(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.
Just wishing it is so, does not make it so.
YES WE CAN!!!
Obama 08 / General James L. Jones
Could someone please give this news to Hill and Bill?
They won't stop campaigning!
49 delegates to go and counting....The fat lady is singing and it sounds so sweet....
Way to go Obama! Time to give up this nonsense Deb (and others) that Obama cannot win in the general election. He clearly has the support of the MAJORITY of Americans otherwise he would not have won.
Throw your support behind Obama or just don't vote and stay at home – that's your "right" I suppose.
But when he changes your country for the better it's okay to admit you were wrong!
Clinton has sunk to a new low. It's pathetic and childish.
For a long time, my vote was going to go to whichever Democrat makes it on the ballot. NO MORE.
I will not support Hillary. I will vote Libertarian in November is Clinton steals the nomination.
this may be true, but i dont discount the Clintons and their ability to get where they want how they want! She just may have the number changed just after he hits the mark..they are already making the public think that they have the popular vote locked up! they actually have people thinking that her ability to WIN with the numbers is legitimite!..she is using psyche and it is working..basically she is just in the way! THE CLINTON'S TIME HAS COME AND GONE..we appreciate all the hardwork and service. I for one would have voted for her, regardless of being an african american,and not because i am a women either but because i am a DEMOCRAT first and foremost...(would have loved to see a woman prez) just not this woman.. not this time! There is a better option. And i plan to use it!
Questions for you guys. What are the chances that GOP has a large number of paid and volunteer people trolling top news and politics websites and pose as disgruntled Hillary supporters claiming they won't vote for Barack?
Answer: It is 100% probability
GOOD.... claim the nomination and shut that awful woman up.... I'm so sick of that god-awful Hillary and her whiny crying....
Barack Obama will be coming to end of his second term as
president of the United States and Hillary Clinton will STILL
be out there trying to change the rules of the election!
There are some posters here that are in La La land with Bill and Hillary. It is over so get on the winning team to win in November...
Hillary Clinton would not win the general election if she were to be the democratic nominee. Even back when she was the presumptive democratic nominee she never had a chance of winning the general election. She was never going to be the first woman president. So let the last three primaries have their vote, split the delegates for Florida and Michigan 50/50 (the only fair way to do it since ALL parties agreed in the beginning of this contest that their vote wouldn't count) and let her gracefully exit.
Enough all ready. The nomination was hers to lose and she lost it. Time to let it go.
I wish the supers would stop being such chickens and step up and declare their support. Allowing this to drag out serves no other purpose than further dividing our party.
It's about time! Obama strategically got to this point and there's no use in prolonging his success! Now-Lets bring this party together and take it all the way!!!!!
Go Obama 08'
How is he not viable? The Clinton's and all their antics are ruining the Democratic Party! Hillary does not have a snowballs chance in hell at winning anything other than her won presidency in Hillaryland! After her and Bill's comments over the weekend – I have denounced the Clintons as a great family! I was once a loyal supporter through the great times in the 90's, but no longer! It is time to unite the party not to destroy it. Superdelegates please join the Obamatrain and leave the old wreck of the Clinton machine to rust away in obscurity. I am a "blue collar" white 43 year old white male in Iowa that has and will continue to support Barack through to his becoming our next President of the United States.
It will be interesting to see how she reacts to this? I dont see her going away any time soon
How terribly presumptuous and arrogant they have been through this whole campaign. They have a right to vote for who they want. I don't ever remember a campaign being run this way . It's such an insult to Hillary and everyone supporting her that the media and the superdeligates as well as Obama and his people keep telling her starting months ago to end her bid. What kind of a campaign does that! Telling a respected candidate months ago before there was a "clear" frontrunner to end her campaign so Obama can be the nominee. I will never vote democrat again. This is not a democratic party anymore – it's cut throat with Obama doing all the throat cutting. He will never win against Mccain.
Yup, according to his own website he only needs 49 more delegates to claim the nomination.
Lets hope the Hillary fans are not so blinded by their support to her to be able to see who the real opponent is: MCain and the republican party.
Of course a lot if not most so-called Clinton supporters posting on blogs and websites are actually republican posers loking to create a bigger rift between the factions of the democratic party. I have every confidence in the intelligence of the voters to be able to see through that nonsense and to be able to see that the things that really matter in the race this fall are the issues.
And those who are informed will realise there is not a lot of difference on the issues between Obama and Clinton.
No more republicans in the White House so the dems can clean their mess up (again) and rebuild the economy, the military and the nation once again.
No one know what the magic number is until we finalize florida and michigan. Its like Bush saying mission accomplished. How can one claim victory when all the 50 states are not counted.
He is Not one man dictorate in Democratic party.
DED==MI AND FL DON'T COUNT
ED==THIS IS NOT CHICKENS,IT IS A SERIOUS CAMPAIGN NOT A JOKE
hillary has lost fair and square
and if she should get fl and mi (by fraud)
then the caucas states will kick in and she still looses
she will loose any way come nov. she has a court date for campaign fraud. (peter paul vs clintons.com)
cnn please post this
Florida and Michigan will be included in the next few weeks and the number to clinch the nomination will increase dramatically. I hope Hillary remains in the game, I just cannot handle the Obamabots, especially the crazy ones in here.
I GOT NEWS FOR YOU...IF YOU GIVE YOUR VOTE TO OBAMA,
YOU ARE GIVING UP THE WITHE HOUSE FOR ANOTER 4 YEARS...
SO YOU BETTER THINK TWICE OR MORE THAN TWICE, BECASUE WE WILL BE VOTING FOR ....OBAMA HUSSEIM BATACH OR WHATEVER HIS NAME IS...
HILLARY FOR PRESIDENT...09
Fred you are stupid.
Hey people, I have supported Obama from the beginning, but this mean spirited hate mongering toward Hillary is uncalled for. Get a life, crawl out of the gutter, or whatever but remember that Obama is about unity not attacking each other.
Clinton has stooped a new low over the weekend. She is growing more pathetic, desperate and disgusting. Not my choice for my leader!
The Libertarians will get my vote in November is she steals the nomination.