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. Casey

    For all those who will never vote for Obama who has won fair and square. Well it is a pity you chose the wrong candidate, weather Obama wins or not, He beat Hillary fair and square, you can keep spining it or rather lying to yourselves. This guy beat Hillary, so you can either wait till 2012 or 2016, whichever one you choose trust me Hillary can never be the President of the United States. That is the Simple Truth. They say it is bitter. You can go ahead and vote for McCain. good luck and Good night.

    May 27, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  2. jfs Memhis, Tn

    Fred.......... I have been reading your biased comments for months now !!!! I really believe that you have to be a Republican !!! How uninformed you are ............I am really not sure if you are a girl or a boy .....not that it makes any difference. The MOST important reply I have for you is....ONLY ONE MORE WEEK OF fred !!! If you refuse to get on the Obama train I suggest that you catch up on the Republican election concepts and compare them to Obama's and Clinton. You will then see the differences.....hopefully you will be able to put silly biases aside and support the Party that you are SUPPOSEDLY a part of !!!!

    May 27, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  3. Jim

    The numbers game is not over yet! Hillary is right on your tail and everyone knows it. Besides Superdelegates can change their mind up to last minute at the convention in August. ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN BETWEEN NOW AND THE END OF THE CONVENTION!

    Obama is a risky bet for the Dems and that's why there are still over 200 superdelegates who haven't come out for him. If he had everyone convinced that he is right for the White House, with his questionable peers, the superdelegates would have all come out for him weeks ago but they didn't.

    HILLARY 2008, 2012.

    May 27, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  4. It's all the same really

    Now that I think of it, I can't really tell the democrats and the repubilcans apart. Who cares about who gets the nomination?

    Lets vote for a third party, like the labor party, or the green party.

    May 27, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  5. Towka

    If you want to win the general election, Hillary is the only choice.

    Obama is product of media hype and a public fad who is without substance. Hillary is a leader with actual ideas, and a vision for the future. Do not get caught up in the delusional obamamania, like some of the wackos in here. True leadership lies within Hillary Clinton.

    May 27, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  6. Abby

    Congratulations Senator Obama for fighting Hillary, Bill, Fox, Bush, McCane and the RNC all at the same time and still comeing out victorious…here’s to eight years (and many more!!) of prosperity and peace! May those blinded by the hate of your color see the light! A whole new world!!

    P.S. to those mathematically challenged, sitting FL and MI still gives him the delegate lead.

    May 27, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  7. Joan

    Last night, I watched a panel discuss the Democratic primary during which it was reported that polls show Clinton winning against McCain in the swing states, and Obama losing.

    It was interesting to hear the Obama supporter on the panel say that the Democrat's nominee will be the one who played by the rules and has the most delegates, not necessarily the one who is the most viable against McCain


    May 27, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  8. nick

    yeah i'd have to say fred's pretty much an idiot!

    May 27, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  9. Mario

    By the way total for Obama is as todays date 1977 delegates

    May 27, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  10. Cal

    Lol its been over for clinton for awhile, sadly i think she suffers from dellusions of grandeur so she cannot see that she has lost.
    I think the reason clinton has made it so far is because sadly the uneducated fail to educate themselves about her. Some women are solid supporters but those are mostly women who want to see a female president and feel empowered.
    Where do her mistakes start..........hmmm
    she cried on national tv because she lost
    her and bill have scandals from when they where in the whitehouse that they could neither prove nor disprove.
    she lied about being under sniper fire.
    Her healthcare plan will force people to pay healthcare and penilize those who make late payments and can go as far as to garnish wages.
    Her top adviser was also lobbying for the colombians which she magically had no knowledge, yet she so strongly opposes free trade.
    Her campaighn is 20mil in the hole..... need i go on, clinton please educate yourselves about people before you turn fanatical for them.

    May 27, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  11. Bert

    It's not over until the convention guys. I'll not vote for Obama because his supporters write such virulent comments.

