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. Tom St. Louis

    Don't you Obama people know how to read?

    She won the Texas PRIMARY. The article is talking about primaries.

    Also, since you are so focused on the delegate count, then Clinton really came in second in Iowa and not third because she got more delegates than Edwards. But I'm sure you all would still say she came in third, because in Iowa the popular vote matters more right?

    And finally, to those that complain about Republicans crossing to vote for Clinton in Texas so she would win...

    Let's see how many states featured Republicans crossing to vote for Obama (really voting against Clinton)...Alabama, Georgia, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, South Carolina, Virginia, Washington state, Wisconsin. Plus all the anti-Clinton Republicans who voted "uncommitted" in Michigan.

    So I really don't think there's a comparison...

    March 7, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  2. AK

    Hillary will win this election as Florida and Michigan will revisit their primary. She did not lose Texas, she won the popular vote. Its funny, when Obama wants to talk popular vote as the reason he should get delegates, no one screams but when Hillary talks about winning a state we hear he won the delegates. Make up your mind! She has the experience and the will to beat Mcain. Barack will make a good second in command and perhaps in 8 years he can run for President after Hillary's 8 years in the White House. Thank you Wolf for stating the facts and not walking on egg shells about saying something negative about the young Congressman from Illinois cause we may hurt his feelings.

    March 7, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  3. Kathy

    Mojo – what mojo? Wolf, are you part of her campaign now? she did not really win the TX primacaucus and she only won OH because she LIED about the whole NAFTA -gate thing and used republican tactics to scare voters. She did not regain her mojo – she took on Karl Rove's personality.

    by the way CNN and every other news outlet owes Obama an apology re: NAFTA -gate it is really only a part of the ongoing Clintongate!!!

    March 7, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  4. bill iles

    Wolf. You are such a tool. For the past months your pro-clinton stance makes you the Hannity of the CNN network. We expect nothing objective coming out of your mouth during the demo race. You used to be a credible newsman. Remember those days?

    March 7, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  5. KC Atlanta

    These CNN blogs have become "Hillary Haters Unite" blogs!!! Never do I recall such dirty name calling from one democratic primary candidate towards another. It is upsetting and disgusting. Keep it up Obamadon's because the republicans are lovin it.

    March 7, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  6. Jerry from Oregon


    no, Hillary hasn't done anything but go negative against an opponent who won't do the same in return. and whenever anyone from Obama's campaign says/does anything even appearing derogatory to Senator Clinton. Her campaign cries 'foul'. remember the 'shame on you' speach in response to Senator Obama's ACCURATE mailers in Ohio.

    Hillary hasn't recovered her mojo, she just pulled the gloves off against a political pacifist; unfortunately voters in Ohio and Texas were naive enought to buy it. Something I'm sure they will come to regret in time.

    March 7, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  7. Bob, Virginia

    Wolf, you need to get up to speed on the Nafta gate. It was the Clinton Campaign that told the Canadians that she would be saying things to the american people that she did not mean – NOT THE OBAMA CAMPAIGN. This information is flowing from the Prime Minister's office and you are still commenting on the Clinton campaign false accusation of the Obama campaign. The press seriously undermined Senator Obama's credibility by allowing Senator Clinton to manipulate the press. Why are you not following the Canadian reporting on this?

    March 7, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  8. Tom Wittmann



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    turn lead to lopsided majorities statewiede. But as the winner takes different as in the primaries, the No. electors is the same if the DEMs
    reach 51% or 81%, meaning that 30% of the votes are lost from the
    nationawide point of view.

    Therefore, being the No. of the primary elected delegates more or less proportional to the popular vote, even if two candidates achieve
    the same No. of delegates, normally the states won by the candidate
    who achieved his outside the large states will bring in more electors
    in the presidential elections! This was clearly visible in 1980, when
    GORE with more popular vote lost the elections !!


    March 7, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  9. jenn

    Wolf, will you please quit being such a shill for Sen. Clinton? Your bias is unbecoming to a serious journalist.

    March 7, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  10. kathleen.

    Was that pounce similar to a boulder slamming against
    the highway? That would be a big pounce.

    How many pouncer get a week?

    Obama 2008

    March 7, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  11. gary

    Wake up real world. High power dont want an on the job training canadate for our leader. The super deligates will go toward the one they know is capable to be qualified and strong for our president. The only one that has knowledge and solutions to bring the real changes our country needs, is HRC .Obama talks good judgement. I hate to tell you all ,it takes experience and know how to make that right judgement call. America needs HRC. She has enough knowledge through her husband and the senate to deal with foreign policies. Who do you think Bush sent overseas to do that job. Bill Clinton and Bush sr. This world should stop being bias against a woman and start thinking about our country.CNN is bias enough and the press.I probably wont get this comment on either. concerned vet

    March 7, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  12. MARIA 2325


    March 7, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  13. Andy- Fresno,Ca

    ok, a win is a win and she did win Texas!!!!!!

