March 11th, 2008
05:58 PM ET

Will Clinton or Obama have the momentum going into Pa.?

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/03/11/art.mississippi.ap.jpg caption=" Sen. Barack Obama in Columbus, Mississippi, Monday."]
[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/03/11/art.avoca.pa.ap.jpg caption=" Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton in Avoca, Pennsylvania, Monday."]

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Barack Obama is expected to do well in today's Mississippi primary. He swept the other Deep South states by large margins, in part due to his very strong support among African-American voters.

Clinton's campaign says she has little chance in Mississippi and has already moved onto Pennsylvania, site of the April 22nd showdown on which she's staking her campaign.

But there is a long 6-week stretch between Mississippi and Pennsylvania. Obama, fresh off his Wyoming victory and a potential Mississippi win, could head into that period with a widening lead over Clinton in states, pledged delegates and the popular vote.

Also working in Obama's favor: two separate prediction exchanges now favor him over Clinton for the Democratic nomination. According to Reuters, both exchanges give Obama about a 75% chance of winning, compared to 24% for Clinton.

As for Hillary Clinton, her campaign is looking for a big win in Pennsylvania, whose demographics are similar to Ohio - where she beat Obama last week. There's also the hope that re-votes in Florida and Michigan could help her catch up with Obama.

But, perhaps one troubling sign for Clinton is coming from feminist Germaine Greer, who describes Hillary Clinton as cold, bossy and manipulative. Greer also questions Clinton's credentials to be president, suggesting that she only got to where she is because she's married to Bill Clinton. It's not the kind of stuff Clinton wants to hear coming from feminists.

Here’s my question to you: Will Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama have the momentum going into Pennsylvania?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Bob writes:
Clinton already has "the big state momentum" while Obama will have the campaign momentum. The question should be: Who will have the chops to win it? I'm betting on Obama because Hillary is rapidly becoming the "Empress Who Has No Clothes". Voters are starting see that her experience is just so much window dressing.

Mark from Asheville, North Carolina writes:
Considering that the media have six weeks to continue to bash and trash Hillary, it will indeed say something important if she still has the momentum on April 22nd. The fact that she is even still in the race, despite the unprecedented negative barrage her campaign has withstood, indicates that she must have a lot of solid support.

Jo Ann from Iowa writes:
Obama. But why so much emphasis on Pennsylvania? Just because Hillary says it is important? She's pulling your strings.

Kate from Massachusetts writes:
I'm not convinced Obama lost the momentum. Clinton's wins last week did nothing to help her catch up to Obama. She is too far behind to overtake the lead. All she is doing at this point is delaying the inevitable and splitting the party. How can you claim momentum if you're losing?

Craig writes:
I truly believe that this is Hillary's campaign to lose. Right now, she has the momentum, but she needs to open up. I don't know what her tax returns have to do with anything but if that's what it takes, then she needs to come clean. She's not making any friends otherwise... Come on Hillary! I believe in you.

Karl from California writes:
Obama's momentum has been smooth and steady. That's why he is ahead in all categories. Hillary's momentum, on the other hand, is like a car with a failing fuel pump. It goes and it stops and it goes and it stops depending on whether the current primaries are relevant to her or not. She may take PA but she's out of contention overall. Do I hear the fat lady warming up?

Filed under: Barack Obama • Hillary Clinton
soundoff (322 Responses)
  1. Richard Sternagel

    Jack, Barack Obama will have the momentum going into Pennsylvania! After all he won more delegates in Texas than Hillary! With Barack wining the Wyoming primary and leading in the polls in Mississippi,his campaign is cleary on the up swing! Go Obama!

    March 11, 2008 at 2:47 pm |
  2. Chuck

    Obama. He is winning in every category – and he probably got more delegates from Texas. That needs to be reported.

    March 11, 2008 at 2:48 pm |
  3. Dave Brooklyn, NY

    At this point it doesn’t matter. Hillary has done too much damage to the party by giving the Republic candidate all the ammunition he needs to win it again for the Republicans.

    March 11, 2008 at 2:53 pm |
  4. Peggy, St. Louis

    Hillary clearly has the momentum now. She has won all of the big states and will win in PA, FL and MI. Those wins should also give her the popular vote which will win her the nomination.

    March 11, 2008 at 2:54 pm |
  5. maria from Europe

    Obama will have the momentum

    March 11, 2008 at 2:56 pm |
  6. Tom

    Momentum has and will be with bama. But Pennsylvania is a state where she will probibly win. Then on to Denver and disaster. He will have the numbers but she WILL BE the nominee. To think otherwise is futile.

    March 11, 2008 at 2:56 pm |
  7. TJ WILLIAMS, Los Angeles, CA

    Senator Obama will have the momentum but the elections in that are are highly suspect. I would not put anything past the Clinton machine and over zealous supporters in high places. In other words...I don't trust the count.

    March 11, 2008 at 2:58 pm |
  8. Universal Bob

    It depends on how the two wins by Obama in Wyoming and Mississippi get spun by the media. The Clinton machine has been more effective with getting the media to help them spin. There will also be other issues which may change this. A few more superdelegates lining up behind Obama could help him.

    March 11, 2008 at 2:59 pm |
  9. AJ Fairview, Texas

    Momentum is another word for False perception. Pennsylvania is no more or less important then any of the States before and no mater what happens neither will win enough Delegates so a Brokered Convention is what will occur. If the Super Duper Delegates do not go with the popular vote the Democrats will be in a world of hurt. Moses parting the waters will be nothing to the divide that will occur within the party.

    March 11, 2008 at 3:00 pm |
  10. Matt, Charlotte NC

    Jack, Hillary will have the "big mo" going into Pennsylvania. Blue collar democrats have to much to lose by taking a chance on a politican with a good speech and not much else. We have been lied to time and time again by politicians who promise change and never delivier. We want promises that are backed up by solid plans that we can hold people to. Hillary Clinton has done just this. This is why she will win the nomination in the end. Down to earth working folk are not imppresed with a hollow suit who keeps talking out of both sides of his mouth, we want tangabile specifics and Clinton gives us that. My guess is that the polls in Pennsylvania will hardly change after Obama racks up another big fat meaningless Red State win today in Mississippi. He can parade around with the Kennedys, the Kerrys, and the rest of the liberal elitie and make false claims about being outside the mainstream, but the backbone of the Democratic party is hardly impressed by his media proped up "fake mo" and solidly in her cornner. The most offensive thing about the Obama campaign is he is no different than George Bush in the sense that he has told us working stiffs that the rich know whats best for the country, not us little people. Latte liberals in Seattle WA hardly understand our plight, Hillary Clinton does and she will change all of our lives for the better.

    March 11, 2008 at 3:03 pm |
  11. maria from Europe

    Obama will 🙂

    March 11, 2008 at 3:07 pm |
  12. Allen

    Obama has won 15 out of the last 18 primaries held, and he is going to win by a landslide in tonights primary.

    I think the answer to that question should be quite obvious Jack.

    March 11, 2008 at 3:07 pm |
  13. Pat S

    I am waiting to see what you in the Media tells us in the weeks ahead to determine who will have the "momentum" going into Pennsylvania. What do I think? Do you really want to know? In the past I was given the impression one had to win the big states to get the nomination. We know who has won the big states. Now suddenly this year it is who wins the Republican states that really matters. I want to remind everyone in November there will be no caucuses that conduct voting under pressure. People will enter the voting booth in November and cast their votes privately. Do any of you care about healthcare, the economy, and education? I guess you cannot find enough to fill your hours of dicsussion on real issues.

    Tired of the Spin and Rhetoric
    Pat S

    March 11, 2008 at 3:09 pm |
  14. bobw

    Clinton already has "the big state momentum" while Obama will have the campaign momentum. The question should be, who will have the chops to win it.

    I'm betting on Obama because Hillary is rapidly becoming the "Empress Who Has No Clothes". Voters are starting see that her experience is just so much window dressing.

    March 11, 2008 at 3:09 pm |
  15. rbrannan

    Clinton has the momentum going into Pennsylvania. Ohio is just a stone throw from Pennsylvania, and like Ohio, Pennsylvania loves Hillary Clinton. If Hillary Clinton wins Pennsylvania, she has the fact on her side that she won all the big states that Democrats need to win in an election.

    March 11, 2008 at 3:10 pm |
  16. Joe in DE

    Clinton has the monentum but that is not the advantage of previous years.

    March 11, 2008 at 3:11 pm |
  17. Mark - Asheville, NC

    Considering that the media have six weeks to continue to bash and trash Hillary, it will indeed say something important if she still has the momentum on April 22nd. The fact that she is even still in the race, despite the unprecedented negative barrage her campaign has withstood, indicates that she must have a lot of solid support; voters who can not be brainwashed into the extraordinary notion that the Clinton years were somehow as dark and dangerous as the past seven with the bush regime.

    So, sorry, media pundits. There are many of us out here who just don't buy it – the Clinton years were far better than you make them out to have been, and if a Pres. Hillary Clinton could return us to that condition, so much the better! You might be able to keep this artificial Obama momentum going, but I am hoping that it will end before Denver, if not before PA.

    March 11, 2008 at 3:11 pm |
  18. JoAnn in Iowa

    Obama. But why so much emphasis on Pennsylvania? Just because Hillary says it is important? She's pulling your strings.

    March 11, 2008 at 3:12 pm |
  19. paul W.Dc


    Hillary will have the momentum. Like it or not she has raised the question .....is Barrack substantial enough to be President? She has also provided a solution to everyone who likes Barrack but is unsure about his abilities after they've heared the speaches a few times too often. Make him second on this ticket so he can be first on the next one. Everybody wins under this senario.

    If you look at this math Barrack is 46, if ( a big big if ) he wins the presidency now and serves 2 terms at 54 he's retired. How does the country benefit from his talents after he's retired? We dont. If he looses the presidential race to McCain he will be retiring a lot sooner(Democratic Presidential Nominees dont do too well if they loose).

    Now the other math is Hillary 8 = Obama 16. That ticket is unstoppable. Hillary brings all the experience and gravitas that Obama might be missing and for 8 years as VP he's deepening his experience. In 8 years he would be unstoppable. The country gets 8 years with Clinton but 16 with Obama and maximizes his talent for the country.

    A vote for Hillary is also a vote for Obama and that's more than momentum that's progress.

    March 11, 2008 at 3:14 pm |
  20. Jed from Chico, CA

    For the next couple of weeks neither one, really. Maybe Obama by a slight little bit. But that won't matter after a while. Eventually out of apathy and not enthusiasm the numbers out of PA will plateau, and they will poll to within the margin of error. People will start to speculate about the vote of rural college educated black females over 65. (They favor Obama 51 to 49, if you're curious.) And noone will have a clue about what's going to happen. Six weeks is a long time in politics and who's in the lead and who's got the momentum today just won't mean anything on April 22.

    March 11, 2008 at 3:14 pm |
  21. AndyZ

    Does it matter? It appears as if neither will have the requisite number of delagates to win the nomination. When the Florida/Michigan debacle is finally resolved the Democratic Party could be in court until the next poppy harvest in Afghanistan. Does anyone besides me wonder why the poppy crop keeps increasing if we control the country and could quite easily use defoliants to destroy the crop? Never mind, that was a rhetorical question.
    Fairfax, VA

    March 11, 2008 at 3:14 pm |
  22. Harold from Anhorage


    March 11, 2008 at 3:14 pm |
  23. Michael "C" in Lorton, Virginia

    They both will...........but it want matter for Hillary.......it's over and the "fat lady will be singing soon.

    March 11, 2008 at 3:15 pm |
  24. W B in Las Vegas

    it's a long time before Pennsylvania but I think a lot of Democrates, esp the under 30's, are going to be sick and tired of the Clinton campaigns current Karl Rove style "fear & smear" and are going to reject her.

    my wife and I will just stay home if she ends up stealing the nomination. so much for "Democracy" in the Democratic party.

    March 11, 2008 at 3:15 pm |
  25. Damian

    Depends if Obama messes up again. If not, he'll have the momentum after Mississippi. But he won't have enough to take Pa.

    March 11, 2008 at 3:17 pm |
  26. Steven, San Diego, CA

    Clinton has the obvious momentum. Obama is winning the smaller "black" states. She's winning the bigger more, "diverse" states. Once people see that Hillary has the best chance at beating McCain and winning the states that matter, they'll vote for her.

    March 11, 2008 at 3:18 pm |
  27. Tina Ft Worth

    They both have the momentum it is now in the laps of the good people of Pa to do what is right. I am ready to lets get the show on the road and get on with the voting in Nov.

    March 11, 2008 at 3:19 pm |
  28. Randy Porter Mo.

    It seems to be like the late rounds of a boxing match. Both are having trouble holding their hands up, and they have both lost the fancy footwork. Momentum is nill. They have wasted to much energy trying to defend themselves. Both game plans seem to be falling apart. Even Obama`s speeches have lost their luster. I don`t think either one can change public opinion at all at this point. Each one has all the supporters they are going to get. there are no other pools to fish from. I think the only people left to fight over are the super delegates, and they to might keep it divided. What a mess.

    March 11, 2008 at 3:19 pm |
  29. andy from Pittsburgh, PA

    I don't understand why anyone believes anything out of Clinton's mouth. Everything she does and says feels like a team of polsters formulated it. For instance, she has criticized Obama for lack of experience (which he does), but I cannot find one thing she has done as first lady or senator that has made any positive impact. I actually found her record demonstrates poor judgement if anything. I have to go with Obama (or Nader if Obama loses) becuase they at least formulate sound messages that I agree with and that they stand by the ENTIRE campaign. Another thing, she criticized Obama for sending out mail that said she supported NAFTA as first lady... but it's true, she supported NAFTA back then. But then she doesn't see anything wrong with her staff implying that Obama is popular simply because he has an African American heritage and is male, yet this clearly offensive remark is alright somehow?

    March 11, 2008 at 3:21 pm |
  30. Joe Wyatt

    I believe that Barrack, will have a slight edge if he is able to win Mississippi. I think that both canidates need to focus on each individual states issues and leave the name calling out of the campaign.

    March 11, 2008 at 3:21 pm |

    cuyahoga falls
    right now i could care less if anyone gets voted into the presidency has the momemtum to tackle PA i am worried about how i am going to get money to get the doctors office since its 3.45 a gallon. can i get a fund raiser for that

    March 11, 2008 at 3:22 pm |
  32. Al Hilton Palmdale, California

    I think neither will gain anything noticable. Obama has evened out, and Hillary is just racking up alot of McCain votes. This democratic nomination will not satisfy 1/2 of them, who will teach the donkey party a lesson, much like the Republicans found out a couple years ago.

    March 11, 2008 at 3:22 pm |
  33. mi


    March 11, 2008 at 3:22 pm |
  34. kathy poldy


    Contrary to your wishes, the momentum is with Sen. Clinton, because the voters will remember that 8 years ago, they put a rookie in the White House, and look what happened. Everyone said, it's ok,Pres, Bush will surround himself with experienced people who can give him sound advice, and the country will be ok.

    God forbid we should make that mistake again. Regardless of what your personal feelings about Sen. Clinton are, Jack, you cannot deny that her experience counts Better yet, look what inexperience gets you.

