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. Bill


    May 7, 2008 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  2. Raindog

    To Emmaddy- You are so right but sadly the old lions of the party are hell bent to lead us to defeat just so they can say "We put up the first Black Man." After the hateful and rude comments from the Obama camp no wonder many Dems will either sit out the general election or end up voting for McCain.

    May 7, 2008 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  3. Mike

    The very troubling feature of Clinton's tax holiday is her failure to listen to the experts, to battle on no matter what: "Rocky Balboa will prevail over all odds!" A short term "fix" even though it makes no sense in the long term. That is exactly how our national financial situation has become so dire, decades of continually doing the expedient but wrong thing. She tried to buy votes "on the cheap." A prime example of pandering. Fortunately Indiana and North Carolina did not buy it.

    This Clinton characteristic is why her health care plan failed in the 90ies.

    What is even more troubling is that this is exactly the characteristic: failure to listen to rational voices, failure to consider a reasonable cross section of opinions, and rushing in not matter what, that caused Bush to get us into Iraq.

    Is this the President we can afford to send to the White House?

    May 7, 2008 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  4. mcd

    Wait, are we still talking about this? THERE IS NO WAY SHE CAN WIN THIS THING – END IT

    May 7, 2008 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  5. Lisa

    Brenda, NC May 7th, 2008 9:05 am ET

    Once again we are going to miss the opportunity to have a great President. Obama is stealing the nomination from Hillary Clinton. Democrats are making a big mistake. Hillary will make a better President than Obama. Hillary stands a better chance to beat McCain in the general election. We need Hillary to lead our country—give her a chance and you will never regret it.
    It is over !!!!!!!NC had their say last night and obviously she is not what we need.

    May 7, 2008 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  6. tidho

    Its already slipped. She couldn't win before last night and she's further behind now.

    The great news is now MI and FL won't matter either way. Even though she's still pushing for them hopefully this wil resolve itself before the DNC has to address it.

    May 7, 2008 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  7. yes

    What is Obvious to me is that the party is divided and the Whole country from coast to coast to all the territories are half for Obama and half for Hillary... there is two fractions of the party and the country is telling Obama and Hillary loud and clear that we want them both in a joint ticket. How can it be clearer? Hillary is running for something and perhaps today is more clear to me is maybe VP. I hope I am not the only one seen this. Obama needs Hillary as much as she needs him and the whole country is counting on them. Let’s call, let’s unite!!!

    May 7, 2008 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  8. Splutch

    Wow; Keep wondering about what other surprises –beside the Rev Wight- may lie in wait for folks caught up in the early majic of Obama. I am one of many who admire and even "cherrish" Johnnie McCain but was distracted by Obama's ability to "talk the talk". I can report now that I am now convinced that the man can not walk the walk.First of all, the guy has been dumb enough to marry a beautiful wife who- it now appears- may be more than his intellectual evil, but has now- in reference to his choice of churches- demonstrated the behavior of a fiercely ambitious young man. That,my friend is a "grevious faull".

    May 7, 2008 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  9. Tiachi

    pack up Hill, you're done!!!


    Good bye

    May 7, 2008 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  10. Blake

    Today, I feel a little lighter. Barack Obama IS the Presumptive Nominee now and he WILL be the next President of the United States. After all that the Clinton's have put them through, especially the past few months, I am sooooooooo glad that we will have them on our side. We are no longer Obama supporters and Hillary supporters... we are Democrats and we are ready to change this country!

    May 7, 2008 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  11. Mark VA

    I keep hearing Democrats talking about they must follow party rules. Even if it means defeat we must follow Party rules. Here is a “basic” lesson in life, you win by adjusting your strategy and approach as needed to ensure the best success.

    May 7, 2008 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  12. gerald strother


    May 7, 2008 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  13. Nora, FLORIDA

    Hmmm let me see how many ways can I say the word "No" No way mis amigos, no my friend, nada mucho, HECK NO!

