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. susie

    With 75,000 people at Obama's rally you would think he would have won Oregon with more than 14%.

    May 21, 2008 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  2. Chris in VA

    140,000 – 150,000 more voters last night chose Hillary than chose Obama. So now, about 175,000 more Democrats have voted for Hillary than Barfy.

    Despite Hillary's big lead, the Good Old Boy professional superdelegates might do the "politically correct" thing and award the nomination to the "Polictically Correct" Guy who trails badly among Democratic voters.

    May 21, 2008 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  3. Doug

    Good news, since I'm an Obama supporter.
    But at this point, we should let the remainder of the primaries happen and then declare the winner.

    May 21, 2008 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  4. enigma

    The Obama camp would like to thank everyone for voting and thank Hilliary for being a good canidate.

    But the time has come we are witnessing the rise of Barack Obama our new president of the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.

    May 21, 2008 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  5. H-ROD

    For all those Clinton sore losers who want to vote for Mccain because HIllary lost go BRAVE ONE THE REAL MCCAIN.COM AND SEE WHAT YOU'LL GET (yes Obama can)!!!!!!

    May 21, 2008 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  6. Jeanne

    Don't forget, that Obama also scored a win last night in Oregon, a state with a predominantly white majority. As the presumptive nominee heads toward the general, I hope that the Democrats will come together behind him. Otherwise, it's 4 more years of failed policies and I don't think America can afford that.

    May 21, 2008 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  7. mmartin arkansaw

    i've placed comments over and over and you never take them out of moderation.there's nothing wrong with what i'm saying,and yet you never post my comments,except on cafferty,so ,i'll go blog elsewhere.all 3 comments for this article are mine,so ,i know your not overwhelmed with them.i'm going to the huffington post,from now on.

    May 21, 2008 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  8. David in NY NY

    Its been one heck of a campaign trail, and made for some great entertainment, but congratulations to Sen. Obama for his victory and inevitable nomination. We're with you all the way President Obama!

    OBAMA 08-12

    May 21, 2008 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  9. People are you listening

    As I watch this race I am very concerned for both candidates. Obama won't will because of bitter woman who hate him for running because they felt it was their turn. However don't let the polls fool you. Obama supporter are feeling generous because they are ahead but if the delegates turn and give this nomination to Hillary. Also Hillary is making the mistake many black candidates made before Obama. She is running as the woman white candidate instead of a candidate for all. If she ran as the candidate for all and 90 percent of white woman voted for her that cannot be laid at her feet. When you pander to woman openly it is feminist. Obama has learned from previous black candidates. Blacks are turned away from black only candidates but one who is accepted by all is monumental.

    May 21, 2008 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  10. Vivienne

    Time to start the General!!!

    May 21, 2008 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  11. Greg Pottstown, Pa.

    Dose he remind anyone else of a rock star. No disrespect meant! He just reminds me of a rock star.No one specific. I can just see him on stage saying I LOVE YOU IOWA GOOD NIGHT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 21, 2008 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  12. Proud West Virginian

    Yes, I'm sure he will win...especially with all the MEDIA Bias helping him along. Everytime Hillary Wins...the Media dimishes it anyway they can.

    May 21, 2008 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  13. Janet, Toronto

    As an American Citizen in Canada, 60+White female, I find the low road that Senator Clinton is taking, not only disgraces the Female Sector, but damages all the fights that we had/have to take to achieve respect.
    In as not stepping up to the bar and claiming victory, not for herself, but the Party. She claims that she is achieving history. Well, as a Single Parent Senior White Female, who raised my family in dignity and honesty, Senator Clinton, in my/other females I spoke to, she has taken us back some years, in the fact that those "B" words are resurfacing as what women will do and use (Female Negative Media???) In out of desperation and crying female!
    We fought long and hard to reach a point that one should be hired on Truth, Dignity and Honesty! Well, Senator Clinton just flushed that right down the lavatory!

    May 21, 2008 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  14. No More Bushies

    Our system of government has produced a process- that process has chosen a candidate to represent the Democratic party. It's time to rally against failed policies of the past eight years and rally for the person who we- through the compromises of our American system of government- have chosen.

    Morn the loss of your favored candidates- then celebrate the opportunity to put a Democrat in office in November. Anything less is a disservice to the ideals of the party and those who have sacrificed for its success.

    May 21, 2008 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  15. Rave

    Congratulations Mr. Obama. You have done it and proved it in everyway possible.
    I request you to not pay off the debts that Hillary made.. that is where corruption starts again.

    May 21, 2008 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  16. Glenn Norton

    Hillary won't quit until she has enough money to pay herself back. That ladies and gentlemen is the bottom line!
    She has played every card in the deck and is still losing. Maybe the American people want CHANGE !

    May 21, 2008 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  17. Gracioos

    I will not be voting for BARACK this fall.... He is not the man to lead to this country at this time.... Heck he did not want to be president until JAN 2007 and he was push/ask by OPRAH???? >>> i know that a person who would really want to lead this country and unite the people should take more time to consider what is needed than what OBAMA did... also if he can sit in a church for 20 years and not realize what is going on around him he definitely can lead this country – he wont pay attention... (he has an attention deficit)...this to me show that he will not be paying attention as to what is needed to make every AMErican successful.I want a president that really wants to be president and that will pay attention to what is going on around him/her and truly unite this country. He should not be the nominee just because he can read and write. Period.

    May 21, 2008 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  18. pb

    go obama

    May 21, 2008 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  19. John Portelli

    None of this changes my intention to vote for McCain if Hillary doesn't
    make it...unless she's on the ticket.

    John P. Albany, NY

    May 21, 2008 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  20. shirley

    Hilllary is making this election into a farce and the Super delegates know this. Senator Obama has won fairly and has the majority, it is time for her to step down now. Hillary has spent 6 months telling the folks in Florida and Michigan it is Obama's fault their votes weren't counted and though it is a lie, many people believe it because they have heard it from her so often. Of course Hillary will pay for a revote, she has spent months lying about those States votes don't count and now is hoping to cash in. If the Super delegates allow Hillary to steal the nomination there will be a huge backlash and the Democrats will lose in November.

    May 21, 2008 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  21. Mary

    I would like to see a CNN story on how much Obama has spent to "buy" superdelegates compared to how much Hillary has spent on them. I bet it's a lot!

    Obama will be the best candidate money can buy if the voters really want a candidate who buys his way into office.

    May 21, 2008 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  22. Jesse - San Antonio TX

    I wonder how Proud Michelle is to be an American right now?

    America Just handed another 4 years to the Republicans.

    Now the Obama's are going to go up against the real Karl Rove.

    Buh-bye Barak.

    May 21, 2008 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  23. The Lady

    Obama Obama Obama

    May 21, 2008 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  24. Michele Z. Smith, Orlando Florida

    As a Democrat I was disappointed when the primary dates were changed knowing that my vote would not count towards the primaries. But rules are rules. I think Florida should not count or be seated in the primaries simply because Obama was not on the ballot. I personally did not vote knowing that both candidates were not on the ballot and my vote would not count. If they allow Florida to be seated that would be a real injustice to Democrats, for it does not accurately represent the Democratic vote of Florida. If Obama was on the ballot then I would think that Clinton would have a point.

    May 21, 2008 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  25. Dave from VA

    It is time to put the party together it is over. Why are Clinton supporters so upset. The people have spoken and the both parties should go by the rules. With that said "It is Over"

    May 21, 2008 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
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