    Kathy Dayton, Ohio

    March 11, 2008 at 3:23 pm |
  35. Sherry Croyle

    It would help Obama's momentum a bit if someone would give credit where credit is due – Every network has covered every aspect of this Democratic race EXCEPT for what happened at the Texas Caucus. This morning the Texas Secretary of State certified the official election results and as predicted, Barack Obama has beaten Hillary Clinton in Texas...while Clinton won the state's popular vote, Obama racked up more caucus support, so that, now that the final tally is in, the Lone Star state's delegate total reads:

    Obama: 61 delegates from the popular vote + 38 delegates from caucuses = 99 delegates.

    Clinton: 65 delegates from the popular vote + 30 delegates from Caucuses = 95 delegates.

    So news people, stop saying "two big wins in Ohio and Texas." Big win in Ohio, sure, but not Texas.

    Medina, OH

    March 11, 2008 at 3:23 pm |
  36. Brian, Cincinnati


    As you've said before, it doesn't matter. He's already won. She can not catch up unless he quits. She just won't accept it and is trying to cheat her way into the nomination. Or worse, destroy him so that he loses, allowing her to yet again blame someone else for her problems, and then run in 2012.

    Cincinnati OH

    March 11, 2008 at 3:25 pm |
  37. Dan in Goodyear, Arizona

    Being that the Philadelphia 76ers are in the playoff picture I am sure they will have the most momentum, ok but in all seriousness since Hillary has been winning the big states I think she is more confident out of the 2 candidates. I am willing to say she will defeat Obama in Pennsylvania and then fight even harder for Florida and Michigan. In the end this will go to Denver and Hillary will be crowned at the Democratic National Convention. Unfortanately for me I'm a Democrat and like Clinton and McCain the best it will be a hard decision being that this will also be my first time eligible to vote. I believe that we will see a closer margin with Clinton against McCain than we will see Obama against McCain.


    March 11, 2008 at 3:26 pm |
  38. paul

    There is no question that Hilary will continue with the momentum and carry Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania is so much like Ohio and that state was an eye opener in that it exposed Obama's short falls. After hearing Hilary last night, I no longer believe in Obama's message of change. It should like a broken record...stuck on change, change, change. All talk and no action. What real change has he enacted? If he becomes the man in charge will he get rid of affirmative action..that would be real change. After all, if an african american can be president that would mean that they have broken through the glass ceiling and there is no need for affirmative action. I am quite sure the media will not have the guts to ask him that question nor would he give a straight answer without offending the monolithic group that has got him over the top. And Jack I am not an angry white man and nor am I white. I am a brown man just like Obama who does not believe in his lies and his false message of change.

    Yes , this is a great media story and cnn has aparently show it's preferance for him but is that objective journalism. Give Obaman and Hillary equal time and ask him the hard questions.

    March 11, 2008 at 3:27 pm |
  39. Julie VanDusky

    I think Hillary will win PA. I am from there and I went to see her speak in Scranton yesterday. It was insane- northeast PA loves her! She's got Rendell by her side too- one of the most successful politicians in PA history! There's no way Obama is going to carry Pennsylvania.

    March 11, 2008 at 3:28 pm |
  40. jack Los Angeles,

    Obama has won Wyoming and with his win in Mississppi today he takes the wind out of Clintons sails going into Pa.
    Voters should be able to see the double speak and desperation in Clintons attempt to lure voters to her camp with the lie "2 for 1".
    In every election since before I could vote the standard used to choose a VP was and is...."Is this person qualified to be President". If your are then this is a political ploy to swing the undecided voters to your camp, something a losing canidate would try to do.
    The Obama ship is tacking into the wind. Full speed ahead! Next stop, Denver.

    March 11, 2008 at 3:29 pm |
  41. George

    Pennsylvania only matters if Obama wins. Clinton does not beat Obama by large margins to make an impact on the delegate race. While Obama is continuing to rack up number of states won, Clinton is relying on the big states to pull her through. Problem is she is not winning those big states by huge margins. So unless Obama wins PA the two candidates will be in the same position as they are today.

    March 11, 2008 at 3:30 pm |
  42. debbie mccoy

    I believe Obama will have the momentum from here to the end. I believe if we have a "do-over" in Michigan it would favor Obama. The Florida "do-over" would probably favor Hillary because I think the average age in Florida it about 80.

    Debbie McCoy
    Martensdale, IA

    March 11, 2008 at 3:30 pm |
  43. Velle In Halifax

    Why Jack, its Sen. Obama of course. Hilary's been running on hot-air for months. She's counting on her spider-web-thin "roots" in Pennsylvania she has maintained for just this purpose. She's not from Arkansas either, but it served its purpose. Then, when Bill escaped impeachment and left his last term in office, she went directly to New York (NOT PENNSYLVANIA) and got herself elected to the Senate. I'm still wondering what New York's residency requirements are for candidacy?
    About 48 hours it looks like.

    March 11, 2008 at 3:31 pm |
  44. kathy poldy


    Contrary to your wishes, the momentum is with Sen. Clint, because voters will remember that 8 years ago, they put a rookie in the White house, and look what happened. Everyone said, it's ok, President Bush will surround himself with experienced people who can give him sound advice, and the country will be ok.

    God forbid we should make that mistake again. It's obvious that you are not a Sen. Clinton fan, Jack, but you cannot deny that her experience counts.

    Better yet, lok what inexperience gets you.

    Dayton, Ohio

    March 11, 2008 at 3:34 pm |
  45. James in Cape Coral, FL

    C'mon, Obama has the lead in states, votes and delegates and Clinton has nothing to attack him on with any real substance. Unless Obama goes on camera and salutes America with his middle finger I can't see the momentum switching hands. He's either too clean or too smoothe. Like the way he casually tossed that belittling VP offer in her face. If that's all she has how can she take the momentum?

    March 11, 2008 at 3:34 pm |
  46. Thomas, The Netherlands

    Obama does. I think this entire "Hillary has the momentum now" thing is just nonsense. Obama won, what was it, eleven or twelve primaries in a row. Obama still has nearly the same amount of delegates MORE than her. Hillary is gonna go down and out, and looking at her game of choice – throwing mud and using her favorite deck of cards featuring the experience card and the most notorious one,the filthy yet subtle tactics card- I think that's gonna be a good thing. I can't stand the idea of having someone with that lack of style and grace in her campaign to actually be the next president of the USA.

    The Netherlands

    March 11, 2008 at 3:36 pm |
  47. Joy-Morrisville, NC

    Hillary will have the momentum going into Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania will be an uphill battle for Obama and I hope the people will listen to him and not be influenced by the Pennsylvania politicians. You can be assured Billy Boy and his wife will demean Obama any and every chance made available to them. Obama, hopefully, will change a lot of minds and swing them over into his camp!!!!! Time will tell!!

    March 11, 2008 at 3:37 pm |
  48. Rachel

    If Barack or anyone in his campaign, addresses the fact that when Clinton ran for senate in N.Y., she promised the people of N.Y. 5 million jobs and didn't deliver one, but instead suffered a job loss then he will have the momentum.....In other words, if can effectively make the case of her saying anything to get elected or of not of having delivered on her promise (which I believed she promised the people of Ohio jobs as well) he will be have the momentum, if he does not make the case of pointing to her blank promises, then she will have the momentum.

    March 11, 2008 at 3:38 pm |
  49. Carol Quinley

    when will the Democratic Party start working for the Party and stop Hillary? She needs to realize that Barack has the most votes and there is not legal way for her to win. Barack Obama will lead In Pa
    It is past over for her.
    Carol Quinley

    March 11, 2008 at 3:38 pm |
  50. Kristi from Indiana

    Well, aside from momentum being such a popular "buzzword" in political speak I am hoping for a return to a more respectable showdown & the demise of the negative attacks coming from the Clinton campaign during the last couple of weeks. This race started out as such an exciting & envigorating time for Dems that the depression has already set in & it's not even over yet. We must not disengage all the people who have already voted by fighting over states that should not even be allowed to have their delegates seated.
    I for one do not want one dime of my contributions for Obama to go towards a back-door attempt by Clinton to seat the Florida & Michigan delegates so if there is such a thing as "momentum" this year let's pray it comes from Obama!

    March 11, 2008 at 3:38 pm |
  51. Cale Forty(D)

    Alright! second time being the first poster!

    Now in all honesty, this race isn't about momentum or statistics. Jon Stewart pointed that out very well last night regarding Wyoming. This race can change entirely in the course of 24 hours. My hopes are that in Hillary's tirade of attacks, that at some point or another, people will get tired of her naisily whining voice and turn to Obama so we can start looking forward to November.

    March 11, 2008 at 3:39 pm |
  52. Rex in Portland, Ore.

    By the time the Pennsylvania primary gets here, Hillary will have sued her way into the nomination. Trust the courts and the Machine, Jack. She gonna create her own momentum.

    March 11, 2008 at 3:39 pm |
  53. tco in Virginia

    Greer's too kind. Hillary clearly padded her resume. Facts are Barack actually has more time in elected office, but I won't hold that against him. I liked Hillary at first but as her campaign continued her moods swung and her hubris grew - she lost my vote. I think Barack will have the momentum going into Pennsylvania but he probably won't carry that Commonwealth - this time. If Hillary continues to believe only the big states count and those of us in the "insignificant" states don't count, she needs another rethink, or, perhaps, a head transplant.

    March 11, 2008 at 3:41 pm |
  54. Mary

    Jack, It wouldn't matter if Hillary did have (what you in the news media and press call momentum); the press and news media would build up Obama anyway and trash Hillary. That's how we wound up with George Bush; you all did the same thing to Gore and Kerry.

    Asheville NC

    March 11, 2008 at 3:41 pm |
  55. Harvey S

    One week in politics is an eternity so I can't imagine how we could predict who will have the momentum in six weeks. The only thing we can be sure is that the Clinton's controversy machine is roar at full throttle to hatch us some pointless scandal that "raises some serious questions" about Obama's commander-in-chief test score (Who designed and adminsitrated that test anyway?).

    March 11, 2008 at 3:43 pm |
  56. Mary Lee Atlanta,GA

    Senator Obama will have the momentum going into Penn ... AS FAR AS I KNOW !!!

    March 11, 2008 at 3:43 pm |
  57. Terry - Texas

    As an independent who witnessed the campaign first hand as it made its way across Texas, I'd wager that neither will have much momentum by the time they actually vote in PA. The tactics of the Clinton machine are sucking the oxygen out of the Democratic primary, as illustrated by the recent gains made by McCain against each of them. This is particularly sad for the new generation of energized voters who have yet to experience a campaign that wasn't poisoned by Rove or Carville.

    March 11, 2008 at 3:46 pm |
  58. Roman Concerned

    Lets face it Hillary is boring! And im still curious about this momentum everyone claims she is having. Quite naturally she won Rhode Island, and Obama won Vermont. Then with her sneak thief politics she got Ohio she won that primary, okay we will give her that. But after that this so called momentum comes to a halt. The media keeps talking about her sweeping Texas? Which makes me feel like I was the only one watching that primary. Hillary won Texas by a squeek, 51 to 48. And when you further break that down, Obama won more delagates, and by every indication he will also win the caucus when ever they finish counting it. So the math shows that she really lost Texas and won Ohio which makes them 2-2. So when Hillary goes into Pennsylvania there wont be any momentum for her to speak of. Sorry Hillary, your just boring!

    March 11, 2008 at 3:46 pm |
  59. Larry from Georgetown, Tx

    Man I wish I had a crystal ball to know because there are so many breaking stories every day that can affect MoJo but my wish is if I get the large part of the wish bone from the chicken they promised to put in our pot will be for Obama. As said in some circles, yesterday is history and tomorrow is a mystery, wow am I glad of that, the reality of not knowing is what makes life worth living and much more fun.

    March 11, 2008 at 3:47 pm |
  60. mikeytherhino

    I’m Guessing Barack here. I’m a Hillary Supporter, but Barack has been On fire and looks like he’ll have a good head of steam going into Pennsylvania. Doesn’t mean he’ll Win Pennsylvania, tho. He had a good head of steam heading Into Ohio and Texas too. She by and large wins the Big Democratic strongholds, Barack wins the Republican strongholds. She’ll Win Pennsylvania. Just watch.

    About The Greer Comment. If Clinton was not a Woman, cold bossy and Manipulative would be translated as Strong and shrewd. That Simple.

    Momentum be Damed. Good Luck to both of them, That’s what I say.

    Mike From Staten Island, New York

    March 11, 2008 at 3:49 pm |
  61. L.M.,Arizona

    I live in Arizona,but I was born in Pennslyvania I don't think Pennslyvanian rednecks will come out for Obama and definitely not against McCain in the general election. Question for you Jack when was the last time a democrat won S.C.,N.C.,GA.,AL.,MI.,or any red state that Obama is doing well in during this PRIMARY.

    March 11, 2008 at 3:52 pm |
  62. Penny, British Columbia, Canada

    At this point, it does not matter.

    The Michigan, Florida and super delegates are going to be the deciding factor in the nomination and with all the infighting between the two candidates, they might as well turn the election over to the Republicans in the fall.

    What started out as an interesting history making event is now turning into the same old politics that both candidates are condemning.

    March 11, 2008 at 3:53 pm |
  63. Chuck in Eugene Oregon

    I guess it all depends on how turned off voters are with the Farrero comment Jack. This whole thing is getting quite silly, borderline sick. I have never seen so many silly, self assuming and self assorbed comments tossed into the ring during nomination run.
    As it appears, Obama has a bit of momentum going as of Monday, Farrero's comments could enrage voters to the extent that he will become unstopable. Only time will tell. I think voters are becoming more and more angered by those kind of distracting comments, that by the way have absolutely no place in politics.

    March 11, 2008 at 3:53 pm |
  64. Go Obama from NC


    When Obama wins Mississippi his momentum will be just right for PA. Obama clearly has enough experience to be Head Man in Charge. Obama has clearly shown the world he can be a leader, he crossed over party lines, he brought in the young vote, and he knows there are challenges he will face being the HMIC.

    I do have to agree with Greer about Clinton only success is being married to Bill, which don't count as experience for president either. Hillary needs to stop trying to undermind people.

    March 11, 2008 at 3:55 pm |
  65. CJ in Roanoke, VA

    Obama will have the momentum and I'm wondering how much longer Hillary can keep up her act? Trying to fool us into thinking that she really cares about us. She's starting to wear thin and get shrill. I'm wondering how she'll steal away the nomination from Obama.

    March 11, 2008 at 3:55 pm |
  66. Lori from Battle Creek, MI


    I think Obama will have the momentum going into Pennsylvania. He's back, building momentum again even when he's sidelined by Clintons accusations. Hillary continues to make stupid mistakes such as professing that Obama's not ready to be President and then suggesting he'd make a good VP. She has been all over the place and he is continuing to be steadfast. Why can't people see that she is a power monger and really doesn't care about the American people?

    Keep up the great work, Jack!

    Lori from Battle Creek

    March 11, 2008 at 3:57 pm |
  67. April in texas

    Unfair question but Obama should have the momentum going into PA but Clinton already has momentum there due to her family history there. All states do count even the smaller ones and Obama has shown he can narrow the gaps such as he did in Texas and Ohio.

    Obama '08

    Austin Texas

    March 11, 2008 at 3:58 pm |
  68. Joe -Iowa

    Hillary Clinton already has the Mo, which is why obama campaign seems to be on the defense a lot these days .....Didn't the Media get the memo on that yet??

