March 7th, 2008
03:30 PM ET
7 years ago

Blitzer: Clinton 'has recaptured her mojo'

Clinton bounced back this week, scoring wins in three states.
Clinton bounced back this week, scoring wins in three states.

(CNN) - This was a strong week for Hillary Clinton. It was not such a strong week for Barack Obama. Her campaign could have easily collapsed if she had lost the primaries in Texas and Ohio. He had all the political momentum going for him. Now, having won those two states plus Rhode Island, she has recaptured her mojo, even as she still remains behind him in the all-important delegate count.

Her friend and supporter, James Carville, our CNN political analyst, says that she must now win the Pennsylvania primary on April 22 and then go on to win the re-votes in Michigan and Florida – assuming they can be organized and paid for. He says that if she does win those three major states, she will get the nomination because the super delegates will flock to her. Her campaign’s argument has been that she carried the biggest states – New York, California, Ohio, Michigan, Texas, Florida, etc. – and that would make her more likely to beat John McCain in a general election.

Obama’s supporters have argued that the candidate who has won the most elected or pledged delegates should get the nomination. It’s as simple as that. Even if Hillary Clinton were to run the table on those big upcoming states, he might still be slightly ahead in pledged delegates, because of the proportionate way the Democrats divide up the delegates in the states. (The Republicans, in contrast, have a winner-take-all rule in many of the states.)

Here’s the bottom line: there’s an excellent chance this contest is heading to the Democratic Convention in Denver – August 25-28. Mark your calendars.

–CNN Anchor Wolf Blitzer

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soundoff (391 Responses)
  1. Christiane

    to Paul,
    i agree with you. She did NAFTA Lie only to win Votes in Ohio.
    I really shocked, why came the Truth out after Ohio and Texas? This Question is for CNN, why did you posted the Truth not earlier?

    March 7, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  2. Terry

    Hillary had mojo??? When Hillary entered this race she thought that she was going to be a shoe in with no competition. What she was not expecting was this Washington newcomer full of fresh ideas and none of the ties to the bad politics of the past. With the races in Nevada and Texas she has shown that she is no different than the rest. When the rules don’t work in her favor she wants the rules changed even though she agreed with the rules in the past. We have had enough of that type of politics and we want something new. So my vote goes for Obama since I don’t trust Hillary. What we need is Obama for President, Edwards as Vice President and Richardson as Sec. of State. Let’s retake our nation and reearn the respect of the world community. Obama ‘08

    March 7, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  3. Paul Peters

    The great losers are women in this election and America in general. Clinton have face extreme discrimination at the expense of women. It all started with the that video of a semi-naked lady having a crush on Obama, John McCain not bringing his female supporter to order when she insulted Hillary(calling himself a friend of Hillary), Bill Clinton and the media being negative towards her. All this plan are exactly what MEN wants. Shame on my U America for being a cruel sexist society.

    March 7, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  4. old boy

    Drop out Obama !!!!!!!!!! u know that the only way a man of ur itty-bitty experience could win was to run against a woman–and yes call her bad names. how high-school can this get!

    March 7, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  5. Richard

    The Texas cacuses are very corrupt. Obama's people were offering Obama supporters a chance to win $100 cash for staying at the cacuses. Clinton supporters were asked to leave. Whats up?

    March 7, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  6. Ron R

    I respect Wolf Blitzer as a journalist......BUT THE ONLY REASON HILLARY IS STILL ALIVE IN THIS RACE IS BECAUSE OF THE PRESS AND HER DIVISIVE TACTICS. Do we really want a president who can come up with the most creative and fear based ad they can to win votes?? ASK YOURSELF. As I have said numerous times, if her last name wasn't Clinton, she would have been a afterthought by now. Keeping her in the race is the absolute best thing the press can do for their ratings and viewership. OPEN YOUR EYES AMERICA!!

    March 7, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  7. Sakina

    Obama won Texas according to the caucus results.

    This is unfair reporting.

    March 7, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  8. Linda, Sunny Isles Beach, FL

    Hillary is a "monster!" It's a shame that people don't want to hear the truth. Why aren't you people - all of you: MSNBC, CNN, Fox - telling the truth about her? I can't even watch this mess anymore. I'm done. As much as I would hate to see another republican in place, this just may happen, I and many others won't be voting for Hillary, if she gets the nomination.

