May 21st, 2008
11:02 AM ET
7 years ago

Clinton slightly narrows pledged delegate gap with Obama

(CNN) - The CNN Delegate Estimate has been updated with complete results from the Kentucky primary and partial results from the Oregon primary. There are also a few additional superdelegate updates.

In Kentucky, Clinton won 37 pledged delegates while Obama won 14. In Oregon, Obama has won at least 29 pledged delegates while Clinton won at least 19. There are 4 pledged delegates in Oregon still to be allocated. Overall, Clinton narrowed the pledged delegate gap with Obama as a result of Tuesday’s primaries. Clinton won at least 56 delegates from Kentucky and Oregon combined, compared to at least 43 for Obama, with 4 Oregon delegates still to be allocated.

In superdelegate news, Clinton picked up two new superdelegate endorsements (one from yesterday just before the primaries and another from today). Obama picked up a superdelegate endorsement today from Rep. Joe Courtney of Connecticut.

Obama leads Clinton by 185 delegates in overall delegates, 158 in pledged delegates, and 27 in superdelegates.

Based on these numbers, Obama is now 64 delegates short of clinching the Democratic nomination while Clinton is 249 delegates short of clinching the nomination. There are 86 pledged delegates up for grabs in the remaining three contests. There are 212 superdelegates remaining.

As a result of last night’s primaries, Obama now has a majority of the 3,253 total pledged delegates, though that has no direct bearing on winning the nomination.

Track the delegate race here.

soundoff (217 Responses)
  1. Deb

    The DNC has a REAL problem on its hands, a candidate that is too damaged and inexperienced and Left wing to win a General Election!

    They can choose to nominate the Stronger candidate and have a fighting chance at winning or not.

    Many of us are so frustrated by the Left wing Liberals the DNC keeps trying to get elected when they are not a viable candidate that the DNC has another REAL BIG problem we are leaving the Party as well!

    Wake up and smell the coffee before it is too late yet again!

    May 21, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  2. wwf

    When 25% of the voters in Kentucky polled said that race was a factor, what does that tell you? The same number applied to West Virginia. Listen to all of the reports, not just the ones you want to hear.

    May 21, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  3. delegates

    Hillary's victories in WV and in KY only show that she is still a strong canidate with loyal supporters, but thats all! Ron paul could win a couple states like that and it wouldn't help him to become the nominee. The same goes for hillary. It's too little, too late if she wasn't more than 200 delegates behind, then you wouldn't hear anything except about these victories. but she can't catch up she's way too far behind. she would have to overturn the votes of millions of people to get the nomination.

    May 21, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  4. Judi in Los Angeles

    How sad that so many Clinton supporters say they are willing to sacrafic their jobs, the future of their children, the economy of this country, not to mention continue to send our young people to die in a war that will undoubtedly spend our country into a full blown depression. And the critical choice you are about to make is based on WHAT? Do you REALLY mean you actucally WANT 4 more years of the George W. plan? How sad is that!

    May 21, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  5. JOHNNIE

    PRIOR TO THIS PRIMARY ELECTION CNN WAS ALWAYS MY FAVORITE NEWS STATION. I WOULD NOT WATCH FOX NEWS UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCE. I NOW FINE THEY ARE THE FAIREST OF ALL THEY ARE CRITICAL OF ALL 3 CANDIDATES. I WOULD LIKE TO MAKE THIS COMMENT. KEEP IN MIND HILLARY IS RUNNING NOT BILL WHEN JACK CAFFERTY HATEFULLY WOULD MENTION THE DRESS OF MONICA AND WHAT WAS THE STAIN. (BILL IS A SPOUSE) MICHELLE OBAMA OUT OF HER MOUTH SAID THIS WAS THE FIRST TIME SHE WAS PROUD TO BE AN AMERICAN. WHY IS IT OK TO HUMILIATE HILLARY AND CHELSEA WHEN A WOMEN CAN NOT HELP THE SINS OF HER HUSBAND BUT MICHELLE IS OFF LIMITS. CNN GIVE ME A BREAK. I'M PRAYING THAT HILLARY WOULD CONSIDER GOING INDEPENDENT AND YES I'M AN AFRICAN AMERICAN AND ALL OF US ARE NOT VOTING FOR OBAMA. SOME OF US ARE LOOKING AT WHO CAN RUN THIS COUNTRY FROM DAY ONE. THERE IS NO INTERNSHIP FOR THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. I PRAY THAT YOUR OBVIOUS CHOICE WILL NOT DESTROY THIS COUNTRY MORE THAN IT IS ALREADY. CNN YOU HAVE HELPED PROMOTE OBAMA GO AHEAD AND WEAR YOUR TEE SHIRTS.

