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. Sue P / PA

    NO..............Clinton cannot win..........She just loaned herself 6.5 MILLION dollars, cuz even her supporters see the hand writing on the wall..................I am thinking, Clinton needs to lend herself alot more and pay all those outstanding debts.

    Mi and Fl delegates need to be seated 50/50.......but not the popular vote..........BOTH STATES BROKE THE RULES....period

    May 7, 2008 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  2. Pete urden

    She can't rebound. How in the world is she going to win 68% of all the remaining contests and receive the endorsement of the majority of the remaining superdelegates?

    Obama will beat McCain. Any democrat will beat McCain in the fall. People are not stupid. When it comes time to decide whether Americans want someone who will continue George Bush's failed policies plus his Iraq war and someone who will change the course of this country, people of all parties who are serious about their lives will vote for Obama.

    Obama is going to be our 44th president.

    May 7, 2008 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  3. Nancy-GA

    Voter–quit playing; you're a republican anyway...

    May 7, 2008 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  4. HSNP

    If Obama is the nominee I can't wait to see him LOSE in the fall, and I'm a Democrat. John McCain will have my vote.

    I'd rather have 4 more years of Bush than a total novice at the levers of power.

    May 7, 2008 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  5. John

    Why do people still stick with hillary when she can be so easily paid off by the medical community to shut up about universal health care? America needs obama and hillary is just as bad as mcain in support the HMO's

    May 7, 2008 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  6. Duncan

    CNN: Are you really going to allow someone to refer to the IL senator as 'Osama'? Please remove Chris's comment above – it is tasteless, racist and islamaphobic.

    May 7, 2008 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  7. foreigner

    HC is hoping that Michigan and Florida ruling will somehow be in her favor. That may be the only reason she is still in the race. She thinks she can eke out the nomination.
    I think even after Obama wins the nomination, HC will try to run for president. She has been dreaming about it for so many years now. The defeat will be crushing for her!

    May 7, 2008 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  8. GDC

    Scott. Thank you.

    Repeatedly analysts have commented that the platforms both Hillary and Obama are standing on are close to one another. The people voting for Hillary claim that Bush was horrible and the country is headed in a poor direction, yet if they're candidate doesn't win they're going to jump on a platform that's very opposite of hers. They're going to vote for McCain because they are bitter they're candidate didn't win (that's a good reason), or they don't respect the country's youth, or they're racist. I have some older relatives and generations in my family that I know will do this same thing, which I think is horribly sad.....there is still some older white voters in American that will vote for Hillary now (a continual voting base for Hillary), saying they "want change" (an exact quote I've heard from old relatives in my family), but will not even listen to Obama because of the color of his skin. This is fact, and I hate to say it because they're not thinking of the better of the country, they're just locked in their ways (and making decisions that don't even take into account all the alternatives).

    I'm not trying to draw lines here and I can understand trying to change them is going against 50 to 60+ years of how they were raised, but we as Americans need to make this decision based on the logically the smartest and most balanced candidate. Not a decision because we are bitter our candidate lost, not because we want to make a point, not because of feelings against a certain demographic (youth, black, female, etc.).

    May 7, 2008 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  9. Rick

    Can you image if the situation was reversed and it was Obama trailing in the same situation? The race would have been declared over by the end of February and the only question would be "Barack who??"

    Hillary is still considered a "viable" candidate solely because of the media's infactuation with anything Clinton. Realistically, she is just a crow waiting for some roadkill. She can't get the nomination any other way.

    May 7, 2008 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  10. Tampa Votes Barack Obama

    INDIANA IS 94% WHITE FOLKS! The so called African American Vote did not lead him to victory.

    May 7, 2008 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  11. Bobby tray

    Rebound? People are watching too much NBA. But, this is not a game. This is about the future of our country. She has been out of the race statistically since Texas and Ohio. The media has literally kept her alive. I did the math at one point and if she won 60 percent of all the primaries from PA to the end including 60 percent of the supers she would have had only 5 more delegates needed for the nomination. Now, there is NO chance and people are still going around talking about a comeback. It is just not possible.

    May 7, 2008 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  12. Chris, Middletown, CT

    Well..if she won 90% of the contests coming up....and monkeys fly out of her butt

    May 7, 2008 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  13. On To The White House

    POOR ECONOMY BLAME NAFTA (CLINTON). The speech about poison toys that come from China came from the Clintons. POOR HEALTH CARE HILLARY SOLD OUT TO THE INSURANCE COMPANIES . Don't ask questions of them because Chelsea will tell you "IT'S NONE OF YOUR BUSINESS". Hillary was right last night isn't she doing a great job speaking up for her MOM. Oh and let's not forget Mr. Morality, Bill Clinton(Jennifer Flowers,Paula Jones, Monica Lewinsky, etc.). America needs a President not the Drama MAMA!!!
    Its time to move foward and take on McCain.