    March 7, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  9. doug

    Yes you can say it but I think her mojo is too late. The delegate numbers will most likely widen in the next few days.

    March 7, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  10. Alice Newman Center Harbor NH

    When the dust settles, there will be a nominee. Some wounds will heal and others will wear band aids as they vote but the Democrats have the chance to change the culture of scandal and make history with either a woman or a black man. The Republicans had a golden opportunity to show America what leadership looked like and what they could do for America. They failed. Looming recession, war, veterans committing suicide and homeless in record numbers and a huge deficit. It's time for change and the pundits will not be able to predict what is in the heart of voters.

    March 7, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  11. I LOVE AMERICA

    CNN, Have you endorsed Clinton? Are supporting her now? al least you should have done it formally.

    Obama is the sincerity our country is longing for!

    March 7, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  12. Kimberly

    Yes, I agree, she does have her Mojo back. I wanted to let you know that my parents are registered Republican in California but wanted to vote for Hillary. They could not do so in the primary, but will vote for her in the general election. I also have many Independent friends who requested the Democratic ballot but were not given the opportunity to vote in the Democratic primary. Some were out of town during the primary and were not given the ballot they requested. So there are lots of Hillary supporters out there who could not vote for her this time but will vote for her in the general election.

    March 7, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  13. Adeline

    Wolf Blitzer....I fugured you out. YOU ARE A REPUBLICAN AND YOU ARE FANNING THE FIRE BECAUSE YOU WANT THE REPUBLICANS TO WIN. YOU REPUBLICANS ARE TRULY ENJOYING WHAT'S GOING ON BECAUSE YOU WANT THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY TO DESTROY ITSELF......AND MUCH OF HILLARY'S SUPPORT RIGHT NOW IS COMING FROM REPUBLICANS WHO KNOWS THAT IF THEIR CANDIDATE GOES UP AGAINST OBAMA......OBAMA WILL WIN.

    March 7, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  14. Steve H

    She only has as much mojo as you and others in the media say she has. Her relative number of delegates is the same.

    March 7, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  15. Dianna

    If by mojo you mean distorting the truth and running negative ads, stupid ones in fact like that ridiculous phone call in the middle of the night, then of course she has. That is the only way she can win because unfortunately her base is among the least educated, media influenced groups.

    I am sick of her claims that she is the most qualified to become Commander in Chief from day one. Has everyone forgotten that she voted for the war in Iraq? So tell me, how does such poor, flawed judgement that has caused over 4,000 american soldiers their life, permanently injured thousands more mentally and physically, and cost an untold number of innocent Iraq citizens their lives, make her the candidate best prepared in issues of national security? God help us all! Her experience shows she should never set foot in the White House. How can people be so bloody stupid!!

    March 7, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  16. PhilT

    That depends on how one defines "mojo". If it means negative mudslinging like the "Ken Starr" comparison, and the "do as I say not as I do" approach when it comes to defining her plans on a mandate for Universal health Care, a "time out on trade" (has trade been a bad child?), and and unconditional starting to withdraw troops within 60 days no matter how unrealistic that may be in 01/2009, then yes she is getting her mojo back.

    What I find completely amazing is the free ride her campaign is getting from the press regarding all of the above issues, as well as on the release of the tax returns and White House archives.

    Maybe SNL will do a skit about that this weekend, and shame the media into focusing themselves on the Clinton campaign a bit.

    PhilT – Bedford NH

    March 7, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  17. JAMES R, WYOMING

    What a UNPROFESSIONAL conduct for Obama and his camp to call Sen. Clinton a "MONSTER". She is a Senator and former First Lady for God's sake. I have never been so disgusted with Obama's political tricks until today. AMERICA must find out more about Senator
    Obama's involvement with indicted REZKO, PLAGRIARISM, his Flip-flopping on IRAQ and NAFTA, his questionable PATRIOTISM and all other things puts him as the worst Democratic candidate ever ran for President. My God, I am scared what this man will do when he answers that 3 a.m. phone call! We might as well keep BUSH in office! Elect Hillary and we don't have to worry about any of these things! MR> BLITZER, YOU ARE MY HERO NEXT TO SEN. CLINTON!
    You tell the truth and that's what journalism is all about! TRUTH!

