April 24th, 2008
08:45 AM ET
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Clinton faces uphill battle in North Carolina

 Sen. Hillary Clinton won big in Pennsylvania, but North Carolina could prove to be tough territory.
Sen. Hillary Clinton won big in Pennsylvania, but North Carolina could prove to be tough territory.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Hillary Clinton emerged from Tuesday's contest in Pennsylvania with a big symbolic victory and a net gain of about a dozen pledged delegates. But those spoils could vanish on May 6 in North Carolina, a delegate-rich contest with a plethora of natural advantages for Barack Obama.

Obama owes his victories throughout the Democratic nomination battle to African-Americans, young voters, upscale whites and independent voters.

In North Carolina, those voters come in bunches, and their ranks are growing.

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  1. Obama Supporter Tired of the Karl Rove Playbook

    Right on, Send her home! And I believe someone wrote on the CNN blog not long ago, "we may know about Hillary's baggage, but we don't know about the junk in her trunk!" And......isn't she suppose to go on trial soon for breaking some laws regarding her last senate campaign? Why are we not hearing about that??????

    April 24, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  2. v.ananthan

    HILLARY CAN DO MUCH BETTER IN NORTH CAROLINA THAN WHAT POLLS ARE SHOWING NOW:......

    If 90% african americans are voting for Obama then she has to talk to them and convince them...

    If 60% of young voters are voting for Obama then she has to speak their language..

    IF SHE WANTS TO BE THE PRESIDENT SHE HAS TO DO THE WORK....

    NORTH CAROLINA IS A REAL CHALLENGE ...

    BEST OF LUCK HILLARY....

    -Hillary 08.

    April 24, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  3. TOOTIE

    Let CNN Bash you all they want, your going to win..

    April 24, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  4. Kim, Kansas City

    I think that as time goes on we are seeing the real Barak and we should. He is very evasive and I don't trust him because I don't know where he stands on many of the issues he claims he is concentrating on. Hillary is very detailed and I like that. I think she can cross party lines and work together. I also thin that Obama's camp is wrong we are not a country divided, most Americans agree that we are tired of the Bush administration, the economy( we aren't slowing we are at a hault.), health care and so on. Stop preaching unity and start talking issues. We don't want a preacher in the office we want a President.
    Hillary 08
    YES SHE CAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 24, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  5. Dal

    Bill will play the Race card again so that the racist will be stirred enough to vote in droves.

    April 24, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  6. Mat

    She can stand tall – she can drag this out like an ugly bar fight – but the facts are that Obama could A) Win Indiana and B) Win North Carolina – if he does, I can't wait to hear what's next for Clinton – i'm sure she'll be pulling all kinds of stuff up and begging the super delegates – look – she'd have to win the remaining states by nearly a 30 point difference to even touch his popular vote, but that doesn't really matter anymore, right? Clinton is basically saying your vote doesn't count, as the Super Delegates should pick her no matter the popular vote, no matter states won, no matter the delegate count!

    Wake up people!

    April 24, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  7. carol wilson

    She will not win here in NC. If she does I will be very angry. She is not deserving of a NC victory. There are too many blacks that support Obama for unity for the country. She is only out for what she can do for herself. She can not just waltz up in her in and think she can woo the people here. NOT. will not happen. He will win here. By they way I just finished a listineng to a speech here in Jacksonville NC and she will not win here.

    April 24, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  8. Not a Hillary fan

    I predict Obama will sweep North Carolina, leaving Hillary in the dust. And so on to Indiana and the rest of the states left.

    Obama is the only choice to lead our country. Enough of "Washington politics". Send the Clintons back to Arkansas.

    Yes we can!!

    April 24, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  9. bess

    I would like to see Obama explain his campaign in the way he really feels about America...Either we all go together, or we don't go.

    Hillary's divide and conquer stuff does not include us all. She is mean spirited and selfish about getting this position. She acts like it is a personal victory she needs, not a national victory that we need.

    I truly believe that Obama can wax McCain honorably. I'm pretty sure Hillary will lose the general election if she is nominated, because we will just see more of what are already sick of and the Republicans will mop the floor with her. Just my opinion

    April 24, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  10. j. Williams

    My concern about Hillary's potential success is the near certainty that her husband, Bill, will once again fillander with aids and others in the White House. HIS recidavist sexual behavior–not her lack of fluffy charm–will dramatically underscore the hypocracy acceptable in American leadership.
    For better or worse, she is saddled with a glib bad boy, and
    in an interconnected world that esteems integrity, can we afford this ?
    JRW

    April 24, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  11. Venus

    This race is over with! Pack up your toys Hillary!

