March 5th, 2008
09:55 AM ET
10 years ago

Clinton gets big wins


Watch portions of Clinton's speech Tuesday night. (AP Photo)

(CNN) - Sen. Hillary Clinton got her campaign back on track with projected wins in the Texas, Ohio and Rhode Island primaries.

Delegate-rich Texas and Ohio were considered must-wins for her campaign.

Clinton's Democratic rival Sen. Barack Obama, who claimed victory in Vermont, had won 12 straight contests since Super Tuesday on February 5.

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  1. Obama for 08' President

    All you folks out there, do you want a woman for president? FORGET IT! PLEASE! CONSIDER OBAMA FOR 08'! Yahoo!

    March 5, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  2. bill pike

    i used to box, isn't it a round by round total?? Obama won 12 in a row and then clinton won 3. isn't that 12 to 3, or as the news says "count the delegates" to see who wins and ALL the superdelegates say "count the delegates". so, on to round 15--old timers had fights that lasted more than 15 rounds.

    March 5, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  3. Sasha

    Hillary, If you were ahead in the pledged delegate count would you be claiming the democratic presidential nomination because you took the larger states? Of course not!

    The last time I looked we were still a democracy. Obama leads in the delegate count and in the popular vote!

    Obama 08

    March 5, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  4. Amanda

    It is ridiculous to say count the Florida and Michigan votes. Senator Obama was not even on the ballot in Michigan and in Florida honored his pledge to the DNC not to campaign in Florida. Under these conditions it could be expected that the front runner (at that time) with far more name recognition would win the race. If Florida and Michigan want their votes to count there needs to be a new election in these states. For Hillary and her supporters to argue the current votes in these two states should count is slimy. You can be a Hillary supporter but let's be fair.

    I am an Obama supporter because I think it is time to have a person with integrity, intelligence and good judgment as our President. I am encouraged by his voice and his ability to bring new people in the political process. If Hillary truly loved her country she would be trying to help Obama get elected and share whatever experience she has. At the very least, she would run a clean campaign, not one based on things she knows are not true. But she obviously comes from the school that when you are in a fight you have to play dirty and politics is dirty. In the end, if she wins the nomination, McCain should win based on experience, if that is the criteria and the only people who will be participating in the process will be the people that hate Hillary and will vote for McCain or who are willing to go along with politics as usual. That is going to leave out a lot of people.

    March 5, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  5. ethoz1970

    I agree with sky that apparently no one seems to be addressing the fact that Obama is still very much in the lead. Hilary needed BIG wins to put the man down. However it is very interesting what a BIG deal is made over a few rather narrow victory.

    March 5, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  6. Obama Supporter

    All those Voters for Hillary, ask youselves – do you believe Hillary can really speak for you after she has got into the White House? – the person who received the most funds from lobbies in the campaign who reprensents big companies? Do you think she can refuse those interest groups – big companies? If yes, why couldn't she have the health care proposals done under her hunsband terms? because of the health insurance companies blocked there. You are only Stirrups for her to get on the horse, then she will kick you away...

    She worked for big Law firms while Obama was working as a community organizer.

    Who will and can represent you? Think, Think, Think!!!

    Go Obama!!!

    March 5, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  7. Loisi in CA

    Weird how the big newsites, CNN, MSNBC, etc, are playing down Clinton's decisive wins last night. Instead of realizing that a lot of American voters don't consider Obama to be some kind of golden-boy shoe-in, and want an experienced candidate in the white house, they act as though she is some kind of spoiler or outsider who is supposed to knuckle to a man.

    Thanks, media, for being so consistently misogynist in your rather biased reporting about a significant event in this primary season.

    March 5, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  8. Mary

    larry, you are right. I didn't get to vote twice. Why should Texans? That hardly seems fair. Seat Michigan and Florida. I am sure that the voters didn't make the decision to move the primary. I never did think they should be stripped of their votes. Something about RIGHTS. Obama could have left his name on the Michigan ballot and he was the ONLY candidate to break the rules and run an ad in Florida. What does he have to whine about? IF he is so good and so far ahead, why should allowing a few people the right to vote that our founding fathers wanted us to have matter to him. Maybe since the votes don't count they can file a law suit not to pay their taxes and call it taxation without representation????
    Makes about as much sense as denying voters their voice!

    March 5, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  9. Worried Mom

    It seems that the American public is ready for a woman president, as it should be, but is the world? I have a HUGE concern with our national security and Hillary! Many parts of the world and many terror groups do not value and respect women like the U.S. and most of our allied countries. Wouldn't having a female president be viewed as sign of weakness by these groups and lead to more attacks on the U. S.? My fear on a global level is that the red phone in the White House is ringing BECAUSE of Hillary! Think about that when you tuck your little ones in at night!

    March 5, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  10. Tommy

    I wont be satisfied until everyone votes and Florda and Michigan votes will count that way they are heard. Go Hillary

    March 5, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  11. SER-CA

    My prediction was right from the start that President Hillary Clinton will win in Ohio, Texas & Rhode Island. We can celebrate but we need to work very very hard to win in the forthcoming primaries most importantly in Pennslyvania which I'm pretty sure she will. She is leading in that state and all we need to do is to make that margin big and nailed it. Hillary is now the presumptive democratic nominee whether Obama's supporters agree with us or not. My advise to Hillary is to keep focus on economic as well as national security issues and don't be distracted on negative issues that the other party may throw on you. Keep up the momentum and GOD be with you always.

    March 5, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  12. Swampdweller

    It's obvious now. Hillary Clinton should withdraw from the race. A graceful exit at this point would make it possible for Senator Obama to choose her for his running mate and unite the party. It's up to Clinton now to do the right thing.

    (See Glen, Cary, NC comment above)

    March 5, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
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