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. Midge from Ohio

    From what I have read Ted Kennedy took his bid all the way to the convention even though he was MORE than 700 delegates BEHIND. Now you people are whining that Clinton should get out! Obama commenters are NASTY, NASTY, MEAN people. After all Hillary has done for America you are so disrespectful. What have YOU done to change America?

    May 27, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  2. MD in GA

    Good. Glad to hear it.

    What I'd really like to know what it is about Senator Obama that Clinton supporters hate so much. His intellegence, his candor, his message of care and concern for the American people? How about his judgement about the war or insightful plans to help restore the US economy? I can't imagine it's any of that. So what is it, really????

    May 27, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  3. Pat in Oregon

    Wether it is Hillary or Obama, does it really matter as long as a Democrat takes the White House. I don't think we want another 4 or 8 years of republicans running this country. So, all those who say they will not stand behind the democrat running because their person didn't take the nomination, think about it. Do you really want more of the Bush administration for another 4 years or more, or do you really want a change.

    May 27, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  4. red, yellow, black and white

    Obama was born for this role.
    It suits him and he suits it.
    And it suits America. America is totally free, multi racial, multi belief Nation. We are founded on All Equal and Obama is the one who can square us with our true destiny.
    Seating MI and FL will be good and Obama will still lead in

    May 27, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  5. 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 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  6. ademocrat

    Florida and Michigan will give McCain the presidency.
    Maybe then ,the Pretender known as Barak Obama will
    go back to the US Senate.

    May 27, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  7. Letha

    Hope alone does not win this election. Obama has no experience so hope is out the window. A divided party is all you have and a McCain vote from a Clinton supporter.

    May 27, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  8. JamesAAMale

    Not so fast. You cock little punks. He can't win the election against mccain, and everyone knows that so just relax. The delegates can change anytime now until convention. He will not be the nominee until then. And if he is, HELLLLLOOOOOO McCain. Not that we want McCain, but that we want to save our country first and foremost over anything else. Obama is not to be trusted with this country in his hands. They trusted Chicago with him and I have not seen the lives of those people get any better under his watch, only worse. We refuse to turn this country into one big Chicago. Sorry.

    HILLARY 2008 or MCCAIN 2008

    May 27, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  9. Kim

    Has this turned into a beauty pageant? Senator Obama is declared the winner and Senator Clinton is the runner up so she automatically becomes VP?
    How many presidential nominees in the past have been asked to have the person who comes in second place to be their running mate? The choice for VP is Senator Obama's decision. Period!

    May 27, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  10. Lucy in Illinois

    Bill Clinton said yesterday that she needs more time. She could have more time and she still couldn't seal the deal. I think it is wise that she get out before she says something else that she can't take back. This has been going on for 16 months how much more time could she possible need.

    Let's move on!

    May 27, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  11. Mireille, Charlotte

    Clinton supporters are a DIFFERENT kind of people. I hope when they wake up they realize they almost lost Americans the game. And never support DESTRUCTION AND DISMANTLING OF THE COUNTRY AGAIN.

    May 27, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  12. Kevin from MN

    You know, when you post your message with the CAPS LOCK on, it doesn't make your point any more just makes you look like that much more of an idiot (not that your opinion doesn't make you sound stupid as well)

    May 27, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  13. Wanda Reed

    Sad and sorry to say there are lots of us out there who will not support Obama because we don't feel he is the best choice. So we will be switching to the other side to someone that we feel we can trust more with the Presidency. Sorry Obama but you are just not our candidate of choice. It is not your race; it is your qualifications. Maybe you will win but not with our votes. We will not be responsible........for another unqualified person in office. I am an EDUCATED white female.

    Hillary '08

    May 27, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  14. char19145

    VERY DARK DAY!!!!!!!!

    Will Reverand Wright be on hand for that???
    When will be able to read Michelle Obama's thesis???

    Seems we sacrificed alot to be rid of one Hussein, and now going to hand the keys of the White House to another!!!!

