May 27th, 2008
12:50 PM ET
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Obama about to clinch victory, aide says

Obama aide David Axelrod is predicting Obama will soon clinch the nomination.

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. Frustrated Fem

    Deb, don't be a sore loser... Sen Obama is way more viable than Sen Clinton as a candidate. Please, let's stop playing the victim card and unite.

    Obama + democrats 08

    May 27, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  2. Ed, Santa Fe NM

    SHUT HILLARY UP.... god what a whiny miserable person she is... I will NEVER EVER vote for this old hag. Can you imagine listening to her and Bill whining and complaining about everything for 4 years?

    Funny how NOTHING is her fault, huh? Sounds far too much like Bush

    May 27, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  3. GuyOhio

    well as long as the Democrats take office, it doesn't matter,

    THE UNITED STATES of AMERICA can not afford another term of the republicans, an un-just war, an economy headed for disaster and gas prices approaching $5.00 a gallon,

    We need to be united!!! if you want change if not, then no-ome has any room to be disgruntled, when our dollar is worth less, and we are fighting another war with no end in sight, because McBush wants to take on Iran next, so he can "flex" his millitary muscle!!


    May 27, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  4. Rick in Florida

    Hillary supporters never cease to amuse me, or amaze me with their ignorance of the facts. PUERTO RICO is a Commonwealth, and they govern their own internal affairs with an elected Governor. They don't pay US taxes, they don't get most federal funds that go to States, and THEY DON'T GET TO VOTE IN THE GENERAL ELECTION.

    Why they are even involved in the nomination process is beyond me.

    May 27, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  5. John from LA

    Why the rush???-Let's all go to the convention-this is a Democracy-remember half of all Dems want HRC-Some of these young kids have never seen a convention-quite boring if he thinks he should be the nom.

    He'll never beat McCain...anyway-Obamabots-you've trashed HRC too many times to help supporters hop the fence and "Come on Board" as you all say-you're immature and negative posting have helped to make up my mind-never will I vote for a novice!

    May 27, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  6. Lars Larson

    There will be so much that comes out about the weaknesses of John McCain that it won' t be a contest. His prisoner of war badge will only carry him so far – there is a reason why he lost in 2000 to George W.; those items will all surface again. McCain is too unstable to withstand the scrutiny that will come with a general election.

    Wait and see...

    May 27, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  7. MartaK-Florida

    # Jennifer in NY

    Hom, are you aware that Rove has been advising HILLARY??? So just WHO is using Rove's playbook, eh?
    And if her campaign wasn't the very epitome of nastiness and divisiveness, then this is not 2008 and we are not living in America but some altered universe somewhere.

    May 27, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  8. Meg

    Not so obama.........wait until all votes are counted
    if you do win the nomination ,and even if you put Mrs Clinton as vicepresident ..
    Me and my family will vote for the first time republican and our 28 votes will go for McCain .............

    May 27, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  9. Kelly

    All you Obamabot kool-aide drinkers will see this grand country of ours go to heck in a handbasket if for some insane reason he gets elected. If he does claim the nomination McCain will likely become president. There are a lot of Hillary supporters that see through Obamas BS and would never vote for him.

    Hillary '08 '12

    May 27, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  10. demwit

    Geeee.., I wonder what Clinton's aides say about that!!??

    May 27, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  11. Maureen

    Message to Deb who wrote that Hillary would be the person for the Democrats – are you on cheap drugs? this thing is over, regardless of what tired old cheating Bill says or what the delusional Hillary clings to.

    May 27, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  12. Josh

    additional thought: Obama supporters always seem to stoop to the name calling and personal slander on the Clintons. They all go crazy if one negative thing is said about their candidate, and heaven forbid you even mention his spouse. Oh but Bill is always fair game. This elitist attutude of Obama, his campaign, and truly his follwers is what makes it so difficult for me to throw my support behind him even if he is the nominee. I truly think we're shooting ourselves in the foot again as a party: nominating yet another candidate that is so unelectable in the states we need, that we will lose yet another general election that seems unlosable. It seems we're the only party that could lose a one man race.

    May 27, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  13. Herb

    We are finally going to get rid of the Bush-Clinton-Bush-Clinton dynasty. They have had their time in the sun now it is the American people that will be in the sunlight, finally.

    May 27, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  14. Deb of RI

    Ewwwww do we HAVE to look at David Axelrod, CNN?? Yucko! His looks do match his horrible personality though.

    May 27, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |

    MR. AMERICA is AMAZED at you pathetic Hillary supporters.



    May 27, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  16. JJ in NY

    Dear Fred:

    As a native New Yorker, I switched from a registered Independent to a Registered Democrat....... just so I could vote for Obama .

    ANYBODY BUT HILLARY !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 27, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  17. Mack

    Clinton supporters really are idiots.

    May 27, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |


    May 27, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  19. ANGIE

    okay lets go finally an end to all this madness so come onhillary supporters lets go jump on the obama express to the white house and lets get together unite support obama and keep mcsame out of the white house before any more damage is done to us or our country come on folks i know you can do it you dont really want mccain deep down you know it now lets go here is our chance to defeat and win you all know hillary will end up supporting obama come on dems lets get over the prims and on to the ge lets go get the white house!!!!!!!!!!

    May 27, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  20. Deb

    How is Obama no longer viable?

    Let me list the ways.....

    Too Left Wing-Moderates and Conservatives will NEVER vote for him!

    Too Hateful-his campaign and those that support him are HATE baiters and enough sound bytes are available that he will be swift boated on it.

    Too Inexperienced-No experience at all!

    Too Wimpy-He can't even debate! The constant stuttering is alloying! And a sure sign of a liar!

    Too much Cheating-the Republicans will again be able to Swift boat him with the "Funny" Business his campaign has used to get ahead.

    Too much of Witch of a Wife-No one wants this horrible women as their First Lady-especially after you watch the video of her talking about "Whitie" another certain Swift boat!

    Hillary 08

    May 27, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  21. fred

    I have another name for Axelrod, but I can't use it here!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

    May 27, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |

    He has not clenched anything, maybe jerry-rigged if you catch my drift.

    May 27, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  23. american in canada

    as an obama supporter, i would like to extend a virtual olive branch to all of hillary's supporters (including my father). in the end, we are all democrats and in order to prevent our recession turning into a depression, our war in iraq turning into a war in iran, more of our brave soldiers returning in body bags, and gas jumping to $10 per gallon, we NEED TO UNITE and support our nominee (whomever that might be). this country cannot afford to have another republican in the white house. let's change this country for the better.
    democrats 08&12!

    May 27, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  24. Quinn

    I sure hope Barack wins soon. I used to have so much respect for the Clintons, but now they're either making me angry or making me laugh. I had no idea how silly they were.

    I cannot believe how stupid Hillary thinks everyone is. Just look at the list of excuses she has for not winning:

    Michigan and Florida (rules she agreed to earlier are suddenly unfair)
    Caucus states
    Media bias for Obama
    Bill Clinton's mouth
    Bill Clinton's scandals
    The entire Democratic nomination process

    Here are the 4 REAL reasons why Hillary is losing:

    Mismanaged campaign from the start
    Underestimated her opponent
    Ran out of money
    Caught in too many lies

    Hillary will never admit what her real problems are. Instead, she rallies her supporters around phony injustices to keep them angry over NOTHING.

    May 27, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  25. Collin

    Did it ever occur to anyone that even with Florida and Michigan delegations being counted, with only 49 delegates needed, Obama will still be within a handfull of the remaining 200 or so superdelegates for the nomination?

    It may have had an effect a few weeks back before the May primaries, but now it really doesn't matter.

    May 27, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
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