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. Scott Pedersen

    The argument by the Clinton campaign that she can better carry the big states she won is irrelevant. Most everyone who voted for her will still vote for Obama in the general election. And you have to consider how many of Obama's backers (like me) will absolutely NOT vote for Clinton if she is the nominee. Who wants another slick Clinton in the White House?

    March 7, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  2. Sabrina, Las Vegas, NV

    Before you get to excited about Hillary's 3 wins, out of 15.
    Obama is still ahead in the delegate count and popular vote. So, I don't get the hype.

    Clinton was ahead by 20+ points in those states 2 weeks ago...I think Sen. Obama has done a wonderful job at closing the gap, in both states... And, remeber that votes aren't all in, in Texas.

    March 7, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  3. Alecki

    Clinton has had the momentum.
    Obama has the money.

    March 7, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  4. skh4450IL

    Are you kidding me? The only thing she has going is negative campaigning and a media/press thats afraid of her. So you all are her mojo!! Stand in the gap Obama! We will not stoop to her level!!!

    Obama '08

    March 7, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  5. lavern

    Many of us in Florida played by the rules. Many did not vote because we were told it would not count anyway. Many voted. The rules are the rules. We teach our kids to follow the rules. Now the media comes along and want to change our rules nation-wide by continually pushing for what many of the voters disagree with. The media interviews Governors, Senators, but not the everyday voters and it's our collective decisions that count. Even if they spend the money to re-do many of us in Florida and Michigan will just either sit this one out or cross over to the Republican. We will not reward Bad Behavior! The media, the governor, the Senators, the delegate’s can have all the conversations continuously, but we the voters will speak come election in the fall. Changing the rules will not yield Sen. Clinton a victory because she did not follow the rules. The voters, many are not concerned with a redo. We are done. It's over. The media has not factored in the voter response; Sen. Clinton has not factored in voter response. She will loose the war because many will simply stay at home in the fall regardless of what decision is made or we will become independents or perhaps Republicans. The media and the politicians would do well not to count out the voter’s decisions. No matter what the politicians decide the final results are in our hands and we will exercise our rights to Not Break The Rules! So Media just keep having all these discussions with the politicians, the voters will rule and no one’s asking our opinion. However, we will weigh in in the fall.

    March 7, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  6. NC

    I'm so tired of this political process.....every day it's something eles negative from the Clinton camp. There is no character or integrity from her or her supporters. Lie and cheat to get whatever you want.

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

    Dear Wolf,

    Your Clinton bias seems to be showing– calling the "monster" remark from Samantha Power a "blunder" is simply your opinion. There is a growing number of Democrats who agree that the Clinton tactics are monstrous.

    March 7, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  8. Sarah, Canadian

    What mojo? Hillary needs to win big on Tuesday and she did not plus Republicans voted for her so the Democratic race would drag on and on ...while McCain have time to prepare and raise money and use the same kitchen sink to wash her laundry in later. Hillary will sink in all garbage they have on her.

    March 7, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  9. Sabelo Bbela

    Why Hillary’s Red Phone Experience Is Irrelevant
    The United States is the most powerful country on earth and who ever becomes president will have all its resources behind them. Its all about judgment of how that next president would use those resources. I truly believe Obama has the right vision and judgment to use those resources wisely.
    There is no doubt that the Clintons will again divide the country re-fighting the impeachment debate and are out to get even to those who were out to impeach Clinton. It will be another back to divided country again under Clinton.

    March 7, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  10. Justin

    Hey Wolf, biased much?

    Also Obama won Texas.

    March 7, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  11. janie

    How safe is America with Tinkerbell (Barack) going around the backs of the America people whispering that what he really will do with regard to NAFTA and Withdrawing Troops From Iraq is just "campaign rhetoric", necessary to get him elected?
    Shame on you, Barack. You're worse than POLITICS-AS-USUAL!

    March 7, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  12. Mark

    Clinton's win in Ohio can be credited to her lies about NAFTA. Her campaign was responsible for the remarks made to the Canadian officials. This is how she got her "mojo" back. How pathetic. I pray that Obama wins!

    March 7, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  13. Belle

    This election has been heading to the superdelegates all along....

    A smart Obama would ask Clinton to be VP...although he is showing himself to be not too smart these days....

    If Obama wins....20% of the Democratic Voters will vote for McCain.
    If Clinton wins...10% will cross to McCain....

    Most of the STATES Obama has won will vote Republican.

    Yes...he carried Idaho 11K Democrats in C. vs. 30K Republican

    March 7, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  14. serah

    It seems to me that Hillary would rather a REPUBLICAN to be the next president and no other democrat if she can not be the one? this is self centered politics and this what i can refer to as negative. Why should she support a Republican in place of her own party? what is the motivation behind that?

