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February 29th, 2008
02:42 PM ET

Dems down to the wire in Texas, Ohio?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

It's down to the wire in Texas and Ohio, where Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama could potentially face each other for the last time.

Both candidates are spending lots of time and money in the two delegate-rich states which will vote on Tuesday, along with Vermont and Rhode Island.

At this point, the momentum seems to be all in Obama's favor. He has won the last 11 contests in a row and continues to improve his standing in the polls in these two key states as well as nationally.

In Texas, CNN's poll of polls shows Obama now up by 4, leading Clinton 48% to 44%.

In Ohio, our poll of polls shows Obama has narrowed what was once a much larger gap. He now trails Clinton by 7 points, at 47% to 40%. One poll even shows him only behind by 2 in Ohio – a statistical tie.

The stakes are huge. Hillary Clinton must win big next Tuesday, not only to keep her campaign alive and move on to Pennsylvania, but also to stop another troubling sign for her. She's beginning to lose her advantage among the superdelegates. In the last few days, at least 9 superdelegates have declared their support for Barack Obama. One survey even shows that Clinton's lead among superdelegates was more than halved in the month of February.

Here’s my question to you: With four days to go before the Texas and Ohio primaries, what will decide the outcome of the Democratic race in these two states?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Jayne from Fort Wayne, Indiana writes:
Young people will determine the nomination. I am the mother of 3 children: 23, 21 and 17 (soon to be 18 and eligible to vote). I have never seen young people getting so involved and interested in an election. When I announced my decision to vote for Obama (after being a Hilary fan), my kids all said "good choice".

Uche from Brooklyn, New York writes:
How do you stop a fast-moving Obamatrack train, Jack? Hillary's latest ad will help decide the race. With a few days to polls, she just shot herself in the foot by trying to instigate fear. Americans will not fall for that again.

Kate writes:
Jack, Maybe if the media had not elected Obama months ago, this race would have been different. I still do not hear him speak to what his plans are for all the 'CHANGE' he promises. That worries me. I like him personally very much. Hillary is showing her strength and endurance just completing this race in the style she has. I admire her stamina and her capability.

David from Urbana, Illinois writes:
Jack, In the past few days, there has been a debate between "experience" and "judgment". Notwithstanding my little "experience" in politics, it appears to me that "judgment" is carrying a whole lot of momentum in this race. In four days, voters in Texas and Ohio will have to decide which of the two works best for them.

Steph from Pennsylvania writes:
America needs to wake up and smell the recession. The real issues facing America - like our economy, national security, health care - will be the deciding factors in Ohio and Texas... Not empty speeches about how one would have voted against the war, had he had the chance to actually vote against the war. America needs to wake up and know the facts!

Phyllis from Dallas writes:
Jack, The race was decided after Wisconsin. Ohio and Texas will just be the icing on the cake for Sen. Obama. If Hillary wins one of these two states, it will only be by a small margin, not enough to count for anything. He has the popular vote and most importantly the lead in pledge delegates. The "inevitability" factor has moved to Obama. Hillary needs to


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soundoff (259 Responses)
  1. Ian from Bartlett, IL

    Unlike Hillary's spin camp is suggesting, neither the media, nor the money spent in March 4 states, will determine the winner of the Democratic nomination. The American people will. The only way she can win is by stacking huge numbers in both Texas and Ohio, neither of which are looking that way. The only way Barack can win is if the Clinton machine actually concedes after March 4. Don't expect that anytime soon.

    February 29, 2008 at 2:48 pm |
  2. Debra

    THE MEDIA OF COURSE ... they have controlled it all along

    Debra
    Montverde , Fl.

    February 29, 2008 at 2:49 pm |
  3. Mary, CA

    I guess full disclosure would help. Having watched the Three Mile Island and Chernoble (sp) accidents, and given the nuclear proliferation in the world, I would really like to know more about Sen Obama's "pro nuclear" stance. Additional coverage on who the man is would be really appreciated.

    February 29, 2008 at 2:50 pm |
  4. Brian From Fort Mill, S.C.

    Obama has to show up (wait, that's optional!)

    Hillary has to make her head spin around and eat a lot of pea soup.

    February 29, 2008 at 2:51 pm |
  5. Mary Kish

    Sure would like to hear more about Obama's relationship with his hero pastor at the Church of Christ...at least we know now where his favorite saying "Yes we can" came from...he sure is good at using other people's words

    February 29, 2008 at 2:52 pm |
  6. Brian, Tampa, Fl

    Jack
    That is simple, A RECOUNT demand by Pres Bill Clinton to be sure
    he can opt to Plan B.
    The courts.

    Brian

    February 29, 2008 at 2:54 pm |
  7. SC Voter

    The depth and breadth of HILLARY'S experience will be the deciding factor! We need ACTION, not a mouthful of "hope, hope, hope."

    February 29, 2008 at 2:54 pm |
  8. Evan, Orlando, FL

    The voters

    February 29, 2008 at 2:56 pm |
  9. R S in ohio

    Jack
    It will be how much Obama and McCain go at each other .Obama can still make a mistake going after McCain and forget he is not the nomine for the dem`s yet.

    February 29, 2008 at 2:56 pm |
  10. Mike Smith, New Orleans

    Jack, you can't fool us with these trick questions. 'What will decide the outcome?' Why the voters, of course!

    February 29, 2008 at 2:56 pm |
  11. Brian From Fort Mill, S.C.

    S.C. Voter:
    You're right. We don't need Hope. We need Hillary. They say that Master Card is priceless? Well, Hillary is hopeless!

    February 29, 2008 at 2:57 pm |
  12. Jorge from Monterey, California

    Jack,
    The Voters will... I am sick and tired of the Clinton campaign to be crying all the time about EVERYTHING!!! now the are going to SUE the democratic party in Texas because it is "unfair" that voters can vote 2 times, I am sick and tired of the same old politics of FEAR and FINGER POINTING! her campaign have gone where many democrats believed only the Republicans would go! I JUST WANT HER GONE!!!!!!!!

    February 29, 2008 at 2:58 pm |
  13. AndyZ

    Hopefully all the good voters of Ohio and Texas will listen to the speech Obama made in Houston the night of his Wisconson victory. He promised everything to everyone without any hint of how he would finance all his promises. He has consistently ignored that we owe on our national debt to an extent never seen before. We owe COMMUNIST China so much money they could lay claim to all states west of the continental divide. Barack, I'm not from Missouri but you need to "Show me!" No new taxes, no raised taxes (except for those damned rich) no new income. If you execute your agenda as promised, we will become not only the world's biggest debtor nation but a third world country. Oh ya, don't forget to improve the infrastructure. More than London bridge is falling down.

    February 29, 2008 at 2:58 pm |
  14. Patricia

    Dear Jack, you've asked the wrong question. It isn't what will decide the Democratic primary, but, Who will decide the Democratic primary. WOMEN will decide who wins. Will Sen. Obama win because he knows what women need. Or will it be Sen. Clinton who knows better what women need.

    February 29, 2008 at 2:58 pm |
  15. Bruce from Puyallup, WA

    To Mary Kish... Obama got his slogan "Yes We Can" from Bob The Builder.

    February 29, 2008 at 2:58 pm |
  16. Rob in CA

    Voters, marking the Obama box on the ballot with joyous glee, will put this over the top.

    February 29, 2008 at 2:59 pm |
  17. Shannon McNally in Galesburg, IL

    The votes. Duh.

    February 29, 2008 at 2:59 pm |
  18. David (please do not use last name)

    With the Republicans engaging the national debate, I believe the voters will see that it is also time to end the Democratic nomination process (i.e. select Barack Obama) and allow the Party's nominee to fully engage Mr. McCain and the variety of swift-boaters that he will have along with him.

    I don't even believe Democrats, who have a unimaginably keen ability to self-destruct, will allow yet another four years of this Bush/Cheney/McCain madness by forcing this nomination to a split convention.

    February 29, 2008 at 2:59 pm |
  19. Jim Galvin

    Mike is right, the voters will decide the outcome especially if all of their votes are counted.

    February 29, 2008 at 3:00 pm |
  20. Jed from Chico, CA

    Texas weighs in Obama's favor. He and his team on the ground understand their relatively complex double vote primary. The caucus later in the day will favor Obama, as has nearly every caucus in the primary season. Not only that but Texas Democrats lean to the left economically (social security and free trade) and to the right on social issues like guns and gays. These voters have traditionally gone to Obama.

    Ohio on the other hand favors Clinton. Ohio has a much larger working class base. Unlike lefty polical junkies like myself who can post to the political blogs on CNN on a Friday afternoon, these people work for a living. They don't have time to watch every debate and dissect every speech and go to the websites and read the detailed position papers. The working class stiffs know the Clinton brand, feel she stands for workers, and may not know or care about the Teamsters endorsement of Obama.

    February 29, 2008 at 3:00 pm |
  21. Eugene Womack Northern California

    Jack, the outcome, for the Democratic races, in Texas and Ohio will be decided, by the candidate's personality, character and over all trust, by the voters. Obama has won the last 11 contests because he wins, in all three catagories and that's why he'll win in the Texas and Ohio. Hell, the voters consider Hillary, to be just more of the same. S.O.S. Jack.

    February 29, 2008 at 3:03 pm |
  22. Beth, Alabama

    Lets assume the polls are right (ok, I know, but lets assume it anyway). Expecting Obama will continue to gain over the weekend, he will probably win Texas by at least 8 points. Ohio will be very close, but right now it appears Clinton may win it. John Edwards is key for Ohio. His support would swing Ohio to either candidate. Since Obama is likely to win the big one of Texas, I would look for Edwards to endorse Obama and shore this thing up Tuesday. Enough already....lets get on to the general election. Mr. Edwards?? Where are you??

    February 29, 2008 at 3:03 pm |
  23. Allen L Wenger

    It's already decided, we just won't know what it is until Tuesday.

    February 29, 2008 at 3:03 pm |
  24. Eugene Womack Northern California

    Jack, the outcome, for the Democratic races, in Texas and Ohio will be decided, by the candidate's personality, character and over all trust, by the voters. Obama has won the last 11 contests because he wins, in all three catagories and that's why he'll win in the Texas and Ohio. Hell, the voters consider Hillary, to be just more of the same. S.O.S. Jack.

    February 29, 2008 at 3:04 pm |
  25. Michael

    Diebold, since Ohio still uses there machines bought when Ken Blackwell was Secretary of State, how do you think Bush won Ohio?

    February 29, 2008 at 3:05 pm |
  26. Monica

    Jack:

    Would you mind clarifying something for all of us.......Many voters are under the impression that Obama cast a NO ballot against IRAQ as a memeber of the US Senate, when, in FACT, he was not even a US Senator at the time. He was sworn in January 2005.

    So, I think we need to be clear that when Obama chides Clinton about her vote, we all need to keep in mind that he didn't have the opportunity to vote Yes or No. So comparisons about voting records being made is just not accurate. Yes, he spoke openly against the war but he did not cast a vote one way or the other. And, we will never know, nor will he, under the circumstances, just what he MIGHT have done.

    Thank you.

    MB

    February 29, 2008 at 3:05 pm |
  27. tco

    "What" will decide? Don't you mean "who?" Or has the media finally decided to come clean and admit it doesn't think voters count?

    February 29, 2008 at 3:05 pm |
  28. James

    All Hillary has to do, is laugh with that shrill cackle a few times more, that will turn off the undecided. I'm not saying everything Bill talks about is a lie but has anybody seen now much Bill's nose is growing? W.C. Fields would be proud!

    February 29, 2008 at 3:05 pm |
  29. Chuck Warren,Ohio

    Jack:
    The outcome of this election will be decided on one thing. The distance from the bread box to the ballot box is not very far. Does this country want to move forward on hope or solutions.
    Most people get hung up on the occult like frenzy and loose sight of
    the vision that will make this country great again. There are too many under the table deals cut, "THAT'S WHY IT'S GETTING UGLY OUT HERE" I think you of all people have heard that before.
    When the news media and the back door hackers (on the internet) get done with this election most people will vote for George Washington again!