    May 27, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  12. CJ

    If your going to bad mouth Obama, at least spell his name correctly.

    May 27, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  13. Tom

    If Obama claims victory at 2026, he officially discounts FL and MI although he has probably already lost them. What he doesn't understand is that it doesn't matter what the "rules" are – you can't lose these two states and win in November. He has discounted them and he cannot win in November. It's that simple. Of course there is also his closet full of garbage and his inexperience and his habit of playing the race card which is getting old fast and.................

    May 27, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  14. Good riddance Hillary

    Well, I hope Hillary is reading this... Let this stupid race end and the real one begin.
    Obama '08

    May 27, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  15. i am not dump

    why some people hate the black guy?. they say that he has no experience. they say that he is muslim, racist. however, i want to know that bush has experience, so the country is in recession

    May 27, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  16. Out of towner

    Senator Clinton's selfish desire to stay in the race is not uniting the Democratic party. She is aware of the math and the fact that she will almost certainly not win the nomination.

    Senator Clinton, please exit from the race with dignity and support your fellow Democrat, Senator Obama. Senator Obama needs your supporters to win the race against Senator McCain. By continuing the race, you are dividing the party in such a way that John McCain has a greater chance of winning, and therefore everything you fought for will be for naught.

    Now is your time to prove to everyone that you love America and the Democratic Party more than you want power and the presidency.

    May 27, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |


    May 27, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  18. MelissaMinneapolis

    This is a wonderful time for our country.

    I am filled with so much pride that the Democratic Party has both a woman and a person of color running for the greatest honor possible.

    It is time to come together to reverse the policies of the last seven years.

    Unity '08

    May 27, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  19. Larry

    If Obama get the nomination, it will be a sad sad day for the democratic party!!!!!!!!!!!!! HA HA HA Obama can not win the general election. McCain will win. I cannot believe what idiots the Obama cult are.

    May 27, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  20. Lawrence

    Thanks to operation Chaos, RNC operatives have succeeded in convincing Hillary supporters that Obama is the reason why so many people hate her. This ploy is simply designed to divide the party, don't fall for this trick.

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

    Someone might want to tell this all world Idiot, that it's not over until it's over. Well, no matter anyway. All of us Clinton supporters are going to vote for John McCain anyway. We will all do our part to make sure this Howard Dean twin will not get in. If I were HC I would run under an Independent ticket and win anyway. Mark it down, Obama will not be the next president of the United States, he is not even an American. Wake up voters.........................

    May 27, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  22. Gerald F.

    From Patrick from Indianapolis:
    "Hillary is a vile Humanoid as are all her moronic supporters".

    My Patrick. YOU must then be the most PERFECT person in the world to make a statement like that. Compared to the odd million or so people who voted for her. Care to make that statement publicly to all those people instead of hiding behind a blog of words?
    If your candidate is claiming to be such a different type of politican and above mud slinging.........
    What are you doing supporting him?

    May 27, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  23. Gwen NC

    I'm amazed that people don't want votes counted, you wouldn't put up with it if it was your state, count the votes, why not, what are people afraid of. Does 2000 ring a bell. Sorry to say, if Obama wins, people won't back him by majority. Unfortunately McCain would win. Hillary is logistically and logically the best shot for the dems. I'm unaffiliated because I'm for the American party, so the dems can do what ever they want. I just know they won't get the WH if Obama is the nominee.

    May 27, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  24. Jim

    Deb, I think people like you need to realize that there is no way Hillary Clinton can reach Obama in the delegates count. We need to come together as Democrats to defeat McCain in November.

    P.S: We have some people here pretending to be democrats saying they'll vote for McCain if Hillary is not the nominee. We need to keep our eyes open before we end up with a third term of Bush.

    May 27, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  25. Jackie

    Finally, a little rational discourse on how the nomination is won. Let us all take a deep breath and remember that the truth will set us free.

    May 27, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
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