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.

soundoff (347 Responses)
  1. Turnabout is fair play

    Inevitability is the right word. Sounds good on ya Barack! He blunted Hillary's win in Kentucky (YEEHAW! Dam, ah spit baccky juice on ma boot.) by winning Oregon decisively. I love that he went to Iowa to claim his victory because Iowa is where it all started for him and ended for her. Way to go Barack!!!

    Obama/Sebilius '08!! – Can he win this? YES HE CAN!

    May 21, 2008 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  2. Steve

    Congrats to Hillary on her big win. But so did Obama as well last night. In fact he had two when he received all the delegate he need to make it almost impossible for her to win now.

    I find it funny how CNN and so many others seem to forget so easily that despite her two big wins, OBAMA has had more than twice her amount of big wins, and one or two "Hillery Who?" victories as well.

    It's a contest so you win some and you lose some. But he/she that wins the most deserve the prize.

    May 21, 2008 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  3. Brenda

    Good news ... just sorry that Obama did NOT campaign in Kentucky to close the gap. We knew Clinton would win, but he could have made several appearances.

    I am an Obama supporter!

    May 21, 2008 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  4. hrao

    Congratulations to her. With the male establishment in the senate working actively against her it was a big achievement. McCain in 2008.

    May 21, 2008 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  5. ltd1974

    This game is about delegates, and Obama is in the lead. The bottom line is the Obama camp played the delegate game fair.

    Obama '08

    May 21, 2008 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  6. New Day

    good. lets get this wrapped up already.

    May 21, 2008 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  7. RICARDO PHILLIPS OF D.C

    ITS A DONE DEAL. THE GAME IS OVER. CLINTON ENJOY THE BBQ ON THE WHITEHOUSE LAWN ONCE YOU GET YOUR INVITE.

    May 21, 2008 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  8. FRANK

    HILLARY IS CLEARLY THE MORE ELECTABLE DEMOCRAT!!!

    OBAMA TALKS ABOUT FEAR AS A GOP TACTIC BUT HE IS USEING IT TO CLINCH THE NOMONATION,!! IF SUPERDELAGATES CLEARLY LOOKED AT THE RACE THEY WOULD SEE HILLARY IS THE MORE ELECTABLE, MORE QUILIFIED CANADATE.. bUT THEY DONT BECAUSE THEY ARE SO AFRAID TO BE CALLED RACEIST, OR EVEN MORE AFRAID OF WHAT MIGHT HAPPEN IF THEY DENY OBAMA THE NOMANATION!! BUSH WON ON FEAR IN 2004 AND OBAMA WILL WIN ON FEAR IN 2008.. ISNT HE SUPOSED TO BE ABOUT CHANGE…

    SUPERDELAGATES HAVE TO DECIDE WHAT DO THEY FEAR MORE?? 4 MORE YEARS OF GOP RULE AFTER THERE MAN CRASHES IN THE FALL, OR WHAT WILL HAPPEN IF THEY CHOSE THE MORE ELECTABLE, MORE QUILIFIED CANADATE…

    **HILLARY 2008**

    OR

    **CLINTON DEMOCRATS FOR MCCAIN**

    SUPER DELAGATES YOU CHOOSE…

    May 21, 2008 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  9. Greg Pottstown, Pa.

    So he got the majority of delegates. What is that symbolic of, or is it just another way for cnn to boost obama. Maybe cnn dose not know what symbolic means.

    May 21, 2008 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  10. Joe

    Before all you "I'll vote for McCain instead" Democrats start sounding off, do our country and party a favor. Realize that in November there will be an election for President Yes President. Don't confuse this with American Idol. If you’re a Democrat that votes Republican then you’re either a trader or an idiot, and I suggest having some cheese with that whine.

    May 21, 2008 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  11. NCLaw441

    It has been informative to watch the Clinton/Obama contest for many reasons, not the least of which is the effort each puts to manipulate the voice of the voters. The Democrat party is revealed (again) for its inability to conduct fair elections. The Democrat rules allowing for superdelegates to thwart the will of those who voted in primaries is simply mind-boggling for a party that claims to represent "the people." The rules requiring disqualification of the votes of Michigan and Florida, and subsequent efforts by the Clinton campaign to backtrack on those rules based upon the results of votes in a primary that was declared ahead of time not to count. Apparent attempts by the Clinton campaign to get so-called "pledged" delegates to ignore the will of the voters of their states and vote for Clinton at the convention. It just goes on and on.

    Think back now to the 2000 Florida fiasco and, in the light of this Democrat campaign, and examine who was responsible... It was Democrat-controlled counties who designed the butterfly ballot, and it was those counties alone that Democrats wanted to recount. It was Democrat judges who threw the lawsuits out of court, only to be overruled by a Democrat-controlled Florida Supreme Court.

    Never let it be said that the Republicans interfere with elections after what we have seen from teh Democrats.

    May 21, 2008 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  12. CN, Florida

    I believe Barack is making a strategic mistake. He is leaving Hillary run on those last states without competition, he is not challenging her and that is helping her case.

    The match is on his favor, but politics are NOT a clean and fair game, she can still steal the nomination from him. If I were him, I would to to Puerto Rico with Bill Richardson and campaign hard there. I would go to every state and campaign like there is no tomorrow, and even if she wins because the demographics are in her favor, the difference would be small, not the 35/40 percent she is getting now without competition.

