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)

    count every vote...every person who voted in this election should be counted....every primary and caucus...I wonder who will will. If we are going to count every vote...then lets count every vote that participated.

    If you don't vote for a democrat this fall...then vote for more people to die and higher gas hillary supporters are emotional and will take this country down by voting for Mccain.

    Silly and emotional...lets count every vote like Hillary says...EVERY VOTE!!!!!

    May 21, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  2. @americans

    Keep reaching CNN; keep let the fat lady croak!

    CNN, destroy the democratic party for your miserly ratings!

    May 21, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  3. Anne

    marty is this the only story you know and can tell.

    May 21, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  4. Dal CA

    Joan the race card is being played out.

    May 21, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  5. REZ

    Stay home sore losers, we don't need you or your lying toxic billary.

    May 21, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  6. Rant3000

    Wow she won all the racist votes! Something she and her supporters should be so proud of. Some quality collation Hillary! You must be proud.

    May 21, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  7. petra

    let her keep narrowing the margin,, even after Obama is nominated and win the election,and start ruling,, she will still continue narrowing the margin,,,this is far from a Royal coronation sorry,, unless we all want to start reading our bible from the back page, only,

    May 21, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  8. Frustrated Fem

    Hillary could never carry West Virginia or Kentucky in a general election...Please, i mean 1 out of 5 of her votes were due to the fact that he's black and she's not... That's the America we're proud of!?! Pathetic!

    It's funny that educated people vote for Obama where uneducated people don't vote for Hillary but rather against Obama.
    And stop with the sexist card. He is no Sexist. Actually the NY Times (which endorsed Hillary) said he was more of a feminist than Hillary. Wake UP!!!

    President Obama will with or without the appalachian vote win the general election, easily!

    May 21, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  9. pa voter

    Joan, If Clinton voters simply don't vote, we will hand this to Obama...We have to vote for McCain. And cnn, why do you ask people to "leave Your comment" but never put them up for people to see?

    May 21, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  10. Nah!

    Write ins never work, gang, on a national scale. Your vote won't go anywhere. Up to you, but if you want to stop the madness, vote Democratic, no matter who is the nominee. I'm an Obama supporter, but if he somehow loses the primary (not very likely) I will vote Clinton.
    I've had enough of the Republican reign. It's time for a change, no matter which Democrat is running.....

    May 21, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  11. kingsley


    What the hell are you talking about? you are making no sense. and whats your motive for voying/ if you are a hillary supporter but will vote for Mcsame. are you voting for color or policy? cease the ignorance

    May 21, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  12. proud army and navy mom

    hillary needs 268 delegates out of the 298 delegates that are left. (highly unlikely barring a diaster but keep wishing old girl)

    she "supposedly" raised 21 million in April (how much of it was her own money?) she has 37 million dollar debt.

    if the people in Kentucky knew this before they voted for her, what does this say about them? think about it

    May 21, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  13. georgia

    CNN Let's hear more about Hillary's campaign donations from Iran supporters & the votes bought with "street money" in Texas & Pa. She is just too subversive !!. Hopefully NY will get rid of her in the next Senate election. The majority of USA citizens want real change in politics ,especially the WhiteHouse.

    May 21, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  14. Money issues

    Hillary supporters say that she is being out spent in each state...but if she is only spending $200k it is really easy for anyone to outspend you...I can even out spend her 2 to 1.

    May 21, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  15. Uncle Sam

    On the one hand we have a naive presidential hopeful who promises change, while on the other we have an experienced heroic statesman with a proven record of change. Am I missing something?

    Americans for McCain '08

    May 21, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  16. delegates

    If you go vote for McSame as bush you are a republican, stop pretending to be a democrat.

    May 21, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  17. Delores

    Norma, get a grip! Oregon's voting took place via snail mail. Thus, there returns were not to come in UNTIL 11:00 P.M.

    May 21, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  18. Susan fron Kona HI

    The game is over. What is Hillary doing? The longer she holds on the worse it becomes for Barak. We will see how this election plays out. I would think the super delegates are smart enough to see the writing on the wall. Hillary doesn't know what else to do. She is a professional poiltian. We are over the Clinton's and there tricky ways.

    May 21, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  19. PA for Obama

    Joan, I strongly disagree with you. Obama has handled the controversies including Rev. Wright skillfully, and he has managed his campaign even better. With an economy in the tank, I don't trust a candidate whose campaign is $31 million in debt. And I don't think the people of Appalachia are representative of an entire country. I'm not sure, given the profiles that have emerged of Hillary's supporters in exit polling, that I'd brag about having that particular vote.

    Obama/Hagel 08

    May 21, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  20. Linda

    andy k

    It is Hillary that has been saying that the pledged delegates CAN change their votes and minds, hoping it would be in her favor. Oops! Careful what you wish for.

    May 21, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  21. fred

    Democrat/Hilalry supporter for McCain May 21st, 2008 12:36 pm ET

    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.

    I thought something funny last night when that large county (people wise) stayed at 38% forever????

    Another funny thing this morning on CNN where you look at the county by county, they had everyone of them checked for Obama in Oregon???

    Biased...I guess they are!!

    May 21, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  22. Democrat, NC

    How can one vote for McCain if Hillary is not the democratic nominee? Can't you see that McCain is willing to wage a war with Iran? This would be the end of America as we know it; involved in three wars (Iraq, Afghanistan, Iran), close to bankruptcy, and isolated in the world. Obama is in fact the last hope for this country.

    May 21, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |


    May 21, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  24. LLOYD from New York


    Quit your whining – no one is prejudicied, we're realists. And the REALITY is that Hillary is not going to win.

    Hillary and the majority of her supporters are incredible sore losers and racists. 60% of the people in Kentucky said they voted for her because they didnt like the fact that BO was black!!!??? So please, tell me again how all BO supporters are SEXIST, but HRC supporters aren't racist. You people are an absolute joke – its no wonder the "core" of the HRC base are uneducated Appalachian white trash. All you people need to read a book or get a life – its obvious that your all HRC radicals who sit home all day and whine and complain that your candidate is winning and concoct ways to attack BO for his clear victory – all while addressing ways to put McCain in office.

    May 21, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  25. LADELL

    Somebody please explain to her it's over and if her supporters vote for mccain then they prove what every real american already know this is a divided country thanks to the bush administration.

    May 21, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
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