May 21st, 2008
08:15 AM ET
12 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. Earline Cameron

    Don't ever smile my way, Sweetie. You are not worthy to lead the US of America. No way!!

    May 21, 2008 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  2. Elizabeth

    The hillbillies overwhelmingly voted for Hillary and Bill so now Hillary is definitely the HILLBILLY candidate!

    May 21, 2008 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  3. anybody but clinton

    It amazes me that Clinton always gets the highest percentage of people who think she attacks unfairly yet they vote for her. They also say they share her values. What does that say about those people?

    She claims racism did not play a role in the election but sexism certainly did. Anyone who doesn't vote for her must be a misogynist. But if you don't vote for Obama you're not a racist. Please.....if you need anymore proof that racism played a part–look at WV and KY. Both places they say she attacked unfairly yet they still voted for her. If that's the values they share, then i really don't think we need to worry too much about appeasing them.

    Even her staunch supporter in PA....big Ed said PA will just not vote for a black man-i don't think he ever said, people in PA would not vote for a woman.

    May 21, 2008 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  4. Straight Talk

    You bet he scores badly with some Democrats. He is as green as the corn in Ohio today. Yes the corn is green, since it hasn't had time to grow yet and mature yet and so is he.

    He has spent his life running for one job, obtaining it, then running for another before he establishes a mark.

    Let's set him straight and Super Delegates Vote for a proven leader, Vote Hillary.

    May 21, 2008 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  5. Kuilor2k

    Black people voted for Obama at 90%. It's very clear that racism is alive and well in black america.

    If whites were to vote for Clinton at that rate, I'm sure everybody and their black brother would be creaming from every media outlet.

    When will this sad fact be presented to the american public?

    Oh well, more useless behavior from the blacks and media bias.

    May 21, 2008 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  6. Brazilian-American for BO

    We are almost there !!! What we and the entire world dreamed about is about to happen !!! OBAMA 2008-2012 !!!

    May 21, 2008 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  7. A True black American for Hillary

    Why are Americans turning to fools?????????????? The useless and brutish media in this country have attacked this woman to favour Obama for almost 16 months and you useless media wants the women folk to support him??? To hell with you American media , We will bring you and Obama and the useless and unreasonable DNC to shame in November . A movement called Democrats for McCain has started and it is growing bigger everyday . YOU WILL BE BROUGHT TO HEAVY AND GREAT SHAME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 21, 2008 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  8. WWW

    Right on Bushies. I will vote the nominee and we all should move forward.

    May 21, 2008 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  9. tj

    The only reason Clinton won by a "land slide" in Kentucky is because it was predominent "white" voting and they don't want a "African AMerican" as President of the U.S.

    May 21, 2008 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  10. Disillusioned Republican

    It's getting there.

    Obama will win the election, but there's a lot of work to be done.

    May 21, 2008 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  11. Erika

    It's a sad state of affairs. Obama comes out of nowhere, has done nothing while in Congress and yet people have this lovefest with him. The fact is many people in this country would rather promote a rookie, naive, welll-speaking man to the White House rather than a woman. It doesn't seem to matter that Clinton is intelligent, smart, tough, and would make an excellent president.

    But there are many men who just can't stand the idea of a woman as president. They are intimidated by women, and let's face it: men still rule the land and make the rules. It is shameful that the greatest country in the world still hasn't voted for a woman. Take a look around: there are many countries that hire women as leaders.

    But noooo. We now have to deal with an un-tested rookie! It's ridiculous. Obama has not proved he can do anything but speak well. Which, I admit is a nice change after Bush, but what bills has he authored while in Congress? Every move Obama has made, has been calculated for this very purpose. He is arrogant to think he has enough experience. Let's just let him go over personally to Iran and see what happens! He doesn't seem to understand the need for diplomacy and how that process works.

    After eight years of George W Bush, we have a lot of work to do and we absolutely CANNOT send Obama, who is too young, too racist, too naive to dig us out of the mess that Bush has created.

    I have been a democrat for forty years. I won't be voting for Obama. He is not the solution.