    But that's ok Jack...We'll keep you informed! isn't that the reason for these silly little questions anyways...

    March 11, 2008 at 3:58 pm |
  69. Rose

    I think the PA primary will favor Clinton, just as Mississippi will go in the Obama column. I think the lines have been drawn between the candidates by their core supporters. Pennsylvania has the working class that is a Clinton hallmark and Mississippi has a large African American population which has become a hallmark for Obama. These are two historical candidates and their supporters are very passionate. Put PA in Hillary's column. Let the voter's decide.

    New London, CT

    March 11, 2008 at 3:59 pm |
  70. Sam Foster, Katy Texas

    it will be like EVERY other state so far in this election Jack. Hillary goes in with higher numbers but once the people have a chance to listen to Mr. Obama, the gap closes. Depending on which kitchen sink she throws at him prior to the vote, and the intelligence level of the voters, we shall see who wins but even if it is Hillary? It would be a small margin as usual.

    March 11, 2008 at 4:00 pm |
  71. Jonathan from Toronto, Ontario, Canada

    In Pennsylvania it's anybody's race. Similar breakdown to Ohio, which favours Clinton but Obama has been cutting into her core of voters. The sparks will fly with spin machines right and left.

    One thing's for sure: There will be blood....again.

    March 11, 2008 at 4:00 pm |
  72. Ronald, American living abroad

    I am convinced that Obama will have the momentum because Hillary and Bill, who are known for being honest truth-tellers, will release all those tax returns by 15 April and we'll find out what they've been trying to hide. Didn't work for Spitzer . . . won't work for Bill.

    March 11, 2008 at 4:01 pm |
  73. Melanie, Lake Wales, FL

    Honestly, I don't know what went through the minds of people in Ohio. I mean they don't like Nafta, yet they vote for a Clinton.... Go figure! As for PA, I hope they get a wake up call and vote for Obama! I hope they see the light and see how manipulative she can be!

    March 11, 2008 at 4:02 pm |
  74. David

    I believe Obama will have the momentum and the lead in delegates going into the convention. I don't think the Democratic Superdelegates will want to tempt fate by voting for Hillary to be the nominee if Obama is leading in pledged delegates and in states won.
    Given several factors including but not limited to, Hillary's polarizing personality, Obama being the front runner and the person responsible for bringing in the bulk of the new voters, and having FAR less baggage than Hillary, they will play it safe politically and nominate Obama. Most Democratic voters will fall in line and vote for the democratic nominee in the fall IF the person who has won the most pledged delegates wins the nomination.

    March 11, 2008 at 4:02 pm |
  75. Kevin From Peoria

    A direct answer is Obama has had and will continue to have mo on his side. Why because people are voting for him. Hillary has not had any real momentum in this campaign. The big win in Ohio racked up what a whooping four delegates. That is not a big win. It was a win but not a big win unless you are grasping at straws which is what the Clinton campaign has been doing since Obama overtook her in the delegate count. Avoiding death and having momentum are two different ideas. Obama has momentum. Hillary is just trying to stay in the race. There is a big difference. Where is the momentum? who can afford to lose the race and survive to fight again ? Obama!!!

    March 11, 2008 at 4:05 pm |
  76. David from Jackson Hole , WY


    Unless the media choses to prolong the inevitable Barack will have the momentum. After all he did win the delegate count in Texas which is going unnoticed. Three very big problems she must overcome 1) her unreleased taxes 2) her dismissal of states she didn`t win (I still believe its the United States of America 3) this totally lame VP sham. Its racist, sexist and demeaning to progressive Americans who are the only ones that will get us out of this mess.
    P.S. Why is Hillary Clinton permanently on CNN`s Hot Topics list? Are they paying for that space?

    March 11, 2008 at 4:06 pm |
  77. Paulette Dallas,PA

    Clinton will have the momentum. Her Father's family is originally fromPA. She had a rally in Scranton yesterday and was wildly cheered on as as PA's favorite daughter. She knows the area, the people, the problems. For Ms. Greer's information - Hillary was onto political reform long before she even met Bill. I'm sure that over the years she has given him more than one idea! In fact, she probablywould havesecured herself a high power position long age if she weren't with Bill!!

    March 11, 2008 at 4:06 pm |
  78. Ted in Portland OR

    Unfortunately Clinton has the Old Washington special interest boiler room politics pushing her. This is a last stand for old line bureaucrats. Lose Pennsylvania, and Politics as those old stogey smoking wheeler dealers will finally have their reckoning. I sincerely hope younger voters will turn out by the hundreds of thousands in PA. and finally shut down the Clinton campaign that only wants to keep bought and paid for K Street politics.

    March 11, 2008 at 4:07 pm |
  79. Jeremy

    Geer's comments about Hillary may not have enough credentials to be president by suggesting that all she has is Bill and his coat tale, is laughable. Still, she has more experience, directly or indirectly, than Obama does. What experience does Obama have? Oh yeah, a speech or two.

    March 11, 2008 at 4:09 pm |
  80. Chuck B Coastal NC

    Obama has the mojo and will continue al the way to the convention and Hillary & Bill can stand it. This is why Hillary has come out with her "karl rove types of attacks", ie: T.V. 3am commercial, delivering a message that she is willing to have Obama as a running mate. The only way the she will win against McCain, is the have Obama on that ticket.But isn't odd that the 2nd place canidate is calling the 1st place canidate inexperienced, but would make a good running mate.

    March 11, 2008 at 4:10 pm |
  81. Steve Matheson

    Obama will have the momentum off thw Wyoming and Mississippi wins!

    March 11, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  82. Charla

    I think Obama has had constant momentum. Hillary will not benefit for momentum really-the world knows who she is and what she stands for. I don't think Hillary is likely to get NEW support the way Obama is...Momentum may not do Hillary any good anyway. The other M word (math) is not on her side!!!

    Killeen, TEXAS

    March 11, 2008 at 4:14 pm |

    Obama has all the momentum he needs, he is the NEW LEADER of the future! Welcome to PA Obama! Bring your hope for change cause this state needs it.

    March 11, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  84. Jay King

    I *really* hope its Obama. I am so tired of the lies and the negativity the Clinton campaign spews forth. I'm sure she's already made countless promises she has no intention of keeping as well as threats that she fully intends to follow through with to the super-delegates already.

    >>> Jay (Minnesota)

    March 11, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  85. Brian - Trinidad

    The tide is turning against Obama. His campaign is sounding too arrogant, snooty and condescending when responding to fundamental questions on everyone's mind. We love to take down bigshots.Early in the campaign,the Clintons were acting like bigshots and they were taken down, now Obama is acting like a bigshot and he's getting it now.

    March 11, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  86. john marlton,nj

    From the view of a republican in the suburbs of Philadelphia, Hillary Clinton clearly has the momentum going into PA. In as much as the new mayor of Philly (Mayor Nutter) is a breath of fresh air and the city’s last best hope, nobody here wants to see the blight in Philly spread to the suburbs.

    March 11, 2008 at 4:19 pm |
  87. Bob

    Obama , because the momentum is on his side and few weeks in front of him. That machine is not stoppable, and when the peoples from PA will foud out what is Hillary is hiding, they will change their mine about her. Hillary and some of her team face a trial probably sooner than what peoples think. google it, everything is there...

    March 11, 2008 at 4:19 pm |
  88. Wendy

    Obama had the momentum until old mother hubbard(Hillary) came along and ruined it for him.....who knows what she'll think of next.....Obama needs to stand up to her once and for all......I can't wait!!!!!!

    March 11, 2008 at 4:20 pm |
  89. Deborah-Grant, Michigan

    Obama will. There are too many nasty and racist type remarks coming from the Clinton campaign and by the next primary people should realize she is more devisive than good for the party.
    She is no more competent than Obama to be president, in fact most of the world sees her for an old harpie wanting power instead of an intelligent leader who will work to get this country out of the mess it is in. Any president consults with advisors and this Obama will do before he jumps headlong into any foolish moves; Hillary on the other hand thinks she knows it all already and will do as she pleases at any cost. She has already made it quite clear that she will make her presidency all about women's issues. We need a president that is for all the people and not just for the issues of specific groups.

    March 11, 2008 at 4:20 pm |
  90. Melissa

    Obama is like a rock that Clinton keeps breaking herself against and she'll crack and unfortunately, will crack the party while she's at it.

    March 11, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  91. Joan

    I think I will just wait to see who the media says has the momentum.
    So far they have run most of it, so why stop now?

    Southern Illinois

    March 11, 2008 at 4:24 pm |
  92. Howard

    They both have the momentum to get to Pennsylvania winning Pennsylvania with a large margin is another issue, making it past Pennsylvania to the inauguration in January depends on how far each is willing to go to get the nomination.

    March 11, 2008 at 4:24 pm |
  93. suzanne

    Any American who votes for McCain or any Republican that slightly agrees with the current Administration and it's policies or actions would have to have their head buried in sand for the last 7 years.
    Whoever wins the Democratic nomination for President this year will get my vote. Both Obama and Clinton are worth listening to and speak with knowledge and intelligence. I hope most of the nation will want 8 years of competence, communication and diligence to replace the arrogance, ignorance, lies and secrecy of the worst President and administration in the history of American politics.

    March 11, 2008 at 4:25 pm |
  94. Brian, Tampa, Fl

    Obama is the clear front runner, Jack we all like to be in the winner's
    circle with the roses and you guys the press.
    But let's be honest here, Obama is a constitutional lawyer and Hillary is a cooperate lawyer,

    guess who knows more about poison pills clause?

    March 11, 2008 at 4:25 pm |
  95. Ray

    Obama should have the big Mo, but the real story is why the Cintons are creating so many deep divisions in the Democratic party? Don't they understand that if Hillary keeps slinging the mud that Obama must respond,as he has already started, and then they will both be toast, its the Limbaugh plan.

    March 11, 2008 at 4:25 pm |
  96. Ray Kinserlow

    Considering that he's ahead and will have won the last two contests, it's pretty hard to argue that Obama doesn't have the momentum going into Pennsylvania.

    Ray Kinserlow
    Lubbock, Texas

    March 11, 2008 at 4:26 pm |
  97. Rob G.

    I'm starting not to care. This whole Clinton vs. Oboma soap opera is getting old. There should be a nominee by now. It was exciting for the first couple of months but I'm losing interest fast. Spring is here. I think I'll turn off the TV & go outside.

    March 11, 2008 at 4:27 pm |
  98. Jorge from Monterey, California

    Jack, is this a trick question? Sen. Obama have the momentum... why? he has More Elected delegates, he has more Caucus delegates and more Primary delegates (another of the Clinton's strategy) he has more popular vote! he has more that double states won! and he has been winning more super delegates in the recent days... Every day he has more super delegates but some how at CNN do no include them! any way... HE HAS THE BIG MOOOO!!!!!!

    March 11, 2008 at 4:27 pm |
  99. clarnece berry

    What momentum? Clinton winning by 4 to 10 percent when she was favored in the polls by over 20% before the electionis not momentum. Obamais either winning or cutting her margins in all states as time goes on and her time grows short.

    March 11, 2008 at 4:27 pm |
  100. Christine from California

    With six weeks left, Obama will regain his momentum, especially if Hillary continues to show her claws. But, Hillary is very popular with the old folks in PA – and there's tons of them there. But, there are also large universities, Pitt, Penn State, Temple, Penn, just to name a few and that's Obama's strength. So, I think it will be close.

    Thousand Oaks, Ca

    March 11, 2008 at 4:28 pm |
  101. Chris MA

    Jack, the only momentum Senator Clinton has anything to do with is the momentum she gives to John McCain on a daily basis. Get used to it now everyone President McCain. So much for working famillies...

    March 11, 2008 at 4:29 pm |
  102. Bruce Brungard Youngstown,Oh

    If Obama and Clinton keep fighting amongst themselves and probably at the convention, neither one will have much left for the general election. Put a fork in them! I'm tired of all the rhetoric. I want to hear their cold, hard facts on Social Security and Medicare reform, and how they will convince their Congressional buddies to finally make great decisions for all Americans and not for their own "political necks."

    March 11, 2008 at 4:30 pm |

    i believe obama will have the momentum going into pa.......but i think clinton, knowing the voting in pa is questionable to say the least.....will probably have her win that state.....even if she does....i still believe obama will prevail going to denver.....let's pray that happens anyway!

    March 11, 2008 at 4:30 pm |
  104. Peter Parker - Miami, FL

    Six weeks is a lot of time Jack. No one knows who is going to win in Pennsylvania, although I believe that Clinton has a slight advantage considering the similarities of this state with Ohio. However the truth of the matter is that Clinton´s time has probably gone off, Obama has the lead in states, delegates, and popular vote and only a superdelegate "miracle" could put her on top. And that would be disastrous for the DNC (and would open the doors of the White House to the honorable Senator Mcain).

    March 11, 2008 at 4:31 pm |
  105. Kevin- Webster, MA

    Hillary keeps digging a hole. If she falls in before she pushes Barack in he will be fine. What about those tax returns? What is she hiding?

    March 11, 2008 at 4:31 pm |
  106. Dennis

    This will be tough as Hillary may still point to her wins in Texas, etc as where she can win big states. She also seems to have no problem in having her emissaries (whether "official" or otherwise) use different tactics to try and take Obama off message.

    In particular, as an African-American who would vote for anyone that I felt would truly benefit the American people, I have seen her use the race card more than once (e.g. Geraldine Ferraro, Bill Clinton, etc) to marginalize him so again, nothing will stop her from trying to even internally generate momentum. But to be honest, I am so disgusted with her tactics and feelings of entitlement (qualified to be commander in chief because you were married to one doesnt qualify you anymore than you could pilot the Titanic because your husband was a captain!), that I would never vote for her; I would rather see McCain and I'm a lifelong liberal!

    March 11, 2008 at 4:31 pm |
  107. Debby Tulsa OK.

    Clinton, come on Jack you know she has won the right states, Obama may have more states but they will go republican in November. Plus how many states (Obama states) would it take to add up to CAL. or Ohio etc.
    Get real!

    March 11, 2008 at 4:32 pm |
  108. Gina Racine, Wisconsin

    I wish that Saturday Night Live would do a skit on how Hillary leads the Media around by the nose. She is dictating which states are the "Important" ones and the media just laps it up.

    Obama is running for the Presidency of the USA.....ALL the States....not just the "Big" " Important" ones.

    Hillary doesn't even have the decency to Thank her supporters/voters in these unimportant States that she loses.

    Look at the math.....Obama has beaten her by 49% , 34%, 51%, 63%, 37% , 52% (in two states) , 35%, 36%, and 48% and then 7 States with 20% or more.....very large margins. She has beaten him by 44% ,15%,17%,18% and 24% ....besides that her wins were by 10% OR LESS.

    I think that the voters in ALL of the States are sending a message LOUD AND CLEAR. Why doesn't the Media report on that? All they talk about is how Obama gets the Black vote, because he is black.....don't hear much about Women voting for Hillary just because she is a woman.

    Oh and Jack, how about all those African American's that voted for Obama in Idaho and Alaska? Guess the Media IS really favoring Obama?

    As Slick Willy says....."Give ME a Break".

