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. metroplex voloto

    i can let you imagine how many dems will vote for mc cain if this lady every gets the nomination. i am AMAZED at the consistency of her support, knowing that she will SURELY lose in november. it's mind blowing. i find the whole auto-destruction process fascinating.
    to Brandon: it's not hatred. it's just that when you learn about her methods, her past, and bill's past from 2000 to 2007, you freak out.
    NO WAY this lady should have an access to the white house, a house she already considers her property. no way.

    March 7, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  2. Tammy

    Why can't you report the truth about NAFTA? It's now out that the wink wink was the clinton camp and YOU turned it into NATFTAGATE and trashed Sen OBama.

    Why not investigate where their tax returns are for the LAST 6YEARS????

    March 7, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  3. roger

    We know the game you and your colleagues in the media are playing, I wonder in which sheep's clothing will you hide after the revolution

    March 7, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  4. winter86

    You report Sen. Clinton has recaptured her "mojo". I believe she has shown her "real negative,will do anything to win" self. Please address the NAFTA issue in which it's reported that the Clinton campaign telephoned the Canadians and "winked, winked" her position on NAFTA.

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

    If someone sets up a fund, donations will pay for the redo of the primaries.
    We can redo those primaries as many times as we like; the results will not change.

    March 7, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  6. Dan

    she would have lost her mojo if she hadn't lied about obama and Canada. A Story from Canadian CTV (their news network) just reported it was her campaign that actually told the Canadian government to take her comments about nafta with a grain of salt.

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

    Which is where Obama should announce that he'll run against both of these "politicians" as an INDEPENDENT!

    March 7, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  8. Tammy

    OBama gained 4 more delegates from CA and Clinton LOST 4 – any reports on this?

    March 7, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  9. Thin1972

    WAKE UP AMERICA! HAVEN’T YOU NOTICE THAT OBAMA HAS A BIG MOUTH (GOOD FOR GOSSIP, NEGATIVE, CRITICISM). ALL HE CAN DO IS BE NEGATIVE. INSTEAD OF MAKING PLAN FOR THE FUTURE, HE IS GOING ON AND ON WITH HOW BAD ARE CLINTON AND JOHN. SOMEBODY PLEASE GETS HIM A MIRROR.

    March 7, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  10. Kristen Ingram

    Let's see if I have this right: Hilary lost eleven races, then won two. This is getting her mojo back? The press can apparently only look at one candidate at a time, and not at the whole history.

    March 7, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  11. AllCanWin

    I am sure she will keep her mojo as long as incomplete stories keep getting reported. When will we hear from you about how it was Clinton that worried the Canadians about her stand on NAFTA. My God, don't you guys ever bother to pick up newspaper?

    March 7, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  12. clarity

    Mojo?... not sure. But what ever it is, she's back on her game.
    The campaign staff re-shuffle really paid off.

    She has shown the mark of a leader – she emerged above, against great odds. This week we see that Obama doesn't sit or perform quite as well when the preasure is really on!

    March 7, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  13. Zehra Hasan

    Wolf,
    What is this Blog. An Anit Hillary Website I guess. As much as Obama preaches Hope and Peace and Love(Ewww) to all his maniacs, it seems that all his followers have nothing but bitterness and hatred in them. i have been to other websites as well and comments by Obama maniacs are just that...filled with pure hatred. Dont you think you should atleast follow what your "esteemed leader" is so valiantly trying hard to preach?????

    March 7, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  14. DonnaJH Hemet,CA

    Wolf : Yes! It's wonderful to see her win the states she needed .
    Now to Pennsylvania and on to the nomination!
    DonnaJH
    Hemet,CA

    March 7, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  15. LadyC from North Miami Beach Fl

    Mojo??? Yeah right. Frank hit the NAIL on the HEAD!! Why is the Media keeping saying that Hillary has won the BIG States and therefore she can win the WHITE HOUSE?? That is hog wash!!! First of all NO MATTER WHICH Democrate is the Nominee, NY, New Jersey, California and a few others WILL NEVER GO Republican like my home STATE Florida which is a PURPLE STATE...Clinton has won MOST of those "BIG States" because of Name recognition!!!!! Trust me this coming from a once die hard lover of the Clintons especially her hubby Bill, I have seen the LIGHT. Randy Rhodes just broke on her show today that Bill received 10 MILLION DOLLARS from the Saudies. "Ettics anyone"? I digress until next time.

