May 21st, 2008
08:15 AM ET
11 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. kathy

    Keep up the good fight Obama. All the negative Clinton talk is typical of someone who is losing!.....if hilary-bilary would just admit she's in this race for HER....she doesn't want to be president of the united states..she WANTS to be the first woman president...and there is a difference. Obama wants change and he wants it for the people...his campaign is all about the changes we need in washington to recoup our country, he's trying to be honest w/the people and stating what WE all need to do if the efforts to get things back on track for everyone. Hilary-bilary need to get therir heads out of their butts and accept defeat....her speeches are all beginning to sound the smae...every new state she campaigns in is the "the most important" "closest to her heart"..."best".."most fun place ever"...blah blah...don't these people have TV's to hear when they are being who do'd? I certainly hope her departure speech doesn't inclue laughing,waving and pointing....gheesh...even her gestures are tiresome! She doesn't even deserve the "crazy thought" of being on the same ticket....she is NOT part of anyone's dream team...and her insistance at styaing in to sabotage Obama's cahnces are proof of that. I'll be glad when it's over and he's declared the nominee.

    May 21, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  2. jj

    The DNC needs to go to the convention before they get a nominee, this has been TOO CLOSE a primary all along. They need to look at everything, delegates, supers, & popular votes. I don't understand how delgates are decided because if you look at some states like IN, Obama only got about 7 counties, BUT he took so many of the delegates??? Same as with TX. Look at the maps and wonder how they count them. If the DNC lets it go on, and they decide at the convention, people will then unite I think, BUT if you try to push one out before then, you run the risk of disenfranchising a lot of voters. I'm an independant, I vote the person I think has the experience to tackle the problems we face now. Not in some dubious future state.

    May 21, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  3. Dr. Truth, Boston

    Dr. Rene

    By all means enlighen us as to Obama's "true character"

    You mean the one where he refuses to engage in attach ads against a fellow democrat? You mean the one keeps him from pandering on things like a gas tax holiday?

    McCain will lose because he doesn't know who he is. He is an admitted adulterer and liar who is running on the "family values" (haha) ticket. He is a brave and strong war hero to be sure but not really a military leader of any note.

    May 21, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  4. Edwin Portland

    The American people have voted and the delegate count attached by the democratically determined results can't ever be overcome. This is over, if we are still a democracy.

    May 21, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  5. OKC Doc Struble

    And good one Caroline girl! Yes, MI and FL should SUCCEED for breaking the rules that they knew they were breaking. Your logic is ignorant.

    May 21, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  6. Helen

    READ THIS AGAIN

    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.

    MAJORITY....sounds like music to my ears.

    In the words of Stevie Wonder....SIGNED, SEALED, DELIVERED...ITS YOURS BARACK OBAMA.

    Congrats

    May 21, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  7. SH

    The superdelagates have decided. Obama is the nominee. Hillary supporters who threaten to vote McCain out of spite and anger are not considering what is best for this country. Voting should be rational and thoughtful, not rash.

    May 21, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  8. stacy

    Go Hillary, down with Obama.

    May 21, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  9. leon

    VENUS

    WHAT KIND OF AMERICAN ARE YOU?

    WE HAVE THE RIGHT TO EXPRESS OURSELVES AND WE DO NOT CARE ABOUT POLITICAL FALSE SPEECHES WITH THE INTENTION OF PROVIDING A FALSE PROTRAY OF A VULGAR AND AVERAGE POLITICIAN THAT IS WHAT OBAMA IS AN AVERAGE POLITICIAN AS HIS PASTOR CORRECTLY NAMED HIM BEFORE OBAA BETRAYED HIM. SO IF OBAMA BETRAYED HIS PASTOR SOMEONE THAT HE SAID WAS LIKE FAMILY TO HIM JUST BECUASE THE PASTOR SAID THAT OBAMA ACTED LIKE A REGULAR POLITICIAN WHAT IS OBAMA GOING TO DO THO THIS COUNTRY? I CAN EASILY SEE IT... HE WILL WALK US TOWARDS DISTRUCTION

    May 21, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  10. Sue

    I would never ever vote for Hillary. WHY?

    All she does is lie.
    She stayed with a man who cheated on her with many many women. Bill had NO respect or love for Hillary yet she stayed with him for her own political gains. NO MORALS
    All she does is lie.
    She's run the most negitive campaign in history.
    All she does is lie.
    She can't manage her own campaign let alone a country.
    Did I mention she lies?
    She Failed the people of New York as a senator. The state lost thousands and thousands of jobs.
    Nafta
    The war in Iraq
    My god, the list goes on and on.
    Again, the lies !
    She has divided the democratics more than anyone else.
    She is destroying the party, so very selfish.

