May 27th, 2008
12:50 PM ET
13 years ago

Obama about to clinch victory, aide says

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Obama aide David Axelrod is predicting Obama will soon clinch the nomination."](CNN) - Barack Obama will formally capture the Democratic presidential nomination soon after next week's final primaries, the Illinois senator's top campaign aide is predicting.

In an interview with the New York Daily News, Obama campaign adviser David Axelrod said that after the June 3 primaries in South Dakota and Montana, Obama will "be at the number we need to claim the nomination."

"We're very close now," Axelrod said. "When the primaries end, I think, we'll be where we need to be. ... We'll be at the number we need to claim the nomination."

According to CNN's latest estimate, Obama is now 52 delegates short of clinching the Democratic nomination while Clinton is 246 delegates short of the magic number. There are 86 pledged delegates up for grabs in the remaining three contests. Just over 200 superdelegates also have not publicly declared who they are supporting.

Obama is unlikely to clinch the nomination with pledged delegates alone, but his campaign has said it expects enough superdelegates will declare their support of the Illinois senator soon after the final two primaries.

Axelrod's comments come two days after Bill Clinton suggested some are trying to “push and pressure and bully” superdelegates to make up their minds prematurely.

The former president also suggested Sunday that if the New York senator ended the primary season with an edge in the popular vote, it would be a significant development.

"If you vote for her and she does well in Montana and she does well in Puerto Rico, when this is over she will be ahead in the popular vote,” said Clinton.

soundoff (431 Responses)
  1. Truth Be Told

    it's really sad to see blogs from the hillary camp and supporters turning the table around to obama. obama runs a gracious campaign with nary a negative missive towards hillary. it was hillary who started all the negativities. it was her who proclaimed, after she lost iowa and barely won new hampshire, that the "fun begins" and will "throw everything including the kitchen sink" to obama. her words exactly. now that she's losing, her supporters cannot seem to accept the fact that she's run an inept campaign! hillary had over a $100 million in her coffers for the primaries. her campaign blew over $50million in iowa, from ads to parties (for the celebration after "winning" the state). well, they didn't win the state and all those food and trinkets were left practically untouched. it was hillary to spent over a million dollars to send chelsea to hawaii to campaign there and hillary lost by a lot; it was hillary who sent bill to every state, every towns, to campaign. of course, with his entourage (he will not travel alone); and this entails millions. it was hillary who conjured issues after issues to knock obama down. well, obama's still standing up and is now for all intents and purposes, the nominee.

    hillary's supporters are now threatening to become independent and vote for mccain and not obama. if they are true democrats and if they really want real change and still think they way they're thinking, then so be it. they're not real democrats after all. they're only in this to roil the already muddied water created by hillary. what a shame.

    May 27, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  2. Reason

    MI and FL should be seated, but since both candidates agreed with the DNC decision that they should be punished for moving up their primaries then the ruling committee should make the only legitimate, unbiased choice that does not involve re-running both of their primaries ... split their delegate count right down the middle, a 50/50 vote split, no winner or loser. Since a rerun is the only way to accurately gauge the actual will of the people (especially considering that one of the candidates names had been removed from the ballot in one of the states), the only other legitimate choice is to nullify the results.

    May 27, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  3. Bobbi

    Not so fast! Hillary is still in to win. Go, Hillary, go!

    May 27, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |




    May 27, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  5. jpat

    while i commend hiliary for staying in the race, showing she is not a quitter, its now Obama's time to shine. He is the democratic nominee.

    Obama '08

    May 27, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  6. Obama Supporter

    Obama has been a gentleman throughout this whole campaign, and Hillary has whined and cried the entire time about something. It's time for her to give it up and do what's best for the party. Even if the votes from MI and FL are counted. She will still not be a "clear" winner.

    Obama 08

    May 27, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  7. Mary

    With those superdelegates who have publically announced that they WILL endorse the winner of the most delegates and thus not overturn the majority of pledged delegates representing the popular vote states and caucus-vote states .plus even less than 50% of the remaining delegates to be selected, Obama will have the nomination. If the Michigan and Florida delegates, selected in primaries in violation of DNC rules (which Clinton agreed NOT to recognize back when she was playing by the rules), are indeed seated ...Obama will still be ahead in delegates. No way will the majority be overthrown. Obama will be the nominee.

