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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  1. Sandra

    Hillary simply hasn't demonstrated she can manage a campaign budget. She keeps complaining she has been "outspent," but that also means she has been "out-fundraised." He is advertising more, yet has more money left over, by a considerable margin. Is Hillary still using street money for her campaign? Obama said he would not. Maybe she bled her funds dry that way.

    It's not a matter of being outspent - if that's all it was, they would both be broke.

    May 21, 2008 02:11 am at 2:11 am |
  2. Trenton Sims, Los Angeles

    Barack is too kind to her..

    May 21, 2008 02:13 am at 2:13 am |
  3. Rave

    Hillary would like the rules change in her favor
    1. She agreed to follow the DNC rules and cheated her running mates by contesting in FL and MI
    2. She did negative campaigning against Obama in such a way, that even a Republican wouldn't do. McCain was much decent that her
    3. She stated that Super Delegates are more important when she realized that she would loose the Pledged delegate count. But she looses in all math, Pledged & Super Delegates
    4. Now she claims popular vote, which she clearly lost and wants to count the 2 states where Obama or none of her running mates contested and she still did not manage to win more than about 50% of the vote there.
    5. Now she wants to increase the Pledged delegate target to 2210 and still she has no chance of comming close
    6. Then she will go to the DNC and start begging all the Super delegates and then cursing them for not voting for her – which they wont.
    7. Finally , she will start blackmailing Obama for the VP position, which she is not going to get
    Hillary, you need to get a life. Go back to NY.
    OBAMA / AL GORE 2008

    May 21, 2008 02:13 am at 2:13 am |
  4. Hey Texas Ranger...

    That was very funny. LMAO

    May 21, 2008 02:16 am at 2:16 am |
  5. Terry

    He's not ready to declare victory for the primary, but he should be ready to declare defeat for November... No He Can't!

    Hillary 08!

    May 21, 2008 02:18 am at 2:18 am |
  6. Teresa, Georgia

    Texas Ranger,

    You are not making sense. Start over.

    May 21, 2008 02:20 am at 2:20 am |
  7. Sid

    I am proud that there are still supporters for Hillary.........
    Well Hillary supporters should go to HILLARY.COM and give her $ 20 each. The Moment she gets the 11 million she has loaned to her cam-with-pain and some more to pay the bills not Bill Clinton she will be GOOOOOOOOne. Then it will be in the best interest of the party. Her Pocket and your money will make the difference and ease the pain.
    SHE is not about Party, She is about HERSELF already planning to damage the Real Winner so HE can Loose and she will then TRY in 2012.
    Yes Truth Herts.

    May 21, 2008 02:25 am at 2:25 am |
  8. Trenton Sims, Los Angeles

    Brian 2:00Am ET

    Lay off that Tennessee SOUR MASH Whisky ok ?

    Do you Think that John Mc Cain Cannot win any state that he lost to Huckabee or Romney?

    Why would you think tha Barack Obama cannot win any state that he lost to Clinton?

    Are those states sitting there waiting for her return..frozen in time?

    On the Count of 3, I will snap my finger, and you will awaken...

    May 21, 2008 02:26 am at 2:26 am |
  9. seah ohio

    I am sure he is not. He is not ready to be a nominee or a president.

    Be very Afraid

    May 21, 2008 02:26 am at 2:26 am |
  10. JeremyP

    Well, apparently Brian is not a fan of democracy. Yeah, SDs go for Hillary...if you never want to be elected again.

    May 21, 2008 02:27 am at 2:27 am |
  11. Roberts-Waldche James

    should either of these canidates win and become president, this changes nothing. It will be as it has always been.
    Those of us voting for Obama will be disappointed

    May 21, 2008 02:29 am at 2:29 am |
  12. Franki

    To everyone that is hurting please consider this, Do we want McCain to get into office and send more of our children to their deaths? Do we really want to see more of our jobs go over seas? Do we honestly think that appointing a man that shares the same principle as the current president? Think about that.

    Why can't we as a party begin to unite and became strong? Let go of your fear of color and unite behind the man that will take us to a time of RESPECT. As a woman I know how it feels to be down and not out. But as a mother I have learned something called grace and understanding. I just hope that Sen. Hillary would show a lot more grace.

    May 21, 2008 02:30 am at 2:30 am |
  13. JAC

    We have seen in this election the emergance of what
    is a three party system. The republicains, Christian Democrats(Subset of Democratic party) and Liberal Democracts(Subset of democratic party). These parties exist in europe.

