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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soundoff (164 Responses)
  1. rjames

    Only one thing matters: winning the Presidency in November.

    Our Electoral College is the most important metric the Party must consider

    Who can command the most votes in the Electoral College?

    Blue State Electoral College vote allocation:

    Obama 66

    Clinton 117

    Swing State Electoral College vote allocation:

    Obama 43

    Clinton 99

    These statistics are before the WV and KY blowouts!

    2 to 1 the Democratic voters of the Swing States prefer Hillary Clinton. It is definitive.

    The nomination decision is no longer disputable. It is irrational to nominate a candidate whose support is based on primary results from states that are unlikely to deliver Electoral College votes in November.

    In summary, the voters of the states that the Democratic nominee MUST win have clearly spoken, and what they have decided must be respected; to do otherwise would be utterly foolish. The superdelegates, as the conscience and repository of wisdom for the Party, must do their duty and ensure that the strongest candidate receives the nomination. Without question, that nominee must be Hillary Rodham Clinton.

    May 21, 2008 12:31 am at 12:31 am |
  2. Jeanne

    Nope, not yet. The rules & numbers may change at the end of May but I still think he'll be the nominee. Of course, I believe it was a mistake not to campaign in WV & Kentucky – that may come back to haunt him later on.

    May 21, 2008 12:31 am at 12:31 am |
  3. For Hillary even if she contests as an INDEPENDENT

    And..... why would they even THINK about declaring a win.. Strange....

    ..... Remember Elections are elections.. they are NOT caucuses
    ..... Remember Florida and Michigan STILL count
    ..... Remember none of the Superdelegates has YET locked in their support
    ..... Remember millions and millions of us will vote ONLY Clinton

    Its time for Obama campaign to give up their arrogance...

    We DO have choices..

    HILLARY '08... and nothing short of that...

    May 21, 2008 12:34 am at 12:34 am |
  4. Count the votes in all 50 states! Not 48!

    Imagine that!

    Everyone knows Obama is arroganat and an elitist, but he has NOT won the nomination so he cannot claim he has.

    May 21, 2008 12:37 am at 12:37 am |
  5. LABOY

    you OBAMA'S are really full of it, last week you are claiming victory already. Now you telling us your not.
    Only idiot will buy your games & you have a lot of it.

    May 21, 2008 12:37 am at 12:37 am |
  6. Richard Martin

    She fought a good fight, but pride is hurting the party. She needs to stand aside and let a new generation take over.

    May 21, 2008 12:37 am at 12:37 am |
  7. Larry

    That's because Obama is not ready to be president.

    HILLARY 08 or McCain 08 but NEVER NEVER NEVER Obama!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 21, 2008 12:38 am at 12:38 am |
  8. Prof. Charlie, University of Texas

    It is great to see a candidate who is down to earth. This is a first in several decades. Welcome change.

    May 21, 2008 12:39 am at 12:39 am |
  9. John

    It will be known in the History of the world that the first black president of the biggest super power of the world happened not without a fight of the many racists found specifically in Pennsilvania, West Virginia and Kentucky.

    May 21, 2008 12:42 am at 12:42 am |
  10. jrtlover61

    Go Obamo Go!!! We're almost there.

    May 21, 2008 12:44 am at 12:44 am |
  11. OlderBudWeiser

    Just saw on CNN where Hillary is going to Florida to campaign? Be careful Obama, she reminds me of a snake coiling up ready to strike. She's either campaigning for 2012, or is delusional, or there may be a plan to re vote, as unlikely as that seems. Something doesn't smell right!

    May 21, 2008 12:49 am at 12:49 am |
  12. Kiran

    WHY SHOULD OBAMA, WHO HAS WON CLEARLY, TIP-TOE AROUND HILLARY AND HER HARD-HEADED SUPPORTS?

    I AM PROUD THAT OBAMA IS OUR NOMINEE AND HE SHOULD CELEBRATE THE HARD WORK THAT HE HAS DONE.

    May 21, 2008 12:49 am at 12:49 am |
  13. Neo

    Pensilvania, West Virginia and Kentucky, we understand your vote against the black man; I am a white man, but I wish to live in a world where the color of your skin is not a problem. The guys from those states who actually have a degree actually vote for Obama. The uneducated ones from those states should be ashamed of themeselves. Please, go to school.

    May 21, 2008 12:50 am at 12:50 am |
  14. The Clear Thinking Indepedent

    This is a genteel statesman ... not an arrogant, cocky candidate.

    Barack, remain true to your core and you will unite the party.

