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. Not 4 Clinton ANYMORE!

    I'm from a small town in central Ohio &, up untill last night, I was a CLinton suppporter. After hearing Obama compliment & praise her – trying to repair the Democratic damage that I now see that SHE has caused – then hearing her insist that all of my neighbors' votes for Obama 2 months ago will NOT COUNT! I converted because she's trying to make a case that she – knowingly & WILLINGLY – acknowledged that the MI/FL votes would NOT be counted after moving up their primary, & knew that the 2 states delegations would be PUNISHED for it! NOW they matter to her! 48 states followed the rules, 2 didn't: now all of our votes will be overturned because of Clinton's selfish, erogant, "republican-esque" deviance!

    WOW!!! Am I glad that my eyes are FINALLY opened! I can NOT support a "candidate" who shrugs off the needs & wishes of the people & panders to the biasness of the corrupt ones "in charge"!!! Nor can I support an "indiviual" who intentionally injects race & sexism into each speech she makes, attempting to make herself look as though she's being "picked on"! Give me a break!!! As a middle-aged woman, I have NEVER behaved like a little girl to get my way!!!

    Hillary Clinton – along with John McCain – is setting the women's movement BACK 100 years! REAL women should stand up & DEMAND Hillary Clinton repair HER OWN damage & immediately STOP the immature, UNPROFESSIONAL, & destructive behavior before she hands the presidency back to the republicans in November!!!

    I'm for Obama in 2008 – If Hillary Clinton is NOT rewarded with, and PERMITTED to, STEAL this nomination away from him!!!

    May 21, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  2. S.

    So by using andy k's measure – the argument that Clinton makes [that there's no such thing as a "pledged" delegate] is mute correct? Because she's suggested many times that Obama's pledged delegates can also defect to her. So if they, by some strange happenstance, decide to do that then will it not matter – will their defection not count and still not be the will of the people andy k?

    It kills me how the metrics always seem to change in the Clinton camp. If it doesn't benefit Clinton then it's either not fair or "doesn't matter".

    Just wow

    May 21, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  3. carl

    It is finished, so long old gal.

    May 21, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  4. Ben (New York)

    Idiot Koronin

    Try and look at the REAL facts and not be a slave to the ramblings of CNN news.

    Hillary is far more experienced, (evryone that has a brain knows this). Obama although a good talker has none. He also is not trustworthy nor electable. At least his old minister freind stands by who he is, ulike Obama having been in his church for 15 years, had his kids baptized by him and then claims he doesn't know who the guy really is. Sounds like he goes to his Church when its convenient for his campaign.

    Remember this If Florida and Michigan don't get counted and if he is the nominee he will always know in the back of his mind that he didn't beat her fair and square. If he doesn't beg her to be on his ticket its another 4 years of republican bull....because MCcain will desroy him.

    Why would so many Democrats say that if he is the nominee they will abstain rather then put the worng man in office.

    Try to see through the hype....

    May 21, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  5. Christopher, Madison, WI

    Great math Joan...please I beg you stay home. Obama who has won the popular vote and is only 66 delegates away from the nomination doesn't need your mis-directed vote!

    May 21, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  6. Jenny, Rio Vista, CA

    To andy k: Do you think the popular vote is accurate if people are told that they can vote if they want to but their vote won't count and only one name is on the ballot. After everyone has voted, all the votes for that one person on the ballot is counted and the rest of the votes are thrown away.

    Doesn't really make sense does it? Also it is pretty undemocratic don't you think?

    May 21, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  7. pa voter

    has any one bothered to report that many peoples opinions of Obama have changed since his and his wifes comments have come out...Or since the Wright Ayers thing has come out? That maybe Americans (proud ones) might not trust him anymore, and I feel for good reason. When your own Country does not trust you, how can you expect to become President of the United States. In time we will have our say and will have either another President Clinton, or a President McCain. And for you Koronin, They all want change, and I think if you realy listen to them, they all want basicaly the same thing. It is just a matter of who is willing to work for it, and I don't think Obama has ever had to work for anything in his life. He might have to give a few more speeches, saying the same thing he always does, and His wife can say "now I am real proud of my country", but People are starting to wake up and notice what a fake he is.

    May 21, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  8. Check 2 Check

    Hillary Supporters!!

