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. Linda. Boston, MA

    Obama fans can be so hateful and its people like you why I and many others would never vote for Obama.

    Let me get this straight – you would rather our US soldiers continue to die in Iraq than support Obama... just because some people on the internet made you mad? Really? I don't know about you, but I happen to value the lives of our soldiers and the direction of our economy of hell of a lot more than I value the opinions of people online.

    May 7, 2008 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  2. Ex-pat in London

    Nice teeth Mr. Obama, don't see that much in London

    May 7, 2008 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  3. Linda

    Where is this presumption that eggheads are for Obama. People with brains see right through him. He has the African-
    American vote and I have to admit that if I was black I would be so stunned to be able to vote for a man of color, that I too would see beyond his obvious shortcomings and endorse him. But what is putting him over the top are the youth of America who somehow find him of rock-star quality. They like that he is young and presumably hip, I will grant them his youth, but he is muddled, insubstntial and an egghead with no street or political smarts. He is easily manipulated by both sides of the political spectrum - from Rezko to Wright. One day he may be presidential material, but not today.

    May 7, 2008 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  4. Emmaddy

    Sorry Scott, but" exactly the same" is redundant. And by the way, check the demographics for educational levels of American society. I think you'll find that a smaller percentage of the AA community is actually college-educated. You have also just proved my point. Your hypocrisy is showing.

    May 7, 2008 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  5. bj

    It's so very sad that in order to spite the election of a black man to the President of the United States, you would vote for a white man whom you know is wrong on the issues and cannot and will not be good for the country and help all Americans. That is just so wrong, and if you do this, you will be sorry because only you will be hurt. We have had over 40 white men as President. Why not give a black man, who has played by the rules, and is winning, a chance.

    May 7, 2008 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  6. KH

    For the past six months, Hillary has been getting more and more delusional, displaying a split personality–it is beyond ridiculous at this point. Certainly someone as self-serving as herself can see that by staying in, she is not only bashing the Democratic party (which she obviously doesn't care about), but she is completely ruining her political career and any credibility she may have had with her supporters (she never had any with me to begin with). This kind of blind determination is exactly the brand with which Bush has crippled this country.

    May 7, 2008 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  7. Matt

    Is it just me, or do Clinton supporters seem a little 'bitter' this morning?

    May 7, 2008 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  8. Stonepig

    If Indiana is 88% white and Obama got 48% of the votes and you subtract the 12% non-white leaving a fact that is undeniable...WHITE PEOPLE ARE VOTING FOR BARACK OBAMA.... scheesh...will you people get off the race card and start talking about the issues.?? Did he lampoon the 18c per gallon whoopee, will he help US get jobs back? Come on people wake the heck up. He is not not not in the same pockets that billinc and mcCreedy are. Wake up...

    May 7, 2008 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  9. suzy

    John King forgot to comment that Obama won in Tiippecanoe County, Indiana, home of Purdue U- 60%-40% (huge). He referred to Bloomington, home of I U, and Notre Dame, South Bend, IN, but in the fall, I hope he remembers that Tippecanoe County is also a pocket of white collar democrats.

    May 7, 2008 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  10. kay

    PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA

    May 7, 2008 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  11. I faced the truth

    Apparently Hillary Clinton nor her supporters look at or listen to her network (Clinton News Network)CNN. John King explained the math using his famous board. At the end of the game, even counting Florida, Obama will still be leading in all aspects that matter: more pledged delegates, more popular votes, and more states won . Hillary Clinton is either stupid or a lunatic.

    I got one thing to say to the remaining states that will vote in the Democratic primary. If you want a dunce or a lunatic for President, vote for Clinton. You want a change in politics as usual vote Obama.

    May 7, 2008 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  12. David King

    Well...NO SHE CAN'T!!!

    All of her ridiculous arguments and antics are null and void! I don't even believe that she believes it anymore (as if she ever did). Now we learn she just loaned herself 6.4 million dollars. She surely won't raise any substantial money after last night. Well, unless she gets the oil companies to pay for it just like the gas tax. LOL!!!!

    Let's get real; even when you throw in Florida and Michigan now, she no longer has the popular vote argument! There is 0% possibility for her to win the majority of states, popular vote, or delegates.

    Bye, bye Sillary Clinton. Silly rabbit! Tricks are for Clintons. Now I guess they'll get back to getting millions of donations to the Clinton Museum from questionable Middle East donors.

    May 7, 2008 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  13. mcd

    I respect her chance, but it is very slim. We all need to quit bickering, and unite, as was stated in both speeches last night.

    May 7, 2008 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  14. bj

    It's so very sad that in order to spite the election of a black man to the President of the United States, you would vote for a white man whom you know is wrong on the issues and cannot and will not be good for the country and help all Americans. That is just so wrong, and if you do this, you will be sorry because only you will be hurt. We have had over 40 white men as President. Why not give a black man, who has played by the rules, and is winning, a chance.

    May 7, 2008 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  15. mahya

    GOOD JOB!! GO OBAMA 08. N.C. YES WE CAN.

