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. 58 old white ladies for OBAMA




    May 28, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  2. Marie

    Senator Clinton – Would you mind explaining why a vote in a Caucus doesn't count, but a vote in a Primary does. I guess votes only matter when they are for you and no one else. Voters in South Dakota, Montana and Puerto Rico better wake up and pay attention. You vote her in as the nominee and the entire country loses!

    May 28, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  3. George in Indianapolis

    Bill Clinton was the first Democratic President I ever voted for. I was a staunch Hillary Backer until Iowa. As I ooked at the candidates and their supporters, the Clinton Camp got crazier and the Obama camp got smater. this has continued to the point that Bill Clinton is just another senile old white guy and Hillary is totally delusional, and the only one in the family that is making any sense is Chealse who is being quiet. funy how paraents find it so hard to learn from their children. I really feel sorry for them. I once loved them both. Now their place in history will be marred by a failed attempt to undermine the American electorate. Movies will be made about this and the Clintons will fade into Obsurity and the only legacy that will be left will be the Clinton Library that may have been built with ileagle funds. So san so sad.

    May 28, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  4. Jim

    I have been a DEM over 50 years, and served in the US Matrines. After the way Your people at NBC, and MSNBC treated Sen.Clinton, I will vote Sen. Mccain over Sen. Obama because, Obama the "Tourist!
    "Touring" is ALL Obama has done during these primaries. Touring all 57 states, and one to go AK,and HI with the money of the blind sheep he's leading to slaughter, touring on the tail of the liberal media, touring on a couple of books he wrote (and even there he stole the title "Audacity of Hope" from that pastor whom he now "disowns. "Touring" on the coattails of Hillary Clinton, whose EVERY PROGRM he now mimicks as "his own," touring on his 120 "present" votes in the Illinois Senate, and now "touring" in Florida, now trying to convince the voters there to go for him. By the way, folks, Obama kept himself on the ballot in Florida, and if he had won — which he did NOT — he'd be "touring" to the convention in a much better position. I'm not interested in a "tourist" as president. I'm intersted in a proven native. I WILL WRITE IN HILLARY'S NAME ON THE NOVEMBER BALLOT if the DNC and back-stabbing superdelgates try to shove Obama down our throats

    May 28, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  5. Major Michael in Lorton, Virginia

    Another confabulation on Hillary's part. Obama will reached the magic delegate number buy June 3. If my memory serves me correctly, Obama leads in pledge delegates, political delegates and popular votes.........and that is even if you give Hillary all the pledge delegates of Florida and Michigan.....Hillary's math doesn't fit the standard least when she is calculating it......but with all said and done........mathematics do not have lost Hillary........take your place in history.

    May 28, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  6. BMan62

    Just remember ... the root of hillarious is Hillary 😛

    Seriously, with the negative rating HRC has right now, 61%, I don't believe this is the person to be running this country.

    May 28, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  7. aaron

    the caucus method "disenfrachises" voters???? So she wants to throw out Colorado's votes and disenfranchise me then? she is crazy

    May 28, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  8. J T Bigglesworth

    How in the world can she claim that she will be ahead in the pledged delegate count? She is 160 pledged delegates behind and there are only 55 (PR) and 31 (MT,SD) = 86 delegates left. How in the world can she even claim that she will have more votes. At best, she will split the 86 roughly in half; then she'll still be behind by 160 delegates. Even if MI and FL votes are counted, there will be no way to make up the 160 delegates. What exactly does she think it means to say that someone has clinched the majority of delegates? Has she lost her mind? The nomination is decided on delegates - not popular vote, not "electability", not gender, nor any of the other constantly-amended metrics which she's thrown out. It's no wonder that both Obama and McCain are ignoring HRC at this point - she's no longer making any sense. As Jimmy Carter said, HRC needs to "give it up".

    May 28, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  9. CLEAN



    May 28, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  10. Debby

    Some caucuses were good and some were totally unruly. Primaries in my opinion are the only way for fair voting unless you are Florida and Michigan unfortunately and the DNC doesn't want to count over 2 million votes. I bet if Roland Martin's vote didn't count for Obama in either Michigan or Florida, he would be all over these blogs like he was for the ruling about Clinton.

    May 28, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  11. from CT

    What a great example for kids, follow the rule's and get screwed. Nice Hillary, you and your insanely selfish supporters are GREAT rollmodels, just what we need!!!

    May 28, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  12. tex

    So let me get this straight...

    It's not alright to take the votes away from the voters in Florida and Michigan that she agreed to disenfranchise last year; but, it is alright to take the votes away from numerous rule-abiding states that prefer caucuses over primaries?

