May 19th, 2008
03:50 PM ET
6 years ago

Clinton: 'This is nowhere near over'

Clinton said Monday the Democratic race is not over.
Clinton said Monday the Democratic race is not over.

MAYSVILLE, Kentucky (CNN) - Hillary Clinton took a hard line on the state of the Democratic race Monday morning, telling supporters that it is "nowhere near over."

“I’m going to make [my case] until we have a nominee," she told a crowd at a high school gym, "but we’re not going to have one today and we’re not going to have one tomorrow and we’re not going to have one the next day.

“This is nowhere near over, none of us is going to have the number of delegates we’re going to need to get to the nomination,” she argued.

A campaign spokesman clarified, explaining that short of a deluge of superdelegates, Clinton believes neither candidate will have the necessary 2,210 delegates by the last primary on June 3, the number she says is needed because she argues Michigan's and Florida's delegates must be counted.

The Democratic National Committee has set the number of delegates needed at 2,026 after stripping those states of their delegates for moving up their primaries.

The Obama campaign has said that after Oregon and Kentucky’s primaries on Tuesday, they will have the majority of the pledged delegates.

But Clinton told supporters that she has the lead in the popular vote.

"Right now, more people have voted for me than have voted for my opponent," she said. "More people have voted for me than for anybody ever running for president before," she added, referring to previous Democratic primaries.

Clinton also made the same argument to the crowd on Monday that she has been making to superdelegates and to supporters for the past few weeks – it’s about the map.

“The states I’ve won total 300 electoral votes,” she said, explaining that 270 electoral votes are needed to win in November and that many of the states Obama has won will go for John McCain then .

“I still have a cushion if you look at all the states that I have won and take out those that may not be in our column come the fall. My opponent has 217 electoral votes from places like Alaska and Idaho and Utah and Kansas and Nebraska and many of his votes and his delegates come from caucus states, which have a relatively low turnout,” Clinton said.

Angling for a big win in Kentucky similar to West Virginia’s, Clinton tried out a line that she used there last week.

“You know, Kentucky has a history of picking presidents," she said. "People don’t get elected president without winning Kentucky.”

soundoff (561 Responses)
  1. Richard T. Brady

    Someone please institutionalize this nut case. Maybe Hillary and Ferrarro can open a cookie concession at the republican convention.

    May 19, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  2. Helen

    DO YOU HEAR THE WORDS THAT ARE COMING FROM MY MOUTH?

    President Barack Obama
    President Barack Obama
    President Barack Obama
    President Barack Obama
    President Barack Obama
    President Barack Obama
    President Barack Obama
    President Barack Obama
    President Barack Obama
    President Barack Obama

    May 19, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  3. Kevin in Philly

    Q: How could she accomplish not looking like a quitter to her supporters even though she knows its over while simultaneously undo all the damage she did to Barack and the party this campaign?

    A: Stay in the race, but don't attack or even mention Obama, just attack the republicans. She's saving face and doing damage control at the same time. I only hope this isn't too little too late.

    May 19, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  4. Nezuko S

    I wish the world is had able great mother strategically.

    May 19, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  5. Obama supporter from New York

    CAn someone explain to me how she leads in popular vote. I've been checking around and it says he has it.

    May 19, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  6. Darth Vadik, CA

    Oh that Clinton math again...

    May 19, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  7. Kiyomi

    Of course the DNC can break the rules to lower the number of delegates needed... They're making voters suffer the consequences for breaking a self-imposed rule, when they freely change the rules when convenient? If rules are going to be broken anyway, forget the rules and do what's right – count the voters who came in huge numbers to vote. Obama CHOSE to take his name off Michigan – told voters that their votes won't matter for that race (how cynical and unpatriotic) – and is crying about it now. Both candidates didn't campaign in Florida... Those votes should go to Hillary!

    May 19, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  8. TEXAS

    HILLARY, NEVER GIVE UP, NEVER SURRENDER!

    HILLARY '08

    May 19, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  9. Dave

    Please let her raise more funds! Obama should not have to use my contributions to pay her debt.

    May 19, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  10. semp

    Hillary is gettin to be like dog doo on a shoe ... sure stinks up the place and it's hard to get rid of!

    May 19, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  11. usct

    You may not like it but she is right. It will not be over until she says it is or the rules committee makes a decision that ends it before the convention. Until then she will stay in and as long as she is in anything could happen. Such is life for Democrats at this time.

    May 19, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  12. al-des moines

    It's not over until the roll call.

