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. Deborah

    If Obama is the nominee, the face of the Deocratic Party will change forever. Regan Democrates will become Republicians, and the Democratic Party will become extreme liberals and radicals!!! I don't think that is what the founding Fathers of this Nation had in mind.

    May 7, 2008 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  2. Eric M.

    This is increasingly looking like Mike Huckabee overstaying his welcome in the republican nomination race. There comes a time when one has to realize that he or she has given it their all and put the interest of the party/the American people ahead. What Hillary Clinton is doing can be interpreted either as a stuborn attempt to prove Democratic Voters wrong or a misguided sense of entitlement to win the nomination just because she is a Clinton or both. Or perpahs she is in the logic of either I get the nomination or we both lose the chance to becoming the next president. Either way, this has been clearly about the Clintons. It is not about the Democratic Party, let alone the American people. I guarentee you that if the tides were reversed Obama would have been forced out a long time ago. So, Hillary, if you love the Democratic Party and America (as you have said at numerous occasions), get out of the race, please!

    May 7, 2008 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  3. Truthmatters

    It never ceases to amaze me how stories come out and gather steam because of one reason or another.

    Case in point: Obama has been dragged through the mud because of what his ex pastor, Rev. Wright said, correct? This story has gathered such a full head of steam that it has actually been the deciding factor in some voters according to exit polls.

    Why hasn't the fact that Hillary's ex pastor, Rev. William Procanick who has been CONVICTED OF CHILD MOLESTATION been brought to the forefront? Not only was he CONVICTED of first degree sexual abuse, for inappropriately touching a seven year old girl, he lied about it on the stand!

    Hmm, I wonder why that wasn't plastered all over the front pages of main stream America, talked about on talk radio, and blasted all over the blogs like the 8 billion stories about Rev. Wright ?

    I'll let you all decide that one!

    May 7, 2008 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  4. Texas Terry

    Sure Obama will win the nomination but he is not going to be the next President of the United States. Clinton was my number 1 choice with John McCain being the next best choice. You folks wanted him, now you figure out how to bring out the vote he is going to need to win in the Presidential election.

    John McCain, unless a miracle occurs for Senator Clinton, here I come with a great majority of Clinton supporters. Barack Obama is not tried, proven or ready and I'll not vote for him just because he impresses others who don't have their eyes wide open.

    May 7, 2008 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  5. yhoff76

    just, shut up n put your white hoody on, you're ignorant–the majority is why he's winning a hole

    May 7, 2008 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  6. Raindog

    Thanks NC. You just handed the Republicans victory in Nov. How come there has been no reporting of the Obama/Teamsters deal? Was a deal cut to lift the oversight of the union by the Obama camp? Hillary can rebound if the super delegates do their job and elect the person who can best beat McCain. Obama is getting 90+% of the black vote. That will not be enough to win in Nov. The only "change" Obama can really promise is a change from Bush to McCain. But heh, go ahead and drink the Kool Aid. Anybody remember what happened the last time we voted for an out of touch super Liberal? What the Republicans will do to Obama will make what they did to Kerry seem like a love in...Oh I forgot that is what Obama is going to give us..."let's all just get along while I change the world." What a load.

    May 7, 2008 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  7. Sara


    May 7, 2008 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  8. Corey, Maryland

    Clinton supporters, you must see reason, there is no chance for Hillary to win, you must call on her to drop out of the race and you all must support Barack Obama, whether you like him or not, he will be so much better than 4 more years of a Republican. Please!!!! If you love this country you will do the right thing and stop prolonging this stupid fight, and support our nominee, who will undeniably be Barack Obama!!

    Obama Richardson 2008

    May 7, 2008 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  9. Spirit of America

    Nonsense. Stop writing Hillary's obituary. Once the dead votes in Florida and Michigan are brought back to life, you will witness a dramatic resurrection of her campaign. She's not soldiering on. She is soaring on.

    May 7, 2008 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  10. Theresa

    According to John King...neither candidate can cross the finish line without the help of Super Delegates ....why does the media keep saying the ONLY Hillary can't cross that line when it is BOTH.

    Counting Florida and Michigan would also aid in the crossing of that finish line

    The magic number is 2024 and BOTH should stay where they are until one of them has EARNED the win...fair and square.

    CNN please be fair to both candidates and the voting public by reporting the truth only please

    May 7, 2008 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  11. Lupe,TX

    The battle is over and now the war begins!! Go Obama!!!!!!!!

    May 7, 2008 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  12. atypical white person

    Doesn't look like she will.
    BUT! I would beg the Obama supporters to not rub salt in the wound.
    Step aside, and give HRC some space to make the decision on her own to drop out.

    I read a lot of comments from Obama supporters who praise Obama for his integrity and ability to unify, and yet many of those same supporters speak with little integrity and their comments serve to divide, not unify.

    Please , let's strive to hold ourselves to a higher standard.

    Obama 08

    May 7, 2008 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  13. fred

    All the way to the convention Hillary!!!

    May 7, 2008 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  14. France

    Things go the way they should.If I someway believe in God, I'd say this is theevidence of His working.