    See you later

    Chuck

    February 29, 2008 at 3:05 pm |
  30. Larry from Georgetown, Tx

    The voters Jack, of all races and gender. If you want to know more ask John King if you can take a sneak peak at his magical board. As for Texas, how many people attend the caucus. We will vote Obama but just want to see a lot of people vote.

    February 29, 2008 at 3:05 pm |
  31. Mary

    Jack,
    Obama's nomination and subsequent presidency will be the result of four things:
    he inspires voters
    he is a media darling
    he is squeaky clean
    he is THE candidate that THIS moment in history calls for
    A perfect storm!
    Mary in Ohio

    February 29, 2008 at 3:05 pm |
  32. Pol watcher

    It'll be decided when voters wake up to the fact that Obama NEVER
    voted BECAUSE.... the vote was taken BEFORE he got into the Senate.
    He was still in ILLINOIS and he was NOT GOING TO BE HELD RESPONSIBILITY for it's impact.

    I, too, was vehemently against the war. Maybe you too. Nobody's bowing down to us now for our off-hand, unrecorded opinions. That's all that it was with Obama... and he's MILKING IT FOR ALL IT'S WORTH.

    February 29, 2008 at 3:06 pm |
  33. BJ Smith

    The Clinton camp will try to undermine, rumors of them suing are running rampant, if they lose. People are becoming weary of all the nonsense. We want to get on with this & prepare for the fight with Mc Cain. If Obama wins, she needs to concede, time to take the high road.

    BJ Seminole, FL

    February 29, 2008 at 3:07 pm |
  34. Deanna Grissom, Katy Texas

    The Clintons are attempting to raise the bar for Obama and lower it for theirselves...trying to wiggle out of having to win Ohio AND Texas now. New flash for the Clintons...Obama is the Front runner so that means the losers can't raise the bar. Hello! As Stewie would say, uhhh hope that works out for you.......

    February 29, 2008 at 3:08 pm |
  35. Julia Ann

    Hey Jack , assuming that both these candidates take two states each on March 4th, the super delegates should step up and give the verdict. This has gone long enough. McCain is forming ground for November already while democrats are still jabbing at each other.It has to stop. And the only way out is through DNC.

    February 29, 2008 at 3:08 pm |
  36. Chuck in Eugene Oregon

    There is no telling Jack. No matter the numbers, no matter the money spent, it's not about race, gender, or age any more, it all comes down to perceptions of the voting public and their feelings about Obama or Clinton. Who they believe will be best suited for the white house, who will be a better leader, and who can lead us best in a new direction. Too many who's in this dont you think? Too much sillyness has plaged the past few weeks to know any more. Just will have to wait and see.

    February 29, 2008 at 3:08 pm |
  37. Randy Porter Mo.

    I believe the outcome will be decided by race. I know it`s a bad word but I`m not affrid to say it. That old Latino Lady that you bashed yesterday, hit the nail right on the head. I`m not sure how much money you guys at CNN make, but I`m sure it`s enough to cushion you from the reallity the Latino and African-American people live everday. I`m not talking about the middle class that everybody thinks they are in, but the bottom of the scale, $20,000 a year and less. If you go into the inner cities and take a good look around, you will see that these two groups of people are in constant conflict. It starts with street gangs and goes up from there.Like it or not, some of these poeple vote to. If Obama can convince the Latino voters he his actually on there side, it will be a landslide. If not the race goes on.

    February 29, 2008 at 3:09 pm |
  38. Judi from Dallas, TX

    Jack, It's already been decided, didn't you know? Hillary is driving Obama's bus to the White House! All aboard!

    February 29, 2008 at 3:09 pm |
  39. Deanna Grissom, Katy Texas

    I have to also agree with the previous poster. The media has been running this race all along and attempting to sway the voters to their point of view. They need to wake up and remember who pays their paycheck with their support and start giving us the REAL news and not their spin. No big thing here but I stopped watching Fox 2 weeks ago and will not go back.

    February 29, 2008 at 3:10 pm |
  40. Praetorian, Ft. Myers, FL

    It depends on Barack Obama's ability to also hypnotize and rationalize the Texas Democratic voters.

    If so...he'll be the one...and long live the "HOPEinator"!

    Still can't figure out why though.

    February 29, 2008 at 3:11 pm |
  41. Sorell

    The race in both Texas and Ohio will be decided by blacks who will vote 90% for Obama and 65% of white men who don't want a woman to be president. Hillary Clinton is up against a stacked deck as the main issues are race and gender and not who is best qualified to be president.

    February 29, 2008 at 3:11 pm |
  42. Daniel From Tempe AZ

    Jack,

    That is a very dumb question, the VOTERS will decide! Not the media, not the candidates, not the endorsements, not anything other than the VOTERS!

    February 29, 2008 at 3:12 pm |
  43. Beverly Tom Bean Tx

    Clinton will win the Ohio Primary, and the Texas Primary. In Ohio it will be the middle class levelheaded people who know the terror that an inexperienced person who has not traveled the right of passage. When will young people learn there is a journey that ends with the right of passage. In Texas it will be the intelliogent money people who know that we must balance our budget, that's what the Clintons are good at. Now you know Jack. Quit worrying.

    February 29, 2008 at 3:12 pm |
  44. kate

    A large turnout will decide the outcome. Any way you look at it, Obama has the momentum and the grassroots effort. The Democratic base is energized across the board, but HE is largely responsible for producing these enormous numbers at the polls. After years of mind-numbing stagnation, war, bitter fighting and scandals in Washington, the people are standing up and screaming, JUST GIVE US SOMETHING ELSE. Unfortunately for Hillary, her ties make her a part of the establishment that people are rejecting.
    Charlottesville, Virginia

    February 29, 2008 at 3:12 pm |
  45. James in Cape Coral, FL

    The votes, Jack. Peoples minds are, for the better part, already made up.

    February 29, 2008 at 3:13 pm |
  46. Susan

    The outcome of the Texas primary should be decided by the people of Texas. However, it is beginning to look like the Clinton campaign is prepared to challenge the Caucus results if they indicate an Obama win. So, perhaps the courts will be the deciding factor in Texas.

    February 29, 2008 at 3:13 pm |
  47. Les Hazelton from New York

    Jack,

    I hope it's the voters using a large dose of national self interest. Still it could be that Hillary will cry some more, Bill could get angry blow his top, or, God forbid some other part of the world could explode.

    Either way, we are not likely to get a real, experienced leader. All the good, qualified ones have either dropped out or chosen not to run. To bad.

    February 29, 2008 at 3:13 pm |
  48. MICHAEL BURNETT L.I.N.Y.

    I believe that the white men of Texas will decide that race, I think that they are tired of Hillary cry'in! Like most man I do not think that a man or a woman is ready on day one if they cry every time things are not going there way! As far Ohio is concerned we will have to see if the unions up there are as united and strong as they appear. If they are then I think that it will be time for Hillary to pack it in and get real about whats happening in America!

    February 29, 2008 at 3:14 pm |
  49. Bruce St Paul MN

    It's already decided. All of those teens and twenty-somethings who don't have land lines and don't show up in the polls will vote Obama into the nomination. Didn't the polls show Clinton leading in Wisconsin two days before the primary? Those baby 'bamers may not answer the phone, but they show up on voting day.

    February 29, 2008 at 3:14 pm |
  50. char

    jack

    obama needs to point out the hypocrisy of senator clinton. her latest commercial speaks about her readiness to deal with problems abroad at 3 a.m. and that another commercial states she knows what it's like to burn the midnight oil to get the job done. if that's true, then why didn't she burn the midnight oil to read the full intelligence before her vote to go to war with iraq? that vote proved to be a problem with other countries. she supports violence against innocent people and the proof is her vote against banning land mines. how many innocent people have been killed or injured due to unexploded land mines that were planted by our military. these individuals have no recourse. remember when the two americans won the nobel peace prize to ban land mines, president clinton refused to call or receive them at the white house because he didn't support their cause. her judgement is bad and that isn't what i look for in a candidate that will answer the phone at 3 a.m. i am a white woman in my mid-fifties and had never and would never vote for a clinton.

    we don't need another war monger in the white house.

    montara, ca

    February 29, 2008 at 3:14 pm |
  51. Jeremy

    Depends Jack...If the voters think for themselves, Hillary will win. If the voters just "follow all the other sheep," Barrack will win.

    Jeremy, New Orleans, LA

    February 29, 2008 at 3:14 pm |
  52. gerry

    Hillary Clinton and the Republicans are both trying to torpedo Obama's momentum. And for the same reason:they both want Hillary to be the Democratic nominee, she to filfill her hunger to be President, and the Republicans because they want Mc Cain to be president.

    If they succeed, Hillary gets a look in.If not, she's done.

    If Obama wins this particular battle, it's game over for Hillary and Mc Cain.

    Gerry
    Pembroke Pines

    February 29, 2008 at 3:15 pm |
  53. ward

    moument will play a part but I think it all comes down to how connects to them the most while I do believe Obama will win Texas it's still the wild wild west in Ohio but wait a minute lets see how the polls are tuesday after Obama has his knock on a million doors March!!!!!!!!

    February 29, 2008 at 3:17 pm |
  54. DAK from MT

    Simple, Jack.
    Whose supporters actually show up! With the closeness of the race, the job of both campaigns will be to make sure their people get to the polls.

    February 29, 2008 at 3:19 pm |
  55. Julie VanDusky

    Jack, despite what the media thinks, the voters will decide. And I don't trust the results of the Texas polls; native Spanish speaking voters are underrepresented in the results because they are less comfortable answering polling questions.

    February 29, 2008 at 3:19 pm |
  56. Jeff, West Palm Beach

    Jack, that's easy! Forget about the polls...the Texas two-step primacaucus will go to Obama...the Ohio touch-screen voting will crash and burn like it always does which will favor nobody. Advantage: Obama

    February 29, 2008 at 3:20 pm |
  57. Julie VanDusky

    Jack, despite what the media thinks, the voters will decide. And I don’t trust the results of the Texas polls; native Spanish speaking voters are underrepresented in the results because they are less comfortable answering polling questions in English.

    February 29, 2008 at 3:20 pm |
  58. marcus mt.olive

    The Weather

    February 29, 2008 at 3:21 pm |
  59. Don in Shutesbury, MA

    CNN's John King stated Senator Clinton must win 65% of the total vote in each remaining primary just to catch up with Senator Obama. Other numbers crunchers have said basically the same thing, "she must when 58% to 65% of the total vote in each primary." Based on the polls, it would appear those percentages are out of Senator Clinton's grasp. But, in the final analysis, it is the voters that will decide the nominee of the Democratic Party.

    February 29, 2008 at 3:21 pm |
  60. Rex in Portland, Ore.

    I think the grass-root backing of Obama is the key. He seems more willing to mix it up with the people, and to listen to them. He asks for help with solutions instead of offering them. He bonds with the voters.

    I can't see the Clinton machine re-tooling rapidly enough to counter the effect of Obamarama.

    February 29, 2008 at 3:22 pm |
  61. Karen Las Vegas

    At this point I think it has already been decided. It was decided when Hillary attacked Obama telling him he wasn't allowed anymore rallies and speeches. It was decided when Hillary screamed Shame on you! as if she was his Mama. It was decided when Hillary spewed her vile message attacking hope (in RI of all places where the motto of the state is HOPE!) It was decided when time and time again she has shown voters that she is not stable enough to be our leader. We are just getting rid of one of those; we cannot afford another!

    February 29, 2008 at 3:23 pm |
  62. Carol L.

    Simple, Jack ... VOTERS will decide. Hopefully, they'll excercise good sense and vote for the person who has been a fighter for the working class all of her adult life, and not the person who the media has given a free ride thru every primary thus far (Senator Obama). This is our moment in time to put a lady who has worked tirelessly for the betterment of others most of her life and her time has come. Hopefully those in TX and OH will vote with their heads and not for the candidate who's inspiring them with vague, empty rhetoric! I pray for the good of our country this is the case!!

