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. j

    There's that fuzzy math again. She leads in popular vote if you don't count any of the states that held caucus elections. She can lead in pledged delegates on if pledged delegates for Obama switch sides, which is unlikely to happen. Same goes for superdelegates and the majority most likely won't go against the pledged delegate count. What's more likely to happen is that she's going to cause the Democrats to lose the November election because she prevents the party from unifying.

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

    Hillary needs to check with James Carvelle. He told Diane Sawyer this morning that Barack Obama will win in November against McCain.

    James Carvelle said he would also support Barack Obama.

    May 28, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  3. John Karsten, Virginia Beach, VA

    Yeah, I expect to have 109 million dollars! See, I can expect to have alot of things HRC, but nobody will give me what I expect. What a stupid woman. The day I don't have to hear her potty mouth will be a very great awesome day!!

    May 28, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  4. Shawn, Takoma Park, MD

    LOL @ her Karl Rove election analysis!

    She is just making a total fool of herself at this point. There is not ONE single argument, twist or slant that supports her idea that she deserves the nomination or is stronger against McCain. Not one.

    Hillary has lost it and it's sad.

    May 28, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  5. Lucyna


    May 28, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |

    She will win if you count her 18 states...but she will lose if you count all 34 states obama has won. This is really dissapointing.

    Count all the votes from every state and she will lose everytime. Good luck with winning your state senate seat.

    May 28, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  7. New Day

    I'm ok with her being in the race until the end. It just bothers me that she is so eager to make up lies and skew reality. So, now we should only count delegates from primaries and we should count the vote of Florida and Michigan even though both states knew their votes wouldnt count ahead of time? What if, under those conditions she still doesnt have the popular vote? Should we then only count the votes where people in states she's won?

    This is getting ridiculous!!! So, we can't disenfranchise Florida and Michigan, who broke the rules but, we can disenfranchise all the caucus states that followed the rules?

    May 28, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  8. dajack

    The "you go girl" attitude is really tiresome. I am so sick of listening to the Clintons try to succeed by changing the rules. A woman president is a wonderful idea – but it's not worth the loss of integrity.

    It's over, whether the lady in the pants suit likes it or not.

    May 28, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  9. Karl Toronto

    Wake-up Hillary and smell the delegates

    May 28, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  10. Independent

    DEMONIZING HILLARY: Every woman in this country should be outraged by the treatment Hillary Clinton has received as a presidential candidate. She is a victim of sexism, discrimination and media onslaught in proportions this country has never seen before. Male dominated media including some veteran journalists have lost all sense of fairness and balance when covering Hillary. They caricature her unfairly, quote her out of context, magnify her shortcomings, want her drop out of the race halfway through the race, belittle her lifelong service to this country, and ignore her service on behalf of children. I think all these are because of her gender. This makes one wonder how these seasoned politicians and payed spin doctors of the silver screen treat women in their own lives. Even some of the Democratic Party leaders who cried foul in 2000 with the Florida election fiasco are so eager to suppress millions of votes of Florida and Michigan to deny Hillary the nomination and to fix the election. That is hypocrisy. We should never allow this to happen in this country.

    May 28, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  11. A Latte Lover, Seattle, WA

    All I can say is Hillary is THREE SANDWICHES SHY OF A FULL PICNIC BASKET!!!\


    May 28, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  12. Joiner in Texas

    I hope that she is out of this race very soon. I am tried of the lies and whining she is doing all the time. Her facts are wrong, but she is Hillary and actual facts apparently do not matter much (unless the facts are for her anyway).

    If the DNC lets her win by her lies, her whining, by letting the votes in MI count towards her, it will cause such a disturbance in the country we might as well pick McCain as KING and just do away with voting all together.

    What she is doing is wrong to each and every American who follows the rules of the country. Breaking the rules is wrong and if we are to teach our children right from wrong and not to break rules. It makes it harder for us, when they see that when the rules are broken by others they are rewarded.

    If she cheats her way in, what is next, and how are we to put others in jail for breaking laws that hurt no-one, when others (with money i might add) break the rules that effect millions.

    I guess the few wealthy run this country and not the American people.

    May 28, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  13. TheOutsideLookingIn

    This is all going to end in very bad taste and the whole process is going to make the USA look even worse than ever.

    The DNC will pander to HRC as most of those "high up" in the DNC did not expect or want Obama to be the niminee. At the time, no one was worried 'cos HRC was ahead. Now those in power in the DNC see the FL and MI case(s) as one last chance to help HRC over the top, which is what was "planned" and "expected" all along – her being the nominee that is.

