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. Proud1of 26% in WV

    To start with she will lose both South Dakota and Montana.What kind of math is she using to think that she will gain 200 delegates to take that lead?Her way of counting is the only way that she is ahead in popular vote .If I was a superdelegate and she was treating me like I was that stupid it would'nt be hard to make my choice.Sha insists that caucus" don't count for anything.I bet if one put her ahead it would be the best thing since toilet tissue.

    May 28, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  2. rada

    When Obama gets his delegates then she can concede... you all stop, it's not going to happen until everybody votes... it's only a week people. She is a politician with a lot of followers that are asking her campain to hang in there....I know most of you calling names and asking to drop do not understand the concept that she will have more people voting for HRC than any other primary in the history of our country and she deserves better. YALL COOL IT!!!

    May 28, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  3. Ann in Iowa

    Dear Ed:
    Sante Fe, NM

    Do you know that you are a prime example of a misogynst? Congratulations! We hope that someday you all will become extinct and the world won't even remember this time.
    Oh, and yes, I do hope that if you happen to have any daughters that they take you out behind the wood shed and leave you there until at least one dim light bulb comes on in your dimwitted head. Could be an awfully long time....

    May 28, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  4. Mary

    Would you people in charge at CNN....PLEASE STOP printing these stories about are trying to get naive folks to believe the media spin...and you are trying to convince them that Clinton is actually a news story...she is no longer part of the story..she is a footnote to this and you need to just get over that your candidate lost. The Clinton News Network is not doing anyone any favors printing these ridiculous statements, especially Ms. the end, she looks like a loon.

    May 28, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  5. Count all the votes.

    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 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  6. chris

    If you hate clinton so much turn off your dam tv and shut your pie hole. Even if she is going to lose she is showing she is a fighter and not going to give up. Has anyone told you to give up when things dont look good? come on people. grow up.

    May 28, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  7. Jeff

    just when i thought i knew how crappy the clinton's were/are,
    they continue to excel to a higher level of B.S.

    May 28, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  8. Celisti

    It's not Hillary to blame but Demo's voting system, which is not unified. If everyone vote in an all primary system, rather than some voting in the selected caucus and some voting in the primary, then there'll be no unfairness to everyone. Demo leaders created such a mess themselves and now, whether winner or loose cannot really say anything about the fairness in such an election.

    I for one would vote to abolish such a stupid system! I think Hillary has every right to question its fairness.

    May 28, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  9. No more Clintons - Good Bye

    The Clinton's Legacy:

    Monica Lewinsky, Paula Jones, Gennifer Flowers, Whitewater, the White House travel office firings, White House coffees and Lincoln bedroom stays for donors, FBI background files on Republicans, missing documents and the presidential pardon of a fugitive friend.

    The White House has been stained enough with the Clintons.

    May 28, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  10. marcelo

    It's ironic that she wants to dismiss caucus votes completely but accuses the Obama of disenfranchising MI and FL voters.


    Just because you're losing and these numbers benefit you, you want to change the rules... Well, stop being so arrogant to think that you're entitled to the Presidency.

    Obama has played by the rules, has been calmly taking your false acusations and exagerations, and has refrained from sending nasty attacks back at you (not because there isn't anything to bring up i.e. Paul vs Clinton, Flip-flip on NAFTA, Lobbyists working for you, Lies about Bosnia, lies about winning the popular vote, distortions about Obama's positions, accusations that Obama is the one who stopped the MI and FL vote when your campaign supervisor is on the DNC Rules and By-laws Committee and agreed to exclude them!, accusations of sexism, accusations of favoritism). You've lost fair and square, deal with it.

    May 28, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  11. Moderators are for OBama

    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 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  12. Chris from San Antonio

    Yes, she's winning.

    IF you don't count caucus states.
    IF you count states that she ran unopposed in. Those same states she said didn't count in 2007.
    IF you don't count all the superdelegates going to Obama.

    Yes, she's winning in her own, bizarro world where ifs and rainbows are policy.
    Too bad she wasn't so concerned about caucuses and FL and MI back in December 2007.

    May 28, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  13. Diane

    I so hate pant suits now. I am calling for a National Pant Suit Burning Day!

    May 28, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  14. nycvoter

    At long last, does this woman have "no sense of decency?" Every other day, as her the math counts down on her pathetic campaign, she comes up with another hair-brained scheme for trying to steal the nomination. She says she's actually going to lead in popular vote AND delegates? Really? That's about as accurate as the story about her dodging that sniper fire in Bosnia.

    And let's be crystal clear about Michigan and Florida: This is what Hillary Clinton told an NPR reporter in New Hampshire earlier this year when asked why she didn't plan on taking her name off the ballot in MIchigan as the other candidates did at the time: "It's clear," she said. "This election they're having is not going to count for anything. I personally did not think it made any difference whether or not my name was on the ballot."

    So now she's claiming a popular vote lead based on a primary she herself said "is not going to count for anything" and a primary in which NO other candidate was on the ballot. Ridiculous.

    Hillary, just stop it!! You've already damaged your reputation, and now you're just trying to take the party down with you. GET OUT AND STAY OUT!! YOU LOST!!!

