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. Obama '08 may I please see your 1040's

    Even though your ahead in delegates and votes Obama watch your Back man. Some folks are trying to sneak Hillary into the whitehouse. You do know that is how Bush entered the WH. Run your race and I will meet you at the finish no matter what. Then we will see if they want the black man or not.

    March 10, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  2. scbrown

    That's the point, if he can't fight fight on a soft ad, than he can't fight back at all. Everone said this on tv.

    March 10, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  3. Sarah C

    I never thought I would see as much racism among the Democratic Party as I have during this race. Obama's South Carolina win didn't really "count" because the state was full of blacks, and now it sounds from these comments as if people are saying if Obama wins Mississippi that win won't count, either.

    Clinton has been using words like "disenfranchisement" to refer to the seating of delegates from Michigan and Florida, but nobody cries foul when the campaign essentially says that the votes of black people don't count because of COURSE they'll vote for the black candidate.

    So I suppose the votes of women shouldn't count because "of course" they'll vote for the chick.

    What disgusting rhetoric. Everyone parroting such nonsense should be ashamed.

    March 10, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  4. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Obama has 100 more delegates than Hillary and she's trying to make claim to those. We all heard the saying "fuzzy math", well that's not what Hillary's using. She's using lies and deceit which aren't adding delegates just more lies. Obama supporters, be patience, Hillary's lies will cause her own demise.

    March 10, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  5. Becky in In.

    Obama has little to no experience, but he makes you swoon and faint. Get a life we need a President not a rock star!!!!!

    March 10, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  6. kevin from alaska

    vl: Absolutely not true.

    A number of Senators voted against the war. Among them Ted Kennedy and Lincoln Chafee (a Republican who now supports Obama).

    In total, 23 Senators opposed the resolution to go to war with Iraq (and another 133 House members).

    March 10, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  7. gordon

    remember if bilary when only large states count little states dont what a leader i think she a power hunger woman who would run over a puppy to win

    March 10, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  8. biloxi ms

    biloxi, for hillary clinton....... vote hillary clinton

    March 10, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  9. scbrown

    That's the point, if he can't fight back on a soft ad, than he can't fight back at all. Everone said this on tv.

    March 10, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  10. scbrown

    That's the point, if he can't fight back on a soft ad, than he can't fight back at all. Eveyrone said this on tv.

    March 10, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  11. Rob L.

    I think HRC has worked with John McCain to develop that Ad, since it is more benefical to him then her. (Old John really snowed her on that one!). Obama is too intelligent to fall for that ploy.

    When you really recognize all of the underhanded dealings HRC is capable of...and has already done. Then you have the answer to that AD...and it's not HRC or John McC., its the most intelligent candidate that has shown he has the best basis for judgement... the next President of the USA – Barack Obama!!
    Now you know why that little girl in the Ad is backing Obama!

    March 10, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  12. gordon

    ms clinton 35 year exp doing what getting paid under the table why bill get something else under the table

    March 10, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  13. Dennis

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

    That is among the weakest arguments I have seen. For one, it ignores the facts. He did respond with his own ad on the same day. He has addressed that ad several times since then.

    Evaluating a candidate's ability to be commander in chief based on how he responds to a negative ad is rather narrow minded.

    March 10, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  14. Trish

    45 minutes of speech at the "Town Hall"-still no questions from the audience...........

    March 10, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  15. John - Spokane, WA

    The Factor not being considered in the race right now is that Hillary does have the support of the majority of the Superdelegates and that is going to be enough to put her close, then by winning PENN, the revotes in Michigan & Flordia ( Which by the way some of the bloggies said would never happen – guess what ? its gonna happen ! ) WILL put her into the lead. Then becomes the question, WHO CAN WIN THE GE with BIG STATES ? Hillary is the answer. I know this pops alot of bubbles and Im sorry for that, but the process is what it is and hopefully Obama will accept the VP spot and the Dems will become unbeatable in the GE. Would be a smart move for Obama since he is a young man and he would become a virtual shoe in for the 2016 GE. He needs the experience for now.

    March 10, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  16. maya

    Just the Facts- if you are truly "just the facts" then don't spin into your OPINIONS about Clinton and YOUR thoughts about HER INTENTIONS and her interests and her motivations, her so called "need for power" -etc. How ironic that your initial call for "just the facts" spun into the typical scripted distortions that are put out by Hillary bashers...

    And CNN- change your ticker headline for heaven's sake. How long do we need to have that asinine story about the Obama 3am girl? It's closed for comments- why is it up at the top so long?!

    March 10, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  17. Trish

    45 minutes of speech at Obama's Mississippi's "Town Hall"-still no questions from the audience...........

    March 10, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  18. Vince

    A month ago Hillary lead in Texas and Ohio by 20 points. Obama narrowed those leads to single digits. Yet the Clinton friendly media calls this some sort of come back victory.

    From here on out the math is pretty simple. By the end of this campaign, Obama will have won more states, more votes and more delegates than Clinton. If she tries to over turn these results she will lose in a landslide in November because none of the disenfranchised Democratic voters will vote for her.

    March 10, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  19. Karen G

    Hate to disappoint you all, but Hillary was in Mississippi,so was Bill and so was there daughter, funny some of you make like you are from there and can't even spell it right. Maybe you all should take the message from the German guy ,sometimes a person from afar can see things much more clearly. Kind of like a marriage,sometimes when you are the couple ,you can't see what everyone around you sees,way before you relize you have a problem.

    March 10, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  20. April in Texas

    While I live in a larger state as its called (Texa) I voted and caucused even though I was fighting the flu due to the importance of it. Every state counts even smaller ones IMO.

    Sadly Florida always seems to goof up elections as they seem to have done again this year. Michigan goofed this year as well but then the gov there is a Hillary supporter.

    I will support Obama all the way to the Whitehouse as President and for Hillary to offer him VP is ridiculous seens as hes winning currently..

    Please do your homework and use the internet.. Google Peter Paul and Norman Hsu and Clinton, heck even google Obama and you will see who is lying to you and who is not..

    Obama '08

    March 10, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  21. BCanada

    At 3:00 a.m. Hillary voted for the IRAC war, so next time they call get some objective advice from Obama and we will all win.

    March 10, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  22. Mike

    The Clintons capacity for deceipt knows no bounds. The Clintons hint that they would accept a Hillary/Obama joint ticket. They are only hinting at this to dupe people into voting for Hillary in the very mistaken belief that they will be creating a dream ticket. All they will really be doing is falling for Hillary and her devious tactics one more time. The wealthy eliteist Clintons have no desire for a black VP on the Hillary power trip.

    March 10, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  23. vl

    Just the Facts.... No, Obama is NOT ahead in the popular vote, in case you want to know. Sen. Clinton takes that honor by 182,928 votes NOT COUNTING Michigan and Florida. Get your facts straight so you don't end up with egg all over your face again.

    March 10, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  24. Debra

    I know the black population in Mississipi is large and Obama is pulling like 80 or 90% of blacks,. I would like to see that change. Mississipi has been helped by the Clintons. What did Obama ever do for them to date. It's time they helped her out in this election.

    March 10, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  25. stlouis

    The American people already know that the Democratic party will try to cheat and give it to hillary in November. Yes, we realizes that McCain will be President. Oh well.

    March 10, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
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