February 6th, 2008
09:35 AM ET
15 years ago

Analysis: McCain clear leader; split decision may help Obama

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.l.cnn.net/cnn/2008/POLITICS/02/06/super.analysis/art.2300.mccain.ap.jpg caption=" Sen. John McCain has started to build an almost insurmountable lead in the GOP presidential race.."](CNN) - Super Tuesday positioned Sen. John McCain as the clear Republican front-runner, while a split decision in the Democratic race may eventually help Sen. Barack Obama, according to CNN's political analysts.

McCain extended his lead in the GOP race with impressive coast-to-coast wins from New York to California, while former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee carried states in the South. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney won seven races, including his home state of Massachusetts.

"I think we did achieve clarity. John McCain will be the Republican nominee," CNN analyst Jeffrey Toobin said. "Mike Huckabee did better than a lot expected. If you look at the delegates, there is no way either Huckabee or Romney can catch up. I think we did learn that much."

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  1. caralena

    Hillary will prevail because she inspires people throughout her trials and tribulations.

    She is still standing no matter how much CNN so-called pundits and analysts spin and twist things against her.

    American people have spoken.

    GO HILLARY, we see and hear you no matter what CNN says.

    This is your time

    February 6, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  2. Adam

    I agree that a split decision helps Obama.

    Considering the coming contests: Louisiana, Nebraska (caucause), Washington (caucause), DC, Maryland, Virginia, Maine (caucause), and Wisconsin, I just do not see how Hillary can keep any momentum that she earned yesterday. Obama seems to win the caucause states and I believe he has an advantage in Louisiana, DC, Maryland and Virginia.

    Hillary has to survive the next 2 weeks and wait for big Texas and Ohio wins. I think the key for her will be surviving the next 7 contests and the related momentum swing, I'm not sure she will.

    February 6, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  3. Randy - Denver

    and the CNN pundits keep riding the Obama train. Even when the voters speak, even when they refuse to listen to the bias, you keep spinning!

    What is this? There is no "split decision" Senator Clinton WON the big states and that is that.

    Voters did speak, the polls showed that several weeks ago Ms. Clinton would win California by over 30% she did not, the fact is her tide is turning, the only question is will it turn in time to prevent her from winning the nomination.

    The split decision is based on the fact that we do not all live in the "big states" if this were a presidential race she would have lost, (based on electors) as it is LOOK at the numbers, more voted for him than the top two republicans!, you cannot say that about her. Ms. Clinton, though a good policy wonk will divide this country even further along political lines and just because you believe "your" side in those lines will win does not mean we should continue this divide, we need to heal America and Mr. Obama has the better chance of doing that.

    As for why the pundits seem to cover him more it is simple his message is more uplifting and less divisive than hers and that is what the people want. me personally I do not think they have given him more coverage and if they were truley against her as is so often claimed then why do we not hear about all HER shady dealings in the past, we KNOW they are there we heard about them during her husbands time in office, and yet now the press is strangely silent but will tout Mr. Rexco at the drop of a hat, no overall, based on their histories I would say the press is leaning towards Ms. Clinton.

    February 6, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  4. ARMY Lt. Col

    Senator Clinton may have won the big states, but what the remaining states need to do is listen to Senator Obama, know that he is honest and will be honest and know that he has the support of more voters. Hillary has more delegates because she won the more populous districts, but more people have voted for Barack because they know the TRUTH!....



    February 6, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  5. richard montreal canada


    February 6, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  6. ted

    There is one clear result of last night's happenings:

    There are a lot of dumb "republicans" out there.

    February 6, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  7. Brad

    Ha Ha John from-MO keep believing that old man McCain is the best for the job. He wont have a shot against the dems, which is sad.

    February 6, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  8. Texas

    Stop tripping, CNN. All of my positive comments for Senator Clinton are disregarded.

    The 2 best people you have are Anderson & Lou Dobbs-

    February 6, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  9. Benjamin

    Has anyone looked at an electoral map? In fact, go look at the 2004 electoral map results, and see just how unimportant it is for Obama to win RED states that will stay red, and carry minimal numbers of electoral votes. Clinton has won all the states that carry huge numbers of electoral votes, and THAT IS WHAT IS IMPORTANT!! Winning in CA, NJ and NY carries more weight than half the midwest or more!!

    The ONLY way Obama could CLAIM any win, was if he was within 5% in CA, and he is TWICE that.

    February 6, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  10. Randy - Denver

    Each campaign has a website, do a google search under their name and it will give you their sites. Once there they all have where they stand on the issues and specific plans (yes folks even Obama does if you would care to read them instead of saying he should tell you in small words easily understood without thought).

