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. Joe Regis

    She is in it too.

    She is in it for the dance of the politics.

    She like the Dance not for the politics at this point.

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

    What type of medication is Hillary taking? Please explain how Senator Obama has cheated?

    In regard to FL and MI – I suggest that all you individuals that keep stated that He denied these states to lose their vote – please go do some indepth homework.

    Some of Senator Clinton staff help write and implement the rules that stated that if FL and MI held their primary early that their election would be denied.

    Senator Clinton as well as Obama and Edward and others signed off on this statement.

    It was only after Obama was winning and she was losing did she
    find some friends (of hers) to say they would unwrite the expenses for these two states to have reelection. How many knowledgeable people would all agree to this – no one.

    So please explain to me how Senator Obama has cheated.

    GO OBAMA 08

    May 28, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  3. john

    If she is this clear about her lead using this corrupted metric as a candidate what sort of mess will she make in the Whitehouse using the same crazy metric.

    Hillary must be having her 3am moment and she aint looking good.

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

    We have forgiven you your insistence that there have been widespread calls for you to end your campaign, when such calls had been few. We have forgiven you your misspeaking about Martin Luther King's relative importance to the Civil Rights movement. We have forgiven you your misspeaking about your under-fire landing in Bosnia. We have forgiven you insisting Michigan's vote wouldn't count and then claiming those who would not count it were Un-Democratic. We have forgiven you pledging to not campaign in Florida and thus disenfranchise voters there, and then claim those who stuck to those rules were as wrong as those who defended slavery or denied women the vote. We have forgiven you the photos of Osama Bin Laden in an anti-Obama ad... We have forgiven you fawning over the fairness of Fox News while they were still calling you a murderer. We have forgiven you accepting Richard Mellon Scaife's endorsement and then laughing as you described his "deathbed conversion." We have forgiven you quoting the electoral predictions of Boss Karl Rove. We have forgiven you the 3 a.m. Phone Call commercial. We have forgiven you President Clinton's disparaging comparison of the Obama candidacy to Jesse Jackson's. We have forgiven you Geraldine Ferraro's national radio interview suggesting Obama would not still be in the race had he been a white man. We have forgiven you the dozen changing metrics and the endless self-contradictions of your insistence that your nomination is mathematically probable rather than a statistical impossibility. We have forgiven you your declaration of some primary states as counting and some as not. We have forgiven you exploiting Jeremiah Wright in front of the editorial board of the lunatic-fringe Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. We have forgiven you exploiting William Ayers in front of the debate on ABC. We have forgiven you for boasting of your "support among working, hard-working Americans, white Americans"... We have even forgiven you repeatedly praising Senator McCain at Senator Obama's expense, and your own expense, and the Democratic ticket's expense.

    May 28, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  5. Ify from NY

    Her husband won with same method as Obama in 1992 and all of a sudden it doesn't matter any more to her and her coalition. What do we teach our children? Win by all means necessary or play by the rules? Obama has played by the rule and in the process shown our young people that someone can actually play by the rule and win. Something most of our young people are struggling with. That is integrity to me. Obama has it but same can't be said about Hillary Clinton.

    May 28, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  6. Michael, an independent Canadian

    To: Christoffel van Vuuren – Montreal – Canada

    Obama has earned everything that he has. Nobody is giving it to him on a silver platter!!! If you had any political sense of what is happening, you would know that she is obsessed with power and is prepared to bring the party down if she is not the candidate.

    Why don't be like the majority of Canadians and support Obama?

    May 28, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  7. David Goldman for OBAMA


    May 28, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  8. MI Women 4 Obama!

    Let's see...

    Don't count causes because it leaves too many disenfranchised (of course Hillary lost those....)

    Count MI and FL as they are because to not count them leaves to many people disenfranchised (of course Hillary thinks she won those...)

    Anyway you look at this Hillary just trys to spin things to her advantage. Rather than being out trying to win the GE [like Barack], she is still kicking and screaming and whining.....and lieing!

    SUPERS.....YOU CAN END THIS BEFORE SATURDAY! If you move the number out from 2026 to 2210 then you are probably sealing the Democratic demise in November. If you don't shut the Clinton's down they will continue thier nonsense and completely split the party.

    I have got to tell you Supers....the only reason I am voting Democratic is because of Barack and there are plenty of us out here that have crossed over from Republican to Democrat because of Barack.

    I for one....if I have to put up with 4 more years of will be under McCain but never a Clinton.


    Obama 08/12 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 28, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  9. don

    clinton,pls just give it up, u just want to destory the party, u and your husband. shame on you guys. you signed and said fl and mi will not count b/c you think you will win , now u and your supporter are shouting loud all b/c you are a clinton. pls clinton just go and let start with mcsame.

    May 28, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  10. United Democrat

    Hillary- You are so selfish...look what you are doing to your party..all because of your pathetic dwindling pride and honor. Congratulations on your stupidity.

