March 7th, 2008
03:30 PM ET
6 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. eric tarver

    Hillary Clinton is absolutely insane. She has no chance of beating McCain in the general election. Attacking Obama for the sake of attacking will not win an election. A nomimee does not win by harping on being the lesser of two evils. Prove why she sould be President and not why another should not. Politics of the moment. Insane.

    March 7, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  2. JoAnn Hardy--Iowa

    This whole election is making me sick! Why does Hillary get to decide which states are important and why do you reporters let her do it? Are you still reeling from her criticism of the press coverage? Come back to the center and look at what you are doing! Politics as usual--ugly.

    .

    March 7, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  3. wow

    Is there any doubt that Wolfie is a Clinton surrogate?

    March 7, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  4. beckett70

    no comment; leave well enough alone.

    March 7, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  5. Tom Lee

    Let’s make this clear, based on the way the Clintons are operating and the things that they are doing and saying; I for one will not support the democratic ticket if Mrs. Clinton wins the demo nomo. I will vote for McCain. In addition, if you must know I am an American of Indian and Black heritage and I call on Americans of black heritage to do the same

    March 7, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  6. Obama 08

    Since Super Tuesday according to NBC (who actually keeps their delegate account up-to-date) Obama has added 43 super delegates; Clinton has added 1 and lost 6. This would add six to eight times as many delegates to Obama than what Hillary gained in her "big" victory depending on how the Texas caucus delegates vote.

    Perhaps some counter argumant would be appropriate here if CNN actually did some research and wrote balanced articles, which is after all the purpose of a DEMOCRATIC press, especially on that has decided they are "the best political team on television"

    March 7, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  7. RACHEAL

    A CANADIAN MISQUOTE WON THE LAST TWO STATES FOR CLINTON, NOT GOING NEGATIVE !

    Largely because of Bush, the world sees the USA as a country of people who are loud, rude, full of double speak, who degrade other nations, cheat, steal elections at home and abroad by interfering with the democratic process, bully other nations by forcing their will on them, and put corporate interests above the interests of people at home and aboard. Hillary is loud, striving, rude, going to cheat the nation of the democratic process by appealing to elite super delegates, is financed by the Arabs and Chinese, she will put the corporations and outsourcing before the American people, she will do anything to get elected, including slandering Obama, she is a double speaker, she in fact was the one who contacted the Canadian consulate before the elections and said to take her NAFTA comments "with a grain of salt" and it was misrepresented as being Obama’s people. Is this the face America can afford to show the world right now when America is responsible for only 22% of the world’s financial interest? (it used to be 50%) Hillary’s Negative tactics didn’t win her the last two states, a quote from the Canadian Government, that was put forward as coming from Obama’s camp, when it really came from the Clinton camp was. ABC and CTV should be sued for misrepresenting this matter, which the Globe and Mail and CBC have sought to correct. What about CNN, NBC, FOX and ABC trying to report honestly now too!

    March 7, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  8. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    James Carville is wrong, the superdelegates are not going to flock to Hillary, in fact they're running away from her into the arms of the people's will.

    March 7, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  9. Dave C - N.J.

    She hasn't "regained" anything. Her only chance at winning is if Obama screws up.

    March 7, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  10. Joan

    CNN = Clinton News Network.

    It's all Clinton talking points, all the time.

    Tomorrow's headlines?

    "Clinton camp says Obama spilled coffee in 2005"

    "Clinton slams Obama on overdue library book"

    "Clinton teams new attack ad say Obama has terrible penmanship!"

    This is not journalism, folks.

    March 7, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  11. Mark

    Are you serious? This was a good week for Hillary Clinton? She made almost no headway in the delegate count, and considering how much harder the math got for her this week, how can you say it was a good week. Obama can tie the rest of the way out, and still win.

    March 7, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  12. LatinoNation

    All I can say is Bring it on Obama , Im sure that Hillary will have the most populated states in America and probably the popular vote and that means be another Bush and go against the people and see what the people do? as It is 15% will cross over to McCain and thats just a start i believe more and more will cross because of the now what they see to be a regular old fashioned politician like all the rest !

    March 7, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  13. Jeff

    Mojo? She's a dirt bag for crying out loud. Here's a woman that accuses her opponent of lying, corruption and inexperience in one breath, and wants him on the ticket the next. The only thing Hillary has recaptured is her bottom sucking style.