    May 21, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  6. nj voter

    ENOUGH ENOUGH with how CLINTON WAS TREATED. I didn't hear sexism when she was the presumptive nominee. I didn't hear sexism when she claimed OBAMA plagerized a text that a friend wrote and gave him, I didn't hear about sexism when Rev. Wright was getting more coverage than Foreclosures, I didn't hear about sexism when OBAMA misspoke about being bitter, I didn't hear sexism when Clinton said he was an elistist when she made 109 million dollars. i didn't hear about sexism when 2 out 10 voters in Kentucky and West Virgina admitted they voted because race.

    Give it a rest she's a flawed candidate who ran under her cheating husband name. Remained with him to gain power and still lost. There are strong women candidates out there Kathleen Sebillus, Sen. Mc Caskill, Nancy Pelosi to name a few

    May 21, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  7. Brian from Fort Mill, S.C.

    "Osama running for President is okay with me…WHEN HE GAINS QUANTIFIABLE EXPERIENCE!"

    George W. Bush has almost 8 years experience. If he were allowed to run, would you vote for him?

    I didn't think so!

    May 21, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  8. Eleanor

    Hillary should take the high road and quit now
    the math is against her and you cannot change the rules in the middle of the game and allot her all the delegates from Michigan and
    Florida.They have to be split fairly since all candidates were told from the beginning their delegates would not count.by the way thats not the fault of the democratic leaders but the govenors of those two states for trying to break the rules!
    If Hillary really cared about her party she would quit now and help the party mend and urge her supporters to go to Obama
    Everyone is being immature and not looking at the big picture which should be Kicking the Bums of the republican party out on their butts
    the war mongers who have driven the country and the economy into the gutter with their illegal Iraq war!!!
    Having said that I feel Hillary does not have her countrys or partys best interest at heart by staying in this race just her own power and big Ego...Too bad!!

    May 21, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  9. ???

    I see many Hillary supporters that aren't happy about the circumstances around Hillary such as Michigan, Florida, Superdelegates not voting with their district, etc and I sympathize but to blame Obama for these things is idiotic. They BOTH agreed to the rules of the DNC and now they have to deal with them. If you believe the nomination should be decided by popular vote, I agree, but it's too late in the game to be changing the rules. Instead of spiting Obama for bad rules, talk to the DNC about changing them for the next election. As with any contest we have to abide with the rules that are present. Think of it from Obama's perspective: how would you feel if you were running a race and just as you were about to finish someone said "Oh, I'm sorry the finish line has just been moved to a different location".

    May 21, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  10. Hillary or Histerical?

    There is an SNL skit in the making here... During Obama's or McCain's inauguration day speech, Hillary will push the president elect out of the way, take the microphone, and say the following:

    "I'm not giving up! If you count all of the states where I won the democratic primary, I have the most votes. It doesn't matter that Obama/McCain was elected in the general election, I'm the best person to run this country... and besides, I already wrote a book about myself being in charge!"

    May 21, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  11. LLOYD from New York

    Ben from New York,

    Please tell me how counting Michigan and Fl is "fair and square?" BO wasnt even on the Ballot in Michigan (and yea I know, its because he was "afraid he was going to lose" – haha, why would he care if he loses a state whose votes "dont count for anything" – HRC, October 2007) and didnt campaign in FL??? Its obvious that HRC won FL primarily due to NAME RECOGNITION. Without any campaigning and BO still a relatively "unknown" in early January, Hillary BETTER HAVE WON FL or else that would have been an absolute travesty for her.

    So to all of you Hillary radicals who think its "fair and sqaure" to count 2 states who openly broke the rules and ALL candidates agreed wouldnt count – ask yourself this one question....

