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. Carol Myers

    Ted Kennedy ran against Carter. Carter won. Clinton won twice. McGovern.Liberal lost and every other liberal lost until Clinton. Clinton and Carter won because of at the Blue Dog Democrats and moderate Democrats. Folks these are the real base of the party,not the liberals, notthe Hispantics, and not the blacks and Obama does not have these votes, Sen. Clinton has these votes. In Ohio all those votes or most the votes for Sen Clinton were moderate Democrates. Obama will not win in Ohio.
    Carol Moderate Democrat Ohio

    March 10, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  2. scbrown

    I quess Obama supporters are right Obama does fight back.

    He definitely attacked Maureen Dowd for making fun of his BIG EARS.

    HE ISSUE A THREAT TO HER. SHE DIDN'T MAKE A 3AM AD.

    OBAMA CAN'T EVEN HANDLE PEOPLE MAKING FUN OF HIS BIG EARS.

    March 10, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  3. Tom

    After 8 years of an administration made up of individuals with absolutely NO INTEGRITY, we need someone who does not exhibit the same qualities as the Bush people. Hate to tell you, Hillary supporters, but she is exhibiting the same signs of no integrity that we have had for the last 8 years. Obama has the integrity we need in this country to move forward, not go back with the same old politics as usual with the Clintons. Hillary cannot defeat the republicans in a general election. Vote to move the democratic party forward or become a divisive factor just like Hillary is and divide the democratic party and America even more. The choice is yours.

    March 10, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  4. 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 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  5. SLH

    Another thing, I agree with the other comments about Hillary not caring about all american. She has put all of her efforts in all of the big states and blown off the small states. Barack has not done that. She one a few of the big states by name recognition. She did not "wine and dine" the black or white voters in Texas or California like she did latin voters. Again using the Clinton name and her husband's achievments only when t it is an advantage to her. You know, her husband's administration was good to immigration in the 80's, but when it came to NAFTA, she disagreed with it in her speeches but not her book.
    Also, what about her constant attacks on Barack against McCain. Not one Republican Candidate would not and would never put there parties candidate down like that against a Democrat, but Hillary Did and contiues to do!
    That is who you want to represent the Democratic party? I think not!

    March 10, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  6. Nicole Raimer

    I live in the Virgin Islands and I am a proud Democrat. I think Hillary should use all her experience and act like the Democrat she said she is. Democrats don't divide we multiply together. The fight is not with Obama it is with the terrible economy, houses being foreclosed, the war needing to end. That's why I am so impressed with Obama; he hears the cries, feels the pain and want to change the perception in people minds about business as usual. That is what Hilary is about; when that phone rings in the White House Hilary will turn to Bill and ask him what should she do? Let's get real Americans, do the right thing and put Barack Obama in where he will make that difference. Bridging the gap for all. Enough Clintons for one, and Republicans.

    The Virgin Islands is cheering for you Obama.

    Nicky In VI

    March 10, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  7. Christina Varga

    The 3 am ad is STUPID. Scare tactics and just dumb, dumb, dumb. Serves them right the little wee manipulating image of a girl is a grown up Obama supporter. You support the use of scare tactics?

    March 10, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  8. Anne C.

    LifeLong Democrat:
    Good point! Obama is using other people to duke out his battles while portraying himself as above the fray. What he's really doing is hiding in a box and not showing any leadership whatsoever!

    By the way, the Governor of Mississippi endorses Hillary.
    Obama is counting on the black vote and strong-arming black superdelegates to vote for him. That's not uniting people–that's using and deepening a racial divide.

    March 10, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  9. PENNSYLVANIANS

    Hillary's a double talker!!! She states that she doesn't believe he can make sound decisions and yet she would take him as the VP... If that's the case what'll happen Hillary when he must be the one to answer that 3am call? Is he qualified then??? Which is it Hillary, let's stop the double talk!

    And Pennsylvanians if you really think she has your best interest in mind you're foolish. SHE WANTS YOUR VOTE, that is all.

    I VOTE FOR JUDGEMENT OVER EXPERIENCE ANY DAY. You haven't heard of people in your life you make the same mistake over and over again (they don't learn from their mistakes)- Having sound judgements is what truly matters in a leader and Obama is that person.

    Vote Obama

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

    Good Luck in Mississippi – Obama will always prevail when faced with bigotry. Go OBAMA 08.

    March 10, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  11. Rosalynd

    For all those Clinton supporters talking about Hillary is a fighter, She is fighting only for herself not for you. She will do and say anything to win the Dems nomination and really does not care about the party or how the Republicans are going to use her platform and her words against her in the general if she happens to steal the nomination.

    She is running on experience and can not suggest that she is more experienced than McCain. Being FIrst lady does not mean you have the chops to run the country. She has mismanaged her own campaign and has shown that she is not very good at planning for the long haul.

    March 10, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  12. POPE

    THESE FOLKS ARE STILL SMOKING GANJA, SO OUT OF TOUCH, THE CLINTON FOLKS, ITS BECOMING CYNICAL & DELUSIONAL

    Hillary Clinton is the Most Divisive Politician ever, Very Polarizing and Manipulative. This game should be over based on the Math, but no that won't happen because its all about the Clintons.