    Obama has won more states – and more votes! Prior to Hillary winning Ohio – Obama had 10-wins!

    Hillary needed to win the state of Penn by 64%! And – for the rest of this race – she needs to win by 68%!

    Not only does she needs to win BIG -- she is OUT of money!

    Welcome President Obama!

    April 24, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  12. Ernest

    North Carolinas are too smart and educated to believe in the "kitchen sink' stories of Senator Clinton. Her supporters are old, uneducated, trailer trash and hillbilly racists. She is correct, her position is in the kitchen where she will continue to take the heat. She is nothing but Elvira-mistress of the dark.

    April 24, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  13. Alonzo Demetrius

    Hillary has made it clear she hates Republicans, and gets it back in return mostly. Still, she is a better choice than B.O. who is coming across as an elitist racist, demeanor of ordinary suburban people, sider with Farrakhan and hateful religious beliefs, despiser of traditions, abaser of the American seniors - and he has backers who trust him???? Who are those people, anyway???

    April 24, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  14. TGO

    Oh, Hillary....
    Time to pack it in......You don't have a chance..
    GO BARAK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 24, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  15. TGO

    Oh, Hillary....
    Time to pack it in......You don't have a chance..
    GO BARAK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 24, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  16. Carl LaFerney

    Democrats wont unite over Obama. even he is too far left to get a majority of democratic support...

    April 24, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  17. Mike

    Ernest, I happen to be a clinton supporter and your comments make me sick. and you wonder why we won't vote for obama. he, like his supporters think they are better than every1 that doesn't support him(eletist) . If you want to compare smarts....we clinton supporters are too SMART to fall for a few words and a preaching style technic. "change" what and `how.....Hope for what and why.....you idiots are falling for a salesman....so who is really the smart ppl here....stick that in your paper pipe and smoke it......
    hillary or mccain 08

    April 24, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  18. Geri

    Of course Obama will win in North Carolina...look at the percentage of Afro Americans that live there. He's winning in a lot of states mainly because of the black population who are voting on race and not on issues. And why is it you keep bringing up Bill Clinton...he's not running for office. You need to take a look at her nastiness Michelle and listen to her comments and to Obama who talks and says nothing.

    April 24, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  19. shirley

    I just got a look at those sorry ads running in North Carolina and attributed to the Republican Party. If reporter's were doing their job they would find Hillary's campaign behind those ads. The Republicans have no stake in this race, their candidate has already been choosen.

    April 24, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  20. Shawna

    The democrats give great concern to the white blue collar workers, they must also realize that their base is also heavy african american. If Barack Obama get jilted by super delegates, democrats risk this constituency staying home or crossing over.

    April 24, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  21. Dave in NJ

    NC is a great place, born & raised. One think about Carolinians we call it like it is. If it quacks like a duck , it is. If it lies like a liar, it is. If it loses like a loser, it is. Hillary is all of the above & then some. I hope that NC drives a silver stake through the heart of her negative, self destructive, devisive, terribly disorganized campaign.

    Obama 08!!!!!!!!!

    April 24, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  22. Michelle, Indiana

    Remy –

    14. Let's not forget the campaign fraud hearing on Friday, April 25. Why hasn't this made bigger news?
    15. She brought peace to Northern Ireland – Lord Trimble of Lisnagarvey, the Nobel Peace Prize winner and former First Minister of the province called her claims a "wee bit silly" according to an article in Telegraph.co.uk
    16. Bosnia LIE and subsequent jokes about it.
    17. She was quoted in 1995 as saying - screw 'em – they haven't done anything for you Bill, so you don't have to do anything for them – she was speaking about southern white workers at a meeting at Camp David.
    18. We worry about John McCain keeping us at war for an indefinite amount of time, but she went on Good Morning America yesterday and claimed that we will retaliate with a nuclear response if Iran attacks Israel with nuclear weapons. She went on to say that we have the ability to "obliterate" Iran if this happens.

    Who is more dangerous to America's future? I think HiLlARy is!

    April 24, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  23. nitro

    Thats the difference between the two candidates . Sen. Obama seems to look at states he's not suppose to win as a challange, and campaigns as if his life depends on it. Sen. Clinton looks at a state she not suppose to win and gives up as if the state dont count. Thats not a fighter thats a coward thats already beaten before the fight begains. She really thinks North Carolina is not that important and will not campaign there but she wants to have a debate so she can talk about insignificant things that were discussed months ago. Hillary you want get the chance to do it this time.

    April 24, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
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