March 10th, 2008
10:00 AM ET
12 years ago

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. HILL YEAH!

    Debby is exactly right. Why doesn't Obummer reject Kerry's endorsement if he has such "bad judgement" to vote for the war too?

    HILLARY CLINTON FOR PRESIDENT -THE ONLY CANDIDATE WE CAN DEPEND ON!!!!

    March 10, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  2. Chanda -Cincinnati

    Look at her...she is already on her way to Pennsylvania. What about Mississippi? Is she running for president of the ENTIRE United States, or only the so called "BIG STATES"? She will not unite this country in any way shape or form!!! She is deceptive..untrustworthy and down right unlikable. Are Hillary supporters really afraid of change that much to support such a WITCH!!! I would vote for my ten year old neice before I cast a vote for Hillary!!!

    March 10, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  3. HILL YEAH!

    Obama "cares" for democrats in "red" states because he knows he can't win the BLUE states!

    CLINTON FOR PRESIDENT!!

    March 10, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  4. Anne C.

    Another example of no leadership from Obama–he said in an interview on Sept 27 that he would work to see the delegates of FL and MI seated. I guess that's before he lost. Now he says he'll wait and see what the DNC comes up with. What-he doesn't want to be tied to a position? Again? Just like all the present votes in his Illinois senate days.

    And for all you Hillary haters who think it's okay to call her whatever you want–she played by the rules. She did not campaign in Florida. He did. There was no rule that you had to take your name off the ballot in MI. Obama made a rookie mistake and then put his name on the ballot in FL. But his campaign is playing dirty politics by implying Hillary cheated. He doesn't stand for change–he doesn't stand for anything!

    March 10, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  5. Whiskey

    whine hillary supporters whine.

    March 10, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  6. Mike K

    Hillary don't put Obama as your VP – I will NOT support you anymore with the inexperienced, all hype no action, full of secrets Obama on your ticket. NO to OBAMA even as VP...PERIOD. Can't stand him and especially can't stand his supporters.

    At least if Obama wins the nomination I know McCain will easily win the Presidency. I think it was better when the "youth" vote stayed home. When the uninformed & unexperienced vote the uniformed and unexperieced (BO) win.....low turnout is good for the "youth" that ensures the informed, intelligent ones are the ones doing the voting. Some 18 year old supports Obama – what with all her worldly experience? What a joke this country has become due to the coddled, everyone is special youth generation....the USA is going down the drain due to these people.

    March 10, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  7. Africa for Hillary

    Well she have campained in there and so did Bill and Chelsea , i dont understand what Obama supporter in here and how they think !!! .it wwould be folish to overspend in a battle that can not be won " sure Obama has learnt that by now " , all of u knows how most of my fellow blacks have voted so far following shamfully their emotions and turning their backs to old freinds in need .... If Obama wins by around 30 point he will end up with no more than 7 delegates more than Hillary!!! any less margain is a moral victory for her no doubts considering his huge advantage in there .. This race is surely tilting on Mrs clinton 's favour .. Good for America .. And for us.

    March 10, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  8. Rob---CO

    Hillary Clinton, why won't you show us your 2007 tax returns?

    March 10, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  9. Joseph

    Clinton and her blind supporters either have not done their research or are corrupt themselves. If you support someone who is as corrupt and dirty as Hillary your are either ignorant or corrupt yourself. Obama doesn not have any investigations against him, Hillary is directly linked to at least 8. Don't try to make up stuff against Obama just because you cannot find anything. It's all nonsense dirty speculation Clinton and her supporters are throwing out there against Obama while their is plenty of hardened and factual corupt allegations against Hillary. She is in the same arena with Karl Rove when it comes to scandals.

    March 10, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  10. B. Smart

    . . .Southerners can spot a phony a mile away.

    YES WE CAN!!!!!!
    Obama 08.

    March 10, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  11. Debra

    Ever notice that most of the mean talk comes from Obama supporters? If that is the kind of change Obama stands for- god help us all. To call Hillary a monster only tells me that they don't know her at all. She has devoted her life to helping others. How sad if the people of Mississipi don't remember all the help the Clintons have given them. Who is the monster here. How can you call someone that has helped people as much as Hillary a monster. How can you say that she is despicable for helping people. I don't think either candidate is an evil person. They wouldn't be where they are if they were. Obama people just show how truly wacko they really are by turning this campaign so negative. Hillary in 08.

    March 10, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  12. Larry

    Obama has the support of those with Undergraduate and Postgraduate degrees. That says something about Hillary supporters, they are uneducated.

    March 10, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  13. George

    VP (1:07 pm ET) – as a European I agree to all what Rob is writing 12:43 pm ET. United States is the only "superpower" and the election of a new president has an effect on the whole world.

    March 10, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  14. J.C.

    People wake up. Hilliary is for Hilliary.

    March 10, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  15. Dayle

    Midge from Ohio, it's funny you think the people of Mississippi are ignorant. Have you ever been? Do you know anything of the history or the culture of the state? Are you even aware of the geographic and cultural diversity within the state? The people of Mississippi deserve better than insults from uninformed, condescending Americans, and they should not be ignored by candidates who care only about the Big States.

