May 20th, 2008
11:25 PM ET
6 years ago

Obama, campaign both say he's not ready to declare victory

(CNN) - Barack Obama may have claimed a pledged delegate majority – but his campaign said Tuesday night they're not ready to call the race over.

In an email sent to supporters shortly after he captured the pledged delegate lead Tuesday night, Obama said that his campaign had ”reached a major milestone on this journey” but “…We still have work to do to in the remaining states, where we will compete for every delegate available.”

Senior campaign advisers also noted the achievement, but echoed Obama’s cautious tone.

“This is a big deal - I think to get the majority of the pledged delegates is a real milestone in this race… I don't think anybody ever won the majority of pledged delegates [that has] not been the nominee of the party,” senior adviser David Axelrod told reporters. “But we are going to continue to fight for every delegate and finish the process.”


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  1. Peter

    Someone need to call this game over. Its unfair to talk of breaking the rules when all agreed to keep them at the start. This will be unfair leverage no matter the justification. Imagine in athletics one of the competitor saying he/she be allowed to cut the corner to the finish line now that they are in second spot and obviously finish first or convince some match officials to allow them be declared winner due to some supposed new map calculations that was not envisaged earlier. Its truly Exciting to follow the 2008 American election primaries but what happened to your Great democratic principles that a whole lot of us admired. Whatever you do please don't get another George Bush like person to be your president. You will lose last remaining respect we had for your country.

    May 21, 2008 03:32 am at 3:32 am |
  2. Galabe Marius

    Texas Ranger, that was the best maths ever
    "Come on guys don't be doughtful, Hillary can still win this thing. I mean if we subtract all the black votes that was initially for Hillary but switched, because switching is wrong, and add all the older white people who died over the last 2 years because those would have probably voted for her but did not have a chance to (because every vote counts) and since Hillary is married to Bill and she is entitled to half of what's his, then she should be granted half the delegates from his 1992 and 1996 campaigns. By this math we are in the door, and if this is not enough we can add Canadians becasue lots of Canadians come to New York. I think we can win this thing"

    May 21, 2008 03:37 am at 3:37 am |
  3. Stephen

    you know it's funny and almost humiliating how Hillary and her supporters will say anything that comes to their heads thinking it will win them the nomination.what electability are you talking about?people are voting for Hillary not because they really prefer her but because they want to save her from the humiliating postion she seems ready to step into.how else would you vote for a candidate and then later criticise her for her attacks on Obama.....face it people,hillary is not concerned about the electral process as she claims to justify her continuing the failed fight,she just can't accept that with all the influence at her exposure,she still lost!!
    She should have atleast fought a dignified primary and not the one she and Bill put up....
    Obama for America..

    May 21, 2008 03:45 am at 3:45 am |
  4. Bafana

    Hillary should go and sleep to be ready to start preparing food for Bill.Bill had been sleeping without the food of Hillary for a long time.Go back to the kitchin Hillary.

    May 21, 2008 03:45 am at 3:45 am |
  5. James

    The DNC is ready to give Obama his unfair victory based on 48 States!

    The base of the Democratic Party keeps rejecting this guy and the superdelegates don't seem to be getting the message. Are they waiting for him to lose in November if he gets the nomination to finally understand that things are not quite right and in fact are very disturbing when you look at the results of these primaries including his not winning any big key States.

    Will Michelle Obama video showing her calling white people "whitey" at Rev. Wright's church come out soon and in time to make people realize that Obama will be the most handicapped nominee that the Dems have ever put forward and he would go down to a certain defeat in November against any Republican.

    May 21, 2008 03:47 am at 3:47 am |
  6. Steve

    First Hillary agrees that Michigan and Florida shouldn't count. Then as her campaign gets desperate she says they should count. The media should be all over her for being a hypocrite but generally have thrown softballs at her and her supporters on this one letting them get away with their political spin doctoring.

    Now Hillary says if "we counted our primaries the way the Republicans did that I would be the nominee." The obvious response is to tell Hillary to run for the Republicans. Once she realized she had no chance of being the Democratic nominee Hillary and her cronies did her best to ensure the Republicans could win in November so she could attempt to run again in 2012.

    It amazes me that people will still vote for her dispite all of her lies, mistatements, hypocrisies and questionable ethics and morals. I can't help but think that the rednecks can bring themselves to vote for a woman but never an African American. Look at the states where she has recently cleaned up. They haven't exactly been poster states for progressive thinking.

    Many of you have even believed all her lies including that she is most in touch with the American worker. How many of you have lived in the White House or a Governor's mansion for a good portion of your adult life. How many of you common folk have made $110 million in the last ten years. Yup she knows what it takes to feed a family of four on $25,000 a year. Just ask her. How many of you can afford to have your daughter fly all over the country telling people how wonderful you are. (but no questions for Chelsea).

    It isn't that I believe the Clinton's aren't entitled to their millions. Just please tell them to stop the crap about being ordinary people.

