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. mmartin arkansaw

    yes it is!it's over for you.stop misleading people.we have bigger fish to fry,now.stop deluding yourself.we need leadership.not devisiveness.go home.

    May 19, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  2. ABC '08/12

    Go home Hillary, please go home!

    ABC '08/12

    May 19, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  3. MMN - Milwaukee WI

    This is madness.

    Clinton will continue to shift the goal posts onto the convention floor and the rest will be history remember 1968 and 1980. Remember at one time she didn’t care about FL & MI, popular vote didn’t mean a thing to her? At one point during this election season the presidency was for the democrats for the taking, now look at where we are. But since we have enough boneheads we will never learn from history with all these narrow mindedness.

    May 19, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  4. Tired of Hillary

    Its a done deal.......bow out gracefully...if you know the meaning of the word!!!

    Obama '08

    May 19, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  5. bitter black guy

    Last year, Clinton said Michigan votes dont count but now they do? She say's it's not over til every voice is heard & every vote counts – but then goes on to say "i'm winning if you dont count the caucus states that Obama won". I've been a Clinton supporter from the jump, but it's becoming more clear that she keeps changing the rules until they are in her favor.

    Democrats 08'

    May 19, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  6. Ed, Santa Fe NM

    Start singing, Hillary.... IT IS OVER... DO THE MATH.... AND GIVE US A BREAK FROM YOUR WHINY MOUTH

    May 19, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  7. tidho

    She needs to be carefull. Its one thing to undemine him so she gets a shot in 2012, but you can't be so blatent about it that the party leadership will hold it against you.

    It really isn't over yet technically so I don't mind her still fighting and hoping for a miracle. What's damaging is her insistance that the party's process is somehow unfair and that even when they name a nominee it won't be legitimate.

    Even with her best case (which btw is ridiculous) for MI and FA she wouldn't be winning.

    May 19, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  8. Elle

    after tomorrows vote and Puerto Rico ,Hillary will be far ahead in the popular vote with FL and MI and since it is a brokered nomination,
    off to the convention it will go .

    May 19, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  9. David Goldman for OBAMA

    YOU CAN FEEL FREE TO STAY AS LONG AS YOU WANT.

    AT THIS RATE SEN.OBAMA WILL HAVE A COUPLE HUNDRED

    MORE DELEGATES THAN HE NEEDS BY JUNE. HAVE AT IT.

    May 19, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  10. re: Maya

    the reason is that Ted Kennedy cost the dems the election. Is that what you really want? You are so ignorant! get a grip and stop being a sore loser. hillary lost fair and square.

    May 19, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  11. James

    Hillary supporters,

    Health care, ending the war in Iraq, and digging this country out if the economic mess we are in are THE ISSUES. The time to pull together is now. You know as well as anyone in the Obama campaign and the 465 Congressional battles know that you are needed for the fight in November.

    Fight for the ideas, not the person!

    May 19, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  12. Adam, Los Angeles

    Talk about alienating and belittling states!

    May 19, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  13. YIKES

    HILLARY LOOK AT THE MOVING CLOCK, IT'S TICKING BACK AND FORTH, YOU WILL FIND YOURSELF IN DEEP TRANSITION.. IT'S CALLED REALITY CHECK, YOU WILL SAY GOODBYE TO A STATE OF DENIAL, AND WHEN I SAY WAKE UP HILLARY, YOU WILL FIND YOURSELF AT THE INAGURAL WHERE YOU WILL GREET THE FIRST AFRICAN AMERICAN PRESIDENT.

    WAKE UP HILLARY!!!!!!!!!!

    GOOD GIRL HILLARY!
    OBAMA '08

    May 19, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  14. Hugh Fraser

    THIRD PARTY! NOW! Senator Clinton could lead a breakthrough in our two party system. With her 17 million votes and exposure she could change the political landscape forever!!!

    May 19, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  15. Tiachi

    why didnt she care about FL and MI being counted before it was reported that there is no way she can win. All of you Hillary supporters answer that one for me? Is she not dishonest?

