May 28th, 2008
11:27 AM ET
6 years ago

Clinton says she expects lead in popular vote, primary delegates

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Clinton is stepping up her argument to superdelegates. (AP Photo)

EN ROUTE TO KYLE, South Dakota (CNN) - In a letter sent to superdelegates Wednesday, Hillary Clinton contends neither she nor Senator Barack Obama will have the required number of delegates to clinch the nomination after Montana and South Dakota vote next Tuesday, leaving it up to party insiders to put one of them over the top.

“When the primaries are finished, I expect to lead in the popular vote and in delegates earned through primaries … I hope you will consider not just the strength of the coalition backing me, but also that more people will have cast their votes for me,” she wrote, as she continued to press her case that the race was far from over.

Read Clinton's letter and memo to the undecided superdelegates [PDFs]

Clinton, who has not fared well in most caucus votes this year, has dismissed results from those states for much of the campaign, saying the method disenfranchises too many voters.

In addition to the letter, the Clinton campaign also sent along “electoral and polling” analysis - including an electoral map analysis from Karl Rove and Co. - showing her in a better position to take on the Republican nominee in November. The packet was sent to superdelegates in advance of Saturday’s meeting of the DNC’s Rules and Bylaws committee where the fate of the Florida and Michigan delegations will be decided.

“We have not gone through this exciting, unprecedented, historic election only to lose,” Clinton told a crowd in Billings, Montana Tuesday. “Based on every analysis of every bit of research and every poll that’s been taken and every state that a Democrat has to win, I am the stronger candidate against John McCain this fall.”

Several weeks ago, her campaign sent a similar analysis of her electoral strength in tough congressional districts to Democratic members of Congress and other superdelegates.

Wednesday morning, Clinton took a brief tour of Mount Rushmore before heading out on a two-day swing across South Dakota. When asked by reporters whether she could see either herself or former President Bill Clinton added to the monument, she rolled her eyes and semi-playfully urged reporters to “go learn something” about the majestic structure.


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soundoff (469 Responses)
  1. mollygonz

    Why should Obama give in to revotes when those states broke the rules?? I don't understand all these people whining about "Obama blocked the re-votes"..ugh..there were so many reasons why he did that. People who voted in the first primary were not allowed to vote in the new primary..there is a huge list. Just think if the position were reversed. Please. HIllary is so desperate. I feel sorry for her. It is coming down to the wire and she is panicking. That's all this is. Obama just picked up three supers today. It doesn't look like she can do anything to convince anyone.

    May 28, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  2. GoHillary

    Why are all the OBAMABOTS begging Hillary to quit – because they know it's the only chance their girlyboy has of winning the nomination. The longer BO stays out in the open the more his inexperience shows. When are we going to get the next debate – oh yes, he's scared. Fantastic quality for a president don't you think?

    May 28, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  3. james from brooklyn

    hILLARY sound like HOGAN'S WIFE SAYING THAT SHE IS SUFFERING MORE BECAUSE HER SON IS LOCK UP THAN THIS LADY WHO'S SON WILL NEVER WALK AGAIN. AND YOU MEAN TO TELL ME THAT SHE CAN RELATE TOTHE AVERAGE AMERICAN. SHE IS DONE POLITICALLY, SHE CAN NOW STAY HOME AND BAKE COOKIES AS SHE SUGGESTED BACK IN THE 90. ANYONE WHO THINK SHE HAS A CASE IS JUST AS STUPID AS SHE SOUND

    May 28, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  4. John Everett

    So she still doesn't include the caucus votes in this. As a Washintonian i resent this. If she wants ALL the votes to count why is she leaving out all these states and caucus votes from Texas (which Obama won when you do)? She says that they are not democratic but didn't think so when Bill won them. And she gives NO vote to Obama in MI. Other canidates took their names off the ballet too. She agreed they didn't count. She is a cheater, lier, and party divider.

    May 28, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  5. Chi4Obama

    She is like an annoying gnat, swarming around the Democratic party. She just won't go away.

    May 28, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  6. Jerry

    to Beth from Jersey,

    Your math is off as bad as Hillary's. I have ran the numbers, and Obama has the most votes, delegates, and states (both blue and red). And, he is winning by a pretty big margin.

    May 28, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  7. IANWND

    Hillary please go back to her political roots which is the Republican Party. Carl Rove can retrain you in spinning facts.

    Obama 08/12 and Anyone but Hillary

    May 28, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  8. Amusing...

    Clinton will also forbid any further trips to the moon, as the huge influx of naturally-occurring cheese will RUIN the American Dairy industry.

    She's asking for pledged delegates to disenfranchise the legitimate voters in order to follow her.

    And yet she claims that Florida and Michigan should all count for her?

    May 28, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  9. Z, St. Louis

    She's been sending up that talking point for a while now..
    It doesnt hold ANY water..She does NOT lead in any of the
    things she listed. She uses some really fuzzy math and obscure poll
    results that might work in bizzaro world, but here on planet Earth it doesn't have a chance.She has had her minions flooding message boards and talk radio shows with the same "Obama can't win"
    message for a long time now. It's tiresome, it's (another) lie and she needs to just go back to her Senate seat and be happy she has that.
    She is going to get eaten alive soon if the Republicans or Obama
    have to actually attack her with her sordid past with Chinese
    buissnessmen staying in the White House, her dealing with
    WhiteWater, the investments in futures that suddenly jumped to huge
    values, her ties to Wal-Mart and their Anti-Union campain, not to
    mention the numerous outright lies and white lies recently..

    May 28, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  10. Toni - Atlanta

    Who's campaign is bullying the superdelegates?

