February 20th, 2008
07:43 AM ET
13 years ago

Analysis: Obama continues to chip away at Clinton's base

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.l.cnn.net/cnn/2008/POLITICS/02/20/feb19.analysis/art.obamatex.gi.jpg caption=" Sen. Barack Obama is swaying away the core parts of Sen. Hillary Clinton's voter base."](CNN) - If Ohio and Texas weren't already must-win states for Sen. Hillary Clinton, they certainly are now.Sen. Barack Obama continued his winning streak since Super Tuesday two weeks ago, picking up his ninth state in a row.But as significant as Obama's accelerating momentum is how he is increasingly swaying voters that Clinton could count on at the beginning of February.While Obama has been solidifying his base of younger, college-educated, higher-paid voters, he has steadily been chipping away Clinton's base of blue-collar, older, working-class voters.

- CNN's John Helton

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  1. pd

    If Republicans showing up to vote Obama are part of Hillary's base, then I guess he is chipping away at them. Prediction, McCaine will make huge inroads into Obama's new-found base, Republicans, in the fall. By the way, they are truly laughing all the way to the polls abd home.
    Another good one,, watching an Obama supporter and state legislator from the good state of Texas not be able to name one legislative accomplishment from Obama, priceless!!!

    Soon to be former Florida Democrat. Also, soon to be active in convincing other Florida Dems to switch parties or go Independent. This election is the biggeste media creation, rivaling Brittany Spears. We deserve what we will get.

    February 20, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  2. Michael, Torrance, CA

    Going to an Obama rally or speech soon? Let me save you some time. "change, change, change" Blah, blah, blah.

    February 20, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  3. The Lum

    The republicans won't see a president in the white house for at least 4 more years.... The republican president we have now made sure of that...

    February 20, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  4. Patricia

    Maria: Obama had 8 years in the Illinois state legislature. 2 in the US Senate..... he is NOT an apprentice. He has more 'political' experience. Don't believe the 35 year chant..... brainwashing at it's finest.

    February 20, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  5. Pat

    If you peolpe want another republican president just keep on voting for
    Obama, and you will get one.

    February 20, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  6. Betty Martin

    Mr. Obama does not have the experience to be President, and I think he also showed his true colors of being divisive. Mr. Obama showed last night by starting his victory speech while Mrs. Clinton was still speaking. Politeness would have typically called for him to wait for her to finish. Everyone says how he'll bring the country together and that he's above being negative, but by not allowing her to finish her speech, wasn't he petty and hypocritical, and doesn't it call into question the style vs. substance question for him? He says he will bring in a new mind set, but he showed last night that he's just as petty as any other politician.

    February 20, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  7. Vince FL.

    wow!!!!!!! GREAT WIN!!!!!!!

    February 20, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  8. Sharon Jenson

    The major problem is that Republicans are voting for Obama because they simply detest Hillary. They also have no decent Republican to support.

    Obama has been careful to be sure his speeches remain vague; this allows him the opportunity to shake the filthy hands of the Republicans in office.

    Careful America — he always points to being non-partisan & working with the politicians in Washington. This is not easy since a true Democrat has completely opposing views than that of the GOP!

    Wake up America and quit falling for the smooth talk!

    HILLARY 2008!

    February 20, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  9. Christine

    Change is the word of the day these days.
    But change what? Change why? Change how? Change for the sake of change is meaningless and even destructive. The communists made change for change sake a political philosophy and see where that got them. Change on its own is an empty word and that's just why politicians use it: They want you to fill this empty vessel of a word with whatever you have in mind.
    I'd rather vote for a candidate who explains the issues and where they stand on them than vote for change.

    February 20, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  10. Darth Vadik, CA

    chip away?

    he's sledgehammering it away from her.

    February 20, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  11. Democracy

    thank you reality check!!!!

    and remember she still saying those do not count, only the big states.......

    the people have spoken and will continue to vote, and not only numbers are showing we are all ready for change, people from the Republican party and independent are coming to join for change,. No matter what it is said or done now, we want change in Washington, no more Clinton Bush Dynasty,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
    yes to Democracy

    February 20, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |

    Experienced against a so called rookie. Let's make a comparison based on the campaign management. Which of them seemed to be more effective? Love them both but this did it for me...

    February 20, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  13. Sarah L, Fayetteville, AR

    I wish the many women who unflinchingly support Clinton and spew nasty comments on a daily basis would not be so narrow minded. I understand that it is important for many women–mostly older women–to have a woman president. But, please understand that those of us who support Senator Obama don't care that Hillary's a woman. That may be an important factor to you, but it isn't to everyone else.