    May 19, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  13. Jamaal Kansas

    Hillary Honestly The World is Watching You try to Switch the goal post around every week Now I liked this Reality Show But Now is Time to Get to Business and Beat the Republicans If you Steal the Election from Barack Obama there is no chance in Hell you would never get Elected to any Democratic office again let Alone the Presidentacy.

    May 19, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  14. Eddie

    Why does she keep crying about Florida and Michigan,she had the chance to stand up for them and she sold them out when she thought that she did not need them.I am really proud to see the change that Obama has already brought to America.The ex head of the KKK is endorsing him,thanks Senator Byrd.The number is 2,026 Hillary,not2,210 just stop lying and quit .

    May 19, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  15. Col

    More people voted for hillary than any other candidate ever–b/c she is THE BEST candidate and leader for our country – smarts-wits-determination-specific solutions-yet dare i admit what others will not -the electorate facts for nov. would have superdelegates support her–but no–wait he's a black man and they would be criticized as discriminating-so like many other situations today –the lesser candidate may get the nomination cuz–regardless of who is stronger cand. -DNC will throw white hous eaway-cuz of fear of racial backlash

    May 19, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  16. Harry

    I'm an ex-Clinton supporter and I defend her absolute right to stay in this race till the end. What I don't defend are her lies, her racism and her Obama bashing (when there's a perfectly good McCain around). I sincerely hope she doesn't do irrepairable damage to the party.

    May 19, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  17. Clint in Kentucky

    WooHoo, I'm getting to vote tomorrow!!!

    A word of advice to all the people whose states have already voted:

    We supported you and kept the primary going while your state voted. You can do the same and be patient while the rest of us cast our votes.

    It's only a democracy when ALL the votes get counted.

    May 19, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  18. max from chicago

    Daniel from Kansas May 19th, 2008 3:10 pm ET

    It's over.

    It's over.

    It's over.

    It's over.

    It's over.

    It's over.

    NOT YET. IT WILL BE OVER WHEN McCAIN SWEARS AS PRESIDENT. HILLARY WILL REFUSE THE VP OFFER SINCE SHE IS FAR BETTER THAN OBAMA. WE WILL VOTE FOR McCAIN. YOU WANT TO PLAY? LET'S PLAY. OBAMA'S ARROGANT ELITISTS ARE STILL CONVINCED THAT THEY OWN THE TRUTH DESPITE OVERWELMING SIGNS OF WEAKNESS ABOUT THEIR MESSIAH: JEREMIAH WRIGHT, TONY REZKO, NADHMI AUCHI, AIHAM ALSAMMARAE. PLEASE KEEP BASHING HILLARY. Max from chicago

    May 19, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  19. freedom

    YOU GUYS ARE FUNNY LOL!

    May 19, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  20. David, Newport OR

    Denial is a terrible emotion to waste.

    May 19, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  21. Brad K

    Delusional.

    May 19, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  22. Christopher W. Mannoia

    I hate to tell you HRC, but YES, it's over!

    Obama 08'

    May 19, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  23. Francis, Hawaii

    stop manipulating! DNC stripped Florida and Michigan delegates so why are you keep sayingi Florida and Michigan delegates should count? They new what they were doing and broke the rules intentionally. Why did you not say so at the beginning and now that you are behind, you need their votes to count. What a typical politician! Always manipulating.

    May 19, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  24. madeleine

    GO FOR IT HILLARY. THERE ARETHOUSANDS OF US, WHO WILL SUPPORT ONLY YOU!!!!!
    OBAMA WILL NOT be elected as PRESIDENT IF YOU DO NOT GET NOMINATED.

    I UNDERSTAND YOU HAVE TO ENDORSE HIM IF YOU DONT MAKE IT, BUT I ALSO KNOW THERE THOUSAND OF US WHO WOULD RATHER VOTE FOR MCCAIN THAN OBAMA.

    go fighting, pundits are enamared with obama's elocution what a sell out.

    May 19, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  25. J Dole

    It's not over until Hillary can raise another 20 million from her supporters so she can pay off her debts before she ends the race.

    However, if Obama was smart he would pick her as a running mate. She has millions of ardent supporters.

    Speaking of her supporters, I don't think any Dem really believes the Hillary supporters (Dems) will be voting for a republican. No one believes you and your 'if we don't win we'll take the ball and go home' childish attitude.

    Sure some of you are childish, I'll give you that.

    May 19, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
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