May 27th, 2008
12:50 PM ET
6 years ago

Obama about to clinch victory, aide says

Obama aide David Axelrod is predicting Obama will soon clinch the nomination.
Obama aide David Axelrod is predicting Obama will soon clinch the nomination.

(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.

soundoff (431 Responses)
  1. MR. AMERICA

    MR. AMERICA has many friends in Florida who STAYED HOME because they knew their votes DID NOT COUNT! PATHETIC!

    May 27, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  2. George

    HEY ALL YOU OBAMA LOVERS. DONT START CRYING WHEN HE SCREWS THIS WORLD UP MORE THAN IT IS. HE IS NOTHING BUT A PREACHER. i SUPPOSE ALL YOU BELIEVE IN SANTA CLAUS TOO.

    May 27, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  3. Generation X

    Hillary Supporters- Think of Obama as the person who is going to send her home to save YOU from her lies, complaining, and her pandering. You can thank us later.

    May 27, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  4. Unbiased Democrat

    I agree! Stop it with all the elementary bickering! Unification is the only way we can win this election! Democrat supporters please keep in mind that since you've become so obsessed with your own candidate (Clintonites and Obamaina) this fight is for OUR FUTURE NOT the imagery of both candidates 1st black or 1st woman!!

    Democrats you all have made this race extremely bitter with all the negative comments and the labeling of people with the media being the ring leader! This is all a ploy to keep us divided and guess what it's working!!!!!

    So, if you are amongst the democrats who've decided that you will flip over to Republican and vote for McCain if you're desired candidate doesn't clinch the nominee then......
    SHAME ON YOU!!!! YOU BIASED DEMOCRAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 27, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  5. Mike Birmingham, AL

    No real Democrat will vote for McCain. Most of the negative comments are from Republicans who want to divide us.

    Hillary has fought a good fight. Obama's run a brilliant campaign.

    United we win! Yes, we can!

    May 27, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  6. Olivier

    OBAMA and his team have run an excellent. Hillary supporters should look at the overall picture and really think about what a vote for McCain would do. I am a strong Obama supporter and I would have voted for Hillary in the general if she had won the primary.
    Obama as the right judgment for America.

    May 27, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  7. Lawrence

    Really doesn't matter who wins the nomination. The Dems have made such a circus of this, neither will go the WH.

    May 27, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  8. Anne

    For those who said they don't understand how the Clinton supporters can still be saying she will win. Well when she claims her supporters are poor and uneducated thats the explanation. They're too stupid to understand so just believe what she says without question which is just how she likes it.

    May 27, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  9. Tony, Powell, OH

    To Kamenwati and others who are thinking that Republicans are posting divisive comments on these blogs:

    Look up the word "paranoid" in the dictionary, then look in the mirror. We don't need to post divisive comments; as has become abundantly clear, Democrats are no more saintly than Republicans. You're quite able to be divisive on your own.

    May 27, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  10. Jenny

    Billary's tactics have failed.... the race card, the crying game, the "fake it til you make it – we are ahead" nonsense, and oh, now... there's a LEFT WING CONspiracy!!! Of course, there HAS to be...... a RIGHT WING CONspiracy took away Bill's presidency (not the fact that he LIED under oath about THAT woman). Oh no she didn't and oh yes he did!!!!

    Obama 08

    May 27, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  11. jrzshor

    How to be a a PROUD democrat and support your "guy"–

    1. Hillary Clinton is vile, selfish, incoherent, and lies through her teeth. How can anyone in America vote for a person like that?

    2. Take some garlic Hillary

    3. She and her husband Billy Bob are delusional now

    4. let us heal from the Clintons. I wish there was a pill to erase them from our memories

    5. All Hillary supports who spew hate

    6. You Clintonites are just as hateful and nasty

    And this is "CHANGE from the politics as usual? HOW?!

    May 27, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  12. HSNP

    When Obama loses in November don't blame the Clinton's. Blame your empty suit candidate.

    May 27, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  13. COCO KALONJI

    From an outsider's point of view,some much has taken place during this contest,the race to the white house.Foreign policies are the indicators of what one's nation intend to achieve and how they intend to reach political and economical goals.over the last four decades,another of nation have developed a ill feeling towards the US,yet different admnistrations have through a number ways provided positive contributions in fighting AIDS and various other problems,however the current bitterness and political silly season's attitude displayed by the Clinton campaign have sent a clear message to the world:politicians are all the same the say one thing yet the mean an other. Obama trully represent change, to be endorsed by Ted Kennedy ,who is well respected by the current president and also by senator McCain means :change can not be ignored.

    May 27, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  14. vjh

    FINALLY! I cannot tell you how many people I have discussed the Dem Primary with have ALL said that when they see or hear HRC on tv or radio, they have to change the station. A very diverse group of people stated yesterday at a party I attended said she really is sickening and we all agreed to stop discussing her as to not ruin a beautiful day.

    May 27, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  15. Bruce

    By Jesse Jackson Jr. January 19, 2006
    "Fighting for human and constitutional rights is a theme, and a strategy, that could keep Democrats together for the next fifty years, election after election. It's time to begin a lofty fight to add the right to vote to the Constitution–and paint a truer picture of most Republicans as undemocratic. It's time to stand up and insure every American's right to vote to have that vote fully protected and to have it fairly counted."