    She can't be trusted to be a president. There's no way she would win in November.
    The people won't forget what harm she's done

    May 21, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  11. To California Girl

    Hillary agreed publicly on more than one occasion that Florida and Michigan delegates would not be seated. That's when she thought she had things locked up. Now she changes her tune and reneges on her pledge and you support her.

    Furthermore, after a bad loss in South Carolina she goes to Florida the day of the primary, even though she shouldn't have as per the agreement not to campaign there. She got lots of TV exposure for this trip where as Obama didn't. He wasn't on the ticket in Michigan because he tried taking the high road, a road not familiar to Bill and Hillary.

    It Barack Obama had campaigned in Florida and Michigan the vote would have been very close, hence, the reason for going 50-50 on seating half the Florida and Mich delegates at the convention. It's the only fair way to do this.

    May 21, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  12. Thinking American

    We must unite as a country and make it "cool" to be a thinking electorate!!

    United We Stand, Divided We Fall.

    nuff said

    May 21, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  13. H.P.

    Wow....Clinton supporters are such sore losers!!!!!! It wasn't a big secret what the consequence would be for having their (Michigan & Florida) primaries early....

    Obama 08!!!!!

    May 21, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  14. Matt

    Carolina girl, that's the dumbest thing I've heard all week. Go read the constitution sometime and tell me about the part where the states have authority over the party to determine when they get to vote. There's nothing that says there even has to be a primary.

    May 21, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  15. Jeff D, South Bend, IN

    To the Clintonites:

    GIVE ME A BREAK. She blew her chance, ran a terrible campaign, and lost to a stronger candidate that the majority of Democrats voted for and support. No amount of whining about the media, about race, about gender, about delegates, about process, about Florida and Michigan, about "important states", about "electability", or about "fairness" will change that. She's acting like a spoiled child. She ran such a terrible campaign that she lost to a freshman no-name Senator from Illinois who has been on the national scene for about 5 minutes. 56% of the country thinks she lies and is untrustworthy. Her and Bill have played the raced card over and over and lost themselves 95% of black supporters.

    HOW STRONG COULD SHE POSSIBLY BE IN A GENERAL ELECTION? She can't even run her nomination campaign in HER OWN PARTY.

    May 21, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  16. April in Texas

    Those who keep saying I will vote McCain if Hillary doesnt win will be going against every issue Hillary also has. Obama and Clinton are similar on issues just different on going about them.. I wish you guys and gals would just STAY HOME!

    Also, this racizm and sexsizm is only there if you see it when you look in the mirror. We are approaching the 21st century and as I see it we are all americans.

    The divide of this party currently seems to be a mess and I am not sure if I believe Clinton will change her tune to help unite the party. I also dont see her as VP due to the fact she is the opposite of the message of change and being a heartbeat away, she would not be the morals and belief I want to instil in my children. The debt of her campaign as well as the past lies and her husbands presidency all work against her for the VP.

    Obama 08/09

    May 21, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  17. Debbie,NJ

    just want to remind everybody how the Dem. Primary process goes. And it has been this ways for many, many years. The people in each state vote. Each state has a number of delegates that are seated. At the end of the process or until there's only one nominee left (most people drop out due to costs), the delegate count is what determines who the candidate is. Now this popular vote method that Hillary is trying to use is a general election count. SHe knew these rules when she went in. Her own husband went by these rules. She knows the process very well. You don't change rules in the middle of an election. This chaos would happen in every election if she is allowed to do it. Just like every state will break the rules if FL and MI are fully counted. Personally I'll be glad when the DNC gets sick of tiptoeing around her, respecting her, giving her space. I'll be glad when these 2 weeks are over and all of the primaries done so that Obama will be declared the winner, with the delegates giving him the points he needs to reach 2026, and we can get on with the general. Hillary has taken women to the next step of having a female President , along with the other female Presidential nominees. But she hasn't by the rules won this one. I salute all of the female nominees who have paved the way.
    Whitney H. Slocomb, 1960
    Margaret Chase Smith, 1964
    Shirley Chisholm , 1972
    Patsy Takamoto Mink , 1972
    Bella Savitzky Abzug , 1972
    Ellen McCormack , 1976
    Elizabeth Dole,2000
    Carol Moseley Braun,2004

    May 21, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  18. E. POWELL I MD, E POWELL MD II & ER. POWELL MD