    May 19, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  16. Tony - DC

    Michael – North Carolina:

    Didn't realize you spoke for all Americans. Sure you aren't a REPUBLICAN?

    May 19, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  17. What the Huck?

    FORGET THAT... IT'S A WRAP!!! STICK HER WITH A FORK BECAUSE SHE IS LIKE "SOOOOOOOO" DONE!

    OBAMA '08 & '12

    WHOOO HOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 19, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  18. VoteRobot.org

    the fact that hillary doesn't realize it is over (and has been for months) is one of the MANY MANY reasons why i can't stand her.

    vote robot '08

    May 19, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  19. Chuck, Democrats United We Stand

    Okay, this is getting old. Florida and Michigan will not impact this for Sen Clinton in a favorable way that hands her the nomination (per the DNC). Florida and Michigan will be seated and counted but not the way Sen Clinton wants it to be, she needs to go back to school and refresh her basic math skills. But thats okay, keep spinning until its over and then hope you can recover what little respect and dignity you may have left when it is over.

    May 19, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  20. Chris from Michigan (yeah THAT state)

    Actually it's over Hillary, I'm sorry but its been since Indiana to say the most. And your count of actual delegate wins to date are traditionally democratic states that I'm almost sure Obama will win in the fall, coupled with the fact that Obama has a large base in swing and republican states and a large base of independents for him as well, it will be no surprise to me that Obama will take well over 270 delegates in the fall.

    Congratulations on making this far Hillary, it was a good campaign for you even though you came out fighting dirty and now you're mired in debt (scary to think she can run a national budget with her campaign management), but it's over for you, please unite our party now, and forget the drama of this primary campaign and embrace the ideals both you and Barack hold true and that is the American People's prosperity, please think of the American people for once instead of yourself.

    May 19, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  21. Kiki in DC

    Come on Billary....Now it "Noboby win the white house without winnig Kentucy" I am so sick of this lady keep on saying the same thing over and over. You said it enough and still don't have superdelagates flocking towards you. And your supporters wonder why, this lady is basically saying if I don't get this nomination no one will. (Hint : means Obama)
    I agree she should not drop out only until June 3. But if this lady wants to believe that she will be Our President this lady need to stop practicing for those 3am calls. If not Obama, NO ONE!!!! ( I got that from Clintons supporters.....so stupid......LOL!!!!!!

    I am a supporter of Obama and he is the next President of United States!!!!!!

    May 19, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  22. Clinton Suppoerters Are Delusioned

    Stop moving the goal posts, you whiney loser.
    It's over. Too bad for all you Clinton supporters, hah!
    And she's practically begging to be veep? Get back to the Senate.

    May 19, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  23. Oh! The Irony

    How come every state she's expected to win is "THE" state necessary to become president. She is amazingly predictable.

    May 19, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  24. PDM

    Sounds like Hillary "found her voice" again and its beginning to sound like nails on a chalk board. The really funny thing is that she is losing without Obama airing out the Clinton's dirty laundry or capitalizing on her Republican-esc tactics of fear and exploitation. Clinton supporters complain incessantly about the bias media, but the GOP has a whole bag of tricks vis-a-vis the swiftboat attacks for both Hillary and her Husband. If you think the media is bad, just wait to see what the Republicans will throw at Nominee Clinton.

    May 19, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  25. J

    Quit looking at national popular vote polls. I understand every single person in Washington will run to the polls to vote for Obama in the national. Fortunately, that won't mean much because Obama will not win over ANY red states. McCain is fairly moderate and will steal quite a few votes from independents. No matter how bad the ultra liberal democrats want Obama (or wanted John Kerry in the past) this thing is almost a shoe in for McCain at this point. The truth is Obama only represents a vocal minority and has nothing in common with the majority. I'm glad he's a black candidate and people are excited.

    If Condoleeza Rice ran for the GOP and made it this far would you be singing the same tune? Would she be allowed to call you racist then? This isn't about race it's about policy, and Obama's ideas are far too left wing to be realistic.

    May 19, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
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