    Someone please drop a house on or pour some water over the wicked witch already.

    May 28, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  13. Janel, St. Paul, MN

    So she finally admits her "popular vote" win does not include the caucuses. What a slap in the face to all those who participated and to the staff who worked so hard for a victory for her in the caucus states.


    May 28, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  14. Muyiwa

    Can someone pls stuff some cotton balls into Hillary's big blaspeming mouth??????

    Someone like her ridicules what american democracy is all about.she paints american democracy as self-serving, opportunistic,divisive and gold digging which is what it is to those of us living in Africa anyway.

    Someone like hillary will burn down DR Congo, destroy Iraq,cause divisions in the UN just to serve her personal interest.

    American Democracy Stinks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Learn from African Traditional Succession systems

    May 28, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  15. Ruthie

    Hillary must be imbibing too much whiskey from Canada [rather than Makers Mark from Kentucky]. She should run for Queen Hillary of the USA with a palace in Puerto Rico. A summer villa in Florida. Her daughter would become Princess. Of course, Bill would be Court Jester.

    May 28, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  16. Lisa from VA

    I agree with Walt. How on earth are her supporters not hanging their heads in shame as they watch the outrageous behavior and rantings of their candidate.

    May 28, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  17. JJ-Orlando

    I am also considering a lawsuit on the Florida DNC for letting this happen to us florida voters to begin with. This is not the voters fault in Florida but the democrats in Washington. My vote will count and I will sue every Obamatition and lawmaker until it does. Hey, I might get rich and run for president like Obama.

    May 28, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  18. james from brooklyn

    cliton is insulting every uncommitted superdelegate and they are really buying her time to still this nomitation. no matter which calculator she use, she will still be behind in everything. strong does't mean better. she is making making a strong case for herself , rightfully so, but OBMA has been better and more effective. she claim she can run a stronger campaign against the RNC but the RNC got more dirt on her and her than they do on Obama. AGAIN, strong isn't better and OBAMA has proven time and time again that he is the BETTER CANDIDATE.

    May 28, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  19. Hillary Speaks 4 me



    Hillary never once said that caucuses don't count or that they don't matter... You people are ridiculous. Get a grip..

    The point is that PRIMARY Elections are more representative of the will of the majority of voters and more closely demonstrates how voters will turn out in the GE. Caucuses only cater to the small percentage of party activists usually 1% to 5% of the registered voters. Caucuses make it extremely difficult to participate due to the time constraints and voters do not enjoy the right to a private vote.. Young voters and seniors are often intimidated by the process of having to publicly announce their choice. A vote is a personal and private matter.

    The nomination process ends at the Convention. This is how the nomination process works..It's always been this way. primaries and caucuses were only added in the last 50 years.

    There is a purpose for having a convention. It's an opportunity to determine a nominee in the event that there is not a clear winner OR if that winner is not who the majority of ALL the delegates ultimately feels has the best chance of winning the GE.

    The primaries/caucuses were set up to have the a average voter involved in the decision making process. Not to be the final word. otherwise what purpose would the Convention and the selection of delegates serve?

    May 28, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  20. dan

    Hilliary supporters,

    so counting legal and valid caucuses is undemocratic but its counting the soviet style one cadidate election that took place in Michigan is what democracy is all about?

    May 28, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  21. David Goldman,Los Angeles, CA



    May 28, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  22. Susan

    WHEN DOES HILLARY EVER FOLLOW RULES?? SHE GOES AROUND MAKING UP HER OWN RULES TO SUIT HER SELFISH AMBITIONS!!! The Clintons are nothing but big CRYBABIES THAT CANNOT WIN BY THE RULES! Why is she not even "CARING" about the millions of caucus voters?? Oh, I forgot, she did not win those, so those voters DO NOT COUNT! Hillary does not give a darn about disenfranchising those voters, just like the disenfranchised voters that did not come out to vote in FL and MI because they knew it would not count!! HILLARY IS SUCH A LIAR LIAR PANTSUIT ON FIRE!!!

    May 28, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  23. Unreadable

    The Lady Macbeth of Arkansas is too inventive for her own good. She supposedly wins this way and that way, just not the way she had to win. Well, bye-bye, then.

    May 28, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  24. denverite

    get the crazy lady in the pantsuit out of here!

    May 28, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  25. jc

    No matter how rude and tasteless you Obama supporters are you can't make the millions of people supporting our Gal Hill go away. We love her, we stand by her and unless we find out that she's been "hob knobbing" with Ayers, or Rev. Wright or Rezko, we will stand by her forever in whatever her endeavor. Take your rudeness over to Obama's house and see how welcome you are.

    May 28, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
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