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. RRO

    If Hilary won the nomination, Obama's supporters are so liberal they would either vote for her or not vote, where Obama's problem comes in is that Hilary's supporters are moderates who will either not vote (which is not as big a problem) but the really damaging part is that they can vote for McCain.

    There is only one answer Obama/Clinton 08.

    May 21, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  2. Brawny

    O B A M A O B A M A O B A M A O B A M A

    May 21, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  3. Bond

    Slightly narrows? Who is counting? These CNN guys are so biased. Pathetic! That's all I can say,, Pathetic.

    Narrow would be somthing less than 100 delegates. This is not narrowing,,, not even significantly denting.

    And by the way, lately, CNN does not report the Gallup poll,,, let's wait and see if Hillary closes that gap, they will start covering it again. LOL

    May 21, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  4. Dan (NY)

    the hillary supportors are reminding me of a Mythbusters slogan.

    "I reject your reality and insert my own".

    May 21, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  5. Gerald F.

    Since when is someone declared a winner BEFORE the finish? This is May and November is six months down the road. A lot can change in peoples' thinking by then. (By then everyone will have all the information about the candidates to make a final choice). Remember the old saying that still holds true:
    'Don't count your chickens before they hatch'.

    May 21, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  6. November can't come soon enough

    Well, if all of you "voting Democratics" decide to stay home on Election Day, maybe I will be able to get in and out of the voting booth. Thank you for staying home! And one more thing, here's our opportunity to get a Republican out of the White House, but instead of doing this, we decide not to vote for a Democratic. What a selfish, disdain world (U.S.A) we live in! One more thing, thank you all for electing George Bush to 8 years of Presidency! We all know who did this!

    May 21, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  7. David, Santa Rosa, CA

    "Slightly narrows?" What the heck? That's a BS headline! That implies that Sen. Clinton still has a chance, which CNN KNOWS full well she doesn't.

    May 21, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  8. Anonymous

    andy k,
    nice try, but the state party officials determine the rules for each state, and the DNC determines the rules that are in place for the primary elections to decide the party's nominee. the states decide whether they want primary elections or caucases or some combination of both. The DNC decides the metrics that matter. For this election, the rules that all candidates agreed to follow at the outset were that nominees are decided based on the accumulated totals of delegates they earn, both pledged and super delegates. In some states, pledged delegates can't switch. In others there are no rules about that. When candidates withdraw, all states have provisions governing how their delegates can then pledge for other candidates. Those are not anythingother than indications of the rules of the different states.

    Popular vote is one indication of the will of the people, but it is not "better" than others.

    And this year, it is not the one that matters. Too bad HRC's campaign consultants, for all the vast sums of money they charged, did not do a better job learning these rules and designing their campaign strategy to accumulate the most of what mattered.

    But to try to reframe the metrics only after losing doesn't strike me as an indicator of a candidate's great concern for the will of the people. In fact, it seems a prima facia case for sore losing.

    The time for HRC to argue about popular vote was last year. But that was when everyone was convinced that she couldn't lose. When the primaries are over, which will be AFTER the DNC rules committee determines how the party (and NOT the candidates) will deal with the FL and MI delegations, HRC will have one brief window of opporturnity to show both her personal grace and her true commitment to the party and the will of its voters.

    I hope her supporters encourage the best parts of her to shine through on both fronts when the time for fighting among ourselves is finally over.

    I'll be one of the people on Obama's team, hoping that her failed instincts to date haven't cost us all too much time and energy to win the white house.

    May 21, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  9. kingsley

    This is just laughable. Racist panzies threatning us and our freedom and lifestyle that they are not going to vote for OBAMA if he is the nominee. what I have to tell all you hilly billies is ; go eat a rope ! we are going to win the primary, we are going to be the nominee, come may 31st, CLINTON would be stabbed by the committee where it matters the most. its going to be a lot of slow singing, alarm bells ringing and when we are done with that, we will pull the pants off that robotic old hag called MCCAIN and spank him all the way back to HANOI HILTON after we cover him up in baby diapers and put a pacifier in his mouth. either or children, we are going to be the PRESIDO.


    May 21, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  10. Linda

    I think there was some cheating going on in Kentucky and Oregon for Hillary Clinton. Every time she needs this amount or that amount she comes up with it. Where has Bill been so quietly for the last few days. Something is not right because I can feel it in my soul.

    May 21, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  11. Rus

    Obama is ahead in the populate vote, too (dispite whatever your girl seems to think).

    Obama: 16,652,031
    Clinton: 16,209,754

    These results do not include the results of Iowa, Nevada, Maine and Washington which are caucus states that do not release vote totals, and Florida and Michigan, which your girl agreed should not count. Get over it.

    May 21, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  12. Paul

    Huffington Post ran a piece tody about McCain employing trolls to post on message boards. You can tell who they are easily as they are the fake Democrats saying McCain or Hillary 08.

