May 7th, 2008
08:56 AM ET
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Analysis: As Obama nears finish line, can Clinton rebound?

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 After Tuesday night, Obama took a larger lead in pledged delegates as well as the overall popular vote.
After Tuesday night, Obama took a larger lead in pledged delegates as well as the overall popular vote.

NEW YORK (CNN) - Barack Obama took a major step Tuesday toward securing the Democratic presidential nomination. Not only did he score a convincing victory in North Carolina; but by drawing to a virtual tie in Indiana he made an already difficult path for Hillary Clinton to the presidential nomination significantly more challenging.

But Clinton vowed to soldier on, telling supporters at a rally in Indiana "it's full-speed on to the White House."

Obama wakes up this morning with a larger lead in pledged delegates as well as the overall popular vote. For Clinton, time for a rebound may be slipping away.

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  1. Berat (Pronounced buh-RAHT), Park Ridge, IL

    To answer your question:

    No.

    May 7, 2008 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  2. Seth

    I love the media. They would love nothing more than for this thing to keep going and going. I remember a few months back when Clinton has some momentum and everyone was saying that CNN was all pro-Obama. Then when Obama has momentum they all say CNN is the Clinton News Network. I think this is true to some extent. The media wants this to go on. They want it to stay close. It is in their own self-interest to help to candidate who is currently hurting so as to make sure that they stay in it.

    Now that Clinton has been dealt a significant blow, time to turn on the Clinton News Network again.

    May 7, 2008 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  3. Kate

    I wonder how many superdelegates actually think that Obama could beat McCain when his voter support is apparently only urban, black, young and southern?

    May 7, 2008 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  4. Brenda, NC

    Once again we are going to miss the opportunity to have a great President. Obama is stealing the nomination from Hillary Clinton. Democrats are making a big mistake. Hillary will make a better President than Obama. Hillary stands a better chance to beat McCain in the general election. We need Hillary to lead our country—give her a chance and you will never regret it.

    May 7, 2008 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  5. RON

    OBAMA FLORIDA IS FOR YOU

    OBAMA 08

    May 7, 2008 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  6. SlimSista

    THE HANDWRITING IS ON THE WALL...IT'S TIME FOR HILLARY TO BOW OUT WITH SOME DIGNITY.....SHE CAN NOT WIN...AND CNN YOU ARE VERY BIASED IN REPORTING THIS PRIMARY...SHAME ON YOU....

    May 7, 2008 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  7. SV

    I am dying to see how many super delegates will come and endorse Obama.

    To close Clinton's shop, I wish Al Gore or Nancy Pelosi come out and endorse Obama.

    Clintons should be ashamed. Inspite of Bill being president for 8 years and Hillary in the senate and lot of supporters they are getting whipped.

    May 7, 2008 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  8. LT for Obama

    I am ready for this to be over so that Senator Obama can start to concentrate on Senator McCain.

    Hillary, pull all your support and supporters behind the front runner so that the healing can begin and we take back the White House.

    May 7, 2008 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  9. Freddie, La

    Okay come on. I guess last night showed what clout the polls have. Just before the results came in, Clinton was leading in the polls by 6% and barely won by 2%, Obama was leading in NC by 8% but lost by 14%, Obama also increased his popular vote by 211K. Please HRC being tough is fine but please do what's best for the party.

    May 7, 2008 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  10. Kimberly in Texas

    Okay, play time is over. Obama is the presumptive nominee. Can Bill & Hillary Clinton please step down and recognize this, so that we can join together in defeating McCain!

    Obama has been vetted and all Hillary could do is a less than 2% win in Indiana.

    Vote Obama!

    May 7, 2008 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  11. dave

    No. It's like trying to make up a five shot deficit in golf with only one hole to play.

    May 7, 2008 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  12. vicki

    Clinton can not rebound. She had her last chance last night and she failed. Ofcourse we will see her spinning on her "game changer".

    May 7, 2008 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  13. Rick

    Yes, She can......

    May 7, 2008 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  14. yhoff76

    Heck No! Game over! CNN what the heck?? Obama just layed the smack down and already like the loser here, you're talking about the next campaign state?? Please, let's talk about this blow out win and even tie, how about that?!

    May 7, 2008 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  15. Alexis

    IT'S BEEN SLIPPING AWAY FROM HER. SHE NEEDS TO DROP OUT ALREADY SHE IS KILLING OUR DEM.PARTY. AND SHE IS REALLY GOING TO BE LOOKING SAD IN THE LONG RUN, BECAUSE WHEN HE BECOMES THE NOMINEE, SHE IS GOING TO HAVE TO BACK HIM UP, BUT AT THE SAME TIME SHE WILL LOKK CRAZY BECAUSE SHE HAS TALKED SO MUCH TRASH ABOUT HIM ITS "UNREAL!!"

    May 7, 2008 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  16. Iyke O

    Yes, You can! IF NOT NOW WHEN? You have really found your voice.
    OBAMA"2008"

    May 7, 2008 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  17. Dee

    No, she cannot rebound......... not without the super delegates and that's not likely to happen. I think they will start coming out today and put Clinton out of her misery.

    May 7, 2008 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  18. Baby B

    I hope Obama and his fans took note of the exit polls. He will not win w/o Hillarys supporters and if the Obama cult is not nicer, its going to be harder to win us over. Obama fans can be so hateful and its people like you why I and many others would never vote for Obama.

    May 7, 2008 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  19. MommaJ

    Great speech last night, he's back on track, despite the constant attacks of the Clinton Machine. Go OBAMA!!!!

    May 7, 2008 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  20. popelynne

    Hillary Clinton would beat McCain. Obama could not. I read you are pro Hillary and I disagree. She won Indiana...why not her photo?

    It is a fact the Bush did not win the popular vote, the contest so close that it was a superdelegate event.

    I wish I could see some fair play in your report today. This is a case of media -in essence advertising for Obama- in a weak disguise for a strong Republican bias....You are more transparent than you think...

    May 7, 2008 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  21. Rose - Baltimore, MD

    She really needs to leave now but she won't because her plan is to have Mccain win and than she can come back in 2012.

    May 7, 2008 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  22. Tampa Votes Barack Obama

    Hmmn. Where are all the haters today? L.O.L.

    May 7, 2008 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  23. Freddie, La

    Correction I meant Obama won NC by 14%...

    May 7, 2008 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  24. Ken

    In one word. No

    Obama 08

    May 7, 2008 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  25. H HEIDI

    No she can not and she already knows this. She is hoping to win by default (some unforseen event, heaven forbid) or by cheating on the DNC floor with her loyal followers.

    NO WAY...NOT THIS TIME...AND YES WE ARE WATCHING CLOSELY.

    Thanks to IN & NC.

    Helen
    Charlotte, NC

    May 7, 2008 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
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