    May 28, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  15. Oh Good Grief

    To quote my Southern relatives: This chile done lost her evah lovin mind!

    May 28, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  16. Shay from Canada

    I am so tired of this this womans lies and constant changing metrics of what it takes to win the nomination. She initially said she did not need FL or MI to win the nomination and she signed the contract saying so. Now she wants the rules changed so that the votes count as they stand right now so Barack gets none, zero, zilch from MI and you call this fair. I am tired of her now when she clearly is out of the race she still attacks him why? I will tell you why the media has stopped paying attention to her. The race has moved on from her, it is now Mc Cain and Obama who are left. Let her continue to shout at an empty stadium. The rules are the rules and you agreed to them and for her supporters to charge sexism and then not be able to quote one example of it just got to fox news or you tube and look at the Ruccia lad y you will see what I mean. There has been no sexism but the Clintons have used the race card many times just like the bitter old lady geralidine Ferrraro. When all is said and done you can not claim you will do better then Barack when in Nov. The political landscape will change. Just remember this time last year she was saying in meet the press "when I am president" as though the race was already over and this nomination was a slam dunk for her. The times change and what you may see as a problem for Barack now may be a minor bump in the road. Time is the ultimate Judge and for HRC time has ruled that your time is as Spike Lee said "O-V-A-H" Now go home and let the obvious nominee get on with working on Mc Cain. The DNC rules committee is not going to seat the delagates strictly in your favour HRC so deal with it, at best 50:50. So deal with reality. I am tired of your constant changine metrics like you are winning the popular vote when you are not when you don't count caucus states and you give obama zero from MI when his name was not on the Ballot in other words you are be hind in Delgates(which determines the nominee), superdelagates and Popular vote according to the current metrics measured by all other metrics, you are behind in the number of states won. Where exactly are you winning? Oh I know where these poles of poles, that have been wrong on many occasions. Plain and simple you can stay until June 3rd or when the nominee is annouced but after that sister pack your bags and LEAVE! PS. these big states you claim to win that democrats need to win to be president like CA, in the words of Jack Cafferty "you could put a democratic chicken on the map on and it will win"

    I am done with this whole nomination process...........Congrats* to our true and honest nominee Senator Barack Obama!

    May 28, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  17. Speedy Math Test

    Please answer the following question truthfully, or make an educated guess:

    a) The person who actually has the most numbers is the winner.

    b) The person who says that they have the most numbers is the winner.

    May 28, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  18. philosopherkingtomas

    Obama is ahead in Montana !
    Give up "Over the Hilalry" be a good sport, honor your pledge in Michigan and Florida, go home to New York.

    May 28, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  19. Trey L.

    Maybe the Republicans had it right in the 90's and we just wouldn't listen! The Clinton's only care about the Clinton's.
    Hillary will make up a new promise in every state she goes into.....she lie's about sniper fire, then she basically saids she should stay in the race if something bad happens to Obama! This woman is a joke....and she only hurts herself and the Democratic Party more when she opens her mouth. I hope to see a woman President one day but America this just ain't the right woman!
    I must admit if I needed somebody to soften up my opponent before the General Elections she'd be my pick.

    Obama 08

    May 28, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  20. dee

    If she really cares for the Party she will Quit now , What a poor Loser , , They really can not accept this

    May 28, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  21. Susan from Missouri

    She should win!

    She is the one who can go up against McCain.

    She is for ALL the people!

    She leads in the popular vote!

    She is experienced!

    She is a fighter!

    GO HILLARY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 28, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  22. Terry

    When I think of the Clinton campaign I think of Baghdad Bob. Hillary is in denial and she doesn't care if she takes the party down with her.

    May 28, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  23. ChaChaCha

    I will pray for ALL OF YOU WHO HAVE BEEN mentally corrupted by this SICK WOMAN and pray for your fast healing AS SOON AS THIS
    CRAZINESS with her is OVER.

    DNC–give her nothing at all–she signed on in agreement with the DNC rules and she WON NOTHING because the Fla. and Mich. primary's didn't count. IF YOU MUST, seat the delegates from those states in a 50-50 manner ONLY for them, not for her.

    DELEGATES and SUPERDELEGATES-LISTEN NOT to Hillary because she is right off the wall. Show your support for some sanity in this entire race and EMBRACE OBAMA NOW. She doesn't care about the party or the people, ONLY HERSELF. She doesn't care about any of you either so don't begin to think that she does. Put her and the rest of us out of this misery and OBAMA WILL TAKE THE PARTY ALL THE WAY TO THE WHITE HOUSE.

    Obama, stay as far away from the Clintons as you can. THEY ARE TROUBLE WITH A CAPITOL T that rhymes with C that stands for CLINTON.

    May 28, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  24. Jay

    I refuse to vote for anyone who wears blue leisure suits....

    May 28, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  25. jt the Best Choice!

    Hillary is smarter.

    Hillary is more polished.

    Hillary know how the rules in Washington is played.

    Hillary is better on all issues.

    The only problem, the DNC and the Media are jealous.

    McCain is beating Obama.

    Hillary is beating McCain.

    May 28, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
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