March 10th, 2008
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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. 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 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  2. carlo

    I'm sorry scbrown, but hillary's tactics are the reason why so many of us young voters are apathetic about our country. You imply that the swiftboating of John Kerry was somehow his fault. The point is that people fell for it and what did we get? We got George Bush, trigger happy Cheney, Brownie the idiot, Karl Darth Vador Rove, etc.

    So if people are going to allow hillary to repeat the same tactics and fall for it under some misguided belief that her slinging mud equates to her being a fighter, you had better ask yourself what is she fighting for if she risking tearing the party-Americans or her own selfish.

    We were fooled once by these tactics, so shame on the Republicans. If we are fooled twice, then shame on us and we deserve whatever we get.

    March 10, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  3. LJD

    This woman is such a hypocrite and so arrogant he is not experienced enough to answer the phone at 3 am but she wants him on a ticket with her that would not be a “dream” ticket without him. What a joke. The person in second place is offering the person in the lead the number two position.

    March 10, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  4. CHERYL

    LIES AND CHOICE OF FRIENDS AND PASTORS= BAD CHARACTER!!

    NOT BEING ABLE TO DEFEND HIMSELF= NOT QUALIFIED!!!!!!!!!!!

    VOTE SENATOR CLINTON!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 10, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  5. Joe Ossai, Bedford, NH

    SCBROWN, why are you contradicting yourself. In one sentence you said he should fight back against the 3AM ad and in the second line you claim the ad is soft. Come on people be serious, that lady is Monster, willing to destroy the Democratic party to get elected.

    The game is over and Hillary lost.

    March 10, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  6. stuart_zechman

    Hillary!
    Hillary!

    She's the best for you and me!

    Hillary!
    Hillary!

    Obama time to be VP!

    Hillary!
    Hillary!

    Vote for her or sexist you B!

    March 10, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  7. Rob

    Rob from Germany:

    a quick overview on how we see the campaign in the US:

    i think it is very amusing how both candidates campaign against each other. even funnier is to see how and why people support those, esp. Obama. we have an unexperienced candidate here, mostly voting present in his terms. someone able to convince Americans with empty phrases (we call it soap bubbles). also funny to see is how pro-Obama the news are. comon guys, are you blind?

    i just hope that America is waking up soon and does not fall for someone who blinds them with a silver-tongue.

    Also, the Clintons are very popular in Europe. i wouldnt be surprised that our governments would get much closer with the new Clinton Administration and get war on terror finished.

    America is in deep trouble, the economy is having problems, you are in war, you have huge immigration problems and most of it you are constantly decreasing the average education level of this country. things are going very wrong here and do you really want to have someone who would vote present for everything?

    Rob

    March 10, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  8. John Stevens

    Obama will win the primary 70 to 30 IMHO – largely due to the large African America vote – which is voting based on racial grounds. No surprise ..... sad but no surprise.

    March 10, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  9. Dawn

    scbrown,

    Find a conservative website for your blogging.

    OBAMA 08

    March 10, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  10. Dave, Santa Barbara CA

    Does no one see that Clinton is Macchiavellian as much as she is a woman or an American?

    March 10, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  11. LifeLongDemocrat

    You're right scbrown. I answered the phone fulltime as a volunteer for the Kerry campaign and got tired of defending the fact that he did nothing to dispel the lies. Obama is using this little girl. She, I'm sure, did this ad as a union actor and will probably never work again because of the way she politicized it.
    Can't Obama fight his own battles...oh, that's right...he's different...above the fray...tell that to AlQaeda!
    Bad choice, folks...later maybe but not now.

    Go HIllary!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 10, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  12. Denis van Dam

    Mississipi, you should ALL vote for Obama. Remember what Hillary said more than once: only the BIG states count, because they show whon can win in November. So, show her that the smaller states also count, by giving 33 delegates to Obama.

    March 10, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  13. Kenneth

    To SCBROWN: Obama does not want to begin running a negative campaign, because he told everyone that he would be about a new kind politics. He did run a counter commercial to the 3am ad, but did not want to speak out too much about it because he does not wish to go negative. But, I think if Hillary keeps nailing him with negative ads that work, that Obama may have to abandon his promise and go a little negative.

    March 10, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  14. CARMEN MALDONADO

    dear MR Obama, I'm glad you doing well in the delgates blab blab....i am a true democrat. i voted for the first president in 1976 he is a man that i admire then and still do Mr Carter...i'm disappointed that nothing has been said between you and the former first lady Hilary nothing about economy, in the present time not if i get elected.not one speech has impress me...every day i go to work the price of gas still going up, my health insurance co. are playing doctors, crimes is at all time high...homes going on forclosures..and what changes are we talking about ...please don't think i 'm hilary fan either. i am concern citizen a disappointed democrat.......

