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

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. NIC

    She can still win, dont kid yourself people. It's dawnting, really steep climb to the sumit, but still possibe! Amazing how Barack had a great run, huge momentum BUT still behind in the ever so important Super Delegates. They will decide it, and it will be close.

    May 7, 2008 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  2. C from the D

    Lets be real here... If HRC supporters won't vote for Obama in the fall because they don't like him or they don't THINK he can win in the general election, then they deserve 4 more years of a horrible economy, a horrible war, and higher rates of unemployment/foreclosures... And just to be clear Clinton cannot win without african americans and eggheads... they both need each other's consituency. Clinton is doing the party a disservice by continually polarizing the party.

    May 7, 2008 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  3. Sadie

    I was a Hillary fan and I was crasy for her but after last night I understood that Obama is the one and I am going to fight for him the same way I fought for Hillary.
    Now let help the DNC stops the g o ppppppp

    Clinton and I ( Sadie) will vote Obama! yes we can and we will!!!

    May 7, 2008 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  4. mimi de la cruz for OBAMA

    YOU GOT TO LOVE & ADMIRE THE MAN THAT LOVES US BACK.

    CAME FROM THE HUMBLEST OF CIRCUMSTANCES.

    BEATING THE CLINTON WAR MACHINE, THE REPUBLICANS,

    & MOST OF THE MEDIA. HE IS GOING TO DO A GREAT JOB

    AS PRESIDENT OF THE PEOPLE OF AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL.

    May 7, 2008 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  5. Sean B

    As a republican turned independent, it's time to call a spade a spade. The Clintons are so convinced that Hil is the best candidate, that it is obvious that not only are the out of touch with the electorate, they are out of touch with reality. She had her last best hope tonight in Indiana. She needed a close contest in north Carolina, and a convincing victory in Indiana. Had republicans not crossed party lines to vote for her, Barack would have clearly won Indiana last night.

    If the superdelegates override the clear will of the popular vote, they will forever cause a rift in the democratic party. Everyone talks about disenfranchising Michigan and Florida. I am from Michigan – and it is the fault of the state – we aren't being disenfranchised nationally – if the party bosses go for Hilary, it is the African Americans who will be disenfranchised, and it will forever turn off independent voters who want to see change in Washington. If Hilary gets the nomination, McCain will win in the fall by the largest margin in a general election in decades.

    It's time for the Superdelegates to stop playing Clinton games and end this. End this today. End this now. Obama can change America. Obama will change America. Let's stop playing games and get on with the general election. Obama '08.

    May 7, 2008 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  6. SpencerD

    All of the Hillary fans You ran a good race she talked about the issues, however she took much of her discussion lead from Obama during the entire race. Every instance he lead she had to come back using his approach, Hillary you are no match for Obama.

    May 7, 2008 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  7. Beto

    It (the primaries) aint over until the fat lady sings and Hilliary has not yet sung.

    May 7, 2008 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  8. Zachary

    Lora B.

    Umm if you are just voting for Hillary because she is a women than you are as bad as rev Wright. Lets not get sexist in our voting but i do agree that Obama should take a women VP to get the vote of women like you. Ones who see this as a competition between men and women instead of what it really is, the future of our country. I don't think it should be Hillary though. I think that she has a lot of issues that Obama doesn't attack which McCain will. First she has lied on her taxes in the past, keep money for herself, that was meant for her campaign. Next we still have that her Husband went out on a bad note and cheater on her in Office, which still dwindles in everyones mind. The true is Obama doesn't have much to go against except this ex preacher and his ex preacher is not any worse than President who still continue to be Catholic even though the priest molest children.

    May 7, 2008 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  9. regenia

    Obama is my "President" no matter what happens. Watching the results last night was so exciting and heart racing.... I am so proud of Obama and the work that he is doing to bring this country together.

    Keep up the "AWESOME" work.......

    Obama we love you as a country, but God loves you best......

    May 7, 2008 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  10. Jen B.