    Somehow, HRC is going to be "given" the nomination in spite of being beaten and it'll all be made to look "right" and "legal" following a new interpretation of the "rules".

    Obama is the USA's best hope to move forward and from the brink of falling into a very dark period but he'll be ousted by the more "powerful" and the world will look on and groan and laugh (maybe) and loose even more respect for a once all-powerful nation.

    Oh how the mighty fall. Not just Clinton, McCain Obama but the USA as a whole.

    Sad, but the whole world still looks on with a little hope and faith.

    May 28, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  14. Amber

    Hmmmm....CNN...still no story on the superdelegate defection from Obama TO Clinton??? Of course're one of the bias stations.

    What a joke CNN has become! Do us bloggers have to do your investigation and research for you?? Baby steps... go check out the african american male superdelegate that just defected from Obama to Clinton!!!

    May 28, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  15. bill in pa

    She leads in delegates in primaries. So she wants to eliminate all of the states that held caucuses. This is one pathetic excuse for a human being.

    May 28, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  16. G

    You can post messages with these people calling Hillary names, but when I try to post the truth about what happened at the caucauses, you will not post it. People were intimidated and bullied and scared at the majority of the caucauses.

    May 28, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  17. Mary

    Senator Hillary Clinton is ahead in the popular vote. The Obama campaign and supporters just want to keep the big lie going. The
    OB people are scum.

    May 28, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  18. Carmen, North Carolina

    I hope that all the Africian American's supporting Hillary realize that she is unstable and do not and I repeat do not take you at heart. She always make reference to racial statements, but if you every look and think about what she is doing, you would see that Obama is a black man and she don't like that at all. Now if Obama was white would we have all this drama and you Black Women still supporting Hillary? You vote for who you want but I have turn the dial on Hillary with all her flip and flops with the Black People. I hope you are satisfied with her because she is not your friend. As she say Jim Crow and slavery is the black people best friends.

    Think about it black people. Pride will lead you astray only if you think of how Hillary was twisted your minds.

    May 28, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  19. Sharon

    Obama will lose for tolerating hatred for 20 years. DNC, and superdelegates are self-centered and just supporting him for the fear of losing black votes...

    May 28, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  20. Kim

    She is really losing perspective. As her desperation continues she is making herself look worse and worse. My family in NY and NJ voted for her in those primaries (against me begging them to vote for Obama) but they now are relieved she is behind and likely not going to be the nominee. The NY relatives are seriously doubting they are going to vote for her again if she runs for another Senate term. Pathetic.

    May 28, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  21. Al

    This is hillarious

    Hillary please keep going on, its adding entertainment to the election. You are providing the people with the comedy we need.

    Please make more comments for example,

    1.) That you won the primary
    2.) You will defeat John McCain

    Please be more creative and say new things. We need more creative comedy.


    May 28, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  22. Chris Jones

    Hilary you dont have popular vote, nor pledged delegates, nor superdelegates. Yes Hilary after the final 3 primaries, only being down 45-48 delegates, OBAMA can clinch NOMINATION. Hilary you are grasping for straws and if this was about the PARTY and NOT YOU, you would have stepped down in a HONORABLE FASHION, instead you flood the minds of voters to think this is about SEXISM, well lets talk about Kentucky and the whites who dont want a black president, OH you got most of the votes but dont hear OBAMA saying this is now a RACE thing. The right thing should have been if your voting for me because OBAMA is BLACK, I DONT WANT YOUR VOTE. BUt like all CLINTONS your selfish and only think of yourself

    May 28, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  23. The Truth


    If Hillary had been with General George Custer at the battle of the Little Big Horn she would have been trying to convince him that she thought they had a chance to win.

    If Hillary was with the Germans on the shores of Normandy while thousands of allied ships and planes approached she would have said "I think we can win".

    If Hillary was with Saddam hiding in his little dirt hole she would have told him " I think you still have a chance"..........

    OBAMA "08!

    May 28, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  24. monica

    This woman just won't give it up!! How on Earth does she expect to be ahead in delegates??

    May 28, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  25. Teddy

    Democrats should modify their primary system in the future elections. They should get rid of caucus system because most people do not have time and patience to spend a few hours in the caucus and they should use winner take all in a state or at least in a district. The general election is a winner-take-all system. You need a similar system in primary too.

    But Hillary Clinton must accept the results under current system. After the Democratic party rule committee make a decision on the Florida and Michigan delegates and after all super delegates have decided, if Obama has more combined delegates, then Hillary Clinton must accept the defeat. A rule is a rule. You cannot change the rule in the middle of a game.

    May 28, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
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