May 21st, 2008
11:02 AM ET
10 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. Beatrice in Boston

    Hey, CNN–
    Obama picks up a super, and you give his name.
    Clinton picks up 2 supers, you stay silent on who they are. Are you guys in Barack's corner?

    May 21, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  2. D.Kimbro OHIO

    This post from Clinton unfair attacks:

    To JD. Your observation is wise, but don't look at that as a problem. It is like a family fight, you can say what you want to each other, the rules change when kid down the street says it. If you look at David McKinnon (McCains cheif media stategist) resigned, as opposed to pushing the standard republican spin. Senator Hagel has broken ranks w/McCain. I see his darkest days ahead. We have witnessed a street fight on the democratic side, however, we will have a singular focus in November. We have endured the worst of both of the democratic candidates, but the surface hasnt been scratched with McCain yet.

    May 21, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  3. Darth Vadik, CA

    I hope she loses all of her money in this campaign, she's 31 million in debt, 78 mil to go. Please stay in it Hillary, you'll end up without the nomination and broke.


    May 21, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  4. Luis

    Billary, you keep going because I want the world to see what the Obama "supporters" do when you and Monica's boyfriend find a way to steal the nomination. The hooting and hollering you saw in the Rev Wacko Wright videos will pale in comparison....

    America, vote McCain or join the insane

    May 21, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  5. Christoffel van Vuuren

    Here – Bank on this:

    Neither Hillary nor Obama will be the Dem candidate. The establishment does not want Hillary as she has stepped on too many toes. Obama is too raw and inexperienced to cut it. Their point is to give these two unelectable candidates enough ammo to wear one another down and enough rope to hang themselves. They are also giving the Dem party a lot of media exposure with their antics.
    At the convention there will be a deadlock and the real ticket will be Edwards-Richardson. Why do you think they both dropped out so early?

    McCain: The only candidate who can bake the cake and not leave the cat out in the rain again.

    May 21, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  6. Jeanie in Oregon has Hope and wants change

    Wow the repubs are on here big time today acting like FL dems so we think Obama doesn't have a chance in hell to win....

    Don't fall for it Dems the repubs are scared this year, because they know all they have to offer is Grandpa McBush and they have to try everything they can to try to change our minds

    But we are on to you guys, you are not going to win this one

    Not this time, Not this moment,.........

    May 21, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  7. Koronin

    And in other news: Barry Obama now has the majority of pledged delegates.

    Whatcha gonna do Hillary? Encourage your supporters to vote for McCain, a guy who stands against eveyrthing Hillary stands for?

    There's reality and there's stupidity...

    May 21, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  8. Democrat/Hilalry supporter for McCain

    Why is Oregon still counting??? Cheating, that's why. I'll bet it ends with huge Obama numbers – nevermind polls that showed the gap narrowing. I don't rule anything out with these Obamabots. That's what happens when you sell the hardcore party down the river for the fanatical left.

    Hillary or McCain in 2008. Never Obama. Never ever.

    May 21, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  9. marty

    Write in Hillary Clinton in November. Do not stay home, do not vote for McCain. We can show the DNC what we think of their choice. This thing with Obama reminds me of a free concert I attended. We were all standing in a nice line, and suddenly 4/5 people broke rank and started a stampede. A lot of people were hurt in the process. The stampede of superdelegates before all the votes are in, is like what happened before the gates were open. It is going to hurt the DNC, and the nominee. Let the Obama-bots call us racist. They don't like Hillary , well we don't like Obamas' far left liberal ideas. That does not make us racist. Between the two states, Kentucky and Oregons total votes, Hillary picked up 150 thousand more popular votes.

    May 21, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  10. andy k

    The pledged delegates don't represent the will of the people when Hillary's pledged delegates in Iowa and Nevada are allowed to switch to Obama and Edwards pledged delegates are allowed to switch to Obama as well. Voters voted for these delegates to be pledged to a specific candidate but when these delegates switch, they no longer represent the will of the people. Therefore, the popular vote is a better representation of the will of the people, actual voters who voted for candidates.

