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. CT in CT

    God help us!

    HRC needs to quit the race and begin working for Obama with NO STRINGS ATTACHED if we are to believe she is not really trying to sabotage thi selection because she is not the nominee.

    Too bad HRC is playing misogyny card so much. It seems she is attempting to harden her supporters to vote for McCain, setting back women's rights for decades as well as more blood of our young maimed and killed in Iraq.

    May 21, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  2. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    I would hope that the Clinton campaign would realize how unlikely it is that she would win. I am not saying that the remaining primaries shouldn't still vote; no, they should to complete things. I would just encourage Clinton to start to quiet down her campaign and after June 3rd to tell people to vote for Obama in the general election.

    May 21, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  3. Zoey

    What's up with CNN fooling their viewers to believe the race is actually close? It's highly unlike a deal for MI and FL will get done before the end of this month. Naturally, Clinton will receive some Superdelegates but I still don't see anything changes. I understand the Dems are trying to mend the party back together, but Hiliary isn't doing the Dem party any favors for staying in the race.

    May 21, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  4. Vy, California

    Any super delegates still going to Clinton at this time, is nuts and is as divisive as Clinton.

    May 21, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  5. QU

    andy k,

    Even if we use your metric of the popular vote being the will of the people, and disregarding the current system that we have in place, Hillary still loses. I can't believe that people actually buy her garbage that she is leading the popular vote. It's easy to win something when the rules are tailored to your situation. Obama will be the nominee, once we all face that inevitable truth we can move on to a hopefully better place.

    May 21, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  6. Delegates

    The delegates that switched to Barack Obama are SUPERdelegates, they can do what they want.

    Hillary agreed to the rules. Hillary helped to establish the rules for that matter.

    And if you are going to count the popular vote count it ALL! Hillary's math claiming she is leading in the popular vote does not count Caucus states that counted their primary votes, Caucus states that did not count primary votes, does not count any voters from Michigan except those that voted for her, nor does it count the numerous voters in MI and FL that stayed home since THEIR states decided to move their primaries, resulting in their votes not counting.

    Are rules meant to be broken when you don't win? I mean seriously, Hillary agreed to the rules when she thought she had this locked up, now she doesn't because she lost?!?!

    May 21, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  7. Jeffrey

    When it's this close, a unity ticket makes the most sense. Candidates need to get over themselves and do it for the good of the party. You would think Carter and Pelosi would know this. They're almost identical in all major issues – only difference lies in personality and their approaches. If we can't begin to unify the party in this most obvious of ways, then what hope is there of unifying the country?????

    May 21, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  8. Jeff

    Game's over, Hilly. It's fine that you want to destroy your reputation. Why are you determined to destroy the democratic party's chances, as well? Selfish. Deplorable. Vile. It's hard to accept, I am certain, but you lost. Let go.

    May 21, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  9. Jeff Radun

    Hillary will get the nomination and if she doesn't she will wrok for Obama as hard as she can, but OBAMA IS NOT ELECTABLE
    Hillary's supporters will not vote for him
    1) Mr Wright
    2) His comments about small town americans
    3) His flip flop on nafta and Iraq
    4) His campaigns effert to make Bill and or Hillary look like they brought up the race card
    5) His saying he would negotiate with despots without pre-conditions then changing his stance and saying he would negotiate with preperation. SAME THING pre-conditions and preperations are almost the same. He will negotiate with no pre-conditions or preperation or he won't

    6) The most important reason is his supporters are full of hate.
    All I ever hear on these blogs from Obama supporters is how Hillary is the B word or a witch, or a Liar, billery,
    I would rather have McBush for a8 years than give Obama nation and Obama the whitehouse.
    It would be the best if after Obama gets the nomination he gets creamed in November and Hillary runs again in 2012.
    If Obama looses he will fall off the political map forever.

    May 21, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  10. David

    Reallity check.
    Hillary is still figuring out how to make a good judgement.

    She is running against the time, she needs some coffe to wake up.

    May 21, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  11. Go Hillary Go!!!!!

    Hillary... Keep going all the way to the convention. We support you and will never waiver from standing by you. You are the only one who can take on the Republicans and win. You have won every metric that matters in order to win the White House. Now we have to seat MI and FL so we don't lose in November. With Obama and his supporters willing to suppress that voters in those two states, he will get a huge backlash in a general election should he be the nominee. The general feeling in FL and MI is that they will vote McCain to teach Obama a lesson about hypocrisy because he doesn't want them to have a say in the primary, but he is willing to let them have a say in the general. FL and MI will remember that Obama didn't care enough about them in the primary because it wasn't convenient to count those two states. I can't believe that Obama is going to get away with not having those votes counted. This goes against everything our Founding Fathers believed in and died for when this country was born.

