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. PBD

    I think some of these fake "Hillary 08" posters are Repugs trolling. They want this thing to be long and ugly, they want the Democrats to be divided and fighting one another.

    May 27, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  2. Josh

    well, I will hold my nose and vote for less stinky of the two candidates...again. And ALEXIS I'm sure NY will be glad to have Hillary back, since she's actually done something for her home state(and considering they put her back in for a second term to the tune of an 80%+ victory). Guess they're enjoying their "living H-E double hockey sticks." Haha, shouldn't run your mouth about things you know nothing about, although this is pretty common place with your candidate and his robotic followers. alas, how soon we forget the roaring 90's of the Clinton administration...
    Honestly I'm more concerned about the house and senate; if we can gain a true fillibuster proof majority in both, then it really doesn't matter if Mccain does win...his hands will be tied in many decisions.

    May 27, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  3. Mimi De La Cruz for OBAMA







    May 27, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  4. Lars Larson

    Is that a sniper I see? Is it Bill behind the trigger?

    June is a coming!

    May 27, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  5. Paul C.

    With the exception of his intent to grant amnesty to the millions of illegal aliens and maintain the failed Cuban embargo with the dry foot-wet foot farce I think Obama is a breath of fresh air.
    Unfortunately I think it is doubtful that the electorate is ready to vote for a (half) black candidate and there is a real danger that McCain will be our next president.

    May 27, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  6. Daniel, NY, NY

    How can a democratic candidate declare victory when all votes have not been counted. Is Obama forgetting about FL & MI. Looks like Obama is taking another page from the Republican Playbook.

    May 27, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  7. Marjon


    OBAMA '08

    May 27, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  8. Richard

    Bush approval rating is 30 and the Democratic Congress approval rating is 18...........nuff said!

    May 27, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  9. Ilona Proud Canadian

    Just put your cursor over the face.


    You do not want to go there, no, no, you actually want to remember this nomination process and Hillary and Family's disgusting behaviour. You must remember this when she tries again in 2012!

    May 27, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  10. Last Honest Person

    The media won't go after Obama. But I hope in the General Election they rise to some level of responsibility. Obama is a puppet. The media needs to expose that (he is) and who is pulling the strings.

    May 27, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  11. Sonya

    Dream on!!
    Obama will NOT win. America is smarter than that! Only Hillary wins in November, everyone knows this. All of the obamabots need to get used to it.

    May 27, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  12. Mike

    Let's get down to Obama vs McCain. I have heard enough of the whining from the clintons, now they feel they're being victimized...Give me a Break...

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

    Do you think that we as African-Americans would vote for Hillary after this primary season? I know all you Hillary supporters are saying you wouldn't vote for Barack Obama if he is the Democratic nominee, but imagine if she manages to be awarded this nomination over the African-American candidate with the most votes, delgates and superdelegates (automatic delegates for our Clinton friends). All the urban areas that democrats need to win in the fall won't vote. Imagine the civil rights activists holding protests and all the nationally syndicated african-american radio shows talking about this daily. Look, Hillary couldn't win against what she and her campaign like to refer to as "the inexperienced junior senator from Illinois". She will never win a general election without myself and other african-americans, as well as, white voters who look at race issues in America with a level head. The news networks want this to carry on so they don't have to be creative and actually find real news to cover. But this thing is over.

    You know it's over when Foxnews is her biggest cheerleader. They are pandering to the emotions of the hardcore Clinton supporters.

    May 27, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  14. BHO

    Now Sen. Obama needs 51 delegates for the nomonation. That is not a hard work for the hard working Obama Team. I told this matter somewhere earlier.

    The (real)democrats will realize the fact and will prepare to defeat Sen.MaCain in November. A big change in American politics is blooming.

    May 27, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  15. MelissaMinneapolis

    Thanks Kell in CA! Welcome - together we can do this.

