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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  1. bridgette

    I have never heard people say caucuses were undemocratic until this year. I thought democratic meant if that state decided to have a caucus then they could do it without the person who is looisng calling it undemocratic. I think that this is getting silly and sad now. It is a race and the end result of a race is someone will win and someone will loose. And she has lost. I think he was just a better candidate than everyone gave him credit for. People underestimated him and didn't take him serious. That was probably the best thing that could have happened to him. Because it gave him time to build a great team and to go around and just meet people in all of the states that he won in and let them get to know him. And it has been proven the longer he stays in a state the better he does. People get to know him and they seem too like what he has to say. This process is not undemocratic she just lost.

    May 28, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  2. Susan

    She is so over the top. I had once respected her. Now it hurts my ears to hear her speak or look at her on t.v. She does not represent my generation of women who worked to get respect. She has no respect for herself or her party. This woman is a national disgarce to women everywhere. To try to use sexism to stal an election is ridiculous. One more not – she is NOT winning the popular vote! OBAMA 08

    May 28, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  3. Mental Hospital

    I'm starting to think that we should really be concerned about Mrs. Clinton's mental health. It was funny for awhile, then annoying, then downright maddening – but now, I think she's crossed the line into full-blown dementia.

    Someone close to her might want to think about institutionalization – at least for the short term. Get her on some tranquilizers or something at least.

    As to the people still 'supporting' Mrs. Clinton – they might want to think about a little self-examination of their own mental health. Can't be a good sign to consistently agree with total lunacy.

    May 28, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  4. PDX

    Please end the madness already Super Delegates! She argues that every state and every vote should count yet she wants to disenfranchise caucasus states? Hillary needs to be called out on her hypocrisy. All Hillary is doing is showing how unfit she is to be the President of the United States and that's unfortunate.

    May 28, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  5. Michel Cancan

    She reminds me of the IRAQI INFORMATION MINISTER during the us Invasion of Iraq. Remember his famous quotes; speaking of the US Army:
    "They are not in Baghdad. They are not in control of any airport. I tell you this. It is all a lie. They lie. It is a hollywood movie. You do not believe them."
    She and him have the same sort of language.

    May 28, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  6. Bangus 1er

    CNN let me first start by asking you why you never post anything I write?My comments are always awaiting moderation

    Watching and listening to HRC and her camp , I came to the conclusion that she's for a graceful exit but is being told otherwise by her advisers.Chiefly :Terry McAuliffe and Harold Ickes.
    For the simple fact that they blew what was supposed to be a walk in the park: her coronation.

    May 28, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  7. Sensible Cape Coral FL

    Hillary,I love you dearly and will always admire you, but please leave with dignity.

    May 28, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  8. Sam

    ABC...... ABC.... Anyone But Clinton

    I don't care much anymore, but my motto is the same... IF CLINTON steals this, then I am voting McCAIN.

    MY money and support are with Obama, but if not Obama, then McCain.

    May 28, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  9. Nicole in NE

    It doesn't matter if people don't like how caucuses are done, THE POINT IS WE SHOWED UP TO HAVE OUR VOICES HEARD TOO!

    So great, change the rules for next time – everyone has a primary, but you cannot just pick and chose who want to count.

    THAT, my friend is undemocratic. period.

    May 28, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  10. HRG

    Not so hard to believe when you consider the source.

    This country would be in serious trouble if it ever had a president as immoral, unethical, unprincipled and law-flouting as HRC. And I thought Bush was bad!

    Think of the greater good, HRC, the United States of America, and do all you can to get a Democrat elected in November – even if it's Obama and not you!

    May 28, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  11. John Karsten, Virginia Beach, VA

    This woman is a wack job........mostly just a joke to me.

    May 28, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  12. Critical View

    If you do not like Bush’s policy to continue, you should choose a Democratic candidate who can beat McCain in November. Obama cannot win, but Hillary can, as indicated in the following latest polls:
    5/26 Rusmussen Polls in Kentucky: Clinton 51% McCain 42% (Clinton +9%)
    Obama 32% McCain 57% (Obama -25%)
    5/24 Newsweek Polls General Election: Clinton 48% McCain 44% (Clinton +4%)
    Obama 46% McCain 46% (Tied)
    5/17 -19 USA Survey North Carolina: Clinton 49% McCain 43% (Clinton +6%)
    Obama 43% McCain 51% (Obama -8%)
    5/22 Rusmussen Polls Nevada: Clinton 46% McCain 41% (Clinton +5%)
    Obama 40% McCain 46% (Obama -6%)
    5/22 Quinnipiac Polls Ohio: Clinton 48% McCain 41% (Clinton +7%)
    Obama 40% McCain 44% (Obama -4%)
    5/22 Quinnipiac Polls Florida: Clinton 48% McCain 41% (Clinton +7%)
    Obama 41% McCain 45% (Obama -4%)
    5/21 USA Survey Missouri: Clinton 48% McCain 46% (Clinton +2%)
    Obama 45% McCain 48% (Obama -3%)
    If FL and MI delegates are not seated properly, Hillary should continue the fight, because that is the only hope for the Democrats to win in November. Do not follow Carter. He does not have the winning strategy.
    Recently CNN AC360 questioned Bill Clinton’s question of media suppressing information that favored Hillary. I also found that CNN has consistently covered up information. This is quite obvious if the readers check the above poll results against the following CNN report today: “ Recent polls out of the crucial swing states of Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Florida have indicated she has a better chance of beating McCain in those places than Barack Obama. But the Illinois senator performs better in several other swing states that Democrats have historically had difficulty winning, such as New Mexico, Nevada, and Colorado.”

