May 7th, 2008
08:56 AM ET
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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. Godwin

    To answer your question, Nahhhhh! We need to start the healing process now.

    May 7, 2008 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  2. Sick of Hillary

    Absolutely not. Go home Hillary. Pack up Bill and Chelsea and go back to New York. Hillary is so delusional, she still think she can bamboosal America, and superdelegates. Her underhanded politics and tactics did not work, and will not work going forward. She actually thinks that she can rip the nomination from Obama's hands when he won this thing fair and square? Not going to happen.

    May 7, 2008 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  3. J Chisolm

    Watch the Clinton machine go after the rule breaking phoney votes in FL and MI now!
    The DNC should split the delegates evenly in FL and MI and put Clinton even further behind. That would shut her up about it anyway!
    Unless she wanted her votes to count twice because of the delay!

    May 7, 2008 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  4. TESAP

    No she cannot that is why she is fighting so hard to seat the Michigan and Florida delegates; to make this fair for both candidates the delegates should be split evenly 50/50 or both states MUST have a re-vote and bith candidates should be allowed to campaign there. CNN here is something that you can bird dog... expose the contents of the paper written by HC while she was in college, the one where she is against civil rights, a republican and extremely resentful of what Dr. King accomplished... NOW THERE I A STORY WORTH WHILE...


    May 7, 2008 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  5. young, gifted and black

    Clinton will not be able to rebound. She has been out of this race but has decided to "tough it out". Last night was quite telling, the superdelegate flood to Obama should begin any day now...


    May 7, 2008 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  6. Paul

    Since voting in a Democratic Congress in 2006 we have seen:

    1) Consumer confidence plummet;
    2) The cost of regular gasoline soar to over $3.50 a gallon;
    3) Unemployment is up to 5% (a 10% increase);
    4) American households have seen $2.3 trillion in equity value evaporate (stock and mutual fund losses);
    5) Americans have seen their home equity drop by $1.2 trillion dollars; 6) 1% of American homes are in foreclosure.

    America voted for change in 2006, and we got it!

    I know who I am going to vote for and its not Obama

    May 7, 2008 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  7. Marc in DeKalb, IL

    What Berat said. No.

    She needs, at this point, 90% of the remaining superdelegates to win, given polling data. Even with the most wildly optimistic spins on polling, she'd still need about 80%...

    ... for someone who has been losing the superdelegate race by almost a 2 to 1 margin, given that this is not likely to spontaneously reverse itself in the light of new Obama victories, she needs to DROP ... OUT ... NOW.

    She has dragged this on months longer than it should have been, and for what?

    Her protracted, dirty campaign has stained whatever honor and integrity she had, and her husband's part in it has stained his legacy. Her approach has done the Republicans' work for them, and to that end, since Obama had the kitchen sink lobbed at him and survived, that's good... the Republicans can't possibly do any worse than Clinton, especially since she was fighting in the Republican style.

    May 7, 2008 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  8. Terry

    I really don't see what the point of Obama winning the Democratic nomination only to lose against McCain. I guess some people want to vote for the biggest loser in the end I guess.

    Hillary 08!

    May 7, 2008 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  9. Bushwhacked in Eugene, OR

    Seems unlikely to me. I can't speak for the other states yet to vote, but Oregon will go to Obama.

    We vote exclusively by mail, our ballots are out, and mine has already been marked and returned. It won't be counted for two weeks, but at least I feel that I've finally had my say in this election.

    Democrats unite in November!

    May 7, 2008 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  10. Jamaal Kansas

    This thing is over Won't Hillary and the Media Admit it Also Cnn I applaud you and John King for your Non Bias opions and John King you are very good on that Computer. But Hillary CLinton is done she is about to ruin her chance ever being a voice in the Democratic pary

    May 7, 2008 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  11. Independent

    She is well over done. She need to bow out, and begin the processs of healing the party. If she truly loves this country, she will put aside her own ambition and do what is right for the country. Hopefully she will have the wisdom to do this, if not, then the superdelegates need to have a "Sunday come to Jesus" meeting with her.

    May 7, 2008 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  12. Susan, PA

    No, she can't rebound.

    Republicans who crossed over are probably the people who gave her the paper-thin win in Indiana.

    We witnessed her second post-primary speech in which she asked for money. Now she's down to asking for $5 – somewhat like panhandling. Not dignified at all.

    Barack Obama is our nominee. I could not be happier!

    Just in: She loaned herself $6.4M last month!! And this is the person people are willing to trust with our economy??????

    Yay! We have been saved from near disaster.

    May 7, 2008 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  13. James

    Just business as usual. Whites vote for Hillary and that is racist. Howerver, over 9 out of 10 blacks vote for Obama and its just a demographic of the electorate exercising their right to choose?

    Any way you cut it, its voting based on race. That is wrong.

    May 7, 2008 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  14. Cheri

    Are you even serious?


    May 7, 2008 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  15. Rob

    there is no longer any purpose for the Clintons to continue

    May 7, 2008 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  16. marie Mtl, Can.

    Everybody will back Obama, no one want an other Bush term wit McCain.

    May 7, 2008 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
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    May 7, 2008 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  18. Steve

    Unfortunately for the Clinton campaign, there is little she can do, without a backroom deal, to even come close to the nomination. She needed to win big in both states last night to stop Obama's momentum. Obviously, she didn't. A 1% win is, by definition, a win, but it doesn't show a clear and compelling case for her to continue. Losing North Carolina by 14 points, no matter what the demographic that caused the loss, is a huge loss. Obama is ahead in states, in popular vote, and in delegates. He can't be caught....Hillary needs to end her campaign and help the Obama campaign strategize for the upcoming battle with the Republicans.

    May 7, 2008 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  19. fred

    Get out now will never win the General Election.

    Millions of life long Democrats will vote for McCain...maybe we will be known as the McCain Democrats!!!

    Go Hillary!! 🙂 🙂 🙂

    May 7, 2008 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  20. John Buchanan - Chicago

    The Writing is Finally on the Wall! I feel that for the Democratic Party to Move forward and Win the White House that a Healing must take place and it began last night with the speech from Senator Clinton. She has given herself 2 self loans during her campaign and she is not raising the necessary monies that will be required for her to stay in the race.

    America needs Change and Senator Obama is has the youthful energy and ideas to bring this country together! I am so excited for him and for our Great Nation!

    May 7, 2008 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  21. Emmaddy

    Sadly,Clinton will have the last laugh since Obama will not win the general election in Nov. His constituency (the self-proclaimed intellectuals) have harangued those who disagree with them and truly have alienated them with their insults and slurs. No wonder 52% of Clinton supporters will not vote Obama. It's ironic that they support Obama for his inclusiveness, but they are responsible for causing irreparable harm to the party itself. Paul Begala is right- you can't win the GE with only Eggheads and African Americans.

    May 7, 2008 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  22. david chu

    NO, i cant imagine a scenario in which the outcome can change.

    May 7, 2008 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  23. BettiH, Indianapolis, IN.

    She fault a good fight, kind of under handed, and negative but she still fault. She needs to stop waisting time and money and concede.

    May 7, 2008 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  24. CAD

    The Clintons were quick to jump on Michelle Obama's comment about "finally" being proud to be an American. Last night, in her "victory speach", Hillary stated that we needed to start acting like Americans again.

    In her opinion, just when did the 150 million + U. S. citizens stop acting like Americans? Does she mean that if we did not act in accordance to her standards, we are un-American?

    Come on Hillary, your turn to do some explaining.

    May 7, 2008 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  25. Harvey in Va

    Tom hit it right on the head

    May 7, 2008 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
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