    Also, many of us are prepared to support her should she win the nomination. Please return the courtesy and stop being so petty. Your comments are counter-productive and you should show respect for the choices of fellow party members.

    February 20, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  14. JenniferWA

    Our party is uniting and rallying around our candidate. Obama will be our nominee and will be in the white house next year.

    To those who are ardent Hillary supporters and say, "If he wins, I'm voting McCain in the fall," I ask...why? You would prefer someone who continues the same policies as GW Bush over someone who ran against your favorite candidate in the primaries? I have been saying all along that I would support H Clinton if she got the nomination, although I support Obama. Please, don't divide our party because you're being "sore losers" in the primaries.

    February 20, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  15. Francine Waters


    People saying they will vote for McCain over Obama is not new. In fact, Obama supporters said the same thing regarding Hillary. Also, so did Indeps. See, people wanted someone with less baggage and they see that person as Hillary. The difference is he will be able to make up his loss of support, we all know she will NOT. The woman has no cross over appeal and in fact is hated by many. So, does it mean anything that some Dems. are willing to shot their own self in the a– if they can't get the princess, No. It just shows their lack of intelligence.

    February 20, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  16. montag

    Hillay is a tough, smart woman and she'd probably make a good president. But I'd rather see her as Senate Majority Leader than in the Oval Office. She'd be far more tough and effective than Harry Reid who is a complete wimp in my opinion. The stars are aligning for Barack Obama. If he wins the nomination, let's rally behind him and get him elected. God forbid another Republican in the White House! Our country, children, and grandchildren cannnot afford it.

    February 20, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  17. Mike (Atlanta, GA)

    Anyone that votes for "100 year" McCain must be as old and of a feeble mind as he is...I will give it to him, he deserves honor for his service to the country, but he shouldn't be President simply because of veteran status! I know many veterans that deserve honor, but I wouldn't simply vote for them because they are vets.

    February 20, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  18. Rev. Arthur L. Fuselier Sr.

    If all the American people would just listen to the speeches of Mr. Obama as he so eloquently delivers them, Mr. Obama just does'nt speak hope and change, it's in his heart, he is carrying the message that no other candidate could ever carry. He's just the vessel that this message is being channeled through and no one can take that from him, that's why we see and hear the American people rallying behind him, simply because they see the VISION. The message Mr. Obama is carrying is UNITY and that's the only way the American people and the folks in Washington ever going to see CHANGE and HOPE, to bring America back to it's orignal state of which we were founded on, called "The United States of America. I believe this same message is coming to our churches and I pray that the pastors and leaders, would take heed to.

    February 20, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  19. Bill

    I do not believe that John Helton is fair to Sen. Barack Obama. If you notice in his story, "Analysis: Obama Continues to Chip Away at Clinton's Base", Mr Helton writes, "If the demographic trends continue, it doesn't look good in Texas." I then ask, doesn't look good for who? I think it looks very good for Obama supporters and Texas. It seems that it is still a climb for Obama when reporters or writers put a negative spin on things.

    February 20, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  20. marlyt51

    HRC biggest problem is she and Bill don't realize that they are part of the old guard. The american people want change!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 20, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  21. niki

    we did it again,lol independance just need to keep going out there and vote for Obama… get hillbill out of the race and we will get the White House back.. we need BUSHS tax cuts and we dont need health insurance for all let them get a job and get it like the rest of us… GO MC Caine GO

    February 20, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  22. Impartial

    Ohama is being used by many conservatives organization such as CITIZEN UNITED who has been calling homes to BAD MOUTH about the Clinton. Any negative ads or negative documentary of the Clinton is to ensure that the democratic party WILL NOT TAKE the WHITE HOUSE. Don't you guys get it.! The way all of you bicker and slander Clinton or Obama is only going to WORK TO THE REPUBLICAN benefits. Karl Rove and many Republicans support organizations are BEHIND ALL THIS.

    February 20, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |

    Thank you DNC, really smart, You have divided the party. You better think of something really quick. I will NEVER vote for Obama. I will vote for a Republican for the first time and be saddened that I had to go against all my beliefs. But no matter what ,I will always BE PROUD TO BE AN AMERICAN, How about Michelle?

    February 20, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  24. Jay CA

    The Clintons have been inPolitics for + years and can't even handle this new comer Kid............ I dare to say that if you can't run your camp right then YOU HAVE NO BUSSINESS BEING CIC

    February 20, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  25. Richard Andreason

    Why does years as first lady in Arkansas and Washington count ?

    Seems like Obama has more years in ELECTED office.

    February 20, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
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