    May 28, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  11. Roger

    I wxpect barack to WIN! But even if he didn't, I would rather lose with him than win with an allery cat like Hikkary and her philandering husband.

    May 28, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  12. Lorna, NY

    Why is the media subjecting us to this nonsense.

    May 28, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  13. mc

    I used to support HRC. Key word USED. After these shananigans I wouldn't vote for her if she were running unopposed for dogcatcher!


    May 28, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  14. Cindi South Carolina

    I think Hillary is stupid or a fool either one will do. Why in the h??? do you want a Reupublican to help you get you point across to the superdelegates. Hillary the writing is on the wall. They don't like you stupid. They want you to make a fool of yourself so they can laugh at you this fall. I hope the superdelegates know that you are an unstable female who loves drama. Please supers don't give her the chance to ruin this democratic election.

    May 28, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  15. United America

    She Really is SOO Selfish. If she were a crustacean she would be a shellfish

    May 28, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  16. Garth

    Isn't ignoring the State Democratic Committees of the states that held caucuses disenfranchising those voters?

    Rules are Rules. You lost because your team didn't know the rules and figure out how to play with them.

    I can see it now, She gets the nomination (heaven forbid) and argues in November how the Electoral College is slanted away from her when she loses because everyone hates her.

    May 28, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  17. Jose

    I'm ashamed about her behaviour. Turning round like a skippy-ball.
    I hope people see through her wiliness: what is called politics.
    With other words you tell the people what they want to believe, but
    they will never come back unto you!!! Dramatic woman.
    Too easy, too dirty, very unhuman, but very self-interest. Please stop.

    May 28, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  18. Chipster

    Howard Dean says FL & MI voters cannot be disenfranchised because this wasn't a general election. I wonder what he'll say in November when the FL & MI voters disenfranchise the Democratic Party?

    FL & MI voters are very likely to say, "You didn't respect our votes in the primary, although you approved of SC's primary change from 2/5 to 1/29 to 1/26, so we'll sit this one out."

    Oh, Dean was certain SC would go for Sen. Obama and give him a big boost in the contest. FL would most certainly have given Sen. Clinton a huge boost since it's a critical electoral state. Howard Dean is destroying the chance to elect a Democrat this fall.

    May 28, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  19. James

    wow.... Dont this woman simply get it.... we need change.... we are tired of Bushes / Clintons... can somebody please tell her to please go away and take her family with them..... she can even handle her campaign, but she wants to run the country,... please BILARY go home....

    May 28, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  20. What did you say?

    Democrat – shut up. Watch the news a little more and get educated on things because sound like the village idiot you obviously are. Just be silent.

    No Obama – you should just turn off your computer because reading your post was a waste of time. You better get your mind right and ready because it's the "african" that will be saying God Bless America from the Oval Office before it's all said and done.

    Hillary came into this race thinking she had it in the bag because she was running against a black man. The truth is the gig is up but she can't stand the thought of losing... let alone losing to a black man.

    Where she stands: if I can't have it, I'm going to destroy it! Nice committment to the country eh?

    May 28, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  21. Mk

    hmmmm and so the caucus votes don't count?
    Its okay to disenfranchise SOME voters, just not the ones that will help her. She is a real piece of work. We all know that the caucus votes can't be counted in her fantasy so she just leaves them out.

    I was once one of those Obama supporters who would have voted for Hillary if she were to get the nomination.
    But not now. She is as transparent as they come. Not to be trusted.

    May 28, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  22. Akuvi


    I am in Minneapolis. Since the beginning of the campaign Hillary was nasty to Obama. I look up to Bill Clinton a lot, but now I do not know how I feel.

    If Hillary is the one leading, they will press Obama to give up. Do to people what you want people to do to you. She's just a nasty and bitter woman, that's why her husband cheated on her. She's racist.

    May 28, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  23. Dennis

    Senator Clinton's stance on caucuses really irritates me. She doesn't want to count them, because she says she believes that they disenfranchise too many voters. Yet, she takes the extra step by disenfranchising them more by not considering the votes of those that did participate in her calculations.

    So, I must ask, where was Senator Clinton's displeasure with the caucus system voiced before the primaries started? Why is her displeasure only being voiced once she started to lose the caucuses? Why is she so insistent on changing the rules by which the nominee is selected after the process has started?

    May 28, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  24. faye, NV

    Tell me Evillary how is it that MI/FL votes matter when the caucus States does not matter? Sounds like double standards, at first you weren'd concern about these two states. Now that you are not the front runner it seems to matter.

    You are in it for only yourself, you Clintons are sickening and pitiful. Poor Hillary can not get her way so therefore lets destroy to party.


    May 28, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  25. Rob

    this is what happens when you forget to take your meds

    May 28, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
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