March 10th, 2008
10:00 AM ET
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Clinton-Obama battle heads South

Sen. Barack Obama campaigns in Laramie, Wyoming, over the weekend.

Sen. Barack Obama campaigns in Laramie, Wyoming, over the weekend.

(CNN) - Sen. Barack Obama Monday focused on Mississippi, which holds primaries on Tuesday, while Sen. Hillary Clinton keep her eye on the next big prize on the Democratic calendar, Pennsylvania.

Thirty-three delegates are at stake Tuesday, and in the tight Democratic race, every delegate is critical. CNN estimates that Obama leads Clinton by less than 100 delegates, 1,527 to 1,428. A candidate needs 2,024 delegates to win the nomination. Obama won the Wyoming caucuses Saturday, where he picked up seven delegates. Clinton won five delegates.

Obama was scheduled to hold rallies in Columbus and Jackson, Mississippi, while Clinton was set to hold campaign events in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania holds its primary on April 22.

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  1. scbrown

    If he can't fight back on a 3 am ad, than he can't defend our country.

    John Kerry didn't fight back against the "swift boat" ads. This is why Jonh kerry is not president.

    The 3am ad was nothing and soft compare to the "swift boat" ads.

    Well it's too late for OBama to show his toughness.

    What's worst they got this little girl out to defend Obama battles, or they condone it.

    March 10, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  2. vl

    It just amazes me that so many Obama supporters are truly blinded by all the bright – flashy lights and music. I for one am SICK of hearing his stance on IRAQ! If you would take a minute and cruise to the United States Senate Roll call for S.J. Res 45, you will find that there was ONLY 1 VOTE AGAINST THE WAR!......Byrd (D-WV), there were also 4 not voting, Akaka (D-HI) Hatch (R-UT) Helms (R-NC) Inouye (D-HI). What does this say about Obama and the Senators that support him? They are just as full of it as him. Get real, do your homework, and DON'T LISTEN TO HYPE!

    March 10, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  3. king from toronto

    yea rite"scbrown" the 3.am girl wants obama to anwser the phone.and hillary is gonna be blown out on tuesday.when ever she kbows,she's not gonna win, she does'nt even campaign long in that state.some president hillary wants to be.obama 09

    March 10, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  4. Jay T.

    Once again, Clinton shows that she does not really care about the "smaller" states. I guess you can pick and choose which states matter when you're Hillary.

    March 10, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  5. nick

    Go Obama Go. No VP 4 you. Prez or bust.

    March 10, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  6. Myra

    Hey Mississippi , I hope y'all feel the love from the Clintons. You rank right up there with the caucus states and by the way don't forget all this affection on election day.

    March 10, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  7. Randy - Denver

    I thought he did a terrific job of fighting back on the 3 am ads without going negative, which he could so easily have done. His questioning of her supposed "35 years of experiance" is brilliant, I noticed she ahs never answered his points on that.

    Most likely when she loses in Mississippi she wil spew words like it is a small state and it does not reflect the majority of what Americans believe or some such nonsense.

    After Wyoming (all those ranchers and small town people) she can no longer say he only wins urban areas, you do not get much more rural than Wyoming, trust me I know it is right up the road!

    March 10, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  8. Hillary unsensord visit youtube. get the picturte yourself.

    Why will Hillary considering Obama as her VVVVVVVVVVVVVP when she is hillaryunsensord at youtube.

    Get the best picture of your candidate. visit youtube/hillary unsensord.

    It is good to know who will govern the only country that you love.
    Enjoy the videos about Hillary and business partnerbehind in delegate count?
    She really want this presidency very bard, perhaps if she get her wishes, won't face currumption charges that she might face with Paul her business partner fraud scandel.

    March 10, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  9. Brian from Fort Mill, S.C.

    scbrown:

    Duh, hello, Obama DID fight back. He flipped it back on her with his OWN 3AM commercial. Now it turns out the the actress in the Hillary version supports Obama (In your face, Hillary!)

    March 10, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  10. Dennis

    I thought every vote mattered? I thought Hillary was going to represent everyone? So, why isn't she in Mississippi now? What is her excuse going to be when Obama wins that state? It doesn't matter because it is a tradionally red state? It doesn't matter because it wasn't a state that she could win? It doesn't matter because of the black population that is going to support Obama anyway? It seems that Hillary is only interested in big states.

    March 10, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  11. Arnold, WV

    I know it doesn't matter but Obama has won 29 caucus and primaries to Clinton 16,Nation wide he has 13.4 million votes to her 12.4 million.That is counting 383,000 to 0 in Michigan.But she is more electable because she won Ohio?Isn' that disenfranchising all of those 29 states and districts?Why not save millions of dollars and just Ohio elect the next president?

