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. HILLARY HAS THE POPULAR VOTE!!!!!!

    HELLO!

    NEED WE SAY MORE?

    HILLARY CONTINUES TO WIN!

    WHY IS THIS?

    BECAUSE SHE IS ELECTABLE IN NOVEMBER OBAMA IS NOT!!!!!

    CONGRATS HILLARY AND THANK YOU KENTUCKY!!!!!!

    May 21, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  2. Venus

    Way to go Bam! We are almost there!

    The great news is that Hillary can't catch ya!

    Thank you Oregon and yes – thanks also to those in Kentucky who voted for Obama!

    Ha,ha,ha,ha,aaaaaaaaaahhhh! I just love the frontrunner who can lose by 35% and 41% and still win the race!!!

    May 21, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  3. Diane, NY

    Why does the media encourage her–"narrowing the gap"–a gap that is impossible to close? If the shoe was on the other foot she and Bill would be screaming at Obama to get out and to stop trying to divide the party. But I guess the Clintons really do believe they don't have to play by the same rules as everyone else.

    A white Republican woman for Obama!

    May 21, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  4. Carolyn

    Must fuzzy because I can see how it's close

    May 21, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  5. SO.....you'd rather kill our troups than vote for Obama??

    All you Hilary supporters (DEMOCRATS) who say you're going to vote for McCain or stay home..... EXPLAIN THAT LOGIC TO OUR TROUPS AND THEIR FAMILIES! You'd rather vote against your party and allow our troups to continue to die than vote for the person who wants to bring them home simply because he's not your first preference. How SAD and SELFISH is that!!

    May 21, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  6. Tubby The Tuba from Texas

    It was pointless for Obama to waste his time campaigning in West Virginia and Kentucky with all the racists that live there. Although he is 1/2 white, all they see is his dark brown skin. He is a pure American red blooded individual running for the Presidency of the United States of America. It is a sad commentary that the older gereration still hang on to their prejudices of the past. The American people want CHANGE and WE WILL HAVE IT in spite of these poor myopic peoples.

    May 21, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  7. Kiah

    CNN I mean really! You can't be serious...Obama is 62 TOTAL Delegates away from securing the nomination. HRC is 249...you do that math and tell me if this is really news worthy that she picked up a meager 13 additional delegates. Which is the same as she picked up in PA & Ohio and neither made a difference.

    Obama '08!

    May 21, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  8. Blake, San Diego

    When he gets that last 64, will Hillary still claim to be in it?

    May 21, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  9. SLO Bear

    The Clintons have really taken advantage of Obama's graciousness (not a sign of weakness, but indicative of his selfless care for the party), and they should be ashamed of themselves, if capable of it.

    May 21, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  10. Full of Hope in Texas

    I wish Clinton would bow out gracefully. She has a lot to offer the party. As a women who has trained my boss - I recognize the anger and disappointment in her and her supporter's voices. However, this is bigger than that. She fought a good fight, move the line forward for women and now should be given a place of honor in the party. I think a joint ticket would be a huge mistake. She would try to redefine the VP office (mcuh like she tired to do as first lady) and it would be bad for Obama's administration.

    Obama will be a great president as evidenced by the people he chose to run his campaign. He will surround himself with smart people who will fill his knowledge and experience gaps while he provides a strong agenda for them to follow.

    With him in the White House and Clinton leading the Senate change can happen. Please Hillary - we need you in the Senate to do battle. Don't weaken your position by continuing with this race.

    May 21, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  11. Concerned Canadian

    The " tainted " number of 2,026 cannot be reached by either Obama and Clinton.

    Obama says he's " close " and his this so called "majority" so he figures he better get prepared for the general election. Well hold on just a second there sonny !! " Close " only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades.

    There is no logic , rhyme or reason that the DNC and/or the superdelegates should intercede and ' select ' the Presidential candidate when neither Hillary and Obama have not enough delegates to contend for the number 2,026 !!

    There is a fight to settle between the two candidates. You have to allow these two candidates to fight on their own to reach this
    " tainted " number of 2,026 , or you can do it democratically and set the count at 2,210 by including Florida and Michigan as it always should have been.

    Then and only then, the candidate that reaches the number on their own fight, nobody ' selecting ' , can rightfully and legitimately be called the Democratic Presidential nominee.

    This primary rule thats creating this deadlock can be ripped up at anytime. The DNC knows it, the superdelegates knows it and so does everyone else. Let the best person win on their own !

    May 21, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  12. Julie Wilson

    I'm a senior citizen and a life long Democrat but there is no way I'll vote for Obama should he be the nominee. In my opinion, he and his wife are both emotionally damaged and untrustworthy. I mention Michelle Obama because she seems to call the shots in that marriage and if ever anyone were "bitter", it's she.

    May 21, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  13. JR, Columbus, Ohio

    Superdelegates should refrain from further action until the rules committee meets.

