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

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. Speedy Math Quiz

    Which of the following is true? Please answer truthfully, or make an educated guess:

    a) The person who actually has the most numbers win.

    b) The person who says that they have the most numbers win.

    May 27, 2008 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  2. Obama Supporter

    How exactly is Obama no longer viable? He only needs aproximately 50 delegates to get the nominattion while Hillary needs 250. Sounds like they're both viable to me, but Clintons viability is fading fast.

    May 27, 2008 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  3. Jennifer NY

    Hillary is not creating hate for Obama....I would say the Obamaniacs are hateful and nasty people ridiculing her at every turn, and it comes straight out of the head of the campaign. Well, Obama can declare victory all he wants – many will never vote for him – he also uses the Karl Rove playbook into manipulating people. Not all of us are fooled.

    May 27, 2008 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  4. Jo, ATL GA

    You go CNN; publish only the Obama post.
    I am still proud of him either way.....knowing we just gave McCain the presidency. Another 4 years of Bush coming up.

    higher Gas prices. Weak around the world.
    Keeping the militarty dump and withholding education.

    Keep up the Good Work CNN.

    May 27, 2008 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  5. Laura

    I thought the Super D's could change who they supported even after a public declaration. How can Obama claim victory if the Supers can still change thier minds?

    May 27, 2008 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  6. Jennifer

    I have admiration for Mr Obama, but should he get the nomination I will not be voting for him. I am unconvinced on the specifics, if the election were tomorrow I believe he would still lose to the republican nominee. I am a democrat but I don't believe that Mr Obama can win against the current candidate and I STILL believe that the BEST ticket would be Clinton/Obama for 4 years then Obama/(whoever) after that. Mr Obama has given people hope, but hope doesn't better the economy, produce jobs or put food on the plate of the majority of those of us that he has yet to convince.

    May 27, 2008 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  7. shane

    Wrong again. Obama "clinched" the Nomination back in February when he ran off 11 straight victories.


    May 27, 2008 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  8. Theresa

    The magic number will change after May 31 when the ruling committee decides about Florida and Michigan...Lets not forget about this...This could still head to the Convention

    May 27, 2008 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  9. martin

    what a great primary campaign.two things, democrats will be happy to know.#1-the name george w bush will not be on the ballot in nov.#2- hillary r clinton will not be on the ballot, in nov. OUT WITH THE OLD,IN WITH THE NEW.THE 21ST CENTURY HAS HOPE,ONCE AGAIN.

    May 27, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  10. CB

    Math is the math. "facts are stubborn things". No matter how much twisting of the numbers occurs, the numbers don't move and slide by the will of the candidates.

    As much as I'd have to hold my nose to vote for her – I still think Clinton should be VP. She's earned it – albiet in the gutter.

    May 27, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  11. SlimSista

    TO DEB...


    OBAMA '08

    May 27, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  12. Deb

    Deb, hillary is done, get over it! She is done in 08, 12 and forever if the democrats loose the election. you have no right to complain when GWB III destroys are country and you are to blame for it

    May 27, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  13. NOOOBAMA!!!

    Sorry Obama, it aint over yet!
    Get off your high horse and wait till the game is actually over.

    Tomorrow never knows Obama!!

    HILLAY 08!

    May 27, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  14. Gerry

    Finally its coming to an end.

    May 27, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  15. It's all the same really

    Does it matter which democrat gets the nomination? They're both backed by corporations, neither of them really care about ordinary (i.e. not extremely rich) Americans.

    May 27, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  16. William Johnson

    Wake up Debb! It's finished! Obama is the nominee! Hillary has lost! Instead of deluding yourself and her, face the reality, rally around Obama and stop Bush from having a third term through McCain!

    May 27, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  17. Dr. J

    Obama has rightfully won. Even if Florida and Michigan are counted, they have to split the vote 50/50. No matter what Clinton has done, it is over. Also, you Clinton supporters don't be fooled. She wants to get her millions back. It is over.

    May 27, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  18. Phil-Little Rock

    Let me preface this by saying, to all the Clintonistas, do not purport to tell Sen. Obama who his running mate should be. This is ONE TIME IT'S OUT OF YOUR HANDS!! The Clintons are now at the mercy of the man they tried to bury with all their smear tactics, lies and just nasty campaigning. Now they have to go hat in hand to the man for forgiveness.

    Hillary doesn't deserve squat. And for all you female voters who support McCain or won't vote if Obama gets the nomination, stop thinkin' with your panties and start thinkin' with your brains. Oops, oxymoron time, if you're a diehard Hillary supporter, that alone demonstrates that you HAVE no brains!!

    And again, if you refuse to support Obama, get ready to send your kids to the military recruitment stations, because that's where McCain's new meeting point for your kids is gonna be. Then they can be sent to Iraq to get shot all to hell in continuation of Bush's great lie. Then we'll find out how you wished you'd have voted for change when you had the chance!!

    GO OBAMA '08!!

    May 27, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  19. JC

    What about Michigan and Florida, he doesn't care.

    May 27, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  20. Todd in Raleigh

    Gald to hear it! ...Nope, not a bit! I received my DNC package in the mail with a survey, and asking for monitary support. I sent them a kind letter saying that he might be their nominee, but not mine and I was not sending a dime. You are not supporting the "party" in the elections, sorry to say, but the person you think would do the best job, believes in your ideals, and you think can make a difference. That person for me is not Obama, so i am certainly not just casting a vote for the party so we can say a Democrat is in office and we forgo 4 years of Republicans.

    Oh well, the DNC did it to themselves. I have long believed that this was a total shame of a primary selection. They did not want Hillary from day one. Instead they pick someone to keep the peace. How many black voters at 98% in each state voting for Obama, would abandon the Democratic party if they turned back now.

    What a mess.....

    I AM WRITING IN HILLARY CLINTON!!! OR Voting McCain. I have not decided yet, trying to take a close look.

    May 27, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  21. Ted, Washington DC

    You do that and the next president would not be Clinton but McCain.

    May 27, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  22. Matt, Manchester, CT

    Good. This article will foment enough fits among Clinton supporters to keep these comment threads going for weeks. Looks as if Hillary will remain a junior Senator for the foreseeable future, haha.

    May 27, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  23. David Goldman for OBAMA



    May 27, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  24. George

    We dont need democrats who dont vote for their candidate. we dont need them at all.

    May 27, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  25. R1100RT in VA

    It's painfully obvious that Obama is TRYING to be civil and magnanimous in the face of Hillary's scorch-the-earth HOPELESS clawing and scratching for the nomination that she LOST FAIR AND SQUARE. Obama should be commended for his restraint.

    She says, gosh if she were a Republican this race would have been wrapped up last February! Well gosh, it was HER sycophants who WROTE THE DNC RULES.

    Oh yeah, and as for Michigan where she was the ONLY name on the ballot:

    NHPR's Laura Knoy:
    "So, if you value the DNC calendar, why not just pull out of Michigan? Why not just say, Hey Michigan, I'm off the ballot?"

    Hillary Clinton:
    "Well, you know, It's clear, this election they're having IS NOT GOING TO COUNT FOR ANYTHING."

    May 27, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
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