    I have been a life long Democrat, but if Senator Clinton is not the Dem. nominee, I will have no choice but to vote for McCain in the general. This seems to be the concensus with so many of Senator Clinton's supporters. Obama cannot win the general without a big chunk of her supporters. At least I know what we're getting with McCain ... it's not a worrisome guess.

    Hillary '08 !!!!!!

    February 29, 2008 at 3:24 pm |
  63. Angelo Workings

    This is Hillary's last hurrah. A person would have to be deaf, blind and stupid not to see that Obama is clearly the new champion of the Democratic Party. At this point, all he has to do is stay on message. We, the people, will do the rest with our votes. I predict that not only will Obama win the nomination, but he will be the next President of the United States. If you think the licking he's given Hillary is something, just wait until he and a united Democratic Party set their sights on John McCain. It's going to be the biggest landslide win in our history.

    February 29, 2008 at 3:25 pm |
  64. Patsy

    Jack, Would Obama concede if he were in Hillary's shoes? I doubt it. Give Hillary a break. She has my vote no matter what you say and how badly you attack her. Patsy of Nebr.

    February 29, 2008 at 3:25 pm |
  65. Joe in DE

    I would like to think an informed electorate, but I am afraid thatit will be general appearance, main strength , and ignorance.

    I'm just in in a bad mood..

    February 29, 2008 at 3:26 pm |
  66. Zach H

    The more important question Jack is what is the state of Texas going to do with all the BS that is leftover from the McCain and Clinton campaigns once March 4th is over. There better be plenty of landill space still open to haul all that away.

    Zach
    Alabama

    February 29, 2008 at 3:26 pm |
  67. Sam

    Certainly the voters will! However, Hillary campaign needs to quit complaining about everything. her campaign is now thinking of sueing the Democratic national Party for rules that would have worked for her had she been ahead in the Democratic contests. Obama on the other hand needs to make a hard copy or discuss in detail the various proposal to voters who don't have internet access. that will give more people insight on what he's about and how he's going to bring about this change.

    Sam Danvers, Massachusetts

    February 29, 2008 at 3:26 pm |
  68. Richard Sternagel

    Jack, the outcome will be decided by Clinton's negative campaign! People will flock to Barack Obama! I believe the public is getting tired of Clinton's negative,underhanded,win at all cost campaign!Go Obama!

    February 29, 2008 at 3:27 pm |
  69. Kevin- Webster, MA

    Jack, If I could answer that I would be part of the CNN political team, avery important part.

    February 29, 2008 at 3:27 pm |
  70. Linda from Houston, Texas

    No cat fighting from Hillary - she is in the big dog fight! I heard today that Team Hillary now says Barak Obama must win the next 4 states in order to show a decisive win. She will be in there till the end in October - I say go girl.

    February 29, 2008 at 3:28 pm |
  71. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    The republican vote for Obama.

    February 29, 2008 at 3:29 pm |
  72. Brett Big Rapids, Michigan

    Jack,
    I really think the public enjoys watching these two canidates duke-it-out. Therefore I believe Hillary has the advantage on March 4th because the people want the show to go on. Without this democratic battle there would be no show because the republican show was over shortly after it started.

    February 29, 2008 at 3:29 pm |
  73. Burt

    Jack,
    Senator Obama should admit that the only thing he offers is JAZZ. He should do what is in the country's best interest: ENDORSE HILLARY ...

    February 29, 2008 at 3:29 pm |
  74. Paul

    Jack,
    Let's say that Hillary is going to win Texas, Ohio, Vermont, RI and PA but at the end of the day, maths don't add up. Remember, they have to split delegates. Obama was smart to campaign everywhere while she was counting on big States. You can't just tell the super delegates that I won big States...You have to show them how many delegates you have more than your opponent.
    I like her but she not helping the party right now.

    Chantilly, Virginia

    February 29, 2008 at 3:30 pm |
  75. earl illingsworth

    The outcome looks very grim for Hillary, but even if she wins by the smallest of percentages, a wins a win. I personally believe her campaign strategist can pull it off in both Texas, and Ohio. Mr. Clintons speeches have got great sustance, and empirical facts, that the public should have no problem equating too! Hillary's," Health Care Program", is far superior to Obama's , and her diplomatic strategy more practcal,and realistic than Senator (fluff) Obama. Finally ,I would like to say to all the young college graduates that will get their ( financial aid) funding the "Obama Way", working community hours for free to pay off your debt, just ain't gonna cut it, with the country going into "RECESS"! I leave you with this old saying, "You Can't Eat Fringe Benifits"? Thus my answer is, " the questions a bit premature",but certainly worthy. Earl, Provincetown,Mass.

    February 29, 2008 at 3:30 pm |
  76. Tom from Boston

    Beyond the obvious answer (the voters, stupid!), I think people are overlooking one important fact: that many, many people have already voted in these states. Don't trust the exit polls is all I can say. And if Clinton manages to hold on and win Ohio, who says it is over? There are the super delegates, the future primaries, and oh yeah, that little matter of Florida and Michigan.

    Tuesday might not be the end, but only the beginning. Unless of course Edwards throws his support behind Obama. If he does, then I think Hillary would have to face the music and bow out.

    February 29, 2008 at 3:31 pm |
  77. Michael Coogen in Lorton, Virginia

    In politics you must always keep running with the pack. The moment that you falter and they sense that you are injured, the rest will turn on you like wolves. Hillary Clinton is politically wounded. Now we will wait and watch how the "political wolves" will turn, and turn they will.

    February 29, 2008 at 3:32 pm |
  78. Larry, Ohio

    Jack,what will decide the outcome here in Ohio is which bunch of lazy bums,expecting government hand outs get up enough energy to get up the lazy duffs topgo out and vote,most of them are already worn out today,from going to their mail boxes and collecting their welfare checks!

    February 29, 2008 at 3:33 pm |
  79. David Bakody

    Jack:

    Could you pose to your pal Wolfman this question. You have mentioned many times that people of all political stripes and many people who see hope in Barack Obama are turning up at the polls. So, do those smart fellers take into count the flood of millions more to the Democrates not throwi the ode style selected random numbers out of whack?

    February 29, 2008 at 3:34 pm |
  80. wsholar, LA

    If the trend lines from the state polls over the last weeks/months, it's clear that by March 4th Obama will have captured enough "undecideds" and will have converted enough "educated" and "high income" Clinton supporters to give him over 55% of Texas and close to 50% of Ohio. Elderly white ladies can only take Ms. Clinton so far. Hopefully by March 5th, Ms. Clinton will have put the well being of her party and nation ahead of her own foolish pride and will concede the nomination to Mr. Obama.

    February 29, 2008 at 3:35 pm |
  81. Jenny from Nanuet, New York

    The ground game is most important. All the ads that money can buy won't mean a thing if people seeing those ads don't get out to vote. Obama used to be a community organizer and it shows. Who would've ever thought he'd be in the position he's in today REGARDLESS of the results Tuesday?

    February 29, 2008 at 3:35 pm |
  82. Eleanor Barnes

    In my opinion the race will come down to whether the voters have really been listening and analyzing the issues.

    I am an African American Female Democract who will be voting for Hillary Clinton. And if she doesn't win I will be supporting Senator McCain in the General Election because National Security is my top priority.

    I would rather err on the side of Caution as Senators Clinton and McCain did when Congress was given flawed information rather than vote for a Presidential Candidate who failed to Salute our Flag, wear the Flag on his Lapel, and has had a friendly relationship with a person who plotted to bomb this country.

    Senator Obama has been given a sweetheart deal by every news media who have shown that they are not good gatekeepers but rather, biased against Hillary Clinton because of Bill.

    Actually, every man in America should want to finally get a 1st Man.

    February 29, 2008 at 3:36 pm |
  83. Dave Brooklyn, NY

    In spite of all the blathering of the talking heads, the two media-chosen contenders are still approximately neck and neck. So it still means that the one who wins will win – of did I miss something.

    February 29, 2008 at 3:37 pm |
  84. Pat,Brooklyn,NY

    What will decide the race in these two states as with the others is if voters take Barack Obama at his word as Hillary Clinton took President Bush at his word in 2002. Senator Obama is basing his entire candidacy on a speech that he made in 2002, not a vote. He criticizes Hillary for not reading the IRAQ resolution report even though she received an oral presentation on it but he says that he would have voted no without having ANY information at his disposal- was that good judgement or just a good hunch? Texans and Ohioans will have to cast a vote that may have the same consequences as Senator Clinton's vote did in 2002. Are they going to base it on solid and tangible information that they have about the candidates or based on a hunch?

    February 29, 2008 at 3:37 pm |
  85. William Davis

    Jack admit it or not, this looks like another nail biter with growing intensity. May I project that the Candidate who fairs better over the networks this weekend may in fact tip victories in their favor. If the polls can fair no better between now and Monday afternoon, then I am afraid we can expect a late nail biting CNN Projection. What makes this Tuesdays primary so intense is the possible anticipation that a conciliation speech may be possible if the popular Senator Clinton is defeated. But the real drama will come if in fact the popular lady defies current poll projections just like the win in New Hampshire. If this happens, the Sunday News Pundits will have a field day on the likable Senator Obama and offer some blame on their own networks. Wow, what a great time for Campaign elections in America.

    Thanks. Jack!

    February 29, 2008 at 3:39 pm |
  86. Terry North Carolina

    Jack
    At this point I believe it will be very close, it would not surprise me to see Hillary squeeze out a win in both States. I think people are starting to get tired of Obamas promises with no real game plan. He speaks of hope and change but does not give us solutions.

    February 29, 2008 at 3:40 pm |
  87. Chris, Pennslyvania

    Im not sure what will decide the outcome of these primaries(hopefully it will be Hilary Clinton's inability to retain one personality) but if a clear nominee doesn't emerge soon, the constant bickering between Barack and Hilary may just ruin the Democrats' chance at victory in November.

    February 29, 2008 at 3:40 pm |
  88. Ron Richmond VA

    Doesn't matter, Republicans can't win with the War and the Economy Tanking!

    February 29, 2008 at 3:42 pm |
  89. CHARLOTTE

    The fact that Obama keeps telling everyone, I did not vote for the war. That is his standard answer. Lets hope the voters see through him before it is too late. I still don't know why you ask us to tell you how we feel, when you pick only one that doesn't agree with how YOU really feel.
    Charlotte
    Clovis, Ca

    February 29, 2008 at 3:42 pm |
  90. RC Lendz

    I believe it will be too close to call for now. The only thing that can give either candidate a big or significant win would be endorsements from Gore, Edwards, Biden, and Richardson the day before the election, Tuesday. The Gore and Edwards endorsements are not likely and a Biden/Richardson endorsement is not strong enough in Texas or Ohio. So, hopefully, commonsense rules out. Unfortunately, it has not in most states because people have been voting for Barack Obama.

    February 29, 2008 at 3:42 pm |
  91. Lois in Mo.

    What will decide is the turn coat delegates like my female senator here in Missouri and the media that has been so hateful toward Hillary. What a shame if we lose out on such a talented lady because of black movement. By the way there is going to be a backlash when the turn coats are up for re-election.

    February 29, 2008 at 3:42 pm |
  92. J.C. from Raleigh, NC

    Jack,
    Obama's momentum knocks Hillary out cold. It's this year's Super Bowl all over again, and the early favorite is defeated by the former underdog. Voters as well as fans are drawn to rising stars and MVPs!

    February 29, 2008 at 3:43 pm |
  93. Ted in Portland OR

    Hillary will decide the outcome. Everytime she gives a speech, she shows only the experience in the old ways of special interest Washington. Our young voters won't tolerate that kind of handling of the Nation's business any longer. The Republic as I see it belongs more to the young, than to us old fogeys. So I say to the Generation for change, ... Go for it!. Give it your best shot.

