March 4th, 2008
08:34 PM ET
10 years ago

Schneider: Clinton's strong finish

Clinton supporters wave signs and dance.

Clinton supporters wave signs and dance.

(CNN) - On a conference call with reporters earlier today, the Clinton campaign said they believed they finished strong ahead of the Texas and Ohio primaries.

According to the Ohio and Texas exit polls at least, they're right. Clinton holds roughly a 10-point advantage over Obama among those in Ohio who decided who to vote for in the last three days. Among those voters who decided before that, Clinton and Obama are split.

In Texas, Clinton holds even a larger advantage among late deciders. Those who decided in the last three days went for her by 23 points over Obama, 61 percent to 38 percent.

What happened in recent days? Clinton had a strong debate performances in both Texas and Ohio on Thursday, she appeared on Saturday Night Live over the weekend and The Daily Show Monday night, she launched her now famous 3 a.m. ad, and she hit Obama hard over an adviser's conversation with a Canadian official on NAFTA.

–CNN Senior Political Analyst Bill Schneider

soundoff (98 Responses)
  1. OBAMA 08

    Franky: Can you be an optimist and a slimey campaigner at the same time?? I don't think trying to change rules, mocking people and complaining about how she might be treated by the press will produce either trust or respect arond the world...

    March 4, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  2. SdJ

    To A –
    Slowness in Ohio reporting could be *ahem* because they just switched to paper ballots for the first time in a while? I betcha some precincts weren't counting as the votes came in, but will count now that polls have closed. It takes time, especially in densely populated areas for them to finish. Notice how the precincts who ARE reporting are actually in suburban/rural areas?

    March 4, 2008 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  3. Santayana2008

    Franky.....well put. Hillary's determination in the face of all the pundits and traitors in the Democratic party (whom she and Bill helped so much during the past 16 years) is just amazing. She is just absolutely my hero. KEEP FIGHTING, HILLARY! YOU ROCK!!!

    March 4, 2008 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  4. Marty

    Hilary – You Go Girl ! Bring this momentum to your particiaption in the National Election!

    March 4, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  5. Jay

    Obama isn't doing so well tonight because of HIM, not because of Hillary, the media, or McCain. It's reasonable that the media, and his opponents, are beginning to take a closer look at him; after all, he is "interviewing" for the most important job in America. It's not the media's or Hillary's fault Obama got involved with Rezko, and it's not their fault that his guy spoke to Canadian officials. Perhaps Obama supporters don't care about any of these issues; however, the rest of America has a right know. I have some news that might surprise everyone: Obama is a typical politician – no different than Hillary or McCain (they each say whatever they have to say to get elected)! The audacity of truth!

    March 4, 2008 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  6. James

    Go Obama another win in Vermont and Texas, well done.

    All the way to the white house President Obama, change the world so urgently needs.

    March 4, 2008 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  7. Kenny

    Well here is the bottom line. If Hillary does win the nomination, she will never beat Mcain. If she wins the nomination, many Democrats, like myself will probably give their vote to Mcain. This will be especially true if it gets down to the superdelegates, and she wins it. That is not is fact.

    March 4, 2008 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  8. many

    Hillary win OH, RI !!!!

    GO Hillary !!

    March 4, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  9. scott

    I am not old, nor am I uninformed. What seems uninformed is this blind loyalty people are showing for a fluffy speaker with no substance. It's easy to take a stance against something, but harder to come up with a plan to do something about it. Just look at how many people sit in the lunchroom and complain about the boss, but couldn't possibly do it any better. Those people have no solutions and to me, that's part of the problem.
    Come on democrats! Why are so many Obama supporters, so disrespectful of Hillary! Take time to read her resume. Count how many times she has taken a stance not just against a problem, but for a solution. No body has all the right solutions. It's hard to come up to the plate night in and night out and bat over .350. If you don't step up to the plate, you'll never strike out, but you'll still have a .000 average at the end of the season. To me, that's the only thing I've seen so far from Obama. He sits in the dugout and points out when others strike out. We all know lot's of people just like that. Ask yourself, do you want one of those people to be the leader of your party...much less, leader of the Free World.
    Let's hope Hillary hangs in, and Florida and Michigan get their rights recognized. I like Obama, and I think he has potentiaI, I'm just afraid of having another 4 years of a learning curve.

