May 20th, 2008
11:25 PM ET
14 years ago

Obama, campaign both say he's not ready to declare victory

(CNN) - Barack Obama may have claimed a pledged delegate majority – but his campaign said Tuesday night they're not ready to call the race over.

In an email sent to supporters shortly after he captured the pledged delegate lead Tuesday night, Obama said that his campaign had ”reached a major milestone on this journey” but “…We still have work to do to in the remaining states, where we will compete for every delegate available.”

Senior campaign advisers also noted the achievement, but echoed Obama’s cautious tone.

“This is a big deal - I think to get the majority of the pledged delegates is a real milestone in this race… I don't think anybody ever won the majority of pledged delegates [that has] not been the nominee of the party,” senior adviser David Axelrod told reporters. “But we are going to continue to fight for every delegate and finish the process.”

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soundoff (164 Responses)
  1. JN in NJ

    Definitely this guy will succeed to unify half of the Dem party

    May 20, 2008 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  2. kathy

    dont count your chickens before they hatch


    May 20, 2008 11:44 pm at 11:44 pm |
  3. Edward

    Nobody wants a first lady who is not proud of her country and nobody wants a President who has a mentor like Pastor Wright.

    May 20, 2008 11:46 pm at 11:46 pm |
  4. Tim Fort Lauderdale, Florida

    Hillary will be our next President. Hillary 08

    May 20, 2008 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
  5. henchman the poet

    I think the Obama campaign team fully understand game and the process,
    they are well on target, Barack will, and I say , will capture the nomination.

    May 20, 2008 11:49 pm at 11:49 pm |
  6. doug

    wait a minute didnt he say that after may 20th he would be victorious. now he is saying he is not victorious. hahahahaha. your kidding me right. sounds like he might be taking cues from John Kerry's flip flopping strategy book. ok either you are or you are not the presumptive nominee, oh but wait the primary's are still going on so he cant be the Democrat nominee. well well well so Hillary had to snap him out of his fantasy, and wake up his supporter's. to see that he was not the nominee. hummmm. and this is hope and change that we are going to see in the White House. flip-flopping.

    May 20, 2008 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  7. An American in Canada for David




    May 20, 2008 11:54 pm at 11:54 pm |
  8. JeffinDenver

    Obama might have well declared victory tonight, he won't be able to in November. Only a ticket with Clinton can bring the Dems a win. At this point John McCain will be the next President. So much for Obama winning silly small caucuses that are tradiitonally GOP states in the electoral college. Big mistake for the Obama campaign, liberal media, DNC and Howard Dean. The sexism shown by them in this race toward Senator Clinton has been deplorable. No woman, or truly liberal man, should vote for Obama-and no one needs a college degree either to understand that. How can there be a delegates' finish line with Hillary"s votes stolen from Florida and Michigan? It is most sad to be a Dem right now...

    May 20, 2008 11:54 pm at 11:54 pm |
  9. LYNN

    the reason for Ms Clinton winning the white states, is because she made sure that the race issue was brought up. Mr Clinton made this a race issue when they figured out that Obama was whipping them.

    Obama is no fool, CNN continues to make this a race issue. They are making sure that they talk "RACE" TO DEATH. continually

    The media gives Ms clinton more time on the AIR, We have counted the minutes given to Obama. Some commentators feels that he owes them something because they are white. Some comments have much to be desired.

    The longer this takes the more hateful we all get towards the media and Ms Clinton and all of her Whites.

    May 21, 2008 12:00 am at 12:00 am |
  10. tomas justiniano

    its a shame that the people of the usa have forgotten HOW MR CLINTON LEAD THIS COUNTRY BACK IN 1993. and who better to lead again that his wife; i mean she would have the best adviser ever that is mr clinton him self and she sleeps with him. i am a democrat and i will not vote in the fall elections i rather stay sleeping. thank you Hillary for a wonderful campaign but its not over yet .

