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. Conservative -CA

    Hillary is trying to raise the bar with Michigan and Florida but discounting the caucus states. She wants to award states that broke the rules and willing to disenfranchise caucus states.

    I love how her campaign went from 'only the big states matter' to 'caucus states don't count'.

    I love you Clinton supporters but it's time we unite behind Obama.

    May 21, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  2. matt

    YET no one reports clinton gained 150,000 votes last night over obama, to add on to her popular vote lead..


    May 21, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  3. CB

    Thank you Iowa for setting the tone of this election in 2008!

    Lets go 70 SuperD's.

    Obama 08!

    May 21, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  4. JAKE

    I've voted for 40 years and this is the closest race I've ever seen and they have often gone to the convention before a winner was decided, so let it be. WHO WILL BE THE BEST NOMINEE IN NOVEMBER???
    WHO WILL BE THE BEST FIGHTER??? Who in the past has had the support of the widest range of supporters? Who has the experience to get us out of the mess we're in?? Change is good, BUT you have to deal with the problems NOW, not after years of implementing changes. Change takes time and right now that is what we have the least of.

    May 21, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  5. swalker327

    YOU GO OBAMA!!!!!!

    May 21, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  6. blakkman in America


    May 21, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  7. My Country

    For the Record:

    Clinton is staying in until she can get what she wants:
    Money, the VP slot, the presidency for 2012. She will hold this election hostage until she does. So if she has to go all the way to Denver, it won't be to "help" the party, but to hurt the party until she is on top. Remember it's all about her, not gas prices, not the people, not the children, just Hillary. She is the most selfish, self-centered person on the planet. Did I mention she is also a liar? The good thing is–now we know.

    Every time she says "I will fight for you" I want to gag. She will fight for no one, except herself. Her voters are naive, but what can you do–they really believe that crap.

    Once this is over, and she doesn't win, she will fight the DNC tooth and nail until she can change the rules so that she can win in 2012. So there won't be any more caucuses, and South Carolina won't be one of the first states to vote. It's not in her best interest. The Clintons own the DNC, and Hillary is going to go ballistic until she gets what she wants. And for the record, Dean isn't very strong against both of the Clintons. He's just not.

    The only hope is that the superdelegates will stop being afraid of Hillary and Bill, and will come out of hiding. The people are more important than Billary.

    We're going to take our country back against all enemies, foreign and domestic. Are you listening Billary?

    May 21, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  8. linda-Texas

    The CNN story "Obama, Clinton supporters both say Clinton attacking unfairly", is misleading. The exit poll results actually indicate a higher number of voters felt Sentor Clinton did not attack unfairly. They also indicated they thought Senator Obama attacked unfairly.

    Kentucky Exit Poll Results:

    Asked which candidate attacked unfairly. 39% of voters polled indicated "both". 34% of voters polled indicated "neither".

    Asked if Clinton attacked unfairly. 54% of voters polled indicated "yes". 43% of voters polled indicated "no".

    Asked if Obama attacked unfairly. 49% of voters polled indicated "yes". 48% of voters polled indicated "no".

    May 21, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  9. sacto joe


    A lot of Repubs posing as Democrats are posting hate mail. They're trying to drive a wedge between us!


    May 21, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  10. Joel King

    done da done done done!

    May 21, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  11. Tony - DC





    WAY TO GO!

    May 21, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  12. ted

    Barack – whatch your facial expressions you look a bit like Tim Curry in the move Legend here. – you dont want people calling you Lord Darkness do you?

    May 21, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  13. sacto joe

    (Revision to the above)


    A lot of NEOCONS posing as Clinton or Obama supporters are posting hate mail. They're trying to drive a wedge between us!


    May 21, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  14. Bob, Austin, TX.

    As a Clinton supporter, if I don't vote for Obama in the presidential election, it won't be so much not wanting him to be president as not wanting to align myself with his fanatical, name-calling, hatred filled base. A majority of you people have been just horrid, absolutely sexist, ignorant of the nominating "process",and totally in opposition of what you say your candidate stands for. Not very far-sighted are you?

    May 21, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  15. sacto joe

    (Version 3.0)


    A lot of NEOCONS posing as Clinton or Obama supporters are posting hate mail. They're trying to drive a wedge between us!


    May 21, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  16. Karyn

    Go Barack! Goodbye Hillary

    May 21, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  17. The Clear Thinking Independent

    What does history tell us about how often the initial front runner in a primary prevails at the end?

    Might shed some light on this process.

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

    Go Obama! You will be the candidate, and you will win in November! Forget what these negative, biased CNN reporters and commentators have to say!

    Obama 08

    May 21, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  19. Sam Padayachee

    The "never say die" attitude that Senator Clinton is demonstrating appears to be admired by those that want to be seen as being politically correct. To me, it is an exercise in stupidity. Call a spade a spade. She is too stuborn to admit that with all her political pedigree, she has lost to a political under-dog from the wrong side of the tracks of Chicago. After all the negative comments she has made about Senator Obama, how does she expect people to suddenly believe her when she finally wakes up to reality and decides to join the ObamaNation.

    May 21, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  20. M Philllips

    It is now time for the super delegates to support the candidate with the majority of pledged delegates. To do otherwise would be to invite anarchy. What are you waiting for? Do the right thing. Let the party heal and focus on the general election. We have had enough rhetorical spinning on the popular vote from a candidate who has had to create her own parallel universe to win( exclude caucuses and seat those that deliberately broke the rules of the DNC disenfranchising those that obeyed the rules. Super delegates you have a lot on the line. Move forward.

    May 21, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  21. Paul

    DNC, Superdelegates,
    To whom it may concern:
    This is the land of the free, of those who believe in a better future for each one of our families. We are all part of this great dream. Thus, those voters who went to the polls despite being disenfranchised by a few have the same rights as we do to have their voice heard. America is not about a comittee, but it embraces everyone, and that includes the voters from FLA and Michigan. No one can stop democracy from running its normal course, or can a few silence the voices of millions? you were chosen to serve not to silence our people, we do not live in Cuba and even if we did, it does not allow you to limit peoples' rights.
    Every vote must count, and we are certain that you will make the right desicion, FLA and Michigan are also a part of the Union. Otherwise you are risking the posibility of a Democrat in the White House.
    Thanks for your attention to this request in favor of our people.
    Sincerely yours,

    May 21, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  22. Rob in ohio

    I can't wait til Obama loses in the fall. What a joke

    May 21, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  23. DannyCali

    But he still going to win in general election, you know why? because in general election majority of White people going to vote for McCain and the
    big problem is Republican not going to let Obama sit in the White House
    their going to try every thing their can to take him out of his hope. Fair game I think every body in this country should stand on the line when you
    want to do some thing so, Obama came after he should wait for his term
    Hillary came first let she be President first NO CHEATING PLEASE DNC.

    May 21, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  24. Clinton/McCain

    How is the momentum on Obama's side? Hillary is now beating him in the popular vote even when you consider the caucus estimates! Puerto Rico will go heavily for Clinton and will increase her popular vote even farther! Have we ever elected a democratic nominee who did not have the popular vote?

    May 21, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  25. venus

    You Americans are funny. Obama was are a bitter bunch of people, the Billary supporters, I mean. Go and vote Mc Cain and continue counting your dead soldiers.....

    May 21, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
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