May 7th, 2008
08:56 AM ET
10 years ago

Analysis: As Obama nears finish line, can Clinton rebound?

 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. Erik - Dallas, TX

    Let me just say great job to everyone that voted in NC and IN yesterday for either candidate. It is time now for us to begin turning our attention to the ONLY Republican candidate. Have we forgotten about him? Who is he and what does he really stand for? Look! Look, the Republican candidate is not wearing a flag pin.

    Obama 08 & 12

    May 7, 2008 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  2. Johnny Boy

    To every HRC supporter, I jsut want to say sorry for bashing your candiate. I have said some pretty bad things about her and I am sorry. It is time we get behind the front runner and win this thing baby!!!

    When Nov 9th arrives and Obama or Clinton is the new POTUS, we all will be jumping with joy, Obama supporters and Clintons supporters comming together and taking back our White House!!!

    I just want a Democrat in office and that is the bottom line. We will overcome this infighting, hell we have to if we want to be back in power.

    May 7, 2008 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  3. Tom(Philadelphia)

    I have a response to Kate the person who said she doesn't know how Obama can win with the Urban, young, African American vote. Let me ask you this. Could a democrat win Pennsylvania without winning big in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh? How about winning New York state without the big apple? Or Missouri without St. Louis or Kansas City? Or Illinoise without unimportant Chicago? If anyone thinks Kerry won Pennsylvania without the help of that insignificant urban, young, black philadelphia then you must be one of those uneducated Clinton supporters. Wake up people and enough with this Michigan and Florida complaining. If they come into play and erase an over 200 pledged delegate lead you can forget about winning Philadelphia in the fall or Illinoise or Missouri or Virginia.

    May 7, 2008 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  4. Sissie in NC

    It appears that you are quite delusional Brenda. I am confused as to what part of this election has Obama stolen? He is winning fair and square. It appears that a lot of folks just can't handle the fact that some black guy named Barack Hussein Obama was able to come out of no where are raise more money, win more states, win the pledge delegate count, and the popular vote. How did Hillary every end up in such a position? All I can say is LMAO, thats what happens when you come in thinking you are entitled to the Presidency, when you have very few accomplishments but you can easily trick dummies into believing everything you say, even after you admit its a lie. Go ahead add Fl and MI, she still loses. I think that fat lady has sung, everyone heard her except Hillary and her deaf supporters.

    May 7, 2008 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  5. Donte

    I do not understand why the black vote is being marginalized. Once again as a black male it seems as if the majority of this nation is saying your vote does not count. If the Democratic Party has the audacity to declare Clinton the nominee after Obama has won more pledged delegates and has received more votes to receive the nomination I will walk away from the Democratic Party and I believe more African-Americans would as well.

    May 7, 2008 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  6. Kel in Auburn, AL

    CNN, this race has been over. If I were Obama, I would be wondering why, if I'm winning, nobody wants to let me win. You guys are just trying to keep this going.

    CNN wants the dems to wait until the middle of the convention to have a revote in Florida and Michigan, and its just not going to happen.

    Obama won! Stop throwing Clinton lifelines and lets wrap this thing up already!

    May 7, 2008 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  7. Shelsea Lav

    Stop playing stupid ....I am a white woman my family and I ( 7 of us) voted Obama...Yes we love him too.
    Black and White and yellow..
    We all love Obama
    Obama 08
    Yes we Can

    May 7, 2008 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  8. fred

    LMAO....if anyone has a split is that fake Obama!!!

    His wife is like the three faces of eve!!

    He will never will the General Election!!

    GO Hillary....if not Hillary...then McCain!!

    May 7, 2008 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  9. Eddie

    I realized people are not only voting against Obama,but they are voting against the blacks voting for Obama.No democrat had a problem with 90% of the black vote when it was for a white dem..Many of Hillary voters are just racist nough said.

    May 7, 2008 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  10. Bobby

    The answer to this question is simple

    NO !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    OBAMA!!!!!!!!!!! 2008-2012

    May 7, 2008 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  11. Linda

    Hey CNN (Clinton Negative Network) why is my comment telling the truth about Rezko and Wright waiting moderation, when no one else's is? There's more fair media coverage on SNL than on CNN. You should be ashamed!

    May 7, 2008 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  12. Jason - KY


    Do you really believe that there are over 200,000 more black voters than white voter in NC?

    Are you serious?

    May 7, 2008 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  13. Alan Boyer

    Mit Romney is a closet racist. He described Barack Obama on CNN as someone who is articulate and who can read a prompter. WOW!

    Articulate is the same word that got another presidential candidate in trouble. It's code for a black person who speaks good English. Then to add the comment about him being able to read a prompter. Unbelievable!

    May 7, 2008 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  14. Ray, London, UK

    It seems like Obama may get the Democratic nomaination, but the problem is that the Democratic Party is so divided, basically in split two, probably make it hardy for Obama to win the US Presidency.

    May 7, 2008 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  15. Patty Don't

    Baby B,

    Sorry but your logic is extraordinarily faulty. You say Obama and his "cult" are the divisive ones even though we are the ones who are willing to vote democratic regardless of nominee in the fall while Clinton's supporters are only willing to vote Clinton.

