May 20th, 2008
11:25 PM ET
7 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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soundoff (164 Responses)
  1. Hillary 2 Victory

    HE BETTER NOT !

    May 20, 2008 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
  2. Larry

    HILLARY 08

    May 20, 2008 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  3. MD Democrat

    Of course not because you just can't count Hillary out! She just keeps fighting hard.

    Keep-on keepin-on Hillary!

    May 20, 2008 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  4. J. Moses

    Even though it looks like he's got it wrapped up, Obama is right in not jumping to declare victory. Nobody wants to look arrogant like that; and there is still that slim possibility that something disastrous could derail his campaign. I hope, for the sake of our country though, that all goes well and he will be able to declare his victory soon so that we can move on to November, and the white house !

    May 20, 2008 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  5. andrew

    Well maybe he's not as dumb as he looks! He has not won yet and more than likely.....WONT!!

    May 20, 2008 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
  6. JacknJill

    Just keep up the good work Obama.
    We're behind you.
    Unite us.
    But do NOT have Hillary as your VP!
    She's far too divisive and would run over you like a Mac Truck!

    May 20, 2008 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
  7. V

    BE-AWARE (BEWARE)... This argument about who is more patriotic and more of a full-blooded American should pique the ears of every American – Asian, Hispanic, White, Samoan, Black, Native American, women, men, etc.

    When people begin to throw around nationalism and patriotism to coerce and hijack the public's mind, we are in trouble. These arguments are used by devious people with nefarious intentions. They seek to rob the populace of their vote and individual voice by confusing the populace into thinking they are patriotic and thus voting for and aligning themselves with those pushed forward as the most patriotic, because no one sees himself/herself as unpatriotic. Its always the next person...

    But then again we are all the next persons as well.

    Research your candidate's positions – do not let rumor, innuendo, or sound bites clipped and deliciously wrapped to divide and confuse the populace rob you of your independent thinking and vote.

    "And thus I clothe my naked villainy/With old odd ends, stol'n forth of holy writ;/And seem a saint, when most I play the devil." (Richard III 1.3.336-38)

    May 20, 2008 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
  8. MP-Pennsylvania

    Hillary needs to win 75% of remaining states and 93% of super delegates to overtake OBAMA.....

    That is the mathematically impossible since she never got 75% from any states.

    Hillary you make people to think women as short sighted, greedy, fight for nothing.

    Please go home with dignity and do us that favor

    May 20, 2008 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
  9. Desmond Sequeira

    Typically unpresumptious. Even apart from the sheer math, OBAMA is the President of the USA that the country and the world so desperately needs.

    AMERICA IT IS TIME TO REDISCOVER YOUR SOUL AND BE TRUE TO THE GREAT SPIRIT OF YOUR FOUNDERS.
    VOTE OBAMA

    May 20, 2008 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
  10. Electress

    Who you kidding? In fact you being in Iowa speaks alot to what Obama thinks! Hillary delivers her second large landslide, and
    you find it difficult to declare yourself a winner. This article is a joke!

    May 20, 2008 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
  11. erin

    Sen Obama should be running against McCain not fighting for delegates......Obama/Edwards 08

    May 20, 2008 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
  12. dunno yet

    We aleady know that because the news has been circulating for him not to declare victory to prevent insult to Hillary's supporters. Well it is too late my friend because Hillary's supporters are not stupid.

    By the way his margin of winning in Oregon is not that wide. Whooooh vote for McCain!

    May 20, 2008 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
  13. Lois

    The voters in Fl & MI did NOT make the rules..they went to the polls when they were told to go vote...the Democratic Politicans blundered the vote in those states

    Why should the voters not have their voices heard because of Political Blunders!

    May 20, 2008 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm |
  14. Andy C

    Obama. You cannot win the General Election.

    Do the right thing for your country and take the VP slot under Hillary. You will be in the White House for 16 years, or you will NEVER be there.

    You cannot win the swing states. It is not fair, but you cannot do it.

    If you care about this country take the VP and wait.

