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. Chris, AZ


    If her supporters suddenly love war and hate healthcare, then let them vote for MCSAME. Obama is wining the DEMOCRATIC nomination.

    As for MI and FL... They broke the rules – live with it !

    May 28, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  2. Austrian

    she is in for something else but not surely and trully running for the USA.

    May 28, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  3. Mark in Austin, TX

    For everyone saying Obama blocked revotes in MI and FL, that is not the case. Obama objected to the stipulations that the Clinton campaign wanted to put on the re-votes. Namely, that only people who voted in the original (and invalid) primaries could vote in the re-do. Well, what about all the people who knew that their vote in the invalid primary wouldn't count and stayed home? If you wanted a do-over, it should be a real one where everyone can vote and everyone is on the ballot. The more accurate statement is that the candidates could not come to an agreement on a re-vote, not that one candidate was responsible for stopping the process.

    May 28, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  4. Hillary's got the goods to win in Nov.

    Tell it like it is Hillary. This is why they keep pushing you to get out of the race.

    Because no matter how you slice it, after Puerto Rico, Hillary will have the popular vote with or without MI/FL.

    People of America: Protest on the 31st for Hillary and against rigged elections in America. We do not live in a third world coutry. We spend millions on elections. 1 vote should equal 1 vote.

    Moderate Dems for Hillary

    May 28, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  5. Sabrina


    May 28, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  6. Listen

    Hillary is Chelsea still running around the World Trade Center on 911 and barely escaping harm?

    May 28, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  7. JL, GA

    The Billary Clintons have lost it, in more ways than the election. It was okay to dismiss FL and MI when she felt after Super Tuesday she would be winner. That did not materialize, now it is wrong to not hear the voices of the voters in these states.

    Wake up Hillary it is 50 states not 2 and if the DNC forget the rules, you have 48 states will forget you.

    You are dividing the party. Yes we will vote for McCain if the superdelegates forget the rules.

    OBAMA '08

    May 28, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  8. FactCheck


    You Clintonistas are really something else... you like to change the rules when it serves your needs and then to top it off, like to blame the other guy when you fail. FYI, the DNC offered to seat the Michigan delegates with HRC at a +20 advantage and SHE REJECTED IT. Why? Because she wants Obama to get 0 votes since his name wasn't on the ballot. Brilliant!! With this kind of math, is it any wonder why her campaign is $20 million in the red?

    May 28, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  9. Independent

    Hillary says the superdelegates should support who they think will the better president, well that is unless she won the state, then they should be bound to listening to their constituents. When people like Richardson do this, he is labled a Judas.

    Hillary says Michigan and Florida should count, well that is except for when she agreed that they wouldnt count, and only changed her mind when she realized she was losing. Only then does she claim differntly.

    Hillary says let the voters decide, all the votes should be counted, well that is except for caucuses because that throws off her math, and never mind the hundreds of thousands of people in Michigan that didnt get to vote for Obama, she doesn't think they should count of course.

    She keeps changing her story. You got to love the Clinton hypocrisy.

    May 28, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  10. joe m

    interesting how clinton is fighting so hard to not disenfranchise the voters of FL and MI, but also all too willing to subject the voters of other states to this very same fate.

    cliton has been using selective math, selective memory, and selective logic to push her case.

    May 28, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  11. The Truth

    How come the Lying Sillary did not have a problem with primary and caucus rules when Bill " I did not have sex with that woman Monica Lewinsky" ran for President?

    ************************ ITS OVER*******ITS OVER**********************


    May 28, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  12. Denis

    Good luck!! you have shown the world how tough a compettor you are. You are the best choice for President and I just hope that the superdelegates have the guts to go against the pressure that the DNC is putting on them.

    May 28, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  13. Linda31

    How does she explain the caucuses? Because that popular vote count that she is talking about omits the states that have caucus. Is that not disenfranchising those voters???

