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. FrankSmith

    Texas Ranger, I agree perfectly with you!! This will really excite the Republicans and this nation. Afterwards, the Republicans are eager to run against Hillary. Let the Dems give Hillary to the Republicans. The Dems really know HOW to lose!

    May 21, 2008 02:48 am at 2:48 am |
  2. Craig, Texas

    It's not that simple, but since you can read the future there is a few stock I like you to tell me how they will be doing six months from now.

    Obama/Web in '08

    May 21, 2008 02:48 am at 2:48 am |
  3. catherine maryd pa.

    anyone who votes for barack obama is a fool. just think about it one very important thing, he wont wear the american flag pin on his lapel. did any one ever ask why, because its against his religion and he's a muslim. i have much fear for america if barack the muslimgets nominated. i think hillary clinton would be the best choice.

    May 21, 2008 02:49 am at 2:49 am |
  4. John Smith

    Texas Ranger, I agree perfectly with you!! This will really excite the Republicans and this nation. Afterwards, the Republicans are eager to run against Hillary. Let the Dems give Hillary to the Republicans. The Dems really know HOW to lose!

    May 21, 2008 02:49 am at 2:49 am |
  5. Mtui

    This is such great sense of humor, very wise and careful decision making ability Obama has shown! I can recall a right decision maker such as Clinton had proposed Obama for VP! Probably this is what is costing the US now with Iraq war...rushed decisions! My friend has been debating whether Clinton is not a republican? Does this friend have any point?

    May 21, 2008 02:50 am at 2:50 am |
  6. Tanis

    THERE GOES THE COUNTRY AFTER HE IS THE NOMINEE–I am a Clinton supporter who will now be a McCain supporter. No way is an ultra-liberal inexperienced, arrogant freak like Obama going to take office–he wouldn't know where to begin. OH!! GOD HELP US!!!!!!!!

    May 21, 2008 02:52 am at 2:52 am |
  7. John Smith

    It looks like the DEMS really know HOW to lose. It could be that it is the party with the most uneducated and vulnerable folks in this world.

    Let the Dems give Hillary to the Republicans. Indeed, the Republicans are really eager for a "fighter" not a uniter. The Republicans will have no problem opening up their "war chest" against the Clintons. They will start where the Clintons left off– the White House items that were stolen and end up with "Bosnia fire." Yeah, let Hillary be the nominee for our women in this nation; blacks should work harder, they are not yet ready!

    May 21, 2008 02:55 am at 2:55 am |
  8. debe

    He shouldn't declare a victory until all votes have been counted.
    Some very good sources say he did advertise in Flori"dah", where Hillary did not and still she won 57/37.

    Let's not forget He removed his name from Michi"gone" she didn't and nothing said she should have. Again she won 56/33 I believe that 33 is his.

    So seat the electoral delegates and cancel the super delegates. Many of them have not shown themselves loyal to their constituents anyway ie Bill Richardson...changed his tune and went against his state and race.

    Thank goodness...he's not one of my 2 choices!

    May 21, 2008 02:55 am at 2:55 am |
  9. Chi-town gurl

    Good job, Obama. You started this process committing to running a fair campaign and it's only fair to wait until the end of this process to announce the obvious.....that you're the democratic nominee. Keep it real!

    Obama '08

    May 21, 2008 02:56 am at 2:56 am |
  10. Hans-Erik Iken

    It is over for all intents and purposes. It is time for the democrats to become whole again and focus on what is best for the US. I think very few real democrats would support the idea of another GOP term is the best way to go.

    It is time to leave the personality issue behind and focus on the issues and policies.

    Obama supporters should stop their Clintonbashing and vica versa. The contest was hard and close. Now it is time to realise that he issues for both candidates are actually extremely close in policy, and policy is in the end the thing that determines the future for the people.
    Not if the president is a man or a woman, black or white.

    May 21, 2008 03:01 am at 3:01 am |
  11. Jose


    May 21, 2008 03:03 am at 3:03 am |
  12. Lori

    Texas Ranger, you need to grow up, think clearly–and get a dictionary.

    Clinton supporters do what they do because of a little thing called "doing the right thing". She's the better candidate–by far.

    Compare their views, in their own words, on their own websites.

    Than come to me with your vain attempts at cleverness.

    And don't attach the name of my state to your ramblings. You're giving Texans a bad name.

    May 21, 2008 03:04 am at 3:04 am |
  13. AVEMBE The sun

    i saw Mr King(from CNN) doing the maths on his " magic board" days ago and he showed the other way Obama could also win against Mc CAIN ...And ther's something that has to be acknowledged...The nominee should be the first in the maths obtained with rules settled by the DNC...If HRC could win she would be the first..How come she changes the calculations every time she sees the maths are "against" her...She made her case ,people choosed and that's it ...She even said under Republican rules she would be the nominee!!!! well from a democrat this is just a betrayal, nothing less...The guy is ahead everywhere and he played fairly because he respected the rules...Some people may not like that, fine...but hey guyz...this is ...democracy...respect the rules!!!

    May 21, 2008 03:04 am at 3:04 am |
  14. CalGal4Hill

    So does fighting for every delegate and finishing the process mean appearing in states yet to vote (more often than Senator Obama appeared in WV or KY)? Does it mean debating Senator Clinton on issues important to those states yet to vote or does it mean continuing to run scared while at the same time talking about talking to our enemies? Does fighting for delegates mean something different than fighting for voters? I thought so. Who cares about voters, anyway? Certainly the Obama campaign does not care about the voters in Michigan or Florida or West Virginia or Kentucky or [fill in the blank here].