    February 29, 2008 at 3:44 pm |
  94. kathie in Arkansas

    With the relentless attacks on Hillary by you and others in the media it won't matter how well Hillary does, you'll still say her campaign is hanging by a thread. If Hillary wins it will truly be a miracle and a testiment to her grit and character, something us grown-ups sort of like in a president.

    February 29, 2008 at 3:44 pm |
  95. Grant

    Hillary has served 3 more years in the Senate that Obama who has been an elected official since 1996 in some form or another. How does this qualify her as an experienced statesman. Chris Dodd/Biden/McCain are experienced statesman. Her Senate seat was handed to her via a coronation as she did not even live in the State. This looks like the third (unofficial term) of Bill Clinton? He has been campaigning since he left office, broken almost every protocol with repsect to former presidential involvement in current issues. I am surprised Jack has not brought this potential scenario to light, it is quite obvious to foreign viewers...refer to Argentina with the Kirchners (popular president who did very well in re-establishing his country, but due to term limits, put his wife on the pedistital, the comparisons are eerie!) The ClintonS are running for the White House?

    February 29, 2008 at 3:45 pm |
  96. bob toano

    It depends on wheter the voters are swayed by the politics of fear or reasoned judgement. Has Dick Morris somehow morphed into Mark Penn?

    February 29, 2008 at 3:45 pm |
  97. Gary

    I will leave that to my fellow citizens in Texas and Ohio to speak out. However, if Senator Clinton has resorted to fear tactics, then I think the voters have already spoken and she is fighting a losing battle. I don't agree with Senator McCain on some issues, but I would rather have him answer the phone at 3 A.M. as opposed to a rookie senator or a carpet bagger.

    Gary from Bridgeton, NJ

    February 29, 2008 at 3:47 pm |
  98. Alex Smith, FL

    Well the Hillary camp needs people to get off the Kool Aid and the media to give her a little slack. Obama is probably going to keep doing what he is doing and see what happens. But really I am about tired of it because my voice doesn't look like it will be heard.

    February 29, 2008 at 3:48 pm |
  99. Brenda, NC

    Hillary Clinton has a better chance of winning against McCain in the general election because experience is important. People want to feel safe, secure and confident in the leader of our country. Senator Clinton has experience and also represents change. Hillary is ready to lead our country now. Senator Obama is not ready; he is still in training. Hillary is the candidate for both change and experience. On Election Day, experience will matter to the voters.

    February 29, 2008 at 3:48 pm |
  100. TJ

    Jack the truth will decide this race!

    The more factual information voters have, the more likely Hillary's campaign is doomed! Obama's website shows the "BEEF" is there. He has a detailed plan & strategies to resolve "issues". Just because the Clinton's say he's not qualified for "the Job", doesn't mean it's so. Voters should look & compare their "resumes" instead of relying on hearsay. If a candidate misleads Americans from the truth, what does it say about the candidate?

    February 29, 2008 at 3:49 pm |
  101. Lonestarkaty

    Voter turn out at the caucuses will determine it in TX. Texans by nature don't like anyone telling them what they think. It has always been a predominately RED state (No thanks to redistricting in the late 90's in for of the Republicans). It will probably look like 5 different states at the same time, CA, MO, LA and NV and TN.
    It also looks like they are saying that they expect to have issues with the electronic voting. We can do everything electronically in this country, buy groceries, cars Walmart but we can keep the polls from these kind of issues. You have to wonder?????

    February 29, 2008 at 3:49 pm |
  102. Al

    Change. That's why people are energized and voting in record numbers. That's why Obama has won 11 straight. That's why young people are voting like they haven't voted before. That's why people are tuning in to shows like yours and answering these questions. Like you, I'm an old guy, but I haven't seen an election like this in all of those years. To paraphrase a previous President, "it's change, stupid".

    Al, Lawrence KS

    February 29, 2008 at 3:50 pm |
  103. Diane Barneveld, NY

    I couldn't care less about the democratic outcome. Kermit the frog could win the democratic nod and he would get my vote. Anyone but a republican supporting Bush rich-boy policies. If we wanted Bush for another four years, we'd do away with term limits for president. And I think we should have term limits for all of them and that includes limits on how long they campaign. I'm sick of politics. Two years of campaigning is 18 months too long. And leap year year gives them an extra day.

    February 29, 2008 at 3:50 pm |
  104. Sonny

    Positive or Negative reporting by the PRESS. Let’s see your score card JACK!

    Jack Cafferty Unbiased Questions:
    DATE CLINTON OBAMA MCAIN
    +POS -NEG +POS -NEG +POS -NEG
    2/28/2008 0 1 0 0 0 1
    2/29/2008

    February 29, 2008 at 3:51 pm |
  105. Karl in CA

    As Florida proved in 2000, an election isn't decided by the people that cast the votes, it's decided by the people that count the votes. That said, it will be the cross-over republicans that vote for Obama, not Hillary, over McCain. The Clinton charm seems to be dying by the hour and the Obama charm is holding strong. It will be close, but it will be Obama in both TX and OH.

    February 29, 2008 at 3:52 pm |
  106. Kathy Brown

    Racism. It is a sad day in 2008 to say that bigotry, racism and crying will decide who runs this country. This started out fun and exciting but it has gotten nasty and ugly, I use to support the Clinton's until I see how far they will allow this to go so they can have what they want. If it was about the people she would have gotten out of the way by now the majority has spoken and they were not calling for her name. This is about what it was always about "The Clinton's" now if she is the candidate I will vote republican.

    February 29, 2008 at 3:54 pm |
  107. BillieJean, Idaho

    The rest of America waking up and realizing we don't need the Clintons back in the Whitehouse.

    February 29, 2008 at 3:54 pm |
  108. Ben, Chestnut Hill MA

    Jack,

    In Texas - struggle of the generations. Who can get out their vote in biggest numbers. For Hillary it will be the older vote of both Latinos and Whites. For Barak it will be the younger vote of both Latinos and Whites.

    In Ohio in addition to the struggle of the generations it will be who the voters believe on NAFTA and how many have seen an Obama speech.

    February 29, 2008 at 3:57 pm |
  109. David - Las Colinas,Texas

    "Follow the Money"... Jack... the US economy

    February 29, 2008 at 3:57 pm |
  110. PATRICIA S.

    Race is deciding democratic nomination. Obama is getting a big avantage for being black. The media is in honey moon with Obama, everybody has to be careful what it is said about Obama because it may be a racist comment and you can not even mention his real middle name. What's more, black superdelegates are now in a lot of pressure to support the black candidate. I am not racist, but I think if you cast your vote based on race then you are racist. It means than delegates and Obama supporters who do it because he is black, then they are RACIST. Democrats are makink a big mistake. The honey moon the Obama with the media is going to be over soon and republicans are going to make a different picture of Obama.

    February 29, 2008 at 3:58 pm |
  111. rbrannan

    The outcome of the Democratic Ohio and Texas primaries will be determined by which candidate can convince the most voters that they'd be the best leader for this country. However, that convincing takes a lot of money, so it will probably be determined by whichever candidate has the most advertising money to invest in these two states. Sad fact is that any fool can be a leader–you just need to get other fools to follow. Therefore, it won't be determined by the actual qualities of the candidates, but by the candidate who leads with the most advertisements , and thus reaches the most followers/voters.

    February 29, 2008 at 3:58 pm |
  112. Leo Rael

    Composure should be what decides the election Tuesday if people recognize whats happened to Hillary the past few weeks. Everyone talks about the many faces she has shown the past few weeks but to me she has simply lost her composure.. What assures me that I have chosen the right candidate is that after his loss in New Hampshire He simply went to work and did what he had to do and its paid off. I am tired of this "woman" thing everyone keeps talking about, I would vote for a woman but not this one. When she cried she lost me and I am sure many other men. I am a truck driver and I used to defend her because men don't like her and now I see why..

    February 29, 2008 at 3:58 pm |
  113. Marie, Bartlett, IL

    There is not much more to be done by the candidates and their campaigns – I suspect most people have made up their minds. Obama is on a roll; his momentum is carrying him forward and the nation believes that we can also be pulled forward if we can latch on to his coattails.
    Hillary Clinton is competent and able, but she doesn't provide the same impetus, the same hope, the same promise that Obama does. Either one would be a fine president, but Obama gets the nod because he does indeed represent "change" from the past, and a new vision for the future.
    I think people, except for the die-hards, have realized that now.

    February 29, 2008 at 3:59 pm |
  114. Orbit from Houston

    The way i see it Jack is if President Clinton keeps "jacking" Senator Obama's swagger The Clinton's may get Obama's votes. The Clinton's have realized that most Americans want a "change" in the government and a President that can bring the politics of the "future" into the White House... Which is the mesage that Obama has been campaigning all year . So Bill has 1 option left.... to act as much like Obama as possible... like he has been doing all day today, (talking about change and the future). Why? Because the Clinton's gangster swagger is just not working anymore.

    Orbit (Houston, Tx)

    February 29, 2008 at 3:59 pm |
  115. Marvin, Lexington, MA

    Its all boils down to one simple idea, Jack; who would you like sitting next to you having a drink.

    February 29, 2008 at 3:59 pm |
  116. Fred Simkin

    Hilary showed how she intends to compete with her release of a new campaign ad today focused on national security. The ad is a version of the Johnson '64 "Little Girl with Flower Ad" only this time it's not who WILL pull the trigger but who won't (read Obama).

    It proves that the Clintons still hold to the mantra of "whatever it takes" to get what they feel they are due (and I use the word "they" advisedly) even to the point of sowing fear, uncertainty and doubt in the minds of a nation that is already frightend.

    February 29, 2008 at 4:00 pm |
  117. Edward

    I believe that Obama will win if the media would just back off with all their commentary.

    February 29, 2008 at 4:00 pm |
  118. Lee

    In Texas if the Republicans vote on Tuesday for Hillary (better chances of victory in November), they could sway the balance in her favor. If they don't vote for Hillary, I think Obama takes Texas.
    Ohio will probably go for Hillary, unless Obama's focus on NAFTA was effective for blue-collar voters.

    February 29, 2008 at 4:01 pm |
  119. Mary

    That is too easy, Jack. The outcome was decided by the media a long time ago.

    Mary in Florida

    February 29, 2008 at 4:01 pm |
  120. David Nyaberi, Urbana, IL

    Jack,
    In the past few days, there has been a debate between "experience" and "judgement" and notwithstanding my little "experience" in politics, it appears to me that "judgment" is carrying a whole lot of momentum in this race. In four days, voters in Texas and Ohio will have to decide which of the two works best for them.

    February 29, 2008 at 4:02 pm |
  121. Bette Crooke

    This cult-like following and movement Barack Obama has American's believing in & floowoing along with is a joke. I can't beleive so many americans are so duped by his speeches of hope with no real expereince at all, to make that hope a reality. I have always heard beware of smooth talkers...its kind of like that verse that says beware of wolves in sheep's clothing.

    February 29, 2008 at 4:03 pm |
  122. Carol Quinley

    The courts after the determination of Hillary's Texas Caucus rules lawsuit.
    Carol Q
    Michigan

    February 29, 2008 at 4:04 pm |
  123. bakersfield

    two comparisons
    how loyal the american people are, that benefited from the clinton years thats the question. obama and deval patrick are such good friends and the leaders in so called hope. look and see what has deval patrick got accomplished in his state. the young people will give up on obama after 1 year just like they jump from job to job

    February 29, 2008 at 4:05 pm |
  124. Peter Whiteley

    Pardon me for being ignorant but can someone explain to me what experience Hillary has to be president?? Just because she was married to one you don't get experience meeting and greeting other heads of state.

    February 29, 2008 at 4:07 pm |
  125. Bruce Foster

    Jack. Hilliary needs to stop waking up in the White House to answer the phone. Obama already said that she wouldn't know what to say, at that time off the morning, until she calls all of her staff and has a crisis meeting.