    May 21, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  11. Independent

    Lets go people. We need barack Obama to be our next President. Your super delegates need to come out now to end this nightmare. Clinton is only hurting this party. If she had been a man, you would have forced her to give up this worthless BS of hers weeks ago! What are you all afraid of?
    what kind of evil hold does she have over you?

    May 21, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  12. Sue P / PA

    Barack needs 62 delegates( he recieved 2 supers today) to shore up the nomination....Hillary needs 249 delegates. Fl and MI can not help her. The math is unsurmountable.

    True Democrats Unite!!!!

    May 21, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  13. shelly in IL



    May 21, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  14. Brian Knoxville, TN

    To every super delegate of the Democratic Party,

    Please think long and hard about the simple choice you now have to make:

    1) Choose to endorse Hillary Clinton as the Party’s nominee and watch her become the first woman to be elected President of the United States.


    2) Choose to endorse Barack Obama and watch the first African American nominee of the Democratic Party lose in the general election.

    Hillary Clinton will win against John McCain in the states that the Democratic Party needs to win in order to reach 270 electoral votes in the general election.

    Obama won’t.

    It’s that simple.

    Hillary Clinton has been the best candidate in this long primary election, is by far more competent to run against the Republicans in the general election, and is infinitely more qualified to be President of the United States than is Barack Obama.

    Endorsing Barack Obama, a relatively unknown candidate with a thin resume who has lost nearly every large state and swing state to Hillary Clinton in the primaries by large margins, is a huge gamble at best.

    Please don’t gamble with our futures.


    May 21, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  15. Danny, Democrat from AZ

    Even if they split the remaining pledged and superdelegates, Clinton still cannot win by the rules. I applaud her for effort. But lets work on getting Obama and the party ready for November.

    Democrats for '08

    May 21, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  16. Wise White Guy

    This woman is dispicable. She is so concerned with winning for herself she does not care about the damage she is doing by staying in. This is a very crucial time with the environmental issues, energy issues, Abortion rights gone if McSame wins, WARWARWAR, a mandatory draft and WARWARWAR, a lot of dead kids who will not be fighting by choice. And she thinks taking this to the convention and destroying the party is the best thing to do? People support this demon why?

    May 21, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  17. So what?

    Sooo? What difference does it make for her?

    I guess the fact that he now has an unsurmountable lead in the only measure that one needs to win the nomination (PLEDGED DELEGATES) is not news enough.

    May 21, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  18. Maxine

    How does 249 and 64 delegates narrow the lead. I don't understand your headlines, when I first read that it looked like they were REALLY close. Unless I do a differend kind of math he is closer to finalizing this then she is. Unless we are doing Hillary math then I understand it.

    May 21, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  19. James

    I am an Obama supporter, enough of these hate words towards Hillary. We should unite now. However I think the real Obama supporters are very polite. I believe Rush L. supporters are those saying hateful things about Hillary. They are trying to deceive the bloggers. Here is the good news, we are not falling for it.

    May 21, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  20. JJ-Orlando

    Now we go into overtime and Hillary's got a clutch with plenty of Fuel. That is what makes a Champion and an American.

    May 21, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  21. Shane

    neither one will get full amount of delegates so the race is still on

    May 21, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  22. Conservative -CA

    Obama almost at the finish line.

    I can't wait for McCain to get verbally owned in debates.

    May 21, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  23. Real Change


    May 21, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  24. CNN loves Hillary

    63 more delegates needed!

    Obama 08

    May 21, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  25. Drip Drip

    Oh, and some other news you need to report......

    United Mine Workers of America Endorses Barack Obama for President (AP)

    The United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) today endorsed Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) for President of the United States. The endorsement came after a unanimous vote of the union’s National Council of the Coal Miners’ Political Action Committee (COMPAC) in favor of the endorsement.

    May 21, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
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