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. JM

    This is all psycology, don't worry, she will win due to winning the popular vote.

    How can you take the nomination away from the candidate that has more votes overall?

    Obama is still young, he can run again in 8 years

    May 21, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  2. Priscilla for Obama

    No matter how Hillary slices it, IT'S OVER!!! Hillary SHOULD NOT ACCEPT VOTES FROM RACISTS. If they won't vote for Obama then she shouldn't accept their vote either. She is willing to win any way she can.

    NO FOR HILLARY

    YES FOR OBAMA – YES WE CAN!!!

    May 21, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  3. marty

    rite 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 Obama wins Oregon, Hillary wins Kentucky, between the two she came away with 150 thousand more votes the him.LMAO

    May 21, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  4. CW4Barak

    '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.' (Now this is the real story....Billary didn't dent a darn thing!!)

    '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." (If this doesn't then what does....the DNC choses their candidate based on delegates, not who claims to have the pop. vote, cries the most while trying to say they are sooo strong and a fighter, or lives with pander-bears!!)

    Obama '08....very inevitable!

    May 21, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  5. WAKE UP AMERICA

    Newsflash to democrats threatening to vote McCain...

    – Say Goodbye Roe Vs. Wade
    – Say Goodbye to civil rights
    – Say Hello to more tax breaks for the wealthy
    – Say Hello to more tax breaks for corporations
    – Say Hello to a conservative MAJORITY in the supreme court
    – Say Hello to 100 more years of war
    – Say Hello to the draft being reinstated
    – Say Hello to your children's children dying in a War for oil
    – Say Hello to 4 more years of Bush Policies
    – Say Hello to more of the same. the rich get richer, the poor die.
    – Say Hello to the rest of the world continuing to watch our demise.

    May 21, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  6. Michael

    No more comebacks for the Clinton Camp.

    No more Clintons in power.

    Hillary gestapo go away!!!

    May 21, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  7. Rich

    Ohio add-on super for Clinton
    Another superdelegate see the light

    The campaign just announced the endorsement of Craig Bashein, who was elected by the Ohio Democratic Committee as one of the state's two add-on superdelegates on May 10.

    “Hillary brings a wealth of proven experience in both domestic and foreign policy that provides a great sense of confidence and security in our future,” Bashein said in a statement released by the campaign. “She has the strength and determination to beat John McCain this Fall.”

    May 21, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  8. Mark, Berwyn, PA

    Hillary Clinton: Queen of Backwater Hillbillies. You go girl!!!

    May 21, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  9. Proud American

    Beat the dead horse to death... again

    May 21, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  10. ACTION

    With so huge money advantage and momentum, "the nominee" was defeated two times by more than 35% percent voters. My friend, should you consider what is behind this?

    People just do not trust a house can build on sand without concret base.

    THAT IS ALL TALK

    May 21, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  11. Felton..Prof. of Obamonics

    ......OK..what's the point ?

    May 21, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  12. kim from L.A.

    KEEP GOING HILLARY.... the reason people are going to vote Mc Cain instead of Obama is really simple. Obama has not put in his time yet as a politician. you need more than two years as a senate to be president. I can see him in 4 or 8 years, but not now. If hillary does not get the win. Then we go to the next best experienced person and that would have to be Mc Cain. We have all ready had a non experienced person in there for 8 years ( BUSH), so to me it would be third term non experienced if Obama becomes President. IT does not matter Reb. or Dem. it matters who can run the country the best.

    May 21, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  13. PT

    Keywords in this article ...At Least. Which means all votes are not counted and when they are all counted her narrow margin will be huge again :)? Why aggravate us with these silly statistics anymore.

    May 21, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  14. Ray

    Please, Please...make it stop

    May 21, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  15. Truth

    How many republicans voted for Hillary in Kentucky?
    Some of the poeple voted for her said they will vote for McCain in November if she is the nominee!

    Since Ohio & TX votes for Hillary were artifically inflated by republicans voting for Hillary to prolong the democratic race
    Be smart democrats

    May 21, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  16. Pat59

    At least Hillary is named first in this article. I'm so sick of reporting that minimizes a 41% win in West Virginia and a 35% win in Kentucky. Gender bias at its best.

    May 21, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  17. PJ

    The majority is 2210 delegates. The last time I checked there were 50 states not 48. Cheating in FL should be only the Republicans privilege but democratic people respect each other. Obama supporters stop the insults to everybody that disagrees with you.

    May 21, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  18. Michael, Farmington, NH

    Andy K, we don't know what the popular vote is because the numbers from the caucuses haven't been released.

    May 21, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  19. RIF

    The real news is that he only has 64 to go and she has 249. I'm pretty sure he has 64 supers already read to roll out.

    May 21, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  20. MM

    And Obama is ahead in the legal popular vote. Please remember it was Clinton herself who said that it was allowable for pledge delegates to switch.
    Enough bashing of either candidate. Time to get together people and defeat McCain.

    May 21, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  21. SayNOtoHillary

    andy k you are as stupid as one can get either way Obama is Ahead in Delegates, popular vote, states won, Superdelegates so stop you spin and hide with hillary.

    May 21, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  22. TIMBER

    Go Hillary! I am so ashamed of this whole proccess and how she was treated. Let us look at it objectively for God's sake.

    May 21, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  23. Chi4Obama

    Question: "Why can't he close the deal".

    Answer: "In all reality the deal has been closed since circa Super Tuesday when he won states 27,28,29, and still counting. These remaining primaries, are playing out as expected (i.e. Huge wins for Hillary in W. Virginia, and Kentucky. Although significant wins as well for Obama in N. Carolina and Oregon). Under the current DNC rules, as agreed to by BOTH campaigns, he has already secured the majority of pledged delegates in this race. And his lead among superdelegates is widening each day.

    Numbers Don't lie, Clinton's do. Game, set, match. Obama will be the Democratic nominee.

    May 21, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  24. Joan

    All the "talking heads" are SURE that Clingon supporters will "come home" for the General Election. I will NOT vote for Obama or McCain. I will simply stay home (and it'll be the first time in over 40 years that I won't vote). Why aren't the medias paying attention to the fact that since the various controversies came out, Obama has only won three primaries? People are voting FOR Clinton in huge numbers, even now when Obama is clearly ahead in delegates. And, even though the Obama blogs cry racism, that simply isn't borne out by the numbers. The fact is that he's too inexperienced and hasn't handled situations well since April. The DNC should pay attention to this....or the Dems will lose an election in November that should have been "in the bag"...

    May 21, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  25. jp

    Nice you named the super that endorsed Obama! What about Hillary's? This is why I watch Fox now and support Hillary

    May 21, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
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