    May 7, 2008 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  14. Living in the USA

    I knew Obama was ahead because the media was unsually quiet last night. It was like someone had died. I was saying to myself, how is Hiliary gonna propose a gas holiday this summer and she is not even President. Obama winning by 2% shows that he is ELECTABLE. Thank you Rev. Wright. He is somewhere getting the last laugh. It is gonna be amazing to what Sean/Rush/Bill talk about today. Oh I forgot Rev. Wright. Yeah, Hiliary had to dodge sniper fire. It was all of the votes that Obama received.

    May 7, 2008 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  15. David King

    Well....NO SHE CAN'T!!!

    All of her ridiculous arguments and antics are null and void! I don't even believe that she believes it antmore (as if she ever did). Now we learn she just loaned herself 6.4 million dollars. She surely won't raise any substantial money after last night. Well, unless she gets the oil companies to pay for it just like the gas tax. LOL!!!!

    Let's get real; even when you throw in Florida and Michigan now, she no longer has the popular vote argument! There is 0% possibility for her to win the majority of states, popular vote, or delegates.

    Bye, bye Sillary Clinton. Silly rabbit! Tricks are for Clintons. Now I guess they'll get back to getting millions of donations to the Clinton Museum from questionable Middle East donors.

    May 7, 2008 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  16. Uncle Sam

    No, it will be up to the general election voters to decide what real change in America means. Whether it springs from rhetoric and manner or whether it is based on character and courage. Whether change comes from having a different political party in power or whether it depends more on the candidate's proven record of change. Whether change comes from judging our president on the color of his skin or by looking to the content of his character. And whether, in the end, real change is created by inspirational speeches or whether it takes hard work and straight talk to create lasting change.

    Americans for McCain '08

    May 7, 2008 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  17. Yep

    Obama CAN win in November, and so can Hillary (if things don't get nasty and technical at the convention) should something miraculous happen and she win the popular/delegate votes. This is why. People are really upset with the way the republicans and current congress have handled things especially from 2004 until now. People will change as did I who was a republican leaning independent before the 2000 fiasco. Defections like me will allow ANY democrat to win the white house in November.

    McCain has sold himself out to the devil of corporate greed. Bottom line is. He is old and unispiring. People need a leader that can project hope to recapture the uniquely American dream, even if it is all they can do during their time in the white house.

    May 7, 2008 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  18. CNN for Republicans?

    In my opinion, CNN is presenting themselves as Obama supporters for the time being...

    May 7, 2008 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  19. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Obama's democrat nomination is sealed. The numbers don't support Hillary but don't forget she has vowed to support Obama and we all still need her. Democrats United.

    May 7, 2008 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  20. show me

    the super s need to end this by the end of the week and put the lying old hag out to pasture where she can pander a whole new bunch of wore out cow s

    May 7, 2008 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  21. Tim

    What's that sound? It's the fat lady singing. See ya Hill.

    May 7, 2008 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  22. Go Obama

    Congrats Obama!!

    May 7, 2008 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  23. Voter

    Sadly, I do not feel like a democrat anymore. I just cannot belong to a party just for African Americans. I feel that the democratic party is totally off balance with the way the primary election has turned out. I will be voting Republican in the fall.

    May 7, 2008 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  24. Jason - KY

    Did her testicular fortitude get caught in a North Carolina vice? Ouch!

    May 7, 2008 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  25. Don - Minneapolis, MN

    To second that opinion – NO!

    Frankly I'm at a loss as to why you keepcoming up with these slivers of "opportunity" that don't really exist.

    "Can she rebound in time" – what color are the skies on your planet? There's no rebound, pure and simple – math is math.

    As to Obama's problem with certain segments of the voting public, you forget he won white votes in other states, and if you believe the local authorities in Indiana and Ruch Limbaugh, then some of Hillary's "strength" in these areas came from cross-over Republicans who have NO intention of voting for Hillary in the General Election. I think it is reasonable to say, given the closeness of the race that if the Rush "Operation Chaos" was factor out Hillary might have actually LOST Indiana last night.

    There's no support, the math is against her (and NC was the last "Big" state delegate-wise) she's running out of money and yet you (CNN) talk about a "rebound" ...

    I've got a better question; "What color are the skies on YOUR Planet?"

    May 7, 2008 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
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