    IF HILLARY AND BO SWITCHED PLACES, AND HRC WAS IN FRONT ON ALL COUNTS....WOULD YOU STILL BE GOING CRAZY OVER COUNTING MICHIGAN AND FLORIDA?????

    .....that's what I thought

    HYPOCRITES!!!

    May 21, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  12. bill from pa

    Hillary was treated like the lying politician that she is. Sniper fire in Bosnia, Peace in Ireland, I'm ahead in the popular vote. If this is what the dems offer it's time to vote for Ralph Nader.

    NO MORE CLINTONS OR BUSHES!!!!

    May 21, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  13. Annette TX

    Oh people come on and face the facts! Hillary lost! So, lets move on and act like adults and stop nagging! We all know Obama will win in the fall, so if you dont like it, then move to another country! I am sure it will be alot better without you. Buhhhh Byeeee!

    May 21, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  14. Dee Dee +50

    All the garbage about how Hillary was treated is just that - garbage! Hillary was supposed to TAKE this nomination a long time ago and at that time, even I was going to vote for her. She played her hand wrong, woke up at the last minute and realized she had been outplayed and is now curiously crying FOUL. Had she remained the frontrunner, I seriously doubt that we would have EVER heard of SEXISM. Obama played his hand the only way he could – straight up and has studiously kept to the rules as they were given at the beginning of this mess. Now you TIMBER and others are deranged in your loss and I cry for you. I'm not sure how many ways you want to be fooled by the Clintons but God Help You! Go Obama 08!

    May 21, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  15. Gabe Polson, The Woodlands,TX

    I think anyone who says this would not be a viable dream ticket does not pay attention to politics. Personally, I don 't see how Obama can't ask her to join the ticket. She has won more votes which means MORE democrats want her leadership. Her name is more competitive with McCain than Obama. She would be the perfect attack dog. That is what a Vice President is. And why not? If Obama is a good president, this ticket could possibly mean 16 years of a democratic White House. Whats wrong with that?
    As far as them not liking each other, Kerry and Edwards did not like each other either. In fact, that was one of the most negative primaries in a decade and it was only half as long. Reagan and Bush hated each other yet the were able to give their party 12 years in the White House. And as far as "another Clinton" talk...that is absurd. There was never "another Kennedy" sentiment. Might I remind those who say that the Clinton's have been in Washington to long....Kennedy (40 years), Boxer (15 years), Lieberman (20 years), Pelosi (20 years)....the list goes on. I don't hear any calls for them to step aside for "Change."
    Why don't the Democrats lock this thing up with an unbeatable ticket? But as usual when opportunity is in favor of the Democrats they screw it up. Just look at the leadership in Congress. Bush could have been made irrelavent two years ago but Pelosi has not been able to demonstrate any kind of leadership as Speaker. When you have a weak congress you need a powerful White House.

    So wake up democrats. Our time has come.

    Obama/Clinton 2008

    May 21, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  16. Tony

    Hillary supporters still don't get it!

    Obama has purposely left Hillary Clinton unscathe and still worth value. Because come November, having a strong and *clean* Hillary will help his chances.

    There are tons of dirt on Hillary that would almost certainly knock her campaign and credibility to shreds! When she was the frontrunner before Iowa, she was been questioned and vetted very roughly. But once she lost her frontrunner status, the media no longer cared about her laundry and focussed on Obama.

    So don't be fooled. If Hillary was not in LAST place but first, the media and the Republicans would be having a field day with her! If the spotlight was on Hillary, it would be much more abundantly clear that Hillary is just to bipolar and scandalous to win against John McCain.

    Obama has been very kind in political terms to Hillary – so to as not disenfranchised her supporters.

    So, Hillary supporters need to be very appreciative of Obama and help him beat George Bush's heir.

    May 21, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  17. Peter

    Explain this to me Obama is outspending HILLARY 2,3,4 to 1, help from the DNC, the media and all he pundits
    and HILLARY WIN STATES with a 41% and 36% margin.
    The super delegates are there to make sure that we have the strong candidate in November, the one that will win the big swing States.
    in November. I am not sure the obama people that vote for him before rev. Wright and other staff will vote for him now.
    HILLARY 08

    May 21, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
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