    March 11, 2008 at 4:32 pm |
  109. Sandra Bell

    The Democratic party will never be the same. The damage is already done. Hillary is just dragging this out because she thought that she would be a "sure" winner. It's very underhanded how the press now is saying that if Hillary wins, her voters will vote for Mccain and if Obama wins, his supporters will stay home. This is saying, in a very slick way, that it is better for Hillary to win, at least her voters will vote Democrat, as suppose to Obama's voters, which will stay at home. Well I got news for Hillary, 'We will vote and it will not be for her if she lucks out and gets the nomination"!. So please by no means take Obama voter's lightly. We are ready to make a stand also. WE WILL NOT SIT AT HOME ON ELECTION DAY!!!

    Sandra Bell
    Chesapeake, VA

    March 11, 2008 at 4:32 pm |
  110. Robert

    Regarding your comments/thoughts about what I or any Democrat would do in the event that the candidate we did not prefer were to win the nomination, I can only say that I am an American first and a Democrat second. I would vote for the nominee of the party. I believe that Democrats will stand together shoulder to shoulder to deny that anyone who would continue to dismantle our reputation (as Bush has done) from taking the helm of this great country.

    March 11, 2008 at 4:33 pm |
  111. Timothy

    Okay, what is with Clinton, really? She goes into a state that she should have no excuses in and when she wins she says, "See? I'm good." No, Madam Senator, you are playing on a hand you know will win. Why not TRY in states that you know you'll have a challenge in, instead of sending your daughter off to Burlington or Hawaii to be your surrogate. Invest real time if you care so much about this campaign instead of only focusing on states you are strongest in.

    March 11, 2008 at 4:33 pm |
  112. John from Tennessee

    Jack, as long as Obama and the media keep on telling lies about Hillary the momentum well probably stay with the showman. It seems that most of the people are swayed by the showmans speeches. They don't listen to hear that he never says what he will do for America. CHANGE,HOPE,YES WE CAN ,what do they mean exactly? I can"t understand why they don't want a president that will always do what is right for this great nation.

    March 11, 2008 at 4:33 pm |
  113. Brigit from New York

    To begin with, I did not think that Hillary won so big in Texas and Ohio: The polls expected a double digit win for her until a week before the primaries. She won by 4 percent in Texas (and will we ever hear about the caucuses?) and by 10 percent in Ohio. And that with the help of last minute negativity ala Karl Rove! As a woman who used to like Hillary I have to say that I have lost my taste for Hillary as a role model for women in command. The commander of chief of this nation, woman or man, should be able to win the nomination without either playing victim, scratching and biting or leaning on supporters who are racists.

    March 11, 2008 at 4:34 pm |
  114. earl illingsworth

    Senator Clinton (Amerca's, "Iron Maiden"),will never lose her momentum, and that goes for Senator Obama( "Clinton's Mr. Fluff"), as youth(ideas) versus age(wisdom). The two of them will spar for the very last delagate to be had. Yes Jack , the"Big Mo", is to big a prize to get complacent ,or fatigued now! Remember this about the "Keystone State", the founding father's new of it's intrinsic momemtum, and Obama will go all out for this make it happen victory, where as, it's a make or break victory for Hillary !!! Earl, Provincetown, Mass.

    March 11, 2008 at 4:34 pm |
  115. Brian, Devon PA

    I think PA voters will see Obama as a media phenomenon that needs to be looked at closely. He'll need more than a catchy slogan to win in PA. I think voters here recognize that Clinton was not pushing for the Iraq War and unless he can develop more than the "one note" he'll be in trouble.

    However, Philadelphia has a very high percentage of African American Democrats, who are well-organized. It also has a greater than normal numbers of colleges and universities-whose MTV-generation appears swayed by his simple, non-policy defining approach.

    It's a toss up, but my gut is Clinton has a slight advantage.

    March 11, 2008 at 4:36 pm |
  116. Pierre Priest

    The Democrates had better wise -up. Hillary can not beat John Mc in November. The Republican party will come together to defeat anyone name Clinton. Hillary is not a Bill Clinton! On the other hand, Republicans will give their votes to Obama. You can bet if Obama is not our guy in November I'll be giving vote to John Mc

    March 11, 2008 at 4:37 pm |
  117. Julie VanDusky

    Does small state momentum matter going into large states Jack? Look- Obama had small state momentum going into big states like Ohio and Texas and he lost the popular vote in both.

    March 11, 2008 at 4:37 pm |
  118. snoopy

    Hillary will certainly have the momentum...She is a winner and a fighter and has the backing of the governor and a mayor of a large city that are both highly respected. Like Ohio, she will win by double digits.

    March 11, 2008 at 4:39 pm |

    Hillary has the momentum and she will win in PA, MI, and FL. She just needs to put Chelsea and other young supporters on the Net to bring in the young voters.


    March 11, 2008 at 4:40 pm |
  120. snoopy

    By the way, Hillary can't be held accountable for everything that is said by one of her supporters. Ferraro is the one that made the comment, not Hillary...

    March 11, 2008 at 4:40 pm |
  121. Julie VanDusky

    If Obama had the momentum of winning all 49 states in a row and the endorsement of the re-incarnation of Jesus, Ghandi and Mother Theresa combined, he would still lose Pennsylvania to Hillary Clinton. So this question is irrelevant Jack.

    March 11, 2008 at 4:41 pm |
  122. Ginger

    Well Jack if the media has anything to do with it I am positive that Senator Obama will have all the momentum. The only reason the media started giving Senator Clinton any postive feedback 5 days before Super Tuesday was because they did not want to be held responsible if she lost. But soon as she wins the big states Ohio and Texas they are right back with the negative comments on her. Can not give her any credit for winning through impossible odds. The media had rip her a part for weeks, Senator Obama had the momentum and more money(was spending her 3-1), and he had the big endorsements. Through all of this do you think you could give her credit for the obstacles that she had to overcome. No!!! It must have been because she was so negative. Exactly how is putting out a 60 second commercial asking a simple question negative? The bottom line is with everything going for Senator Obama he still failed to win 2 more big states. Senator Clinton won 80 out of 83 counties in Ohio and that alone is pretty impressive.

    March 11, 2008 at 4:41 pm |
  123. Annie, Atlanta

    You would think Obama after what the Clintons pulled here in the last couple of days, offering him as frontrunner the second spot. But the odds in this one have been difficult from the start.

    March 11, 2008 at 4:42 pm |
  124. John from Tennessee

    Jack, I think Hillary will have the momentum,even though both Obama and the news media keep on spreading theire vicious and uncalled for lie about her. The people of PA, know what the medias and Obamas strategy are, and I don't think they will be swayed by it
    Obama is jjust a speech maker and that and lying is all he knows to do. We the people want and need a president that will know what to do if a crisis comes up. in a crisis, we need a president that knows what to do. Not one that will make a speech when they answer a phone at anytime.

    March 11, 2008 at 4:44 pm |
  125. Dee from Canada

    Hillary, of course. Americans have sure been sucked into all the Obama fluff. I still have not heard one unique idea or plan come from that oh so nice man.
    Dee in Canada

    March 11, 2008 at 4:45 pm |
  126. Les Young Oklahoma

    Obama will still be leading in delegates and popular vote by even a larger margin. Clinton will have a up hill battle. Clinton has to win PA by a big margin to catch up. I am not sure she can even win PA.

    March 11, 2008 at 4:45 pm |
  127. Will K. San Jose, CA

    The Clinton campaign has done a fantastic job of downplaying her losses. Any state she loses is small and doesn't matter. I'm sure the voters of the 23 and soon 24 states are happy to hear about how unimportant they are. Unless of course she wins, the people of Rhode Island are of course very important.

    If the media focus on the numbers. Numbers of delegates won and total popular vote then Obama will likely have the momentum. If instead they play into the big state vs. small state setup Clinton can ride that into Pennsylvania.

    March 11, 2008 at 4:46 pm |
  128. Gigi in Alabama

    With 80% blacks in Mississippi, we all know that Obama will win that state in a big way. If Sen. Clinton can win Pennsylvania with a large percentage of the vote, she will have momentum to take her on to the remaining states. If she can do that, she will pull up to almost the same amount of delegates as Sen. Obama. Guess we are going to have a brokered convention after all. Those delegates are only pledged to their candidate for one ballot and then MAYBE we will have an entirely different slate of candidates emerge. How about Biden/Edwards or Edwards/Biden . . . can't beat that one with a stick.

    March 11, 2008 at 4:47 pm |
  129. Dori Brewer

    OBAMA!!! I am with W B in Vegas.

    March 11, 2008 at 4:47 pm |
  130. Harry

    The only person gaining momentum is John McCain.
    If he were to get on the dem's ballot, he might overtake both of them.

    Carlisle, Ky.

    March 11, 2008 at 4:48 pm |
  131. Victor

    Jack, does it really matter. If Obama wins...all Hill will do is say PA didn't really matter...it's NC that really counts...and Wolfe and John King will agree.

    March 11, 2008 at 4:48 pm |
  132. Paul from Michigan

    The newest polls show the momemtum swinging back to Obama with him increasing his lead for the Democratic nominee. I believe with the big break between now and Pennsylvania the people will see the desperation of the Clinton campaign to get a revote in Michigan and Florida because they desperately need it while Obama doesn't. More simply put, Obama can easily win by the original rules, Clinton needs to change the rules to have a chance.

    March 11, 2008 at 4:50 pm |
  133. HD

    Thank you Pelosi! People need to pay attention to Puerto Rico because in the past few DAYS they have changed their election from a caucus (which would favor Obama) to a primary (which favors the Clintons). This is felt to be done because the leadership in Puerto Rico are strong Clinton supporters. I don't think changing this in the middle of the race once you know which candidate benefits is very fair.

    Also, Puerto Rico has more delegates than many official states (more than New Hampshire, Kentucky, West Virginia, Mississippi, Wyoming) and it is a "winner take all" election which is totally different than the other states in this election. Is this fair Howard Dean?

    March 11, 2008 at 4:50 pm |
  134. Bill


    After 6 weeks, there will be no mo on either side - just trench warfare. Hillary will gain a net of 5-10 delegates over Obama in Pa. Obama will make them up in North Carolina and move ahead in Oregon and Indiana as he regains the mo. Firewalls are only effective against the under financed and uninspiring.

    March 11, 2008 at 4:54 pm |
  135. Ginger Colorado

    Clintons have been around the nasty Republicans too long..they manipulate the media and people just like they do. If Obama has the momentum, Clintons will just keep "acting as if" and I guess people fall for that. I cannot believe how nasty she has become.

    March 11, 2008 at 4:55 pm |
  136. Richard M. Snyder

    Hillary Clinton is on her way.............but not to the presidency. She is
    obviously so self-centered that nothing matters to her but winning. I don't think she cares that she is bulldozing her way toward destroying Barrack Obama, and perhaps the very Democratic party itself.

    March 11, 2008 at 4:55 pm |
  137. Jessica from Otis, Kansas

    Barack Obama is leading and will be leading going into PA. Doesn't that define momentum? The leader who continues to lead has the momentum! Hillary you are in second place. Even when you win you are still spliting deleagates with the leader. Someone needs to draw her a picture!!

    March 11, 2008 at 4:57 pm |
  138. gerry


    March 11, 2008 at 4:59 pm |
  139. Leah J, CA

    Momentum?? Who the heck cares? It's been a roller coaster so far and I don't see it changing. Denver will be a "brokered convention" as neither can reach the required pledged delegate count. Floor votes...tedius and boring. Maybe? There could be some developments that might be unexpected...who knows?

    March 11, 2008 at 5:00 pm |
  140. Sharon, Indiana

    Senator Obama may very well have the momentum. As for PA, with all of the money he invests in advertising and with all the positive media coverage he generally receives, he may be able to do better than expected. I just hope people seriously consider whether or not some of the caucuses and primaries in red states have inflated his actual level of support among the general population. It is interesting to see the individual polls that go into the averages provided by realclearpolitics.com, some are + and others are -, plus the samples are relatively small, and the accuracy of polls this far out is always questionable (the impact of attacks and being redefined in the general election came have a huge impact on a candidate's support).

    Rather than momentum, I truly wish there would be more emphasis on each candidates track record (and based on studies, I'm not the only one). I respect people who support other candidates, but hope they have done their homework and compare each candidate's track record to their campaign promises.

    Oh, and by the way, the negative spin about Clinton in this question is part of the reason for the split in the Democratic Party that you addressed in your previous question (just in case you don't realize the impact you and others in the media have on shaping public opinion).

    March 11, 2008 at 5:00 pm |
  141. SJ

    Hillary Clinton DID NOT WIN TEXAS! CHECK the FACTS!

    March 11, 2008 at 5:01 pm |
  142. Ralph Taliercio - Long Island, NY

    So far Obama's campaign has made a few errors. All minor and more importantly none repeated. Even in reacting slowly just before Ohio and Texas Obama's poll numbers have climbed dramatically in every state he has had a chance for the voters to get to know him better.

    More troubling to me is the depth of gulibility of American voters who seem hell bent on believing what they want to hear as opposed to the reality that's hitting them in the head like a rock.

    March 11, 2008 at 5:01 pm |
  143. Harry Wyant

    I'm a republican who will vote for Obama but if Clinton wins I will vote for McCain.

    We need change and Obama is the one who will bring that.

    March 11, 2008 at 5:01 pm |
  144. Nicole

    I am going to turn 18 on April 16 of this year and I am so going to vote for Obama.....he so deserves to win.....all clinton does is talk about "me, I, and how I'm more qualified to be Commander in Cheif"...well i think we need some one who doesnt know that much about politics so he wont be as corrupt as others...people give him a chance, he can not do any worse than bush....if we dont like him, in four years we can throw him out..........at least give him a chance........ four years and we can see what he is made of.....i know he will live up to out expectations....so vote OBAMA!!!!!!!!


    March 11, 2008 at 5:01 pm |
  145. claysee

    It doesn't matter anymore! Too much nonsense about race, gender, ages, polling results and media reporting tid-bits off of the blogs. Momentum is created by the media and what they report and don't report. I wanted to hear about issues I'm sick and tired of hearing all the gossip and who said what and didn't say what. This country is headed for a deep recession. Both candidates can not get us out of Iraq immediately. The big hoopla about change when the Democrates were elected and now they have the lowest ratings of any congress. Let's just sign, seal and deliver it to whomever the media wants.

    March 11, 2008 at 5:01 pm |
  146. Brian From Fort Mill, S.C.

    I think it's going to be a wash. Obama will have some momentum, and it will buy him some time for Pennsylvanians to get to know him.
    But it also gives Hillary more time to sling even more mud.
    I guess it comes down to how well Obama will counteract Hillary's nastiness.
    That's going to be his challenge: How does he remain the good guy, and still be strong enough to slay the Hillary monster?

    March 11, 2008 at 5:02 pm |
  147. onenibble

    Jack, Hillary will have the momentum going into Pennsylvania. Hillary is the winner of big states that count. Obama picks up the little states where Hillary doesn't campaign much. The election is a virtual tie and in the end, Obama could drop out and become Hillary's vice president. This is very possible.