    March 4, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  10. john williams san diego, ca.


    March 4, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  11. Ted

    Hillary's campaigning in the last two weeks has been full of gross distortions, innuendo, and attack. It rivals what George W. Bush and Karl Rove did to John McCain in South Carolina in 2000. I hope the voters in Ohio and Texas reject her reprehensible tactics. She is a woman with one particular point of excellence - tearing down her enemies with baseless attacks. It's no coincidence that SNL weighed in on her behalf - SNL is directed by Tina Fey, the force behind "Mean Girls."

    March 4, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  12. yvonne sanders

    When or if Obama is elected I worry about all the young people who voted for him because of all the promises he has made.

    March 4, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  13. Kris

    I'd say that we're pretty much in trouble either way we all know Clinton's faults and let's be honest Obama is not the be all end all. Hell the man himself admitted the novelty has to wear off at some point.

    March 4, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  14. Lynda

    I CAN NOT VOTE in the General Election for Hillary.. She has played a very dirty game. She is a true disgrace to all Democrats. She truly believes that she can do ANYTHING to win!!! Is that what we want as President of the US?? That's what we have NOW in the White House. I thought the Democrats wanted something better than George Bush?? Someone with honor, someone that believed the country could do better, someone that wanted to restore the image of America. Hillary CAN NOT do that!!! I can't vote for McCain.. he too is the same old stuff as Bush. SO... I just can't vote!!! I think a lot of people feel exactly as I do. Without Obama, we HAVE NO VOTE!!!

    March 4, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  15. Independent Mind

    So far as the candidates go, this is about the line I am seeing all mud slinging aside.

    The "phenomina" that is Obama is based on the younger generations urge to avoid if not remove old politics. By old politics I am referring to people so removed and so envelope inside the governmental system they make statements like "I wasn't aware that gas prices are expected to go up to near four dollars." Any common man or women could have told you that as is.

    On the other side Hillary during her campaign has had more personality switches than a Schitzophrenic Patient. That is her biggest loss in this. Had she kept a finite and defined message this race would be no contest. Frankly Memos, mud slinging, insults, and etc. will have no baring on the end, in fact the race is pretty much over.

    What you Democrats have to decide is based on what you have seen, who will better represent your party. Ignore the clout for a second, view their plans for this nation, then decide. Until then, beyond the above is band wagon bantering.

    March 4, 2008 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  16. Cheryl

    Hiliary, It is time to produce those tax returns.

    March 4, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  17. texas boy

    and those who say bill was so bad i think i remember the country doing quite well when he was pres even though he did somthing wroung and why should that effect Hillary it wasnt her all it shows is how forgiving she was and how much she loved her husband

    Hillary 08 the better choice

    March 4, 2008 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  18. scott

    Go Ohio Go!

    March 4, 2008 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  19. scott

    Hey Howard Dean! When will All of the states get their votes counted. Obama people will be disgusted with Super Delegates if. Well it wouldn't matter if Florida and Michigan were counted. I'm will be equally as disgusted.

    March 4, 2008 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  20. Marcia

    Many people in Ohio, myself included, asked for paper ballots because of irregularities with the machines in the past. We wanted to male sure our vote gor Hillaru Clinton counts.!!! YOU GO GIRL ! ! !

    March 4, 2008 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  21. CA boomer for CHANGE

    Soooooooo maybe we have to wait a little longer for Hillary to be booted out of the race...... after she throws the rest of sinks and lumber and what ever else her campaign can dig up to throw. But...eventually, Sen Obama will still be our nominee. No one said CHANGE would be easy.

    March 4, 2008 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  22. Pete

    Finally. The call was made that Hillary has won Ohio. Why did it take this long? Looks suspicious for CNN, even with John King's etch-a-sketch explanations of demographics, etc. The margin of her lead was considerable as reported for a lengthy time. Even with outstanding votes considered, a lead of this magnitude has held as results come in.
    So, was CNN dragging this out to make a better story? It's a little obvious, even though Ohio was just called for Hillary.

    March 4, 2008 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  23. hr.wageearner

    to Lynda – Just WHO has played dirtier? Who is able to cast blame upon the other? Obama is NOT God!

    March 4, 2008 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
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