there. For us, the real people who are suffering from all of this mess. I pray for you everyday.

    March 4, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  10. David Washington, Pierre, SD

    Why I don't vote Democrat...Florida & Michigan

    Barrack Hussein of the Democrats has dictated to his servants that the people in these states have no voice in America.

    March 4, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  11. TEXAN

    Thanks to Rhode Island, Ohio, and Texas. The polls show that Hillary will win Texas. Obama is selling his supporter beach front property in North Dakota. Thanks to the media for exposing his dirt.

    Hillary, Hillary, Hillary, Hillary, Hillary!

    March 4, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  12. Jen

    Hillary, please step down now. I know you've been selfish all your life but your time is running out. Obama has already earned his place as the Democratic nominee. You are just dragging it on and dividing our party.

    March 4, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  13. AtlantaVoter

    Do you really think someone with the spunk to run for President of the United States is going to "bow out" when the race is this tight? Why would she? When she was ahead did anyone ask Obama to bow out?

    Some of these comments are beyond laughable. You may be willing to be led around by the nose and buy into empty rhetoric but some are not. Get a grip.

    Hillary Clinton 2008

    March 4, 2008 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  14. Alex

    There is no chance Michigan and Florida will get their votes back - that's what they get for wanting to be the first. Hillary may have more experience but she is not the person meant for the job. And furthermore, do we really want the same two families running the country for what would be (if she were to be elected) 24 years? No thank you. I'll take Obama.

    March 4, 2008 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  15. KatieK

    For the sake of the party and a win in November, Clinton needs with withdraw tomorrow. She cannot pull ahead in pledged delegates nor is she the most electable.

    March 4, 2008 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  16. MD

    Obamacans are such eloquent speakers =/

    March 4, 2008 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  17. Christian

    CNN (Wolf) must be competing with Fox to steal an election. Once again the media has cast a shadow on Senator Clinton. I thought "journalist's" had to be unbiased. Thank you Anderson for an honest effort in keeping your political lobbyist...ooopps reporters "honest" ! ( Hey Gloria, each time you say Obama you drool a little !)

    March 4, 2008 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  18. ml

    ...and wo really is behind this nonsense? The one who wants her to go..
    she must stay!

    March 4, 2008 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  19. amadou mamoudou

    anderson , why somme democrate prefere voting for maccain rather than obama , if obama is the democtratic nominee?
    according too paul begela

    March 4, 2008 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  20. sairefgm

    I agree Frank and that is exactly what Hillary will do. I realize she has no integrity or courage or honor. with all that hactred in her eyes and heart. It was for nothing. Did she actually think America would let her win the democratic nomination?

    Drop out. Oh by the way HIllary, I dropped AFT.

    March 4, 2008 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  21. Lisa, VA

    Come On Dems. McCain won the GOP nom. We have to unite behind Barack Obama now. Hillary cannot win. Stop devisive civil war. We will lose the WH if dont stop.

    March 4, 2008 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  22. saraz

    REDO THE PRIMARY IN CALIFORNIA!!!!!

    The California Democratic Party establishment unfairly agreed to move the California primary up to February. Barack Obama would win California if the primary were held today.

    I demand that we redo the California primary.

    March 4, 2008 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  23. Alibaba El-Babel On

    Here they go again. This out right cheer leading for Obama is ridiculous. Schneider should have learned it's getting old. The press has wielded way to much influence in this election. This thing is going to the convention even if the Roland Martins and Schneiders wish it weren't so.

    March 4, 2008 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  24. sim

    Hillary Clinton should be ashamed of herself for endorsing Mccain over Obama...I believe she is STILL a republican inside..yep gold water girl...If Obama lose to Mccain in november it would be partially her fault...she is dividing the democratic party because she dont know how to lose gracefully....If it's a two for two tonight–she gets RI and Ohio and he Texas and Vermont then SHE NEEDS TO STEP DOWN because her chances of winning the nom is slim to none and by prolonging this race she is only hurting and divideing our party.

    March 4, 2008 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  25. Hera

    As a Young Educated Latina, my vote goes to Hillary. It is true what I have heard that people have not looked well into Obama's profile. It is not all about words and promises that may or may not be possible. I want someone with experience. Think about if you would let your young teenager run your house. Hillary you have my vote.

    March 4, 2008 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
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