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. S - Austin

    From the beginning, Obama's campaign has looked at the rules and decided on a winning strategy that involved campaigning in EVERY state to compete for delegates. Clinton thought she'd have it all locked up Super Tuesday, so she ignored all kinds of WHITE voters early on in the process, INCLUDING those in Michigan and Florida. Now, all of a sudden she's "fighting for every vote"? Please. How many times is she going to change her tune? Sounds like she's just "whistlin' dixie" to me.

    May 21, 2008 01:15 am at 1:15 am |
  2. MI 4 Obama!

    Obama and his campaign don't have to declare a victory....America already knows it!

    Go Obama!

    Obama 08 & 12!

    May 21, 2008 01:17 am at 1:17 am |
  3. goawaymongers

    He may not be ready to say the magic words.......but his supporters sure ARE!

    May 21, 2008 01:28 am at 1:28 am |
  4. Shirley-Ohio

    Oh he's ready, he just does not want to disresepct Hillary. He is going to kindly wait until she exists the race. The superdelegates need to wake up and smell the coffee and get this race over with.

    May 21, 2008 01:28 am at 1:28 am |
  5. Scotty

    He can claim what he wants, come November he can claim to be a loser thanks to us millions of Hillary Dems.

    May 21, 2008 01:29 am at 1:29 am |
  6. Steven

    Obama, you can make. V r praying for you

    May 21, 2008 01:30 am at 1:30 am |
  7. Steven

    Obama, i really admired your character & perserverance

    May 21, 2008 01:31 am at 1:31 am |
  8. Tn

    ONLY snake women be nomination

    May 21, 2008 01:33 am at 1:33 am |
  9. Tim MN.

    That Oregon victory was certainly alot closer than we thought eh?

    May 21, 2008 01:34 am at 1:34 am |
  10. raphael

    Now thats modest. With obama we're sure america wont claim victory in a war, not won, YET. . .maybe bush and mcain should learn some ethics from this man. . .hmmm

    May 21, 2008 01:35 am at 1:35 am |
  11. Katherine

    I cannot wait to see Obama in the White House!

    May 21, 2008 01:35 am at 1:35 am |
  12. TonyNJ

    What a stunt! With all of the negative ads and the help of most of the media, Obama supporters have the audacity to to claim that Mrs. Hillary Clinton has been attacking Obama unfairly. Well in my opinion, put down the kool-aid. You folks are not only wet behind the ears, you have not lived yet. You only know the politics according to Obama, and slowly put surely the entire electorate of these United States of America will learn his policy of politics, to which he will find himself in a landslide DEFEAT. If you can't take the heat, stay the hell away from the kitchen. These news cast pundits, throwing the kitchen sink at Hillary have shown their tactics, which will only place their careers in question. In my opinion, both he and the rest of his dynamic duo are cry babies. God forbid if the dynamic duo make it to The White House. Those who do not go along with "their" new regime may well end up in the cornfield like in the episode in the Twilight Zone. Yep, allot of good folks / patriots may be turned into a jack in a box, martyrs to something called Democracy and America, which you find so many faults. This be my own opinion, yet many others keep saying the same thing. Hillary For President in 08, or Third Party creation to save Democracy. You are a Great disappointment Mr. Dean. But it be an ill wind that does not blow somebody any good. The American People are just now starting to smell the coffee. Hillary by far, and we will stand by her through thick and thin, rain or shine, to hell and back. God Bless The United States & Hillary Clinton! Confusion To Our Enemies, as the old saying goes

    May 21, 2008 01:36 am at 1:36 am |
  13. Redphilly

    The problem now is that people are not voting FOR Hillary. They are voting AGAINST Barack. They have seen her cry twice, once on your show. Can she go into heated meetings with world leaders and begin to cry? They know that she is weak because she is emotional, a normal female trait. I can say it because I am a female. I am just being truthful. Something people need to be. People are willing to allow more of our men and women to die in the senseless war in Iraq than to vote for an African-American. Even more than the economy, the gas problem or the foreclosure situation, it has become obvious by looking at West Virginia, Kentucky, and other states that human life means so little to some so-called God-fearing Americans!

