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. Independent

    Mark my words: you will now see Clinton trying to plug herself in for the vice-presidency...

    May 7, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  2. JDR

    Anyone who thinks Gore's endorsement would help Obama is an idiot. There isn't a person alive that hasn't already made up their mind, and Gore certainly won't change any minds.

    May 7, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  3. Vicki K

    I wish everyone could see through Obama's facade. The whole process is a joke and I am fed-up. Why do we even vote if it doesn't matter. The people who supposedly voted for Obama don't even know how to spell.

    May 7, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  4. J.Onofre -CA

    The Force is with the Obama.

    May 7, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  5. theresa

    Obama has great judgment....He will pick the right VP and then his cabinet is going to be so unified and diversified to cover every being of this country, we wont help but to become the well respected and loved country we once were.......I'm so excited and I'm too pround of Indiana the way they handled the controversies and pandering and not allowing the negative cloud influence them....Indiana is 78% white and he lost by 2 points. That says a lot about what he's able to bring to the white house......The longer she stays in, the longer she shows how childish and circus minded her campaign is....sometimes doing the best thing is doing the right thing....WE DONT NEED A FIGHTER, WE NEED A UNITER.....check out louisanna just had a local election...they ran rev wright and obama stories linking the democractic nominee to them in a majority republican area....guess what, for the first time in many years the democratic won that for the republicans, you better dig up something else on Obama, cause the rev. wright issues is old news and we beat you all the way regarding the ISSUES!

    May 7, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  6. William, from Cali

    YES, Anything is possible, in this country; if you have MONEY. And we know, the CLINTON's; have money. At last count, at least a 100 million left.........................

    May 7, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  7. April in Texas

    Its over for Hillary Clinton and for that I am sorry. We will welcome you Hillary supporters as we work towards uniting the democratic party..

    Obama 08/09

    May 7, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  8. Obama, Clinton, and Mccain supporters, grow up.

    I agree with Libertad. Be gracious people!

    May 7, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  9. FB-CA

    Wonderful Obama,
    Unfotunatly Clinton machine want to stay on, if she go on , she just help McCain and now she needs to back off and stay behind Obama til party get back togather

    May 7, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  10. jennifer

    Like most college educated, liberal Democrats that I know–at this point, the feeling is that the race itself is over. The democratics with their horrific choices have handed (or should we say thrown) this back to the Republicans. Neither one of these candidates can win the general election at this point short of getting Warren Buffet as a running mate.It is almost unbelievable how foolish the democratic national party is. Lets hope McCain does a better job in office then his horrible predecessor.

    May 7, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  11. Peridot, Atlanta

    Someone please pack her bags. If she leaves now, then maybe, just maybe, by a big stretch of our imagination, we can still call it a dignified exit.

    May 7, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  12. Chris

    I apologize for the mis spelling of my original comment. I did not in any way mean to offend anyone. To be honest my spell check made the changes.

    May 7, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  13. BillieJean in Idaho

    Would someone explain to me how people like Brenda, NC think that Obama is stealing the nomination. The Americans are voting, Obama doesn't count them so how can you steal the nomination????

    May 7, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  14. 58 yr. old white woman..

    We all know that the media (Wall Street) wants Hillary in the White House. They can control her, they can't control Obama, because we have elected him, not the money people. And how I wish the media (Wall Street) would report about Gov. Rendell congratulating Farekann, and to tell the truth about Mr. Ayers. Mr. Ayers was never charged, and is now a professor at a Chicago University. And how many of this media (Wall Street) remember what was going on in the 60's with the Vietnam war? Remember the draft? Remember 59,000 US soldiers DEAD? We don't need any more of these liars in our Oval Office, that includes Hillary. And America, if you will vote for McCain just because Barack is black, I hope you will go to Iraq and fight for KBR, Blackwater, Exxon, Chevron. BP, Shell, and all of the cronies and let our good boys and girls come home. We need some commom sense in our White House.

    May 7, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  15. Depends on supporters

    As a stauch Hillary supporter, no, I do not believe she can win the nomination. But for us to ever consider supporting Obama, his supporters better start welcoming us instead of continuing the snide comments against Hillary. That will be the key to the general election.

    May 7, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  16. Russell, NC

    Why do you think it is that Hillary wins the vote of the uneducated?

    May 7, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  17. DJ in Virginia

    Even though Hillary has no chance of winning, she still wont quit. She's too selfish.

    May 7, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  18. Jim

    Clinton can't rebound. The holders of false hope will the nomination only. Those folks should understand the hand sign for hope....crossing your fingers. Great way to elect a President.

    May 7, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  19. kb from iowa

    Even if they throw in Florida and Michigan now, she will be behind in popular and delegate votes. It is over. Now we'll see her motive. If she can't win, but she continues to cut him up, why would she do this?

    May 7, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  20. barackobama4prez

    rebound from what? This has been a media-created illusion since super tuesday.

    no amount of testicular fortitude is gonna help this lady. she should just sing and end it already. one thing for sure...if she continues her negative attack ads...she will flood the obama market with supers.

    May 7, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  21. I. D.

    If a white male were in the same position as Hillary, there would not be calls for her to stop campaigning.

    May 7, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  22. jr

    If Hillary's health care plan will guarantee us the same drugs that Lanny Davis is taking then maybe we should rethink our positions. Or maybe he's just experiencing flash backs to his misguided youth. Talk about a guy not dealiing with reality. He must be the one telling Hillary to stay in the race.

    May 7, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  23. Ron

    there are two things the democratic party knows Clinton won't get the nomination and Obama can't be elected. the summer will destroy all of Obamas credibility. bit by bit and the cruncher in November. so Mr. Edwards and Mr, Gore don't go to far you may be needed

    May 7, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  24. Mike

    Obama can never win the general election. If the DNC held primaries like the general election, Hillary would have won already without Michigan and Florida.

    May 7, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  25. Rob


    Hillary 08!!

    May 7, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
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