    May 21, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  12. Zoey

    Please help me understand how Obama cheated? Please explain your logic. I'm sure it all makes sense to you just like Hiliary's math skills.

    May 21, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  13. Jim Shimmer

    Please Obama haters. You people are so stupid. McSame is the worst of the worst. How can you even think of voting for him if Obama wins.

    Common sense. Stop this hating.

    May 21, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  14. Darryl

    It sad to see that she had to go nagetive to get there.....

    Why use Rich Carroll and his negative website..


    May 21, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  15. brett

    You all need to stop whining about the popular vote. Everybody agreed to the rules beforehand and nobody was crying then. Remember that Bill Clinton went on to win the nomination using these same rules, so if Hillary can't do the same then it's her problem. If you don't like the rules, you change them before the primary season, not during.

    May 21, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  16. paul oregon

    hillary supporters seem to like the economy now . a chance at paying $ 12.00 gal for gas burying more of our troops. avote for mccaim will just make it get better for them.

    May 21, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  17. No McBush

    Umm Marty, Obama's so called far left liberal ideas are lock stock and barrel in step with Hillary's.

    You do know that they are both Democrats and both are liberal democrats not moderates don't you?

    Can you give me anything that she is diametrically opposed to that Obama and the rest of the Democrats support?

    No, because they both have the same agenda, a Democratic one.

    May 21, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  18. Debra Austin, Texas

    Marty, go write in HRC and "show 'em". Then when you no longer have a 'woman's right to choose', you don't get better health care, the war continues, and jobs dry up even more, gas gets more expensive, I KNOW you'll feel better because, after all, you got to write in Hillary's name and you got to show that DNC, those evil people.

    While you're having your little tantrum, try valium, then you won't have to share your plans with us, because we don't frankly give a da-n.

    May 21, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  19. Christopher, Madison, WI

    Why are we still discussing Hillary? It's over played a mean spirited game of divide the democratic party and use false math, "I've won more votes than...(her math only makes sense when you remove the caucus states like Iowa...from the equation think about what she has said about Florida and Michigan / hypocrite). Obama is the nominee and if the false Hillary supporters decide not to or should I say come clean and admit they never intended to vote democrat in the first place (chaos voters) want to go with Grampa Goiter McBush then by all means defect and good bye and so long don't let then idiot door hit you on the way out of the realm of reality. As far as the chatter on the right side of the aisle they are grasping at every racist hateful straw Karl can dream's almost a dull whisper now. Move on American evolve and progress. Obama 2008.

    May 21, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  20. karry

    every time i write a comment you never post it but i am going to still try you people cannot put yesterday superdelegate with today's superdelegate you want hillary to look good obama also pick up two superdelegate yesterday

    May 21, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  21. Florida democrat

    Why do the superdelegates continue to 'flame the fire' by endorsing Clinton??? This is no way to unite the party behind the obvious nominee.

    Thank about folks, do you really think it is fair for the democratic party not to give the nominee to the person with the most earned delegates, the most earned money, and the person who won the popular vote (I'm not using Clinton's fuzzy math, just the straight numbers). Do you really think the party would survive if they give the nominee to Clinton: Clinton is $31 in debt (check google news...thanks CNN for not reporting this!!!) and does NOT attract 75,000 people to rallies like Obama does.

    .....the race is over for all practical purposes. These superdelegates coming out for Clinton might as well be voting for McCain.

    May 21, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  22. Dee, MO

    Hillary supporters what the news isn't really sharing with you is Obama supporters will not vote for Hillary. LMAO So, welcome McCain.

    May 21, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  23. arun

    right Marty. 20 per cent of voters in Kentucky said that race was an issue. You can bet much more than 20 per cent were thinking it. In te far flung counties, Clinton got more than 90 per cent of the vote. Yes sure race was not an issue. Did you see my recent add for the Brooklyn Bridge ? In the current real estate market It is a steal I tell you.

    May 21, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  24. Susan

    All you Obama haters out there –

    check out the candidates' policy positions – they are identical. They have voted the same 95% of the time in the Senate.

    Your statement about hating Obama's policies is clearly a lie. You're racists, plain and simple.

    May 21, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  25. Former Obama supporter

    Sorry, his negative campaign has caused me to switch sides. I'm encouraging everyone I know to vote Hillary or "Present" in the Fall.

    May 21, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
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