(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.
You Hillary supporters seem to have a *real* hard time grasping facts. To say, "Well supers can switch their mind" is about as weak an argument as you can have. You *do* realize that means they can switch from Hillary to Obama as well, right? Kinda like they've been doing! Look at the past four months, the VAST majority are going for Obama, including those who were once committed to Hillary.
The funny thing is I actually liked the Clintons before all of this started. But she has run just about the nastiest campaign I've ever seen. Her comments last week once again prove just how incredibly devilish she is. And for those who say she wasn't wishing Obama dead, my question to you is simple: What exactly was she saying? And give a better explanation than, "Oh, the Kennedys were on her mind" because she repeated this story two times *before* Kennedy's brain cancer diagnosis. Why you guys continue to support a candidate who would wish her opponent dead is beyond me.
Thank God!-The women movement can not suffer anymore dumb statements from Hillary.
Go Obama,The Women of America LOVE YOU!
Hillary is still in Puerto Rico. She spent three days there. She is projected to win - that territory - by a landslide. They have delegates to the convention, but cannot vote in the GE.
It is now easy to see how she has mounted the campaign debt she has.
Mr. Clinton, with all due respect. You analysis of this campaign is so flawed, it defies logic and reason.
You lost a campaign, once, in Arkansas. So, you know - it is possible to lose a campaign. You need to convince your candidate wife that it's happened.
The Democratic Party needs to become united. It's past time.
Awesome!!!! Congratulations!!! It's about time!!! I'll be voting for you in Florida!!!!
2026 or 2209?
Once the delegates for Florida and Michigan are seated your bar moves.
CLINTON/MC CAIN '08???
No wonder we lost the last two campaigns to our present idiot. We have our own idiots.
Why would anyone support McCain over Obama. REAL IDIOTS!!!!
To Fred and all the other fanatic HC-voters.
You will not unite for Obama!
That does not matters at all!
A lot of others will!! And I am sure Hillary will fight for him.
McCain would be the most worste alternative!
Are you realy backing that man out of anger?
There will be a day when you will be verry proud of
your next president!
Obama, for the change htis world need!
With love from the Netherlands.
So many Europeans are behind him!
BYE BYE HILLARY--BYE BYE PANTS SUITS--THANK GOD.-
OBAMA WILL BE OUR GREATEST PRESIDENT.
THANK YOU Jesus, I'm so sick and tired of both Bill and Hillary's constant whining. It's like every day they take things to an all time LOW. America just needs to put them out of their misery once and for all. This is Sen. Clinton's LAST chance at the Presidency. History has proven that any one who has lost at a run for the democratic presidency is NEVER re-elected in the democratic party. Tucker said the Democratic party never supports a "loser" a second time. They just don't do it, they never forgive and support a loser no matter who they are.
So I guess this is the END of the END for the Clintons. Thank GOD. I think many of us are going bonkers just listening to Sen. Clinton's lame "I'm staying in" blues.
Hey, STAY in all you want, but you're about to go down in FLAMES and get dragged off the stage missy. It's about to get ugly...
I for one have supported Hillary every step of the way.
In 2000 Obama couldn't even make it to the House of Representatives and now he's running for President. Could it be he's part of the Chicago Democratic Political Machine?
Obama endorsed Daly for Mayor of Chicago even though he was still concerned about City Hall Corruption. He supported Illinois Gov. Blagojevich whose administration is under federal investigation for hiring fraud.
In one of Obama's speeches he could no more disown his Pastor (Wright) than he could his "White Grandmother." Within weeks and I'm sure a few quick kicks in his backside from his advisors he wrote Wright off.
No thanks, I'll remain a Hillary supporter and if by chance Obama is the nomination I'll have to vote McCain.
I think Fred and Ed, probably the same person, Republican for sure, remind me of the people who say that WMD's were their and that GW should have started this useless war. They just have problems facing reality! Hillary is done and her supporters do not know when to quit.
People asked why some did not like Clinton, even hate her, that is because she escaped her scandal from US justice. We Should have a protest in front of supreme court, urge no one is above law, Clinton should not be allowed to escape from US justice.
Can someone please tell me how she is able to continue being so deep in debt? How does she pay for travel, ads? Are her creditors getting paid?
Where does the money come from? Please, anyone know?
I think all those people who say Barack will not beat John in the next election are dilusional. He will win, and the country will be stunned, the same way they were stunned after Iowa.
