May 28th, 2008
11:27 AM ET
7 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. R

    Superdelegates! Sounds like she's THREATENING you.

    May 28, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  2. Mack

    Hillary now wants to redo MT. Rushmore, she said, "Let's get rid of those old presidents and put ME, Bill, and Chelsea, Oh yeah and one more thing – Let's change the name to United States of Clinton". Thats just today, what will Her Majesty desire tomorrow?

    May 28, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  3. LT for Obama

    I just have to keep telling myself, just six more days of this lunacy and then it will be over.

    Time to start unifying the party now. Please do not wait until next week, start working on it NOW. We as supporters have the power.

    May 28, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  4. John from LA

    Very exciting-let this all play out!!!-Obama-bots-beware-you're remarks on HRC-will come back to bite you-Delegates can change their minds-

    What are all you Obama-bots so afraid of????-HRC is not UnAmerican-you're all just sore that this is playing out-We as Americans have a democracy-and she has EVERY right to say in this until Aug-Years ago Dems picked their nom. at the convention-FDR, Truman, JFK-why the rush now???-

    Be careful Obama-bots-stop the silly, immature postings!

    May 28, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  5. Walt

    Ok, Ok, I understand now. Don't disenfranchise the voters in MI and FL. But, disenfranchise voters in caucas states since they have already been disenfranchised anyway, LOL!!!!!

    I would love to be inside the head of a Hillary supporter. How you guys are not walking around in shame right now is beyond me.

    Is this how you really, really want your nominee selected? By, carefully selecting the votes that support your position and publicly discounting votes that don't. WOW

    May 28, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  6. melissa

    sorry.... I was so mad when I was typing I made a typo... "IF I CAN'T RUN IT, I'LL WRECK IT!"

    May 28, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  7. Clinton Arrogance

    She says she leads a 'popular vote' that doesn't include cacuses, includes open primaries where Limbaugh Republicans push-voted for her, and MI where Obama wasn't on the ballot and FL which wasn't valid... yet, she wants "every vote to count." Also, since Ohio, Ickes, Wadkins, Carvel, and Bill have been dialing up superdelegates to say that Rev. Wright makes Obama unelectable. Who is the most reliable, worthy figurehead of the Party? OBAMA.

    May 28, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  8. DE Democrat

    fpjv:

    Hillary is only in the lead in pop. vote w/ caucus only if you count both FL and MI and give Obama zero votes from MI...and her lead in that case is not very large. She is just trying to get Obama to lose in Nov. so she can run again in 2012.

    May 28, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  9. David O

    Hillary cannot win and SHE KNOWS IT.

    So now her ploy is to render Obama unelectable so that she might run again in 2012.

    But she has just about burned all of her goodwill with the DNC, SHE WILL NEVER GET THE NOD AGAIN!

    BYE BYE HILLARY, YOU ARE NOT FIT TO BE PRESIDENT!

    May 28, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  10. Mr. Anson From NY

    She keeps dreaming :-D

    May 28, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  11. Oregon

    To Christoffel van Vuuren:

    WHAT? Obama has not proved hime self to be a fighter??? Have you been ASLEEP during this campaign???!!!! He has done nothing but fight....the difference between he & HRC's fighting techniques is quite different, however. You see, he is a gentleman who takes the high road, consistently. She is a power crazed lunatic who has proven time & time again that she will take the low road at any moment, so long as it benefits herself.

    Here's something for you to ponder up there in Canada:

    For all of Hllary's "fighting" over the years, and throughout this campaign , she doesn't have much to show for it, now does she?

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

    ROXANNE IN NY.....

    WHAT IS IT THAT IS STRONG ABOUT HILLARY? SHE CANT EVEN BEAT THE WEAKEST LINK!!! GET A GRIP.

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

    Hillary is dilusional. This race is over. There is no way the DNC will seat Florida and Michigan as they voted. Earlier today a Federal Court in Tampa, FL threw out a case trying to support her desired outcome.

    The same judge threw this case out last August. No higher court will step is as under the constitution the DNC is free to make their rules and did not discriminate on race or national origin with Florida and/or Michigan.

    In addition, Hillary agreed to these rules up front. Now she wants to change the rules because she needs the delegates. What a disgrace she and Bill has become.