    May 28, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  11. Independent

    Obama stealing election, you must joking!

    How do you think Obama got elected the first term to Illinois senate?

    Got the opponent thrown out through legal maneuvering

    How do you think Obama got elected to US Senate?

    Jack Ryan shot himself in the foot. Ran against Alan Keys, replacement candidate.

    There you have it.

    May 28, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  12. Mike in Florida

    Hillary's math reflects the intelligence level of her #1 constituent...uneducated voters.

    May 28, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  13. Chris

    Hillary has totally lost her mind!!! This lady should disappear.... forever. Everyone can see the desparation... Hillary will say or do anything to get back to the White House– which scares me tremendously.

    Sen. Obama, beware of Hillary. She is evil and dangerous. I pray for Sen. Obama's safety daily. Barack is a good, honest man who can lead America. God Bless you, Sen. Obama.

    Obama 08!

    Obama 08!

    May 28, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  14. peter dc transplant

    Lets be clear about one thing... Clinton's path to nomination victory throughout this entire campaign has revolved around beating her opponents down, rather than lifting herself up. A large fraction of Americans hate the Clintons, and always will. Her ONLY chance to defeat Obama has been to get Americans to hate him as much or more than they hate her. This even more obvious in retrospect, as we review any number of instances that the Clintons dug up more dirt on Obama than the republicans did. The fact that this woman is using Karl Rove's analysis to make her case to the democratic party should be enough to convince ANYONE that she is out to win regardless of public opinion or democratic rules. And as stupid as it sounds, when did the actual popular vote mean anything in our electoral process? How many presidents have lost the election despite winning the popular vote? Is Clinton, if in that position, going to cry about the electoral college too? Rules are rules Hillary, and you voted for them too. Suck it up. You lost.

    May 28, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  15. Kevin

    Caucus states are a joke. For example, Washington state Caucus 70% Obama to 30% Clinton. But when voted several weeks later, it was a tie. I am speechless. This should not happen in America.

    May 28, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  16. Joshua College Station Texas

    As Clinton has dismissed entire caucus states and thus large sections of the electorate, as well as any and all parts of the process that don't agree with her becoming president, so shall she be dismissed.

    May 28, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  17. Lindsay

    Well, that's interesting Hillary. You are more likely to beat McCain, but you can't even beat Obama! He's won – this is a race about delegates. Stop trying to change the rules that everyone agreed to. He's run a better campaign than you and he is the stronger candidate. If you were stronger, then you would be winning.

    May 28, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  18. Mike F

    Isn't there anybody in the Democratic party structure who has the guts to stand up and say that this howling banshee has finally lost her mind and needs to be forcibly removed from consideration. Remove her party affiliation thus leaving her unable to continue this humiliating farce.

    I suppose she didn't have enough humiliation when her worthless, philandering husband showed the world that she was a lumpy bag of cheese who couldn't hold his interest. Now she has to have a mental breakdown on live television during prime time.

    Are they going to have to take a straightjacket to the convention and truss her up like a dazed Blanche Dubois thanking the attendants for the kindness of strangers, while reminding them that she actually won.

    Not only has she lost her political future, she has destroyed her husband's position in history and her daughter's future, if there ever was one for her in politics.

    Obama, save us!

    May 28, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  19. SlimSista

    PLEASE STOP THE RHETORIC....HRC CAN NOT WIN....

    TO HRC SUPPORTERS.....YOU PEOPLE SOUND AS CRAZY AS SHE DOES....IT SEEMS YOU PEOPLE ARE BITTER AND CLING TO YOU GUNS...YOU ARE ALSO SOUNDING VERY RACISTS...

    OBAMA IS NOT STEALING ANYTHING FROM HRC.....NOW ALOT OF YOU FEEL OBAMA IS WINNING BECAUSE OF THE AFRICAN AMERICAN VOTE...SO WITH THAT BEING THE CASE...HRC WOULD NEED OUR VOTES (IF SHE WOULD WIN THE NOMINATION) TO BEAT MCBUSH....SUPPOSE ALL THE AFRICAN AMERICANS DECIDE TO STAY HOME AND NOT VOTE FOR HRC...ISN'T THAT WHAT YOU SUPPORTERS OF HER SAY ABOUT OBAMA...BUT I THINK SHE NEEDS MORE OF THE AFRICAN AMERICANS TO VOTE THAN THE FEW WHO SAY THEY WILL NOT VOTE FOR OBAMA, IN ORDER TO WIN!!!!....AND TO THE ONES THAT WON'T VOTE FOR OBAMA, THAT'S WHERE WE AS AFRICAN AMERICANS WILL COME IN NUMBERS TO MAKE UP FOR YOU WHO WILL NOT VOTE FOR HIM AND MAKE SURE HE WINS.....NOW ISN'T THAT POETIC JUSTICE....

    GOD BLESS OBAMA AND MAY GOD PROTECT HIM FROM HRC AND HER NEGATIVE RHETORIC.....

    BUT OF COURSE NOT, WE AS AFRICAN AMERICANS WILL ALWAYS VOTE, BECAUSE IT WAS SOMETHING THAT OUR ANCESTORS WERE NOT ALLOWED TO DO BECAUSE OF THE COLOR OF THEIR SKIN....AND THE JIM CROW LAWS, THAT HRC SO SPOKE OF IN HER RHETORIC ABOUT FLA & MI....AFRICAN AMERICANS CONTRIBUTE JUST LIKE ANY OTHER AMERICAN TO THE ECONOMY, AND THE POLITICAL PROCESS.

    May 28, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
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