    February 6, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  11. Yola

    There we go agian CNN you should say this is CNN Opinion. CNN you are Biased said it that you endorse Obama – Give Hillary more coverage

    February 6, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  12. Midge from Ohio

    This Republican will vote Democratic for the first time if McCain is the nominee...

    February 6, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  13. Dani

    hillary fans, stop whining!!

    last night was more C linton N ational N etwork than anything else....CNN is ok, they are trying to do their jobs. sometimes it sounds like tey are biased towards Obama, sometimes as if they were biased towrds Clinton. Stop whining!!!

    February 6, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  14. Jack

    The Clinton's' are not going to let the Media, win this election for Obama. During the last week Obama, have received all type of endorsements. Also, he received support from Maria Schwarzenegger, Oprah Winfrey, Carloine Kennedy, Ted Kennedy/son, John Kerry, and Stevie Wonder, which scored a lost in CA. Ted & John could not win their home State, which is sad. I wish all Media would operate the same as FOX. MSNBC, Morning Joe, and Chris, give a dog more credit then they do the Clinton's.

    February 6, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  15. Ray - NJ

    CNN= All Obama, All the time. What a joke you have become.

    Of course Hillary's supporters are upset. No matter what she say's, What State she wins or if she has an emotional moment, CNN and the Media turn it on her. They act like Obama is untouchable.

    I thought I lived in a time when a women had a chance to run for President. I was so proud for my daughter's to see this. But I guess the male dominated Politicians and Media just don't want that to happen. They will say or do whatever to keep that from happening. What a shame. I thought we were past this.

    February 6, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  16. Mike Birmingham, AL

    I'm loving the Republicans who say that they will vote for a Democrat if McCain gets nominated for the Republican party.

    It kind of reminds me of a spoiled little kid that would rather break his toy instead of sharing it with another child.

    All I got to say is: Come on over Republicans. Remember, our party is the party of inclusion and we'll take anybody... even Ann Coulter and former Republicans.

    February 6, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  17. Geri

    Thank you Randy-Denver

    February 6, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  18. Illinois Democrat

    Pardon me, Mrs. Clinton, if I may please borrow your recent Super Bowl analogy? Only in real life YOU, Mrs. Clinton, are the New England Patriots. YOU were tagged early and often as the prohibitive favorite. Now, Mr. Obama, he represents the New York Giants. No one gave him much of a chance several months ago; however, suddenly we're going into the second half of the campaign...and Obama's still standing strong and proud. And we ALL know how the Super Bowl...and this analogy...will end, don't we Senator Clinton? Peace to you all, from the Land of Obama!

    February 6, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  19. Paul Miller- Kissimmee, Fl

    CNN fairness? No way, Jose! If Hillary got 500 delegates over Obama CNN would read 50 and would say . SPLIT DECISION. Shame on CNN biased everyday news.
    They don't seem to care. And they don't care about the public opinion !!!!!!!!

    February 6, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  20. Here in the UK

    Start questioning Obama CNN instead of giving hiom a free ride.

    You are a complete affront to democracy.

    February 6, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  21. David

    Ron Paul '08

    February 6, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  22. Beth, Alabama

    When will CNN allow us to see the results of Super Tuesday only?? No super delegates, no prior states. Let us see a clear result of Super Tuesday ONLY!!

    I am so tired of this slippery super delegate slope CNN continues to feed us.

    February 6, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  23. AJ

    "while a split decision in the Democratic race may eventually help Sen. Barack Obama, according to CNN's political analysts."

    And pigs MAY someday fly. These guys on CNN wil do anything to try and influence the election.

    Report what IS CNN, dont report on what MAY be. Thats not news, it's speculation.

    February 6, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  24. WML

    I knew a long time ago that CNN was not the best political team on TV. It is a Democrat loving, left-leaning, highly biased network. These traits led to Fox's success with a fair & balanced positioning. However, I can't believe people are saying CNN is pro-Obama. Everything I've seen from Wolf "I love Hillary, so I'll go soft on her & let her have a majority of the speaking time in the debates" Blitzer to not challenging Begala, when he spouts half-truths & outright lies to support Billary, says that CNN is the Clinton-Loving Network. If they were pro-Obama or even fair, there would be more coverage of the fact that Obama is leading Clinton in delegates decided by "the people" not the party aristocracy. It will be a sad day for America, but a good day for Republicans like me, if Hillary wins, especially if she wins through super-delegates. If there were any Obama slant, I'm sure it is to prevent a McCain presidency, because he would soundly defeat Hillary in a general election.

    February 6, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  25. Maria

    Oddly enough, I think if McCain wins the nomination he may win the presidency. He is just as much a moderate as Clinton and Obama. And he can tout his experience of putting forward bi-partisan bills.

    February 6, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
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