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

Clinton says she expects lead in popular vote, primary delegates


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. Alex

    Who does she think she's kidding?

    Shesh. Give it up already

    May 28, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  2. FP

    If it were not for the undemocratic caucus system, if all 50 states would have had primaries with popular votes (direct popular vote) counted then, Obama would not be winning. Obama does not represent the will of the democrats, Obama represents just the ability of extremist activists that are disconnected with the American people. As it happened with McGovern, Mondale, Dukakis, Kerry and even Ted Kennedy that fought Jimmy Carter at the convention with only 700 delegates the Democrats will: loose the election.
    To win, the Democratic party needs a candidate from the center not an extremist left wing liberal.

    May 28, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |


    May 28, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  4. Beth form Jersey

    Tell me, Senator Clinton, will you still be in the lead of the popular vote if you include the caucus results?

    May 28, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  5. Scott Glenn in Wa

    Go Hillary!
    Show everyone you can take a licking and keep on ticking………..
    …… the end, however it will be Obama for Pres.

    May 28, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  6. Obama will win.

    My god Clinton, get over it. You are LOSING AND THAT IS FINAL.
    And by basically saying that the Caucus' don't mean anything you are saying that the millions that voted in them don't matter... humm... but yet you are saying we should count votes that KNEW it wouldn't count when they voted! ...Clinton you are stupid. Just stop

    May 28, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  7. DemocracyNow2008

    Who Cares what Clinton thinks ?
    First the CNN one where Clinton says Obama cannot win against McCain now this?

    Where is the Obama picks up 3 Delegates story.

    I am seeing more Hillary garbage then ever.

    Hillary is a loser and she is unpopular with many Democrats and others now.

    I feel like I am reading a Hillary Campaign site .

    What happened to real news?

    This is not news but the same old garbage just another day.

    Hillary need to dropout now.

    May 28, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  8. Kate, Atlanta

    Old woman yells at cloud.

    May 28, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  9. Jim

    What's wrong with caucuses?
    Why didn't she try to do away with caucuses before the primaries?

    May 28, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  10. Mike in Columbus

    Once again her metric for success changes.

    May 28, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  11. Crazy Broad

    The crazier this broad Clinton gets, the nuttier her supporters get too. Whatever insane leaps of 'logic' she makes, her supporters are right there, pretending like it makes sense.

    I used to wonder how anyone could support such a hypocritical, deceptive, delusional nut-job, but it's become clear through this nomination process – her supporters are just as nutty as she is.

    May 28, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  12. Francesca

    If this nomination does, in fact, go to the Convention, Superdelegates should vote by their constituencies. Enough said!

    You go girl. We're standing by your side until the Convention.

    Hillary 08

    May 28, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  13. Roger

    Yes...and I expect it to start raining cats and dogs. People that support Clinton seem to be living on another planet.

    May 28, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  14. Charlotte

    Delegates are not locked into their endorsements until they actually vote at the convention. Everyone who has endorsed one candidate or another are able to change their minds. The process is not over until the convention. Otherwise, why have a convention at all? This whole process needs to be corrected before 2012.

    May 28, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  15. Ron, TX

    Wow. She's going to have the delegate lead in -primaries-? And she's crying about voter disenfranchisement? What about the CAUCUSES?? How pathetic.

    May 28, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  16. JC

    This is truly sad. Senator Clinton was someone I once admired but no more. I feel more sorry for her because she seems so desperate, but she really needs to take a look at reality. If she cannot win the nomination then how can she possibly win in the general election! Please Hillary, give up this despearte quest and unify the party!

    May 28, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  17. Anne

    sad sad sad. She has been slowly coming totally unglued and now has totally and finally lost it. How on earth can she claim shes better. What at splitting the party, lying, changing the rules when it suits her.

    May 28, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  18. tigerakabj

    Ok. Somebody get this woman out of here.

    There is nothing to argue here. If people can't see this lying snake for who she is, then I feel pity for you.

    I hope Washington, Guam, Texas, Iowa, etc. are listening. This is too much. When this woman finally reaps her 35+harvest it will be one happy day for all Americans. Super D's, lets end this.

    May 28, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  19. Bij- New York

    Is she serious? Like is she really serious? Like serious is she? I seriously think she believes that superdelegates are like 3rd graders or something

    May 28, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  20. John B. From New Hampshire

    so she fights for FL and MI who didn't have legal primaries, and most stayed home for knowledge that their votes weren't going to count, and she wants those votes counted... and one the flip side she wants to disenfranchise the caucus states?!?!?! way to go with the will of the people and have all the voices heard Hill!!

    May 28, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  21. Sean

    How does she figure? She is making factual claims on events that "may" occur. She's going down kicking and screaming.

    May 28, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  22. Tim

    This is way beyond sad. Senator Clinton, you lost. You will not be VP and you are ending any future hope for your political career. June will come and Senator Obama will have reached the 2026 number and will win the nomination fair and square.

    Obama 08/12

    May 28, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  23. Cathy in MD

    I'm speechless.

    May 28, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  24. mollygonz

    She is ridiculous. For all her talk about disenfranchising voters and now she doesn't even include caucus states..the DNC better do something soon because the word out of the Clinton camp is that HIllary first, party second. I'm believin it!!

    May 28, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  25. BettiH, Indianapolis, IN.

    OH MY GOODNESS...she is out of control. I was never a Clinton fan to begin with, now I can honestly say, if I weren't a Christian I could easily hate the Clintons. Sore losers, cheaters, I do truly believe they are capable of the mysterious murders that have happened due to orders being given by the Clintons. They are pathetic and pitiful people. VERY UNAMERICAN.

    May 28, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
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