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. John Zeger

    Seeing the Democratic superdelegates backing Obama is like watching lemmings rushing towards the sea as Obama doesn't have a hope of beating John McCain in November. But the Democrats don't seem to care as they are caught up in the moment and can't seem to look beyond it to tomorrow. (My latest tally is McCain 305 electoral votes,Obama 223, tied 5).

    May 21, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  2. Miss Mary Mack

    I am so ready for the Democratic primaries to be over so that we can get into the business of running for the White House. The superdelegates are not going to just GIVE HRC the nomination, so she should concede with some dignity left. If the shoe were on the other foot, she would’ve INSISTED that Obama concede expeditiously.

    May 21, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  3. Bob Stephens

    Hillary reminds me of the Knights of NI in Monty Pythons Holy Grail. The one that was sitting on the ground with no arms and legs, yelling , " Come on.. it's only a flesh wound, come back and I'll bite your kneecap"....

    Hillary, you are really looking pathetic now.

    May 21, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  4. God sent him

    Now I know why there are so many turmoil in most of these African countries. Everyone one want to be in power. Hillary will do all in her powers to be elected. I wonder what she have to gain out of all this. Maybe she will set the stage for Chelsea to be the next Prez and then Bush daughter will take over after her (Chelsea)term.

    A British newspaper said in 2004 after Bush won that election: how can 60 million people so stupid.

    If Obama is not elect as the Next prez it will be the biggest mistake the ppl of USA will ever make.

    GO Obama.

    May 21, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  5. Arron

    Reading the comments on these articles, it is hard to escape the notion that supporters of Ms Clinton are acting like a pack of Veruca Salts.

    She fought hard, but came up short. Time to accept that and embrace the party. Alternately, go on and vote Republican and you'll have noone but yourselves to blame when McCain appoints up to three conservatives to the Supreme Court and things you've taken for granted, things your predecessors fought and struggled for, evaporate.

    Fossils like Ms Ferraro who embrace the politics of division invoke 'sexism' as the reason for Ms Clinton's decline, but that is hardly credible given Ms Clinton's longstanding frontrunner status at the beginning of the primaries. Instead, she fans the flames of gender-based grievance and drives those sympathetic to her views away from uniting the party. I can think of no single thing that runs counter to this than a woman's right to choose, which will be at risk. Such irony, such tragedy.

    May 21, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  6. Syl

    He will never get my vote, and neither will the DNC...I am changing my party affiliation. The election was stolen from Hillary...and the DNC will end up paying a high price for it. You all think we will change our minds once Obama is the nominee...guess again.

    May 21, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  7. jimmy

    he is our nominee, cary go.

    May 21, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  8. Quinn

    Here is an analogy that I think all football fans can understand regarding Michigan, Florida, and Hillary's "big state" argument.

    Imagine if two football teams play a full season. At the the end of the season, Team A has a 15-1 record and Team B has a 14-2 record. Even though Team A finished ahead of Team B, the coach of Team B shockingly claims that his team should be the champions. During an interview, the coach of Team B argues, "Hey look, we played tougher opponents than Team A did. Plus, if you count the pre-season game that we won against Team A, we're actually tied. The pre-season game ought to count. Both teams starters didn't play. Fans bought tickets to the game. It was televised. Why can't the league just count that exhibition game and give us the championship."

    In Hillary's world, the coach makes sense.

    May 21, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  9. Lee

    In reality this race has been over for quite a while - it has been artificially extended by the media.

    May 21, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  10. judith

    Let's keep in mind the polarization Sen. Clinton has stirred up in her desperate attempt at power...Does anyone remember that Sen. Obama has won consistently or do we just count the points scored in the last quarter of the game ??

    May 21, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  11. Linda

    I hope the democrats wake up before it is too late and realize that Obama is unelectable. The Republicans are practically salivating in the wings waiting to pounce. Obama has more baggage than the airlines lose in a year. And neither he nor Michelle are sophisticated or aware enough to know what can and can be done during a presidential campaign. The media has practially ignored Rev. Wright, totally irnored Bill Ayers and Rezco. The Republicans, however, have thier agenda. Michelle may turn out to be Obama's pit bull (however protective he may be - but what can you say about a woman who can point the finger at another woman and say if she can't keep her house in order how can she keep theWhite House in Order?) Obama has mesmerized the youth of America with alot of empty promises and rhetoric. McCain does not have to lift a finger. If Obama is nominated he will practically escort McCain into the White House.

    May 21, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  12. Environment

    I want a democrate in office this time around.....but the fact is....Hillary is going to lose this and she still sticks in there. That's great....BUT it's time to hang her hat.....She lost....and that's that. On to McCain

    May 21, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  13. Joe Black

    Kentucky, Kentuicky, Kentucky. Clinton wins Kentucky! Oh, yea, and Obama won some State out West somewhere.

    Why is the story "Clinton Wins Kentucky!" and the Obama Oregon win is played down?

    Why does the media hype "WINS" when all that matters is DELEGATES?

    Kentucky gave Obama delegates, too. It seems that now, even if we count the "flawed" elections in Michigan and Florida, Obama will be over the 2025 delegate count needed for the nomination, it not very close to it.

    The press reports this like an episode of "survivor" – as though each candidate was being "voted of the island" with each primary.

    However, all that matters is DELEGATE COUNT. Yes, Obama won Iowa, as he celebrated last night, but Hillary got one more delegate from Iowa than Obama did. The opposite happened in New Hampshire. "Wins" are irrelevant. Delegate count is what matters.

    So let't stop calling "wins" state-by-state and concentrate on the real race: DELEGATES.