    Bill commented about disrespect to Hillary. Only a few months ago he was commenting "that if you can't stand the heat get out of the kitchen." Seems he should listen to his own advice. Also, yesterday he commenting about Hillary being disrespected. I guess receiving oral sex from an intern is being respectful to your wife? Bill does not know what respect means?

    May 28, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  14. Tim

    Enough is enough!!! This is not sexism. This is not racism. This is common sense. This is over. She sounds like John McSame. The good news is both will soon be sent packing.

    Obama 08/12

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

    JUST GO ALREADY.

    The basis for the argument is so flawed that it is amazing that someone is actually sending those out to superdelegates to read and believe.

    This protracted nomination race is clear evidence of the desire of some people to destroy a party as soon as (and probably for the first time that) things do not go their way. NO ONE IS LISTENING. THE PRIMARY RACE IS OVER AND ALL WELL-MEANING DEMOCRATS ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO NOVEMBER.

    DO THAT PRESENTATION IN KY & WV.

    Defeating Obama in California, NY & NJ does not mean that McCain will. Those defeats were among democrats and against McCain, they will all come out united.

    THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY IS BIGGER THAN ANY ONE SINGLE PERSON. TAKING THE NOMINATION AWAY FROM THE PERSON WITH THE MOST DELEGATES, STATES WON, AND POPULAR VOTE TO GIVE TO ANOTHER PERSON IS UNDEMOCRATIC AND AKIN TO CONFIRMING ONE AS THE OWNER OF THE PARTY.

    I shouldn't be commenting on the comments anyway – that's giving credibility to non-credible statements. It is good that we are all witnesses to the comments so that we don't have another "Bosnia" and the several other mistatements.

    May 28, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  16. Ed, Santa Fe NM

    What Hillary leads in is in being IRRATIONAL and ANNOYING.... Somebody SHUT HER UP. I'm sick to death of this shrieking harpie in the ugly pants suit..

    SHE DOES NOT LEAD IN COMMITTED DELEGATES.... END OF STORY.

    May 28, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  17. MJV Tampa

    Please give it up Billery get a calculator game over

    May 28, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  18. Video Guy

    I wonder if there was a deal made back in the Clinton White House years. If Hillary did not divorce Bill, the DNC or some of the big shots in the party, promised her the nomination in 08?. Then along comes Obama.

    May 28, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  19. bluebird

    Hillary you are the one to run against McCain! Otherwise, I'll be voting for the second best, which would be McCain. Rise Hillary, rise!

    May 28, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  20. SHIRLEY-OHIO

    GIVE IT UP ALREADY LADY, MY GOODNESS. BILL SHOULD PROBABLY GET YOUR MENTAL STATUS CHECKED.

    May 28, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  21. HillarySkank on myspace

    Hey Chicken Hillary. Why didn't you run 4 years ago when you would have been a shoe in (even though I wouldn't have voted for you then either). You were afraid of George W Bush? Are you kidding me? You actually thought the cards would be more in your favor this year instead? Guess what toots? You guessed wrong and now you've lost. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHA

    By the way, have I mentioned today how much I dislike you as a person? It goes double for that no account husband of yours.

    May 28, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  22. Chyrel Wallace-Jackson, Chicago Illinois

    What is it HRC you're either leading in the popular vote or your not! Thank God BO keeps picking up delegates. You certainly no longer are. You're trying your best to win this nomination any negative way you can but you're still behind. I'll be so glad to see June 3, 2008 approach perhaps then BO and the rest of us will finally be rid of you. Here's to hope.

    May 28, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  23. Russ Ming

    Why is it that everytime Hillary Clinton speaks or writes, it's about "me," "my" and "I" and every time Barack Obama speaks, it's about "us," "our" and "we?" It's indicative of who is really doing this for personal glory and who wants to make it a movement of the people. It's not Kool-Aid, folks - it's a sense of community and a lack of personal pride that draws folks to Obama.

    May 28, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  24. Steve, New York, New York

    So, Hillary wants to count Florida and Michigan in this tally, even though she had previously agreed that these states would be excluded? I guess that was fine when she was winning.

    She also wants to ignore caucus votes? Incredible.

    Wow – Hillary must think that we're all idiots.

    May 28, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  25. T L

    One person one vote, that's how primaries are conducted. People were pulling and pushing in caucases, which have poorer regulations. I actually think Hillary Clinton has a point. You can see that in Texas. She won the TX primary, but Obama won the TX caucas. The results were not consistent.

    May 28, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
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