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. Distressed Voter

    I find the journallism standard in this country have dipped to bottom of the barrel lows.

    No mention of Clinton's campaign winking to Canada on NAFTA, then blaming Obama.

    No mention of the lack of tax returns, or that the Clinton Library is in fact purposely keeping Presidental papers from going public during these primaries.

    No mention of the fact that Power said something wrong, and was promptly fired for it (not to mention she apologized). No claim that this is in fact how government SHOULD work.

    Yeah...I can definately see how the press is giving Obama a "free ride" and is just picking on Clinton. Way to fail at your job.

    March 7, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  2. Mike Tosner

    "Why is it that Obama supporter’s are so hateful towards Hillary Clinton?"

    There is no path to the nomination for Clinton that does not result in a shattered party and eventual Nov loss.

    Even with FL and MI do overs Clinton is not going to catch him in pledged delegates.

    March 7, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  3. SB

    Obama is speaking from both sides of his mouth. First NAFTA and now Iraq. At least we know what we will be getting if Hilary becomes President, So much for change and hope. Just give him time.

    March 7, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  4. JR, PA

    Wolf, you finally made me smile! You definitely got this one right – HILLARY GOT HER MOJO BACK! Now, can you talk more about Obama's IRAQ plan? He now Flip-Flopping on his plan about IRAQ!
    What a loser act on behalf of Sen.Obama's camp to call a duly elected Senator and Former First Lady a monster. That tells me what kind of person Sen. Obama really is. I am really scared to see Sen. Obama aswering that 3 a.m. phone call because I don't trust him to do the right thing. Good job Wolf!

    March 7, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  5. laurie

    For some reason the cnn moderator will not let my posts be posted. Please google Paul vs. Clinton fraud case!!!

    Check out youtube video of "Hillary uncensored"!!!

    Please cnn post this. You should step up and report on these in your broadcasting. Why all the hush, hush???

    March 7, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  6. delphine

    It's really funny to read all your comments, because only a few days ago, CNN was accused of being biased in favor of Obama ! So will you stop blaming Wolf Blitzer for doing his job ? He has perfectly summed up the situation : HILLARY has got the momentum. You simply can't ignore this.
    Moreover, I simply wonder how Obama supporters expect him to win in November whereas so far, almost all his victories were won in strongly red states, which will never vote for a Democrat. And finally, he really does not deserve the nomination if he is not able to win in the most populated states : remember, in November, it is in these states that you find the biggest number of Electors !

    March 7, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  7. Kristin

    Wolfie clearly panders to the Clintons. When he was a debate moderator, he let Clinton spew on and on....and then cut off Obama (for a commercial break) when he could have made a great slam back. Obama won Texas in delegates, and that is what counts.

    I find it very difficult to watch Wolfie's segments because of his over the top bias.

    March 7, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  8. Roger from Arkansas

    Hey Wolf! I like your blog. You tell it like it is. You said something positive about Hillary and you get all these nasty responses.

    Obama is supposed to inspire people? To me it sounds like Obama inspires the worst attitudes.

    March 7, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  9. Mike, Toronto

    Also thanks to you, Wolf; CNN gave her about twice the exposure it gave Obama, and declared her a winner in Texas even though Obama may end up getting more pledged delegates here. Good for you, this is the true Clintonian spirit.

    March 7, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  10. andrew jones

    Wolf, what mojo?...you sound just like one of those Hillary's uneducated voters.

    March 7, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  11. Brandon

    To Mike Tosner:

    Can you please tell me how or why you think Obama won Texas?? The votes from the caucus are still being counted and in the Primary she won by almost 100,000 votes...

    Or are you saying that the popular vote doesn't matter to Obama supporters any more? It was just a month ago when every Obama supporter (and his campaign) was PREACHING about having the popular vote.

    March 7, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  12. Cheryl

    I'm not sure if Clinton has recovered her "mojo" or not, but I'm very concerned on a day when it's been announced that 63,000 jobs were lost and 900,000 homeowners are in danger of losing their homes that one of the top stories is an Obama advisor calling Clinton a "monster". Grow up already!

    March 7, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  13. Joe

    Hillary will win in Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania is a closed primary - only Democrats can vote so no independents and Republicans can flock in and vote for Obama or Clinton. If Florida is done over, it is a closed primary - only Democrats. Clinton will win in Florida because she will easily win the Latino vote, women and voters over 50. Obama only has a shot in Michigan if a revote takes place but expect Clinton to fight hard in Michigan like she did in Ohio. Michigan is an open primary – all can vote so Obama has the advantage with independents and Republicans.