    March 7, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  15. Sabrina, Las Vegas, NV


    We all know you're a Hillary supporter, you can start wearing your go Hillary hat and buttons, now....

    Independent for Obama!

    March 7, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  16. Azar

    Well, with the help of the Canadian government, and the media, Senator Clinton's dirty tricks have paid off. In doing so, she may have won the battle, but lost the war. In fact, by praising Senator McCain and insulting Senator Obama, she has damaged her own party's chance of winning in November no matter which one of them gets the nomination.

    Finally, should she get the nomination through super delegates, then the Democrats will risk losing the majority in the House and the Senate in addition to her loss.

    March 7, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  17. Nita

    Please report the facts about NAFTA, voters have a right to know. This is huge issue, why aren't you reporting the facts???

    March 7, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  18. Brandon

    Why is it that Obama supporter’s are so hateful towards Hillary Clinton?

    March 7, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |

    CAN YOU BELIEVE IT obamagate JUST DID IT AGAIN just off the 12:00noon CBC NEWS CANADA he just reaffirmed that CANADA does not need to fear his OHIO NAFTA rhetoric at the TIMM RUSSERT MEET THE PRESS DEBATE

    He just told Harper CANADIAN PM that it's wink wink business as usual its wink wink all over again

    March 7, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  20. Mike Tosner

    "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,..."


    The Limbaugh spoilers may have skewed the TX primary slightly but they did not have motivation to stick around for the caucus.

    Her Big Confetti night yielded a grand total of .......(drum roll)... 6 whole delegates!!! YAY YAY It's a close race now!

    March 7, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  21. William - North Carolina


    Your JOY betrays you in Clinton's "mojo."

    Come on Wolf, at least give the appearance of fairness!!!!!!!

    Today, you ask on the air, "Can Obama afford another slip up?" (Referring to the now resigned aide). However, I NEVER heard you ask that question when Obama was referred to as a "fairy tale, a Black like Jesse Jackson that couldn't win, a candidate that White people would not support (Penn. Govenor), Carl Rove, George Bush and Ken Starr." Where is your chagrin over those miscues?

    Also, you have failed to lift up the fact that it was a Clinton aide that started the Canada-NAFTA-GATE and blamed Obama. If Clinton wins...get ready for at least four years of this divisiveness... it is all they know. It is their specialty.

    March 7, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  22. Leah, PA

    Really? are you that surprised?
    I never thought Obama stood a chance to win this election...

    March 7, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  23. Curious

    She has recaptured her mojo, thank you Wolf! Obama doesn't want those votes to count in Florida and Michigan because he's afraid Clinton will still get those states, otherwise, what's he worried about? He must be scared because the fact is, he looks bad for saying millions of people's votes shouldn't count and their voices shouldn't be heard. So when he still thinks we shouldn't count even knowing this, it has to be fear. What else could it be?

    I'm in Florida, and I can tell you that I knew when the date was to vote and I went and voted. I wasn't watching the news as much then ad had no idea our votes didn't count. To me, it was business as usual. You can bet many others would tell you the same thing. I was excited when I voted and let everyone know I had voted. Independents were complaining because they weren't allowed to vote, you had to be Rep or Dem to vote. There was no talk of "it doesn't matter since it doesn't count anyway."

    If it didn't matter, if it didn't count, if we wasted millions of dollars knowing it didn't count, what was the point? After the fact, I start watching the news more again because word was out that the dem side was fighting and bickering back and forth and I turned i on to see what it was all about. Then I hear "it doesn't count."

    Barack needs to say we matter. He needs to say Florida and Michigan deserve to be heard from too. If he doesn't... and if he does make it to November... YOU CAN BET HE WILL LOSE FLORIDA AND MICHIGAN BY A LANDSLIDE.

    facts are facts...

    March 7, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  24. lavern

    We say how Super Delegates will conduct themselves when the Rep. from Ohio spoke on Dan Abrams last night. She clearly stated that she is holding out to get the best deal that she can for Ohio. Dan reminded her that SD's are not to use deals to determine the nomination. She said she did not care. He reminded her that as a Congressman woman that was ok but as a Super Delegate her responsibility is to choose the most electable candidate. This Rep. said no way would she change her mind and constantly repeated that she's holding out until one of the Candidates promises her want she wants. Interesting even though Sen. Clinton won Ohio, this Super Delegate won't pledge to her. Now the Ohio Rep finall confirmed how the Super Delegate game is played in smoke filled rooms with everyone looking for the best deal, in other words buying favors. The DNC cannot distance itself from the Rep she said it and she said she's sticking to it. How sad.

    March 7, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  25. Sherylanne

    Wolf, to quote Eleanor Roosevelt....


    And this is one strong woman!!

    March 7, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
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