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

    It is pretty much over based on what the rules are in the Democratic Party. However, this is why we keep losing election after election for the Presidency. Bill Clinton won because he was a fighter. He won re-election because he was a fighter. Obama is not a fighter. He is too much like Jimmy Carter. There was a reason Carter lost re-election. Exit poll after exit poll keeps getting ignored. State after State the exit polls are saying that 70% of Obama supporters will support Clinton in the Fall, but less than half of Clinton followers will support Obama. I really believe this is not “just blowing smoke” by the Clinton voters. I keep hearing from some pundits that the black voters will be disenfranchised if the nomination is “given” to Clinton over Obama. But what is missing in the discussion is that blacks are voting in record numbers (double maybe even triple), and the Democratic nominee regardless is going to get 90%+ of the black vote. If 70% of Obama supporters will support Clinton in the Fall if she is the nominee and the black voter turnout is doubled, then 70% of the doubled amount is much more than the normal turnout. It is simple math. Plus Clinton will come with the traditional Reagan Democrats that is needed to win key States like Ohio and Pennsylvania. Otherwise a good portion will go to McCain. This is the discussion buster that make’s Obama supporters’ argument not hold water. If the Democratic Party wants more of the same outcome of the Presidential election then go with Obama. Just like a distance runner, it is not always the one that gets off to a fast start that ends up prevailing in the end, it is the one that is running best at the end.

    May 7, 2008 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  16. Madrugada Jones

    She's like the zombie at the end of the movie who you think is dead, but then some idiot goes over and nudges her and she jumps up again and bites his shin. She has nothing really to lose personally from continuing to run; her husband has already tainted his legacy by puching below the belt and carrying on like we all wished he wouldn't. And if you like Hillary, you'll always like her; if you don't you won't. Who loses is the Democratic party if she keeps on for much longer; the Dems need to unite behind Barack. To use another metaphor, she's like the wife who won't give her husband a divorce, or vice versa, and they drag their heels just to put the other person through as much pain as possible instead of making a clean break. It's time for the Clintons to take their rightful place as legends of the Democratic party and give the newer generation their time in the sun. I'd still love to see Bill as Secretary of State though, I think he'd be terrific.

    Cartoons here:

    May 7, 2008 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  17. Steve

    I think the answer to the question was written all over Bill and Chelsea's faces as they stood behind Hillary during her victory speech in Indiana. They were grim. The numbers are increasingly impossible to overcome. Hillary can't now win unless Barack throws in the towel. Watch for a superdelegate bandwagon heading toward the Obama camp in the next week or so. It's over.

    May 7, 2008 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  18. Tracey

    First of all I don't understand how people keep implying that Obama is winning because of the African American population. African Americans are called minorities for a reason. We are the MINORITY. We make up 25% of Democrats. That means 75% of Democrats are...get this...not African American. And most likely white voters. So, actually there are for more of the "majority" voting for him than African Americans.

    Wrap your head around that for a second and I think this race issue will become a moot point.

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

    Go Obama, Serbia cheers for you!!!

    May 7, 2008 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  20. Lupe,TX

    Fred, get ready to vote for McCain then because Mr. Obama will embrace the Oval Office!!

    May 7, 2008 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  21. yhoff76

    who cares if racist dems vote for McCain, even with their support, McCain will still lose, his party is even turning on him, you can't scare Obama with that tired and racist tactic, hey to all closet and ignorant racist, jump ship now, your white hope just left the building, looosers!!

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

    As I see it the Democrats have blown it big time and the American people will have two choices for president - a gung ho war mongering Republican and a fraud on the Democratic side. Is Obama mesmerizing people? why can't the majority see though him? His health plan stinks - just ask Elizabeth Edwards who has had more personal and polical experience in this area than he has. He says he won't play politics as usual, but why don't you Obama supporters do a little research on his buddy Rezco and see exactly how Obama was able to swing the purchase of a house in Chicago that was beyond his means. And maybe you think the Wright issue should go away, but even you must admit to the irony of the candiate for change taking 20 years to change his mind here. Wright believes what Farrakhan believes - that Jews are the devil, that the holocaust did not exist, that Jews caused 911, and that all Americans had 911 coming to them. Can you imagine the fallout on Sen. Clinton if she even smiled at a man who said slavery was a hoax. Obama better get himself a decent cabinet and vice president (although I doubt he can win - the Republicans will tear him to shreds) because he is not up to the job!

    May 7, 2008 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  23. A Little Logics Please

    I agree with Berat! Hopefully no more kitchen sink stuff again, cause that has been the only way she has used to successfully delay the process for Obama. Such desperate efforts or so call soldiering on, only serves to polarize and moreover it is waste of funds that could be best used for GE.
    One should never relax with Hillary because, she has told us how she was "so honoured" to run with Obama only to turn around and trash him the next minute! I used to be very fond of the Clintons, but it seems that power is more important to them than the wellbeing of Americans and the world. Hopefully more people will see through all their games/tricks like in NC and never vote for them at all!

    May 7, 2008 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  24. Dee from Texas

    What you(the media) fail to understand, is that Obama is believer in God. "No weapons formed against me shall proper" – do you(the media) have any idea the context of these words of God. It doesn't matter what the media does to Obama. You have pounced on Rev. Wright so much and it DIDN"T WORK! You people really owe Sen. Obama an apology, that's OK is has the satisfaction of knowing that it didn't work. I have that same satisfaction!

    May 7, 2008 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  25. Jenny

    This woman is a nightmare!
    she needs to get real and realize that it is time to quit...

    May 7, 2008 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
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