    Last night's impressive results prove that negative campaigning and pandering to the voter no longer fool those of us who value integrity and possess an ounce of intelligence.
    Obama has shown himself to be honest, sincere and resilient and the most worthy candidate by far, much to the surprise of the powerful Clinton machine. She is floundering, I don't see her making a comeback.

    May 7, 2008 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  11. voter in PA

    I have never been particularly interested in politics; I first voted in a national election in 2004. So I guess I was somewhat naive when I moved to PA and registered to vote as "undeclared". I believe in voting for whom I believe to be the better candidate and not along party lines. When I went to vote in PA, I learned that I couldn't vote in the primary because I hadn't declared a party affiliation. To the point . . . in the 5 minutes I was in my polling place, there were at least 11 other people there who couldn't vote because they, too, had no party affiliation (they were plenty annoyed, too). Makes me wonder just how meaningful these polls are. Twelve of us (of about 20 people there) at that time who could not vote!!

    May 7, 2008 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  12. WhiteWomanForObama

    CONGRATULATIONS OBAMA!! Job soooo very well done. Keep your eyes on the prize...UNITY!

    May 7, 2008 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  13. SaveTheDramaFoObama

    And when Osama Obam loses the general election, you all will blame Hillary cuz he couldnt get it done. What a joke!

    Go Hillary! The only person that can beat McCain!

    May 7, 2008 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  14. DemocracyNow2008

    Why CNN did you not make Obama your top Political Ticker Story he was the big winner last night.

    The first two ticker articles are all about Clinton.

    I see bias reporting whomever decides what the top Political ticker is seems to favor Hillary .

    This needs to stop report the news Obama Wins big in North Carolina and Hillary has poor showing in Indiana now that would be an honest title.

    Obama will be the nominee stop pushing Clinton on us its insulting .

    be a news channel not the Clinton News Network for once

    May 7, 2008 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  15. Jason - KY

    Fred,

    Casting your vote for McSame out of spite only means that you will have thrown your vote away twice. How dumb is that?

    May 7, 2008 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  16. Watching every move

    Nope. Sorry Hill. You're the loser.

    May 7, 2008 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  17. Watching every move

    Hillary supporters can threaten all they want about crossing over. Obama is not gonna drop out just because you all are playing games.

    So I say...go ahead and shoot yourselves in the foot. Foreclosures, health care and high gas prices won't be solved by McCain.

    May 7, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  18. Democrat in Des Moines

    Cut Obama off at the knees for the General Election – Hillary '12!

    May 7, 2008 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  19. Jason - KY

    Texas Terry,

    What exactly did you see while looking at Clinton? Did you see honesty? Did you see someone that would never sell your job to overseas interests like Columbia? Or maybe you saw someone that would 300,000 construction workers out of a job just to get your vote?

    Why don't you tell us just what you saw with your eyes wide opened.

    May 7, 2008 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  20. citizen

    Obama, concentrate on your family, you cannot do it for the country. So far you made huge divisions here. Not good. You caused chaos, hate, divided people.

    May 7, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  21. Obama Fan

    Go Obama! We are proud of you and look forward to having you serve our country!

    May 7, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  22. Benjamin from Columbus, Ohio

    To all of you blind Americans who cry that somehow African-Americans are being racist for voting for Sen. Obama by a 9 to 1 ratio, let me remind you that African-Americans voted for Sen. Kerry, Mr. Gore, President Clinton, Gov. Dukakis, Mr. Mondale and President Carter by similar margins. Be careful not to bite the hand that feeds the Dems. Democratic Presidential candidates of either race stand no chance at victory without the African-American vote.

    If Hillary would have sent Bill to inner-city Charlotte or Indianapolis instead of pandering to small-town voters who will vote Republican in November, she may not have gotten desimated in those urban areas like she did.

    May 7, 2008 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  23. Brandon

    She's pretty much screwed.

    May 7, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  24. Ryuken

    I am sick of CNN saying Hillary can't get to the magic number without Superdelegates – neither can Obama.

    May 7, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  25. Paul

    People talks about racism when over 90% of African Americans vote blindly for Obama...

    Hillary 08- Yes she will

    May 7, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
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