    February 29, 2008 at 4:08 pm |
  126. Uche, Brooklyn, NY

    How do you stop a fast moving Obamatrack train Jack? Hillary's latest ad will help decide the race. With a few days to polls, she just shot herself in the foot by trying to instigate fear. Americans will not fall for that again. She already had her 3AM phone call from George W Bush to invade Iraq and she answered, "Yes!"

    February 29, 2008 at 4:08 pm |
  127. Alex Smith, FL

    Well there will not be an outcome, even if Obama wins, I believe that the Clinton camp will motor on. Obama will not get the delegates he needs to win the nomination. But is it really about delegets or popular vote, realy people not just numbers. I believe the popular vote can get even closer and that means more too me. But at least there voice will be heard from those states, just another voter in FL.

    February 29, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  128. AL Brown

    Why Jack what an unusual question. I'm surprised you asked the answer is of course YOU! The media always determines the nominee by your coverage.

    February 29, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  129. Jon from Tempe, Az

    The candidate that can most convince voters that he or she is able to bring about the changes need will win the Texas and Ohio primaries. At this time that person appears to be Barack Obama but 4 days is politcs can be an eternity. Politics change on a dime.

    February 29, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  130. Mad Marian

    Most of the talk is "we want change" Bush, Clinton 8yrs, Baby Bush 8yrs. And now you want Billary. Her administration will be "transparent" to the people or so she say's. O.K. Billary show your tax returns before next Tuesday. At least then we could MAYBE take your statement a little more seriously. And PLEASE don't say it takes time to get them all together, you have had over a year to present them. Transparentcy my tooty. And of course on the other side, McCain's soul mate is Baby Bush and McCain intends to carry on Baby Bush's legacy to the letter. Go Barack...get rid of this garbage once and for all.

    February 29, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  131. Jim ( Independent )

    It's all about the ground game and who can get out the VOTE. Obama has shown repeatedly that his campaign is not only one of the best in political history , it is very well managed.

    Obama well win this thing , and he deserves it.

    February 29, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  132. james hoffman

    It will depend on the turnout of the voters, Jack. If there is a large turn out, then that favors Obama. However, one cannot rule out old time Clinton dirty tactics. Seems it is like old time religion.

    February 29, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  133. PJG

    If Hillary answered the phone, which one would you get? The angry, the whiney or the incompetent. She should bow out now!!
    Pjg Spokane, Washington

    February 29, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  134. L.M.,Arizona

    Who can win in November against McCain and a white guy from either Florida,Ohio,or Missouri.

    February 29, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  135. kate

    Jack,
    Maybe if the MEDIA had not elected Obama months ago, this race would have been some different. I still do not hear him speak to what his plans are for all the 'CHANGE' he promises. That worries me. I like him personally very much. Hillary is showing her strength and endurance just completeing this race in the style she has. I admire her stamina AND her capability.

    February 29, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  136. Chuck B Coastal NC

    Obama keeping the sweep going.....Hillary will have to finally drop out. I believe she is a canidate, its just not her time. The people want someone else other then a Clinton or a Bush. Obama is the one that can and will bring bi-partianship support for the well-being of the country.

    February 29, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  137. Tom Connors

    The race is over. Texas and Ohio will convince the last 2 people in the country who do not know it–Bill and Hillary

    Carmel, IN

    February 29, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  138. Eli of Stockbridge

    Hillary Clinton may get something she didn't ask for, a huge backlash as a result of her recent escalation of dirty tatics. People may decide to shut her circus down once and for all. Next Wednesday could provide a breath of fresh air.

    February 29, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  139. snoopy

    Unfortunately Jack, it will be people like you in the media that will determine the outcome of this election...It is very sad that the media can be so biased for one candidate and so unfair to the other...

    February 29, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  140. john marlton, nj

    Jack, the voters will determine the outcome.

    February 29, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  141. Bruce Marshall

    Jack Super Tuesday decide the outcome of the Democratic race in these two states. Clinton was not on the ground and ready for a hard fight. She was going to walk right into the White House and got stopped and can't seen to get it going again. It is over Jack.

    February 29, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  142. harold riley, wilmington, DE

    Jack

    What will decide the outcome in Texas and Ohio and the USA is the people and not you and Chris Matthews (the leg tingler). You just can't hide your delight at the trouble Hillary Clinton is in at this point. Now your network is starting to denegrate John Mc Cain. Are you people falling under the false illusion of Barack Obama.

    February 29, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  143. Victoria Huntington,WV

    Economy, healthcare, the war, and common sense.....Will ultimately lead THE VOTER'S! THE VOTER'S THE VOTER'S in deciding the victory!

    February 29, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  144. Barry James Moore

    Jack, What will make the difference on March 4th and in November is HOPE FOR CHANGE. Not only is Barack Obama's candidacy about making positive change in lifting all people to better achieve the American dream, but it is also about a new paradigm about how that change will be accomplished.
    Barry
    Cordova, Tennessee

    February 29, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  145. Ashley

    The media has already decided it, very long ago. The media is perhaps the most powerful tool in the world, although you CNN people like to downplay it. The media has told people how great Barack Obama is and how terrible of a woman Hillary Clinton is. You guys talk about how hard if not impossible it will be for Clinton to win now, and you know as well as I do that no one wants to vote for a loser.

    February 29, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  146. lazer

    Just came accros a book called "Presidency for dummies".
    Do you think some of the candidates would read it after they become a President of the most powerful country in the world history.
    By the way Jack, the photo on your web page looks at least 10 years younger.

    February 29, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  147. Roger from Arkansas

    I think that now we can see that they are both well liked candidates. There is no need for the media to side with Obama anymore for the sake of giving the people what they want to hear because it looks like half are for Obama and half are for Clinton. I for one am for Clinton, but I urge all voters to really do their research and vote for the right reasons. This is our country's future we're talking about. It's not American Idol!

    February 29, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  148. Greg From Mechanicsburg, PA

    Hey, Jack. Do you think that the voters in Texas and Ohio might have some kind of say in the outcome? Or maybe you should decide for them. I can hardly wait for you to tell me who to vote for come this April 22nd in Pennsylvania's primary.

    February 29, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  149. Jennifer, Savannah, GA

    Hillary needs to accept the inevitable outcome and refrain from DESTROYING the Democratic Party. She claims to have so much experience. Well THAT so-called experience should be telling her about the demise of the Party.

    February 29, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  150. Bill

    Obama with the momentum...
    Such media bias reporting the facts like that.
    Couldn't you just ignore all the facts and say
    something nice about Clinton?

    February 29, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  151. Bucky Freeman

    The unfair negative reporting on the Clinton campaign and the biased favorable reporting on the Obama will be the deciding factor. NO DOUBT ABOUT IT. 70% of the public surveyed agree that this is the leading tipping point.

    February 29, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  152. Matt, TN

    What will decide the outcome? Votes.

    February 29, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  153. Janice in Plainview, TX

    Jack, The outcome will depend on just how negative the media can go toward either candidate. I really am exhausted hearing "the sky is falling" everytime there is an endorsement or a "super" announces their vote is going to the other side. If the media would just announce facts and not opinions, and cut the phophecy I think most voters can make up their own minds.

    February 29, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  154. John Dickie IV

    Jack, all Barack Obama has to do at this point is stand back, take the high road, and watch Hillary Clinton implode. She's doing a great job of it so far.

    February 29, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  155. Bill G

    Texas and Ohio will go the way all the other big contests have gone to date. Hillary has been forced to wage the Republican strategy for votes by winning the suburbs and the rural areas while Barack goes after the cities. So it comes down to are there more votes for Hillary in the suburbs than there are for Barack in the cities. I don't think there are.

    February 29, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  156. Kent - California

    The media and the campaigns will spin anything into a win or loss.

    Jack, it's very simple,at the end of the day, it's all about the delegates.
    The more you have the better !!(PERIOD!)

    February 29, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  157. M

    Florida appears to have been given away already, no surprise.

    I am gay and african american and I live in Ohio. Sadly I am scared to even answer that question about my home state.

    February 29, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  158. empyrius

    People guided by reason and having a genuine love for their fellow human beings shall dictate the outcome of the upcoming Ohio and Texas primaries; this is why Barack Obama shall be the next POTUS!

    Amen

    February 29, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  159. Republican in Kansas

    I do not know but if it comes down to Obama or McCain in November, I am going to vote for Nadar.

    February 29, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  160. Luz, el paso, texas

    the phrase, "yes we can" was translated from the phrase, "si se puede" which was Cesar Chaves' cry when he marched against injustices against mexican farmers. Maybe the superdelegates that are being asked to change their support from Hillary to Obama. Asked is a nice word from what i hear on the news. i wish i could say that the people will select the democratic party candidate but things are really nasty, and people, please be fair as to what is going on. Hillary is not the bad person here. i believe the media has not really been fair in their reporting of both candidates. it is beyond me what Hillary has done to so many people that dislike her to the point of making fun of her in such an ugly way. laughting at her while giving the news is so ugly that i wonder where our journalism pride has gone. everybody, grow up and start treating obama the same way for it to be fair. one more thing, personally, Obama is not making history, he is just another man running for president. on the other hand, Hillary is the history maker. surprise! could this be the reason that she is so disliked, even by women. she is the first woman to run for the presidency. However this campaign turns out, Hillary is the greatest woman in my book and is making history!

    February 29, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  161. Ivan

    It's written in the sky: "Surrender Hilary." It's over. All this thrashing about like a drowning man just isn't attractive. A scizo-kitchen-sink attack policy isn't going to endear her to voters she's hoping to win over. Superdelegates, changing the rules for Florida and Michigan after the game has begun and now the hint of law suit in Texas – who but Bush would want to win this way??? The lady just protests too much. Enough!

    February 29, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  162. David Reeves, Yardley PA

    I fear that Clinton fear-mongering may make a difference. Did anyone other than me feel that the latest warm and cuddly fear ad was trying to make me think of someone, at night, breaking into my house, threatening my sleeping children?

    February 29, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  163. James W. Blevins

    Both candidates seem to be operating from a sense of conviction, not just a desire to win. Both have done a good job explaining their position. The biggest difference between the two is that Clinton seems to want Christianity to win, Obama seems to want America to win. The question is, what do the voters most want.

    Jim, Craig, CO

    February 29, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  164. olu

    to hillary,

    things fall apart! the center can no longer hold!

    Hillary, please read the writting on the wall, surrender and protect Bill's legacy. it is better to leave the crowd when the drum sounds loudest, now is the time.

    a stich in time saves nine.

    February 29, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  165. victoria huntington,wv

    Economy, healthcare, jobs, the war and commom sense via the voter's wil decide who's victorious...

    February 29, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  166. Sama

    Hello Jack,

    Media including you have been talking most of the time in a negative way about Hillary Clinton from day one, higlighting even small "Silly" news.
    Candidates should be chosen based on Merit. Even if the Delegate count is close after Mar 4t the party will be just fine.

    I am for Obama but please do not push your views on to the voters.
    Media should report not tell the viewers what to do.

    If Obama is the candidate which candidate will you select to push your views on to the viewers? Obama or Mccain

    Sama

    February 29, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  167. K from Boston

    I am a Barack Obama supporter, but I like Hillary Clinton enough. However, her arrogance, divisiveness, lack of transparency, and constant whining has lost her a lot of good will from me. And what is with this new campaign ad? It is tasteless, and is a perfect example of the type campaign tactics this country is sick of.

    She should drop out now before she loses her last shreds of grace and dignity.

    February 29, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  168. Mary Ann

    With very little time it is my female 62 year old hope we vote in Ohio for the calm reasoned decision making ability of Obama.