    March 11, 2008 at 5:03 pm |
  148. Stacy in Franklin, TN

    What's interesting about this democratic nomination process is how people state that they want change, truth, and accountability, etc. but go along with anything like sheep. Easily swayed and open for manipulation. For instance, the sheep who follow Hillary Clinton for some reason miss the fact that she will say or do anything to win. She changes personalities and strategies on a daily basis that if you did consider her, who would you be voting for this week? You can't blame Obama for responding back when every dirty political trick in the world has been utilized to show him as unacceptable to the American public. But lately, in Hillary bag of tricks, to hint at Obama becoming her VP, unless you are a brainless moron, is an indication that she is not the person to lead us. Here is some good advice: Listen, look at actions and be honest in your evaluations. If a candidate is consistent in their language and deeds, they most likely will continue the same behavior in office. Just something to think about!

    March 11, 2008 at 5:04 pm |
  149. Chris Blask, Bradenton Florida

    Obama. The Clinton Kitchen Sink is backing up on Clinton already. With a win in Mississippi for Senator Obama tonight and six weeks for more people to understand that almost every attack from the Clinton camp is actually self-referencing, Hillary will have plenty of Momentum – downhill. Noble Prize winner Lord Trimble knows she didn't heal Ireland, Sinbad wasn't afraid of snipers when travelling with her and Canada is about to fire top politicians over the Nafta "leak" that forgot to mention it was Hillary and not Barack who told Canada not to worry about her "just words" on topic.

    The Clinton camp is gaining momentum like a wingless plane...

    March 11, 2008 at 5:06 pm |
  150. Timothy from VT

    Momentum? No, there's this little thing called trust holding her back.

    March 11, 2008 at 5:08 pm |
  151. Timothy from VT

    Clinton and momentum are opposites, maybe if she had a bit of reality and less of an ego, maybe she'd be taken seriously by all Democrats.

    March 11, 2008 at 5:09 pm |
  152. Roy from DC

    Let's see...
    16 of 19 for Obama, that's a batting avg of .842
    2 of 19 for Clinton, that's a batting avg of .102
    What was the question again?

    March 11, 2008 at 5:10 pm |
  153. Veronica from Maryland

    Clinton has the momentum going into PA and she will take it all the way. Do not rule out Hillary Clinton. She will be the nominee at the end.

    March 11, 2008 at 5:11 pm |
  154. josta

    the city of brotherly love will embrace Obama and his message of change and will give him the momentum the Clinton,s passionately and deviously are trying to take away from him

    March 11, 2008 at 5:11 pm |
  155. Iris

    Sen. Barack Obama has never lost his momentum, even when Sen. Hillary Clinton thought she stoppped it. What a Joke. It appears Sen. Hillary Clinton is still trying to find her momentum at this late date.

    Brooklyn, New York

    March 11, 2008 at 5:12 pm |
  156. Burt

    If Obama keeps racking the red states, he will come to Pennselvania with NO MO. In Penselvania, Obama will BLOW.

    March 11, 2008 at 5:12 pm |
  157. Jasper

    Are you serious every one should clearly know who will have momentum into Pa. My boy Barack Obama has won twice as much states than Clinton so far has now a pretty good lead in pledge delegates is ahead in pop vote and the college vote has won Wyoming on Saturday and is going to win today and has proven he could win all over the country and even like Wyoming heavy republican state and even tough he lost Texas still ended up winning more delegates at this point Hillary should drop out with Obama up by 115 pledged delegates and very quickly closing in on super delegates the math is clearly on his side I could go on and on but u guys know how have it and NOBODY can cover all these stories better than CNN #1 at prime time # 1 at 9 pm # 1 at 10 pm # 1 for election coverage thanks u guys like Wolf, John , Jack, Lou thank you all and especially Lou for keeping us inform and wondering “does anyone deserves a government that works? Oops don’t tell Hillary she might get me for coping lol u guys are the best!

    March 11, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  158. GB in Los Angeles, California

    Definitely Barack Obama. Hillary's argument about the big states is nonsense. Is she saying that if she's not the nominee that California, New York, Massachusetts, and New Jersey are going to go to McCain?!! She won Texas - does she think she'll win Texas over McCain in the national election??? She's grasping at straws!!

    March 11, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  159. dave in calgary

    Obama... he's real – nuff said.

    March 11, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  160. carole c

    O'Bama will probably have the momentum until you media guys and gals help Hillary, the "monster" throw everything but the "kitchen sink" at O'Bama after he wins Wyoming and Mississippi, Thanks to the media airing Hillary's ads, her Saturday Night Live, and Jon Steward spots non-stop, O'Bama's momentum stopped. The Ohio gap would have been narrower and he would have won Texas. How come no one mentioned the crossover Republican vote in for Hillary in Ohio and Texas? That's what Linbaugh instructed his listeners to do. The meida has O'Bama's hands tied – he can't fight Hillary back because he's "old" politics and he's weak if he doesn't. What momemtum?
    The media giveth the media taketh away.. bless be the name of the media. Amen.

    March 11, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  161. Nuwan Samaranayake

    Whole lot can happen in 6 weeks. Political strategies, spins and ad campaigns can change everything. Peoples minds are not static. They change often. We all know how Obama's momentum hit the brick wall on March 4th. The beauty of this process is that everything is so dynamic.

    Nuwan from Houston, Texas.

    March 11, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  162. R&T, Charenton, Louisiana

    No Question about Obama will. He has never lost the momentum. It is Hillary who will sell her soul to win!!! Such a sad thing!!!

    March 11, 2008 at 5:18 pm |
  163. Nicole

    At this point we don't know who will win. Whichever one does should put the other on the ticket as VP. If they do this they will show it is true that, they can act grown up and to bring people together. If not, I will know that was just empty rhetoric.

    How are they going to bring us, the nation, together if they can't unite the Democratic Party? If they don't, I may vote for McCain if I like who he picks for VP, if not, I won't bother to vote for president but will vote for others on the Democratic ticket.

    March 11, 2008 at 5:20 pm |
  164. ken mayer

    Jack , Sen obama has had the momentum for a long time now its only the Clintons and the press who like to try and convince us that she has the momentum. Sen Clinton has done a good job of distorting the truth about Sen Obama and her attacks have been vicious and over the top, she has once again played the race card to diminish her potential lost in Mississippi. Why is it when Senator Obama wins a state she down plays his victories, however she make a big deal with the big states. I know why doesn't the DNC only let the big important states vote and tell the rest of the country that their states are to small and insignificant to really be a factor in selecting a Presidental candidate. then they could save us alot of money and i can get ready for baseball season.

    March 11, 2008 at 5:22 pm |
  165. Gerald, Texas

    Obama will have won 16 of the last 19 contests. Even the fact that he emerged from Texas with more delegates has been under-reported.

    With lead in the popular vote, number of states won, and delegate count, he definitely has the momentum no matter what happens in Penn.!

    March 11, 2008 at 5:23 pm |
  166. mike democrate

    Hillary does lead the media around by the nose!

    Hillary has no momentum going into Penn. she has a locked up Governor and and other politicians which gives her an advantage going in. The historic momentum is not there for her because she squeeked out a very slim win in two states after 11 wins by Obama. Then afterwards is followed by another two wins for Obama immediately following. In frustration, Clinton has continued to go negative in her campaign and has backfired in every case as Obama sticks to the issues and rises above the typical political games (ie. win at all costs) -– Obama clearly has the momentum

    March 11, 2008 at 5:24 pm |
  167. Sue, Cuba NY

    Hillary is disillusioned! Doesn't she realize that half of her votes are republicans who don't want to see McCain floundering, trying to defeat Obama in November? Her 'momentum' is is a time bomb just waiting to explode the democratic party's chances to take on the White House this time around. Polarization is her specialty, after all. What else can we expect?
    54 yr old white female with disdain for Hillary in her state of NY.

    March 11, 2008 at 5:25 pm |
  168. Jennifer Collins

    I am counting on Obama to win this time and his supporters, which include me, will be thanking Patrick Murphy. Ed Rendall looked like the chump that he is on "Meet the Press". Also, Obama is finally going after Clinton regarding her padded resume. I think the voters are going to see that Clinton does not have the experience at all. No security clearance as First Lady should have been reported months ago. My favorite though is the lie about Bosnia. She was entertaining the troops with Cheryl Crow and Sinbad. C'mon Pennsylvania do your thing and do not reward Clinton for lying.

    March 11, 2008 at 5:26 pm |
  169. Ronald Holst

    Jack another Foolish qurstion the answer is just like the last question
    I mean who is going to have momentum in the middel east takes for oil Opec or Cheney.

    March 11, 2008 at 5:26 pm |
  170. Pete, Fla.

    Is this a trick question Jack? Hillary has the endorsement of the governor of Pennsylvania and the mayor of Philly. She's leading in the polls and will continue too. Now that Obama is leading, the media will toughen up on him as much as they can, but not to much since they're biased. It saddens me to see that people are trying to count Hillary out so early, she could change history and turn this country around, but America is instead being decieved by an (as John McCain puts it) "eloquent but empty call for change", and that's the TRUTH!

    March 11, 2008 at 5:26 pm |
  171. Jimmy


    I think Obama will capture the momentum back and go on to be the democratic nominee. Please ask the media and the American people to get behind him to beat John McCain!!


    March 11, 2008 at 5:26 pm |
  172. Christian-Chicago, IL

    Jack, Clinton will have the momentum going into Pennsylvania. She will go into PA. having won the biggest states, including Ohio, whose demographics closely mirror those in Pennsylvania. She will also go into PA. favored to win teh state.

    March 11, 2008 at 5:26 pm |
  173. Mark D. Oklahoma City

    Of course, the person in SECOND place (Hillary) will have all the momentum, Jack. According to Hillary, the person leading the race is going to have to settle for the VP slot. Hopefully, by convention time this summer, Hillary will have the lead in delegates, so that Obama can offer HER the VP slot.

    March 11, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  174. Caesar

    The only momentum hillary has is her lies on experience and she knows how to play politics. You know Jack, like a kid who loves playing with dirt!

    March 11, 2008 at 5:28 pm |
  175. Fella from Chicago

    Momentum? Sure Obama "The Mouth" has momentum coming from wins in a caucus state (Wyoming) and the most heavily populated black state in America. Pennsylvania will bring him back to reality and Denver will be the wake-up call for the Dems and Ms. Clinton will get the nomination.

    March 11, 2008 at 5:29 pm |
  176. Just me

    Obama will have the momentum. Hillary's behavior, comments, attempts to secure the delegates from two primaries (Michigan and Florida)despite the DNC rules, her mudslinging, her opinion that she deserves the nomination. Hillary seems to be speaking down to us. I don't trust Hillary. Hillary keeps talking of her experience--exactly what experience?????? Also, which Hillary would come forth since she has so many personas?

    March 11, 2008 at 5:29 pm |
  177. chuck cornett

    JackI feel that Obama will. I think right now shes running scared especially when her and Bill keep bringing up the psuedo idea of a clinton / Obama ticket . The momentum is with Obama ,wake up Hillary and answer the phone or is anybody home at all.

    March 11, 2008 at 5:30 pm |
  178. Kelly - Pittsburgh, PA

    I believe Obama will have a stronger showing than expected in Pennsylvania. Mostly all of my friends and family are planning to vote for Obama. Mrs. Clinton is the last person we want to see back in the White House. We agree that if she ends up the nominee, our votes will go to McCain.

    March 11, 2008 at 5:31 pm |
  179. Phil


    The last politician to use the term "momentum" was George Bush SR. and he lost.
    The thing is all but straight forward, none of the two candidates have enough elected delegates to come to Denver as the nominee.
    So come in the Super Delegates.
    The fact will be that the person who may end up getting the big mo will be the person loosing the nomination. Now take that to the bank. And then everyone will want to draft her for president in 2012. Is the presidency really worth it?

    March 11, 2008 at 5:32 pm |
  180. Rocky

    Chicopee, Ma

    Monmentum's a funny thing; look how much momentum Elliot Spitzer had going to the Mayflower....

    March 11, 2008 at 5:34 pm |
  181. Rick

    It depends on who you listen to. If you listen to the Clintons, then Hillary Clinton has an unstoppable momentum and will be the next president. Fortunately the American people are sending a different–truthful–message! Barack Obama has been inspiring Democrats, Independents, and even Republicans, not only the old guard Clinton Democrats, across America.

    March 11, 2008 at 5:35 pm |
  182. Gus Toad in the Hole, Arkansas


    Hillary Clinton will have all the momentum she needs from doing the HAND JIVE... on stage. that momentum is the result of her personal $20 Million Dollar fortune and her election machine. You can't stop the BEAT... jack...

    Gus , Toad in the hole , Arkansas

    March 11, 2008 at 5:37 pm |
  183. Pam

    Obama of course! He's ahead in all the polls. PA doesn't matter in the over all picture. Barack will still have more delegates in the end

    March 11, 2008 at 5:37 pm |
  184. Jerry


    All the good candidates have left the race and all we have left

    are Curley, Mo & Larry. out of 300 million people?

    Roselle, Illinois

    March 11, 2008 at 5:39 pm |
  185. Maggie from Oregon ( BIG MO IN JUNE IN OR)

    Politicians say about the same thing year after year. It just sounds so much easier on the ear comming out of Obama mouth. Hillary is shrill,and can turn nasty and very defensive in a lighting quick way. Must come from 30 yr with big MO Bill. She has experience in crisis all right the other half of The Clintions.

    Obama ,1 more white middle class women proudly gives you her vote

    From the northeastern edge of Oregon.That is 300 miles at least from the Portland/ Eugene liberal part of Oregon . In Oregon all votes count
    we are a progressive,independent state. And Yes Hillary our vote COUNTS!!

    March 11, 2008 at 5:40 pm |
  186. Knock Out ,from Texas

    From reading the comments against Clinton, I surmise the writers
    are either very young or have short memories.

    We were SUFFERING in Texas when Reagan went out and Bush One into office, left with Reagan's mess to clean up. A similar situation to now existed with huge debt and substantial builders going bankrupt, homeowners losing homes, ETC. Of course Bush One did not get it cleaned up and the people wanted CHANGE so Clinton went in. HE DID CLEAN UP THE MESS BUT AFTER BUSH TWO, WE ARE BACK IN DEEP DO AGAIN, only Bush Two is leaving us with a situation that is so BAD THAT IT THREATENS OUR SURRIVAL AS A WORLD POWER THAT MATTERS NOT TO MENTION OUR STANDARD OF LIVING.

    Barack and Hillary need each other. They would make a great team that could get so much done in the world. They need to come together.

    March 11, 2008 at 5:41 pm |
  187. Michael S in Vegas

    Barack Obama will be fresh off a win in Miss. , but six weeks is a long time to resist getting dragged into a street fight with the Clinton machine. He will maintain the momentum going into Pennsylvania IF
    he keeps to the high ground.
    Let the Clintons dig their own hole ever deeper. No need to throw dirt in on top of them..

    March 11, 2008 at 5:42 pm |
  188. Juli in Arkansas

    I don't think we can look at this race like we have those in the past. It is vastly different on so many levels. There are too many variables that we havent really had before. We have internet politics, re-do primaries, caucuses in abundance, and a Black Man and a Woman running for office.

    I think too many things are too different to have a clue who has the momentum....if anyone does.

    March 11, 2008 at 5:43 pm |
  189. Leticia Jacksonville, Fla.

