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. KL

    Let's just wait for FL and MI to come in and see how much his lead diminishes then... it will be not so clear after that.... anyways, this Democrat is not voting for Obama in the Fall...!!! Looks like I might become an Independent!

    May 27, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  2. white middle aged woman FOR OBAMA

    What is keeping the rest of the Superdelegates from speaking up and announcing whom they are for ?. Are they so afraid of the Clintons ?.
    Let's get this over with.

    One more thing, I am not a fan of Hillarys, but please lets stop with the hateful remarks, it's just not necessary . She makes herself look bad enough, she doesn't us to help her in that respect.

    May 27, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  3. Andrew

    Yes we can!

    Congrats Barack - and to all the people that voted for him!

    May 27, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  4. Dan, Idaho Falls, Idaho

    Mission Accomplished

    May 27, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  5. americaninreality

    uummmm....I really don't see how you people think that Hillary can still win. I mean, come the math. Don't make stupid comments about her winning. She has no way of overtaking him even if florida or michigan counted.

    May 27, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  6. Grandma

    Go, Hillary, it's not over yet!

    We women will not desert you. You have been demonized by the print press, the cable networks, with CNN being the worst, and all the noise from the very young Obama supporters who think he walks on water. All his grand talk will not hold up as he faces the general
    general election. He has the audacity to think he could be the
    President of the United States with his limited knowledge of
    the task ahead of him!

    Watch him appoint all the old guys to help him run (or ruin, as G. Bush
    did) this country. And that wife of his...could she ever hold a candle
    to Eleanor Roosevelt, Bess Truman, Jackie Kennedy, Lady Bird Johnson or Hillary Clinton?

    May 27, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  7. s

    I think the point that the Clinton supporters are missing is everyone wants FL and MI to count, it just can't favor Mrs. Clinton. Let's be honest she did not win those states out right, and it is shameful to suggest she did. If she does, think of how many votes she is stealing she will be no better than Bush. I am just hoping she will step out with respect, at this pace she will be lucky if she wins her Senate seat next election.

    May 27, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  8. Paul from Kissimmee

    God help us.

    May 27, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  9. Rick, PA

    This is to Fred. Good for you! Let McCain win. Let him send your sons and daughters – or grandsons and granddaughters to Iraq and maybe they will not return home – you will have only yourself to blame. And, I guess you, being a man, are not at all concerned about women's rights, as the next president will be picking a new Supreme Court Justice or two and they will be looking to overturn Roe V. Wade. But, you probably do not care about that either. Just my opinion, but I would rather vote for a candidate who ran a good campaign – paid his bills and still has money in the bank, than vote for someone who really was not prepared and is now pretty far in debt. What does that say for management skills when this is the biggest thing she has ever been asked to manage?

    May 27, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  10. Tam/Stone Mountain

    The democratic party is a disgrace. Seat Florida and Michigan. Hillary has won the popular vote, is ahead in Electorial votes and will beat McCain in November.

    The democratic party, the media, and Obama campaign has treated Hillary unfairly in this whole process. The only way to unite the Party is to offer her the VP spot. I have been a dem all my life but I will leave the party if the Obama does not offer her the VP.

    May 27, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  11. Brad

    Take some garlic Hillary...and be gone! It is going to take a long time for the Democratic Party to recover from your lying, your cheating, your divisiveness, your not-so-subtly racist redneck campaign tactics, your fake victimhood and most of all, your arrogance.

    May 27, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  12. robert

    Its about time.People keep saying they won't unite behind Obama.well; it goes both ways.I will not vote ever again for another Clinton.I'll sit this out if its Hillary and watch her sell us out to Big corporations–goodbye U.S.

    May 27, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  13. Rick Maryville TN

    He can declare all he wants, as the only prize that counts is in Nov and this country will never elect a Liberal Elitist for President...

    1952,1956,1972,1988,2000,2004 and now 2008 will the Democratic Party never learn....

    May 27, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  14. Ilona Proud Canadian

    Wrong, Wrong, Wrong,


    Please update your delegate count, we all know that Barack only needs 49 (I think it may even be 48) delegates! Please stop with your "special Math" We have so many other sources to draw from, I don't know why we even listen to you. I think Barack will have to get 2036 delegates, (not the requisite 2026) before you finally decide that he is the (without a doubt) nominee.

    May 27, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  15. kinglywarrior

    As it has been said, Hillary had every right to continue her campaign and allow voters to be heard. After June 3rd, it will be time for her to put her energy into supporting the Democratic nominee in Obama.

    May 27, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  16. 1926

    He MAY be nominated, doesnt mean he will ever be president. We white educated southern ladies will never vote for him. Be sure and dont post this CNN. As if I care.

    May 27, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  17. Kell Ca

    One other thing, why on earth would the superdelegates go againist the people and move towards Hillary. It hasnt happend yet and its not going to. Obama get like 5 supers a day to Hillary 1 or 2. To the people who call themselve Dems for Hillary but say they wont vote if she doesnt win...are weak and not Dem.

    Shame on you ... grow up!

    former Hillary supporter for Obama!

    May 27, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  18. MartaK-Florida

    @ Deb:
    "Obama is no longer a viable candiate" (???)

    Hon, what planet are you living on? He has been trouncing Hillary for a long time now in all the metrics that matter. Take a deep breath, get a grip on reality, admit defeat, and get going working for the Party candidate who will be running against McSame. The very future of this country and your family will depend on your maturity at this moment.

    May 27, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  19. Fred C Dobbs

    The lastest dust up over the manufactured story of RFK campaigning in June '68 will seal Hillary Clinton supporters for John McCain.

    Sending out the Keith Olbermann email was indeed unnecessary and the last straw.

    Barack Obama will have his time in the sun but it will end in November 2008!

    For Obama supporters lathering on the rants and insults – he who laughs last, laughs best!

    May 27, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  20. Dave


    Remove yourself from the gene pool, thanks.

    May 27, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  21. Switched Parties

    Go ahead, Democratic leaders; hand the presidency, on a silver platter, to John McCain.

    With the economy in a recession and an unpopular incumbent,
    the Dems should have been a sure thing.

    However, they will blow it by supporting an elitist, racist, and anti-American candidate.

    The result: John McCain will become President.

    May 27, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  22. gus

    Unfortunately, Obama can't win against McCain. Obama has very few qualifications.

    May 27, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  23. Cleavette Brown

    This has been great fun but all fun must come to an end. It is time for the uncommitted super delegated to do the right thing and support Mr. Obama. It would have been nice if Bill could have served third and fourth term but since FDR, that is not posssible. I think if Bill Clinton want to be rememberd as a great president, it is time for him to throw his support to Obama.

    May 27, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  24. Ashamed:::

    After 65 years of voting Democrat I'm ashamed to say SO.... I am not a Racist but Old enough to realize We are being manipulated just like the Slaves were of Old- Our chains are invisible but there none-the-less - Hope the Youth who are acting like They are attending a Sports Rally will have Just as much Get & Go when Obama starts the Lil old (DRAFT) BELIEVE Me He WILL... Scares Me I have to Many Grandchildren will be eligible - Too many have already served- Why didn't He sign Up since He loves this Country SOOOOO Much- Come on You Young College People ASK HIM... Don't say You were not WARNED!!!!!! The writings are on His Wall.....

    May 27, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  25. Jim

    YAY, finally. She and her husband Billy Bob are delusional now... cover ups? LOL... Mama mia... go away Bill and Hillary. We don't want you anymore.

    May 27, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
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