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. Claire

    As for negative advertising, lest we forget that Mr. Obama started it with that big brother parody of the Super Bowl Apple ad about 1984 with Hillary as big brother. That was by far the most negative ad of the campaign.

    March 7, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  2. Edi

    Obama wins mostly caucused states. Now I wonder why? The explanation is so so obvious.

    March 7, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  3. laurie

    Google Paul vs. Clinton Fraud case. Current news not being reported!

    March 7, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  4. gaellis

    Bloggers, let's at least be civil with each other. This is a race for the President of the United States of America, the greatest country in the world. Why can't we encourage each canditate to stay focused on the issues and also encourage them to talk about how they plan to solve them. Instead of all of the OBAMA & HILLARY bashing going on, let's try to be civil with one another. The Republicans are loving this....Let's stay focused on the Republicans. They are the ones that we should be fighting........LET'S PUT A DEMOCRAT BACK IN OUR WHITE HOUSE !!! Remember, the world is watching (and so are the Republicans) !!

    Love and Peace to all my Democratic brothers and sisters, especially the young ones....Let's show the world why the USA is #1....

    Love Ye One Another.....

    March 7, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  5. akinsola

    It seems to me that only Obama clearly understands the full meaning of democracy as the will and choice of the people. However Hillary's understanding is totally the opposite.Thinking like we are stll in the Roman Era. From Bush to Clinton, Clinton to Bush. Now Bush to Clinton again and next will be Jeb Bush before Chelsea Clinton. This totally a complete Demstration of craziness.

    March 7, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  6. Roland Madore, Fort Collins, CO

    Wolf, you keep pedaling this Canadian-Obama-NAFTA stroy, yet my sources tell me the CBC now says it was the Clinton campaign that did this. Hunt it down, would you, please?

    March 7, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  7. sw

    Obama supporters were called well-educated group, it doen't look like this to me, or maybe these so called Obama supporters are just some hired guns, getting paid to shout some insane words on the web. you surppose to leave your "comment" here, but you people just write some insulting words here whenever a news comes out, no substance at all, do you realize this gonna turn people away? make people think Obama himself may just like you?

    March 7, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  8. Calip

    You are a woman hater i am trying not to switch to fox. Msnbc should hire you, you would fit in well. Please it is starting to really show you are against Hillary Clinton. Please back off.

    March 7, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  9. Zehra Hasan

    After raising and spending twice the amount of money that Hillary Clinton did, and expecting to finish the race this tuesday, Barrack obama lost. That is the simple truth. She won the popular vote in Texas. And please dont keep on repeating that Barrack Obama is ahead in Delegates. that would be settled once Florida's delegates are counted. And they will be counted one way or another and then we will see who is ahead in Delegates. No wonder Obamamanias are so keen to get this over with. Because the longer it goes on, the longer the spot light on Barrack and the greater the chance that his "transparent" and "Ethical" campaign will truly reveal its colours. Atleast HIllary Clinton never made any false claims to be holier than everyone else in Washington.

    March 7, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  10. Diane

    I cannot figure out WHY the Clinton's have been allowed to circumvent rules AND GET AWAY WITH IT. If someone called Hillary a "monster" I can see why. You call this a democracy????? Also their income taxes, and all of the other dirt. I hope Howard DEAN STICKS TO HIS GUNS. Florida and Michigan knew the rules amd went ahead anyway. I've also noticed CNN has been showing alot more of Hillary's face on newscast and showing Obama in negative ways. Come on people!!! Do you really want a Clinton in the White House? Discusting!!!

    March 7, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  11. Floridian

    Puh-lease. We all know, thanks to the million delegate calculators out there, that she can't win. The DNC can't pay, Florida and Michigan won't pay, and so if anything you would get a caucus and not a new primary in those two states.

    HRC is only in it at this point for 1 of 2 reasons: demanding a VP slot at the end because that is the only way to purportedly unite the dem party that is being ripped apart by this race; or to bloody Obama up so much that he can't win against McCain and she can run in 2012 on the "I told you so" ticket.

    This is NOT NEWS, CNN. Quit the spin and cut the bull.

    March 7, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  12. Erick

    Obama Maniacs...quit saying he won Texas.... His causus tactics were questionable, if not unethical. His supporters even chased a Dallas City Councel woman to the police station. Obama caucus voters entered buildings and locked the doors behind them, not allowing the Clinton supporters to participate. It was all documented by the press...Obama will be exposed for his Chicago strong armed tactics taught to him by the Chicago political fixer "Tony Rezco." Google Rezco and and research it yourself. We even had a young woman from NH with an Obama shirt on attempting to push he wieght around. My suggestion is US senate hearings to review irregularities throughout all of the caucus events that have transired in 15 states.