    March 7, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  14. Billary Huckabee

    Yeap, the media gave it back to her and the RepubliCONs voted for her in Texas and Ohio...Rush Limburger is really proud of himself. If she "STEALS" the nomination from Obama...there are not enough Hispanics to offset the "Anti-Billary" vote from Black and White Dems who will be greatly upset from this political sham. CNN, great job at keeping this going, but I would expect it...it keeps many of you employed. The American public is in trouble, but not the news media. Right now, you guys are at full employment!!! Will she still have "MOJO" after her beatdowns this weekend (Wyoming) and Tuesday (Mississippi)? Let's see how you report that. 14 and 3 over the last 17 states, that's not MOJO...that's the sun shining even on the MONSTER's bottom sometimes.

    I know, THESE COMMENTS ARE AWAITING MODERATION!!!

    March 7, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  15. Nancy, Pennsylvania

    As you know our governor endorsed Clinton and the next day our
    headlines in local newspapers read "Pensylvanians will never
    support or vote for a black man", he doesn't realize that there is
    more to the state than "Philadelphia" and that we aren't as stupid
    as he thinks we are. I'm an independent claiming the democratic
    ticket in our primary, Obama is the only candidate without any "garbage" tagging along.

    March 7, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  16. andrew jones

    Wolf,

    Do the maths and dont sound like some of those Hillary's uneducated voters; James Carville inclusive. Even if Hillary wins all of the 11 remaining contest plus Michigan and Florida; which will never happen in this lifetime, by a margin of 20%, she will still be behind Obama in the pledged delegates counts.

    So I dont see where Hillary will recapture her mojo, other than the Clinton News Network (CNN) who will spin this debate to her favor!

    Gimme a break, Wolf!

    March 7, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  17. Ryan

    I think the real story for the Democratic primary is, "How long can the media draw this race out by constantly flip-flopping their coverage to bring the underdog back into the lead?"

    March 7, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  18. Adam

    Obama needs to bow out if he loses Penn. For the sake of the party, this needs to be about strategy and not numbers. He cannot win the key swing states necessary to carry the election for the democrats. Do not be naive voters or we'll end up with another republican in November!

    March 7, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  19. Darren P

    Her "mojo" appears to be simply tearing down the Democratic party. If her "mojo" is "win at any cost", or possibly "if I can't win, no-one else in my party will either", then you are absolutely right. And, once again, how does winning in areas where you were up by a lot, and then barely pulled out a "W" constitute "recapturing her mojo"? Come on, this is ridiculous.

    March 7, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  20. Nia

    If you mean mojo by lying and politricking then yes, she has.

    March 7, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  21. Joan

    Giood to see you are typing up Howard Ickes talkign points, Wolfe.

    March 7, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  22. Scott Myers

    Says the gatekeeper.

    March 7, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  23. VirginiaBeach

    Since it is likely that neither Clinton nor Obama will have enough
    delegates in the first round of voting at the convention, here's my
    proposal: Let the first round take place with the superdelegates
    voting the way they have pledged, Michigan having its 50%, and
    Florida serving its penalty. Then in the second round, the negotiations
    can begin. The credentials committee, the superdelegates, and
    all of the state delegations (all seated and fully participating)
    can do the work that rarely happens at a convention.

    March 7, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  24. OBAMA 08

    Wolf, I heard you are a Clinton supporter, shame on you!

    The Clinton's argument is ludacris. Let's ignore all states besides NY, CA, OH, and PA!

    What about the rest of us in the smaller states? Who says winning the people's vote in OH is more important than any other state. Wolf your argument is as baseless as you are yourself!

    March 7, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  25. serah

    All I can say for HILLARY'S win is that the END DOES NOT JUSTIFY THE MEANS! i wonder why media has a problem when Obama asks Hillary to explain her competence for the whitehouse since that is her strong point. Infact she indicated that she will not need any advice from any one to run the office when she said that " i will not need a manual to...." that means she is KNOW – IT – ALL. so what is wrong with THE PUBLIC GETTING A DETAILED VERSION OF HER EXPERIENCE CNN? We can't ask her but someone with the public's interest is asking on our behalf? IS THAT WHAT YOU CALL NEGATIVE POLITICS? NO IT IS STILL PART OF CLEANING THE WHITEHOUSE PROJECT. Being negative is like when Hillary said " both McCain and I have vast of experience and have crossed the threshold to be commander in chief" i will agree for McCain because i feel deeply that if the guy survived the vietnam war HE CAN LEAD THE NATION IN ADDITION TO HIS 50 YEARS EXPERIENCE IN POLITICS

    March 7, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
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