    So let me get this straight. Jesse Jackson Jr. says that most Republicans are undemocratic. Hmmm....I bet Abe Lincoln would have had something to say about that. JJ Jr. lumps, every single Republican together, gee that sounds like prejudice to me. He said the Democratic party should rule for 50 years. Gee, that's interesting. So he's saying that there should be no other party than the Democrats. I could have sworn the Soviet union had the same idea. Didn't work out to well for them though did it. JJ Jr. is an idiot.

    May 27, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  16. Susan

    I wish the supers would come out and end it this week. I don't even want to wait until June, after the garbage put out by the Clintons over the weekend. Hillary, Bill, and their entire merry band need to be removed from the national stage before they say something that results in irreparable damage to a candidate, or our country. They are headed down that path already, and need to be removed from the cameras and microphones immediately.

    May 27, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  17. Richard, TX

    Thank God, then all the postering will finally be over, and we can get on with the business at hand-beating John McCain in November. We will finally be able to focus on some important issues–healthcare, the war, the economy, etc.

    May 27, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  18. Unbiased Democrat

    I agree! Stop it with all the elementary bickering! Unification is the only way we can win this election! Democrat supporters please keep in mind that since you've become so obsessed with your own candidate (Clintonites and Obamaina) this fight is for OUR FUTURE NOT the imagery of both candidates 1st black or 1st woman!!

    Democrats you all have made this race extremely bitter with all the negative comments and the labeling of people with the media being the ring leader! This is all a ploy to keep us divided and guess what it's working!!!!!

    So, if you are amongst the democrats who've decided that you will flip over to Republican and vote for McCain if you're desired candidate doesn't clinch the nominee then……
    SHAME ON YOU!!!! YOU BIASED DEMOCRAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 27, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  19. NOBAMA

    Axelrod is costing Obama the white women vote. By the way I watch the BBC for real news. CNN is nothing more than an entertainment channel

    May 27, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  20. Karren

    It appears CNN has achieved its goal of putting Obama in the Democrat seat. They have really hijacked our presidential election by denying publicity to other candidates and glorifying Obama. There is something very wrong behind this campaign–someone/some group with enormous power wants Obama in office. We all have better be shivering with dread.

    May 27, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  21. pissed off

    If the DEMACRATES have any intention of getting elected to the white house then the nomnee has to be CLINTON if it is not then you will probley never see the white house ever again except in pictures or if you drive by.

    there is so much skull duggery going on in your DEM. party that it is very doughtfull that the AMERICAM people just don't trust your party any more.

    May 27, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  22. open your eyes

    Every Obama supporter who claims Hillary has no business fighting is just talking out of both sides of their bum. If Obama was behind 200 delegates and only 250K in the popular vote (without FL and MI), would they be telling him to get out? Doubt it. And if you do the numbers, Obama has just over 50.5 % of the democratic vote (popular vote). I wouldnt want to count on just over 50% of your own party in a general vote. The last time we counted the delegates/electoral votes and not the popular vote, we got this current president. Whether hillary wins or not, the rules need to be changed. popular vote should be ALL that matters.

    May 27, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  23. Bob, Lyons Oregon,

    Even now, the Clintons and their supporters continue to bash Barack, as he praises her and her campaign. He has alot of integrity. He takes the high road. He is the most trustworthy. After the last elections, I thought she was going to have a little more integrity, but that lasted about a day, before she started bashing him again along with her husband. No one is calling for her to get out, except a few people, but Obama has not called for her to quit, he has said that she should stay in the race until all the states have voted. He has also said that Florida and Michagan should be included. He has never discounted those states or any states. All the spin in the world are not going to make her the nominee. There has been no bias in the media that she and her husband claim. The media only covers what is a story to them, there is no bias. Both, actually all 3 candidates have had bad press, but its because of what the candidates have said or done. She gets bad press, because she brings it on herself and no one is to blame for it but herself and her husband. This stuff about sexism, or cover-ups, or what ever is a joke. She has not ran a good campaign, she has been extremely negative. She could have taken the high road and gone out on a positive note, but she continues on her negative campaign, and will go out as a negative candidate. Its too bad, but no one has done it to her, except herself.

    May 27, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  24. Anonymous

    Jennifer-NY

    Obama and his campaign advisors have shown hillary more respect than anyone. I couldn't say the same thing About Hillary. Please explain the Carl Rove Tactics Used by Obama's campaign. Last I checked Hillary was using those tactics, she even Quoted him. Obama out campaigned her. Its that simple. You know what happens when we make decision based on emotions.

    May 27, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  25. GuyOhio

    We need to be united, we can not afford another minute of the McBush mantality!!!!

    Tax cuts to the wealthy or well conected, more wars,

    John McBush is a "pupet" please see through him!!

    I am an Obama supporter, and i do not hold anything against Hillary supporters, She has fought tough and her supporters deserve respect! I would still be fighting for Obama if the tables were turned.

    But again, we need to be united!!!!

    May 27, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
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