    May 7, 2008 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  16. Jack Robertson

    Perhaps Hillary has learned that when you fling mud at your opponent, it doesn't always stick. Nevertheless, the failure of the Clinton campaign to damage Senator Obama with the non-issue of Jeremiah Wright probably won't stop the Clintons from stooping to new lows. There are six primaries left and enough air time for Hillary to come out with new ads featuring gimmicks, half-truths, smears, misinformation, disinformation and outright lies. Leona Helmsley (R.I.P.) couldn't hold a candle to the Democratic Party's new Queen of Mean.

    May 7, 2008 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  17. Tee

    JAY, TAKE OFF THE WHITE SHEET.

    May 7, 2008 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  18. Pretty Clear to me

    I agree with Chris. Hillary's supporters have woefully under-estimated Barack Obama and continue to do so. What's amazing is how 50% of Hillary voters say they won't vote for Barack, and yet Hillary has led the way in cheap and dirty politics. I had hoped that we democrats were against the "ends justify the means" type of politics that we have seen the last 8 years. I will say this: If Hilary supporters vote for McCain over the mis-perception of Barack's attacks on Hillary then they deserve to get what they asked for – which is another trillion or so dollars down the Iraq tubes!

    May 7, 2008 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  19. Jason - KY

    Lora B.

    Congrats on the degree, if that was to give your threat some backbone. There are plenty of qualifed women in the political arena to pick as a VP if he wants to make that choice.

    More than likely she blew that chance when she let her elistist attitude show by offering him the VP slot while trailing in the race. She blew that chance when she attempted to knee-cap the guy in PA. She blew that chance when she began to purchase the public's vote for a mere $30.

    May 7, 2008 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  20. Liz

    ANYONE DONATING MONEY TO CLINTON CAMPAIGN IS HELPING PAY HER DEBT.

    SAVE YOUR MONEY DONORS, THE CLINTON'S MADE $109 MILLION LAST 4 YEARS. THEY CAN AVOID IT.

    CLINTON DONORS, SAVE YOUR MONEY !!!!

    May 7, 2008 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  21. ml

    dear Scott, Charlotte,
    well we are not afraid of young ones, we are afraid of naive, not wise people whatever he age is.
    The ones who follow hype, and questionable are the ones we fear.

    you said:
    "Since you're part of her 52% supporters who would vote for a REPUBLICAN platform rather than one that is EXACTLY THE SAME as your own candidate's, you're either incredibly uneducated, a racist, or perhaps both."

    .....how ignorant and arrogant is this statement.

    People have a freedom – still -in this country. And having different opinion than you and your likes ones does not mean that they are what you called them. It is actually you who is that.

    grow up, please.

    May 7, 2008 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  22. Allen deLuca - Florida

    Please, America, don't elect this empty suit Obama. Please!!!

    May 7, 2008 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  23. Tom Huntington,NY

    Ok people it’s time. Obama IS the presumptive nominee.

    To the Obama supporters, let’s focus on what is important which is winning the White House and start undoing the eight miserable years of Bush. It’s time to dial back the anti-Clinton rhetoric and unify the Democratic party to defeat McCain. Let’s face it we need the Hillary supporters as much as they would have need us if she had won. Let’s be gracious winners.

    To the Clinton supporters, it’s time to admit she cannot win the nomination. She fought long and hard but she fell short. There’s no shame in that. If you say you are going to sit out the election then you are helping to give the White House to McCain. That will result in another disastrous four years for the country. We as a country cannot afford that. I understand the anger and disappointment you feel but it is time to get past that. Please ask yourself do you really want another four years of Bush?

    To all Democrats: Let’s start focusing on taking the country back from the Republicans. They have taken the country in the wrong direction and it’s time to turn it around. We have a great nominee and we should not have that much trouble defeating McCain. We are the ones who can beat us if we don’t get our act together. 80% of the country thinks we are going in the wrong direction but if we don’t unify we will keep heading that way. If we reunite and focus on defeating McCain we can change the country and to some extent the world.

    Finally I support Obama but I would have said all these thing in reverse if Hillary had won. A few months ago I told my wife that I could not vote for Hillary but the more I listened to McCain I realized the sheer stupidity of that. I don’t believe the Republicans can win BUT we can defeat ourselves. It’s time to stop grabbing defeat from the jaws of victory.

    May 7, 2008 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  24. lil

    No she cant,

    As for stealing the nomination, he cant steal what the American
    people are giving him.
    The american people are freely giving him their vote.

    May 7, 2008 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  25. Phil VA

    "It's always darkest before the dawn...." Good job Senator Obama on NC. Congrats Senator Clinton on IN. Time to start healing. The Republicans and McSame better get their game faces on because it's on.

    To Tom: Comments like yours always try to stiffle the cause. I understand you have your opinion and I respect that. If McCain does sing his "4more years" song, it will be because YOU and others like you allow it. Don't down play the African American vote and more importantly, the white, latino, native american, and asian voters who understand that ANY democratic nominee (HRC or BO) will be better than the status quo (McSame) and want better lives for themselves and their families. So keep stating your "reality" and watch from the sidelines as President (sel) Obama positions us (all americans) for some real positive change!

    May 7, 2008 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
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