    It is a testiment to your intelligence to vote against your own best interests by voting non-democratic. how many soldiers must die for you to get past your selfish spite. do you even care about your children and family's future? I see why you are Hillary supporters....just as she has been selfish to the democratic party by prolonging a lost cause in an attempt to trigger anarchy by overturning the rules she agreed to and the votes of many.

    May 21, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  9. SayNOtoHillary

    Marty you are an idiot also she only pick 250K poplar vote from the Old, women and unedcated and racist state Kentucky and Obama Picked 100K from the educated and young people who can reason and think.

    May 21, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  10. Chi4Obama

    Note to "andy k""

    Reality check. Pledged delegates are what help decide each party's nominee (not the popular vote). These are the rules that have been established by the DNC. If only the popular vote mattered in elections, then Bush would never have won in '00.

    May 21, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  11. mp

    More people want Hillary to be president in this country then they do Obama. Face the facts!!!!!!!!

    May 21, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  12. ACH

    It's sad that people will not vite just beacuse Obama is a Black man.

    May 21, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  13. anon

    That's like saying someone threw a pebble into the Red Sea. Jeez.

    May 21, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  14. abdul

    It will be better for them to stop the race here to be able to campain against the McCain

    May 21, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  15. Dan , TX

    McCain will destroy our economy. You think it's bad now. Just wait.

    May 21, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  16. No McBush

    Democrat/Hilalry supporter for McCain – ""Hillary or McCain in 2008. Never Obama. Never ever."

    Liar liar pants on fire – If you’re going to pretend to be a Democrat, at least give Hillary the respect to spell her name right.

    May 21, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  17. kate1149

    If the Democrats lose this race to John McCain it will be Hillary Clinton's fault. Her insistance that she stay in until the end even though it is apparant she cannot get enough delegates without desroying Obama or changing the rules, has hurt his chances to get elected in the fall. But of course Clinton has no conscience, honesty or integrity so what does it matter to her – if she cannot be the Democratic nominee then she and her supporters are perfectly willing to make sure that Obama cannot win either because they are bitter, angry sore losers.

    May 21, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  18. Bob from Pensylvannia

    Hillary is a toast now. If she is a true democrat, then she must openly refuse the vote of her racist supporters.

    Simply put: If you won't vote for Barack in november because of his race, then don't vote for me in this primary.

    If she can't openly say this to her racist supporters so that the whole of America will hear that, then she equally shares their sentiment.

    May 21, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  19. Lisa

    Obama '08

    May 21, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  20. SN in MN

    People need to realize that this whole debacle is war against the Clintons launched by Kennedy the Drunken One. He is largely responsible for all this intra-party bloodshed and the ensuing loss in November.

    May 21, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  21. delegates

    Remember if your talking about delegates changing over to Obama, It was hillary that told them it was ok to do so. She said in a speech directed at Obama's delegates that they are allowed to come over to her side whenever they wanted to. She said not only super delegates could do this but also the pledged delegates as well. It may have backfired on her. and yes Obama does carry more states, pledged delegates, super delegates, and the popular vote. He will be the nominee.

    May 21, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  22. Hillary wins the Electoral College

    The REAL math:
    1) delegates count for ONE vote at the convention: the FIRST vote. After that, they can vote for whomever they want.
    2) Count the electoral college votes allocated to each state. Hillary topples Obama by a landslide according to all the primary/caucus results. THIS is what really counts come Election Day.

    Hillary should run as an independent. That will teach everyone a lesson in REAL math!!

    May 21, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  23. Jagdish , Vancouver,Canada

    just a drop in the bucket !!

    May 21, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  24. Delores

    Re: Shanta,

    You are sooooooooooooo right! If it's HIS plan...NOTHING nor anyone CAN Stop the plan!!!!

    ..."If its up to shall it BE!

    May 21, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  25. Dan

    It's been over for so long, how do you know when its really over.

    It's kind of funny when the Clinton supporters hear something like- he has locked up a majority of the delegates, and respond with "so what". Of course, anyone following this realized this was locked up after the Texas and Ohio primaries where she failed to cut into his sizable lead... Now it is bordering on surreal, and the undecided supers really deserve all the blame at this point, they are destroying the party by keeping alive these "hypotheticals"...

    He need 68 delegates, she needs over 249... It's over!

    May 21, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
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