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. taking bets....

    HILLARY will win the nomination. MARK MY WORD.

    March 7, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  2. Tyler! Clinton 2008

    Is it not funny how all Obama supporters are saying that CNN is being extremly biased? It is true. But you got the names wrong. CNN makes Clinton look like a hasbeen, someone who is just power-hungry. She is not. Senator Obama held high on a pedestal, and if he wins the nomination, it would be because of that. Every site I go all i see is MEDIA BAISED AND LOVES CLINTON! WRONG! THEY LOVE OBAMA!
    Maybe if you took an Objective look at the stories covered and the tone conveyed, you'd agree. Just after march 4th, on American Morning they had an awesome conversation with Obama, being nice and loving. Come Clinton, they are cold, sardonic and rude. They put the lady on the spot now! The media, and Cnn alike, are biased against Hillary Clinton. They support Barack and continuwe to do so, so please, get your facts straight.

    Hillary Clinton 2008

    March 7, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  3. jujub

    It's the math...STUPID! Hillary cannot win, even if she gets the FLA votes. She cannot have Michigan because Barack was not on the ballot.

    She needs to move over or else McCain will win.

    March 7, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  4. Christie

    Wow, all these nasty comments about Hillary...Makes me glad I support her and not Obama. Such haters..Don't you all realize that it's the Republicans that want to run against Obama because of his lack of experience and inability to make decisions, like voting PRESENT instead of for or against issues. Take your blinders off and get off the HYPE. A lot air but no substance..By the way when CNN was all about promoting Obama and giving bad press to Hillary, that was OK?

    March 7, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  5. Dina

    Yesterday there was a debate between Obama and Hillary supporter here in NYC radio show

    Conversation goes sth like this

    Hillary's supporter " Obama is bad because being a man, he is supposed to let a woman become a President, and he has made a lot of mistakes in his life. He can't be President"

    Obama Supporter-" So what!! Even Hillary has made a lot of mistakes"

    Hillary supporter -" This is politics- and Hillary is a human being. You can make mistakes in politics"

    Obama supporter had no words.He just could not believe what he just heard...

    Amazing Hillary Supporters!!!! I just love them....
    (hope this gets posted)

    March 7, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  6. paulo

    sigh...please post response to the bloggers claiming NAFTAgate was unfairly focused on obama...this just in from the canadian press: the PRIME MINISTER HIMSELF confirms, hillary DID NOT secretly posture with the canadian government on NAFTA. , while obama did. i am amazed at how desperate the obama campaign has become so quickly. practically overnight his message of hope has turned into a schoolyard brawl. his supportive blogs are increasingly angry and affronting. i don't think he can be trusted with leading the USA. his tactics are similar to the failed policies of president bush...act folksy to get everyone to do what you want...and then sit back and gloat. his campaign is trying to pull the wool over our eyes once again...while accusing everyone else of doing the same. wow...were we really this close to letting mr. obama have the nomination??

    March 7, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  7. aaron Hulsizer

    hillary lost texas in the end. report that wolfie boy!

    March 7, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  8. Erik

    James Carville is right, if Senator Clinton wins Pennsylvania, and then rewins Michigan and Florida, she will become the nominee.

    Never count Hillary Clinton out.

    March 7, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  9. Ruth Ziegler

    She certainly acts like she found her mojo. However, as a 51 year old Ohio woman, I voted for Obama. I am very disappointed that Ohio, Texas, and Rhode Island fell victim to the Clinton Duo and their same old tactics. The fact that Hillary is "fighting" for the delegates of Florida and Michigan to count as they stand, says it all. Clinton was the only name on the ballot in Michigan, no one campaigned in either state, and the voters were told that the vote would not count. How can she even suggest that these delegates be seated?

    March 7, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  10. Sayota Knight

    her week was really weak actually. 3 out of 16 is a bad percentage and so what it was a big state. Any democrat could beat a republican at this moment. the issue of the state of states is that obama wins more he wins period. If one has been paying attention he has won 4 times the vote compared to the republican john mccain. and yes he is getting independents and republicans, hillary isn't. so take it as you will but to promote her as if she is doing great is false. She is barely holding on.

    March 7, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  11. simon

    Hillary won the Texas Primary based on popular votes. She won Texas 51% by three points percentage to Obama's 48%. She has the momentum now and should win more states. I guess a lot of you are starting to realize inspirational speeches can only do so much. Hillary is the one with solutions and CAN and WILL deliver.

    March 7, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  12. Thebat

    Wolf, don't you ever tire of shilling for Hillary Clinton, trying to make a story where there isn't one?

    Let"s take your gratuitous comments about "Nafta-gate" earlier in todays broadcast. You mentioned "Obama's problem" but it was appropos of nothing. Then, you failed to mention that Clinton's campaign may well have done the same thing as Obama is alleged to have done, and done it first no less.

    The same holds true for the Rezko case. Obama is not implicated in any way. The prosecutor made a one hour opening statement yesterday and didn't mention Obama, again because his conduct isn't at issue. Why do you keep bringing up the case? What's the relevance?