    May 21, 2008 03:47 am at 3:47 am |
  7. go home hillary

    she is dillusional and has no grip on reality she thought all she had to do is turn up and get the nomination she agreed with the dnc's stance on florida &michigan but when the numbers come against her she wanted them counted. she won't leave the race until she is taken out kicking and screaming in a strait-jacket

    May 21, 2008 03:50 am at 3:50 am |
  8. Dafer

    Com on people, I think it's realy strange that after Bush's eight long years of degrading us AMERICANS......and moping the floor with our Values,leaving our reputation a mochory at most of the worlds doorsteps, WE tend to disregard that this is the simplist year of nomination? The people have sopke and Obama fought fair so did Hilliary , but Enough get back behind our nominee in the democratic wagon and lets go to the oval office because there is no time to spare and the worlds at peril not only the enviorment.....Either way we can make history, first African American or the first Lady in the white house is an honer for all the American throughout history and a gian landmaek that in itself will unite us jut for that move.So please , stop naging either of you two supports and get behind one whoe likey to get the white house aand from where I sit it lookd pretty good for Obama,,,,,,,or let my two year old son come and you an elect him becuse he has his favourite niminee from three months ago just by looking at the news and catching few phrase

    May 21, 2008 04:00 am at 4:00 am |
  9. doubt

    i think obama biggest mistakes in WV and KY were, he didn't campaign hard and letting hillary all over the place by herself. He didn't put enough effort to get those voters who haven't known him. His PRESENCE is very importance...he missed that and that was whats the big lost all about.

    May 21, 2008 04:04 am at 4:04 am |
  10. John Ameh

    The two democratic candidates are a great combination, but ego will not allow them work together. Although, am one of those who prefer another generation of leaders in Washington. Moreover, what did Bill Clinton forget in the White House that he wants to use Hillary to Retreave?

    May 21, 2008 04:05 am at 4:05 am |
  11. A Swing State Voter

    We just had 2 states vote. Hillary whipped Obama in Kentucky by close to 250,000 votes. She loses Oregon by about 87,000+ votes. The cold hard facts are that the Democratic voters are strongly supporting Clinton by wide margins even after superdelegates pledge their support for Obama and the media continues to declare Hillary's bid for the nomination to be irrelevant. Wake up DNC and superdelegates! She is winning the popular vote and the swing states. With Hillary as our nominee, Dems take the White House come November. Let's not shoot ourselves in the foot again as we did in 2000 and 2004.

    May 21, 2008 04:12 am at 4:12 am |
  12. MARCIA M MILLER

    I THINK IT IS SO SAD THAT THIS DAY AND AE WE HAVE SO MANY RACIST PEOPLE STILL WALKING AROUND WITH THEIR NASTY VIEWS. AMERICA IS MORE THAN READY FOR A CHANGE AND ONLT BARACK OBAMA CAN ACHIEVE IT. YES HE MAY BE THE ONE WITH THE LEAST EXPERIENCE, BUT LOOK WHERE HAS ALLL THIS SO CALL GOTEN THE USA ABSOLUTELY NO WHERE. GIVE THIS MAN A CHANCE. IT IS SURELY BETTER THAN WHAT'S IN POWER NOW. HILARY TURNED ME OFF BECAUSE OF THE NASTY POLITICS SHE EMBARKED ON SHAME ON HER FOR THAT, EVEN HER HUSBAND PLAYED THE RACE CARD. THE BIG PROBLEM IS THAT AMERICA IS REALLY SHOCK TO SEE A MAN RAISED BY A SINGLE WHITE WOMAN ACHIEVING SO MUCH. I REALLY ADMIRED BARACK FOR THE EXECELLENT CAMPAIGN RAN THUS FAR. I WILL BE PRAYING FOR HIM TO CONTINUE AND NOT TO STOP TO ALL THE NEGATIVES THAT BEING HURLED AT HIM. THIS IS REVELATION FULFILLING ITSELF.

    May 21, 2008 04:24 am at 4:24 am |
  13. ChaChaCha

    Noone has taken the nomination away from Hillary. NICE TRY!! I agree totally with STEVE's comments. I would have liked to see a woman President, but NOT THIS ONE. One more thing to think about--Hillary is saying, shouting, EVERY VOTE COUNTS. Well, that includes ALL THE STATES OBAMA WON, not just the ones she wants to count. She refers to her winning the BIG IMPORTANT STATES, so you can't have it both ways, Hillary. ALL THE STATES ARE IMPORTANT, PERIOD. Michigan and Florida took themselves right out of the Primary. No, not the voters, but their leaders. So they DON'T COUNT now. It is sad for all the people of those states. I pray the people never let it happen again. But it is FINISHED THIS TIME AROUND. It is sad to see Hillary make a fool of herself when she is so intelligent. But, there were no bullets either and you can't pretend your way in life towards true health and the USA isn't healthy now and needs a big time lifestyle change. THANKS TO ALL THE VOTERS WHO HAVE VOTED FOR OBAMA TOWARDS HIS NOMINATION.

    May 21, 2008 04:39 am at 4:39 am |
  14. Nicole, Nevada

    I was one of the honest supporters of Sen. Hillary, before I witnessed her on the podium when start elusion the sniper and other stories knowingly she is lying on the face of American people on live TV more than couple times.
    That’s shake me up , and remind me recent administrations lies and set up unproved evidences to us and the word to drag this country to unnecessary Iraq war causing tremendous damage to our country’s economy, and the countries prestige in foreign policies.
    I am sure the Super delegate’s knowledge about her is more than what we know, and I am sure their judgment will be according to their experience not to vote to those whose illusion leads us to tremendous damage economically and morally.

    May 21, 2008 04:51 am at 4:51 am |
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