    May 21, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  13. vic nashville,Tn

    Last night was big night for Hillary she gain net 150000 votes more than Obama
    Past 2 weeks MSNBC was telling Obama is the nominee
    Then why people voting for Hillary still
    DNC has to count FL and MI
    Then select the nominee by popular vote because no one can get magic # 2026 with out supper delegates
    if not DNC has pay for that in November
    Hillary 08 or Mc Cain 08

    May 21, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |

    Hillary was the front runner, now it is all poor me, Hillary supporters call Obama supporters zombies, yet they refuse to read the writing on the wall and now claim everything from cheating, to sexism, to voting the complete opposite of their candidates beliefs.


    May 21, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  15. AJ, IL

    Paul...say it with O-B-A-M-A!, O-B-A-M-A, O-B-A-M-A!

    May 21, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  16. Anna G.

    Anna, CA.

    Senator Hillary is more qualified than Obama to become the nominee. But it seems that Senator Obama will be the nominee. In that case , Senator Obama , must at least offer Senator Clinton the VP, if the Dems.want to win in November.

    May 21, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  17. noemi in los angeles

    Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel, a Republican and long time friend of McCain, is open to the idea of endorsing Obama. Now, what does that tell you about McSame and Clinton if their dear friends are endorsing Obama?

    Answer: There must be something terribly wrong with McSame and Clinton if even their close friends, who know them well, believe Obama is the best choice for our country!! Open your mind to better possiblities and think for the sake of our nation, America.

    May 21, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  18. Pistoff

    The pledged delegates and super delegates are a bunch of B.S. and should be done away with. The nomination should come down to a simple majority. However, these are the rules for this election term and there is no way Hillary can overtake Obama's delegate lead which is the beef of this story. Who cares how much she chips away at it ... she can't win. If she was anything less than self-serving she would step down. I predict Hillary's greed will lead her to continue this disaster beyond June 3 through trivial law suits and the like, effectively handing it over to McCain which is all she is accomplishing by staying in the race. Pathetic.

    May 21, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  19. stanley r gunnoe

    I am a voter in WV!...I matter!! Write in Hillary Clinton in November.

    May 21, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  20. Davind King

    25% f hillary's vote have been from racist white americans. Now I thought her and Bill were champions of civil rights. LIAR!!! Why hasn't she denounced the racist? Why? I'll tell you why. It's because she will do anything to win. She'll sell her soul, values, even Chelsey. Wait......Clinton doesn't have any values! I forgt.

    May 21, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  21. Cubsn08

    Will all of you stop it! Seriously! The us vs. them thing is getting ridiculous. I understand people don't like being on a losing side. Hillary will be beat. It's basically done. Sure the votes of uneducated, poor people matter. Their vote matters as much as the next citizen. Does the country want uneducated people making decisions? I suspect not. This contest is based on delegates, not votes. Should a baseball game decided by who gets the most strikeouts instead of runs? Come on! The rules of the game were set. Popular vote is not what wins this primary. D-e-l-e-g-a-t-e-s...hello, is this thing on?

    Bottom line – the country is headed in the wrong direction. Hillary is not and will not be the answer. Stop voting with your heart and vote with your head. To all the Hillary supporters who are "bitter" about the impending defeat: If you don't like Barack, then stay home in November. That way we couldn't blame you for another 4 years of George W. Bush.

    Have a nice day-

    May 21, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  22. Diane, MT

    She hasn't slightly narrowed her racist character. That's what really counts.

    Obama 08

    May 21, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  23. Quinn

    Here is an analogy that I think all football fans can understand regarding Michigan, Florida, and Hillary's "big state" argument.

    Imagine if two football teams play a full season. At the the end of the season, Team A has a 15-1 record and Team B has a 14-2 record. Even though Team A finished ahead of Team B, the coach of Team B shockingly claims that his team should be the champions. During an interview, the coach of Team B argues, "Hey look, we played tougher opponents than Team A did. Plus, if you count the pre-season game that we won against Team A, we're actually tied. The pre-season game ought to count. Both teams starters didn't play. Fans bought tickets to the game. It was televised. Why can't the league just count that exhibition game and give us the championship."

    In Hillary's world, the coach makes sense.

    May 21, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  24. Willis, Texas




    CAN YOU PROVIDE PROOF TO ANY OF THE ABOVE STATEMENTS?! NO ABSOLUTELY NOT! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1



    May 21, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  25. Pat

    Osama running for President is okay with me…WHEN HE GAINS QUANTIFIABLE EXPERIENCE!

    People were taken with Bush (not me.) Supporters of Obama are foolishly doing a replay by trying to put Obama in office when they overlook essential knowledge in a candidate instead of perceived charm. Our country needs a President that understands the magnitude of problems that will be waiting for the next President in 2009. Just being a Democrat is not enough to be President of the United States.

    Wise up! Four years can be a long time waiting to elect another President. Hillary is my choice and has been from the beginning.

    Furthermore, the DNC urged her to run they need support her.

    Hillary – Hillary – Hillary!

    May 21, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
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