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)

    GO OBAMA !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 5 MORE DAYS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 28, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  2. Mikie

    You go, girl.

    Keep following the DNC rules and take it as far as you can until a nominee is chosen. The country is more than ready to stop following in lock step behind the B.O. luvin' media and use their own brains for a change to vote for the best person for the job, HRC.

    It ain't over til the lady in he pants suit says it is.

    May 28, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |

    Hey DNC, it's not the party stupid. It's the person running. Hillary would make a great president. McCain would make a great president.
    But obama is completely unfit to run this great country and his racist wife has no business in our white house. So, if not Hillary Clinton, I'll be more than happy to vote for McCain. I trust him alot more than I trust the african.

    May 28, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  4. Molly

    Obama will NOT win due to his WEAK and questionable background!


    Re-Votes were scheduled and funded in both states – this would solve the problem – months ago – BUT OBAMA BLOCKED RE-VOTES!

    He is trying to STEAL the election!

    May 28, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  5. Lynda

    CRAP. All she is doing is trying to put into peoples heads that Obama will lose because when you vote you always want to vote for a winner. She is desperate!

    May 28, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  6. Brian from Fort Mill, S.C.

    She will lead in the popular vote and pledged delegates ONLY if she excludes all of the states that Barack Obama has won.

    Isn't that right, Hillary? 🙂

    May 28, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  7. M. Ames

    Sociopathic, narcissistic, obsessive bullying is hardly democracy in action.

    May 28, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  8. No Way

    Welcome to Planet Clinton, where reality doesn't exsist.

    May 28, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  9. Roomiester

    Here goes Hilliary on her dream of being the Nomanee of the party. I am waiting if the clintons try to force FL and MI delegates at the convention. Then the democrat party should toss them both out. I guess when states have caucuses she does not think thoses people count. This is what happens when you spend too much time getting greedy in washington. The people have had it with the bushes and now we had it with the clintons too. time for a real change. Hillary do eveyone a favor drop out of the race because no one really wants you.

    May 28, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  10. Mark, Berwyn, PA

    Can you just go away already?!!!!

    May 28, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  11. Marc in DeKalb, IL

    Cuckoo! Cuckoo! Cuckoo!

    May 28, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  12. Angus McDugan

    Can you imagine how bad it would be to see Hillary, Bill, and Chelsea in the news every night for the next 4 years. Then try to decide what small percent of what she says is the truth. And how about that odd gapping smile and freeky glare she gives people.

    May 28, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  13. Mack

    Clinton – The bus for the presidential primary has left and guess what – YOU MISSED IT!!!! Get over it and be thankful you are at least a junior senator from NY. Do you really want to go down in history known as the Sorest Loser? I'm ready to take the crown from AL Gore and give it to you.

    May 28, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  14. Lisa

    This woman is crazy!!!!

    May 28, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  15. James, Jefferson City MO

    “When the primaries are finished, I expect to lead in the popular vote and in delegates earned through primaries … "

    Translation.... numbers will not be in my favor, so do what you have to do to make sure i win.

    May 28, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  16. jeremy from AZ

    Why is it that the HRC campaign feels it prudent to invent different categories for cross-sectioning the vote and then proclaim victory based on those categories and not on the collective decision? If it didn't work for Gore, who won the popular vote without question and lost, why should Hillary make a debatable claim on a small made-up category and expect victory? Caucuses represent votes too. Caucus states represent delegates too. Why does she feel that it is fair to fight for the 'disenfranchised voters' of MI and FL to then herself disenfranchise the voice of caucus goers? The extremity of her views and undemocraticness of her expectations in the final days of this election bring into question why I ever considered a vote for her.

    May 28, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  17. Mikie

    Obey Obama...Obey Obama...Obey Obama...

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

    Obama is a FRAUD, ARROGANT, WEAK candidate – he will never be elected due to his questionable RADICAL backgrund.

    OBAMA BLOCKED RE-VOTES in FL & MI – SO...he gets ZERO votes!

    May 28, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  19. backwoods joe

    Backwoods joe say Hillary right..... 1+1= 3. Ev'ry body knows that!

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

    Beth from Jersey:

    yes, Clinton is in the lead even counting the caucus votes. Please go to the CNN www look at the results, add them up and you will see...Clinton is right she is winning the popular votes including caucuses.

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

    when will you give it up/ as a white 65 year old not destroy the party for your hunger for power
    i am on ss and can't afford gas for church. do not make it worse by destroying obama and giving the wh to another 4 years of bush all for your selfishness. i am asking you one woman to another, just quit, you have lost,no need to keep on like a whinny baby.
    the supers can see right thru you, they are not stupid,they don't have their head burried in the sand.
    show a little pride in your self and leave this race.


    May 28, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  22. Rudy NYC

    As Bob Scheiffer pointed out this past Sunday while speaking to a Clinton I can best remember....

    "..But, isn't this like a baseball game where the rules are laid out at the start and you play for nine innings to score the most runs, and not the most hits or fewest errors...."

    Does Hillary Clinton even realize that all of her Michigan votes could conceivably be voided because it could be argued that her name was on the ballot illegally?

    Does Hillary realize that while she argues "for all voters", she is only counting the ones that went to the poles, and is herself disenfranchising the ones that stayed home because the primary was not supposed to count anyway?

    May 28, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  23. George from Minneapolis

    Someone please put this woman out of her misery. She is bordering on insane. I hope that she totally ruins her political career because of this. You would have to be crazy to vote for her for ANY office in the future after she has proven that she lacks character.

    This lady is not fit for public office.

    May 28, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  24. Mike from Westchester

    Is this woman COMPLETELY INSANE ??? !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    By my calcs, today's supers have effectively closed Hillary out from being able to reach 2,026 and Obama is within a few of hitting the magic number.

    Obama: 1,660.5 pledged + 320.5 supers + 39 from PR, MT, SD + 5 of remaining Edwards = 2,025 = 1 short

    Hillary: 1,499.5 pledged + 283.5 supers + 47 from PR, MT, SD + 2 of remaining Edwards = 1,832 = 194 short

    Remaining supers: 797 – 320.5 – 283.5 = 193 remaining

    What does she think the DNC is going to do?

    May 28, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  25. Rick in Florida


    Now she "leads in delegates earned through Primaries" !!!!!

    All the states with Caucuses don't count now, eh?? How do you spell "disenfranchised"?? Now you don't care about any of THOSE voters in Caucus states??

    So let's get this REALLY care about votes YOU got, and in States YOU won, but NOT the votes Obama got, or in the States that HE won, right???


    May 28, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
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