    May 21, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  14. Alphonse Moneau

    I support Obama-Clinton ticket.
    But Mrs. Clinton does not need to go all the way to June 3rd to show that she is a strong candidate, to make “herself an appealing vice-presidential prospect — or setting herself up to run again in 2012, if Mr. Obama should lose, or perhaps 2016 — ,” all of that is already known. Deep down Mrs. Clinton’s heart, how could anyone doubt that she knows very well that at this point she cannot win the nomination? At this point of the race, if Mr. Obama’s candidacy suffers a self-inflicted or unexpected wound that knocks him off the course, it is obvious that Mrs. Clinton is the best viable alternate. Once again, Mrs. Clinton needs not to campaign till June 3rd for that purpose. The truth of the matter is that Mrs. Clinton has desperately and intentionally used racial “slogans” to win white voters in Indiana, West Virginia, and Kentucky; but now that these wins don’t even get her closer to the nomination, she is backing off from the “racial trick” to embark onto a new one: “sexism.” Mrs. Clinton, we know all you are about, YOU and YOUR EGO. Your tricks started with “a woman in the oval office,” then came the “crying” in New Hampshire, then the “Hispanics,” then the “blue-collar hard working whites,” then the “white Americans,” and now “sexism.” Mrs. Clinton, America -Asians, Blacks, Hispanics, Multi-racials, Natives, Whites, Rich and Poor, Gay and Straight- will not be deceived this time and will not buy into your disgusting tricks. If it was not all about YOU and YOUR EGO, you would have gracefully bowed out of this race longtime ago and help unify the party behind the nominee so that Democrats can take back the White House in November.

    May 21, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  15. Ruby, Kansas

    And your point is...............

    May 21, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  16. Tom

    HAHAHAHA, the race is over. Women, sorry but it just isn't happening. Don't get mad, it's just the way it is.

    OBAMA 08

    May 21, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  17. SO.....you'd rather for our troups suffer than vote for Obama??

    All you Hilary supporters (DEMOCRATS) who say you're going to vote for McCain or stay home..... EXPLAIN THAT LOGIC TO OUR TROUPS AND THEIR FAMILIES! You'd rather vote against your party and allow our troups to continue to suffer than vote for the person who wants to bring them home simply because he's not your first preference. How SAD and SELFISH is that!!

    May 21, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  18. shanta

    64 delegates seems a whole lot closer than 249. We're getting closer Obama 08. You can't stop God's plan nor is there anything you can do when he has his hand in it. Democrates let's Unite and makes this world a better place for all of us.

    May 21, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  19. HILLARY HAS THE POPULAR VOTE!!!!!!

    HILLARY IS NOT TELLING HER SUPPORTERS TO VOTE FOR McCAIN !
    AND YOU KNOW IT!

    THEY ARE DOING IT BECAUSE OF THEIR HATE FOR OBAMA FOR WHAT HE HAS DONE DURING THIS CAMPAIGN,

    HE IS A LIAR AND A RACIST AND ROBBED US OF OUR VOTES!

    HE WILL NEVER MAKE IT TO THE WHITE HOUSE NOT IF I HAVE ANYTHING TO SAY ABOUT IT!!!!!!!

    GO HILLARY!!!!

    May 21, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  20. Brian Seattle

    Koronin, You should do some reading. Hillary has Urged people not to vote for McCain, but to vote for Obama.

    Again, hatefilled comments by Obama Supporters are dividing the party and pushing Clinton Supporters away from Voting in November. Get a Clue!

    May 21, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  21. Turo

    Why hasn't Hilary addresses the racism her supporters show consistently. Let's be honest states such as WVA, KY, and southern Ohio have racist folks who will not vote for Barack solely on the basis that he's black. She should make her voters understand that although he's black, he's not Rev. Wright, not Jesse Jackson, not Al Sharpton, nor Mr. Farrakhan. And that she admires this guys and ALL of her supporters should support him once he's the parties nominee.

    May 21, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  22. norma - Wisconsin

    I thought there were two states voting yesterday. I thought that Hillary won Kentucky by a huge margin. I thought Obama won Oregon by a much smaller margin. I turned on CNN for just a moment last night, and I wondered if Kentucky had even voted. All I could see on the tv was Obama this, Obama that, Obama, Obama. Hillary is spelled
    "H I L L A R Y" in case you've forgotten. I understand some women in California or somewhere are taking out full page ads in USA Today in support of Hillary. Is this what we have to do in order to let the country know that she's still alive and well. Shame on you, shame on all of you, you've been unbelievably prejudiced throughout this race, we won't forget it.

    May 21, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  23. Denial

    "Clinton slightly narrows pledged delegate gap with Obama" .. "in the Kentucky & Oregon Primaries".... CNN you didn't finish .......

    May 21, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  24. Brian from Fort Mill, S.C.

    It's nowhere near enough. It no longer matters.

    If she won WV, PA and KY about two months ago, things would be different.

    If she had planned to campaign after Super Tuesday, things would be different.

    But, on the other hand, if a frog had a square a##h###, he'd ### bricks! :)

    May 21, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  25. Matthew

    If you use a multiplier of 1.362 for the possible FL and MI pledged delegates, and eat a pastrami sandwich with your left hand, and rotate your refridgerator 90 degrees clockwise, all while jumping up and down on only your left foot, THE MATH DOES WORK! Try it!

    Obama '08

    May 21, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
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