May 2nd, 2008
03:20 PM ET
6 years ago

Blitzer: It looks like this race might go all the way

Blitzer: We may be looking at a convention fight.
Blitzer: We may be looking at a convention fight.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - It’s now time for the remaining voters to speak out. The first of those will have their chance in Indiana and North Carolina on Tuesday. The following Tuesday, May 13, they will make themselves heard in West Virginia. And a week later, on May 20, they will add their voices in Kentucky and Oregon. This could easily continue until the final contests in Montana and South Dakota on June 3. Only then will all the primaries and caucuses have taken place.

Since neither Hillary Clinton nor Barack Obama is even by then expected to have accumulated enough pledged delegates to guarantee his or her nomination, it will almost certainly be up to the superdelegates to weigh in.

Howard Dean, the chairman of the Democratic Party, wants the remaining undecided super delegates to make up their minds as quickly as possible but certainly in June after the final two contests. Many other top Democratic leaders are recommending the same thing. They fear that uncertainty going into the Democratic convention at the end of August will merely help John McCain consolidate his Republican base and win over independents and moderate Democrats.

Hillary Clinton’s supporters, including North Carolina’s Governor Mike Easley, say this process actually could go on until the convention, and they insist that is not necessarily such a bad thing.

They also note that the fate of those Michigan and Florida delegates remains up in the air – something that could eventually hurt any Democratic nominee in November if the Democratic voters in those two states feel disenfranchised.

All of this is fascinating material for you political news junkies to ponder. I think about the various scenarios all the time. But the immediate issue on the agenda right now is North Carolina and Indiana. Let’s take it one step at a time and see what happens next Tuesday. We will then be in a better position to assess the days and weeks that follow.

Maybe.


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soundoff (160 Responses)
  1. jp

    i am really amazed at your bias – everything that comes out of your mouth positive is for HC. Try being a fair news reporter – make a story about how dishonest she and her husband are and how Sen Omaba is holding his own – campaigning against 3...count them 3 opponents. Your antics and spins are truly amazing and untruths

    May 2, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  2. stacy

    I hope it does, thanks Wolf

    May 2, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  3. kim

    THIS RACE WILL GO ALL THE WAY. IF THE MEDIA CONTINUES THIS ONE SIDED ATTACK ON OBAMA. NOBODY IS MENTIONING THAT REV WRIGHT WAS ON COUNSEL FOR CLINTON WHEN HE GOT INTO THE NEVER MENTIONED MONICA SCANDAL. ALSO WILL THE STORY THAT CAME OUT TODAY ON YOU TUBE AND HUFFINGTON POST ABOUT WHAT BILL CLINTON'S AIDES SAID ABOUT INDIANA GET NEAR AS MUCH AIR PLAY AS REV WRIGHT.

    May 2, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  4. Linned

    Let's hope that it doesn't go to the Convention. The party will definitely need time to heal otherwise we will be in trouble.

    May 2, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  5. Mary Can.

    With your help and other media meaby that will have the end soon.. Know what I mean??? Good luck

    May 2, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  6. Walt, Belton,TX

    Blitzer, instead of inventing the news or trying to, why don't you retire and just read about what is actually happening. Your public would appreciate it!

    May 2, 2008 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  7. Mark

    At least the media is trying to make the primary going all the way.

    When Hillary led, Obama was favored. And now that Obama baisically won, Hillary is favored by the media.

    And whoever of these candidates wins or loses – one winner has already emerged: the media.

    May 2, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  8. lodigg

    AT first I was excited about the whole election and the "wonderful idea" of Hillary as possible US president. Now, thanks to the Clinton camp, it is sucking the life out of me. I am certainly switching to Barack Obama. The dirty politics by her and her husband are to no end.

    May 2, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  9. Hillary 2 Victory

    Howard Dean is INCOMPETENT !

    THANKS DEAN FOR THE MESS YOU'VE CREATED

    May 2, 2008 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  10. Marilyn Bryan

    And well it should. The people elect, not politicians, pundits or bloggers.

    May 2, 2008 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
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