Sidenote: I'm praying for all those people who are suffering because of weather conditions, in this country and around the world.
MR. AMERICA asks the babbling fools who refuse to vote for anyone but Hillary to explain how she is a better candidate than Obama.
He's smarter, self-made, a better leader, has more accomplisments, and more trustworthy than the lying Clinton machine. Hillary would be a public defender somewhere if she did not marry Bill. And you all know it.
it is over and has been for some time. The Clintons need to stop the propaganda wars and got on with reality. I think it is ashame how they have been misleading her supporters into believing they can over come. This is not problem of the party or the Obama supporters but a Clinton problem. And, it is another example why we don't want the Clinton's back in the White House.
Vote Democrat 08
If Obratma wins, good luck in winning in November. The politicians in the party MAY be united, but Obratma has LOST a large portion of true Democrats. He is NOT the best candidate for the nation nor has he my vote. I USED to be a Democrat and am VERY Liberal, but this election has shown me that the Dems do not care about the voters (Michigan and Florida disenfranchisement) or their own party. I will be writing in Hillary's name on my ballot or will vote AGAINST Obratma. Obratma needs to do a TON to unite the party, unite the nation, and unite Liberals. I don't think he can. He and the media that he is the darling of have shown their sexist roots. I doubt the zebra can change its stripes...
Please do not blame Hillary. Blame the ineffective SUPERDELEGATES who are sitting on the fence to watch the democratic party disintegrate. SUPERDELEGATES should be abolished! There should be no magic number. Whoever wins the largest number of pledged delegates should be the winner. There is nothing like United Big States of America. Both big and small states equally matter. There is nothing like United Blue States of America or United Red States of America. Both Blue States and Red States equally mater. That is why there is only the United States of America.
Hillary and Bill, please respect your Clinton name and accept defeat. Do not break up the democratic party!
Obama may be declaring victory over Hillary but he has a long way to go before he can declare victory over John McCain, if Obama ever gets to make that claim which is becoming increasingly more doubtful. Electoral-vote.com has Obama running about even with McCain in the electoral vote count in the general election while Clinton is ahead of McCain by 133 electoral votes!
LOL... Obama will be the democratic nominee but that is it... LOL... No way Hillary supporters will vote for him in November, we will not vote or better yet, we will vote for McCain.
We don't care if Hillary throws her support to him, we will NOT vote for Obummy in November.
Say hello to President John McCain everyone!
From the numbers it looks as if Axelrod is right, but sad to say we never know what type of tricks the Clintons won't pull ou of their trick bag. She does have a majority of supporters on the Rules and Bylaws Committee and might not accept what the Committee 's ruling. That will create a huge problem for the DNC. Hopefully, they will look at the numbers and do the right thing and seat the delegates in a fair manner – keeping in mind that Senator Obama was not even on the ballot in Michigan and that Senator Obama was a virtual unknown to some when the Florida election was held and did not campaign there.
Hillary's latest comment MISTAKENLY calling Obama...Osama when talking about him being taken out and then saying I meant Obama but we would like to them both out. Was as low as she can go for me. Anyone still voting for this woman after these comments is as low as she is and a disgrace to our country. Unbelievable! I am appalled and completely turned off. CNN, I am very surprised that you all are not making a big deal of those comments. But you put out a article saying that Hillary's supporters in PR booed Obama...that isn't news...that is expected as we Obama supporters boo her. Report something of substance!
Obama is not the nominee until Florida and Michigan are counted. If he does not want them to count he is cheat – plain and simple. If they are counted the numbers will change and he knows it. Hillary has the popular vote – he does not. I DO HAVE A PROBLEM VOTING FOR HIM AND I WILL NOT VOTE FOR HIM. So he can declare himself the nominee all he wants – he will not win the election. The DNC will be sorry that they did not back Hillary because Obama will not win in November.
Superdelegates should do what they KNOW they need to do. The prolonged primaries is not a good sign, it just reveals Hillary's "It's all about me" syndrome. If she really cared about her constituents, she would concede and start rallying behind Obama. It's that simple. And those who decide to vote McCain come November, will be very, very, very sorry. If you can't handle American policies now, why the heck are you going to support McCain to perpetuate the mess we have now because you don't like Obama? THINK.
I am not looking forward to hearying "Change", "Hope" and "Yes we can" chanting for the next 4 years so my vote is going to Bob Barr!