March 7th, 2008
03:30 PM ET
12 years ago

Blitzer: Clinton 'has recaptured her mojo'

Clinton bounced back this week, scoring wins in three states.

Clinton bounced back this week, scoring wins in three states.

(CNN) - This was a strong week for Hillary Clinton. It was not such a strong week for Barack Obama. Her campaign could have easily collapsed if she had lost the primaries in Texas and Ohio. He had all the political momentum going for him. Now, having won those two states plus Rhode Island, she has recaptured her mojo, even as she still remains behind him in the all-important delegate count.

Her friend and supporter, James Carville, our CNN political analyst, says that she must now win the Pennsylvania primary on April 22 and then go on to win the re-votes in Michigan and Florida – assuming they can be organized and paid for. He says that if she does win those three major states, she will get the nomination because the super delegates will flock to her. Her campaign’s argument has been that she carried the biggest states – New York, California, Ohio, Michigan, Texas, Florida, etc. – and that would make her more likely to beat John McCain in a general election.

Obama’s supporters have argued that the candidate who has won the most elected or pledged delegates should get the nomination. It’s as simple as that. Even if Hillary Clinton were to run the table on those big upcoming states, he might still be slightly ahead in pledged delegates, because of the proportionate way the Democrats divide up the delegates in the states. (The Republicans, in contrast, have a winner-take-all rule in many of the states.)

Here’s the bottom line: there’s an excellent chance this contest is heading to the Democratic Convention in Denver – August 25-28. Mark your calendars.

–CNN Anchor Wolf Blitzer

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soundoff (391 Responses)
  1. GO HILLARY!!!!


    March 7, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  2. April in Texas

    Lets see how she did that... News media won't bring out negative things concerning her such as Peter Paul and Norman Hsu as well as where her tax returns are..

    This woont get printed or addressed because CNN is her network after all.

    Obama '08

    March 7, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  3. Allen

    Ok wolf.... The whole world knows that you are in love with the wolf in sheeps clothing...... Gesh!!!!

    March 7, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  4. Mjones

    Did she really win Texas? After the Caucus, won't Obama be ahead in total delegates from Texas?

    March 7, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  5. Gorbashov, Long Beach, Ca.




    March 7, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  6. Frank

    How is that 'mojo' ? She was leading a good 20 points in TX and OH ... and Obama is about to win more delegates in TX than she does. The net win of delegates hardly justifies a 'mojo', does it ?

    Also, she made points in OH with her faked 'NAFTA-GATE' she accused Obama of. As we all know now, it was her campaign that is guilty of double-talk. If the people in OH knew that, things would have been different and she would have lost delegates.

    This is not just a 'difference in opinion' when it comes to Clinton – people love her or they HATE her. She would never be able to win this GE in November. The Obama movement including the African-American voters and the Independents would vote against her. Her smeary character would drive the vote out for the Republicans like there is no tomorrow.

    Isn't that quiet obvious ?

    March 7, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  7. Steve in Albuquerque, NM

    Clinton had a good week, helped by CNN, by burying things like the revelation that is was in fact her campaign that contacted Canada and said to take her comments about NAFTA with a grain of salt. That's a big difference and the story was buried in less than 2 hours and never talked about on TV.

    Shame on you CNN.

    March 7, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  8. Paul

    Lets see, Obama closed a 20 point gap in Ohio and Texes, he still has the same delegate lead minus a few point as before last Tuesday. From what I've been reading the only way Hillary did what she did was actully instigating the big NAFTA-gate, and then turning it around to blame the Obama campaign for it? Only big thing she did this week was coming up with how to lie her way to a few wins.

    March 7, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  9. Len

    Yes, enough Republicans voted for her to keep her in this race and divide the DNC more. These same republicans won't vote for her in the general. They already got what they wanted.

    March 7, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  10. Keith

    This is an interesting point of view...didn't Obama actually close a significant gap? Doesn't that indicate he continues to have momentum even though he did not win?

    Also, this argument that Hillary won the big states and that is the reason she should get the delegates because she is more so? Obama leads in the national polls, in fact more than double the difference against John McCain and Ohio, PA, CA and NY will just as easily vote for Obama than they will Clinton.

    Come on CNN report both sides of the story not just the ---- the Clinton's are peddling.


    March 7, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  11. Grif

    I'm not quite sure what a " Mojo" is, still I hope she hangs onto it.

    For the rest of the year...

    March 7, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  12. Dana from Houston

    Hilliary knows right now that it is impossible for her to catch up. So Howard Dean, Nancy Pelosi and all the superdelegates who are allowing Hilliary to continue and destroy Barack's chances in November. Good luck Hilliary, the media and the superdelegates. God is going to be in the midst of this storm! Don't be surprise when the surge of Democrats turn Independent – you know that is the BIG PLAN. AS AN INDEPENDENT – WE WILL BE RESPECTED MORE!