    I am for Hillary all the way but you Oboma people are funny. When CNN was all Oboma we didn't hear you talk about the media now that it is more even you are coming from all over.

    Hillary can take a hit and keep on going Oboma my need to ask Hillary for some help on how it done.

    Go Hillary all the way 2008!!!!

    March 7, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  14. Keri-Texas

    Steve in NM.

    Obama had a good month (Feb.) fueled by the negative media attacks on Clinton, her husband, and her daughter . We wouldn't be in this situation if the media had played fair in the 1st place. I was glad to see them finally put the miscroscope to Barack & Michelle. They loved it when the scrutiny was on Hillary but seem to be acting childish now that its on them.

    March 7, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  15. Eunice Bedminster

    Mr. Blitzer
    I am beginning to think that you have something against Barack Obama – where is the "major political problem" in the fact that HIllary was referred to as the monster that she is by a high-placed official in Obama's camp.

    Those words were along the same that you usd to lead up to the Tony Rezko trial, in The Situation Room, and which, were it not for Jack's candidness, I would not be watching again.

    Your bias is showing.

    March 7, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  16. roger

    You really are one bias Zionist!

    March 7, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  17. Clinton for President!

    Obama had a bad week because of his mistakes and the mistakes of his economic adviser (Goolsbee) and two of his foreign affairs advisers (Rice and Power). Gollsbee, Rice, Power et al gave Obama a week filled with wonderfully negative ratings.

    Obama's supportors love to wave the sign of change but they bring with it a constant rush of hate and negativity towards Clinton and her supporters.

    Clinton is on top and has Obama crazy trying to find his mojo. Problem is that he has lost it.

    Clinton for President

    March 7, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  18. MD in CT

    Samantha Power is a Pulitzer Prize winner and a Professor of the Practice of Global Leadership and Public Policy at Harvard. She is
    the author of 'A Problem from Hell: America and the Age of Genocide':

    Maybe we should listen to what she said about Clinton. This was said by a highly educated white women who knows something about the world.

    Wake up America!!!

    March 7, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  19. emma

    If American voters value integrity Clinton will not win. Also, Hello? Are we not paying attention to the GOP efforts to get Clinton nominated. If she is, the GOP will become a cohesive force behind McCain, not to mention she will lose Democratic votes, especially with her shenanigans to push for wanting to claim that misbegotten votes in Florida and MI belong to her!

    I hoped to vote for a Democrat who is a gentleman or lady, but she is no lady.

    March 7, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  20. Ash

    Go Hillary!!!

    Why does the Obama camp supporters attack every article that is published for Hillary ?

    Leave the media alone .. They have hammered her hard before the primary wins , so she deserves a breather now.

    March 7, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  21. Robert Purdy

    I have never been surprised by anything the Clintons say of do or the depths they will stoop to to get what they want as Obama has done in the past couple of weeks. Isn't it ironic that the Clintons had a Canadian leak information that Obama did a "wink, nod" over NAFTA just before the March 5 primaries only to find out after the elections that in actuality it was the Clintons who held the "wink, nod" sessions with the Canadians.

    Is "Monster" too harsh a term to use in describing Billary? I would use the Billary logic and ask, "What is your definition of Monster"?

    March 7, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  22. DR

    Forget the name calling–Where are the tax returns and the Clinton library contributors lists?
    I know she's hiding a lot and the REPUBLICANS will find it–just might be too late for Democrats to win!!!

    Hilliary, show us your records.

    March 7, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  23. Charlotte

    Wolf, do the obama-bots sound desperate to you, or is it just me? They know the super delegates have to look at who won the large democratic states. The line in Robin Williams' movie, they are not red states, they are not blue states but the United States. Well you best win some blue states if you want to be the democtatic nominee.

    March 7, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  24. dave

    You are dead on Wolf. She's won every single big state. And if you want to include Missouri in the count, she split that evenly with Obama. I predict she'll take PA without much of a fuss so Michigan and Florida are really important now.

    March 7, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  25. Dee of AZ

    Six weeks before Ohio and Texas Hillary had double digit leads over Obama. Three days before election date she's in a dead heat in TX and single digit leads. She goes totally, aggressively negative and still only manages to regain half her original lead in OH and squeaks by in TX. And still only gains 6 new delegates! Come on Blitz! This is MOJO?? No, it's gutter politics . CNN is starting to report like the National Inquirer all flash not substance just reporting whatever titillates.

    March 7, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
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