    February 29, 2008 at 4:18 pm |
  169. sandy

    The voters will decide but once again Hillary is trying to break the rules.
    She is now trying to sue the Democratic Party in Texas over the primary/caucus system they have.
    Over the past few weeks I have lost all of my respect for her.
    As a democrat I wish she would drop out after the votes on Tuesday.
    If this was Obama losing 11 in a row, the Clinton campaign would be asking Obama to drop out.
    OBAMA 08

    February 29, 2008 at 4:18 pm |
  170. mark western kentucky

    the poor and middle class.we suffer while bush gets rich off the oil . if america votes Mccain in office me and the wife and kids are going to canada to live atleast we would medical coverage

    February 29, 2008 at 4:18 pm |
  171. Steph in PA

    America needs to wake up and smell the recession !!

    The REAL issues facing America like our economy, national security policy, health care, etc, etc.. is what is going to be the deciding factor in Ohio and Texas... Not empty speeches about how one would have voted against the war, had he had the chance to actually vote against the war.

    America needs to wake up and know the facts !

    February 29, 2008 at 4:19 pm |
  172. Ruby Coria, CA.

    Jack, I hear that the Republicans are going to decide if the civil war is over or not. I know they think they can crush The Hill, but they are fixing to demolish Obama if he gets the nonimation..the Obama fans are in La La land they don't even see it coming, regardless Democrates 08.

    February 29, 2008 at 4:19 pm |
  173. Mark D. Oklahoma City

    The "Great and Powerful MEDIA" will decide, Jack. And by that I mean that for the last two weeks the media has set the bar so HIGH for Hillary that there is virtually no way she can come out a winner. By stating over and over that Hillary must win Texas & Ohio by a HUGE margin, the media has already set a standard she cannot meet. Why Obama even bothers to campaign any more is beyond me. You guys have already crowned him "King Obama."

    February 29, 2008 at 4:19 pm |
  174. bsmart

    American voters are tired of the 35 plus years of the Bush and Clinton dominance of this country, with the Clinton presidency ending in
    the impeachment of Bill Clinton, and George Bush needing to be impeached for his iraq war blunder. With all of this experience spin being
    touted, then why is this country so screwed up? The american people want a change to effective leadership to turn this country
    around, and we want it now.

    OBAMA 08.

    February 29, 2008 at 4:19 pm |
  175. Bonnie Dullat

    Jack, With 4 days to go-what an incredible question! You and the rest of the news gurus have pretty much established the outcome of the 2008 election with your biased reporting! But then, that's more fodder for your ilk for the next few years. I suppose that is just part of the "political process" in this democracy.Building up a candidate so you all can just tear them down once they are elected. I am just glad you still haven't succeeded with the Clintons on this factor (yet).

    February 29, 2008 at 4:19 pm |
  176. Eugenia and Roy

    I think the deciding factor will be Hillary's win in these states and others...I feel by the help of God this will happen...She is definitely our next President of the United States and will be a good one...who is a true Christian and Patriot of the United States...I am concerned about Obama's Muslim faith...after all, it has been said that the Muslims plan on destroying the United States from the inside out and that means if he wins the Presidency that could very well happen...I don't believe Mr. Obama is telling the truth, about why he is running for the Presidency of the great USA, which we all dearly love...He never shows us he loves our country...never wears a lapel pin of the American Flag and turns his back when they are playing the National Anthem... Thank you...

    February 29, 2008 at 4:19 pm |
  177. Izzie, Baton Rouge

    The hunger for change will determine the outcome. The American people are tired of the same ol politics, the same ol irrelevant jabs, hidden racism, and selfishness. Change is everything that Obama represents and it's time for Democrats, Republicans, and Independents to unite to make America a World Power once again and not the laughing stock of the World that George W. Bush helped us become.

    February 29, 2008 at 4:19 pm |
  178. Trevor

    The ignorance of the voters will have the biggest outcome. If the voters believe that being married to the former president makes you qualified to become the President then Hillary Clinton will win the nomination......Bush, Clinton, Bush, Clinton, that ugly potential pattern of Presidents keeps me awake at night. The only thing uglier than that is the campaign the Clintons have run.
    Go Obama!

    February 29, 2008 at 4:19 pm |
  179. Pam M

    The obvious answer to this to me is..Integrity.. I have decided Obama is straight up without critizing. He maintains his ego and strategy to show his true self. Hilary on the other hand is looking a bit emotional and mean spirited. The change I want includes a person with great integrity. I feel Obamo shows this at every interview and debate I have seen. While Clinton shows her weakness, Obama shows his strength.

    February 29, 2008 at 4:20 pm |
  180. David Haney

    Dear Jack,
    Hillary continues to cut her own throat. In one of her previous adds she held up a pair of boxing gloves. Well Jack, Senator Obama took her challange, put on the gloves, and dealt her 11 straight KO's. One has to wonder how long before the referee gives her a TKO. She contiinues to anger us citizens with her standing toe to toe slugging it out. Well Hillary take a lesson from Roberto Duran, No Mas No Mas.

    February 29, 2008 at 4:20 pm |
  181. John Cleek

    The outcome in Texas and Ohio will be determined by which candidate is most successful in getting their supporters to the polls. But, of course, that is always the case. Watching the campaign I sense a growing disenchantment with the reliance on rhetoric by Obama which could result in an election day movement toward Clinton. Time always works to the advantage of one and the disadvantage of the other. The tide has been running in Obama's direction for the past month but it seems to be shifting ever so subtly toward Clinton. The unknown is whether the impact of that shift will grow in time to impact the outcome.

    Sent from Louisburg, Kansas

    February 29, 2008 at 4:20 pm |
  182. Trevor

    The ignorance of the voters will have the biggest outcome. If the voters believe that being married to the former president makes you qualified to become the President then Hillary Clinton will win the nomination……Bush, Clinton, Bush, Clinton, that ugly potential pattern of Presidents keeps me awake at night. The only thing uglier than that is the campaign the Clintons have run.
    Go Obama!

    Trevor M
    PEI, Canada

    February 29, 2008 at 4:20 pm |
  183. Sandra - Illinois

    Jack, I'd like to think that the voters will decide, but I have to be realistic. I'm waiting for the Clintons to bring out all their dirty tricks and rigging the votes. I am usually optimstic, but the Clinton Machine is busy making sure Bill in back in the White House. I guess I will just have to pray that Huckabee's miracle works for Barack Obama.

    February 29, 2008 at 4:20 pm |
  184. Jackie M

    Jack,
    As a Democrat I admire both Hillary and Obama. I do feel though, that people are being caught up in the Obama wave. It sort of reminds me of the Gore/Bush election of 2000 when I overheard a lady at the next table in the cafeteria say this:
    "Did you see the debate last night, that George Bush is so cute!"
    I hope that the voters are paying attention to the issues and the implications of our eventual choice.
    Thanks,
    Jackie M.

    February 29, 2008 at 4:20 pm |
  185. Chris Arceneaux

    I thank Hillary Clinton lost the election when she said, “no men or women are illegal”. I know I will not vote for her after that statement.

    February 29, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
  186. Peter

    Hillary's new Rove-style fright-ad:
    I am so sick and tired of the smarmy and desperate Clinton shenanigans. The only crises that Hillary ever really had to deal with involved her husband’s infidelities and the consequences of said infidelities. Unless some head of state like Kim Jong Il is going to call Hillary in the middle of the night to ask about damage control for being caught cheating, she is READY FOR NOTHING….

    February 29, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
  187. Jim K.

    I think Hilary will win it for Obama. Her scare ads just won't work I don't think people are that dumb. She has a hard time with the truth as she showed in the last debate. As for Iraq she is one that voted for it before she voted against it. If she doesn't know what she wants I don't want her answering the phone at 3am. Jim. Mentor Ohio

    February 29, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  188. Bernice Albernaz

    The answer to your question is" Whomever the Media, especially CNN IS SUPPORTING over the weekend ! WE hope Hillary pulls off a big win against Obama because people like you ,Jack ,need to wake up! Obama is a great speaker but he doesn't belong in the White House right NOW! This Country is in a mess and we need the experience that Hillary Clinton has to offer!

    Bernice

    February 29, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  189. Carol Quinley

    Jack
    It will up to the courts to decide. Hilary is going to sue Texas over the rules that they have in place for the Primary and try to stop the caucas. It is getting close to a being a real problem for the Democratic Party.
    Carol .
    Michigan

    February 29, 2008 at 4:23 pm |
  190. Ray Kinserlow

    Here in Texas, I think it will come down to the caucus which is why I plan to attend. I think Obama whom I will support in the caucus and I early voted will win by a small margin.

    Ray Kinserlow
    Lubbock, Texas

    February 29, 2008 at 4:23 pm |
  191. Susanne

    Three things will decide the democractic primaries over the next 3 days in Texas and Ohio:

    1. The difference in the amount of money being poured into ads by Obama – 1/3 to 1/2 million more than by Clinton – like Coke vs. some second tier root beer.

    2. You – and media figures like yourself who obviously favor Obama. When you get the time – just check back on what you, Blitzer and Borger have said about the 2 campaigns over the last 2 weeks. Any independent analysis would clearly show your determination to help Obama win this.

    3. The sheep people bleeting away – baaaaah Obaaaahma!!!

    February 29, 2008 at 4:23 pm |
  192. Peter Canada Obama 08

    CNN according to your respondant this the percentages I came up with.
    Judging from the responds to the ad, Its amazing that Obama's supporters are 70% and Hillary's are 35%.

    Thanks jack I guess you guys are having enough news then ever before in this election campaign. You should get pay increase.

    Peter in Canada.

    February 29, 2008 at 4:24 pm |
  193. Elle in NYC

    Hey, Jack...What's the matter with you? Don't you know the voters will decide? But don't understimate the media to continue influencing the voters toward Obama, in which I'm sure you take extreme delight and pleasure....a pattern that is running rampant at CNN.

    February 29, 2008 at 4:24 pm |
  194. mary Kelley

    The delegates will decide the winner.......I like this new website .It`s terrific!

    February 29, 2008 at 4:24 pm |
  195. S.J. Boyle

    Turnout. The huge numbers casting early ballots indicate unprecedented new voters. And the amount of young people can't be easily measured in standard polling because of their use of alternative communication devices. On election night, I expect the TV pundits to be hard pressed to explain why the exit polls did not reflect Obama's big victories in Texas and Ohio.

    February 29, 2008 at 4:24 pm |
  196. Dottie Edwards

    How out of touch can Bush be? He says we're not in a recession and yet he has no idea the price of gas? Give me a break. How many days until Jan 20th (or is it the 21st)?

    February 29, 2008 at 4:25 pm |
  197. Mark, AZ

    Jack-

    What is going to decide who wins is the voters. Unfortunately, many of them are uninformed or ignorant and thus undecided or easily persuaded. It's very likely many of them will buy into some of the television propoganda and vote with the person that related to them on whatever message they saw.

    Sometimes I wish you had to pass an IQ test in order to vote.

    February 29, 2008 at 4:25 pm |
  198. Michael V., Tennessee

    Simply put, voter turn out!

    February 29, 2008 at 4:25 pm |
  199. Leslie, TX

    The polls mean absolutely nothing. Many areas of both Texas and Ohio do not have early voting sites nearby, meaning many will be casting there votes on election day. Hillary will leave several jaws dropping to the floor come March 4th. She did it in New Hampshire and she'll do it again in both Texas and Ohio. I refuse to believe that anyone hates the Clinton's that much to let her lose these two big states. The fat lady hasn't even put her dress on yet!

    February 29, 2008 at 4:26 pm |
  200. Rich McKinney,Texas

    No political poll can tell what's in the minds and hearts of a voter just before they make their mark on a ballot. What my prediction is for Texas is an over all win by Obama because most Texans don't like or trust the Clinton's. Ohio will be close but the end result will be Hillary winning out over Obama but just slightly. The biggest battle yet will be Philadelphia and then the Super Delegates.

    February 29, 2008 at 4:26 pm |
  201. Dr L Eugene Morton

    I am well educated. I practed veterinary medicine for 18 years and taught school at the high school level for 18 years as a certified teacher. I watched the school system produce illiterate students over the years. I listen to our candidates talk. the language is smooth and means nothing. Why don't they tell us how they are going to lower fuel prices and the cost of groceries? How are they going to fix the schools? How are they going to help the americans who can't afford their food and medicine? Every troop in the world should be brought home and lets take care of our own people. I bet the world would like and respect us more if this happened. I worry for my grandchildren.

