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. Gayle

    Can Hillary Clinton rebound?
    Yes, absolutely....likely against the Obama force shield which will send her negative and divise campaign back to space.
    May the force be with you, America.
    May Obama be our future President!

    May 7, 2008 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  2. Scott, Charlotte

    Emmaddy – If by Eggheads, you mean people who can actually read, count me in.
    Since you're part of her 52% supporters who would vote for a REPUBLICAN platform rather than one that is EXACTLY THE SAME as your own candidate's, you're either incredibly uneducated, a racist, or perhaps both. Or is it you're just terrified of young people ?
    Hey, isn't Matlock on now ?

    May 7, 2008 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  3. Judy


    BUH BYE HillBilly!!!!

    May 7, 2008 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  4. Chris

    AMERICA WAKE UP!!!!! There is absolutely no way any candidate can be the front-runner by only getting the African American vote. It is amazing how people will suggest that every state that Osama wins is somehow attributable to the African American vote. The fact of the matter is there are a significant number of non-African American people also casting their vote for CHANGE. PLEASE STOP THE DIVISIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 7, 2008 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  5. jay

    Obama tried to win by Cheating in Indiana and we as residents of this state want Corruption charges brought against the Mayor of Gary IN. for allowing our tax money to be spent to Bus people to polls in Lake County..... Let Illinois have Lake Co. They are a Burden to Indiana anyway...

    May 7, 2008 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  6. Renee

    All I can say is, I would'nt want to be a Hillary Supporter this Morning.
    You guys have some financial problems to work out as well.
    An believe me I'm not gloating,...Cause it's kind of Sad

    May 7, 2008 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  7. Otis...Va

    People need to stop with the scare tactics. America is diverse and will always be that way. Barack will do this country proud once he becomes President. There is nothing to fear. Barack accepts all americans evil or good. He is not afraid and shows strength when times are hard. We should all do the same. No more negitivity. No more scare tactics. No more racial divide. Barack serches for the common good in all people. While his opponents search for what divides us. History will be made in November. America will finally live up to its name as a place for prosperity for all Americans!!

    May 7, 2008 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  8. Kevin Leo (Jonesboro, GA)

    At this point in time, I hope that people do not try to force Hillary out. Whenever she is pressured,that is when she gets nastier with her attacks and the campaign has had enough of that already. Let her keep fighting on. The only bad part is that her supporters contine to send money into a losing cause. Barack should just begin his pivot to start focusing on the general election and let Hillary spin her wheels.

    May 7, 2008 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  9. Nick - Arlington, VA

    its over....time for us to all get together and take down mccain.

    May 7, 2008 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  10. Zoey

    I do think Obama could use Hiliary as VP and it would certainly benefit him.

    May 7, 2008 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  11. Tim in Texas

    Obama will over take Clinton, it is time for Blacks to run the country, White American has had their turn. We will have a Black government that will control all areas from the top to the bottom, Whites no longer calling the shots. Obama 08.

    May 7, 2008 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  12. Jason - KY


    Do you really, deep down, in your heart, in the dark places that no one ever goes to, where no one ever sees, believe that Clinton will stand a chance of beating McSame for the "white male blue collar vote?" I don't think so either.

    May 7, 2008 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  13. norm

    Clinton got destroyed lat night. She was projected to win Indiana by 5-6 % and ended up barely squeaking out a 2% win. She talked about keeping Obama to a single digit win or possibly upsetting him in NC and lost by a whopping 16% (Check those numbers for yourself).

    She can longer longer win this nomination in an honest way so she should do what is best for the country for once in her life and bow out.

    She won't though and it will go on to the convention floor where she will continue with her shady ways and try to steal the nomination. She will try to steal it like GW stole the GE in 2000. If you ask me, she seems more like GW everyday. Can we really afford 4 more years of George W Bush???

