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.

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  1. TESAP

    Okay, now let's begin to bring the party together, WE have alot of work to do...................................

    "CHANGE is coming"...........................................

    May 21, 2008 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  2. jenkins

    For someone that's supposed to be so strong this late in the process he seems to be getting beat worse and worse as time goes by. I'm beginning to think that Hillary would be a stronger candidate than Obama - even though she's not my favorite person overall.

    May 21, 2008 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  3. Olivia

    There are many factors that go into choosing a nominee.
    Count Michigan and Florida. Why did Obama block the revote of these two important states. The money was raised for it.
    As I've said before......Hillary is not talking to empty seats.....her support is still very strong. Obama is now saying he recognizes her as a champion for women in this counttry. I say "this country" for a reason because many other countries have chosen women as their leaders without making a big deal of it. Stinks of sexism.

    Another point.....if the democratic machine had decided to back BOTH candidates, helped with her fund-raising also, not UNDERMINE her campaign by calling on her to drop out of the race AT A VERY EARLY STAGE.....just acted fair and square....the results would be different today. Even so, look how well she has done!


    May 21, 2008 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  4. Generation X

    SHARON MN- Aren't you getting excited?

    May 21, 2008 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  5. Andrew

    I think the Democrats are going to screw this whole thing up and McCain is going to win the election. I don't understand how supporters of Hillary would rather see another 4 years of Republican Leadership over a real change in government. I understand that this fight has been pretty bitter, but please, we all need to come together and support one candidate this November and right now that looks like Obama.

    I would just like to say again... How can the democrats screw this up and have the Republicans win after 8 years of Bush.

    (Also, Michigan and Florida should not count. One of the problems in this country is we don't hold people accountable for their actions... Seating the delegates at the convention would be a big mistake and what would prevent this situation from happening again?)

    May 21, 2008 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  6. carolyn

    Things are falling line just as there suppose too. Here comes McCain you guys happy now.

    May 21, 2008 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  7. Lets count Michigan

    even though Obama and John Edwards name wasnt even on the ballot, yet Hillary only managed to get 56% of the vote....

    May 21, 2008 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  8. JB

    Hey Clinton Supporters:

    All of you simpletons who claim they will not vote for Obama and will "either stay home or vote for McCain".

    You are a bunch of cry babies. THIS IS NOT A POPULARITY CONTEST. When you say those things, it just proves you think it is a popularity contest. This is not a sporting event, where you root for the team that knocked your team out.

    This is about finding a candidate that holds similiar beliefs and stances on issues.

    Grow up!!! If you were for Clinton, then you obviously would be for Obama. Clinton and Obama have VERY similiar views on the big issues.

    If you vote for McCain, that doesn't just penalize the Obama supporters, but hurts you as well. McCain would be OUR president. He would be replacing our Supreme Court with more Conservative judges. When he takes away a womans right to choose, don't blame Obama.

    And if Obama loses in the general election, don't say "I told you so". It is your chidish actions that caused it. Obama can win and should win, if you clear your head and stop whining!!!!!

    May 21, 2008 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  9. Why Obama never went to Kentucky

    Analogy: Isn't the reason obvious? I never heard one reporter say this but could it be possible that Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton already have an agreement to be on the same ticket? Even Bill Clinton has lightened up the past 2 weeks.

    Obama stays out of Hillary's way as she garners support in WV and Kentucky knowing that they already have a deal in place. She helps bring Appalachia and Arkansas and Obama brings in his swing states. THOUGHTS?

    May 21, 2008 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  10. udjo, Eseroghene Franklin

    Yeah you are fired up to go and take the most tasking job in the world. You have shown that the content of your character and good judgement makes you outstanding than your rivals to address the problems facing America and the rest of the world. God bless OBama. God Bless America. God bless the world.

    May 21, 2008 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  11. Michelle from Colorado

    Fuzzy math? Please, My Dear Aunt Sally. Clinton proved her point last night. It is DNC fuzzy math, and I am about to go Independent. She earned nearly 150,000 more votes last night overall than Obamanation. But, of course, that is "meaningless". Pledged delegates is just the DNC's way of telling the populace that their individual votes don't count. This is not a new concept. It is just blatantly more obvious in this Democratic race than in years past.
    It is not that I won't vote for Obama just to prove a point. It is that I never liked him, and I never will. He cannot seal the deal. And he is not the popular candidate.

    May 21, 2008 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  12. OBAMA 4 President

    I blame the superdelegates for all this drama.

    We'll be sure to remember their slow-to-act action come time for their reelection.