    Hillary is damaging the propspect of the democrats winning in the fall.
    She has lost, and now she dividing the party. If she continues to draw this out because of her childish stubborness the dems will lose.

    May 21, 2008 02:30 am at 2:30 am |
  14. The Freshmaker

    So – according to Brian Knoxville's logic, the candidate which couldn't even win in the primaries somehow has the best chance of success in the general.


    If the Supers hand the nomination to Hillary in spite of the will of the voters, you can count on a lot of us new voters either voting Green or deciding to go watch a movie or something on election night. But hey – y'all have fun with Preznit McCain, eh?

    May 21, 2008 02:31 am at 2:31 am |
  15. JR Colorado springs, CO

    should either of these canidates win and become president, this changes nothing. It will be as it has always been.
    Those of us voting for Obama will be disappointed.

    May 21, 2008 02:31 am at 2:31 am |
  16. jim t

    HEY TEXAS RANGER, your pretty funny

    May 21, 2008 02:32 am at 2:32 am |
  17. Bob Frazer

    Texas Ranger, please lay off the juice!

    May 21, 2008 02:34 am at 2:34 am |
  18. JR Colorado springs, CO

    should either of these candidates win and become president, this changes nothing. It will be as it has always been.
    Those of us voting for Obama will be disappointed.

    May 21, 2008 02:35 am at 2:35 am |
  19. Proud American

    The only thing Hillary is going to beat is the dead horse.

    May 21, 2008 02:37 am at 2:37 am |
  20. Darryl


    May 21, 2008 02:38 am at 2:38 am |
  21. Blake, San Diego

    Texas Ranger...

    You are fired from thinking. Please refrain from doing so in the future.


    May 21, 2008 02:40 am at 2:40 am |
  22. Mistaken

    No Brian. either Obama is the nominee or Clinton loses. I've had it to my eyeballs with her. At this point the only way she can win is to STEAL the elecgion with super delegates. Not going to happen, and if it does I will campaign against her so hard that all of the Midwest, (including Illinois which is always blue) and anywhere else I can get will turn red. Clinton supporters are the only ones who can refuse to support the other. Clinton has lost . Deal with it. If you have a good reason against Obama. (i.e. not his inexperience because Washington, Lincoln, et al great presidents were inexperienced; not his pastor, Ayers, etc because Clinton has had shady dealing with shady characters too, and not any garbage about flag pins. If you have a POLICY RELATED reason not to support Obama, fine do it. But if it is manufactured garbage or race you are a sad, sad person, and I do not ant to live in the same country as some one willing to be so ignorant).

    May 21, 2008 02:42 am at 2:42 am |
  23. H.D.Kamara M.D.

    Is it possible that Mrs Clinton is staying in the race,so Obama cant win,with the hope that she can run again in 2012? As far as I can see, if Obama wins,her next chance would be in 2016.

    May 21, 2008 02:46 am at 2:46 am |
  24. Barb in Tn

    Obama may not say he thinks it's over but he sure is acting like it. Why is he ignoring the people of WV and KY? Don't these people count? He is however finally going after the FL and MI people, he is trying to suck up to them to make them forget that he stood in the way of their votes counting when he vetoed the arrangement worked out last month. Not because he didn't get a large enough proportion of the votes but because what Clinton would have gotten would have put her in the lead since she did get more of the votes.
    I sure hope the FL and MI people are too smart for him to spin his web of deceit and get their votes in November should he win the nomination.
    By the way, I certainly hope you college yuppies aren't too fond of your SUV's since Obama wants to you give them up to save gas. Along with only being allowed to eat a certain amount to help with global warming. What the hell was that speech all about anyway? NO ONE is going to tell me in this FREE country what vehicle I can drive or how much food I can eat. What a scary concept! I will NEVER vote for this guy.

    May 21, 2008 02:46 am at 2:46 am |
  25. salma

    Hum, interesting point, if she can beat McSame, and Obama can beat her, that mean techniclly, mathematically or howerer you want he can as well beat Mc same

    A>B and B>C implies A>C so simple

    they both could beat mc cain, and the point is this was about delegates from the beginning, so don't try changing the rules at the end making people think something else, if it was about popular votes they should have stated so since the beginning. in 8 years they could have those new rules, in the mean time we are moving on.

    May 21, 2008 02:46 am at 2:46 am |
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