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. linda

    YOU KEEP ON FIGHTING HILLARY. YOU ARE THE ONLY HONEST, INTELLIGENT, AND OPEN CANDIDATE THAT IS CAPABLE OF PERFORMING THE DUTIES IT TAKES TO RUN A COUNTRY. IF YOU DO NOT GET THE NOMINATION, I WILL BE VOTING REPUBLICAN FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER BECAUSE OBAMA IS A DECEPTIVE, DISHONEST AND STORYTELLING PERSON. OBAMA HAS TOO MANY SECRETS AND SKELETONS IN HIS CLOSEST, AND BY THE TIME THEY BECOME FULL KNOWLEDGE TO THE VOTERS, IT COULD BE TOO LATE. OBAMA SHOULD BECOME A MINISTER LIKE HIS "UNCLE WRIGHT". THEN THERE WOULD BE NO ONE TO QUESTION WHAT HE SAYS. HIS CONGREGATION, I AM SURE, WOULD TAKE HIM AT FACE VALUE BECAUSE THE ONE THING HE HAS GOING FOR HIM IS THE FACT THAT HE IS QUITE THE ORATOR.

    May 28, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  2. John-MO

    Obama supporters are forgetting that Obama himself removed his own name from the ballot in Michigan in order to appease the voters of IA and NH. Don't forget that Obama supporters in the MI legislature tried to get Obama's name back on the ballot after the specified cut off date but failed to do so. Should the DNC's rules and bylaws committee reinstate FL and MI, Obama has only himself to blame for not getting any of the MI delegates.

    Lets us also not forget that Obama surrogates in both MI and FL did everything possible to block revote efforts in both States. Don't you think that the Republican attack machine will bring that issue out in both States and weaken Obama's position in those States. I sure know that I'd be leery of voting for someone who did everything in his power to make sure that I didn't have a say in his nomination.

    May 28, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  3. elmerg

    Yeah you go girl, away, very far away! Come back after the election.

    May 28, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  4. Patriot

    Amazing how y'all had nothing bad to say about caucuses until February of this year.

    Caucuses have been around for decades, and nobody has complained until now- after Hillary lost them.

    Desperation, lies and hypocrisy...that's what Hillaryland is all about.

    Go ahead- make John "Bomb-Bomb-Iran" McCain President with your bitterness and anger.

    And explain this to your grandchildren someday when abortion becomes illegal and we're still engaged in reckless warfare.

    May 28, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  5. JOHN BLACK

    FLORIDA VOTE SHOULD MOST DEFINATELY BE COUNTED UPON AS WELL AS MICHIGAN.HILLARY HAD A LANDSLIDE VICTORY IN THE STATE OF FLORIDA .IN THE STATE OF MICHIGAN ;OBAMA PUL-LED HIS OWN NAME OFF OF THE BALLOT.IN OTHER WORDS ,OB-AMA FORFEITED THE STATE OF MICHIGAN ON HIS OWN ACCORD. THAT'S WHY OBAMA DOESN'T WANT THE BALLOTS COUNTED BE-CAUSE OBAMA BEAT HIMSELF.HILLARY SHOULD BE OUR NOMIN-EE.(WITHOUT A DOUBT). JOHN BLACK//MONROE,N.C.

    May 28, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  6. Len in Washington

    So Senator Clinton now says that Caucus States don't count.

    Sorry Ms. Clinton, those decisions are entirely up to the states...not the DNC and certainly not you. I'm from Washington and we have a caucus system here. Now you're trying to disenfranchise US just to get your way.
    It seems that the only rules you will follow are the rules you make up as you go along.

    Please people....see through this.

    The DNC has rules. They're the same rules all the candidates knew going into this. Just follow your own rules DNC and get this over with.

    May 28, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  7. RUBY CAUDILL

    for heavens sake clinton give me a break

    May 28, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  8. Mike

    So let me get this new math straight.

    Florida and Michigan count, but only for Senator Clinton – we have to count all of the votes. But wait, the caucaus states delegates don't count because that was an un democratic process, and Senator Clinton didn't win those. And since the caucaus states delegates don't count, well their votes shouldn't count either. Finally, even though Senator Clinton is behind Senator Obama by every rational analysis she shoudl be the nominee, because she would be stronger against Senator McCain in November? And her campaign can say all of this with a straight face? Sounds more to me like the SNL skit.

    It's very sad and disappointing to see this level of desperation from Senator Clinton. Is this the type of arguments you want from a POTUS? We've gotten that for the past 7+ years, we need a better way.

    May 28, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  9. NorthAmerica

    Everybody is talking about her perseverance, what about human grace and dignity?

