May 21st, 2008
08:15 AM ET
6 years ago

Analysis: Clinton scores a win, Obama nears finish line

Sen. Barack Obama has picked up a majority of the pledged delegates, according to CNN calculations.
Sen. Barack Obama has picked up a majority of the pledged delegates, according to CNN calculations.

NEW YORK (CNN) – Hillary Clinton won a landslide victory in Kentucky Tuesday, but momentum - and a growing sense of inevitability - is now firmly on Barack Obama's side.

He took Oregon last night, but it was his symbolic victory with pledged delegates that was the storyline.

The one-time long shot for the Democratic nomination has a majority of pledged delegates to the Democratic Convention and is now about 70 delegates shy of the finish line.

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  1. Jason

    I think Florida should be seated with a penalty. You have to have the penalty because rules were broken. Michigan is another story. How can you seat them when Obama wasn't on the ballad? If you can't revote then you haven't got much of an option.

    May 21, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  2. Congratulation

    Congratulations to the American people for this great excercise of democracy. Obama deserves this win against all odds for a black man to have in this county. He needs to stick to his message of change and talking to our enemies before we bomb them

    May 21, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  3. Chris, Middletown, CT

    You guys reading the other posts....omg...I think they believe it...

    lets re-cap...

    The DNC took the votes away from Michigan and Florida...NOT OBAMA – omg...pick up a newspaper

    Obama didn't campaign in Florida – (when you make something up...its called rhetoric)

    (I will ask...but there will never be an answer) – for those who say Hillary or McCain – what positions do you support Hillary on....i.e. why are you voting for her? McCain and Clinton don't share similar positions on anything....so....my guess....you voted on gender...and want to send a (poor) message that you didn't get your way...again...try picking up a newspaper to see where the candidate stand on certain positions

    On surpressing the Florida and Michigan votes....he was not on the ballot (as Clinton was the only candidate on in Michigan) – and nobody campaigned in either...so...how fair was it to have Clinton run on her husbands name...and garner votes....in lieu of another election – which isn't going to happen – there is no fair way to split the delegates....agree....(or still angry)?

    May 21, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  4. Thinking American

    Is it true that we should condone cheating, and then change the rules to make cheating not cheating?

    I think not. Honor has got to be in our collective vocabulary once again. ASK NOT WHAT YOUR COUNTRY CAN DO FOR YOU ....

    yes we can

    May 21, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  5. Nelson

    Carolina girl....I agree with you but you forgot to mention that when Hilary says she wants "all" votes counted she is leaving out the fact that she refuses to count the caucus votes that Obama has won. If we want fairness..let's atleast demand it across the board.

    May 21, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  6. John

    It is likely that the DNC will see that the votes from Michigan and Florida should count. That being said, Obama is still some 260+ delegates shy off the finish line, not just 70! I say this because Hillary Clinton is a far more qualified and deserving nominee, bar none! Oregon, why couldn't you see that? I will honestly be crushed if the nomination goes to Obama and will feel too much like a traitor to support him. If he gets the nomination, I will be voting for John McCain.

    May 21, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  7. JIM WHITTAKER

    Hillary Clinton keeps struggling on for the same reason those
    drivers in all the high-speed chases we see on TV.

    Everybody in the world knows how they're going to end, including
    the driver. Only question is, is it going to be a horrible wreck, or
    just pulling over and stopping.

    But as long as they keep driving, they're still not arrested. But
    the minute they stop, it's handcuffed and off to jail. Everybody
    knows that.

    But, yet, we keep watching them, glued to the TV screen.

    Just like we're watching Hillary's own personal high-speed chase.

    Everybody in the world knows how it's going to end, including her.

    It's just a matter of time...

    May 21, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  8. James, Redlands, CA

    Carolina girl, your comments are silly. Hilliary agreed to the rules. You obviously choose to ignore that fact. Following your logic, they should secede right now because Clinton, Edwards, and Obama all chose to be selected by "48" states. You can't count Michigan because his name wasn't on the ballot. And that doesn't even include the thousands of people who did not vote because they knew the election would not count. They will be seated at the convention- just in a way that enforces the right of the DNC to determine primary rules.

    Grow up.

    May 21, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  9. oba

    Yes we can and yes you will be the candidate of choice to face the republicans.
    By the grace of God we will overcome and the dream will come true

    May 21, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  10. Alisha(Independent voter) MN

    Florida and Michigan's votes should count and their delegates should be seated at the DNC in August. Now the interesting thing will be how the committee figures out Michigan, since Obama wasn't on the ballot??? What's fair is fair across the board, and not only when it favors one candidate. I have a great deal of respect for Hilary, and thinks that she should stay in the race until the final vote is cast this primary season. P.S. As an independent, I am still voting democrat this election year, no matter who the nominee, which looks like it very well will be Sen. Obama. Remember, a house divided is a house that can not stand, you DEMS NEED TO UNITE AND QUICK!!!

    Obama or Hilary '08

    May 21, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  11. Dal CA Republican

    Clinton is playing the GORE ticket. Gore had the gumption not to go that far as Hill has gone. Does Billary want to count the chads as well.

