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. No more Clintons

    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.

    Anyone But Hillary!

    May 28, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  2. Hillary or Hysterical?

    If you think this is ugly now, just wait until after June 3rd when her options are fewer than they are now, and her desperation drives her to new hysterics.

    May 28, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  3. White Independent

    WOWW!!! Every time I think that she's starting to get it she stops taking her medicine. I'm really starting to think she's bi-polar. I have and ex-wife like her. She won't let little things like logic and reason stop her from arguing her point. Who cares what polls say now, before Obama has had a real chance to campaign against McCain. What polls is she looking at? Everyone I've seen there has been a 4% or less difference which is within the margin of error. I really hope that Obama picks Sebillius as his running mate. She becomes the first female V.P. and goes on to become the first female president.

    May 28, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  4. Jan

    What reality is Hillary living in? It's like a bad B level movie or soap opera and we can't seem to be able to change the channel..... Yikes....

    May 28, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  5. Carl29

    The Clintons knew the game, but in their inmense arrogance they thought they would not need to go the extra mile. According to Ms. Clinton and Co. the nomination will be over on Feb. 5th. Now she is complainning about a system that nominated her husband with a calendar that was arranged at her convinience by Terry McAliffe in 2004. All the card were stack at her favor, but she lost the nomination by poor incompente. Just by this she does not deserve being this nation's leader.

    May 28, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  6. Julie

    FORGET IT! Just forget it.........let prince Obama get the democratic nomination and lose the Democratic presidency. That's exactly what's going to happen. Obama gets the nod, Hillary voters will vote for McCain, and all the "jump on the band wagon" superdelegates will be left scratching their head wondering "duh, what happened"?

    May 28, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  7. tom

    Obama and his supporters are trying to hide the truth: Hillary will be ahead at the end of ALL states voting (not discounting FL and MI). Obama was on the FL ballot and he LOST the state. Even if Obama is given ALL the non Clinton votes in MI, he still LOST the state. Hillary, don't quit – you should be the Dem nominee!

    May 28, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  8. Christoffel van Vuuren - Montreal - Canada

    Go Hillary! Go!

    You have the right to fight to the end, bitter though it may be.

    Do Obama supporters want everything handed to golden boy on a gilt-edged plate? He has yet to prove the he is a fighter.

    May 28, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  9. Lisa

    Primary delegates....can she seperate people anymore? To hell with the caucus voters????? I really don't understand her logic of what she speaks. I do know that she is not the person I thought she was.

    May 28, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  10. Steve

    If it comes down to Clinton and McCain, I will have to vote McCain. If it comes down to Obama and McCain, it will be a much tougher choice for me.

    May 28, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  11. Jeff-Iowa

    So voters in Michigan and Florida count, but thousands of other caucus voters don't count at all? That sounds like typical political spin. Thanks but no thanks Sen. Clinton.
    Obama '08

    May 28, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  12. Xavier, St. Louis, MO

    This is why people hate Hillary! She will never be Vice President or have any part of Obama's Administration. And I hope the Howard Dean man-up and stick to the rules she agreed on!



    May 28, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  13. Kimberly in Texas

    Good Bye Clintons!
    So, so, so sad....

    May 28, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |

    OMG... again and again and again, so tired of her bulls**t

    May 28, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  15. Nevada

    You have to count the caucuses too sweetheart... when you do that, you don't have the popular vote or the most delegates earned. So sorry, but you still lose. Isn't your motto something like, every vote must be counted...? I am pretty sure I have listened to you say that in some way. Oh thats right... you only want the votes that help you to count... oh, it all makes sense now.

    May 28, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  16. joe

    So the same system that got Bill Clinton nominated is no longer good enough for Hillary? Did Bill accept the results of the caucuses? Did Bill accept the right of the Democratic party to set the ground rules? Why do the rules need to change now?

    May 28, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  17. Roxanne NY

    She is the stronger candidate. Obama's supporters treated both Hillary and her supporters like trash through the entire primary.

    Well wake up, you'll need us if he is nominated and you don't have us, no matter what Hillary says to us, so deal with it. We can't stand you candidate.

    And guess what, I am Black! There, sue me! The guy is phone and weak and a wimp, like Kerry and Dukakis were. We can't stand wimps!

    May 28, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  18. sheryl

    OK now it's time to call the doctor!!!!! They both have to be crazy!!! Give it up Hillary and unite the party.

    May 28, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  19. mr.g

    some one please gine her medication SHE is freakin crazy .First the Wright hook and now she is trying to suggest that some looney take a shot at Obama,then she claims to be ahead in the polls. What planet is she on. If this lowlife liar,misspoking pantssuit wearing meanmugging say anything women STEALS this from Obama there will be RIOTS IN THE STREETS. Bush commited Grand Theft Voting and now sghe is trying to do the same. Lets run this crazy person out of Dodge already.

    May 28, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  20. Eli

    Am I confused or what. Is it not true that the people who vote in the caucus voted also in the primary election, so does that not mean those people voted TWICE. If that is true why should their vote count twice.

    May 28, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  21. Democrat

    how can Sen Obama with ties to radicals like Khalidi, Rezko, Rev Wright, and Louis Farrakhan be a US president ?

    He has time and again failed to clarify his stand on his ties to such people.

    And he talks about his Uncles in US Army , who Hussein ?

    May 28, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  22. wwf

    Come on Supers. End this now! There is no reason to continue it anymore. You can end it. Have some and do it! The more time you give her, the more likley it is she will take it to the convention. Then what are you going to do? Keep screwing around and you won't have a party. Rightly so.

    May 28, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  23. Justin (ny)

    I really don't want to keep losing respect for Hillary – she is a dynamic politician and has led an amazing and historic campaign....But I don't understand how on the one hand she can INSIST that Florida and Michigan count (despite obama not even being on the ballot in michigan, thus receiving ZERO votes) yet, on the other hand she INSISTS that the caucus elections meant nothing.

    Its so hypocritical to disenfranchise the caucus votes, while claiming "we can't disenfranchise ANY voters, thats not what democracy is about, Florida and Michigan MUST be counted!!".

    Talk about fuzzy math!!

    HIllary, you tried as best as you could, but the will of the people is leaning in a new direction, and you represent the old guard. Sorry, but it was not meant to be.

    May 28, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  24. Pete

    I feel sorry for her. She is a a few fries short of a happy meal.

    May 28, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  25. Kevin

    This woman is devilish. I challenge the so called superdelegates to end this now.

    May 28, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
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