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

Clinton says she expects lead in popular vote, primary delegates

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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. G

    CNN is totally for Obama. I can't even post anything negative against Obama or Roland Martin or I get moderated. The caucauses were in some cases a dangerous situation.

    May 28, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  2. Spirit of America

    If the Democratic Party values democracy, then Clinton is the clear and correct choice for the Party's nominee. To nominate Obama when the peoples choice is clearly Clinton would be a fatal mistake from which the Democratic Party will and should never recover.

    May 28, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  3. LeD

    Voters of the States of Florida and Michigan did nothing wrong when they went to vote in "Jan-Feb". Only the Officials of these States
    violated the Democratic Party 's " time-rule".
    The D-Party has no right to strip the Voting-Right of the Citizen, of the
    Voters that the Constitution gave them.

    May 28, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  4. BlameBarack

    “We have not gone through this exciting, unprecedented, historic election only to lose,” Clinton told a crowd in Billings, Montana Tuesday.

    Ok so then Obama has?

    Hillary, you are an idiot!!!

    Obama "08 and "12

    May 28, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  5. Bob, Lyons Oregon,

    She is so delusional its not funny. She is trying to win at all costs, even if it destroys the democratic party. She is not fooling anyone except her delusional husband. I am so sick of her spin and pandering, and her lies. Obama is a very strong candidate and an honest one at that.

    OBAMA IS OUR ONLY HOPE TO WIN!

    CLINTON IS DISINFRANCHISING ALL THOSE VOTERS THAT DID NOT COME OUT TO VOTE IN FL & MI BECAUSE THEY WERE TOLD IT DID NOT AND WAS NOT GOING TO COUNT.

    IF ANYONE IS TRYING TO STEAL THIS ELECTION IT IS HER.

    She has ran a very poor campaign. I am very tired of her rhetoric, spin, lies, pandering and flip flopping. She will do anything to win, including dividing the democratic party with all her hate.

    I for one will not vote for her if she for some reason wins the nomination because of her spin. She has ruined it for me with all her disengenuous campaigning. She and her husband brought the disrespect upon themselves, no one did it to them, just more lies coming from her. I cannot wait til June 3rd, when its over.

    I cannot stand listening to her bull. Its too bad her staff is just as delusional as she is.

    May 28, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  6. NBAer

    The Miami Heat have decided to take the HRC road and have laid claim to the NBA title due to having D-Wade Jerseys bought by millions and millions of people. the actual games did not count and we disagree with NBA in how they run the process even though we agreed to go with the top 16 best qualified teams.

    May 28, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  7. NObama

    I love how everybody is telling the only democrat who can beat McCain in the fall to leave! People in fly over states thought Gore and Kerry were liberal, do you think they'll like Obama any more?!

    Also why is NOBODY talking about Donald Young and Larry Sinclair??? Every time I comment on them it NEVER gets posted?!

    May 28, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  8. SYM

    Crazy Broad......you said it all! :) I thought it was just me, but every blog, every news report they are angry, crazy and seriously scary!

    May 28, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  9. Janet, Reno

    Yes, we can tell by how your "crowd" is held back by one red velvet rope,
    and you no longer require the Secret Service.

    May 28, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  10. Alfa

    Some dreams just never come true; this is one of them. The Clintons need to add the word 'concede' in their vocabulary.

    May 28, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  11. Principles not People

    Okay, perhaps this is a silly question, but why would Clinton and Obama supporters vote for McCain if their chosen candidate is awarded the nomination?

    Is it because McCain agrees with one candidate, but not the other on key issues? In fact, Clinton and Obama are almost the same candidate when you look at their viewpoints on the Economy, Foreign Policy, Abortion, etc. McCain differs greatly from them on these issues, especially Abortion as he believes Roe v Wade was made in bad judgement.

    It seems more likely that these potential voters fell in love with a person rather than a principle.

    This is exactly why the electoral college was founded, still exists, and will continue to exist long after we're all dust.