    March 10, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  12. Kenneth

    Well, at least Obama cares about Democrats in "red" states. He has two scheduled events in Mississippi today. Hillary has already left the state, which I don't agree with, because the more votes you get, the more delegates you get. I know Obama will win Mississippi, but Hilliary should be there campaigning through Monday night.

    March 10, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  13. LostFigs

    I agree, if you won't stand up for yourself, you won't stand up for America. Hillary is the fighter we need to win in Nov.

    March 10, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  14. Jenny, Rio Vista, CA

    scbrown. What on earth are you talking about? You are rambling on about nothing.

    If you want a president that is as corrupt as Bush... just go ahead and say so. Stop waffling.

    March 10, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  15. PA

    Hey acbrown–

    The decision for who would make a good president is not if they can fight back against attack ads. It is whether they have good judgement and are willing to fight for what is right. I am tired of having politican use attack ads and I will NEVER vote for a poltician who tries to scare me into voting for them. For 8 years, we have been ruled by fear-mongering. Obama does not need to fight back. HE NEEDS TO LEAD!

    OBAMA 2008!

    March 10, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  16. TheLeftNut

    Obama/?? OR Clinton/Obama

    Get used to it.

    March 10, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  17. MN Woman

    From one old broad to another old broad (Hillary) go kick his skinny behind. I use old broad in the best sense of the word. We're the old broads that fought the good fight so little girls like Casey (with her ad) wouldn't have to.

    March 10, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  18. Chris

    Hillary will Win PA and in the re-vote in Florida and Michigan. Then we will see where things go from there. Hillary will have won all the big states and the ones we need to win the Election. Obama is winning in States that ALWAYS vote republican. That will not help in the General Election. The Democrats might have voted for him in those States but they will not out number the Republicans in those States who will vote in the General election.

    March 10, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  19. king from toronto

    where's the texas caucus results?? we know obama is winning,that means even more delegates.come on with it already

    March 10, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  20. pj

    scbrown, you make no sense, whatsoever.

    and this little bit of news is another example of clinton forgetting about the "small states"... nice strategy.

    March 10, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  21. Elly

    I think you are all forgetting Obama really *won Texas* in delegates
    Cnn just leaves that out there because they are all pro Hillary
    He lost Ohio by a mere 10 points in the popular vote
    He WON wyoming by almost 20 points but CNN downplays this!!
    IF hillary wins we all know it will be by under handed tactics with the super delegates!!
    the super Delegates cannot ignore the American peoples popular vote or the democratic party will suffer come fall!!

    March 10, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  22. maya

    To all Obama supporters who keep on obsessing about who "won" Texas- THE GENERAL ELECTION IS NOT A CAUCUS! Caucuses do NOT truly represent the state- the elderly, disabled, sick, or working voters can often NOT get to the caucus site to be heard. Hillary WON the Texas popular vote. She can win the popular votes of many of the swing states and big states in the general election. Please stop going on and on about who "won" the Texas vote and asking for the caucus results to come in. Texas actually proves my point perfectly- since all of the same people voted- why the mismatch btwn the caucus and the primary?!! Again- THE GENERAL ELECTION IS NOT A CAUCUS. We will NEED THE VOTES to win in the fall. Hillary can deliver!!!!

    March 10, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  23. Franky

    You know, I do believe my boy Obama is going to win Miss and as of right now I would give Penn to Hillary. I can't seem to determine otherwise how my boy can do in Penn but I do believe Hillary has the edge now in that state. I have to admit and say that at least Hillary is not dumb to realize that she's not out, and I'm just curious to see what the conclusion will be...

    March 10, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  24. CHERYL

    OBAMA WILL MORE THAN LIKELY TAKE MISSISSIPPI BECAUSE IT IS 70% BLACK!

    BUT HE WILL NOT GET PENNSYLVANIA ,THE BIG PRIZE WILL GO TO HILLARY!

    ALL THE OTHER BIG STATES THAT MATTER WENT TO HER AS WELL!

    OBAMA WILL NOT MAKE IT TO THE WHITE HOUSE!

    TOO MANY BAD DECISIONS ON HIS PART HAVE DONE HIM IN.

    VOTE INTELLIGENTLY VOTE FOR SENATOR CLINTON!!!!!!!!!!

    March 10, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  25. zona

    I believe the little girl in the ad is now almost 18 and she personally chose to show her support (as opposed to "defend") Obama because she believes in him. Clinton should have chosen something other than "stock" ad for her campaign. Afterall, those "got milk?" commercials will not use any actor that doesn't actually drink milk. Clinton created the hoopla over this ad. My points go to Obama. And incidentally, just because he didn't spend a lot of time "defending" the 3 a.m. ad simply means he's busy doing more important things, like getting his message out so he can win the Democratic nomination.

    CNN, why don't you give Obama fair coverage compared to what you give Clinton?

    March 10, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
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