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. oil rules

    I'm sure terrorists around the world are smiling with glee.

    Obama/Hamas 08

    May 21, 2008 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  2. Mirta

    Oh, I forgot to mention, everyone who dislikes Obama thinks he is arrogant and full of himself. They aren't big on MicHELLe either!

    May 21, 2008 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  3. uma

    he.s alredy there

    May 21, 2008 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  4. Koronin

    Now we see Hillary will not be the Nominee, further and further behind, unable to catch up and unable to PUT HIM AWAY. She's no underdog, no 'comeback kid' type of candidate, just another elitist who poured her own money into the campaign and has failed. 31 million + in debt in just a couple of months.

    May 21, 2008 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  5. lol

    obama doesn't have the number of delegates, and neither does hillary. it doesn't matter that he has more than her, now it is who is more electable. hillary is the stronger candidate, who can beat mccain. it the superdelegates give the nomination to obama, mccain will be president, and it will be 4 more years of the republicans!

    May 21, 2008 10:11 am at 10:11 am |

    it is a great time to be an american
    yes he can

    god bless our troops,the usa and ted kennedy

    May 21, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  7. Mark M Kansas City

    I am so gald this is almost over. I have heard every scare tactic, manipulation of numbers, moving of goal posts (thanks for truly defining this Hillary), you name we have seen it, and finally it is about to be put to a rest.

    There are a number of people who will be proven foolish by the rhetoric created by the Clinton campaign, and will Bush's ability to get elected to a second term still scares me for this election, I still have faith in the American people to make the right choice. Based on that, Obama is going to obliterate McCain in the General Election.

    I have hope again!

    May 21, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  8. joyce in arkansas

    for the first time in a long time i am very proud to be an american
    we are going down the trail to a better place in history

    May 21, 2008 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  9. bill

    This is like the NFL, most of the time the AFC or NFC championship game is better than the Super Bowl.

    May 21, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  10. rose, texas

    i really don't understand why people can't see that hillary is the stronger candidate , because of that we r going 2 have 4 more yrs. of bush. they think that this party is going to come together , they r wrong. i do not see obama winning in nov. sorry but i don't. if he can't win the states that he needs now , what makes anyone think that he will win in nov. please look @ the big picture. hillary i will write u'r name in, no, 4 obama

    May 21, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  11. Moses, Ca.

    Let's keep going to the finish line.

    May 21, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  12. stayingathomewoman

    I will never vote for you, not now, not ever. Im not voting at all. Im one woman staying home. You and your campaign threw Hillary under the bus, ridiculed,smeared, and called her every name in the book.Listen t o your followers! All the hate everyone sprewed at Clinton will have cnsequences!!!!!!

    May 21, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  13. Moses, Ca.

    let's keep going to the finish line...

    May 21, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  14. President Obama

    Is Eight Bells still trying to run? Look, there are the superdells coming to put her out of our misery.

    May 21, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  15. gabriel Dasemat

    I think that Sen.Obama is in the best position to get the nominee because he gets more delegates , more pledge and more super.I believe that the same rules will put him in the fact!

    gabriel Miami , fl

    May 21, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  16. Dennis

    I suspect the nomination will be decided shortly after June 3. Super delegates are likely to continue coming out for either Senator Obama or Senator Clinton at a faster pace now that almost every state has had its say. The only wrench I can see getting thrown into this is if something unexpected happens on May 31 when the credentialing committee meets to discuss Michigan and Florida. However, it doesn't appear that any conceivable allocation of delegates from that meeting can change the result. I think the days of Democratic in fightin are about to end. Thank goodness for that.

    May 21, 2008 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  17. DAN

    60% of people in Oreagon who voted for Sen Clinton said that they will never vote for Obama and in Kentucky it was 80%. Obama had a chance to prove he was a fair and honest politician when he was offered a revote in MI and FL . He could of campaigned there but he decided to try and steal the primaries and disenfranchise millions of people. So much for the candidate of hope. I guess Edwards endorsement didn't help him much.

    May 21, 2008 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  18. Vivienne

    Yes he can. She needs to quit after the last primary. Geeesh!

    May 21, 2008 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  19. Marty

    Go Hillary! Bye Bye Bama

    May 21, 2008 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  20. C.C.

    Just who is Barack Obama? Do we really know? Change comes in many faces, colors and attitudes. I am looking for stability of this country, not some Armani suit wearing liberal with a huge attitude...He called this race weeks ago and he was the "winner". I say, let the American people speak....

    May 21, 2008 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  21. sophia nyc

    Yes we will!

    May 21, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  22. Venus

    What a story!!! History in the making!

    What a milestone considering he is a rookie!

    Way to go Obama!

    This is looking more and more like the Kentucky Debry!

    Go Big Brown!


    You know it's sad when you win but manage to lose Hillary! I don't feel sorry for her and can't wait to see her face on June 3 after the last primary!

    Instead of using her time in the last rounds she should be going after Mc Cain and not the media! I thought she said she was tough and a fighter? Where's Rocky? Even Bill Clinton has started to trash the media -ha,ha,ha........... hey Bill – if you don't want the player to get hit – don't put the pads on!!!

    May 21, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  23. Elle

    How is " Momentum on his side" BO has won a total of 2 contests in the last 8 weeks and thus on a big loosing streak.
    This does not speak of confindence nor voters acceptance at all.
    The weak note of these final weeks of the primaries only resounds the fact that BO is not electable in the fall .

    May 21, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  24. kate

    Obama can't win the general but keep pushing him Dems.
    your used to losing anyway

    Hillary or McCain 08!

    May 21, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  25. barbara garcia

    I'm a Clinton fan and possibly will not vote in the presidential election if it is between Obama and McCain. If I do end up voting it will be for McCain, not Obama due to Obama's lack of experience. I think you should do a survey to find out which Clinton supporters would either not vote at all or vote for McCain in the presidential election. I have a feeling there are a lot of people who feel the way I do.

    May 21, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
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