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. An American in Canada

    THE MORE WE SEE BARACK OBAMA'S FACE THE MORE HE LOSES HIS CREDIBILITY.

    I AM NOT AN OLD WASHINGTON TYPE OF POLITICS, HE CLAIMS, I WANT CHANGE.
    AND YET, WE HAVE HIS CAMPAIGN PULLING A MAKE H.R. CLINTON WAIT FOR HER RESULT FROM LAKE COUNTY OBAMA SUPPORTERS, WITH A BOGUS EXCUSE WHICH IS MORALLY REPREHENSIBLE.OBAMA AND HIS CAMPAIGN IS THE NEW AND IMPROVED OLD WAHINGTON STYLE OF POLITICS.

    THE DETESTABLE LEVEL WENT UP BY 35% FROM ALL CLINTON SUPPORTERS.... AND THEY ARE WAITING FOR THEIR CHANCE, TO SHOW YOU THEIR DISAPPROVAL ,BY OVERWHELMING VOTING FOR THE NEXT PRESIDENT, HR. CLINTON

    SO, SPIN ALL YOU WANT AND YOUR CHEERLEADING TEAM FROM CNN LAST NIGHT, WHO WERE SUPPOSE TO BE POLITICAL ANALYSIST LOL.
    THEY WERE JUMPING ALL OVER EACH OTHER TO BE THE FIRST TO TELL OBAMA WE ARE ALL FOR YOU, EVEN THE REPUBLICANS GUESTS LOL

    IT WAS ONE GRAND "DISSING ON SENATOR CLINTON" PARTY.

    May 7, 2008 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  2. Ed, Santa Fe NM

    and Hillary's GAS TAX HOLIDAY was as stupid as anything Bush has thought up in the last 8 years....

    GO AWAY, HILLARY.... YOU LOST

    May 7, 2008 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  3. Sarah M

    It's time to concede Hillary.

    I voted for you in Ohio and I really hoped you could win, but it is over now!

    Please concede and with grace and maybe he'll make you VP or give you something in his administration.

    May 7, 2008 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  4. Tachoma

    Now would be a good time for Obama to ask Clinton to take the vice presidential nomination. With her Blue Collar support it will guarantee victory against the republicans in November.

    May 7, 2008 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  5. Christine V from Dallas, TX

    Guess what Obama supporters.......you will NEVER WIN HILLARY'S SUPPORTERS......BE PREPARED THAT WE WILL BEGIN CROSSING PARTY LINES TO VOTE FOR MCCAIN.......

    you can't believe we WILL DO IT.....WATCH AND SEE...YOU AIN'T SEEN NOTHING YET....

    .....

    May 7, 2008 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  6. Jason - KY

    Lilarose in Oregon,

    If you think that your vote in this race will be the deciding vote you might want to seek some medical attention for that condition that you have.

    May 7, 2008 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  7. Kim M

    I think Hillary should drop out of the race now, and truly act on what she said in her speech last night, "Support the nominee" It is time to work on unifying the party. We cannot afford another mimic of the Bush presidency! Our country is suffering! We are nearly owned by china, the dollare is losing ground everyday. The war is bankrupting us! What we haven't borrowed from other countries is being drained from the US citizens everyday, and we can't keep going like this! Our military resources are weak, and our poor soldiers, who are being sent to Iraq over and over again. Those that come back are treated with no respect and dignity. Thanks a lot Bush!!!!! We need change, and it appears that Obama is our man. Let's get down to business people, cut out the pettiness ans UNITE!!!!!!

    May 7, 2008 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  8. The honesty you dont want to hear

    It is obvious that the blacks are voting racially. We all know that racism is alive and well in BLACK AMERICA. So, as a payback for the small-minded ness. I advocate that white america vote based on race alone. This will then remind the blacks that their racially modivated response to everything in America (like give me a free hand out because I'm black) is not a very good idea. Voting issues for everyone else and racially for blacks clearly says THEY have a long way to go. WE have gotten over race a long time ago. So not black america can give up their wellfare checks and start pulling their own weight. I refuse to give another HAND OUT to them. We (the whites) use to view it as a HAND UP, but it has obviously been abused.

    So the blacks can have the NAACP, and we will revive the KKK. And then they can complain about how they are being kept down and actually have a real reason to complain. But until they get over their skin color, we will continue to have to be racial.

    And this is the state of the disunion. The racial blacks causing this once great nation to fall back 50 years so they have a reason to ask for a free ride.

    Not for me, I'll give up on being a nice white person and just tell them where to go.

    May 7, 2008 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  9. Nelson

    Jay...grow up. If you can't take the heat...get out of the kitchen. Sound familiar?

    It's typical of Clinton supports to always just want to divide people instead of working together. I'm sure sending an entire population to another state because Jay thinks they are a burden is the right solution. No wonder you like Clinton politics!

    May 7, 2008 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  10. dking

    Republican dirty tricks committee is crying this morning, because they know they've got Hillary beat with the old "Whitewater murders stuff", but there's nothing with substance to trounce Obama with...All I can say is: "that Obama better be careful about considering her for the VP, because he'll end up like JFK...

