May 21st, 2008
08:15 AM ET
14 years ago

Analysis: Clinton scores a win, Obama nears finish line

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Sen. Barack Obama has picked up a majority of the pledged delegates, according to CNN calculations."]NEW YORK (CNN) - Hillary Clinton won a landslide victory in Kentucky Tuesday, but momentum - and a growing sense of inevitability - is now firmly on Barack Obama's side.

He took Oregon last night, but it was his symbolic victory with pledged delegates that was the storyline.

The one-time long shot for the Democratic nomination has a majority of pledged delegates to the Democratic Convention and is now about 70 delegates shy of the finish line.

soundoff (347 Responses)
  1. sue


    May 21, 2008 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  2. Ted, South Dakota

    The West is Obama Country. We all work together out here.

    Yes We Can.
    Democrats 08.

    May 21, 2008 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  3. MD Houston

    Interesting that Obama talks about uniting the entire country yet completely ignores the primaries of the last 3 States. I guess his country doesn't include Kentucky or Oregon, as he was too busy to visit even Oregon last night.

    May 21, 2008 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  4. Christi

    Obama/Clinton '08 – is there really any choice?

    May 21, 2008 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  5. proud army and navy mom

    good job, senator

    May 21, 2008 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  6. mmartin arkansaw

    president obama looks very happy,in the picture.

    May 21, 2008 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  7. Independant

    I won't be a finish line until the convention.

    May 21, 2008 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  8. Independant

    Hillary or McCain

    No Bi-Obama

    May 21, 2008 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  9. JFK

    This proves the point that Obama is not fit for the job and many people consider this more a popularity contest than a hiring decision. This is not high school folks, Obama is not ready for the job. He should not have run but now that he has, if he can't handle the heat, then get out of the race. I am tired of Obama supporters and the whining.

    May 21, 2008 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  10. matt

    hey idiots there is no finish line! just like mccain is the presumptive nominee for the republicans the only thing leading in delegates means is you go into the convention as the favorite. this does not mean you end up the nominee in the end.

    May 21, 2008 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  11. Ruben Regan

    Republicans fear Obama. They fear him so much they asked Republicians to act like Clinton supporters to break us up. Educated Democrates knows better.

    May 21, 2008 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  12. Stephanie

    i hope Obama finishes the line soon 🙂 im so proud of his accomplishments!!! he will make a great president America, just vote him in and see!!!
    hillary youve done a great job in campaigning :-)., i just dont see the super delegates turning against the will of the people??? im sorry but i think it wil be Barack no matter what happens.

    Obama 08

    May 21, 2008 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  13. mmartin arkansaw

    CNN-does john king ever get to sleep?he's been standing at that map,for about a week,now.does he at least get to sit down ,ever?

    May 21, 2008 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  14. j williamson

    Folks, add up the votes from the two states which voted on Tuesday: You have Hillary with about a 200,000 vote win. That's momentum???

    May 21, 2008 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  15. Mike

    I was just watching the news and saw Sen. Webb and he said that the Apalaction people are his people and that Obama has been saying good things and he can truly change if he gets this voter block. that being said. Watch he will be the VP and watch what happens true CHANGE watch america.

    Obama/Webb or Obama/Sebelious. Either way those two people will be in his admistration. Let's go america.

    Let's look at what we have in common because 'Different is not difficient"

    The real presidential race is between Obama and Clinton because the winner will be the president thats why Clinton hasn't given up.

    Watch I tell who ever is the Democratic nominee will be the next president but neither will be the VP.

    God Bless America.

    BTW. Look up the Race Chasm and it helps explain Obama problem which will be solved by Nov.

    May 21, 2008 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  16. Jackson

    I bet she doesn't include Oregon in the popular vote since it's a mail-in primary. Then she'll say her win in KY has catapulted her ahead in popular vote. She's already dismissed the caucus states and include states in which he couldn't run and/or wasn't even on the ballot.

    May 21, 2008 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  17. Eugene

    Clinton's campaign suppressing the new amount of $31 debt the campaign owes is right up there on this story line. Let's use that money for candidates who have statistical chances in November.

    May 21, 2008 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  18. shelly in IL

    You are almost there Senator O. 2025 is within inches of your reach, stay strong, because your support will always be there.

    May 21, 2008 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  19. demographic does make a difference


    May 21, 2008 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  20. Cammi317

    Good for Hillary Clinton. However, Obama has won many more Primaries and Caucuses with higher percentage points. And, yes, CAUCUS STATES DO COUNT. They are American just like the rest of us, andTHEY FOLLOWED THE RULES AND VOTED WHEN THEY WERE SUPPOSED TO DO SO. I love the way some people like to pick and chose who counts depending on how it works in their favor.

    May 21, 2008 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  21. Hil-LIAR-Y

    Clinton will never get the African American vote AGAIN. So her presidential goals are meaningless.

    She couldn't find an African American to use as a prop behind her victory speech, so she had to interject a story about an African American woman. She will say and do anything to win. She is selfish, and self-centered and the only person she is fighting hard for is herself. I feel sorry for her gullible voters.

    May 21, 2008 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  22. CW4Barak

    Obama, Obama, yes we can, yes we can....and did! Supers...get with the program and shut this thing down!

    Obama '08

    May 21, 2008 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  23. Jane

    Well, the TV media are now taking a sweeter, more benevolent tone toward Sen. Clinton this morning, now that they believe they've effectively handed Obama the nomination. So did Sen. Obama in his speech last night.
    Sen. Obama may win, but the news media has certainly lost.
    And Sen. Obama has his work cut out for him. Re-gaining the demographic he and some of his followers alienated during the campaign won't be easy. Scathing, vitriolic and often blatantly sexist insults toward Sen. Clinton have permeated these comments to politico articles in the past months.
    Actually, it reminds those of us who remember the hatred to which Martin Luther King was subjected during the magnificent civil rights movement year ago. I think it's a sign she's a genuine patriot who's accomplishing far more than meets the eye for her country.

    May 21, 2008 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  24. Tom

    Thats my president:)

    Don`t worry about those older, white and blue-collar voters they have a hard time excepting the fact that a black man will inevitably become president, and for them thats a bit of a pill to swallow.

    You will prevail for God is on your side:)


    May 21, 2008 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  25. HILL-BILLies

    I wonder if she will keep her word and ralley behind Obama since she has spent the last 8 months saying he is not git for the job, and that Obama cant beat McCain.....

    If she is so much stronger, than why cant she beat OBAMA? Stop crying and trying to change the rules after the game started, then complaining about people being sexist. It was all fair game when the media was talking about Rev Wright, but now that she's lost, she want to start crying... GROW UP HILLARY and tell your racist supporters to grow up to!

    May 21, 2008 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
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