(CNN) – Barack Obama will formally capture the Democratic presidential nomination soon after next week's final primaries, the Illinois senator's top campaign aide is predicting.
In an interview with the New York Daily News, Obama campaign adviser David Axelrod said that after the June 3 primaries in South Dakota and Montana, Obama will "be at the number we need to claim the nomination."
"We're very close now," Axelrod said. "When the primaries end, I think, we'll be where we need to be. ... We'll be at the number we need to claim the nomination."
According to CNN's latest estimate, Obama is now 52 delegates short of clinching the Democratic nomination while Clinton is 246 delegates short of the magic number. There are 86 pledged delegates up for grabs in the remaining three contests. Just over 200 superdelegates also have not publicly declared who they are supporting.
Obama is unlikely to clinch the nomination with pledged delegates alone, but his campaign has said it expects enough superdelegates will declare their support of the Illinois senator soon after the final two primaries.
Axelrod's comments come two days after Bill Clinton suggested some are trying to “push and pressure and bully” superdelegates to make up their minds prematurely.
The former president also suggested Sunday that if the New York senator ended the primary season with an edge in the popular vote, it would be a significant development.
"If you vote for her and she does well in Montana and she does well in Puerto Rico, when this is over she will be ahead in the popular vote,” said Clinton.
I hope he does clinch the nomination after next week's primaries. We need to wrap this up before August. Please let's this end before the convention.
We just have 49 delegates to go...let's finish this thing.
Obama is no longer a viable Candidate!
Thank you for staying in the race Hillary!
You are the best Candidate and will win the General Election for us and take back the White House!
Keep flying to your strengths and never give up-you are our fighter!
Obama is actually 49 delegates short of clinching the nomination. CNN added the 3 superdelegates from Hawaii this weekend, but didn't take into account the add-on supers from Alaska, Georgia and Wyoming that were selected this weekend also. Clinton also gained a super from those.
And we can expect most of the supers out there are going for Obama. There is no reason not to declare support for Hillary now if they are willing to support here. Those waiting to come out for Obama are doing it out of respect to Mrs. Clinton, and let her finish up the primary season.
There is a wise old saying about counting your chickens before they hatch. Michigan and Florida WILL be seated and the number of delegates needed for victory will increase accordingly. But hey, I am not surprised by this kind of deceptive nonsense coming from the Karl Rove of the Democrats; it's par for the course.
this will be good to get this settled as HC is creating so much hate for Obama that it will be very hard to change if it keeps going. I think her main purpose is to make him lose the main election and she will run again in 4 years.
Obama ran an excellent campaign and deserves the nomination. Let's all rally behind him to bring about the change our country desperately needs.
Please let it finally be over and let us heal from the Clintons.
I wish there was a pill to erase them from our memories!
Hurry, before Hillary Clinton has him BOOM! BOOM!
Good! And we get on to defeating John McSame now?
Hillary Clinton is a vile humanoid as are all of her moronic supporters.
David Axelrod has been a great campaign manager.
Yeaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa! Please be over soon!
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Florida and Michagan cannot be suppressed!
It would be a good thing for the DNC if Obama went over the top prior to the 3 remaining primaries. Hillary Clinton's argument that all of the FL and MI delegates should count is puzzling to me.
Wasn't her campaign manager, Terry McCauliffe, the chairman of the DNC who ruled that FL and MI will be punished? Didn't he then step down as chairman to run her campaign? Isn't he the same guy most every night arguing that FL and MI shoulnd not be punished.
WOW IT FINALLY COMES TO AN END!
WAT MANY SAID (HILLARY) WUD END SUPER TUESDAY WIT HILLARY WINNIN IS TO SHOW NO MATTER WAT WE PREDICT GOD IS THE ULTIMATE DECIDER
NOV 4 OBAMA BY GOD'S GRACE WILL WIN D PRESIDENCY! AMEN
Good, Thank Goodness, then you can send Billary back to New York , where she can continue to make their City New York A Living H-E double hockey sticks. Like she tried to make our counrty. I give you a E for Effory, now go pay off you debt, with New Yorker's Tax Dollars. LOL!
Great. Hopefully, May 31 does not change anything.
Tic,tic,tic...this primary is going on too long. HRC can't win. We must end this and end it now. We have to get ready for the Gen. Election.
ALL the way to the convention Hillary!!!!
Goodbye Obama and Goodbye DNC...losers!!
I hope that all Democrats will change to Independents if the DNC gives this nomination to Obama!!
We will NOT UNITE behind Obama!!!
I think it's about time that "everybody" faces facts – Barack Obama is the Democratic Party Presidential Nominee. I can't see how Hillary dragging this out is helping anybody, including her. All of her acts seem desperate. She's not counting on any votes to give her the nomination, she's looking for some rules to be changed to help her. If that happens, and it probably won't, she'll destroy the morale of millions of people in this country. Not just those that voted for Sen. Obama, but for all people who believe in following the rules as you agreed. I don't think she should be offered the VP, either. This woman has led a lot of peple to believe, through her own actions, that she will stop at nothing to get the #1 spot.
Except superdelegates' votes don't actually count until the convention, soooo... keep dreaming, Axelrod.
It is so sad that we are going to have to settle for Obummer.
We can only hope that the Super Delegates will make their selection before the Puerto Rico Primary and the DNC. That would make the final Primaries the frosting needed to complete this process on a positive note !!!!! Go Obama !!!!!!!!
Wow, we have a lot to do before November 2008.
What are the clintons up to next.
Are they planning on something we do not know.
Am kind of curious.