    May 21, 2008 12:01 am at 12:01 am |
  11. Florida-Livin

    Don't declare anything Obama. You have humility and respect and it shows. I will be at the rally in Tampa and we are ready....The Democratic party is ready for change.

    May 21, 2008 12:04 am at 12:04 am |
  12. sage bill

    More hollow rhetoric from Obama. He is widely hated across key swing states and will cost the Dems the election. Throw this bum and his entourage out and declare Clinton the nominee. If he still clings to his false message of hope, the Dems should stage a sudden death overtime with a re-vote in Florida and Michigan. If he can win those, the title is his. If not, there should be more deliberations. He will not go for it because of fear.

    May 21, 2008 12:05 am at 12:05 am |
  13. JC

    Obama is smart and gracious.
    Senator Ted Kennedy is right all along, even though he could not pronounce his name correctly in the beginning.

    May 21, 2008 12:07 am at 12:07 am |
  14. spencer

    Then he needs to quit declaring it behind the scenes... what a jerk.......

    May 21, 2008 12:10 am at 12:10 am |
  15. SC for Hillary

    Obama, are you and your campaigh dsylexic, you cannot declare victory until you have won the nomination. You will not win the general election, Hillary kicked your Butt in KY, you are a loser and cannot close the deal. I can't wait until November when the republicans 527 kick your SOFT butt. What about the voters in Fla and Mi, you are scared you will lose those states. Bill Ayers is calling you. go on and talk to the terriost.

    May 21, 2008 12:11 am at 12:11 am |
  16. M.G.

    Hillary has the popular vote. How can the DNC and the superdelegates ignore this???

    May 21, 2008 12:12 am at 12:12 am |
  17. Steve

    It's gonna be a "Donnybrook" in Denver!

    May 21, 2008 12:13 am at 12:13 am |
  18. tammy

    If Obama is that good, why can't he, at this point the race, close the deal?Why is he still losing to Hillary by big margins in both Kentucky and West Virginia?

    May 21, 2008 12:15 am at 12:15 am |
  19. Micheal

    Only voters and superdelegates with no brains want to support Obama.

    What's a shame to declare anything when he doesn't even have enough of the magic number.

    Shame on the Democratic Party and whoever can see this guy to win in November!

    May 21, 2008 12:16 am at 12:16 am |
  20. spencer

    I hope you guys in the media are happy... You should be ashamed at the way you railroaded Hillary..For shame....You guys are idiots..I am sick of you biased Obama jerks in the media. The coverage tonight was appalling..........You the media have pissed off a Hillary supporter..

    May 21, 2008 12:17 am at 12:17 am |
  21. God Bless America

    June 3rd will be hear soon!!!! In light of the Kennedy news the Democrates will definitely be looking to stabilize the Party and get behind Obama.

    Let Wisdom Reign. No delegate should be left unturned.


    May 21, 2008 12:20 am at 12:20 am |
  22. Zed

    Well that was the deal to keep this thing clean and focused on McCain from here on out.

    May 21, 2008 12:23 am at 12:23 am |
  23. Viva Obama 08

    Yes we can be one US one Democratic Party with an Obama/Hillary 08.

    May 21, 2008 12:24 am at 12:24 am |
  24. Jeff in CA

    ummm. yah i get that but it takes 2026 at this point without Michigan and Florida to get the nomination.. NOT NOW, BUT IN AUGUST WHEN THE DELEGATES MAKE THEIR OFFICIAL BALLOT VOTES.

    so i think we just all need to sit back and relax and see what happens at that time in Denver since there are many many rules that could ultimately change this thing.

    I think that after the second ballot, which im sure this thing will go to, all bets are off on the pledged delegates and they are free to vote like superdelegates.

    so, like i said. sit back and relax cuz this thing is long from over and no one should even try to call it 'Mission Accomplished". we all know how well that went over the last time we heard it!

    May 21, 2008 12:25 am at 12:25 am |
  25. Independent

    But we are so very close to that magic moment!

    May 21, 2008 12:30 am at 12:30 am |
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