    May 28, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  12. sue

    It's time for change.. no more Clinltons in the white house... NOT THIS TIME......Obama has gone up against, McCain, Bush and both clintons and he is still standing it shows he's the strongest candidate....No more Clintons in the White house...NOT THIS TIME....It's TIME FOR CHANGE.

    Obama 2008 & 2012

    May 28, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  13. Gerry

    If she's all that electable, please tell me why she wasn't able to defeat Obama?

    May 28, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  14. Debra, Alton

    GO AWAY!

    May 28, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  15. Marie

    ????????????

    May 28, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  16. Charles

    I will be glad when Obama is officially the Democratic Presidential Nominee, this has turned from a long shot for Hillary to a ridiculous situation for her. It is time for her to gracefully exit, which will never happen, not only will Obama win but her chances of professionalism are long gone. She should be joining Obama in trying to win the vote for the Democratic party and defeating McCain which should be her parties biggest priority. I did admire her drive and optimism at one time but now she sounds like a child not getting their way and doing everything and anything to gain attention. Go OBAMA, you will make a GREAT president and I will once again have faith and hope in America that we can and will turn things around in our Country !

    May 28, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  17. sam texas

    roxanne ny Are you that stupid he over came everything hillbilly threw at him, and she is the strongest canadit then why is she loosing????
    if you want to not vote for obama your choice just shows how STUPID AND JELAOUS YOU ARE THAT YOU WOULD HELP THE REPUBLICANS WIN AND DESTROY OUR COUNTRY CAUSE YOU DIDNT GET YOUR WAY AND I AM WHITE AND VOTING FOR OBAMA IT HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH RACE JUST WHAT IS RIGHT AND SHE HAS LOST SO GET OVER IT STUPID

    May 28, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  18. IANWND

    Hillary is the female Democratic version of Carl Rove but more dillusional.

    Obama 08/12 and anyone but Hillary

    May 28, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  19. Unknown

    She look so fake.....

    May 28, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  20. GB Ohio

    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 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  21. OH

    For those who are saying the Cacus system is unjustified, remember it was Hillary and her inside DNC guys; including her political director that wrote these laws.

    If you people are not smart enough to read and understand the facts; why not do so before it is too late?

    They both agreed to avoid FL and MI and the rules are that simple. It was Florida that gave Bush is first term and all the hanging chads and butterfly ballots cause this country to go to hell.

    How many times can one state mess up so badly? How many times does it take to learn from their mistakes?

    If you are looking to place blame, you should place them squarly on Hillary and the Florida delegation or Florida party leaders.

    So course, it seem most Florida voters are not that smart in the first place. It is the Sun getting to your brain?

    May 28, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  22. Candace Hamilton

    It is delegates in FY 08. If you want to change the rules when you are losing, you look like the desperado you are.

    May 28, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  23. Curliss

    Hillary should run as an independent ... the democratic party no longer represents the real democratic values. Just read whats on this website, and you know what I mean.

    HILLARY AS INDEPENDENT CANDIDATE!!!

    GO HILLARY!!!

    May 28, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  24. Bob Obama, IN

    She is saying CAUCUS STATES DONT COUNT!!!!! IA, WA, NEV, TEX, etc..... disenfranchises these voters....

    May 28, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  25. Lie to me...

    I promise, I'll believe.

    Clinton supporters: if you are going to be steadfast in your support of Hillary Clinton, at least do so with the FACTS and NOT with the twisted arguments that are making her campaign a laughing stock. Obama did NOT "block" a re-vote or attempt to seat the delegates, and agreed a long time ago to abide by the DNC's decision. Obama is NOT stealing the nomination - on the contrary, he has followed the rules. If you don't like the caucuses, work to change them for the NEXT election. Hillary Clinton knew exactly what the deal was from the outset, never protested before, and is now crying foul over everything that does not support her candidacy.

    In fact, why don't you just admit that that you want Hillary Clinton to win at any cost, because that's what every post seems to say.

    May 28, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
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