    My oh My....How can you loss 12 straight contest and still be in the race

    She can't win farely, so she wants to burn the whole ship. Democrats are so dumb, they'll loss again in November

    Why isn't the Goal Post North Carolina? Why must the goal post be Clinton Country? It Baffles me!!!!!!!!! Hillary has tamed all of you in the press, you guys are scared of her

    March 10, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  13. Ed

    Thank God for the Latino population. Obama's campaign is all about race. I'm sick and tired of black people. You would think they still haven't been freed. Oh, and by the way, it was a white man that lifted them out of slavery, in case they have forgotten. They are so ungrateful and self-righteous, always feeling that they are owed something. Obama needs to look back and reflect on that as do all the Af-Ams that support him just because he is black. Of course, big 'ol Oprah is the biggest racist of all and she got all y'all whooped up.

    March 10, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  14. Paul

    Hillary is the best candidate we have at this time. Obama could be a good VP.

    She will become our President and a strong Commander and Chief to lead our nation and restore our our broken image to the world

    HILLARY – PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    March 10, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  15. Danny

    Why Obama backer don't ask him what he going to change and what hope? maybe he have no ideas and no solution. Hope and change might become for nothing at all, in 2000 Bush said he going to change
    look now the country more worst.

    Vote for Hillary Clinton.

    No for Obama

    March 10, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  16. ACFX

    Turn down cold the VP idea now – then see how she panics.

    March 10, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  17. Patti

    Clinton spent two full days in Mississippi compared to Obama's day today, so give it a rest!

    March 10, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  18. PENNSYLVANIANS

    Obama has had the lead and will continue the lead until he becomes the nominee!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    – you want a double talker – vote Hillary
    – you want someone who exaggarates her overseas experience -vote Hillary
    – you want a fearmonger in the White House – vote Hillary
    – you want soemone who can't manage her own campaign where there's constant in-fighting – vote Hillary
    – you want soemone who can't manage money – vote Hillary

    – YOU WANT CHANGE AND NOT THE SAME OLD, SAME OLD POLITICS – VOTE OBAMA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 10, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  19. An Agnostic Democrat

    Time for all the urban voters and latte sippers from Wyoming and Mississippi to get out the vote. Queen Hillary, ruler of the big counties in her kingdom says you don't matter ... The rest of ya'lls are on your own. Good luck and keep suburbanizing and sipping because your ticket has already been punched!

    March 10, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  20. tboi

    she didnt have a plan b for what to do after super tuesday, she felt that she didn't need a contingency plan! What kind of president does not have a back up plan, let's see ... BUSH. If she plan for her own campaign how is she going to run the country.

    A nd the NERVE to offer him the VP slot and she is losing! SHE WILL SAY ANYTHING! Give me a break! She will NEED Obama's supporters and right now I don't think she will get them.
    If she wins this with some sneaky backroom underhanded Clintonian dealings. The dems will lose this thing in the fall.

    She had better read the pulse of all the party!!

    March 10, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  21. Troy

    I'm so glad we're in a state where Clinton can't pander to the illegal..er, Hispanic vote. The true South doesn't tolerate illegal aliens taking over. No Clinton, your over-touted hispanic vote won't save you this time.

    March 10, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  22. Troy

    What's Hilliary going to be doing at 3:00am? Looking for Bill, I'd suspect.

    March 10, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  23. melchg

    LifeLongDemocrat:

    Obama never went out to find this girl. The girl went to the media and thought it was funny/stupid that she's in a Pro-Hillary commercial when she Supports Obama.

    March 10, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  24. Jake, California

    there we go again with the Southern thing...Oh Obama wins because of the African Americans....

    Why don't you people ever think of how the Latinos won't vote for Obama no matter what he does? Remember New Mexico, Nevada, California and then Texas? so what if African Americans stand by Obama... Do you scary Hillary losers hate African Americans this much?

    little by little we'll earn our delegates and that's how we have come on top. you can go ahead and wait for big states including Canada that came out to campaign for you Hillary...its the American people that matter to us not small states or big states!

    About Mi and Fl...I don't know why people are making so much noise about voters voice..why didn't the people of these two states protest before even going to vote..its too late you must blame your party officials.

    The best solution is to just INCREASE the delegate counts for the remaining contests in[MS, PA, NC etc] so that it's possible for Hillary or Obama to win before getting to the convention....I know the super delegates are scare to death, they don't want to decide this thing!

    March 10, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  25. Debby

    Actually John Kerry voted for the war like Hillary did so why didn't Obama reject his endorsement since he keeps making a case that he didn't. Oh yeah thats right he would have to give Kerry's money back. I have lost all respect for Obama's character between the Canadian NAFTA mess up, to the spin on waterboarding, to the Iraq war, to the constant whine about her taxes. If this is what he has to offer the country NO THANK you.

    CNN whats with not posting my comments. Is it because they are true??????

    March 10, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
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