    I will not be voting for Obama, and I know I am not alone!!

    Know Obama...........NO OBAMA
    NO Clinton................NO VOTE

    May 27, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  15. OH

    To Deb, Jennifer, Laura and others who are hell bent on the Hillary nomination; get over it will you.

    You ladies want to have her we all know that but ha ve you thought about why she has not won as yet?

    She was the the strongest and the one whom everyone thought would win. She had the machinary, the DNC, Bill and a host of power backers; yet she ran her campaingn into the ground.

    How can someone want to be president and ran such a lousy campaign? She is broke...not her and family...her campaign. She owe more money to various people and Orgs. than you can shake a stick at.

    One final note to Jennifer; she can't and won't be on the ticket. She is going back to her seat but not in the White house. You need to get over it ladies.

    May 27, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  16. sixty sixer

    Go Hillary! Fight not only until the convention, but afterwards. Make sure you are ready to go before the inaugural, because after that, you won't be able to step into Obama's shoes. Once he's in office, any accident will result in his VP (which will NOT be you) taking over. I like the present Gov from LA. He'd be good & a breath of fresh air. Thus, Hillary, get your gun-toting, under-educated Whites ready. Their days are numbered. Also, my advice to Obama: wear lead underwear.

    May 27, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  17. Jennifer

    I'm a Clinton supporter...voted for her husband both times. Had I hoped she won YES!! But more than anything I want to make sure that the right to choose remains (which won't happen if McCain is elected) Do I want men and women who are serving tour after tour to come home? Yes! When did we get to the place where one SINGLE person was bigger than the party? We sound like Reps now. I voted for Gore DIDN'T CARE FOR..voted for Kerry DIDN'T CARE for BECAUSE AMERICAN DID NOT NEED BUSH!!! But hey just like I've told people who didn't vote when Bush was elected, be prepared for what happens, now look at us. So don't vote for Obama or vote McCain, because Clinton is so much more important than trying to end the era of Bush. But please stop blaming the other side (both Clinton and Obama supporters) Stop pitting women against men but claim not to be sexist and stop saying " race doesn't matter" when your actions say other wise..

    May 27, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  18. Mar

    Wishful thinking. How come if Nobama is so great, that they haven't come out already to declare for him. Something stinks about this and the supers know it. OBAMA CANNOT WIN!!!!!!!!!

    May 27, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  19. Alice

    Okay, you heard it here first.

    After the DNC meets this week re MI and FL, the Clintons will move the goalposts and claim that 2026 delegates are not enough to clinch the nomination.

    Watch . . .

    May 27, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  20. Blayze Kohime

    Will it makes Bill Clinton be quiet? Please tell me it will make Bill Clinton stop talking.

    May 27, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  21. Kris from AZ

    After the last primary is time to UNITE and beat John Mccain.

    May 27, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  22. right source

    ITS ABOUT TIME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    OBAMA '08

    May 27, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  23. kelly WI

    If MI & FL are counted the number goes back up to 2209. Supers still have to decide.
    FLdems have law suit against DNC.
    Hillary has won states with big electoral votes. Ob lost big time.
    Red states where Ob won over Clinton will be red in Nov.
    You tell a lie over and over and soon the sheep believe it.
    An empty wagon makes the most noise.
    McCain 08

    May 27, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  24. Jace

    Aren't we ALL tired of CNNs constant pushing of Obama without really researching the candidate???, it appears CNN will not post any positives about Clinton or McCain, so would we believe anything on CNN about the inexperienced Obama????

    He will most certinally loose the presidency for the Dems in Nov, there are allot of republican suprises coming....can't wait 🙂

    May 27, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  25. Anonymous


    What scares me is, A lot of women are voting on emotions. I would love to see a women as president one day, but Hillary hasn't proved to me that she is not that women. She was the clear front runner and lost it ,due to bad campaigning, 20 million in debt, not being trustworthy, padded resume. I expected more from a person with 35 years experienced.

    May 27, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
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