    February 29, 2008 at 4:26 pm |
  202. Darryl

    I've listened to all the debates, and I've been motivated to vote due to Sen. Obama's view of hope. I'm looking forward to see if he can unite the parties to work together as humans for the people of this great country.....

    Darryl (San Antonio, TX)

    February 29, 2008 at 4:26 pm |
  203. Elle, Massachusetts

    Hillary will have a sort of fair chance if you press stop your Obama victory "momentum" pre-vote gossip parade and confetti showers to McCain/Obama selection before the actual vote Tuesday...Women must come out in droves for their She-ro...for pofound new leadership, new viewpoint, balance, equality and progress. Barack is just another He-ro, hope for another he? Nope, time for a real change.

    February 29, 2008 at 4:27 pm |
  204. JS

    Jack,

    If Ohio Democrats remember to ask for paper ballots to avoid "voter irregu-hillary-ity" – the people themselves will decide the Ohio race – for Obama!

    JS – Sylvania, OH

    February 29, 2008 at 4:27 pm |
  205. Janett

    Let’s all hope and pray the good people of Texas and Ohio will decide to back Obama so the party can unify… we need to do it NOW or we risk "Hillary trying to sue" her way into the presidency!

    February 29, 2008 at 4:29 pm |
  206. William Kravecas

    Jack,

    The registered voters will decide the outcome, afterall that's how Democracy works. The Candidate who maintains their message throughout with calm and assertion and is able to " Presidentially " handle any and all mudballs tossed at them will prevail. People are waking up in the USA, the writing " in pencil " is on the wall at this point.

    Thank you Sir,

    Bill in Toronto

    February 29, 2008 at 4:29 pm |
  207. Elle

    the irony of this question...when the media is trying oh so hard to influence the direction of this .Well let me review your wording on the poll standing.If Obama is up 2 points you see the media headline he has taken over Hillary Clinton ,but the wording used when Hillary leads Ohio 7 points was " she has a slight lead" Point made !!!!
    Not too mention that some polls show a greater lead for her than that.
    But did we expect a true and objective represantation ?

    February 29, 2008 at 4:30 pm |
  208. jan / jacksonville.fla

    I believe Sen Obama will win texas and he will be the next president.
    He is always in control of the situation and himself. Sen Clinton has
    shown she is rarely in control of herself or her campaign

    February 29, 2008 at 4:30 pm |
  209. DJ

    Maybe the question should be what "should" decide the outcome...the answer would be informed voters who can receive fair and balanced coverage of the candidates. Maybe then voters would wake up and smell the coffee and see there's very little substance to Obama...look at his resume, look at his record, listen to his own contradictions and inconsistencies; they are there if voters take the time to see through the smoke and mirrors. By the time the smoke clears, it will be too late and we'll find ourselves in a bigger mess than we are now.

    DJ
    Kentucky

    February 29, 2008 at 4:30 pm |
  210. DAARYHIN

    Some how Hillary Clinton the presumptive winner , has managed to dominate the news, with coverage like that she does not need to run ads. obviously it is not about the number of ads ran but content and as always reporters have more time with a person than an ad will. Another victory for Hillary over the media. Free air time playing the victim, how can America not come to her aid?

    Yes the pen (or more precisely ), the media is more mighty than the sword and when journalist conduct episodes which seem to favor Hillary. Then some undecided may be decided on a bias.

    February 29, 2008 at 4:30 pm |
  211. bob b (melbourne, florida)

    i believe that the difference next tuesday ( and, in fact, in the democratic race as a whole ) will be the fact that senator clinton's campaign team have really let her down. desperation is not presidential and that lame scare commercial that appeared today is totally worthless. many of her recent speeches and those canned one liners in debates have been equally ineffectual and detrimental to her chances. senator obama's campaign, on the other hand, has been one of class and dignity and i now will be supporting him all the way to the white house.

    February 29, 2008 at 4:30 pm |
  212. Deborah Johnson-Iowa

    he who gets to rig the e voting machines first of course! and he who can afford to bus i more over the border republicans to vote in the open primaries/caucuses

    February 29, 2008 at 4:31 pm |
  213. christina

    i feel that the media has decided on the democratic and the republican nominees. you guys pick who you want and give that candidate more coverage. with obama you guys have been soft and never really challenged him. with hillary if she states anything negative you guys do not let up. you guys keep rehashing it. with obama it is stated once and it is over. how come cnn hasn't figured out yet that obama wasn't even in office to vote on the war. that is what he seems to be winning on. he keeps rehashing that and so do you. if this was reported over and over again the next four days, i think it would change the minds of alot of voters. also, hillary voted for the war because she was milead just like mostl americans.

    February 29, 2008 at 4:31 pm |
  214. Phillip Gibbs

    If Hillary wins both Ohio and Texas, she is still in the race, but likely still behind in delegates. If she barely wins Ohio and loses Texas, it’s over for her, but she may try to hang on. If she loses both, she should and probably will hang it up and endorse Obama. I predict option two: she barely wins Ohio and loses Texas, and she tries to hang on, while Democrats around the country urge her to quit, which she will end up doing because her next hope for momentum would be Pennsylvania on April 22nd. By then, she will have been left behind by donors, the media, and the public.

    February 29, 2008 at 4:32 pm |
  215. Tina

    As a registered voter from Ohio, we usually decide the next President. Wake up America! Follow your heart and vote with us! I worry that once all of the "hoopla" over Senator Obama becomes old news, and history will tell you that this does happen, will his supporters regret their vote? Be careful, America–there is way to much at stake to start over with a "new" movement. The entire world is not a playground, and we need some well connected, proven experience in the White House. I will take experience over inspiration anytime.

    February 29, 2008 at 4:32 pm |
  216. Judy Kinsey

    As a Houston,Texas democratic woman voting for Hillary, I can tell you that there is a tremendous amount of movement for Hillary being generated on a grass roots level by supporters like me who are calling nonstop to get out the vote and convince undecideds that she is the candidate who will make a difference on everything that matters to Texans. Also, women are moving in a big way to make the vote they can tell their daughters and granddaughters about in the future. Add to that the lack of specifics in all those Obama TV adsand that the effects of Obama's charm is on the downslope. Don't drink the cool-aid, Jack. Wednesday a lot of media show hosts are going to be eating their words. Remember New Hampshire!

    February 29, 2008 at 4:33 pm |
  217. R.King, Tacoma,WA.98445

    I think that the informed committed voters will determine the outcome. They can detremine the best candidate for change from 8 years of Bush and Clinton.By informed, I mean voters that can dicern the fact that some the participants seems to act like it is a birth right to run fof President !!

    February 29, 2008 at 4:34 pm |
  218. Sabrina McCubbin

    The more people see and hear Obama, the more they like him. The opposite is true for Clinton. He is looking more and more presidential, and she seems increasingly unstable and desperate. Time will decide the outcome in these two states, and it's on Obama's side.

    February 29, 2008 at 4:35 pm |
  219. Elle in NYC

    I hope it will be the voters...but you know what they say..."Follow the money." And who has spent more money on ads in Texas and Ohio? Why, Mr. Washington Outsider, himself....Barack Obama! The guy who is supposed to be doing things differently from "politics as usual," ....the guy who uses Karl Rove tactics for negative mailers against Hillary in Ohio. And what did he say about that in the Ohio debate? "That's politics. Everybody does it." And again, this coming from Mr. Outsider, the one who is supposedly above "politics" as usual.

    February 29, 2008 at 4:35 pm |
  220. Hank

    Hillary is doing her best to make sure Obama wins. She is constantly stabbing herself in the back with dirty tactics. Now she has insured that Obama will win by adopting the dirty tactics of the Republican Party (Fear Mongering) as if it isn't bad enough that Bush and McCain are doing it. She is starting to look more and more like a Republican.

    February 29, 2008 at 4:35 pm |
  221. Jerry Wilson

    Jack, I just heard, Hillary is surging in Texas, and Ohio. That Women, and hispanics are voting for Her in droves. Several polls have Hillary ahead in Texas, and way ahead in Ohio. Should Hillary win Texas, and Ohio the race is on.

    Jerry Wilson

    February 29, 2008 at 4:35 pm |
  222. Jevan

    Jack,
    I am not a Clinton supporter at all, I support McCain, but I truly feel that the democratic race will be decided on experience. Hillary has vast experience and especially foreign policy experience. Obama feels he has foreign policy experience based off that vote for the authorization of the war in Iraq. How stupid is Obama? He is basing his entire foreign policy of one vote! What do you think jack?

    Jevan
    Lakeville
    MN

    February 29, 2008 at 4:36 pm |
  223. Wendy

    The level of ugliness and fear-mongering to which the Clinton team will stoop. The result of this will increase her margin of loss in both these states.

    It is sad as she is making it more difficult for any leadership position in the Senate after her divisive campaign. It now seems that it is more about the Clinton hold on power than the good of the Democratic party. What a way to go out!

    Wendy
    San Rafael, CA

    February 29, 2008 at 4:38 pm |
  224. stuart

    Jack, It all comes down to one thing. It's what Democrats usually do best once they get elected to office. Spend Money. The one who spends the most will win. It's all about cash over conviction, style versus substance, experience versus inexperience, black versus white. Why don't they all just stay home and have a Texas style barbegue.

    February 29, 2008 at 4:38 pm |
  225. Alan-Buxton, Maine

    The voters will choose according to whether they want something new or the same old thing they have been force fed for the last seven years. Hillary may have more experience but I for one am not willing to accept the things she has experience doing. I want something completely different from the disaster of the current administration.

    February 29, 2008 at 4:38 pm |
  226. Eddie

    The rhetoric about the accomplishments of each of the candidates has been going on for over a year. We really have only one thing to judge them by – their efforts in their campaign. Obama has managed to get large crowds and a lot of enthusiam. He also has managed a very successful campaign. Hillary has hired the wrong people for her campaign and changed several key positions. She keeps changing her message and tactics. At this point it is obvious that she did not plan or manage her campaign very well. If she can't plan and manage a campaign, I definately do not want her as president.
    That said, her recent press release saying that Obama should win by a huge margin or there is a problem signals to me that she is setting up another one of her campaign's excuses. Hillary is not going to give up until she is the nominee or Barack is the nominee. She would probably do this to the detriment of her party.

    February 29, 2008 at 4:39 pm |
  227. David Korresh , Waco, Tx

    i love your journalistic flair jack but, a RACE... oh come now. that's like calling Waco a visit by the welcome wagon. Ohio and Texas delegates won't be moved by the Media Hype, they will be shopping for the best deal for Ohio or Texas ecconomies from the next President Hillary Clinton... she can horse trade with the best of them.

    David Korresh , Waco , Tx

    February 29, 2008 at 4:39 pm |
  228. John Messerly

    Jack, An anomaly will decide Ohio and Texas.

    An anomaly that commentators have often professed their humility about since New Hampshire. It's an anomaly that has been tough on seasoned politicians like John Lewis- even Hillary Clinton remarks in unguarded moments how she simply didn't realize how significant the phenomenon was.

    Enough. It is not sufficient to simply observe that there is this weird thing that is erasing 20 point leads in the space of weeks. Do your jobs. Go out and record how these ground campaigns are run- interview the workers- understand why they are energized. Is this a revivalist fad revolving around today's charismatic pop star, or is it about massive collaboration that can be tapped into regardless whether the leader is one particular individual, or someone else? There's a real question.

    The philosopher Thomas Kuhn observed, "Discovery commences with the awareness of anomaly." Good luck Jack. Let me know what you find out, because this beats me as it does you folks.

