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. Dee Olson

    Have Americans forgotten the type of politics Hill-Billy Clinton is best known for? Scandel is their middle name! The Clintons are the BIGGEST crooks & liars in the history of this country! They abuse their power to the hilt & have for 35 years! That's the only experience she has. The political history of the Clintons is filled with lies & deception. Go to YouTube and Google "Bill and Hillary Clinton Exposed" and you'll think you’re reading about the worst monsterous mafia figures in our history!

    March 7, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  2. pnr

    The caucus system should be BANNED in all the states. Voting should be one vote per person in a PRIMARY. This is FAIR and more people get to participate, especially if the states have early voting. Caucuses sound out-dated. We're in the 21st century.

    There needs to be more uniformity in the rules. Why do some states have different rules? Primaries. Caucuses. Only Democrats can vote. Anyone can vote. It's ridiculous and confusing. DNC are you listening?

    There’s been a suggestion that primaries should be held by dividing the country into 4 regions and each region voting on separate dates. This sounds like a GOOD idea. It would be less costly and less time consuming for the candidates.


    March 7, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  3. Anthony, CA


    aww...the old george w bush argument. if hillary loses the texas caucuses she can call into question every caucus that obama won and she can say that when EVERYONE had a chance to vote she won those primaries. the superdelegates are not going to give obama the nomination just because he won the caucuses in alaska and hawaii. if he loses pennsylvania, he is done.

    March 7, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  4. Haley Rodman Clemson

    Clintons are on their game when they are attacking. Once Barack gets into a patter of hitting back, it's Hillary's world and she will win.

    March 7, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  5. Tubby The Tuba

    STOP saying she won Florida and Michigan. She most absolutely did NOT.

    March 7, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  6. Blu

    The caucus process is, by it's very nature, suited for Obama supporters. How many blue collar workers, mothers, elderly and disabled voters (aka Clinton supporters) can go vote in the primaries and then go to a caucus in the evening? This all day affair is perfect for college kids, young upscale urbanites and business owners (aka Obama supporters). A person's voice in the political process should not be based on physical endurance, ability to secure a babysitter or flexible work schedule.

    March 7, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  7. brettjay

    OKAY, WOLF!! "regains mojo" So when Hillary wins a net gain of delegates equivalent to Democrats abroad, THAT'S MOJO?!?! Your words, not mine! HAHA

    March 7, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  8. Barb Canada

    When I read these comments , I begin to wonder if it's free internet month for all the Prisons!! I have never seen so much hate! You claim to be voting for who you think will unite the U.S......when you haven't a clue on how to discuss an issue without spewing hatred!....Good Luck....Some of you need that and more!!

    March 7, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  9. Sal

    Wolf– You're a smart man. Surely you can see this was nothing more than a small moral victory achieved by brushing morals aside.

    March 7, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  10. Alan J.

    Ok Obama fans, get this:
    Hillary supporters will go to McCain, not Obama.

    Scissors, paper, rock.

    Hillary beats McCain beats Obama.

    Got it?

    March 7, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  11. Benjamin

    Comments from a lot these Obama supporters donot demostrate the "unity" they preach. How can they bring the country together with their hate speech? Remmenber over 13 million people voted for Clinton.

    March 7, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  12. Jeff Radun

    wins Pennsylvania
    wins Michigan
    wins Florida
    wins the nomination

    March 7, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  13. Just Say NO!!!

    America wake up!!! "Don't get fooled again".... The Clintons were, are and always will be in it for themselves. They will say anything to get back in power while they believe in nothing.

    Obama is ready to lead us to a new future however if we as a country are swallow enough to be tricked into eight more years of Billary... we deserve it!

    Stop and think about it!

    March 7, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  14. Virginia

    The November election is a real election. It's not a caucus. So good luck to anyone who depends so much on caucuses for victories. Most people agree that caucuses discrimate against older and sick voters and those who work at night. She won the popular vote in Texas, which was a fair representation of state voters. Any Texan who got caught up in those chaotic Texas caucuses that were obviously rife with fraud knows how unfair they were and that they did not represent ALL the voters of Texas.

    March 7, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  15. Enough of Obama

    I am sick of Obama, Obama, Obama, I hope Hillary get hers mojo and everyone elses to win this election and sending him packing. He is no one and has never been anything. Wake up America,

    March 7, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  16. Red States Won't Go Blue

    Of the eleven core Republican states that have gone to the polls, Sen. Obama has won ten: Utah, Idaho, Nebraska, North Dakota, Alabama, Alaska, Kansas, South Carolina, Georgia, and Louisiana.

    Senator Obama argues that his success in Democratic primary contests held in long-time Red States means he will carry those states in a general election. In reality, there are no “Red States” in a Democratic primary – there are only Democratic voters who live in Republican states and represent a small percentage of the general election population.

    The states with large populations count more; California, New York, Texas, Ohio, (Florida and Michigan). He did win one big state, Illinois.

    March 7, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  17. Frank in Missouri

    I must say, I quit watching Wolf's show for a while now ... his Clinton bias is too obvious, especially with this James Carville guy in the show. But then again, he is a moderator, not a journalist – so I guess he does the best he can (or the best he is told).

    March 7, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  18. Adam Orlando Florida

    I am so glad she has gotten her campaign into gear, and proved she was a fighter! She is the best person to handle the problems America is facing today, and will face tomorrow.

    Hillary Clinton 2008!!!

    March 7, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  19. Cecil St. Jules

    Your Clinton bias keeps showing. Obama comes from way behind to get parity in Texas. THIS IS THE REAL STORY. Hillary was ahead in Texas for months.

    March 7, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  20. t-bone

    Is this a delegate contest or a spin contest. Because all the math I've seen shows Obama is unbeatable even if there is a re-vote in Michigan and Florida.

    She wouldn't be pushing for a joint ticket if the math showed her ahead.

    Hillary won't be on the ticket, she's too busy burning bridges.

    Has she got her Mojo back? Maybe we should ask Bill...

    March 7, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  21. Jan in MI

    Why do Obama supporters hate Hillary Clinton so much?

    Calling her a monster, was a big deal.

    I thought Obama was all about doing the right thing....sounds like it to me. Is this what he is all about.

    March 7, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  22. Angela

    Further to my last email – why is everyone saying Clinton is doing the dirty backroom deals?

    You don't think Obama will be doing the same thing? That he hasn't already? Seriously people........

    March 7, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  23. Wheres your tax records hillary?





    March 7, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  24. Sad Democrat

    Hillary is destroying the Democratic party for non-boomers like myself. She says the press is biased, screams misogyny and suddenly the press believes everything that she says. Please investigate how Obama got that call from Canada in the first place. Can you say set up? Saying that Obama's supporters, who have registered in record numbers, will vote for her in November is an illusion. IT WILL NEVER HAPPEN

    March 7, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  25. Taiwo Lee

    I think all these Media-spin about Clinton winning Texas should stop. HOW DO YOU WIN A STATE ??? I thought its all about having the highest numbers of total pledge delegates from the STATE. ?? which look or seems to be in favour of OBAMA after when the caucaus results are fully released and then added up to the primary result; its only then we will know who really win the state of Texas. HILLARY & the MEDIA wake up and face the reality .. Its the numbers from the state that determines the winner.

    OBAMA '08

    March 7, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
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