    May 27, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  8. great

    That is good news for all of you that wanted Obama to the the candidate... You got it... it's to bad to say that's it. Another looser to the list. For all of you dreamers I hope for all of our sakes your hero here can win with just part of the electorate and some but not all the states good luck. Barrack is going to need it. I hope he is wise and pick Hillary as the running mate or he does not have a prair.

    May 27, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  9. ralph

    I can not believe the Clinton campaign. Hillary was beaten fair and square. Barack did nothing to damage her image or insult her supporters. The supporters of her campaign seem to be spoiled losers. What it is that they're not understanding is beyond me. She has made some HORRIFIC campaign decisions and remarks, as did her husband. Both are still damaging the party by not accepting the facts. I LOVED Bill and Hillary. They both did a lot for their causes. They are, however, horrible losers. The nomination is virtually locked up, and the party needs their support, along with her well-intentioned followers. The republicans should not be given an advantage because of spoiled apples.

    The remarks that Geraldine Ferraro made seems to be typical of, not most, but a lot of Hillary supporters. Does anyone really believe that the Democrats should fall because a bad campaign run by two of the brightest participants in our politics? Think twice before you regret it.

    May 27, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  10. Berat, Park Ridge, IL

    Anyone who voted for Hillary Clinton should have no problem lining up behind Barack Obama. Those who claim to think he's a misogynist are liars, because there's no reason to believe that about Obama and not about Bill Clinton, who has done far more misogynistic things. Those who claim that they'd vote only for Hillary or John McCain shouldn't be voting for Hillary, anyways, since no one who agrees with Hillary's stances could possibly find them compatible with McCain's. Finally, those who seem to believe that Barack Obama is simply a flash in the pan have no reason not to vote for Obama because it is in their best interests - better to have a flash in the pan than no spark at all.

    John McCain may not be offering precisely four more years of George W. Bush, but he's awfully close. Even if you're not sure what Obama offers, wouldn't you rather at least SOMEbody with new ideas?

    May 27, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  11. Marjon

    FYI, Obama needs only 49 more delegates to reach the magic number! The supers are flying in!!!!!!!!!!!!



    May 27, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  12. John Karsten, Virginia Beach, VA

    This is great, don't you think!! I sure do. We are very close Obama Nation, so do not give up hope! FL and MI will be seated but it will NOT change the outcome hillbots; sorry. My question is what are you going to do when FL and MI get seated and they do not change the results. Are you going to run to Mcbush because your horse did not win? Even so, Obama Nation will win NOW and we will WIN in the general!!!

    May 27, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  13. Marie-Lynn

    The Bill campain in 1992 was over in april 1992 and not june. An other misspoken from Hillary.. Anything she say anything...

    May 27, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  14. obama - supporter - arkansas


    is threats all you have. sounds just like hillary.
    listen to you hillary supporters. you are not for the dem party, you are for the woman.
    grow up this is not a beauty contest. it is for the most important office in the world and is a serious matter not a soap opera

    May 27, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  15. prakash chand

    NO you cant do that,48 states cant give you nomination,you are sealing the nomination.


    May 27, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  16. Brian in Georgia

    Obama has earned the nomination, despite what Hillary supporters will say. Most of her support are bitter women anyways...much like their candidate. Call it sexist, I don't's the truth. There will be a female president one day, but Hillary Clinton is THE WORST possible candidate for that. She is bitter, vile, fake, and is the one who is truly bringing Karl Rove tactics into the race. She appeals to women and the ignorant who latch on to what they feel is a "safe bet" because her last name is Clinton. Good riddence to her, she is exactly what the Democratic party doesn't need.

    May 27, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  17. Al C.

    For everyone who is against Obama, you guys DO realize that he will most likely have her in his cabinet?? It's not like he's going to ignore her, he will use her in whatever position he thinks she will do the most good.
    You also need to look at how the campaigns were run, she has long said she was ready from day one, clearly she wasn't. Obama was and is always one or two steps ahead of everything that is going on. If Hillary ran the country the way she ran her campaign we'd all be in trouble. Obama is a smart guy, he knows that he alone can not do this. If he doesn't give her the VP spot, he will give her some other high ranking position, no doubt about it.