    May 20, 2008 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm |
  15. gary

    OBAMA CAN HAVE ALL HE WANTS, BUT WILL LOOSE IN NOV. IF NOMINATED. IT WILL BE THE LITTLE BIG HORN FOR O.B. THE MEDIA, O.B. SUPPORTERS (CLINTON HATERS) , DNC , AND PRESS HAS MADE THEIR BED. WE WILL VOTE MC CAIN ,AND 4 YRS LATER WE WILL HAVE HRC FOR PRESIDENT. NO OBAMA. WE DONT NEED A GREENHORN IN OFFICE.THIS ISN'T A GAME WE OUR PLAYING WITH OUR COUNTRIE'S LIVES. WE NEED A REAL LEADER AND FIGHTER FOR US.(HRC)

    May 20, 2008 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
  16. Jason

    He should claim it and name Governor Kathleen Sebelius as his VP. They will win the election in 2008 by a huge margin.

    May 20, 2008 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
  17. OBAMA '08

    Wonder how much HRC paid CNN to place an ad on the right hand side of the political ticker.
    I'm guessing since, CNN is so in the tank for her that one was a freebie

    May 20, 2008 11:40 pm at 11:40 pm |
  18. chula

    Obama LIED again....he just declared victory in Iowa.

    Obamas arrogance and LIES have only pushed millions of us to the last straw....we have now reached a boiling point.

    Obamas WORDS and ACTIONS have just pushed us for the last time.

    In November we will let our voice be heard LOUD and CLEAR so that the DNC, Pelosi and the Elite no longer manipulate any further Democratic selections in the future.

    We are NOT going to vote for Obama in November.

    We are going to VOTE NO to Manipulating the Elections!
    We are going to VOTE NO to Sexism
    We are going to VOTE NO to Corporate America
    We are going to VOTE NO to the Elite

    We are gong to Vote NO for Obama!!

    May 20, 2008 11:40 pm at 11:40 pm |
  19. David, Santa Rosa, CA

    It's over. It's done. It's been over for a while. The laws of mathmatics are not going to change no matter how many times the Clinton campaign screams that it will.

    I hope the supers will now put this thing to bed after this clear majority amongst pledged delegates. Please Sen. Clinton, you are hurting the party. Just because you and your campaign can't accept this doesn't make it less true. Please consider the democratic party and our potential for Nov. Work whatever deal you need; to be able to live with yourself and accept this heartbreaking defeat, but quickly bring this to an end. We have such a wonderful opportunity. Dem congress, dem white house, potentially a liberal court. Think about it Sen. Clinton. You may undermine this opportunity, when you of all people should be chomping at the bit to make it so.

    May 20, 2008 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
  20. mmartin arkansaw

    soon,my man,soon....

    May 20, 2008 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
  21. L VA

    Well, isn't that big of you? You're simply amazing!!! I can't wait until you fall flat on your face.

    May 20, 2008 11:42 pm at 11:42 pm |
  22. cory,fl

    Victory, how can he, its ad to say the he will win but yet he cant close the deal and she is still winning, if you were going to be president shouldnt you be winning it all or atleast be close

    May 20, 2008 11:42 pm at 11:42 pm |
  23. April Garlow

    David Gergan and the pundits just brought up a poll they conducted about was race a factor in your vote in Kentucky, where were these polls with the blacks in SC and the rest of the south. everytime there was a big black population on the screen in these primaries , these same people said Obama was expected to do well in these areas.Give me a break. Just as many or more blacks are voting for Obama because of his race more than the issues. If his skin was white they would not vote for him. Let's be fair.

    May 20, 2008 11:42 pm at 11:42 pm |
  24. steven

    GREAT WINS FOR SEN. OBAMA AND SEN. HILLARY.

    OBAMA 08

    May 20, 2008 11:42 pm at 11:42 pm |
  25. cory,fl

    i hope super delegates do their job and put the woman who can win in and not the change man who has nothing to back it up

    May 20, 2008 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
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