    May 21, 2008 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  13. Accountant Guy

    Thank you Oregon. You all are truly educated and well inform voters.

    Obama '08

    May 21, 2008 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  14. james

    Let the good time role. We are on the verge of history, not only for America but for the whole world. A world where DIPLOMACY can once again shine.........Obama has prove time and time again that he his human. He makes mistakes at times but at least he has yet to show me that he is insane, gun happy or war happy as the the old regime........we need better, we need to open our doors to diplomacy...and lead the world again.........OBAMA HAS shown that's what he'll do......and i'll get as many ppl in my community to make sure he get elected.........not to just make history......but to change how other ppl in middle east and all part of the world who think that we are egocentry bastard that.......americans and pp that lives in this GREAT america........care for the world. LET'S GO BARACK........Mccain four words sir....we don't believ you

    May 21, 2008 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  15. Jeff in Illinois

    Those that are poor and white are out of sight. That is why they will vote for Hillary, or their second choice, John McCain.

    May 21, 2008 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  16. Ted from Indiana

    I find it very interesting that more people don't equate Hillary’s mis-management of her campaign with the way she would manage (mis-manage) the country. Hillary did not have a strategy to win the nomination when she started...she has bankrupted her campaign...and she does not have an exit strategy...who does that sound like?
    Her management, judgment and decision-making skills for someone vying for the highest office in the country are non-existent. The gas tax was a joke which demonstrates her lack of judgment.

    May 21, 2008 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  17. Tiachi

    Clinton won by a landslide but Obama won by 20 points... and that is something worth noting especially in a state that is overwhelming white. Congrats to them BOTH!!!

    May 21, 2008 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  18. Rob R

    I am so sick of watching Hillary's victory speeches where she says that it will take 2210 delegates instead of 2026. I guess she figures that if she keeps whining about it, the DNC will appease her to shut her up. Her reasoning for wanting to count votes in FL and MI (besides the obvious) is that she didn't expect so many people to vote in those states despite the fact that they knew their votes wouldn't count. Well, too bad, you agreed to the penalities those states would face. Your campagin manager, when pressed with the same issues in 2004, clearly stated that rules are rules. So, don't give us the BS about disenfranchising voters. Yes, it sucks that the votes in FL and MI may not be counted, but that's those states fault. They knew what they were doing. They knew the penalties and they did it anyway. It's like a little kid being told not to take cookies out of the cookie jar and does it anyway. And a good parent in that situation would punish the child so he learns right from wrong. So, what she's doing is saying, its OK to break the rules....its OK to be a disobedient child...just as long as I benefit from it.

    I don't think there's a person in America that would think that if Obama got all those votes that she'd be begging for them to be included.

    So, let her finish out the remaining primaries and come in 2nd as expected. Superdelegates are obviously really starting to rally around Obama now and she knows it. She is done and she needs to just go away and start supporting Obama and working to make sure he gets elected in November.

    May 21, 2008 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  19. Concerned Democrat

    His nomination might appear to be inevitable but his victory in the general election is not. It seems like he has a lot of selling to do in order for voters in rural areas and small towns to vote for him. For that matter, he has a lot of selling to do in order for some suburban voters to vote for him. Not all Democrats are as liberal as he and many feel uncomfortable voting for him because he does not share their values.

    May 21, 2008 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  20. Chris

    One would think that if you were going to be the nominee, that you would win every state going forward. Why cant Obama do that?

    BECAUSE PEOPLE ARE SMART AND KNOW HE WILL NEVER WIN GENERAL ELECTION!!!

    May 21, 2008 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  21. Look byond

    WE have to look byond and end this race swiftly.
    We have limited time for the General Election in November.
    We have to be preparing for the GOP, and not fight each other.
    We all know that Obama is at the finish line, and it's just 70 delegates left for him to be declared the winner.

    I think it is high time Hilary just put aside all Negativity and bow down gracefully.
    It was her only dream and we could see that slipping and fading away.
    Some times we have to do some self examination or reality check and commit ourselves to surrender, which she does'nt want to do.

    It is a difficult task for the Clintons to give up easily, and yes we are know that the are a powerful figure in the Democratic party, but we need to end this and know that it is the people who voted and they voted for Obama. We have to respect the will of the people and this is what we call DEMOCRATIC.

    May 21, 2008 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  22. Rudy NYC

    I thought both candidates gave speeches with just the right amount of the right stuff. Hillary did not try to divide, and Obama did try to deride. McCain kept quiet, or was overlooked by the media.

    History shows that great nations fall from within. So why has there been so much division in this country over the past 30 years. I think it started with Reagan, along with the moral decline of US society. Is that a coincidence?

    What path does America want? Need? Division or Unity? That is what this landmark election is all about.

    May 21, 2008 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  23. Kevin Leo (Jonesboro, GA)

    We are soooo close! Congratulations President Obama!

    May 21, 2008 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  24. FAT LADY SINGING LOUD !!!

    WE"RE ALMOST HOME, BABY..ONLY 73 DELEGATES NEEDED.

    OBAMA 08'/12'

    May 21, 2008 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  25. Dr Cho Wanki David

    Hillary's insistence on herself as 'the better candidate' is absolutely controversial. Did the democratic party take the risk to invest some candidates considered not strong enough to confront a Republican candidate? This is a racist undertone jargon which is apparently detrimental to her and the seemingly wonderful promises she has for America. Clinton of all, cannot afford to take America back to the Jim Crew days

    May 21, 2008 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
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