    I think Obama will have the momentum. He has clearly won more of everything delagates, primaries, caucuses, states, territories, and votes. Another good thing Obama has on his side is Clinton's worse nightmare, TIME! We all know the longer he's in a place, the more her lead dwindles away. She has only won in her own made up catergory of more big states. When is her camp going to let her know that ALL STATES MATTER! Even the ones she loses in. Winning seven weeks ago with loses in between is not enough to say Clinton would have momentum.

    March 11, 2008 at 5:45 pm |
  190. gloriouslace

    At this point I am not sure that momentum really matters. Anyone who has been paying any attention knows that Sen. Obama has won more states and votes than Sen. Clinton. We also know that he has ran a cleaner and more information campaign than Sen. Clinton. What we really would like to know is how they size up when it comes to the issues. Everyone is talking about states and delegates but when will start breaking down their views on the issues. Now that is a graph I would love to see on CNN. Regardless of who wins the nomination the party has already been damaged by the Clinton campaign and she should not be suprised if 75% of the Obama supporters either votes for Mc Cain or not at all if she gets the nomination. Imagine that.

    March 11, 2008 at 5:45 pm |
  191. Burt

    Hillary08..... Obama16 ...
    This is logic. He needs few years under his belt, if he's patient enough. The MO now is with Hillary. She is defying the odds. Everyone is on her case, accusing her FALSELY.

    March 11, 2008 at 5:45 pm |
  192. Dylan from Davenport, IA.

    I think Barack Obama has the best chance, if he plays his cards right. Clinton knows how to play politics, but with a long 6 weeks to Pennsylvania her poison and dagger strategies will tire people out. Barack's a smart man, and he knows he can't do the same, which is probably better for him in the long run. And although neither candidate has momentum from the recent primaries, because after tonight they'll be split 3/3, nobody is going to want a ... wait, Barack swiped at Lou Dobbs? ... this could be interesting...

    March 11, 2008 at 5:48 pm |
  193. debbie

    That depends on whether or not mainstream media is as easily manipulated by the Clinton campaign before the Pennsylvania primary as they were before Ohio/Texas. All the attention and feror over the accusations that Obama's advisor met with Canadian officials regarding NAFTA LEAKED by the Clinton machine to frighten and anger Ohioansand played over and over and over on cable news in all likelyhood affected the primary outcome. Low and behold it was actually the Clinton campaign that met with Canadian officials yet I hve not seen any news organization other that Keith Obermann tell that side of the story. May I suggest to all of you at CNN that whatever "Hot" story gets leaked to you before the Pennsylvania election – and you know there will be one- you actually check out its accuracy before you broadcast the story.


    March 11, 2008 at 5:49 pm |
  194. mitchell martin ark.

    obama.he's stayed on message,has not played dirty pool,he hasn't even brought up the list of controversial clinton debacles,you mentioned the other day,whitewater etc, etc,etc.......the american people should be tired of all the in-fighting that another clinton administration would bring. why shouldn't we hope for something new?

    March 11, 2008 at 5:49 pm |
  195. Bruce St Paul MN

    Over the course of six weeks, Obama can stay on message. Clinton on the other hand will have to keep coming up with new attacks and sneaky tricks, such as todays' comment from Geraldine Ferraro. She asserted that Obama has only succeeded thus far because he is Black. If Hillary were running for Governor of Louisiana in 1956, she would probably win. In 2008, these tactics are resulting in campaign backlash. They have a temporary effect, but voters tire of this stuff pretty quickly. By the time the Pennsylvania vote finally arrives, The Clintons will look like tired old cynical manipulators. Advantage Obama.

    March 11, 2008 at 5:50 pm |
  196. Jack D. from Moraga CA

    Obama may have regained some momentum, but it won't be enough to overcome Hillary's lead. If Obama repeatedly makes a point how empty her years of "experience" are (she spent most of those years as First Lady in Arkansas or DC) he may be able to pull even, giving him the clear momentum. If he doesn't parry her attacks more forcefully (while still keeping to the high road) he may start to lose ground.

    March 11, 2008 at 5:50 pm |
  197. Nancy Robinson

    Obama is far superior to Hillary in everyway, including the momentum. People need to remember all of the bad dealings that are associated with the Clintons, stories like Ron Brown and all of that. I know they are capable of doing whatever it takes to win the nomination. A former Clinton advisor said last night that they would probably blackmail the super delagates if they have any dirt on them to control the outcome. Sad but I think it is true. America is bleeding and we need and want Obama!!!

    March 11, 2008 at 5:50 pm |
  198. Ram

    Certainly Clinton. She is a fighter, a fox & a winner. Obama is demoralized by Hillari's 3 wins. If Obama does not shape up, attack aggressively, he will lose.

    March 11, 2008 at 5:52 pm |
  199. Kay

    Hello Jack!,

    Obama has the momentum and will continue to have the momentum going in to PA because of one very important factor: Obama cares about ALL the states that make up this United States; every vote matters to him. Hillary Clinton just plays "hop-scotch" and decides to run to the states that she knows will give her a jolt and a win. She doesn't care about those states that polls may show will possibly go to Obama. She needs to know that her lack of interest and gratitude towards these states makes her appear ungrateful and negligent to those that may have gotten up and voted for her, even though she may not have won in that particular state. Momentun belongs to the one that observes all states, and that one is Barack Obama.

    Atlanta, GA

    March 11, 2008 at 5:53 pm |
  200. robin

    Oh bye the way watch out for the cry baby stuff again .

    March 11, 2008 at 5:54 pm |
  201. Jorge

    Hillary will have the momentum..specially now that we will re cast our vote in Florida and Michigan. She is the best candidate to get the nomination and become our next President. Hillary has the strenght, experience, and the character to do the job ..we cannot afford another experiment during these extremely difficult times.

    Fort Lauderdale, Florida

    March 11, 2008 at 5:55 pm |
  202. bob lawrence, ks

    Sen. Obama has and will continue to have the momentum simply because, as Hillary turns more negative and becomes more underhanded, people will be turned off by more of the same old politics as usual. If people cannot be inspired and united by this man, there are more fools in this country than I could have ever imagined

    March 11, 2008 at 5:57 pm |
  203. Ruby Coria, LA. CA.

    Jack, there is no momentum..if there was we wouldn't be here, and if he has won so much and has every endorsement ..Why are we here? cause he's not all that, nor is she.

    March 11, 2008 at 5:59 pm |
  204. Drew, Huntsville Alabama

    You know who has the momentum? The media. This thing won't be over until the convention, if even then. Enjoy it, Jack!

    March 11, 2008 at 5:59 pm |
  205. Christine Beihl

    Hillary will have the momentum going into PA. She knows what it takes to to help families in the rural areas. We knew that we could afford a dozen of eggs in the 90's not to mention bread and milk. And when you live 40 miles from anywhere, atleast you could drive to the store and not think about spending your kids lunch money to get there.
    Bring back sanity Hillary......bring back change in my pockets!

    March 11, 2008 at 6:00 pm |
  206. John S.

    Momentum has nothing to do with PA. Its going to come down to campaining and battling in the press. PA is definitely going to be a major battleground for the democratic party. Expect to see huge amount of $ spent on ads, and expect the Clinton camp to ratchet up the negative attacks even more so that we have been seeing. This will absolutely test Obama's skills of deflection and will be good primer for the big show in November.

    John S. in San Diego, CA

    March 11, 2008 at 6:01 pm |
  207. Anthony A

    I really think Pennsylvania will be a wash, they will split the vote Clinton might be able to claim a small victory, but the delegates will still favor Obama

    March 11, 2008 at 6:01 pm |
  208. IFEANYI AZUBIKE Houston, Texas

    Jack, Obama is on a roll at the moment and not even Clinton's wins in Texas and Ohio appear to have slowed him. When you are enjoying the favor of God, nothing man made can tame you. No reasonable explanation has yet been advanced for the Obama explosion because it is devine and that is the same reason he will be gathering even more momentum into Pennsylvania.

    March 11, 2008 at 6:02 pm |
  209. Mike, Pittsburgh

    With all the trash-talk we've seen from the Clinton and Obama camps in the last few weeks, just imagine what the next month will be like when there aren't any other primaries to worry about. At this rate, by April 22, they'll both have destroyed each other's credibility and we'll end up with McCain vs. Nader in the fall.

    March 11, 2008 at 6:04 pm |
  210. Jackie, Kansas

    I hope HIllary does...Obama is a strong candidate...but I don't think he can win the election against the Repub's. Our country is in a mess, and whoever is elected will have too much to try to clean up after 8 years of Bush. Ole "W" is "dancing" all the way to the bank!!!

    March 11, 2008 at 6:04 pm |
  211. B. Smart

    . . . .If Pennsylvania has the common sense to know that two plus two
    equals four (Bill and Hillary Clinton's NAFTA job loss), then I think that they will realize that Clinton, Bush, Clinton, Bush, Clinton. . . . . . .is why
    we desperately need a change in this country from the same old do nothing politics.

    March 11, 2008 at 6:04 pm |
  212. Juan Fernandez Newark, NJ

    I'm hoping Obama would win but it might be a Hilary state but for sure he'll take most of the delegates and still be in the lead

    March 11, 2008 at 6:05 pm |
  213. Karl in CA

    Obama's momentum has been smooth and steady. That's why he is ahead in all categories. Hillary's momentum, on the other hand, is like a car with a failing fuel pump. It goes and it stops and it goes and it stops depending on whether the current primaries are relevant to her or not. She may take PA but she's out of contention over all. Do I hear the fat lady warming up?

    March 11, 2008 at 6:05 pm |
  214. Crystal in Seattle, WA

    Obama has the momentum by far. We have seen a pattern here, Obama taking far more states than Clinton, I think at this point we can write Ohio and Texas' Primary off to a fluke.

    March 11, 2008 at 6:05 pm |
  215. Brian Delray Beach, FL

    Obama has momentum, Clinton has endorsements that preceded Obama's most recent victories. As recent as last Sunday the buzz for a joint ticket was coming from her supporters and that soft recognition that maybe Obama will win may sway Pennsylvannia voters to vote for a demonstrated winner. The Governor and the Mayor of Phildelphia may regret their support of Clinton.

    March 11, 2008 at 6:06 pm |
  216. Gary Miller of Va. Beach

    They both will and in the end it doesn't matter, because the fat cats at the Dem-convention will decide after a few ballots. By the way Mr. Cafferty, you are the best in news on t.v.

    March 11, 2008 at 6:10 pm |
  217. MNghiem


    March 11, 2008 at 6:11 pm |
  218. Don

    Obama will, but who cares we have seen enough of both of them, can't we find anyone interesting to run for office. Maybe you ought to try it Jack.

    March 11, 2008 at 6:11 pm |
  219. Jennifer Collins

    OBAMA WILL have the momentum..

    March 11, 2008 at 6:11 pm |
  220. Victor

    Hillary Clinto will have the momentum. The media is obssed with Hillary and you will just cover how she is trying to win. But I think Obama will win the nomination unless the superdelegates take it from him, she needs to drop out now.

    March 11, 2008 at 6:11 pm |
  221. Iris

    Obama! Of course.

    March 11, 2008 at 6:12 pm |
  222. Anthony Banks

    It doesn't matter if HIllary wins PA or not. The Obama Express has been gaining speed ever since Iowa and hasn't lost any momentum since. Neither of the Super Tuesdays took any of Obama's momentum away due to the way the DNC proportions the delegates. He will continue to maintain his lead and steamroll to the nomination by the middle of May. Hold me to my word Jack!

    Cadiz, OH

    March 11, 2008 at 6:12 pm |
  223. Ron

    Barack will have the momentum fresh off wins in Wyoming and Mississippi. I also believe that someone needs to paly back Hilliary's comments about the OBama rep calling her a monster and whatever was suggested that OBama do with her is exactly what she should do about Ferraro. As a veteran of the United States Marines, I take issue with her statement. The color of someone's skin is no definition of who they are or what they are about. It's a measurement only for small minded people with little to no vision and very little respect for the supportors of Barack.

    Rockford, IL

    March 11, 2008 at 6:12 pm |
  224. Craig

    I truly believe that this is Hillary's campaign to lose. Right now, she has the momentum, but she needs to open up. I don't know what her tax returns have to do with anything but if that's what it takes, then she needs to come clean. She's not making any friends otherwise... Come on Hillary! I believe in you.

    March 11, 2008 at 6:12 pm |
  225. KATE

    I am praying that Obama has the momentum into PA . . . Hillary scares the $#@^ out of me.

    Kate – San Diego

    March 11, 2008 at 6:13 pm |
  226. Devin, Canada

    A full six weeks untill Pennsylvania? Seeing as Senator Obama has just started vetting Senator Clinton's record, this could be a very long time for her.

    March 11, 2008 at 6:13 pm |
  227. Charles , NJ


    Hillary is going to win PA. The Bloomberg study predicted the race almost down to the delegate count. It has been prophetically accurate. There is no momentum without there being any contests for the next 6 weeks! Momentum is gained in the way Obama did it post Super Tuesday, many wins in a short amount of time. So again, no momentum for either candidate. As we all know, 6 weeks in politics can be a lifetime.

    March 11, 2008 at 6:13 pm |
  228. Michael Grant


    The fact that Clinton was soooo arrogant and cocky with her campaign team evidently to not even consider that the race for the nomination would endure until the end is pathetic planning, leadership, and management from the beginning last year. That is the excuse that her top staff leaders are using as the reason for leaving...that they did not anticipate that the race would go on this long and would be over by Super Tuesday...not a good sign for a potential president and the people they choose to be in charge. OBAMA will have the momentum as Clinton continues to show her true colors as a ruthless loser as each day goes by.

    March 11, 2008 at 6:13 pm |
  229. Rome Williams

    Why does the big 'Mo' matter when if Hillary wins all the rest of the states she still would not have enough elected delegates? She just wants to continue the under the table politics by trying to get the super delegates to overrule the people...

    March 11, 2008 at 6:13 pm |
  230. Phyllis Mick

    Hillary will carry Pennsylvania-–the demographics are more in her favor-less black-more union workers, more baby boomer women and mature voters who are looking for stability-not just rhetoric. She has won all the really big ones and this will be no exception. Plus-the more Obama keep showing his true attitude in dealing with criticism--the more his popularity will diminish.

    March 11, 2008 at 6:13 pm |
  231. Andres


    Is math too difficult for you? Obama has won 15 of the last 18 states. That is 15 to 3 states.... I think it is a safe bet to say Obama has the big MO

    March 11, 2008 at 6:13 pm |
  232. Anne

    At this point I don't really care which one of them gets the nomination, as long as we get rid of the current administration. Let's stop arguing about who's ahead and who's winning and stick to getting a dem in the white house.

    March 11, 2008 at 6:13 pm |
  233. Justin

    Obama will have the momentum. He's slowly closing the gap on the Super Delegates, and as the 6 weeks wears on, this will become a bigger story. He's also reopened his lead in the Naitonal Poll v Clinton, which is important for SuperDelegates thinking about Coat Tails. He's won 17 or 18 states with at least 60% of the vote; she can only claim that in Arkansas. And surprisingly, even though Clinton is winning in the Pa poll, Obama is doing better against McCain than Clinton in Pa. Lastly, she said she'd release her income tax on 4/15; when she doesn't that's going to haunt her, and if she does, there will be something in there that will bite her.