    March 7, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  14. Wheres your tax records hillary?

    HEY WOLF.....HILLARY ONLY CAME OUT OF THE MARCH 4TH

    PRIMARY WITH ONLY GAINING 4 DELEGATES (FOUR) 4 !! AND

    YOU SAY SHE GOT HER MOJO??? YOUR KIDDING RIGHT? FOUR

    DELEGATES DOES NOT MAKE HILLARY ANY BETTER THAN SHE

    STOOD WHEN OBAMA ROUTED HER 12-0

    WHAT DID YOU SAY WHEN OBAMA WON 12

    (TWELVE) STRAIGHT CONTESTS FROM HER?? DID HE TOO

    HAVE HIS MOJO ? I'D CALL IT A

    ROUTE!! I'D SAY HE HAS HAD THE MOJO FOR QUITE SOME

    TIME!! ARE YOU NOT AWARE THAT HE STILL LEADS IN

    DELEGATES? ARE YOU NOT AWARE THAT THE PEOPLE OF THE

    U.S. WANT BARACK AS PRESIDENT AND NOT HILLARY? CLEARLY

    YOU CANNOT BE OUT OF TOUCH AS NOT TO NOTICE THE

    PEOPLE WANT AND CHOSE OBAMA
    .
    DELEGATE LEAD AND WINNING 12 STRAIGHT PRIMARY

    CAUCUSES IN A ROW?

    YOUR BIAS IS SHOWING WOLF, STICK TO

    THE RACE NOT YOUR LIKINGS IN IT.

    March 7, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  15. Juan

    Yes, it is History month let's burry her together with her campaign!!!!!
    Give yourself some respect and don't call this thing a women. My mother is a hard working women, I will save the respect for her.

    March 7, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  16. Heather from Pitt

    Why is nobody reporting on the real culprit behind the Canadians and NAFTA?!! Clinton is not that smart; anybody can lie to win a state. It takes a real candidate, with real political talents to win the nomination. Remember what Obama said, "...not now, not this time." Our voices will be heard!

    March 7, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  17. Mike Brian PA

    LOL, just read those Obama fans’ venomous comments about cnn. It seems O fans are never appreciating what cnn did to help Obama’s campaign. In all fairness, 83% of cnn’s news on Obama from Dec 07 to Feb 08 is positive. And the O fans are still complaining… what a bunch of losers they are!!!

    March 7, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  18. John

    Haha..this isn't actually supposed to be objective, is it?

    Hillary lost Texas and gained no delegates on Obama on March 4.

    Nice try to confuse the voters though

    March 7, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  19. Woman in Wyoming..

    It was a strong week for HRC because of her negativism..her highlighting Nafta-gate...and when all was said..it was HER campaigne that called the CANANDIANS... why aren't the news media covering that...
    What about her illigal campaigne financing fiasco..going on now in Calif. with Peter Paul...Google Paul vs Clinton and see...
    Rezko is small potatoes compared to the millions she tried to hide..
    Come on people wake up...come on Media cover the news that points to her ethical standards..or lack thereof...

    March 7, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  20. Bubba

    Got my mojo on unemployment.

    March 7, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  21. Lou

    I can tell you this, as an independent I will vote republican straight down the ticket rather than let Hillary get into office with the House and Senate Democrat. I know alot of Independents that feel the same. Hillary supporters, please don't take this to heart, the reality is that there is an anti-Hillary vote out there. We don't have great memories of the good ole Clinton days. Our memories are filled with court cases and scandals. I have additional reasoning for not trusting them by their actions in this primary and their refusal to release information that would allow her to be properly vetted.

    March 7, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  22. Lamarr

    RIP Democratic party

    Thanks Clinton, the uneducated, and hispanics.

    March 7, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  23. Sandra

    I rather have a monster as president like senator Clinton than a wimp like obama.

    March 7, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  24. Tubby The Tuba

    From reports here in Houston, TX, we hear that a quarter of a million Republicans voted in the Democratic primary. I guess that is why Obama will end up with the most delegates to Win TEXAS. Hillary can thank Rush for that little idea. Hillary may be the best Republican running for President of the USA. That explains why she managed to win by 3 points.

    March 7, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  25. Bewitched

    To all you ladies that sound like you could eat hillary out of her paintsuit..... This woman just put the chances of a woman being in power of the whitehouse back perhaps decades with her unlady like behavior... I being a lady myself thought it was awesome that a lady finally gets a chance to advance the rights of women, And to show the world the way a lady could correct the wrongs of the male ruled washington... And she's blown it...... Thanks for nothing hillary....

    March 7, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
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