    May 21, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  14. MD in OK

    Why is Hillary letting this continue? Is it because she thinks she is entitled to be the democratic nominee? She and Bill have convinced some that Barack is responsible for Michigan and Florida, and those that believe her and bill are ill informed.

    She has calculated the total delegate number needed to win to 2210. Hillary never mentioned this change until after Super Tuesday because she thought she was going to be the front runner. If she were truly concerned about Mi and FL, she would have voiced her concern before Feb 5. I'm sure she knew the rules set forth by the DNC for states that moved their primary dates up early.

    May 21, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  15. Chuck, Democrats United We Stand

    Hmm, how many does he need now? According to some sources less than 70 to that current "Magic" number established by the DNC.

    May 21, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  16. EC

    Scores big huh? Well, that would be something to shout about if she wasn't LOSING BIG TIME!!!

    I mean Sen. Clinton is like a horse that is still on the track when the winning horse has already been announced, photographed and showered in champagne!!!

    I mean when does this absolute madness end? I mean Americans are just so sick to death of hearing Sen. Clinton's excuses and false facts being pandered over and over. I mean it just gets so sad and depressing that a grown woman is behaving in such a juvenile manner. The same woman who claims to be "a fighter" and yet can't even tell the truth on any level. Who uses the GENDER and RACE card to plead her no-win case. Who sat by and promoted racial division in the party and never stepped up to the plate to denounce it, not once!! Talk about lack of integrity!!! Shameful!!!

    Everyone is just "appeasing" Sen. Clinton with all this nonsense. I don't understand why everyone keeps tip toeing around this woman, while she continues to run her mouth with more lies and false facts.
    Sen. Clinton counts MI and FL knowing she has NO authority to do so. NOW she claims she has won the popular vote. What? Does she even know how to add? AND now she does NOT want to count the caucus states!!! I mean Jesus, help me Lord because this woman is just driving me insane with her BS!! She just keeps adding insult to her own injury and manages to make herself look even more retarded in the process.

    I mean the NUMBERS DO NOT SUPPORT your theory what-so-ever. So who comes out looking stupid and ignorant here? Who continues to be have like a sore loser? Exactly.

    If this was anyone else but Sen. Obama beating Sen. Clinton, he would have knocked her out of the game and shut her down a long time ago. Sen. Obama has been more than gracious when it comes to Sen. Clinton, but there is a LIMIT to which he will continue to be gracious. Make no mistake. Don't let his handsome face fool you, Sen. Obama will NOT be played by the Clintons. Don't get it twisted, he'll slam her the minute she gets out of line. You can believe that!!

    May 21, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  17. catjax

    They still have not included Florida and Michigan. What happened to our votes? Maybe the Obama camp and the DNC will want us on GE.
    or even beg for our votes come November. And guess what? , you forgot to counts us, remember? Hello John Mccain!, here we come!!!

    May 21, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  18. Jesus Lives

    This race was really a marathon, and boy somebody may have to help hill cross the finish line. I see the flash bulbs going off and Hillary – Sillary is nowhere to be found at the finish line!!! LOL I think Sillary has fallen and she can't get up! It's about time, it started getting sad watching her struggle to finish this race. As I understand men almost always finish the race first! Like the late great James Brown says " This Is A Man's World" LOl Bye Sillary better luck in the Senate!

    May 21, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  19. carrie

    hillary is a loser
    she can never ebver win

    May 21, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  20. Billy J Austin, TX

    I would like to point out that Ted Kennedy ran the very same campaign that Hillary is running right now. He went all the way to the floor of the convention, june 3rd when it was obvious he could not win. Carter had it sewed up many months earlier, but Ted stayed in with.... and I quote " I am the more electable candidate" (because the country just loves northeastern ivy league yachting types)

    So what is wrong with Hillary staying in, to save face and to make sure her supporters got their moneys worth? If Obama is so fragile his candidacy cannot stand even this.. then what will happen in the fall? I will vote for him, that's what will happen. I hope the rest of my southern white blue collar, "I had to work right outta high school", men will be as generous to the snobby wing of our party.

    May 21, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  21. Hillary Will!

    Once again, Hillary proves she can win the states that matter for the General election!

    Obama will fall flat against GOP.

    This all goes to show that BO can buy the superD votes.. look up how much $ he has donated to them via PACs!


    May 21, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  22. Carol

    You media pundits never cease to amaze me. What "finsih line" is Obama near??? He will NOT have the delegates needed to scure the nomination. PERIOD. The Party "rules" do NOT say the one with the "majority" of delegates wins the nomination!!! Get over all this hype about Obama!!!!

    May 21, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  23. douadavid, PA

    It is time for Hillay and her people to wake up and attack the unfair treatment of Nobama and his racist followers. Nobama had too many free ride because he is black. Come on people , this guy anly talk but he never do anything for this country . The only thing that he can change is to divide American on races , gender , and status. I am a democrat and will never vote for this racist Nobama. HIllary or Mcain will be my next president.

    May 21, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  24. marie

    This will be the second time this democratic party will put up a candidate in the general election that can't win against the Republican. What is wrong with this party? I'm ready to switch my affiliation.

    My only consolation: The more Obama talks foreign policy the more he sounds like a child.

    And go ahead Obama fanatics, defend him against McCain – but be sure to include his military service ... oh wait, he doesn't have any

    May 21, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  25. faye, NV

    Go Obama and it was a wonder speech and on point. I hope the Obama camp heard what Clinton said last night.

    During her speech she intentional mention the color of one of her supporters, but chose not to mention the color of the younger girl who's husband is serving in Iraq. Was it important the to say the 80 plus who thought she would never live to see a woman run for President had to be indentified as African American? However she never stated the race of anyone else. Clinton is full of game she should be play NBA.

    May 21, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14