    May 7, 2008 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  14. Danie

    People are saying this is a race thing but it is also a woman thing as well. There are many people voting for Hillary just because she is a woman. There are also people voting for her just because she is white and nott her policies, because she has not shown me anything policy wise that has convinced me she would be a good president. I do believe that there are some people voting for obama because of his race but I also believe there are some people not voting for him just because of his race. It works both ways. Don't just look at it one sided as it being beneficial because he is having to work hard to bridge the gap between those who were not going to vote for him because of his race. He is bridging that gap by inspiring people and winning them over with his honesty, even when its not convenient for him to be honest. Run Barack Run.!!!!! Yes We Can!!!!

    May 7, 2008 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  15. Cecile

    Floridian who voted for Obama! We were advised not to vote that our votes would not count, no changing the rules now! Sore losers!!!!

    May 7, 2008 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  16. Status QuO.

    Congratulations to Obama for his win. I wouldn't call it decisive. Obama has the ability to get the few higher populated areas but cannot seem to reach the rural voters. There is a clear race issue here. Obama now has the task of overcoming that in the general election. Can he do it?

    May 7, 2008 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  17. Dannie

    If the Democrats and their superdelegates are not capable of managing and controlling Hillary Clinton to abide by rules, how can they be trusted with managing the Unite States of America and enforce the laws of the land? How can Hillary who shed tears after Iowa be described as a tough fighter? She is only counting on a possible and potential bias of the superdelegates against Obama. Such bias can only ruin the democratic party!

    Do not blame Hillary! Blame the superdelegates who cannot both manage and control her. She knows no shame, but so are the superdelegates. Face the facts, the superdelegates are incompetent!

    May 7, 2008 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  18. AJ

    If Obama wins the primary, it will be interesting to see how well he does in November. Can he win Florida? No. Can he win Ohio? No. Many of the states in the south that he won through racial politics are traditionally Republican states and it is doubtful that he will be able to win these either. North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, do you really think that these states are going to run out and vote for Obama? The bluest of blue states may support him, but the swing states are iffy. He also has the problem of having the racial vote being diluted in the general election. And then there are the Clinton supporters like me that would rather see McCain in the White House than Obama. I view Obama as the Democratic version (smarter of course) of G.W. Bush. He's an arrogant windbag with nothing of substance supporting him. So you go Obama – make hay while the sun shines. I will take great pleasure in watching you get ripped to shreds by the Republicans during the G.E. campaign. I urge all Clinton supporters to vote McCain in the fall if he becomes the nominee. It's no longer Republican v. Democrats. It's about defeating Obama.

    May 7, 2008 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  19. Erika, Wichita

    Oh, it's amazing and frightening. Are the democrats in the United States really ready to elect a racist as their candidate? Obama has accomplished absolutely NOTHING while in Congress, people don't even care. It's about his looks, how he talks. No substance here. What a disaster.

    May 7, 2008 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  20. Sophia

    Go OBAMA; Yes we can

    May 7, 2008 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  21. JB

    To Deborah: Why is it only "military leaders" that lend any creedence to our civilian leaders? Iraq? Gulf of Tonken? It is sad to think that the USA is only measured by its martial capability.

    May 7, 2008 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  22. Dan in CO

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

    She won't get it. The Clintons are the antithesis of everything the Obama campaign is about. If he chose Hillary as a VP, he'd lose lots of his supporters, including me.

    He may well choose a woman, though. Perhaps Kathy Sebelius. A governor with executive experience would be a good balance for him.

    May 7, 2008 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  23. super delagates if you want a victory in the fall please end this now!

    Please end this SD enough is enough please be above the divided democratic voters. The democratic party will only suffer more if this continues. Please rally around the front-runner,so we can switch to GE mode. Don't fall in the trap of the media they don't have the party's best interest at heart if they want this to continue. McCain has had a free ride long enough!!!!!

    May 7, 2008 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  24. show me

    well terry in reply to people wanting to vote for a big loser look like you and her supporter s started that trend

    May 7, 2008 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  25. David

    Obama doesn't have the experience to run this country !!

    May 7, 2008 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
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