    You're a hack. Go to work for the Enquirer.

    March 7, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  13. James

    Pray for Mojo. /Simpsons

    March 7, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  14. Sam

    What Mojo???? Hillary never had an ounce of Mojo. Obama cut the heck out of her lead in Texas and is leading her in the Texas caucus. Let's not mention his delegate lead. So exactly what Mojo are you guys at CNN promoting or smoking?

    March 7, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  15. Tyrone Brown, Seattle, WA

    There is no doubt that Hillary recaptured her mojo, and that may be a good thing in the long run...for Obama.

    Barack Obama and his campaign have never taken their successes for granted and have the flexibility and intelligence to meet each challenge.

    That said, I think she has done Obama a huge favor by helping to prepare for a much bigger fight with the Republicans (making him a truly "vetted" candidate), showing the contrast between politics as usual (Hillary) versus a new generation of politics(Obama) and reminding us that "if the race was easy it probably wouldn't be worth fighting for."

    Obama '08

    March 7, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  16. CaliMale4Hill

    You Obamaniacs make me laugh. When CNN was blasting Clinton, posts said how wonderful CNN was. Now that your candidate doesnt know how to choose advisors that will shut their mouths, people are seeing his true intentions....

    Now all of a sudden CNN is biased to you guys. I just find it so ridiculous that you can be moved by words: Hope and Change. There is word lust with you guys. He never gives real substance, you Obamanicas hear those words and foam at the mouth.

    When Hillary is elected President of The United States, I can't wait to come on here and read your comments about your babbling candidate and how shafted he was at the convention.

    Hillary Clinton 2008
    (Donate to her campaign, let's beat the Obama campaign dollars. Go Hillary and Happy Women's Month!)

    March 7, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  17. Dita,IL

    why won't obama put up $15 million to redo primaries in Michigan and Florida, Hillary looks like she ready and willing. David Wilhelm is not a good speaker is he?

    March 7, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  18. Sam

    A few months ago CNN and Senator Obama himself were reporting that some Republicans were voting for him in their state primaries. Senator Obama in his stump speeches and at some debates has stated this. So when people say that Republicans voted for Clinton in Ohio, it seems to even out.

    March 7, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  19. Bill

    What was interesting was your Tuesday night "slip of the tongue" when you described Clinotn's win in Ohio as her winning the democratic "nomination" in Ohio. The Freudian slip reinforces the argument that the real reason behind Hillary's resurgence is the "need" for the media to keep the story alive. The line between entertainment and news in this campaign has been erased.

    March 7, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  20. Suzanna

    Hillbillary is so negative she can't win on her own merit.

    Tough Hillbillary!!!

    March 7, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  21. Devin


    The World knows you love Hillary, every statement you make you spin in her favor.

    Endorse Hillary or at least attempt to "appear"'re only a journalist on one of the biggest stations ever! Jack Cafferty is clearly a fan of Obama but he is at least "right on" with every point he makes for and against Obama and Clinton!

    Is your blog tomorrow going to be something like...

    "Hillary; The most misunderstood, underrated, kind, considerate and sexiest woman on the planet!"

    March 7, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  22. Austin 4 Hillary!


    No, I think what you want to see is the bashing and unfairness that is always directed at Hillary. You got used to it and you want it to continue. Out of all the presidential candidates, Hillary has been the one to have gotten a pretty raw deal by the press. As much as you hate it and you do not want to admit it–she's what she is portrayed to be by all of you. You just want to keep her there. It's not going to happen. The truth always comes out!

    March 7, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  23. anton

    Pathetic is all I can say to those individuals who say Obama has more delegates...Florida and Michigan voted and there are 350+ delegates out there for Hillary whom Howard Dean states they are ineligble because the states did not follow his rules. We all know why he doesn't want those delegate votes to count...he wants Obama, just like those other liberal jerks, Kennedy and Kerry...makes me wonder whether those liberal male jerks are really sexist at heart.

    March 7, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  24. Jen B.

    What momentum? Days before the Ohio/Texas primaries the pundits were saying that she had to win both states by at least a 20% margin to stay viable. Once the Texas caucus votes are counted it looks as though Obama will be the winner there; her Ohio win was not impressive.
    At one time I thought I would have no problem voting for her if she got the nomination, but I now find her campaign distasteful and divisive, I would choose McCain over her, at least he has integrity.
    Obama is the candidate who gives the country a chance to make a fresh start and a reprieve from the Bush/Clinton dynasties.

    March 7, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  25. Mia, Stafford, VA

    How do you win the nomination? By DELEGATES, why does the main stream media keep pretending they don't understand that.

    The facts are Senator Obama is winning and Senator Clinton would have to win all the races by 62%, that is a heck of a lot more than 10 points in CA and OH, or 18 points in RI. Barack cleaned her clock in by 29 points or more in the following states: VA, MD, DC, SC, IL, VT, IA, and many more!

    March 7, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
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