    May 21, 2008 01:38 am at 1:38 am |
  14. Tim In Ohio

    Obama will lose in November.

    Hillary Dems are going bring him down.

    Hillary or McCain...............take your pick.

    May 21, 2008 01:39 am at 1:39 am |
  15. bernard correa

    obama has won the majority of pledge delegates. what should happen now is that the super delegates come out and suppport obama and end this now!

    May 21, 2008 01:40 am at 1:40 am |
  16. Just Words

    MISSION ACCOMPLISHED????????????????


    Adolf Hitl'....I mean David AxelRove....DID THE "MATH" NOT ADD UP???!!!

    Here is a HINT; "It's NOT the MATH, It's the MAP!!"

    CLINTON 08' or McCAIN 08'...........NOBLAHMA NEVERRRRR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 21, 2008 01:41 am at 1:41 am |
  17. Barb

    The prolonged primary is also costing us the voters money. We know we need to support our candidate with donations. Obama is limited in the amount of money he can raise towards the general campaign while this continues. Donors are contributing towards a primary that is already decided. We need Clinton supporters and Obama supporters to turn their donations towards th general election and we can not afford to lose in November. I do not understand why the CNN panelists have not brought this up. I have questions about these campaign finance limits during the primary towards the general election. Can you explain that and the advantage McCain has with respect to that now that he is the presumptive nominee?

    May 21, 2008 01:47 am at 1:47 am |
  18. Venus

    Proud of you Obama!

    Can't for to see you as our next president – 2009!

    Go Big Brown!

    May 21, 2008 01:49 am at 1:49 am |
  19. miltton zschiedrich sr.

    what the matter with obama the big baby . he can't have it his way all the time.he is nothing but a big baby. he needs cnn to help him.and cnn sucks

    May 21, 2008 01:50 am at 1:50 am |
  20. White middle aged woman for Obama

    His time is here !.
    Let Sen. Clinton continue if she really can't bring herself to admit defeat, but she will eventually have to throw in the towel. The nominee WILL BE Sen. Obama. HIS TIME IS HERE !!.

    May 21, 2008 01:50 am at 1:50 am |
  21. RyanPortland

    It is now only a matter of time.

    May 21, 2008 01:58 am at 1:58 am |
  22. Brian Knoxville, TN

    To every super delegate of the Democratic Party,

    Please think long and hard about the simple choice you now have to make:

    !) Choose to endorse Hillary Clinton as the Party’s nominee and watch her become the first woman to be elected President of the United States.


    2) Choose to endorse Barack Obama and watch the first African American nominee of the Democratic Party lose in the general election.

    Hillary Clinton will win against John McCain in the states that the Democratic Party needs to win in order to reach 270 electoral votes in the general election.

    Obama won’t.

    It’s that simple.

    Endorsing Barack Obama, a relatively unknown candidate with a thin resume who has lost by large margins nearly every large state and swing state to Hillary Clinton in the primaries, is a huge gamble at best.

    Please don’t gamble with our futures.


    May 21, 2008 02:00 am at 2:00 am |
  23. Texas Ranger

    Come on guys don't be doughtful, Hillary can still win this thing. I mean if we subtract all the black votes that was initially for Hillary but switched, because switching is wrong, and add all the older white people who died over the last 2 years because those would have probably voted for her but did not have a chance to (because every vote counts) and since Hillary is married to Bill and she is entitled to half of what's his, then she should be granted half the delegates from his 1992 and 1996 campaigns. By this math we are in the door, and if this is not enough we can add Canadians becasue lots of Canadians come to New York. I think we can win this thing

    May 21, 2008 02:06 am at 2:06 am |
  24. LLC

    Not so fast Obama! Thier IS ALOT WE DON'T KNOW ABOUT YOU......YET!!!!

    May 21, 2008 02:07 am at 2:07 am |
  25. Abdulazeez Musa

    Good luck Brian. Your appeal is very toxic. Shine your eyes and brain pls

    May 21, 2008 02:09 am at 2:09 am |
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