    Barack should have won by now, what are they waiting for? With each election HRC's theories for winning get wilder and wilder, her supporters get more militant. How on earth are they going to reconcile educated people with racists?

    May 21, 2008 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  13. Tony, Miami

    Are we there yet? Are we there yet? Are we there yet ? YES YES YES

    May 21, 2008 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  14. csquan


    May 21, 2008 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  15. Petra

    I was actually disappointed with Clinton's show in KY. She should have scored 70% and upwards. In a red neck state that Obama gets 30% is surprising! It is all about spin. Why didn't HRC do better. She needs 70%+ in all remaining contests so why is this a rout??

    May 21, 2008 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  16. obamakat

    Barack -udaaah!!!

    May 21, 2008 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  17. John B. From New Hampshire

    you know what boggles my mind, 1 of 5 voters in both WV and KY said Race played a part in their vote, and these are just the people who would admit this to a complete stranger! That's not my point yet… Earlier this week, Clinton made a comment that sexism has played a negative role in the campaign, crying foul(only thing i have heard is the iron my shirt thing)! She went on to say that race played NO part!!! The numbers do not lie Hillary! Nice try though! I agree with the pundits on CNN, she should rise above this, saying in effect, if you're going to vote for me because i'm white, then frankly i don't want your vote, vote for me based upon my cradentials… nothing more or less. but hey, that's just my two cents.

    OBAMA '08

    May 21, 2008 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  18. Obama 08: Femle, 60, white

    Latest Reuters/Zogby Poll puts Obama 26% higher than Clinton; 8% higher than McCain with Clinton and McCain tied. Obama has a 12% advantage over Clinton in Real Clear Politics averages!!

    May 21, 2008 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  19. marianna

    So, Obama leads in pledged delegates by 150. This looks like it would be what Florida and Michigan score could produce for Clinton, if not for the screwup with not counting these states.

    Clinton/Obama 08 has a very good chance to win by landslide in the fall, with Obama having a VP spot for some 4-8 years of on job training

    Obama/Clinton won't happen this time, or they will lose, as he is not qualified yet for the top spot, while she is.

    May 21, 2008 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  20. Alan Boyer

    Hillary obviously has issues reaching a certain block of the democrats. Why all the fuss about who Obama's not reaching? She's behind for a reason...

    May 21, 2008 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  21. Hillary 2012

    According to the Obama supporters, I guess the 42% of people in Oregon who voted Hillary are racists too!


    May 21, 2008 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  22. Lanna Neal

    I am confused about Senator Obama's comment people "going after his wife"? I thought we have the freedon to express ourselves in America? If Senator Obama speaks in a tone that almost sounded threatening, why is his wife willing to be part of his bid for becoming president? I really don't understand his attitude, and found it just a bit alarming when he spoke his feelings regarding "going after" his family. Ms. Obama is free to share her belief and support for her husband, however there is something less than professional for him to speak to the press in a tone that sounded as if the public shouldn't be allowed to have their own ideas about her speeches?
    Personally, I don'r feel I would be comfortable with someone being our president, who feels he should be defensive about free speech?

    May 21, 2008 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  23. Yes we can!

    I believe many people made up in their minds in 1957 that they would never vote for a "barak obama"'s o.k. though, because "you" do not speak for america overall....a few states showing their true colors do not speak for me either and i was a mike huckabee supporter....obama won me's sad that it has come to's not about the hardworking white blue collar has become about race that hillary is exploiting in a subtle way......Oregon is about 95% white, so he can win the vote,,,it's just that pocket of 1957 population that refuse to embrace change for a brighter future.....and anyone who switches to mccain for these issues, don't care about hillary and her message either because she and barak is on the same why would you vote mccain....that's selfish and idiotic.

    May 21, 2008 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  24. Decarla

    22% in WV and 21 % in KY voted by race which 90 % preferred HC. mmm? interesting!
    That means 19-20% of voters, if deducted from the 40-35 % of win margin would make a really reflected issue win of 22-15 percent by any issue standard.
    Let's face the reality, Obama did well in these states. He took the High road. no one gives him credit.
    Hillary Clinton is taking advantage of two generally atypical states and calling them the voice of America.

    May 21, 2008 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  25. Never Obama

    Still won't vote for him.

    The move is on...

    Hillary supporters will not support Obama in November IF he is the nominee. There are websites and emails that have started circulating for this.

    Experience is needed at this time in the world. It's either Hillary or McCain. Sorry Obots. Don't take it personal. It is what it is.

    This is America. We can vote for who we want and we want EXPERIENCE!

    May 21, 2008 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
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