    MR. OBAMA WILL BE OUR NEXT PRESIDENT. WHAT BOTHERS US IS ALL THIS TALK THAT HRC IS MAKING ABOUT BEING MORE ELECTABLE. LIKE WE SAY HERE IN THE SOUTH -- PEOPLE LONG ON NOISE USUALLY ARE SHORT ON ACTIONS. HRC HAVE BROUGHT UP EVERYTHING TO BE THE DEOM. CANDIDATE BUT SHORT ON ACTIONS TO MAKE IT POSSIBLE. NOW DON'T GET US WRONG, THERE ARE SOME IN OUR COUNTRY THAT WOULD RATHER BE CALLED UN-EDUCATED THAN BITTER. THAT THE STRANGE IRONY OF HER CLAIMS BASIC SUPPORT. IF GIVEN THE CHOICE CALL US BITTER.

    May 21, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  19. Darla in PA

    First, please note that I was trying to post this in the below article entitled "Obama still struggles with some Democrats"–but once again, CNN has closed that article for comments. However, I'd referenced this article just above it, so I'll instead place it here:

    I applaud this article ("Obama still struggles with some Democrats") for at least highlighting with its title something that is not resoundingly positive for Obama—as most of the other headlines you have placed continue to do. That is, just above this article was a story with the title “Analysis: Clinton scores a win, Obama nears finish line” and below it entitled “Obama, Clinton supporters both say Clinton attacking unfairly” where comments were quickly cut off. Although I realize this comment will likely die in moderation as every other comment I’ve tried to post, I’d like to know why even in this article, though, you only highlight the same meme the main street media has been willing to push, which is that Barack did not fare well with white voters in KY (and thereby continue keeping race at the forefront of this election). What about the fact that Hillary soundly beat Barack in the college-educated vote (she won across EVERY education demographic, not just the uneducated as you try to present), as well as in the higher-income brackets (she won across ALL income brackets, not just the poor population as you try to present), as well as with those who consider themselves Liberal (the latte-drinks you’re so fond of saying support Barack)? In fact, the ONLY demographic Barack beat in, just as in WV last week, was the African American vote. I used to come to CNN and MSNBC for what I thought was the most unbiased reporting. However, it seems only Lou Dobbs is truly unbiased and willing to call it like it is. Your news station has lost an insurmountable amount of credibility during this election cycle.

    May 21, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  20. dina

    I'm an Obama supporter & i've been angry with Hillary all this time.BUT i'm a woman.and its amazing how this woman stood up &
    how strong & courageous she is..now the race is coming to an end and i feel so sorry for her..HATS OFF for the Woman in HILLARY !

    May 21, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  21. People are you listening

    So you are saying tha Mi was truly heard. And their votes should be counted. And no one would have voted for Obama even thoug Hillary only receive 50% of the vote running against noone. Yet you taught having the popular vote.

    Well I have an Idea that is very fair. Let's have an Obama only Primary in Michigan where only his name is on the Ballot and give his supporters a chance to vote. Now clinton with FL and Mi without the caucus is only ahead by 150000. Let's see if Obama generate more votes than that.

    That's what I thought. It is not about fairness it's about Hillary.

    May 21, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  22. Chris, Middletown, CT

    Clinton #1 in voters requiring additional literacy funding....

    Obama #1 in voters who know how to read....

    May 21, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  23. Tim

    Senator Obama only needs 65 more delegates. It has been a hard fought battle, but this is coming to the end. He will win fair and square and that numbers prove that he has earned the nomination. Time for all to work together to heal the party.

    Obama 08

    May 21, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  24. Hillary Supporter

    I have followed the Clintons since the late 80's and I really think she wants one of three things.
    One: VP slot (not going to happen)
    Two: Senate Majority Leader (Might happen)
    Three: President in 2012 (Can't happen)

    Clintons are anything if they are not arrogant, but this last one is so off the mark.

    If Obama wins in November, Clinton is ancient history in 2012, and by 2016 no one will remember the 90’s.

    If Obama looses in November, Clinton will get the blame from about 50% of Democrats under the age of 60. Most of whom will not want to see her with the nomination in 2012. The name Hillary will still have a “bitter” taste their mouth.

    May 21, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  25. read what you just typed

    "...then FLA and MI should SECEDE from the nation..." -Carolina girl

    Come on now, this is silly. I believe they should be counted in some way also, but this isn't a logical suggestion.

    I am thoroughly convinced now that people have lost their minds over all this.

    May 21, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
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