    May 21, 2008 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  12. virginia nielsen

    We are almost there !!! What we and the entire world is dreaming of is about to happen !!! God bless AMERICA !!! OBAMA 2008-2012

    May 21, 2008 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  13. Uncle Sam

    It now appears that it will be up the general election voters to determine what change we can believe in actually means. Whether change springs from rhetoric and manner or whether it arises from character and courage. Whether change follows from replacing one political party with another or whether it depends more on the candidate's national vision. Whether change should be based on superficial appeal or by the content of one's character. And whether, in the end, real change is delivered by inspirational speeches or whether it requires heroic effort and straight talk to produce meaningful and lasting change.

    Americans for McCain '08

    May 21, 2008 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  14. Steve

    I can’t wait for the SNL episode following Hilary’s defeat. I can almost picture it now. In every skit there will be a Hilary impersonator that interrupts, complains about Michigan and Florida, and won’t go away. SHE JUST WON’T GO AWAY

    May 21, 2008 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  15. Kuilor2k

    When black people get over their skin color (voting for Obama at 90% is clearly racism) then the rest of america will get over the black peoples skin color. Until then, grow up!

    May 21, 2008 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  16. Richard

    Last night Obama was taking some heat for writing off WV and Kentuky. I think this was good strategy. Back in April when he and HRC were battling it out, both of their positives went down and negatives went up. Since focusing on McCain he is soaring in the National polls and staying out of the mud.
    Good to focus on the main prize.

    May 21, 2008 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  17. Chuck in Alabama

    He still can't win the general election. HA HA HA.

    May 21, 2008 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  18. i am not dump

    hillary is going to make sure that obam looses in the genral election inorder for to run again in 4 years. she uses sexism in order to get elected. hillary is selfish and she wants people to know she is better. hillary is a delusional candidate. she is a loooseerrrrrrrrrrrr!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!. if you really like black people., why don't you help the black man to get elected. you are a racist.

    May 21, 2008 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  19. Jerry

    Obama I am so happy that you going to be our next president.

    Obama deserve to be next president he work hard for everyone to have a future in American regardless of there colors Obama does not look at hisself as black man but as a American that why he win my vote it time for change

    Obama 08

    May 21, 2008 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  20. On_Street

    It over for Clintons.whew....

    Now bring the fuzzy math caluclator....

    May 21, 2008 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  21. Linda. Boston, MA

    What a story! Hillary had every advantage one could think of to start this race, and yet Obama was able to masterfully out maneuver her. He ran a brilliant campaign, and was able to identify and relate to what most Americans are looking for in a leader. And while there were a couple of moments where he got caught up in the "old politics", one the whole he ran a very principled and dignified campaign. He practiced what he preached, and I think a lot of voters really appreciated that level of directness and honesty. He energized more people than any other candidate, and revolutionized political fundraising.

    I'm so proud to have cast my vote for such an historic candidate who will become an equally historic President.

    May 21, 2008 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  22. Not close anymore

    Per the CNN delegate counter Hillary will need just about 100% of the superdelegates remaining to vote for her to win the nomination. Try it for yourself. Why is CNN still conveying that Hillary has a chance?

    May 21, 2008 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  23. GOP RULES

    YEAH MCCAIN!
    Have you ever wondered why the symbol of the Democrats is a DONKEY- Because you all are that?
    MCCAIN GOT THIS...
    I have never seen so many dumb people.
    LOL KEEP FIGHTING YOU ALL IS HELPING OUR PARTY. LOL

    WE are not even worrying about a backfire. We already know Democrats are dumb and lazy. Therefore, I hope Obama win so we can keep the Whitehouse because you all are too DUMB to go vote...lol

    MCCAIN 08 P.S. we will rule for another 4years and keep you ALL in your PLACE...lol

    SORRY DONKEYS (JACK- – – ) YOU WILL NOT GET THIS ELECTION

    May 21, 2008 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  24. Brian

    Finish it Super delegates..... now is the time!

    May 21, 2008 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  25. John Vaughns

    i believe that we need to address the REAL truth of these campaigns its easy for the american people to see the truth but it is sometimes distorted by the media coverage Hillary Clinton is not the Fighter in this presidential race lets not forget she has been in the white house for 8 years already Her name has and was already like a household name Barack Obama is the underdog he is the one that started from nothing!! He is the one that rose above her negativity, i really got to know Hillary Clinton (republican at heart) .

    May 21, 2008 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
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