    March 7, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  16. Carmen Cameron

    If "mojo" means mean, then you're right. Clinton's got her "mean juice" on and going at it like the energizer bunny. Hillary Clinton represents the absolute WORST in politics (not to mention in humanity in general). Can you imagine 4 years of this harridan in our homes nit-picking everything and constantly changing the rules to suit HER needs? I simply reject this woman's "mojo" (as a woman, I find it humiliating).

    March 7, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  17. Anon

    This website has become beneath my contempt. There is no journalistic integrity here. I can't believe you would allow an article such as "Defeat Punctures Obama's Bubble" to be published. You are revolting and an embarrasment.

    March 7, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  18. Brian

    Hillary Clinton's politics are disgusting and she's wrong for America.

    Wyoming! Mississippi! Pennsylvania! REJECT AND DENOUCE HILLARY CLINTON!

    Vote for REAL HOPE and REAL CHANGE in your primaries!

    OBAMA '08!!!

    March 7, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  19. Dennis

    This hasn't been the best week for Obama. However, he had a great month in February. I suspect next week will be better for him. I believe he will win Wyoming and Mississippi. That will make up for any loss in his delegate lead from last Tuesday. Also, I suspect that the media scrutiny is about to focus on Clinton again. Her "experience" is now coming under the microscope. She apparently has her own NAFTA issue to deal with. If I were in Obama's campaign, I'd sit on that until right before the Pennsylvania primary. Hillary has her own ties to Rezko and another case in California (Paul). In addition, Obama is likely the winner of the Texas caucus, and when that is announced, the luster of her Texas win will diminish.

    March 7, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  20. Obama Rezko Hillary Connection

    Clinton know Rezko more than she is willing to say....

    Why have you not reported that of all the co-defendents in the Rezko trial, three out of the five are connected to Hillary Clinton via large donations (in fact larger than the donations given to Obama). Of course, Hillary's campaign has not returned this money or donated it to charity as Senator Obama has.

    March 7, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  21. Harry

    Hilary shouldn't get points for bad behavior and manipulation. In the real world it's called "lying".

    March 7, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  22. LL King

    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!

    Most of people in Ohio have good common sense. Ohio rejects BO. The first choice for Ohio is Hillary and second is McCain.

    March 7, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  23. Lisa

    Everytime hillary does gain momentom in something,you people still beat her up,down anyway you can,but she is a strong woman and I commend her for that.obama got ataste of his own medicine and you can't stand that either neither is going to have enough delegate to get the nominee on their own and then when the republician take the white house for 4 or 8 more years you will still be complaining now is the time to take back the whitehouse with 2 smart people speaking of obama and hillary the time now is for unity and if your nominee doe'snt win then you people switch to voting for mcclain yourselve you all are hipocrits yourselves,I listen to that butt hole Bush refer to the democats as the enemy in giving support for mcclain this should tell all us democrats something about what's ahead if another republican wins.......so sad

    March 7, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  24. Jordan

    Yes, Hillary Clinton has her mojo back! And I think Barack Obama is proving what a politician he really is, and keeping this race close. I have a feeling Hillary will string together the all important wins she needs, and this will come down to Super delegates. Let's face it they are Super for a reason, they should exercise their independent judgment. After all the system was designed for them to exercise their judgment, and these are the people who are able to form their own direct opinions of the candidates, unlike regular Americans who form their opinions through the media.

    March 7, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  25. vince

    Why didn't we just hold votes in the big states if that's all that matters??? Hillary won Texas by 4percent and lost the caucus by 10percent hardly a landslide!!! and Obama will get just as many delagates if not more than Hillary

    March 7, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
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