    May 21, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  12. Deb n Texas

    Whatever Hilary is fighting for – the ref has gone home. If she is trying to be VP – she cannot be trusted and I will do Obama a favor and not vote if she is on his ticket. I will vote for Ralph Nader.
    I would like to see CNN post this.

    May 21, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  13. anonymous

    Now that the Dems got Hillary out of the way and have their candidate, now we'll see what HE is made of.

    May 21, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  14. Noah

    Obama LOST last night. His victory in Oregon is weak, and Oregon does not represent the democratic party. The media is wrong. Obama can not win by claiming a majority of delegates..thats not how it works. The story is the same for both..niether can win the nomination based on pledged delegates.

    Obama worked hard to block re-votes in Florida and Michigan because his team knows a Hillary victory( another one) would de-rail his so-called momentum. People who actually watch this race, see that Obama's lopsided wins are in states that will not give him the White House. Hillary is clearly the stronger candidate and she continues to prove she carries more of the real democrats.

    Hillary has worked for this nomination, and after all the votes are counted, she should be our nominee..

    May 21, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  15. Darth Vadik, CA

    DEMOCRATS PREFER OBAMA BY 20%, BUT HILLARY HAS THE POPULAR VOTE?

    WITHOOUT COUNTING THE CAUCUS STATES? ALL WON BY OBAMA.

    GO TO HELL HILLARY, AND TAKE YOUR SUPPORTERS WITH YOU, YOU KNOW THOSE DITTO HEADS VOTING FOR YOU.

    May 21, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  16. Delusional HRC supporter

    IF HILLARY DOESN'T WIN, IF SHE DOESN'T GET ALL THE DELEGATES EVER, WE SHOULD ALL MOVE TO FL AND MI AND SUCCEED LIKE CAROLINA GIRL SAYS! WE'RE NOT TRICKED BY OBAMA'S KINDNESS AND WARM HEART, OR OPENMINDEDNESS, NOOOOO. WE PREFER OUR PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES TO RUN FINANCIALLY SOUR CAMPAIGNS.

    AMERICA DIVIDED! YES! WE LOVE OUR COUNTRY SO MUCH, BUT NOT AS MUCH AS HRC!!!!

    HRC FOR QUEEN!

    May 21, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  17. James

    As an independent in Florida that thought about registering as a democrat to vote for Obama, I did not because there was no reason to do so because of the rules. I however voted that day because there was a major amendment on the ballot dealing with property taxes. I imagine that most voters in Florida voted that day because of that issue which makes the Florida vote as suspect as the Michigan vote.

    May 21, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  18. tidho

    Do Hillary supporters understand that there are no constitution rights to vote in primaries? A political party can pick they're candidate any way they want. If the DNC wants to say 'forget the voters lets put in John Edwards' they can do that.

    Your Constitutional right to vote applies to the general election in November. That is where your voice must be heard.

    That said MI and FA will be seated somehow, neither candidate has a problem with that (despite what Hillary likes to imply).

    Obama will be the nominee because he will win the contest under the rules the DNC and candidates all agreed to fair and square. Play with the numbers all you like but its really irrelevant. Nobody i getting screwed over, Hillary simply lost.

    May 21, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  19. Cesar

    I am getting tired of the whinning & crying of both Hillary supporters & Obama's, saying "If Obama is the nominee I won't vote or I'll vote republican", or the other way around. That is STUPID, have you learned nothing from the last 8 years. Our country's Foreign Policy & Domestic & Economic policies are a JOKE, very very SAD, and McCain doesn't seem like he's going to make any drastic changes.
    I'm an independent, and I can't vote for the republican nominee, not if he's going to continue this failed policies, I've had enough from the last 8 years.
    I also live in Florida, and I am smart enough to understand that it was the Republican State Officials that changed the primary dates, knowing what the concequences were, it wasn't Hillary, it wasn't Barack, it wasn't the DNC that did that, so people, please, stop acting, thinking, and talking STUPID.

    May 21, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  20. Generation X

    Carolina Girl- Unfortunately the Democratic Nomination is NOT won by who has the most votes, it is won by Delegates. Now I know all the Hillary supporters say this is not right or fair, but the Democratic party has been doing this for over a century this way and before this year no one has complained about it.....sorry.

    70 DELEGATES TO WIN for Obama.

    May 21, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  21. Petra

    No to Hillie-Billies!

    May 21, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  22. Nunya

    Listening to Hillary speak about her recent victories provokes one to wonder just how unhinged from reality she is. Whether you support her or Obama or McCain or someone else, the facts just don't match with the hype she spouts.

    Reading comments on here indicates that some of her supporters are living in the same fantasy land. She's not ahead in the popular vote. Nor are any rights being infringed by sticking to the decision to penalize Florida and Michigan for holding their primaries prior to a certain date. It might be politically wise to find a way to include them, but there are no issues of infringed rights involved. And to suggest secession... I don't think I need to comment on just how seriously out of touch that is...

    May 21, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
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