    May 28, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  10. Ryan in FL

    WOW Mr. "NO OBAMA" you sound a little bit racist yourself with that "don't trust the african comment". I think you need to take a look in the mirror and check yourself. ENOUGH SAID OBAMA IS GOING TO WIN!!!!!

    May 28, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  11. Colie Brice

    OMG, when will she stop lying? This woman needs serious help..

    YES WE HAVE..

    Obama/Richardson 08

    May 28, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  12. GB

    Maybe we shouldn't include the caucus results, since those were the places where people were intimidated, physically threatened and just plain scared to come to and vote.

    May 28, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  13. Independent for Obama

    Obama already has a majority of pledged delegates. What is she talking about? Even with FL and MI, she can't catch up!!

    May 28, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  14. Tyler in Raleigh, NC

    And what do the say..... if I had wheels instead of legs you could call me a bicycle??

    Her math is about as logical!!!!! So she doesnt want to count the voters (disenfranchising them) in states with caucuses that follow the rules..... but count them in states that broke the rules??

    I think right here her argument that MI and FL are about the "poor voters" and their rights goes up in flames. She wants to take away votes from people that voted fairly (sure caucuses are different, but its a free country and if they want to change it they can).

    What next, do we put a stop to minorities voting or put a 3/5ths rule on African Americans again? Anyone who votes for Clinton counts as 2, those that vote for Obama count as 1/2. Hey, with that Clinton Math then she wins for sure!!!!!

    May 28, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  15. Cal

    The crazy house just called me and asked if i seen hilary clinton lately.

    True story

    The only reason she gets away with these lies is because obama is beyond this.

    The republicans have been researching hilary for years now, she is who they want to win the nominee process. Otherwise all those millions are wasted.

    Hilary = Crazy cat lady
    Theres some math thats atleast true

    May 28, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  16. Woodi

    MADNESS! MADNESS! MADNESS!
    Can't anyone see that she needs medicine.......and a straight jacket....and a padded room.....

    May 28, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  17. Joe Regis

    This little rebelion will further tarnish
    the good work you have done.

    Laughing-stock of the world.

    Obama/Webb 08&12.

    May 28, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  18. Hector

    Clinton will talk bad about anything that doesn't favors her. If the Democratic party is now the evil that is trying to take away a nomination that she didn't earn (by the way, is really disrespectful to dismiss the votes from caucuses. Isn't this what she is claiming to be happening with Florida and Michigan?), then, who will be the bad ones? The people for not voting for her?

    This woman needs some time off. Puerto Rico, Montana and South Dakota...send her out!

    May 28, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  19. Maggie VT

    Don't worry, she is going all the way to the convention and destroy the party

    May 28, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  20. Dena

    I do not understand the "popular vote" argument. If we count the votes in FL and MI and do not "disenfranchise" those voters–how are the voter's in the caucas states to be "counted" in order for them not to be "disenfranchised?" Currently their votes are not included in the popular vote totals. When the DNC rules committee–using the word "rules" lightly, because evidently the rules are always changing, hence the need for the meeting to change them in during the primary–maybe this needs to be included the the discussion. That is the only way we will have a true representation of all the votes cast and a true popular vote. EVERYONE must be counted.

    May 28, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  21. kathy

    How about reporting the 3 new superdelegates OBAMA got today .
    The Oregon and Colorado DNC chairs and one from Guam. You are alwsys the last to report. OBAMA 08

    May 28, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  22. Mike from Westchester

    NO OBAMA wrote: 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.

    You have revealed youself!

    Just remember, come January 20, 2009, his name will not be "the afracan", but MR. PRESIDENT! You have 237 days to practice that.

    May 28, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  23. melissa

    Billary is staying the the race why? White privilege. I'm sure you all know what that means. She's white and she knows she'll get the nomination... forget everything.. she doesn't care about the party and it's obvious that Bill doesn't care either. She and Bill have that mentality that some of my friends use to have when they knew they were going to get picked to work on the prom float... "if I can run it, I'll wreck it!"

    May 28, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  24. ANGIE

    cant we disqualify this woman first she agrees with the rules signs the paper stands on tv and admits fl and mi should not count this woman is crazy i always teach my children to play fair and by the rules now what will we be teaching are children if we let hillary break the rules nothing she ought to be ashamed of herself if she wasa real democrat she would cut the crap unite the party and support obama and bring down mccain just goes to show shes not a real democrat just a big FAKE she is destroying the democrat party frankly shes quite pathetic now come onwoman is this the way you want to teach your children not be fair break rules be a sore loser not me if she wins the nomination i wont vote for mccain i just wont VOTE

    May 28, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  25. mike

    Count all the votes, or McCain is looking better and better!

    May 28, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
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