    May 21, 2008 12:52 am at 12:52 am |
  15. Roofin Reality, Houston, Tx.

    Steady at the wheel.
    These people who Obama got to run his campaign seem to be very sharp political operatives.
    Hopefully, once June 3 comes, some of the sharp folks from Clinton's team will join the Obama team to end the Reps White House run.

    May 21, 2008 12:57 am at 12:57 am |
  16. OBAMA SUPPORTER

    we the voters can declare victory for him

    congraudulations

    May 21, 2008 12:57 am at 12:57 am |
  17. brenda ,minnesota

    I bet you won't post but here goes.........
    the super dels need to decide NOW if they are going to overturn the will of the people. If they wait to overturn the will of the people there will be chaos, not just in the democratic party but in the UNITED states. People will come to understand that democracy as they believe it to be is no longer. People do not invest their money, time, talent and emotions so that they will be disregarded and tossed away. Americans believe in themselves. How many times does the vote need to be stolen or percieved to be stolen before people start to react. Everyone, Republican and democrat are watching.

    May 21, 2008 01:00 am at 1:00 am |
  18. CK

    So now we are afraid to declare victory? What would Clinton Hillary do? Get a life Obama and declare victory you coward!

    May 21, 2008 01:00 am at 1:00 am |
  19. Tobias

    What an idiot! Of course he can't claim victory this baby's going to the convention and Clinton will win the nomination.

    May 21, 2008 01:02 am at 1:02 am |
  20. carmen

    Why the Obama campaign has been so wishy washy? They can't seem to stand on solid ground of victory. If Clinton was in his positon, she would have declaird victory a long time ago.

    May 21, 2008 01:03 am at 1:03 am |
  21. Tn

    when she is loss and than start campaigne 2012 and in senate only 1/2 half year with FULL SALARY

    May 21, 2008 01:07 am at 1:07 am |
  22. Fred Gibson

    A year ago the Democratic Party had a lock on the White House with Hillary Clinton. Then Ted Kennedy came charging in from left field championing an unknown quantity, Obama, and split the party right down the middle. From that point on, CNN and FOX both conducted an all out campaign in favor of Obama. In one poll, 73% of the viewers agreed with me. I think this is a very dangerous thing. This has nothing to do with race or gender, experience or change, etc. This is a question of whether the media should be allowed to decide who the Party's candidate will be and what issues will be emphasized. I intend to support the Democratic Nominee, but the media's behavior is a serious threat to our democratic form of government.

    May 21, 2008 01:08 am at 1:08 am |
  23. Mendemoi

    OBAMA'S AFRICAN SIDE OF DICTATORIAL THIRD WORLD POLITICS OF UNILATERAL POWER GRAB AND CONTROL HAS TAKEN HOLD OF HIM. HENCE HE IS MAKING THE DECLARATION PREMATURELY REGARDLESS OF THE RULES. SUCH DECLARATIONS HAVE NEVER BEEN MADE BEFORE, NOT BEFORE THE CONVENTION

    May 21, 2008 01:08 am at 1:08 am |
  24. brenda ,minnesota

    post
    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    I bet you won't post but here goes………
    the super dels need to decide NOW if they are going to overturn the will of the people. If they wait to overturn the will of the people there will be chaos, not just in the democratic party but in the UNITED states. People will come to understand that democracy as they believe it to be is no longer. People do not invest their money, time, talent and emotions so that they will be disregarded and tossed away. Americans believe in themselves. How many times does the vote need to be stolen or percieved to be stolen before people start to react. Everyone, Republican and democrat are watching.

    May 21, 2008 01:08 am at 1:08 am |
  25. Renee

    The democratic party needs to be careful on this. I am a registered Republican, and I was going to vote for Hillary, if she was nominated. However, if Obama is the nominee, I will vote for McCain. I just feel we need someone with experience and knowledge of the way things really work. If you put Obama in as president, it could take him a year just to get something done. He hasn't been clear enough on his plans. I didn't vote for Bill when he ran for his first term, however, I voted for him for his second. I liked the things he did for this country, he's smart and knows what this coundry needs. Same with Hillary! She is very smart about policies and the way things work. We are in a critial state in this country. We NEED someone who can get us out of the terrible state that George Bush has us in. And I just do not feel that Obama can do it. Not at this time in history. He is a wonderful speaker, and I like him! However, I don't have confidence in him and I think that most people who voted in the primary for Hillary will feel the same way. The democratic party needs to take this into considerationl. They should win this election, but I'm afraid that they won't! At least I won't!

    May 21, 2008 01:10 am at 1:10 am |
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