    What i just said is a huge generalization, as the numbers (remember those?) demonstrate the Obama supporters will go 70% for Clinton should she squeak this out while in the more likely event of an Obama nomination Clinton's supporters go 50% against him. I don't think its us who needs to convince you, its you who needs to get over yourselves. But we will gladly welcome you with open arms.

    May 7, 2008 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  16. Queen

    Come on, let's get real. We are trying to get a President this time around that has our's & the country's best interest at heart. If you look at the years of the Clinton White House. Hillary is running on Bill's platform, she doesn't have one of her own. Let's try to unite the party & country instead of letting HATERS divide us!! Vote with your head, and if you do, we all will come out WINNERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    GO OBAMA!!

    May 7, 2008 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  17. Steve

    Obama won North Carolina, Mississippi, Maryland, Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, Virginia, Louisiana, Utah, Oklahoma, Missouri, Arkansas and South Carolina. It was a great run. However, these States aer all solidly Repbulican and will be carried by John McCain in the general election. Backlash votes in the big States of Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas, Florida and Michigan, States won by Clinton will also go to the GOP. Exit polls suggest a large number of Clinton voters in these States will not vote for Obama. Obama's Black vote will have no impact in any State. We could be looking at a Republican landslide.

    May 7, 2008 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  18. Johnny Boy

    IT IS OVER LADY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Yesterday was your last real chance to steal the election from Obama and you lost!!!!! The people have spoken and we do NOT want a queen for this country. You will have to go and find a new population of people to rule over HRC, and I am glad it is NOT this country!!!!!!!!!

    I love the fact that she had to again loan herself money to fight a LOOSING fight and she is willing to drop millions of dollars for nothing……is that who we want in the WH, spend money on lost causes. Let's be frank here, that is what she is doing people.

    I expect to see waterfall of SD start to get in line with Obama in the nect few days.

    Oh and don't worry Hillbots, if your candiate steals this election from Obama, I would still vote for HRC, even though you people won't do that for Obama, atleast the exit polls suggest that. Pretty sad don't you think? And you Hillbots call us the mean one, whatever!!!!

    May 7, 2008 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  19. Shirley-Ohio

    Hell no she can't rebound. CNN and Wolf said she have to win Indiana by double digits and the only won by 2. CNN said she had to close out Obama in NC and keep his win to single digits he won by 14. It is all but over. A voter in West Virgina said they voted for JFK in a landslide and it is possible for an African-American. It is all but over. The superdegelates needs to pick there side to determine what happens now, either way, the party will be divided, but with a person like Obama he can bring it back together.

    May 7, 2008 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  20. Benjamin from Columbus, Ohio


    No pundit has questioned the validity of Sen. Clinton's "Big State" primary theory and how it translates to the General Election. A closer look at those big states will reveal that she won most of the traditionally "red" areas of those states, while Sen. Obama overwhelmingly carries the "blue" metropolitan areas that are the Dems true base in general elections. Lanny Watkins & others should be asked about this the next time they tout the "Big State" argument.

    May 7, 2008 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  21. Ron Paul Supporter

    Dear Obama fans (an independent-neutral perspective)

    I suggest that you stop bashing Hillary or you will cause Hillary fans to develop even harsher feelings toward your candidate. You will need these people to win in Nov. so I suggest that you start finding nice things to say about her. I mean if you are truly interested in uniting the party and winning in Nov. Clinton fans are already saying that they wont vote for your candidate at a tune of over 40%. She won Ohio, PA, and Florida by sizable margins which means that her supporters are in key areas. Do your candidate a favor and SHUT UP and allow her to finish the race with dignity !!!

    Ron Paul '08- the only real chance for change

    May 7, 2008 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  22. robert

    I think CNN needs to move onto other news..No she won't win nor will she rebound.There is other news out there. Stop with the Obama distractions..Go after McCain–your giving him a free ride.

    May 7, 2008 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  23. mother too

    to truthmatters:
    Hillar's priest did not publicly speak about his child molestation. He did it secretly, no one new about it.
    Obama's pastor did his hate and racist sermons publicly = injecting this in the heads of people.

    This is major difference! You cannot possibly compare these two.

    Both are bad, but one is very public, and one is hidden. Cannot really compare it.

    It would be like we all are responsible for the child molesters in our society =we would have to denounce the USA and the whole world for it.

    Get it?

    May 7, 2008 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  24. Marshall in Nebraska

    Why do people feel the Democratic Party is now the "Black Party"? People pull your heads out of the sand and look around you. There are more than white people in this country. There are more than just black people voting for Obama. I did and I am a white male who usually votes Republican. I reregistered and so did my wife (and she is white too) so we could vote for the person that we feel has the best chance to help our country regain its standing in the world. I don't want to bomb or nuke Iran. I want the war in Iraq to be over and I think Obama is the man who can do it. Not because he is black but because of what he believes and stands for. So this is not the "Black" party it is the Democratic Party. It is called that for a reason. Think about it.

    May 7, 2008 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  25. Ross, Brooklyn, NY

    Here is why Hillary Clinton should step down:

    She had a big head start and blew it – She has been running for president since she left the white house. The Clintons should have a lot of "experience" running political campaigns yet she is behind in popular votes, pledged delegates, contests won and even fund raising. She is behind in popular votes even if you seat Florida and Michigan as is.

    The voters have decided that they don't want Hillary. The Clintons should acknowledge that fact and graciously step aside and help to unify the party.

    May 7, 2008 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
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