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

    Obama supporters are gonna be eating alot of Crow when Hilary supporters all vote Mccain or don't vote at all. Obama is not electable. I dont care about "Uniting" the democratic party. I care about voting for who I think is the stronger candidate. I know alot of Hilary supporters feel this way.

    It's Hilary or Mccain.

    Hilary 08

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


    OBAMA '08

    May 27, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  18. Corey Gillingham

    The race is NOT over and will not be until the convention....And Obama KNOWS this which is why he has spent the last week in Michigan and Florida courting voters which he previously had NO interest in. For those of you supporting him keep in mind it was HIS decision and HIS alone to stay off the Michigan ballot and to not make his presence known in Florida which he lost in a big way. It was also his campaign who blocked revotes in these states because he knew he'd lose them. Obama is deceptive and dishonest AND he'll cry unfair when the DNC makes the only decision that they can which is to count Michigan and Florida. The DNC knows it is political suicide for the party to not count these votes and after that just WHERE will Obama be? Oh thats right...he'll be denying what he knows is the truth just like he did over his good friend Mr. Wright.....

    May 27, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  19. Watermann

    My 4th attempt from Germany (bet, it will not be posted),

    to me it is not a matter of simple math, which is obviously in favour of Sen. Obama, but a question of the still existing (hidden) problem with the colour. Give me another reason, why party leaders or superdelegates did not end this campaign which is becoming more ugly and more dirty in the past weeks. I remember, when reading the book "executive order" by Tom Clancey, somebody in this book was telling the President – quote" never mind whether you are Republican or Democrat, the people will elect their party`s candidate, even if Adolf Hitler would be on the ballot – unquote. From the distance, however close enough by I-net and website, it seems to me that the USA have got a unique chance for a historical change. I really do hope that there are enough people with common sense in your great country.
    Good luck for all of you from Germany

    May 27, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  20. A New Mexican

    Everyone who things that Florida and Michigan are going to have there delegates seated as in is don't be ridiculous. At least a portion will be seated but it won't change the outcome. Another thing about the primary vote, there is no right to vote in the primary. Each state has there own criteria to what makes someone eligible to vote. For all of the Clinton supporters who claim that there is disrespect coming from Obama supporters towards Hillary there is just as much disrespect coming from Clinton supporters to Obama.

    May 27, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  21. Helen Reed

    Hillary Clinton has been treated disrespectfully from the beginning of this campaign while Obama has been canonized, much in the same way that George Bush was canonized by the GOP 4 and 8 years ago.
    The coverage of her campaign has been extremely sexist, especially by CNN.

    America and every Americans deserve fair treatment and a fair election in this country. Obama cannot win this election without Hillary Clinton and her supporters. Quite frankly at one time I would have voted for Obama now I must reconsider what I will do because Democrats and the media are acting just like the Republicans and media did eight very, very long years ago. This is so very wrong for our country.

    May 27, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  22. John, Europe

    Even if Obama win the nomination, it's still a wrong choice for Dems. Just like 2000, Bush vs. Gore. This is exactly the same situation now. If Obama is qualified to be president, then anybody can be president. If you ask me why, then that means you don't know about Obama much. Go research!

    Hillary 08, 12. Chelsea, 24, 28.

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

    Obama has run a consistently inspiring campaign, and done it with consistent integrity! America deserves to have this kind of leadership, and Obama deserves our trust and support.
    Thank you!

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

    Beware of Republicans on this cite posing as Hillary supporters and trying to create hatred and division amongst Democrats.

    Let's unite and defeat John McSame in the fall.

    Obama '08

    May 27, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  25. Jan from Boca Raton, Fla

    Obama may get the nomination , but he will never beat McCain
    in the General Election. He has too many skeltons in his closet,
    and he and his supporters have bashed Hillary to the point her
    supporters will never vote for him. She has run a great campaign
    and worked very hard for America and the American people over
    the years. People don't forget what Bill Clinton did for this country,
    and voters feel she can do the same.

    May 27, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
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