    March 11, 2008 at 6:13 pm |
  234. Jim (Independent)

    Barack Obama will have the momentum for a number of reasons , but at the top of that list is the PETER PAUL trial. Both Clinton's should have there court date set about one week before the PA primary.

    March 11, 2008 at 6:13 pm |
  235. gloria

    Obama will

    March 11, 2008 at 6:13 pm |
  236. Tom

    Momentum is media created. I'm sure the mainstream media will try to keep six weeks positive spin for Obama, but I think it's going to be near impossible if Hillary has anything to say about it.

    March 11, 2008 at 6:13 pm |
  237. James P. from Washington State

    I sure hope so. This country needs a new direction and not another 4 years from the same two famlies that have been our elected leaders for the last 28 years.

    Now that being said, it has been the American public that has put these people in office - and we should be ashamed and make amends for our failure not to elect the best people in our nation.

    March 11, 2008 at 6:13 pm |
  238. Craig, Moline Illinois

    Obama will have the "Big Mo," but you guys will ruin it be calling Clinton "The Comeback Kid: Part 2" when she is up by 20 points. She had the same lead in Texas and Ohio, and Obama narrowed the gap to THREE points in Texas. I would argue he is the Comeback Kid, but as long as the Clinton's master the expectations game... you'll listen.

    March 11, 2008 at 6:13 pm |
  239. Teresa

    Hillary will win PA and if they give her what is due her from Florida and Michigan she comes out ahead by my math. What Ferraro said happens to be the truth which somehow does not get posted. Obama is a fad. We all know what happens to fads.

    March 11, 2008 at 6:13 pm |
  240. Mary Yonkers, NY

    I don't know who will have the momentum, Jack, but here's a thought for Ms. Greer- maybe Bill Clinton got where HE was because he was married to Hillary Clinton??

    March 11, 2008 at 6:13 pm |
  241. Kate, MA

    I'm not convinced Obama lost the momentum. Clinton's wins last week did nothing to help her catch up to Obama. She is too far behind to overtake the lead. All she is doing at this point is delaying the inevitable and spliting the party. How can you claim momentum if you're losing?

    March 11, 2008 at 6:14 pm |
  242. Paul Herzlich

    Obviously, we're going to have to wait a while until Pennsylvania, so we won't know who has the momentum until it gets closer in time to the primary. However, I do believe that Hillary is going to have a slight edge when it comes to momentum. If nothing major happens in the meantime that would shift the game completely, then the media is going to end up focusing on how Hillary needs to win Pennsylvania–a key state for her. For the same reason that she was given a boost in New Hampshire and in Texas, she will be given a boost in Pennsylvania: her voters will realize the importance of their votes and will come out in larger numbers.

    March 11, 2008 at 6:14 pm |
  243. carol olshemski - sherrill, ny

    i am so sick and tired of hearing about hillary's probable win in pennsylvania. you'd think they were seating 1000 delegates. since when did pennsylvania became the only important state primary left in this race? i think the total delegates in the remaining states might total up to a respectable amount. she should be embarassed that her bragging rights stop at the pennsylvania boundaries.

    March 11, 2008 at 6:14 pm |
  244. Joe Texas

    With friends like GERALDINE you can forget momentum HILLARY! Shame Shame Shame on you jealous ladies(duh, did I give them respect? Oops, my mistake.

    March 11, 2008 at 6:14 pm |
  245. Jack Kramer

    Why did the DNC not lower the delegate count needed to win when they denied Florida and Michigan their votes. Seems if they had done this then one of the candidates could reach that number without all this hubbub.

    March 11, 2008 at 6:14 pm |
  246. Paula in WI

    Eventually Hillary will win,not because it's deserved but because she has the help of the republicans in as much as they know they can't beat Obama.Mcain has said himself he wants to run against Hillary.Every vote for Hillary at this point is a vote for Mcain.Common sense tells me that the only reason Fl gets to vote over is a repeat of the republicans shennanigans during the Bush/Gore race.I've already lost interest because this thing just keeps getting more and more crooked every time.

    March 11, 2008 at 6:14 pm |
  247. KLJ

    YES HE WILL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 11, 2008 at 6:14 pm |
  248. Murray James

    Jack, Hillary is finished. She is such a hypocryte, nothing she says really matters to anyone anymore.

    Not only will Obama take Mississippi, but he will also take Pennsylvania.


    March 11, 2008 at 6:14 pm |
  249. Linda Orr

    Barack Obama
    Senator Obama will be ahead in popular vote, states and delegates.
    Texas caucus votes will move that state over to Senator Obama.
    Also, Hillary Clinton has crossed the line with her negative politics and people will want to finish this nomination and preserve the Democratic Party. All Hillary wants is for McCain to win so that she can try again in four years. If Obama wins she is finished.

    March 11, 2008 at 6:14 pm |
  250. David Bakody

    Barack Obama will most definitely have the mo jo going into every state. silly ode you Jacky baby. Hey has CNN lost it or have I missed something.........who was the final winner in TEXAS , could it be Obama? if so why has this not been mentioned big time! If it is true then perhaps the most trusted news is ........

    March 11, 2008 at 6:14 pm |
  251. jean gaw

    Jack, I hope and pray, during this 6 weeks, people will be able to see obama is not ready to be President. Just today lou dobbs said it right-obama is mis-informed and his people are two. the further we get into this. the more it will be revealed he is not qualified. I am an african american woman, and I still say-all he has is a speech. Black people are not voting their interest. Hillary will get jobs, and healthcare for them. Just because he is black does not mean everything is going to be roses for black people.

    March 11, 2008 at 6:14 pm |
  252. Wanda, Georgia

    If she doesn't have the momentum going in, Hillary Clinton will have it coming out. As well, whenever Florida and Michigan get their primaries scheduled, even if the vote occurs in June, she'll have a major boost.

    March 11, 2008 at 6:14 pm |
  253. Alan

    Having won the majority of delegate votes in 14 of the last 16 primaries, it is hard to even conceive that Obama has done anything other than seize and retain momentum. His victory in Mississippi will only further cemet that position.

    March 11, 2008 at 6:14 pm |
  254. CJ from Anaheim, CA

    Hopefully Obama. I would hate to see Hillary get any more momentum than she has now because she will achieve it by dividing the Democratic party. Obama really needs to focus on his campaign to the American people. Hopefully Hillary will just carry out a civil campaign in Pennsylvania since she is expected to win.

    March 11, 2008 at 6:14 pm |
  255. Hef Doherty


    Barack Obama will not only have the momentum, he'll have the pledged delegates, more States won, the lead in the popular vote and hopefully a closing of the super delegate gap. If he wins Mississippi tonight more Supers should come his way. This thing is over and Hillary should JOIN her party and stop slinging mud, she's an embarrasment to the Democratic party.

    –Hef Doherty

    March 11, 2008 at 6:15 pm |
  256. Dion

    Hillary for sure. She won all the large states.

    March 11, 2008 at 6:15 pm |
  257. Mac- Dallas, TX

    The concept of "momentum" is a bit silly. All of the primaries are simply snapshots in time, and the results in each state would tend to be the same over time with these two specific candidates. The actual order of the primaries gives the false impression of momentum shifting back and forth. I can only think Clinton's apparent bipolar disorder would be the only major infuence on the undecided and independent voters, as it was for me about two weeks ago.

    March 11, 2008 at 6:15 pm |
  258. Oliver K.

    Honestly, I believe Obama will have the momentum going into PA, however I don't think it will make much difference for him if he can't somehow get voters in PA to join in on that momentum!

    March 11, 2008 at 6:15 pm |
  259. Marilyn in Ohio

    Obama will have the momentum but Hillary will win Pennsylvania just like she won Ohio. However, I believe Obama will be the nominee and he WILL NOT win the White House because he will not be able to carry the important states in the general election.

    March 11, 2008 at 6:15 pm |
  260. Ed

    All momentum is going to depend what the Dem party do about Fla and Mich…

    If they keep their rules from the beginning Obama will have the momentum. If they agree on a do over Hillary will.

    Now my idea to sit all the Fla and Mich delegates is… Sit them all but slit them right down the middle. Half to Obama Half to Hillary…

    The idea is free, fast, and even for all..

    March 11, 2008 at 6:15 pm |
  261. Bob Rhodes

    I think the Obama campaign will continue to have great momentum going into Pennsylvania. Although the Clinton campaign is mysteriously refusing to admit it, Obama has continued to do well even winning more delegates in Texas (a "large state" – many in Clinton's campaign have said only she can win these). His win in Wyoming and his expected win in Mississippi will continue to propel him into and through Pennsylvania to the White House.

    Los Angels, CA

    March 11, 2008 at 6:15 pm |
  262. Lisa

    Barack has never lost the momentum. He may have lost Ohio and Rhode Island but Texas is legitimately a win for him once you add the caucus delegates. Winning 2 out of the last 13 or 14 doesn't qualify her for a momentum change. People keep forgetting that the delegate math clearly has him winning therefore the momentum is with him. She continues to be more of the same old political machine and Barack is seen as a fresh, new start for this country.

    March 11, 2008 at 6:15 pm |
  263. D. Marks

    Hi Jack
    Love your show....
    As a Canadian, I pray that Barack Obama not only has momentum going into Pennsylvania, but also that he wins the nomination and the Presidency.
    I think Obama as President would be great for your country as well as the world !

    YES, HE CAN !!!

    March 11, 2008 at 6:15 pm |
  264. anthony cutrara

    It is simple, Obama will have the momentum, i am a democratic committeeman from Exeter, Pa. i represent the 7th precient and obama has the momentum and the right stuff to be President. Yes He Can.



    March 11, 2008 at 6:15 pm |
  265. Janice

    It doesn't take a moron to figure out Obama is unstoppable with or without momentum..He will always have momentum..Even leading us as a nation..Can you for one minute imagine?

    Santa Fe, N.M.

    March 11, 2008 at 6:15 pm |
  266. lena

    I want Barack to have the momentum in PA and I will work as hard as I can to make that happen. However, deep down I think Clintons are pulling some strings in PA. There is no way that Clinton can have the momentum and win PA if she campaigns honestly! Grassroots of Obama's campaign cannot be even compared to that of Clinton's: he has broken records: 2 million calls in Ohio, more than 1 million doors knocked on and over 1 million donors online!!! If Clinton would honestly stand next to Obama in PA, she doesn't stand a chance. Unfortunately, she is so desperate to win that I think she's unofficially pulling the strings.

    March 11, 2008 at 6:15 pm |
  267. Mae Williams

    No! I don't think that either one of them will have momentum. Hillary's last wins will be Ohio, Texas, and Rhode Island. Barack's wins will be Vermont, Wyoming and Mississippi. And, all of these "wins" for both candidates comes six to seven weeks "before" the Pennsylvania Primary. So, any momentum that Hillary had from her three wins last week will be gone by the time the Pennsylvania comes around, and so will Barack's momentum from winning the three that he won, be gone by the time that Pennsylvania rolls around.

    Mae Williams
    Anderson, South Carolina

    March 11, 2008 at 6:15 pm |
  268. Jon -Seattle

    MOMENTUM>? what is that anymore? The word in the "press" is being thrown around back and forth so much that I don't think either will have it. It's just become a meaningless word. Let's just see who wins!

    March 11, 2008 at 6:15 pm |
  269. Danny H- Syracuse,NY


    Hillary is going to get all the momentum she needs to win this race in Pennsylvania PLAIN AND SIMPLE, she will be the come back kid. Its time for people to start realizing that America needs experience to run the country in our current situation. As a college student always being criticized for not voting Obama, I truly believe Hillary will pull through!

    March 11, 2008 at 6:15 pm |
  270. Blanche

    Obama and Clinton will have the both real and perceived momentum going into Pennsylvania. Media is in charge of creating perception but it must be the People who make that perception real.

    March 11, 2008 at 6:15 pm |
  271. Carlene

    Obama will have the momentum, but it will be insignifcant because the Clintons will continue to perpetrate lies and innuendo about Obama to hoodwink the good people of Pennsylvania into voting for her.

    March 11, 2008 at 6:15 pm |
  272. Christine Hernandez-Cuenco

    Of course Obama will have momentum, he is going to win the African-American vote in Mississippi. Ferraro is 100% correct. Obama would not have the African-American vote if he were not a person of color.
    Asheville, NC

    March 11, 2008 at 6:15 pm |
  273. Monica Ollendorff

    Yes, I think Obama will. If not, with all the Superdelegates announcing – and even switching – their support for Obama, and saying they will vote for the candidate who has won the popular vote, Hilary doesn't have a chance.
    BTW, Thank you Ms Greer for speaking my mind for me.

    March 11, 2008 at 6:15 pm |
  274. carol

    Mr Obama continues to grow on us. By contrast, Ms Clinton is shrinking.

    March 11, 2008 at 6:15 pm |
  275. Steven

    Obama has this thing wrapped up, Jack. He's just waiting for Governor Huck... i mean Senator Clinton to drop out.

    March 11, 2008 at 6:16 pm |
  276. James Beasley

    Whose surrogates are making racist remarks? Whose surrogates are getting caught with prostitutes? Whose tax returns will turn the entire state of PA against her? Who is losing delegates even as she wins? Barack has momentum.

    March 11, 2008 at 6:16 pm |
  277. Khalil S.

    Obama has the momentum all the way. Even after his losses (which were so close it didnt even matter) he still managed to get more delegates. He by far has the momentum over Hillary.

    Khalil S.
    Columbus Ohio

    March 11, 2008 at 6:16 pm |
  278. jack m.......hillside, nj

    Momentum going into Pennsylvania isn't the issue. The plain fact of these primaries is that Hillary is winning in the states a democrat needs to be elected. Obama is winning the states that are normally red states in November. Can Obama turn the Hillary primary states into Obama November states?

    March 11, 2008 at 6:16 pm |
  279. Charles Edson

    Who will have the momentum? McCain. Obama and Hillary are sabotaging each others' campaigns to such an extent that neither will roll, much less have momentum.

    March 11, 2008 at 6:16 pm |
  280. James Allen

    There needs to be a fair "do over" primary in both Michigan and Florida. Then, whoever has the popular vote and lead in delegates should also have the remaining Superdelegates to bolster.

    March 11, 2008 at 6:16 pm |
  281. Theresa

    I hope Hillary has momentum going into PA. It would be nice if people actually listened to the nonsense that Mr Obama repeats incessantly, and realized the best hope for our country IS Hillary. As for Ms Greer she sounds not only petty but jealous.

    March 11, 2008 at 6:16 pm |
  282. daniel flood

    Obama has the momentum and he has six weeks for the voters of P.A. to get to know the new kid on the block. Six weeks also gives Hillary time to reflect on the damage she is causing all with her dirty negative campaigning.

    March 11, 2008 at 6:16 pm |
  283. Mary Ward

    Obama will have the momentum largely in part due to his past and current support from African American voters in the deep south. It was estimated that 90% of African Americans are voting for him, and will do so today. Even your pundits predicted victory due to the "high percentage of African American voters." Racist remark? No, it is reality. Call a spade a spade. He has the momentum but will never win the White House because Hillary got the votes in the big states.
    Enhoy it while it lasts, Senator Obama.