    March 10, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  15. David, Dallas Tx

    Say, "NO!" to 11th hour rules changes.

    Say, "NO!" to criminalizing those too poor to buy insurance.

    Say, "NO!" to Clinton!

    March 10, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  16. MarkH

    "Fighting back" on ads that promote fear-mongering is a waste of time. Look at the good it did Mondale to run crap like that. Let him focus on the nomination. Hillary will be pulling out all the stops now. What does she have to lose???? Oh, yea.......

    March 10, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  17. Midge from Ohio

    Mississippi will vote for Obama. They have never had a female Governor or a female member of Congress. They didn't ratify the Nineteenth Amendment (GIVING WOMEN THE RIGHT TO VOTE) until 1984. Why would we think they would vote for a woman? I could not care less about their vote, they are ignorant people.

    March 10, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  18. Math Professor

    The delegate required for democratic nomination should be 1870 (not 2025).

    If DNC decided not to count Florida and Michigan delegates because they violated the party rule, then the total delegates required for nomination should be reduced from 2025 (half of the total delegates) to about 1870 (half of the the remaining total delegates).

    This makes perfect sense and solves all the problems easily.

    March 10, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  19. Frank in Missouri

    THE PEOPLE OF MISSISSIPPI , STAND UP FOR CHANGE AND STAND UP AGAINST THE RACIST CAMPAIGN AND THE CORRUPTION OF THE CLINTON CAMPAIGN !!

    THE AMERICA OF ALL RACES AND WALKS OF LIFE IS FIGHTING WITH YOU !

    OBAMA'08

    March 10, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  20. David

    When is Hillary going to drop out so I dont have to read the dumb Clinton supporter comments anymore? Like scbrown

    For some reason, they think Hillary is winning.

    Actually she's losing and there is no way to catch up. If you revote Florida and Michigan and people actually come out to vote this time, this will surely put Obama over the top even if he losses 55-45 in both states. Actually he'll have 50 more delegates than needed to clinch the nomination.

    Then watch out for Hillary to sue because she and her supporters are poor sports. They thought they were entiltled to the nomination, but they forget this is America, not Venezueala

    March 10, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  21. Mystery

    There is a reason Obama is here for God works in mystrious ways, and i truly believe that he will be president, and people need to understand that Obama is not going to stoop to Hilary`s level to win. He is doing the right thing, and yes i am proud of him.
    I do not know what some of you people expect from him for we are all imperfect people living in an imperfect world so stop criticizing knowing how hard it is for a black well educated man to run for president which is already a historical moment, and actually have a chance to be president. If its perfection that you want then you will never receive it.
    Obama is not stupid, and he is very well informed that this will not be an easy task given we live in a white mans world which is unfortunately a sad, but as i see he is the only one that has this cross over appeal, and knows his job very well. So what that he "may" not have as much experience(which i do not believe) as Hilary, but then again we have experience people that put out country in this hole to begin with. So go figure....

    March 10, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  22. CHERYL

    HILLARY WILL GET THE BIG STATES NEEDED TO WIN!!!!!!!!!!

    SHE HAS SO FAR!

    SHE CAN WIN AGAINST THE GOP SWIFT BOAT! THEY HAVE NOTHING ON HER!!!!!!!!!!

    CAN THE OTHER PERSON? HMMMMM

    VOTE SENATOR CLINTON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 10, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  23. jo

    What ever! Obama does not have to do much to get Black's vote. That is pretty pathetic and races. I am not black or White. Now, I know why Whites call Black races. Obama winning in almost all the caucus states (disfranchising thousands of voter not having primaries) by hoarding lots of own people into hall and again disfranchising more than 1.5 million voters from Florida and Michigan. This guy is here to win for HIMSELF. People are not seeing his is wearing camouflage.

    March 10, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  24. AJ

    Look at the racial make-up in Mississippi. does anyone really think Clinton has a chance? Isnt Mississippi predominatly black. Let Obama take another state that cant be won in the General Election.

    March 10, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  25. Lonestarkaty

    We truly need to make sure that Barack takes the high road and is seen as the canddiate that wants the voters of Michigan and Florida to know how important their votes are to him and the party. We need this to happen so that in the general election and any do -over they see him as a fighter for their rights. This is not because of delegates, it should be because it is the right thing to do and it shows his committment to the needs of these voters to be recognized. They after all were not part of the decision to move their primary date. Let's show them that we TRULY CARE about there VOTE

    March 10, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
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