    March 7, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  13. mary cleveland, ohio

    James Carville must not know that Hillary won in Ohio because the Republican Party was sending e-mails all day Tuesday, to residents of Ohio who are registered Republicans, telling them to vote for Hillary. The reason, you ask? The reason contained in their e-mails iwas they feel sure McCain can beat Hillary and unsure if McCain can beat Obama.

    And, Wolfe, don't let Carville yell this fact down! My sister is a Republican in Ohio (the family doesn't know!) and I saw the e-mails she received on Tuesday.

    March 7, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  14. Marsha

    Clinton won 3 delegates last Tuesday.

    Also, you should have seen the control the Clinton supporters had in the Nevada caucus. They told the Obama supporters they were at the "wrong caucus site," which was not true. They take control of every situation – i.e. the Democratic Clark County Convention last month. We have to reschedule that since the Obama supporters were turned away at the door. 1000's showed up and the Clinton campaign was not happy!

    Keep it real. Thanks

    March 7, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  15. California Independent

    Mojo and Obama camp imploding. Things will swing back and forth.

    March 7, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |

    I wish Clinton would have found her mojo earlier, but I do agree that she is in a grove. If Obama sticks to his guns he still has a chance, but if starts to fight Hillary's fight, he can't win. Roland Martin described this election like a fight. She is the champ and in the closing rounds Obama is having to fight the fight Hillary wants to fight. Dang, this whole thing is turning into a real rumble, uh. Clinton, those of us from the South West got your back.

    March 7, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  17. An Agnostic Democrat

    Will CNN (especially Wolf Blitzer) please remove their noses from the butts of Queen Clinton and all her slimey surrogates? You keep highlighting her disgusting and gutter level Rovian behavior and tactics. Why weren't you this attentive to all the deception and detail back in 2002 when you were leading us to war in Iraq as you marched in lockstep right along side of George W. Bush? Hmm?!

    March 7, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  18. illinois voter for truth.

    ANOTHER POUNCE!!!! Why is it that Hillary has 10
    pounces a minute!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Is she desperate????Or something?


    March 7, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  19. Patrick

    What part of "If Superdelegates overturn Obama's Pledge Delegate lead the Democratic party will be shattered and McCain will win in November" don't Hillary supporters understand?

    Carville should know better. You should know better Wolf. Clinton won by 10 points in a State she should have won by 30. She just barely won Texas and in fact net fewer delegates out of the state than Obama. Obama will pick up MORE DELEGATES in Wyoming and Mississippi than Clinton did March 4. This idea that big states count more is a fallacy and a failed strategy that will not only lose Clinton the nomination, it will lose the Democrats the White House JUST LIKE IN 2000 and 2004. The swing state strategy has failed not once, but twice and still some Democrats foolishly want to pursue it again.

    If you think MI/FL not being seated will be bad, just wait until the SDs overturn Obama's lead. There will be a reckoning upon the Democratic Party elite that will not only lose the Presidency (I would vote for McCain just to teach the DNC a lesson), but will lose the Supreme Court, the Senate, and the HoR.

    I would thank CNN and the MSM to stop pushing this theme of Clinton winning using the SDs. If she wants to win she had better have more Pledged going into the convention.

    March 7, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  20. mj

    In order to win, she will have to work with voters that dont like to like her.... which is 60%... Obama in the other hand, has to work just in 40%. And former President Clinton should go to the front line and run for President again since he is doing the leg work.

    March 7, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  21. HH

    Whoever has the most delagates awarded by the American people and most votes should 100 percent be the nominee. If Clinton had the mojo and was the sure shot winner she would not of lost 12 in a role and by HUGE margins.

    March 7, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  22. Kim, GA

    The rich and powerful can always cheat and not follow the rules like everyone else. Nice to know CNN wants to help her win just so she can lose to McCain. She has no momentum everyone white and black alike hates this woman and we refuse to vote for her if she steals the election from the man with the most popular votes, most states, and most pledged delegates. Shameful that people want to be lied to and treated badly.

    March 7, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  23. Rodrique

    All I can say is that if the squabble does not stop Mccain will walk into the White House. Two good candidates with almost the same agenda. It may be fair to say that obama should be the nominee based on his numbers but can he win the states that his party must win. If Michicgan and Florida are not factored in somehow, the democrats can say goodbye to the presidency. To make this work Hillary and Obama must swallow their pride and agree, and they must agree soon.

    March 7, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  24. Hillary For President!!!!!! Ohio

    Hillary is the Clear Winner!!!!

    March 7, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  25. tampa florida

    strange that this behavior would be considered "strong." i still consider it desperation.

    March 7, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
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