    March 11, 2008 at 6:16 pm |
  284. Thom Davis

    As much as Hillary would like for us to forget that fact she lost 11 in a row before she finally woke up and won 3, you can't escape this truth (plus add Wyoming and probably Mississippi to the Obama win column). No slime and sleaze campaign tactics from the Clintonians can erase the fact that they are the past, Obama is the present and future.
    Thom Davis
    Urbana, IL

    March 11, 2008 at 6:16 pm |
  285. Ernesto Ruiz

    I'll go with "none of the above" and write in John McCain. While the Democratic candidates for the presidential nomination are busy explaining outrageous comments made by their fringe surogates, their Republican counterpart will be going around the world meeting with foreign leaders as the head of a bipartisan congressional delegation. While the Dems are spending money and political capital tearing each other up, the GOP's new flag-bearer will be replenishing his funds and reintroducing himself to the American people unopposed. While the DNC takes it's show on the road to marginal states and territories around the world, the GOP can begin to focus on swing states and the like. All told, momentum is with John McCain and it will stay there until the Democrats choose a nominee.

    March 11, 2008 at 6:16 pm |
  286. Sherry

    Clinton is running on what she calls "Experience" If being the family member of an Ex-President is Experience then current President Bush should be an expert. So on this I say Obama is the one with the Momentum he is not related to any in the past Presidency.

    March 11, 2008 at 6:16 pm |
  287. Phillip from N.C.

    Obama, obviously. If you look at past primaries, whenever Obama has had a long period to tour a state he can close the gap and blow past Clinton unless she cries or goes negative. Six weeks is a long time, and when Obama widens the lead tonight, he will come out ahead.

    March 11, 2008 at 6:17 pm |
  288. Clifford Webb

    It seems a dishonest question to ask at all, after sitting there toting the list where Obama leads, and expecting that lead to widen even further after today's vote tally. Add that to the oft noted reality that for all practical purposes it is impossible for Clinton to over take Obama in pledge delegates states won or the popular vote....you tell me...who has the momentum? I expect meatier discourse from you Mr. Cafferty, of anyone at CNN.

    March 11, 2008 at 6:17 pm |
  289. Marie, St. Louis

    Hillary of course. She has all of the big states. Disregard all of the hype about the most states (as if Obama will get most of the Red states ???) and pay attention to the important information and Hillary has it hands down.

    March 11, 2008 at 6:17 pm |
  290. Spencer Somers, CA

    Hillary will win Pennsylvania, and maybe the mail-in votes for FL and MI. However, Obama has won enough ground that as long as she keeps winning by narrow margins, she will never take over the popular vote or pledged delegate lead. If Hillary wins by stealing the super-delegates at the convention, then the DNC learned nothing from the FL debacle of 2000, and are in danger of becoming the country's biggest hypocrites.

    March 11, 2008 at 6:17 pm |
  291. Ryan

    Jack, Hillary's ascerbic campaign style has not played well with young voters such as myself. Senator Obama generally gains both popularity and momentum when Hillary resorts to such pointed, acrimonious tactics. If I were a betting man, I would have to say that Obama will have the momentum going into Pennsylvania. Even if he loses by margins as small as those in Texas and Ohio, he will go on to clinch the nomination.

    March 11, 2008 at 6:17 pm |
  292. Cedric

    it does not matter, only Staes Hillary win are important and the media follows that twisted logic. Looks like the Okie Doke to me. Are the running for President of the USA or president of the Big States of America.

    March 11, 2008 at 6:17 pm |
  293. J.D. Johnston

    Whoever has the momentum depends on the press. If they ask Obama hard questions, Hillary will gain the momentum. Barack doesn't know how to deal with a critical press. Or maybe he just doesn't want to. He's not black, he's green.

    March 11, 2008 at 6:17 pm |
  294. Jackie

    Doesn't matter who has the "momentum." What matters is who WINS. Thanks, Jack.

    March 11, 2008 at 6:17 pm |
  295. Claudia

    Barack Obama will have the momentum going into Pennsylvania. My hope is that the voters in Pennsylvania will realise that are signs of bi-polar on the other side. Keep doing what you do Jack, you're voice most of my opinions most of the time.


    March 11, 2008 at 6:17 pm |
  296. Dj from Indy

    What are you talking about Jack? Only Clinton and Obama remain in the democratic race for President right? Did I miss something, is Kucinich still a contenter in Pennsylvania??

    Obama will win Mississippi for sure and will probably upset in Pennsylvania as well.

    Now if you include :"McCain the Machine" in the equation then maybe your question actually would make sense. Both PA and MS will go to the republicans.

    Buck up on the questions, you can do better than that.

    March 11, 2008 at 6:17 pm |
  297. Babatunde Diya

    First of all would like to comment on your opinions Jack, you are totally honest, straight forward and down to earth! thats why I always look forward to watching the Cafferty file on Wolf's The Situation Room. Barack Obama will definately have the momentum because the past weeks have shown the deceptive, ignorant and irrational aspect of Hillary clinton's campaign machinery and of Hillary's herself. This in my opinion would motive voters to switch to the Obama camp and therefore give him more momentum.He has steadfastly shown a type of politicking that doesn't involve crude tactics or archaic ways of campaigning unlike the Clinton camp, also his lead in the pledged delegates and total votes would also move voters to boost Obama's momentum.

    March 11, 2008 at 6:17 pm |
  298. Marie

    Obama – His campaign has always been about momentum. Hillary just likes to claim it when the media lets her. The 'real' question for a while now is about division within the party. Will voters for the other Democrat after one has been eliminated – whenever that may be? Who would do the best job in uniting the party to compete in the general election? None of the questions of the Democratic candidates really matter unless they have the motivating appeal that will get them elected.

    March 11, 2008 at 6:17 pm |
  299. Linda

    I can't find a posting that demonstrates where Hillary and Germaine have met never mind hung out together for any period of time, so I'm just curious as to the basis for Ms. Greer's comments.

    March 11, 2008 at 6:17 pm |
  300. Renee

    Responding from knockout from Texas. Barack doesn't need Hillary; however it would be a dream ticket if they agreed to run together. With that said it won't happen because Barack presents a different approach to politics. You must don't know the history of the Clintons. She talks about Barack misleading people, but her supporters obviously do not remember the Clinton days with White Water, The elderly scam, The pardons of the people who bombed over 30 buildings in the USA, and the list goes on and on.

    March 11, 2008 at 6:17 pm |
  301. Eric Thomas


    It's Barack Obama's message that gives him momentum. It's his refreshing approach to foreign policy that gives him momentum. I could support Hillary Clinton but the fact is Barack Obama is a better candidate and doing a heckuva job against the Clinton machine. He's going to absolutely be a formidable opponent for John Mc Cain and aren't we really ready for something different? Do we really see Hillary Clinton or John Mc Cain as representing the kind of real change we're looking for? I don't know about you but I'm looking for someone who brings a new approach to the way things get done, internationally and I think Barack Obama is the only candidate with the skills,charisma and commitment to do that.

    March 11, 2008 at 6:17 pm |
  302. stephanie - Canada

    Obama is expected to win and won't generate excitement out of Mississippi. (not that people are voting in groups, but the large African American population is bound to vote for him). Hillary is in wait mode.

    By the way, Any feminist will tell you, G. Greer has been losing her marbles for some time and is not considered a "feminist" voice now.

    March 11, 2008 at 6:17 pm |
  303. ann

    The Clinton's say hillary should be president because she has won the big states...totally excluding the rest of america as not being important..the clinton's are expected to win pennsylvania and thats ok...but what about the rest of us that haven't voted yet...the longer this election runs it's course the more the real hillary shows...what happended to the woman that cried on tv...now racial comments are ok with her...when your not on the Clinton's side...they cares less about you...and they will chew you up and sit you out...they are cut-throat people...

    March 11, 2008 at 6:17 pm |
  304. H Patel, Winterville, NC

    Momentum can be changed overnight. Currently, Obama seems as if he has it. If he sticks to his message of movement, he shall ride it all the way to the convention. Be wary of unsafe waters. The Clinton shark is still present and won't go away easily. This election may come down to North Carolina!

    March 11, 2008 at 6:18 pm |
  305. Johnny from Houston

    Anyone with half a brain can see that with his upcoming win in Mississippi, and his win in Wyoming, Barack Obama will have the momentum. Oh yeah, and have we forgotten that Barack raised $50 million in February? Now he has six weeks before Penn. to raise even more. On a side note, Hillary talks about her and experience and being ready when that call at 3 a.m. comes in, the only experience she has answering the phone at 3 in the morning is to say "it's for you Bill"

    March 11, 2008 at 6:18 pm |
  306. Tearched Scott

    Obama will have the momentum going into Pennsylvania, Clinton is being critized for not showing her records, not getting rid of a supporter who has made negative comments about the Obama campaign, and also heavy by the feminist movement. When you factor in what she is doing, she showing her true colors and people are not liking what they see.

    March 11, 2008 at 6:18 pm |
  307. Alejandro

    I believe Obama will have the momentum. HIllary's tactit, like Giuliani, of skipping the smaller states for the big ones will get her where it got Giuliani. Besides she needs to win practically every contest from here on to get the necessary 2025. He doesn't.

    March 11, 2008 at 6:18 pm |
  308. Dan Ohio

    Jack, Hillary will have the momentum, the people will have plenty of time to reevaluate Obamas judgment, which he claims, and to hear his pundints say he has to appoint advisors, seems he didn't have that judgement when he appointed senior advisors for economic and international affairs...would his cabinet be any different?

    March 11, 2008 at 6:18 pm |
  309. Tim

    Jack- It doesn't matter if Sen. Clinton win PA 60-40% she can not catch up to Obama in delegates pledged or super. When will Dems. understand that she is Gov. Mitt Romney after Super Tues? As far as popular vote margins, it will be hard for her to catch up, even if Michigan and Florida revotes. I wish we were a purely democratic society and popular votes always wins, but that is not true.... it is a fact of our nation. Either way the Dems are trying their hardest to lose a can't lose election.

    March 11, 2008 at 6:18 pm |
  310. Kimberly Meyer

    Obama certainly has more momentum then Hillary. If Obama wins Missippi he will be 14-3 since Super Tuesday. Some of those wins come from much larger margins than Clinton's three wins. In addition, he has so many more delgates, that Hillary would have to win by more than 80% in Pennsylvania to catch up.

    March 11, 2008 at 6:18 pm |
  311. Lady in Texas

    You cannot win the state of Texas just getting the four main cities. One person was the underdog and not expected to win in Texas. But she came back and won and she one the majority vote. I think our party needs to revisit the delegate process because if someone wins the majority of the state in my book that person wins.... But I like Obama too and so if she doesn't win I will support him. Both are smart and both are proof that we can change this Nation. We really need to be arguing with Mcain in stated today that Clinton and Obamas healthcare plans will raise taxes. Now that is funny. When Clinton was in office at least my tax return looked better then all the years Bush has been in there. Then if you look up the gas prices the last year Bill Clinton was in office you will see that they were only 1.30 a gallon in the nation. Since Bush has been in office the gas has soared. We need to stay focused on helping all of us smaller people that don't make 250,000 plus a year. Plus the gas prices are lining Bush's pockets before he is out of office. Lets stay focused on the important issues.......

    March 11, 2008 at 6:18 pm |
  312. S Rothacker

    Hillary Clinton has a definite advantage. She has won all the big states, and will more than likely win PA. And, by the way, she will also win Florida & Michigan. And despite newscasters like you, Jack, whose own preference for a candidate rules his supposed unbiased news.

    Hereford, AZ

    March 11, 2008 at 6:18 pm |
  313. Carole

    Obama should remain in the lead going into PA. Opinionators in the news fail to give the public credit for 'thinking' for themselves; we are not just falling into a demographic pit in which all separators determine our Presidential preferences. Obama is winning because he is 'trustable' and willing to try something new–intelligence! The difference as I see it is that when Clinton says one of her crew was out of line when they misspoke-=-I question her truthfulness. When Obama has a 'mis-speak' from a staff member–I believe it is just that-not Obama hiding behind his 'expendable' staff members. That is the FIRST difference that is guiding me towards his lever in PA.

    March 11, 2008 at 6:18 pm |
  314. Jim Got

    They both have momentum from different voters. I'll bet you a steak, Jack, that Obama will not win the White House in the general election if he gets the nomination!

    March 11, 2008 at 6:18 pm |
  315. Larry

    Jack, Barack Obama has the momentum going in and coming out of Pennsylvania. There is a "MOVEMENT" sweeping across the country and people are getting onboard with the Obama's "It time for a Change” message. The Clinton's slight of hand tactics and don't pay attention to the man behind the curtain days are over.

    March 11, 2008 at 6:18 pm |
  316. Tom, South Hadley, MA

    Senator Obama will have the momentum because the Clinton campaign can't seem to stop making mistakes. First the ridiculous VP offer and now Graldine Ferraro. Let's not forget her State's governor has also cast yet another shadow over her supporters. These are the things that will do her in in the public's eye. In the end, the delegate count will rise and the superdelegates will have to follow the will of the people.

    March 11, 2008 at 6:18 pm |
  317. Jordan from Eugene, Oregon

    If there was anything Texas and Ohio showed us, it's that momentum doesn't necessarily equal victory. Obama had won 11 straight states and loss the ones that were hyped up to be really important. Clinton's are too strategic, Clinton has some tricks up her sleeve, and she is not afraid to get dirty the more desperate she gets.

    March 11, 2008 at 6:18 pm |
  318. Kim Gartner

    I believe Obama will have momentum leading up to Pennsylvania. All the Democrats can hope for are clean campaigns for the next six weeks. I personally think as long as the campaigns are run well, it is actually to the Republicans' disadvantage. At least the Democratic candidate knows exactly who the opponent is. Behind closed doors, they probably both have teams preparing the campaign against McCain. McCain, on the other hand, won't know his opponent for quite some time. Could be the most brililant strategy for the Democratic party in a while.

    March 11, 2008 at 6:18 pm |
  319. sumner stone

    It will be Hillary. She has won more votes and delegates in the traditional blue states that the Democrats will need in November. She has won Florida and Ohio, which the party lost in 2000/2004. And she won these in primaries, not the disenfranchising caucuses. The majority of Obama's states and delegates come from red states that will never vote Democratic or from mostly smaller blue states. Pensylvania will cement this trend.

    March 11, 2008 at 6:19 pm |
  320. mike

    obama will have momentum because the people of america are showing that when he's president and brings the country closer together we will be stronger as americans working together on our problems and be the envy of the rest of the world and clinton just shows politics as usual

    March 11, 2008 at 6:19 pm |
  321. Fuad Isabegovic

    The momentum is unequivocally with Obama. Not only is he leading in the number of pledged delegates, states won and popular vote, but he has been steadily closing in on Clinton in the number of the superdelegates. Only a month ago, Clinton had a comfortable lead in this group of almost 100, now it has shrunk to a mere 32-superdelegate margin. Clinton is losing at all fronts and even a landslide win (at least a 30-point margin would not help her dramatically) in Pennsylvania cannot put her back on track as a serious contender. Besides, the demographics of the remaining states largely favour Obama. So, it is very hard to see HRC winning the Democratic nomination for President.


    March 11, 2008 at 6:19 pm |
  322. frankie

    jack why don't you tell us since your for obama and sexiest towards hillary clinton.i bet is clinton because she won the last to big one's texas ohio.

    March 11, 2008 at 6:19 pm |