    February 29, 2008 at 4:39 pm |
  229. michael hall

    hi jack, the republican war machine will get out and vote for Obama on tuesday. Obama to easy a target. If Obama thought Bill Clinton was hard on him in south carolina, and cried wee wee wee all the way home. wait untill the power of the republican gets hold of him. note to the editors get a sense a humor.

    michael MI.

    February 29, 2008 at 4:40 pm |
  230. mark west kentucky

    if america votes mccain me and the wife and kids are moving to canad atleast there we can get medical coverage for the family

    February 29, 2008 at 4:41 pm |
  231. Brian Vance

    Both Senators Clinton and Obama have been in the race for around a year. At every step of the way, Obama has exceeded expectations and outperformed the Clinton machinery within the Democratic party, raised more money, brought in more new voters, excited more people at larger rallies and out-organized Clinton from the grass-roots up through the rank and file of party faithful. This is above and beyond Obama’s lead in votes, states and delegate totals. These last four days will not tell the story of who is more qualified to lead on day one of the next administration, the results of the last year already do.

    February 29, 2008 at 4:42 pm |
  232. Darrell

    The voters will look at who is really about change. The movement is for change and Hillary is not about change she continues to show her partisian side that is a problem should she get the nomination for the party. She has too much baggage to compete against John McCain.

    I am a moderate Democrate here in Phoenix, Arizona and I know should Hillary gets the nod for the party I will have to abandon ship and vote for John McCain because I am more comfortable with him and his maverick ways.

    Phoenix, AZ

    February 29, 2008 at 4:42 pm |
  233. Michelle Lane

    My take: Hillary will have to win by a wide margin in order to claim Victory as a Frontrunner, I don't think this will be decided on March 4th, Dem's are going to keep the momentum goin until April for PA. Voter turn out is extrodinary across the country. But, I think the DNC even wants this to be over now so they can begin a strategy to defeat the GOP Nominee [McCain], worse that could happen is that Independents will be turned off by the politicing and start tuning into McCain's approach for change because lets not forget he's the Republican that GOP loves to hate "moderately speaking" he'll start to appeal to undecided voters after March 4th...... that's if the debating doesn't end soon. Hillary really should consider concession after March 4th I still love her this way she keeps her dignity only if she loses either Ohio or Texas. For the good of the Party, and to get the base geared up on winning back the WH in the fall.

    Enjoy! I love CNN

    MSL1
    Sterling VA

    February 29, 2008 at 4:43 pm |
  234. Manuel Simo Maceo

    With four days to go before the Texas and Ohio primaries, what will decide the outcome of the Democratic race in these two states?

    I think that the young Hispanic in Texas will be instrumental in swinging the vote towards Senator Obama. I think that the comments made by Callejo that “the problem with Obama is that he happens to be black” suggesting that all Latinos are prejudice, which is a despicable divisive political tool, will hurt Senator Clinton campaign. And whether this lady intended to help Senator Clinton campaign by making this ignorant statement and whether or not it was denounced and rejected by the same, the tactic will work against them. If anything, just to prove that Hispanics, a great deal of which are black, are not prejudice will follow Senator Obama.

    M Simo
    Gilbert. AZ

    February 29, 2008 at 4:44 pm |
  235. Ron from Springfield...hometown of Lincoln and Homer.

    The candidate who wins the hearts of the forgotton white male voters in this country will win the nomination. Obama has the African-American vote, Clinton the Hispanic and they're splitting the women vote. Hillary is in BIG trouble on this one!

    February 29, 2008 at 4:45 pm |
  236. kidvidkid

    The race is being decided by HRC's Keystone Kops advisors. Who thought a "Willie Horton" type ad was a good idea? How is Howard Wolfson going on with Blitzer and talking about "split second decisions" when HRC couldn't even be bothered to read the key reports before kowtowing to Bush on an ill-advised war?

    February 29, 2008 at 4:46 pm |
  237. Elle in NYC

    To Monica! AMEN!

    Jack....take her up on it! Point out that Obama wasn't even a senator when the vote was taken for the war resolution. And do this while you're at it.....remind people that Obama gave the keynote speach for at the 2004 Democratic National Convention for John Kerry , who also voted YES for the war resolution, plus Obabma gladly accepted his endorsement. Hmmmm.....I smell a rat, and the rat's name is Hypocracy!

    February 29, 2008 at 4:46 pm |
  238. kb from iowa

    If the size and demeanor of the crowds are any indication, Obama is going to wrap this thing up. You can say what you want about him, but anyone who can draw 13,000 people in to listen to a political speech has to have something going on.

    February 29, 2008 at 4:47 pm |
  239. mari

    Probably the only thing that will end up mattering to anyone is whether they trip themselves up, or if the other come up with some good mud to sling. No longer are these elections based on anything but who is the prettiest, period.

    February 29, 2008 at 4:49 pm |
  240. Melanie Matthias OHIO

    Here in Ohio I am afraid It depends on "got hope?" or "got diebold?"

    February 29, 2008 at 4:50 pm |
  241. Brian - NY, NY

    The better question is "Has Obama had enough time to overcome Clinton's name recognition?" Every time he is able to campaign in a state for a long time, he wins. Every time he only has a short amount of time to campaign, he loses.

    Has it been long enough in Texas and Ohio? If the recent polls are to be believed, yes, he has. And he will likely take those last couple points from Clinton this weekend, and be waiting on Wednesday for Clinton's withdrawal from the race.

    February 29, 2008 at 4:50 pm |
  242. Interested watcher

    You mean CNN hasn't decided yet?

    February 29, 2008 at 4:50 pm |
  243. DAARYHIN

    Jack

    I have a question how is it everyone seem to miss Hillary's "meet me in Ohio let's have a debate on your campagn tactics" . Since when did his campaign tactics become a national cocern. Oh, that's right I forgot, it ranks right up there with making the decision to go to war in Iraq!

    February 29, 2008 at 4:51 pm |
  244. Susan Pahlke of Winner, South Dakota

    With the messages delivered by both candidates, it is possible that is may come down to the "hip" factor (i.e. Obama). But for Obama, Hilary would be this election's hip factor, but c'est la vie..it is all relative.

    February 29, 2008 at 4:53 pm |
  245. Brooke

    The Obama presidential campaign has taken on the aura of the Camptown Races. Lots of do-dah. But then Democrats have always relished stump politics and vigorous down-home campaigning. May it always be so. But when dealing with the American Idol screaming contest that Obamo promotes, one has to say, Whoa, reign in that do-dah long enough to ask what real leadership means. What is his record in the US Senate? Obamo unites a lot of yelling fans in one arena, but is that the kind of leadership that will impress our allies and world leaders? I think not. Continuing in the tradition of Barbara Jordan and Ann Richards is the more meaningful and dedicated leadership that America needs. That’s where Hillary Clinton leads.

    February 29, 2008 at 4:53 pm |
  246. Ash

    In a perfect world, us citizens. But in real world, it will be the super delegates. This will start another debate like Electrol College or College Football Bowl system. Who has the power to elect for "people"?

    February 29, 2008 at 4:53 pm |
  247. Judy

    I think the Obama campaign is too orchestrated.. As if it has been planned a long, long time. I do not know enough about him to vote for him. The press is doing the same thing with him that they did with Bush. They just report about his church and association with Farracon, but there are no real investigations or follow up about his back ground. Yes, he is a good speaker, but I have this strange feeling that he has been trained for this moment since he was a child. The same with his wife. She speaks more forceful then Hillary.
    And I am one of those horrible (as the radio hosts calls us) Democrats. We still do not know who was as Chaney's energy meeting
    Judy
    San Antonio

    February 29, 2008 at 4:54 pm |
  248. D.J.Lauter

    If Hillary advertises lies about Obama the night before the election like McCain did to Romney in Florida , it could effect the outcome, but if it is a clean contest, the outcome would be honest.
    Ojai, California

    February 29, 2008 at 4:55 pm |
  249. Derek warner

    The decision will be made by people looking forward to new leadership with sound judgement. The fear tactics of the new Clinton advertisement, just reinforces the feeling that she stands for the politics of the past. It also makes one ask the question, "what judgement did she show when asked to vote for the Iraq war"?

    February 29, 2008 at 4:55 pm |
  250. Susan of Winner, South Dakota (correction)

    With the message delivered by both Democratic candidates being similar, it is possible that is may come down to the “hip” factor (i.e. Obama). But for Obama, Hilary would be this election’s hip factor, but c’est la vie..it is all relative.

    February 29, 2008 at 4:56 pm |
  251. Elle in NYC

    On March 4 the voters will decide, and contrary to the pundits' opinions, Hillary does not have to win big in Texas. She doesn't even have to win, but she does need a good showing. This is what is going to happen:

    In Texas Clinton and Obama will split the vote evenly. Obama will win in Vermont. Hillary will win in Ohio and Rhode Island. Clinton will be back in control and gearing up for a win in Pennsylvania.

    February 29, 2008 at 4:56 pm |
  252. Fred

    Jack,
    I think this one is already in the books. Did you see how in the last couple days we have seen how calm and cool Obama is against all the slander and attacks from Clinton, McCain and even Bush. Its like nothing can shake this guy; if he can keep this up through the Fall this guy will be President. But we will once the Republican Machine gets their shot after Tuesday when Obama sows it up.
    Fred, Maryland

    February 29, 2008 at 4:57 pm |
  253. Liz from Monterey, Ca

    To stay in the race, Hillary has to win BIG on Tuesday. She has to sweep both Texas and Ohio. I don't think she'll do that. The reason she had been ahead at the beginning of the race and through last summer was because she was well-known. Not many people really like the woman, but they felt she was probably the best one for the job. Now that people know who Barack Obama is, as that he is just as capable, they are straying away from her quicker than her campaign can yell "Barack Hussein Obama!". She is quite the unlikable person, nobody denies that. She's not going to win big, and unless she plays the dirty politics card, I think Barack has got the nomination in the bag!!

    February 29, 2008 at 5:02 pm |
  254. Judy R

    Jack, I want to know something. Has Obama ever truly won any election including his state senate seat without just getting his competition eliminated?

    February 29, 2008 at 5:10 pm |
  255. Barbara A. Fiscus

    Perhaps it will be the media. I am amazed that Senator Clinton has been able to maintain equal or slightly better percentages in the polls for both Texas and Ohio despite the media's overwhelming fascination with Senator Obama these past two months. The bias is glaringly apparent.

    Barb Pennsylvania

    February 29, 2008 at 5:30 pm |
  256. Kevin, Elk Grove CA

    Jack,

    All will be decided by one vote: Hillary's vote to authorize Bush's war.
    The good people of Texas and Ohio are not so fond of jellyfish.

    February 29, 2008 at 5:34 pm |
  257. Joe

    Experience, especially Foreign experience. Today's tv ad from Hillary reminds us our world is not safe and we need a person with good judgement and experience 24/7.

    Obama always refers to his Iraq vote as a determining factor for his judgement. I don't believe one vote makes a president.

    Americans at the end will have the better judgement and realize our world, country and children need to be kept safe from all unforeseen dangers.

    February 29, 2008 at 5:37 pm |
  258. Mary

    The only thing that will determine the outcome of the democratic primaries in Tx and Oh is revealing the TRUTH about Obama!! The media has failed miserably to investigate Obama's campaign officials of contacting the Canadian Ambassador regarding NAFTA. Then, there is the latest issue regarding "Fear Mongering". The last time I checked, terrorists still hate Americans. We are fighting a war in Iraq against terrorists. And Obama wants to be our next Commander in Chief!! I do not trust this candidate. I will not vote for this democrat if chosen as the nominee.

    February 29, 2008 at 6:19 pm |
  259. Roop from Oneonta, NY

    Hi, Jack:
    People have right to change the things if the old ones have disappointed, mislead and let them down. Senator Obama is the 'Change' . He does not need 35 years of Washinton experience. He has something much more precious than that – a dream with common good. Mayflower Pilgrims had zero experience of the new world but they had a dream that made America the greatest country on earth.

    February 29, 2008 at 6:25 pm |