    May 28, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  13. Steve

    I do not want to send my children to the same schools Hillary went to. They don't even teach you how to add.

    May 28, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  14. wel3

    What a shocker! The Clintons care only about the Clintons and will do anything and everything to steal the nomination. It is time for them to go away – forever,

    May 28, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  15. Rob


    Clinton 08

    May 28, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  16. Mimi De La Cruz for OBAMA


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

    A Clinton supporter's arguments:

    1) 'Obama should drop out because he cannot win the general'.

    – never mind that Hillary can't even win the primary.

    2) 'Obama has no experience:

    – as opposed to Hillary's 'experience' as a first lady?

    3) 'Don't vote for Obama since he will definately lose the general.'
    – instead, vote for Hillary who has lied, slung mud, flip flopped, lied, lied, ran a train wreck of a campaign with $20 million debt.

    4) Hillary has the popular vote.
    – IF you don't count caucuses, count FL and MI despite the fact that most people didn't vote AND obama's name wasn't on the ballot AND hillary herself agreed to not have them count initially when it suited her. Change the rules whenever she feels like it.

    5) 'Obama supporters are mean'
    – i don't even know what to say about this one.

    May 28, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  18. 1926

    I have never heard such hatred and vitriol. Be ashaned. You act like only you know the truth. Senator Obama is not ready to lead, look at all the mistakes he has made. You better hope he isnt elected. I know I dont want him, but I am not going to send my soul to hell hating him, like the Senator Clinton haters are doing.

    May 28, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  19. enough already

    shut the hell up hillary, you are delusional..give it up.

    May 28, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  20. What about the caucuses?

    Does she just like to anger caucus states?

    May 28, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  21. James, SC

    A lot of folks say that Senator Clinton is better qualified to be President than Senator Obama. If her husband were President (which he was), then wouldn’t you think that she would have known ALL of the details and techniques needed to secure the Democratic Party nomination? No other candidate in the 2008 Presidential Race has had this advantage. Yet, she is running second at best. Maybe, just maybe the people have spoken and their choice isn’t Senator Clinton. There are many, “if this or if that scenarios,” we can say or use. But, the truth is that ALL of the candidates (democrats and republicans) knew the rules when the primary season started; and those rules will NOT change during the primaries. Candidates may complain about how a rule or two works, however being adults and hopefully mature voters we know how important it is to follow guidelines (rules) established for all the people involved. My biggest shame is to watch a former President blatantly bend and manipulate the rules to meet his wants and needs. But most of all, I most disappointed in the citizens (voters) who fall in line with this kind of antics; and support this behavior so strongly. The question we should be asking ourselves would be: is this the kind of examples in life that we want to teacher our children? When our children go to school, do what they are instructed to do, complete all their work correctly, and behave as required by the school’s by-laws do we expect them to receive poor grades for their performance? Why would we punish them when they have done what we asked them to do? Therefore, to suggest that we should reward poor performance, results, and behavior would not only insult those children who performed well, but also destroy the core of what we have established to keep us all unified. Why do we feel that because we are adults that the rule system no longer applies?

    May 28, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  22. sefakor

    Obama picks up three superdelegates

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Barack Obama picked up the support of superdelegates from Colorado, Oregon and Guam Wednesday as he moved closer to securing the Democratic presidential nomination.

    May 28, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  23. Sante

    Obama suporters, haven' you inderstud that you gay has to wait.
    He does not offer anything , but Clinton's solutions boroued by him.

    SHe is just strong, beter, ready!!!!

    Love you Girl!!

    May 28, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  24. JJ-Orlando

    I want my vote to count just like all the rest of the majority in Florida for Hillary. If it does not count then we will protest by voting Mc Cain in the November election. None of the lets go 50/50 thats crazy, no thats commie.

    May 28, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  25. Hakim

    As an Obama supporter certain things ring true:

    – He leads in total pledged delegates, superdelegates and popular vote.
    – He has been very complimentary to Sen. Clinton (see his speech on the Oregon/Kentucky primary night) and has not made her being a woman an issue as for some reason Clinton supporters have drank the kool-aid of thinking this.
    – He brings a new brand of thinking into the Presidency and yes he does have experience.
    – Sen. Clinton will lose the experience argument when going against McCain and no one energizes the right wing like Hillary does.
    – If Obama did not win I would vote for HRC, I am a democrat first and I DO NOT WANT MCCAIN. Spite is not a reason not to vote for someone and also folks should not get the mind set that butts should be kissed for their votes (in reference to those Hillary supporters who feel they won't vote for Obama because they feel bloggers haven't been nice enough to them). Forget what bloggers say, Obama has been uplifting of Clinton.
    -Lastly he's not George Bush and does not follow any of his policies like McCain does.

    Democrats please unite. This election has NOT been stolen from HRC she is losing fair and square. Obama didn't steal votes from her primary voters and caucus voters voted more for Obama than HRC. She was the clear front-runner up until the night of the Iowa Caucus. Sexism did not lose her the election and is a disservice to her and other women. You don't hear Obama talking about since he's black he's not winning by 400 delegates. Too many times you hear HRC talking about how she is losing because she is a woman and how being a woman has been a huge detriment. Let's not forget Obama is black and that's a detriment as well, bother being black and a woman are deteriments but Obama is not wearning being black on his sleeve.
    Obama and Democrats '08 and '12.

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