April 17th, 2008
03:15 PM ET
6 years ago

Obama says NC could crown him the nominee

RALEIGH, North Carolina (CNN) -– Barack Obama said Thursday that the North Carolina primary could be decisive.

"If we can win in North Carolina, I think we can wrap up this nomination," Obama told an overflow crowd of supporters outside his event in Raleigh. "And if we can win this nomination I think we can beat John McCain."

"I think everybody understands how important this election is," he continued. "North Carolina is going to be critically important."


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  1. Rosa Birmingham, AL

    All you have to do is convice Clinton of that. I'm sure she doesn't see the NC primary as being tahat decisive. No matter who wins the primary in NC it will go GOP in fall. I will vote for whoever is the Dem nominee but I don't think either can win, just look at the electoral map. SOme of those red states won't switch no mattter how bad things get. (and they are pretty bad now!)

    I'd also like to say that anyone who now supports Obama or Clinton and switches in the fall is an idiot. I think you should just cut off your nose to spite your face, it would do the same amount of good.

    April 17, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  2. Elisabeth

    Did he use the word "crown"? He really thinks that he is going to be an emperor! What a childish guy!

    April 17, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  3. Shane

    I WILL NOT VOTE FOR HIM, HE IS SNEAKY, A LIAR. WE ALREADY HAD 8 VRY LONG YEARS OF THAT.

    April 17, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  4. Beverly Kuester

    Senator Obama is the only Hope this country has. Clinton is only in for her own self gain at the tax payer's expense. McClain is only Bush again. We need HOPE. As a country we have lost HOPE.

    April 17, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  5. HSNP

    Barack Obama can't carry NC in November. Even he should know that!!!!!

    April 17, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  6. olufemi balogun

    wow!what a opportunity for american citizens to make a choice of whom will unity the country; and even the world as a whole. By the power of his words which is how the world come to existence in the first place.let think of who is right with much in depth and critical thinking.

    April 17, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  7. tell the truth

    Jorge lopez you are voting out of anger not facts.

    April 17, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  8. tomdavie

    Obama supporters: Yes. We got tons of african americans in that state!!!! Of course it should be the defining contest. Not a swing state like Ohio or Pennysvannia.

    North Carolina -which is a REPUBLICAN state that Obama will LOSE to Mc Cain anyways.

    Apparently winning an african american rigged republican state is the TRUE TEST .

    LOLOLOLOLOLOLOL.

    April 17, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  9. Nick in Las Vegas

    Half of the Democratic party favors Hillary Clinton, Obama sounds very arrogant. IF he wins the nomination it will be by a slim margin over Hillary. The DNC needs to acknowledge the fact that the party is divided and many Democrats do not and will not support Barack Obama.

    April 17, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  10. Mike

    jorge lopez - i am not attacking you, i am simply asking ... have you actually read mccain's platform and everything he supports? im a huge obama supporter, but i plan to vote for hillary if she gets the nomination. support your party, jorge, please.

    April 17, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  11. james free

    I live in europ France and england, and the last month i was in Japan where all persons in europ and asia want to see Obama for president. I'm not english man but we hope in this man . Africa europa asia want to see obama at the white house, it is very phenomenal. God bless america and we hope that obama will win .

    April 17, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  12. YOU NEED TO KNOW

    I can NEVER vote for him. I will vote Independant. Obama will NEVER get my vote or the vote of my family.

    April 17, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  13. brody Lowe

    jorge is an angry person... probably won't vote anyway.

    April 17, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  14. dAnnE

    Mr. Lopez,

    I don't understand why Obama needs to remember that...? You won't vote for him, but believe me a lot of others will. You made that last statement like in elections the only way to win is for every American to vote for the same person.

    April 17, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  15. Andrew, NO

    In response to Jorge (George) Lopez– you hear that? that's whining from hillary's supporters. my god you people are less mature than preteens. you let your candidate embitter you so much that you vote against your conscience for a man who's strikingly similar to george w. bush, whom you baby democrats complain drove this country in the ground. So you're going to support your enemy in the other party with positions opposite from your own just to spite a man who defeated your candidate. grow up you loser and maybe you'll develop some dignity.

    April 17, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  16. l3sli3 from michigan

    don't vote jorge lopez, cause he will have plenty other support to beat mccain in november, you drinking haterade is not going to stop this movement of change so get over itl
    obama 08

    April 17, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  17. Ken

    jorge lopez, didn't I see you cross the border? you are not eligible to vote anyways

    April 17, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  18. Scott C

    If you are a Democrat and don't support the nominee and stay home in November I can understand that.

    if you vote for McCain out of spite you shouldn't have the right to vote.

    he isn't the next best thing to Clinton... he is COMPLETELY different...

    The election isn't your oppourtunity to stick it to Obama.

    vote for the issues or not at all... don't be a moron.

    April 17, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  19. susan white

    I will be voting mccain than him in november

    April 17, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  20. Jo

    Senator Obama cannot wrap up the nomination in North Carolina because he will not have enough delegates at that time. I had not heard that if someone has about 30 % of the delegates then he wins. That is not a majority and until then he is not the nominee. Nice try though. Declare yourself the winner and maybe it will be so. NOT.

    April 17, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  21. THE WORST

    Well well well... looks like our Junior Senator is taking tactics out of the Billary Spin Doctrine. Now this is interesting.

    As for jorge lopez.... if you make less than $200K yr and vote for McCain then the jokes on you.

    Independant in Florida

    April 17, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  22. Mike

    Very true but how wonderful it would be if the voters of PA would see the light and send this dark evil Clinton travesty to the trash heap of history. Last nights debate was just one more sorry example of all that Hillary stands for. Negativity, lies, non issues and thinly disguised racism. Sad Sad Sad

    April 17, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  23. Mike

    Very true but how wonderful it would be if the voters of PA would see the light and send this dark evil Clinton travesty to the trash heap of history. Last nights debate was just one more sorry example of all that Hillary stands for. Negativity, lies, non issues and thinly disguised racism. Sad Sad Sad

    April 17, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  24. John

    Not when North Carolinians hear of the Larry Sinclair story!

    April 17, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  25. DShawn233

    Sometimes no matter what you say no matter what you do people will not be in your favor. Some people are comfortable with the hole that we already have and in their world we need 4 more years of a Clinton or a Bush tied to The White House. That would make us have a total of 32 years with one of these families in control of things. That should really excite the nation. A lot of people really want another 4 or 8 years of a Clinton or a Bush extinsion.
    Some of these people deserve whatever they get if their wish comes true.

    April 17, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
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