    May 21, 2008 03:08 am at 3:08 am |
  15. Dan from Scottsdale

    One question for Hillary supporters: How is she stronger in the general when she cant even win her primary? I have seen so many different sides of Hillary Clinton this primary season that I dont even know where she really stands on issues.

    Whether we agree with it or not, the Florida and Michigan decision was made before the campaigning began. Hillary supporters need to come to grips with the fact that she cannot win and throw their support behind the man that won fair and square without any special circumstances. Thats not "sexist", its just the truth.

    May 21, 2008 03:10 am at 3:10 am |
  16. Sally

    And if pigs had wings they'd be able to fly, Hillary you don't have to go home...just PLEASE go AWAY, it's OVER!

    May 21, 2008 03:10 am at 3:10 am |
  17. Peter

    Texas Ranger...couldn't have said it any better! You have captured the absurdity that is the Clinton campaign!

    May 21, 2008 03:11 am at 3:11 am |
  18. Pedeen

    Thanks Texas Rangers! thats how Hillary's surrogates do their maths! infact you have given them another formular! just wait for few days and they will start saying "IF YOU COUNT THE WAY I COUNT ALL CANADIANS AND ILLEGALS HAVE VOTED FOR ME" No hard feelings Hillary you gave it all what you had and comparing other women at your age I salute you for your energy!.

    May 21, 2008 03:11 am at 3:11 am |
  19. Dennis

    Since cable news companies like CNN and MSNBC must fight for ratings, the real truth of the democratic primary election has been set aside a bit. The truth is: NO DEMOCRAT SINCE 1964 HAS CARRIED THE BLUE COLLAR WHITE VOTE!!! On average, democratic presidential candidates get approx. 30% of that vote. Obama has averaged a little more than Kerry did when he was running for President. Hillary is beating Obama in this core group. So what! There are no guarantees that she would carry RED REPUBLICAN STATES. This blue collar white non-sense is only being discussed to sensationalize the race divide. If Obama was white, it wouldn't come up as an issue, just like it didn't when Kerry ran and when Gore ran.

    May 21, 2008 03:12 am at 3:12 am |
  20. Von Bismark VIENNA

    Good maral lesson for Hillary.

    And to you Mr. Brian, the SUPER DELEGATES are seaned enough to sail abov your myopic views. The little kwon is winning. And Hillary keeps creating her own rules to win – at any cost.


    The world awaits OBAMA.

    May 21, 2008 03:14 am at 3:14 am |
  21. Eli

    Hillary says she will fight to the end. The real question is: how does she define "end"?

    Is it when the last primary is over on 3 June?

    Is it when the DNC Rules Committee meets for the last time before the Convention in July?

    Is it when the super-delegates are forced to vote finally at the Convention in August?

    Is it when she loses the lawsuit in Federal Court over the civil rights violation of not seating 100% of the delegates from FL and MI in September?

    Is it when she loses the appeal of the civil rights violation lawsuit at the Supreme Court in October?

    Or is it only when McCain is inaugurated in January?

    May 21, 2008 03:17 am at 3:17 am |
  22. Why Her and not Him

    I'm a lifelong Democrat. My support for Hillary over Obama stems from what I view to be Obama's "loose cannon" policies of meeting with terrorist state leaders, and his choice to vote "present" in his own state senate, so many times, rather than making a clear committed decision and having to live with decisions consequences. I'm not a racist. I am for Sen. Clinton because she is more conservative and calculated in her foreign policy approach. I believe that is why so many retired Generals and military leaders endorse her. Hillary makes a decision and votes her conscience, and as a leader, she lives with that decision. Obama ran a whole campaign on "he was against the war in Iraq from the start", but the facts are– the free Iraq Democracy would not be standing as it is now, if the USA had not liberated it. I'm still with Hill and I honestly believe some Republicans are too.

    May 21, 2008 03:25 am at 3:25 am |
  23. Kevin in Missouri

    The Democratic Party needs to make a choice soon. The choice in clear. There is not much time to wait.

    Yes we can! Obama 2008!

    May 21, 2008 03:29 am at 3:29 am |
  24. Samuel T. Horton

    you mean after 50 seperate attempts to FORCE Clinton out of the race, you now are NICE enough to let her finish the last 3 contests?

    Wow. You are all heart Axelrod.

    After you went to your Joseph Gobbels school of propoganda , I didnt think you had a heart.

    You even got the media to SLANT all the negative attacks against Clinton.

    May 21, 2008 03:30 am at 3:30 am |
  25. Chewy

    I can't believe there are Hilary supporters who say they'd vote McCain if Hilary isn't on the ticket as VP. Ridiculous. That alone shows how much you involve yourself with the issues. Go to YouTube and watch any of their debates. The sheer number of times Hilary says "I'll have to agree with Senator Obama here" and Obama says "Senator Clinton and I are of one mind on this issue" is startling. Their platforms are very similar; so similar, in fact, that voting for Obama in the general election would serve your interests in Hilary better than a vote in the complete opposite direction (McCain).

    Think, people. And for goodness sake, do some research before you make such an important decision.

    May 21, 2008 03:30 am at 3:30 am |
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