    May 27, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  18. Dee

    HRC supporters really show their low level of education. The nomination is sealed with delegates-not popular vote. Yes, superdelegates make up the difference BUT none of them have given those supporters any cause to believe they will support HRC. In fact, they have come out publicly and said they will follow the candidate leading in delegates and they have aligned behind Obama in droves. HRC is feeding them a delusional world and they are so dumb they buy into it. She is only staying in the race to pay that debt off. Obama is the nominee!!!

    May 27, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  19. A New Mexican

    And one last thing, there is no CNN conspiracy to silence certain voices. If you don't get posted, try again because I highly doubt CNN really cares which candidate wins as long as they get high ratings.

    May 27, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  20. Mar

    Don't bother being nice to the Hillary supporters. All you nasty people have already done the damage. We will never support Nobama. We will write in Hillary and that clown of yours will go down in history as one of the biggest losers. I bet he only wins a couple of states and that will be from black vote only. Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha....

    May 27, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  21. bettyc, Havre de Grace, MD

    It will be such a relief when the Clintons finally accept the fact that they are in second place. Bill Clinton seems to think they deserve whatever they want. The amorality of the Clinton tag team is such that there is no merit in their argumentt. How can they claim as theirs a prize that is out of their reach. I am one of those female senior citizen Democrats who do not support the machinations of a very ruthless couple who will do and say anything to help themselves get more power and money. This country deserves more honesty from the people it elects. We need to furrlough all of the Wolfsons, Penns and Ickes. They seem to like being around crooks, thugs and dictators. How about not allowing all of them, and all of the lobbyists no access to any property that is government owned. I find it totally sickening that they roam around the White House and the Capitol with no control, while I am no longer allowed the access citizens had before the corruption of our government. This 'grand experiment' needs some cleaning up and we need lots of Obamas in a row, and a big turnover in Congress for us to return to a government of, by and for the people.

    May 27, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  22. larry

    No more Hillary & or Billaray, Thank God, We couldn't take much more of those two crooks showing their ugly faces. But what about the loosers that backed them, poor unfortunate souls, who will they support now, of cousre ,the next looser in line Obama, and the moronafobia keeps on keepin on.

    May 27, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  23. Rob

    The rules of the game say you have to win the most delegates–not anything else Bill and Hillary.

    Obama will be a great president.

    Here in NY we need to recall our junior senator.

    May 27, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  24. Third Party please

    Neither of the two major parties stand for anything but their own power.
    Look for a party that would truly represent you and vote for them.
    Only our own ignorance and fear holds us back from truly changing the United States for the better.

    May 27, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  25. Dave W.

    With the new strategy that Hillary and Bill have chosen, this primary has to end soon. It amazes me that these two can continually change the outcome needed to win the primaries. Most delegates, then more popular votes, then more swing states, then more big states, then more popular votes excluding caucusses. They agree to a set of rules at the beginning of the primaries and then try to change them, like Michigan and Florida would not count and now she says that they should and that the winner would be the candidate with the most delegates. It is also funny that they are trashing the system that allowed her husband to win the candidacy for the democrats 16 years ago.
    I have read here too many times comments like "how can you say that about the Clintons after all they have done for the democratic party'. The Clintons did not do it for free, they have gotten alot more out of it then they have put in. Her supporters arrogant ttitudes that she should have been crowned just because she is a woman or because she is a former first lady are a joke. Clinton started this process with an almost insurmountable lead, and then ran one of the worst campaigns ever to get where she is now.
    How can people who support Hillary crucify Obama for Rev Wright or comments that his wife made with all of the scandals the Clintons have been and are still involved in? Bill Clinton talks about the lack of respect Hillary has received from the press, but what about the lack of respect he showed her 10 years ago. Clinton suppoters say that Bill and Monica is off limits because it was a private matter, fine. But lets look at his actions after that. He talks about honesty and a cover up to defeat Hillary, but how many times did he lie and try to cover it up to the American people. This is honesty? A president who was almost impeached and was eventually censured because he could not keep it in his pants should not be lecturing anyone about honesty, integrity or a cover up.

    May 27, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
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