    May 7, 2008 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  14. Mike, Toronto

    Right now Clinton would be betting on a catastrophy that would hit the Obama campaign in the weeks to come as well as on becoming Obama's running mate. I think that the most likely evolution is that her political career will gradually come to an end in the next 12 months.

    May 7, 2008 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  15. Jason - KY


    There are no super delegates in the general election. What are you talking about?

    Have you been smoking again?

    May 7, 2008 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  16. mother too

    If Obama elected, then a lot of people will have to live under the president whom they will "love" as much as Bush.

    Obamistas think that they have all the right to insult, push, accuse those of different opinion, and this is so wrong.

    May 7, 2008 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  17. Matt Kachaluba

    Paul at 9:17am –

    Right, and none of that has to do with your chimp in the White House.

    May 7, 2008 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  18. RON

    7 % of the people in indiana was part of the operation chaos

    read this

    In an e-mail entitled “The Limbaugh Effect in Indiana = 7 percent,” Obama campaign spokesman Bill Burton wrote: “According to the latest exit polling data, 17 percent of voters in the Indiana primary today said they would vote for John McCain in a Clinton/McCain match-up. Forty-one percent of that number is constituted by people who voted Clinton in the primary but also indicated they will vote for McCain in the general election. That comes out to just under 7 percent of the primary electorate the number that may be attributed to a Limbaugh Effect

    May 7, 2008 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  19. Shawna

    Excuse me but Gary, IN was no the problem, Gary came in first, the rest of the county was delayed, if there are question it must be brought to the individuals who receive results. Your innuendo is absolutly insane, that the mayor of one city is controlling an entire county's election consisting of several cities, and election officials.

    May 7, 2008 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  20. Libertad

    Please – Obama supporters – no more gloating! We need to be as gracious as Obama himself. The Hillary campaign has done a great job and should be proud of their tenacity. But – we all need to get behind the nominee to defeat McCain. THE STAKES ARE FAR TOO HIGH FOR MORE INFIGHTING!

    May 7, 2008 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  21. Mike

    I heard Obamas speech last night, It was difficult to tell if I were watching CNN or PTL.

    True, he added some "new" stuff, though I heard some of the same-ole-same-ole...

    "Wer'e not the red states, wer'e not the blue states..." "it's about working from the bottom up..." blah blah blah.

    He has more stories of indigents, the disadvantaged etc... than anyone I've heard.

    ...and that "when I was working the streets of Southside Chicago..."


    May 7, 2008 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  22. :)

    Chris May 7th, 2008 9:29 am ET

    [b]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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!![/b]

    I believe that was obama lol

    May 7, 2008 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  23. Lana, California

    Rebound? Absolutely not. Even IF they use all the flakey matrix the Clinton campaign has tossed around the last month (popular vote, FL/MI in, delegates, etc.) it is a total and complete impossibility for her to be the nominee. That is, unless, she can somehow hijack the internal workings of the party by the convention and then throw a tantrum on the floor and at that rate, it STILL wouldn't work because by virture of Obama's delegate lead, his supporters would control the Credentials Committee and other apparatus!

    Please CNN....quit giving Senator Clinton false hope and a bogus "reason" to keep bankrupting her household and destroying the Democratic Party once and for all.

    May 7, 2008 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  24. Peaches

    This is in response to Kate's blog. It's unfortunate that you as well as the media has tried to make African Americans and young voters invisible in order for Hilary to stay in the race. Instead of focusing on change for the country, you are focused on trying to divide the democrats by race/gender/age. Obama has never tried to show these as stereotypes, but your message is the reason we need change. This is not about urban, African American and young voters. This is about a candidate who has overcome the negative campaigning by Hilary and has remained positive throughout his campaign to show we don't need fear or ugly attacks to reach people who want something NEW!!!

    May 7, 2008 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  25. DW

    Congratulations North Carolina!!!!!! You did it!!! Go Barack Go!!! The Clintons thought they had this sewed up. NOOOOOOO!!! Go back to the Senate Hillary. Take your broke, you know what, out of this already won nomination. This desperate woman (HRC) is trying to take away something that's not her's. She's broke!!! Ha, Ha, Ha!!! Donate??? I don't think so.

    Hillary lied about raising $10 Million within 24 hours after the PA win. Again, LIAR!!! She loaned herself 6.4 million. Boy, Oh, Boy, is she a real trip.

    May 7, 2008 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
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