    May 7, 2008 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  11. Obama Supporter

    If you take the 890695 votes for Obama and add the to the 657920 for Hillary from NC you get 1548615. Then when you divide Obama's votes of 890695 by the total of 1548615 votes placed in NC you get 57.5 percent. When dividing HIllary's 657920 votes by 1548615 you get 42.4. Now, I'm no mathemetician, but 56% and 42% add up to 98 and not 100. Also, if you do the math like it was done in PA, you would round up for Obama and down for Hillary, thus giving him 58% and her 42%, which does in fact add up to 100%. I know a win is a win, but the percentages need to add up.

    May 7, 2008 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  12. Jason - KY

    Lilarose in Oregon,

    If you think that your vote in this race will be the deciding vote you might want to seek some medical attention for that condition that you have.

    May 7, 2008 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  13. jw, canadian,ok

    I fear we've not come as far as some think. I also fear an Obama nomination may put McBush in the White House. It's so sad that when one gets in the privacy of a voting booth – we can vote our prejudices.

    May 7, 2008 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  14. Hillary!!!

    Well people looks like McSame will be our next President, NoObama will Never get Voted!!!!

    May 7, 2008 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  15. john

    i want to see her keep going, this makes it interesting.

    HILLARY 08
    Or
    MCCAIN 08

    May 7, 2008 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  16. fred

    Lupe,TX....no way Obama will ever make it to the Oval office...the only way would be as a visitor!!!

    GO Hillary...if not McCain!!

    May 7, 2008 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  17. Democrat in Des Moines

    Sad day for the democratic party. We have lost the White House. The ONLY chance we have is if Hillary is VP – that's the only way Obama gets my vote.

    May 7, 2008 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  18. California Voter

    Obama's win in North Carolina was no be surprise. Hillary's win in Indiana was not expected as Obama was ahead in the polls. Let this play out to the end and give all voters a chance to voice their opinion.

    May 7, 2008 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  19. Wazntme

    The party is over for Hillary. When you have to loan yourself millions to keep going there is something wrong with this picture. Hillary won Indiana because Republicans are voting for her because they know she will lose against McCain. It is time for her to bow out gracefully and not try to buy this election under the table in a back room behind closed doors.

    May 7, 2008 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  20. Larry

    Americans fell asleep again.
    It is so clear, that this is a RACE of RACE
    Blacks vote for Senator Obama without a tangible reason, ask them why they vote for him, they'll tell you "HE'S BLACK"

    Whites are kind of emotional and fall for the Speaches and sweet talks.

    Lets wake up !
    Its not that Senator Obama will not make a good President, its just that race has played a great part in his normination and the Media is so scared to say it out.

    The Media want him to win and they realy messed up this Election by not reporting fair and balance, but reporting what they want people to hear.

    The best person to run against the Republican is Senator Clinton,
    Clinton has what it takes to help bring America and the World back to the state we need to be.

    I have not seen one media outlet comend Senator Clinton for who she is and what she has done for America and the World.

    Not one time has anyone said she is a graet Woman and she exstrimly strong

    She has brought alot to this Election, see how many people vote for her, even with the media bashing

    Senator Clinton, as a Woman has run a great campain and given Senator Obama the fight of his life, she brought the best out of Senator Obama, if she had Droped out 2-3 months ago, guess what would have happened, the Republicans would have won this since last month.

    Nobody is comending her for what she has done, instead they keep bashing her, but its bringing the best out of her.

    I EXPECT TRUE AMERICANS TO JOIN IN THIS CRY. ! ! ! !

    May 7, 2008 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  21. To Fred

    "All the way to the convention Hillary!!!" – yeah, all the way – there will be a better turnout and she can make better than $5 !

    Obama 08 !

    May 7, 2008 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  22. JJ

    Thank you, Paul. A sane voice in the wilderness. I'm not carrying water for McCain, but if that's what I have to vote for to avoid further Dem catastrophe, so be it. BTW...I'll never vote for Obama, but even I'll concede he was very JFK-esque in his speech in NC last night. I can understand the inspiration people gain from such soaring rhetoric. In a time when we need some healing, he was a pleasure to listen to.

    May 7, 2008 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  23. Uncle Sam

    For those who continue to see Sen. McCain referred to as a warmonger or who are bombarded by DNC ads distorting his "100 years" remarks, the following are the words of Sen. Joe Biden in a recent television interview about his friend John McCain: My fellow Democrats may not like to hear me say this, but John hates war and he would do everything he could to get us out of Iraq."

    Americans for McCain '08

    May 7, 2008 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  24. soothsayer

    In one word a resounding NO!

    May 7, 2008 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  25. yvonne

    You know what's really sad, All of you are missing the big picture. Some say Obama supporters are being mean and nasty, and others say Hillary supporters are doing the same. It shouldn't be whether his or hers> We are all Democrates lokking for a better tomorrow for ourselves and our children. Yes, we may want one over the other, but in the end we want a Democrate. The media have already seperated us into race, gender, religion, educated, un-educated, rich and poor. Why? We all are Americans at the end of the day.. So think about this. We are fighting among ourselves over Barrack and Hillary, and if McCain wins because of our own personal views. We have no one to blame but ourselves!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Let's unite please

    May 7, 2008 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
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