    We may not have the most delegates, but each vote in Mississippi counts just as much as a vote from any other state. We want to see this country repaired like everyone else, and we will vote for the candidate who will make that happen.

    March 10, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  16. Andrew

    Those that do not want Obama as president, namely Hillary and McCain, want you to vote against him. That makes sense. The best way to get you to do that, if it is not the issues, is to get you to fear him. Hillary, McCain and others know that perception is reality. So all their energies go toward getting you to perceive fear in him. Whether it is true or not, is not is not the point. Fear is their point.

    March 10, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  17. James

    I'm sorry but this country is bigger than Texas, NY, California, and Pennsylvania. How can a country support a candidate that leeps over the smaller states just to cash in on the larger supplies of delegates. Don't all Americans matter? It seems like she is more interested in getting a job then helping this country. People should also realize that we shouldn't let our vote rest on a) glory days of spouses, b) needless semantics (if Hilary is so against speeches, why doesn't she put a cork in it), and c) historical firsts, i.e. female president, black president, etc. The only first that will matter right now is who will be the first to clean up our country from the past 8 years.

    March 10, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  18. Andrew

    Not knowing, I did the unspeakable that day. I went to a church that Louis Farrakhan was speaking at after the rally. I was the only white in the church that I could see. I had never heard of him before and knew nothing about him. From first hand knowledge, I can tell you, he spoke that day, of only good things. He never said anything against any group, white or otherwise. He mostly talked about respecting the women of our society and about the man’s role to sanctify and respect all women.
    Later, people have told me of the terrible things he has said about whites. On a day where he may have should have, he did not. I am not afraid of him.
    My last thoughts, listen to your own voice. Not the peer pressure, not the media, not the fear propaganda of any candidate. Look into your own voice and give us your best candidate for President of United States of America. If you read this much I will finish with, I take my first sentence back. I will not fear the people of Pennsylvania. I believe in you.

    March 10, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  19. Rebecca

    Hillary Clinton NEEDS the "Dream Ticket" to win, Obama does not.

    Hillary Clinton NEEDs Florida and Michigan to revote, Obama does not.

    Obama is in First Place, Hillary Clinton is in Second Place.

    Hillary Clinton and her campaign, husband, daughter, and supporters are swinging all all costs, even if it's giving John McCain a great advantage.

    Please STOP!

    March 10, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  20. Trev

    David:

    Not sure where you Math comes from, but Obama must win over 70% of the remaining pledged delegates to be pushed over the top. More than likely, neither candidate is going to meet the threshold. Hillary has several states left in which to go ahead in the popular vote. The will give the super delegates a choice. They can vote for the person ahead in delegates (but without enough delegates to win). Or, they can vote for the person who a majority of Democrats want to be the nominee. If Obama wins both the pledged delegates and popular vote, then he should win. If Hillary wins the popular vote and neither candidate gets enough pledged delegates, she should win.

    Hillary 08

    March 10, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  21. EC

    Midge – Ohio,

    Let's not call Mississippians ignorant when you've got OHIO residents that voted for the same person who rob them of all their jobs resulting in jobs going overseas.

    Clinton sold you nothing but a wink-wink ticket and you all bought it line and sinker. What does that say? It was Billy Boy as President who approved NAFTA and Hillary was reported on CAMERA stating how "good" it was for Ohio. Yeah, it was good for Ohio alright because it's not HER losing her job, it's NOT her going hungry, it's NOT her who cannot afford healthcare, it's NOT her who can't pay her mortgage. Get real.

    Oh, but typical of the Clintons is the history of blaming Sen. Obama when it comes to the Canadian leak when in fact is was the Clinton camp who was the culprit all along. Go figure.

    Now who's calling who ignorant? How ironic huh?

    March 10, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  22. tboi

    As a democrat in FL I am appalled by those who NOW want to pay attention to this whole delegate fiasco. We have been upset since last summer. The vote for Paper ballots and the vote to move the primary was put on the same bill. So in an attempt to make sure that all the votes were counted we instead, will not be counting any votes in the primary. Both camps and our Governer were very aware of the rules. They agreed signed pledges and he went right ahead and pushed it through. He wasn't concerned about representing ALL of the people then. They called the DNC's bluff, and they are not backing down. Stand your ground.

    March 10, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  23. A Bag of Chips

    Hey! Since some of us want to talk "facts", what about Hilary's supposed, "experience." Does being the First Lady count as "experience?" Besides that, what other "experience" advantage does Hillary have?

    March 10, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  24. David

    Funny how Hillary Clinton and staunch supporter Gov. Rendell of Pennsylvania are both named at PeterPaul.com for election fraud. How can Pennsylvania's election be trusted with Govenor Rendell involved when he is being named in another electrion fraud case? Come on media, you better do your homework on this one.

    March 10, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  25. bond

    Rack another state up for Obama, extending his insurmountable delegate and popular vote lead.

    Scoreboard Obama

    March 10, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
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