    March 7, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  13. Jon, Pittsburgh, PA

    You Obama supporters are the worst losers I have every seen! Your guy lost this week, face it and move on. But, please stop your tired and baseless personal attacks, they make you look more and more like a gang of thugs.

    March 7, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  14. Peggy Dignan

    How is it that someone calls Hillary a monster and it is never played, yet we had to see Obama dressed in his Kenyan dress over and over and over. Talk about bias. She says the news is picking on her and now they are bending over backwards to play up to her. C'mon be fair

    March 7, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  15. Sharita

    Clinton won 3 states that she was expected to win. What is the big deal! Why don't we look at how she couldn't maintain her huge lead in Texax and Ohio and how Obama received just as many if not more delegates than her. No one is talking about how Obama almost beat her in Texas where just a few weeks ago she had a huge lead.

    March 7, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  16. SC Native

    You Obama supporters are FOOLS. Let the record show, Hillary won 6 more delegates than Obama in Texas. The Obama supporters need to take math 101. Hillary will win the White house.

    March 7, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  17. George in OH

    For those Obama supporters, ask yourself, do you really support him or just hate her?

    March 7, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  18. Obama 08

    I don't thinks so.

    March 7, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  19. Derrick

    Hillary is a FIGHTER! I LOVE the "right hook" she gave to Obama on Tuesday!!!

    There is more where that came from!

    Yes we will!
    Yes we will!

    Hillary 08' 12'

    March 7, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  20. Ranger01

    Unfortunately, we have lost our minds feeding into all the politics. I am concerned with the economy, I do feel as though we can take back our status and also get along with warring countries.

    Why keep adding fuel to the fire? HRC, should be focusing on what she states, so her words won't end up being a misstatement or so other excuse later on. I take offense to the media that feeds into the insults of non whites. Superior Complexes! Isn't this type of non sense why we are in wars and the US hated.

    All one need to do is listen, that's the foundation of understanding. Yes, I know why I am backing Obama. He represents what I and what we all should be teaching our youth. After all, how can HRC bring all cultures together when she demeans our very being.

    And why are HRC supporters backing her? She has proven herself to be a liar, a crook, and a cry baby.

    March 7, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  21. bakersfield

    WOLF, TELL EVERYBODY WHY THE DEMS. HAVE SUPER DELEGATES, EXACTLY FOR THIS SITUATION. SO THEY CAN RIGHT THE CHANGE, ALOT OF PEOPLE GOT STAR STRUCK WITH OBAMAS CARISMA BUT MORE AND MORE IS COMING OUT ABOUT HIM. SO NOW THE SUPERDELEGATES CAN FIX IT IF OBAMA JUST HAPPENS TO BE AHEAD AT THE END. ITS APPARENT WITH NAFTA, REZKO AND THE NEWEST DEVELOPEMENT FROM WHAT HIS ADVISER SAID ABOUT THE IRAQ WAR. MAYBE HIS SPEECHS ARE BEST CASE SCENARO, SUPERDELEGATES WILL HAVE TO GO TO HILLARY BECAUSE HES NOT WHAT HE PREACHS.

    March 7, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  22. CW in Dixie

    Wolf,

    I think this contest might actually go to November 3. That's the day the Supreme Court will release it's opinion.

    March 7, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  23. Changing times

    If she by some way manages to steal this nomination. I will write Obama in.

    March 7, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  24. Sue

    You Obama supporters make me laugh. You say that Hillary was helped in Texas and Ohio by Republican voters. Who in the world do you think voted for Obama in all those caucuses in the Red States like Idaho, Nebraska, Kansas, Utah etc. They voted for him because they knew he would be the weaker candidate against their party in November.

    March 7, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  25. Andrew King

    Wolf Blitzer is right. Hillary has gotten her Mojo back. That Mojo of course is lying, cheating, and basically taking an all or nothing approach on the election. Even though it is impossible for her to win the election based on elected delegates, Hillary Clinton would rather go with a scorched earth policy to ensure that if she can't win, no other democrat can either. Hillary is now running alongside McCain echoing his attacks. It almost seems as if she is running for McCain's VP slot.

    March 7, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
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