    March 7, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  18. TJ Cunningham

    Just like the general election delegate numbers should count. When the electro college votes after the presidential elections all that matters is who has the numbers. Senator Clinton and the Clinton machine can say what they want but the people made it clear they want Senator Obama. The rules are the rules. If she steals the election which many of us think is possible then many of us life long democrats will not vote and Senator McCain becomes president. Yes wolf no matter how much CNN wants Hillary and no matter how negative she becomes the presidency will not be hers. Some one needs to tell her "We knew Bill Clinton and She is no Bill Clinton". I now watch MSNBC as they seem a little more neutral.

    March 7, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  19. Karlee

    She has her "mojo" back alright. SHE HAS EVERYONE FIGHTING WITH ONE ANOTHER. She started with the negative attacks after saying she was "honored to be sitting beside him", then "shame on you, Barack Obama", then the innuendo of NAFTAgate (when it was really her campaign that talked to the Canadians), now she casts doubt about the soundness of Obama's campaign organization because of the "She is a monster" comments, ALL THE WHILE, her campaign heads Ickes and Penn are shouting expletives at each other, and they claim Obama is like Ken Starr.

    Yep, she has her "mojo" alright. She has EVERYONE fighting...... inside her campaign....outside of her campaign......media pundits......Americans on the internet. Then she admits she's ready to invlove the Superdelegates.........legislators trying to decide the mess with Mich and Fla.......and it will go on and on and on because that's what Hillary is best at-driving wedges and being a divider of all!!

    March 7, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  20. Jimmie

    I know the race is three against one, Hillary, Bill and Chelse, Clinton against Barrack O'Bama. My question is how can Hillary Campaigns' withstand the financial burden of the of them campaigning in different areas on a small budget? Where is the money coming from?

    March 7, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  21. Linda

    What has happened to the best political team on television? Hillary Clinton cannot win this nomination by the rules that are in place. Why are you talking about any argument she might advance? No argument about State size should matter. Why aren't you focusing in on what is true? She is a sore looser and a spoiler! She is willing to suggest that Obama is a mental midget. Well, if he is, she must be a mental dwarf. She was born rich and white. He was born poor and of mixed race. He has achieved, in his own right, a seat in the U.S. Senate. The same accomplishment she has on her own.
    She is divisive and I don't think she cares any more about America than George Bush. He too knew he was not qualified to be president. But he pressed on for his own selfish ambitions. America has suffered the consequences. If we allow Hillary Clinton to muscle her way to the top of the Democratic ticket, we will deserve all of the division and strife she is trying her best to conjure up.

    March 7, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  22. Dita

    It's not over yet, why do barack's supporters want Hillary to drop out?
    Are you afraid she will win the nomination and beat McBush??
    Let it run its course already!!!

    March 7, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  23. SLOWLY BUT SURELY....

    OBAMA NEVER SAID THEY WOULD WIN OHIO OR TEXAS. THEY ALWAYS SAID THEY WOULD DO WELL AND RHEY DID. THEY CLOSED HER LEADS SIGNIFICANTLY!!! SHE IS NOT BEATING HIM BY THE LAND SLIDE MARGINS HER BEAT HER. SHE DID NOT HAVE DECISIVE VICTORIES. YES A WIN IS A WIN BUT ONLY IF IT COUNTS IN THE END.

    REMEMBER THE LOWLY SNOWFLAKE: NOTHING ON ITS OWN. BUT WHEN THEY COME ONE AFTER THE OTHER???

    OBAMA 08

    March 7, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  24. ty, Illinois

    Yeah Obama should be judged by what kind of friends he has been keeping. He has been in long relationship with Tony Rezko, his church, and he was hesitant to reject Louis Farrakhan's endorsement. He calls himself a man of good judgement. I think not.

    March 7, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  25. Agust Gudmundsson

    I think after next Tue they will both be at a new starting point and fairly even, as far as mojo is concerned. News-worthy events may shift the mo one way or the other over the next 6 weeks but PA may come down to issues, commonality and execution. Many of us Edwards supporters in WV will back Clinton and we will be pleased to once again have a voice when the race comes here in May.

    On another note. If the FL vote does not count then could the state choose to not put the democratic nominee on the ballot in Nov?

    March 7, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
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