Analysis: As Obama nears finish line, can Clinton rebound in time? – CNN.com

NEW YORK (CNN) — Barack Obama took a major step Tuesday toward securing the Democratic presidential nomination. Not only did he score a convincing victory in North Carolina; but by drawing to a virtual tie in Indiana he made an already difficult path for Hillary Clinton to the presidential nomination significantly more challenging.

After Tuesday night, Obama took a larger lead in pledged delegates as well as the overall popular vote.

But Clinton vowed to soldier on, telling supporters at a rally in Indiana “it’s full-speed on to the White House.”

Obama wakes up this morning with a larger lead in pledged delegates as well as the overall popular vote. For Clinton, time for a rebound may be slipping away.

The finish line is 2025 delegates, and with North Carolina and Indiana in the rear view mirror, only six contests and 217 pledged delegates remain. Over the next month, in addition to wooing the dwindling pool of voters who have yet to weigh in on this nomination battle, Clinton and Obama aides tell CNN they are actively pursuing the roughly 280 uncommitted super delegates.

Since Hillary needs to gather some 80% of the remaining delegates in order to secure the nomination, one really could say, “It’s over!”

C’mon Hillary … get out now with some dignity still intact … and let the Party begin to heal, so we can focus on defeating McCain in November.