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. Johnson

    Hillary is tearing the democratic party apart because she thinks she is the better candidate. When is she going to admit that she can't win? When is she going to say that enough is enough and its time to come together as a party to move on? What is she fighting for now? the vice presidency?? that appears to be the only reason she is staying in the race so that she can have SOME form of power in this government by saying that if you don't choose me to be your vice president, we are going to have a split party all the way to the convention.

    This is NOT what this party needed this year. To think that we all thought this would be a easy democratic this year.

    May 7, 2008 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  2. ak

    As a HRC supporter, no one expected last night to be the definign moment when Hillary would surge ahead. SHe has stated and continues to state that MI and FL along with the Super Delegates are the key to her winning. Obama will not have the 2025 delegates from the remaing contests alon and it will take at least 1 more month for the race to conclude. Go Hillary!

    May 7, 2008 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  3. dray

    CNN: the answer to your question is a foregone conclusion but you already know this as it has been apparent for many weeks now. Why the media continues to protract this race (ratings = revenue) is shameful as well as beyond the greater good of the country.

    May 7, 2008 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  4. Matt

    She will be out after W. Virginia/ Kentucky/ Oregon, when she can make a graceful exit.

    May 7, 2008 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  5. truthurts

    Wow....where are the stories on OBAMA's big night?

    May 7, 2008 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  6. maricon



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

    Hillary is now playing the game for the Vice President slot .

    May 7, 2008 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  8. Gordon Lam

    Keep up obma we are all watching God will help- you i hope you will the nove final day to the prsident of the world

    Gordon Lam
    Kitchener ONTA

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


    May 7, 2008 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  10. Barbara, Canada

    I am curious, CNN election center has graphs of various senarious of number of popular votes including counting Florida as Obama's name was on the ballot and still have Obama leading. I would like to see a graph also counting Michigan giving Obama the 40% of undecided votes. Also, how many delegates would each of them receive if Florida is counted as is and how many delegates for each of them from Michigan if Hillary keeps her 55% and Obama is given the 40% from the undecided.
    I hope someone from CNN reads this email and do the math for us to see what the result would look like today.

    May 7, 2008 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  11. Patricia

    To win when the Clinton three, the press and Wright were making it easy for Clinton, Obama still prevailed. He kept saying he didn't pay much to polls and apparently he doesn't pay a lot of attention to the press either.

    May 7, 2008 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  12. Navy Vet.

    As an Obama supporter, I got to say congrats to Sen. Obama for his decisive victory last night in NC. Likewise to Sen. Clinton for her narrow win in IN. With Sen. Clinton deploying the brunt of her political machine to create a "game changer" in NC, she's got to be feeling some disappointment this morning. I won't act like some of my fellow Obama supporters and call for her to concede now as that's not my place. I will say that she really needs to look within at this point and decide whether or not it's time to set pride aside and start healing the party, or does she fight on. It's a tough call but there comes a point in which going on looks to be merely an act of desperation, and you can actually start damaging future political prospects. Like US Forces in Iraq, there can be an honorable withdrawal without surrendering.

    Keep up the good work, and great job on the election coverage last night.

    May 7, 2008 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  13. Deborah

    Does anyone really believe Obama is the most qualified candidate? Superdelegates must realize based on the exit polls that the majority of his votes are resultant is based on race, not his stand on policies. This is NOT the way to elect a President that will have to make very hard decisions regarding the state of this nation!! The fact that Clinton has so many retired military Generals and Admirals endorsing her should tell the nation and the Super delegates who is best qualified to lead this nation!!! Wake up people!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 7, 2008 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  14. American living in Canada

    NO, NO, NO!!!! Hillary needs to drop out. She's not getting the clue!

    May 7, 2008 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  15. Justice 4 All

    The people are speaking loud and clear. Let us move away from the divisions and come together as one, United States of America.

    Instead of fighting and hating, let us unite. Let us show ourselves and the world that we can go past the negativity, and work together to be better.

    OBAMA 08 – YES WE CAN (All of us)

    May 7, 2008 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  16. John B. From New Hampshire

    i say this with all due respect to HRC: nanana-na, nanana-na, heeey heeey heeey, Gooodbyeee. 🙂

    May 7, 2008 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  17. tom

    He won a majority of the black vote in North Carolina. Big surprise there. The African Americans do not make up enough of the majority to get him elected in November. This makes McCain very happy in singing his "4more years" song. He will not win Ohio or Florida in November. Why? Because democrats here will not turn out to vote for him or we will throw our vote to someone else like McCain. Sorry folks...if you want a democrat back in the white should not have voted for Obama. Watch how his story will change with Wright after the primaries are over.

    May 7, 2008 09:15 am at 9:15 am |

    Why heck yes she can. His win was virtually a tie. It means nothing, but watch for all the hound dogs yelping for her to drop out. She is ahead with counting MI & FL votes and delegates that she won fair and square. THE DNC better come up with a solution that compares with the votes that were cast in those two states nothing else will count or do. FL took the election with their Republican then Bush's brother at the controls away from Gore it will not happen again with the DNC taking the election away from Hillary. If you do not coun them THEN DON'T COUNT HILLARYY's SUPPORTERS TO FOLLOW THE WAGON LIKE LITTLE FAITHFUL DOGS, BECAUSE THIS IS ONE DEMOCRAT THAT WILL BE A DEMOCRAT NO MORE. HILLARY 08

    May 7, 2008 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  19. Sue in Canada

    A pundit this morning noted that everyone underestimated Clinton's tenacity, and the political roadkill she left behind. This win should shake the superdelegates out of their hiding places, and let them feel free to declare their support for Obama.

    May 7, 2008 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  20. sean from baltimore md

    the game it not over but when its a blowout you take your star out because they might get hurt

    May 7, 2008 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  21. Debbie

    She can rebound only in the "WORLD ACCORDING TO HILLARY". Rush could help too, Republican's dream is to go up against her.,

    May 7, 2008 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  22. Debbie

    Now lets see some analysis CNN. I hear Obama won one third of the white vote in Indiana and 90+ percentage of the blacks. And 90+ percentage of blacks in N. Carolina. Why can't Hillary win blacks and are whites leaving her?

    May 7, 2008 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  23. Lilarose in Oregon


    SOME of us haven't voted yet!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 7, 2008 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  24. Rebecca

    The pundits will make it sound like she can, but the numbers say she cannot. It is nearly impossilbe for Hillary to win by the numbers by following the official rules. If you decide to follow the rules that the Clinton campaign keeps trying to change every time they are backed into a corner, then it is possilbe she has a chance. But according to the official rules set forth at the beginning she is like a flat tire on it's last bit of air and almost dead.

    May 7, 2008 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  25. Lilia from MD

    She has been overstaying her chances. Rigth after Feb. 12, mathematicaly, she had no chance, but she still wanted to fight it because she is a FIGTHER, she loves to fight. No because there was a liable option. She was waiting for something dramaticaly to happened to Barack Obama, so that she can profit from it. Althoug it happened, but she did not benefited from it.


    May 7, 2008 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
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