    May 28, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  14. justobserve

    Please, can anyone out there, show us a table with two columns of total popular votes for each state for Clinton and Obama so we can see clearly what are the parts of the sum. Only when you have the comparison state by state that you can see clearly what is MISSING in Obama' s column and why Clinton had more popular votes: it is because she only counted votes where she won and not where she lost and Obama won. Of course, in such a case she would have more votes. It's an ingenious way to change the number to her advantage: just drop off Obama's counts where he had more votes. Why are the media just repeat this meaningless number called "popular vote total" that Clinton supposedly won? She contradicted herself by saying "every vote counts" but she disenfranchised caucused states and Obama had none in MI.
    This woman is mad now. The party doesn't need to be soft on her. she made a mockery of the party rules then said as if only she is fighting for voters, not the Democrat party. Is she a Repub's spy hellbent on destroying the party or what?

    May 28, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  15. David

    what a pathetic loser.

    May 28, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  16. DemocracyNow2008

    New CNN Headline Is It True Hillary Is Crazy?Yes Its True

    May 28, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  17. Dems Unite!!!

    Hillary, you can wish in one hand and crap in the other and see which one fills up first. Shut up already we've listened to your crap for 5 months now...were sick of it. She'd be the second coming of Bush, 5 months in and no one can stand her!

    Obama '08 + '12

    May 28, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  18. mususbahu GERMANY

    im asking the clintons all her supporters ,this questing. the Clintons honest?? if yes then why dont they stand by their words to the americans.when she was doing good in the race she opened her mouth and promised all the americans that no matter what happens florida and michinge delegates will never be added.becourse the 2 states violated the rules and law.this same person who promised american is changing her mind becourse the race does not favour her,my worry ist what will she do when become president.this shows that she only think of her herself not the american people.2.what will be next when voted as president is she really going to keep her words as she did with florida and michinge??or is she really going to keep her promised.if we need change in american then we have to start first by respecting the laws and rules of the country.and this complie to everybody inclunding the president.i mean how you creat laws and rules to protect everyone but break them when its disfavours you.thats only the fact.its painful to lose that dream but think its not about clintons,obama mccain or anyother persons alone.its about millions of americans who need somebody who keep is own to protect them even its disfavours him.please stop judging by personal emmotions.give cesser to what belongs to cesser

    May 28, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  19. Bob

    Thank you Hillary for dividing this party up into warring factions. Just look at the comments on this board and you can see how divided we are and it is all YOUR FAULT! There is no way now that any Democrat will win the white house this year. We will be stuck with GWB the third (aka McCain) and no limit to the horrors that will befall our country and society with the unbridled war mongering that will ensue. THANKS a lot Bill and Hillary, we are all going to suffer the consequences of your selfish narcissism!

    May 28, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  20. Spoil Sport

    SHE HAS THE DELEGATE LEAD IN PRIMARIES? Who does she think she's kidding. This woman is batty–she's done, stick a fork in her.

    I'm so happy she will never be our president or vice president. Kick her to the curb and let's get on with the general.

    Obama 08

    May 28, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  21. Maggie VT

    OOPS!!!! Hillary look again at the polling with John McCain. think you will loose.

    May 28, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  22. T. Churchill

    Clinton, . . . What does it mean if MOST, if not all of the
    Superdelegates, including your own, have gone to Senator Obama?

    May 28, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  23. mimi

    What is this, the new Hill-Billy math? Just say the numbers are there, over and over, forgetting the truth, and maybe they will just magically appear, if not in reality, then in the minds of superdelegates.

    If it works, I'll go right to my bank and talk to my checking account.

    Enough Already. Hill + Bill = SO OVER IT!

    May 28, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  24. Abby

    HRC: If you only count the states that I won, I lead in delegates and the popular vote.

    Obama has the patience of Job through this. Impressive temperament.

    May 28, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  25. Count Florida/Michigan Votes

    Note that even though superdelegates already supported a candidate, he/she can still flip to the other candidate. Thus, Obama is not yet sure if he is the nominee until the time that he is officially declared the Democratic Nominee. Remember this, all Obama supporters.

    May 28, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
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