May 19th, 2008
03:50 PM ET
7 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. Sick of McBush

    Would people stop the hate? Insulting Clinton only alienates her supporters, which harms Obama's chances of winning. I hold the view that Obama has in some ways been more thoroughly scrutinized and Clinton in other ways. Fact is, Obama is not "new politics," he's' just politics like everyone else. It's not that hard to see. As for the Paul V Clinton, that is a frivolous lawsuit.

    May 19, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  2. Joe Reg

    This race is really got into her.

    Breathing her last breath tough.

    May 19, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  3. Fola

    HIL-LIAR-(Y)!

    Munster, IN

    May 19, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  4. Mike in IL

    Hillary you have my vote... Obama can not win the primary and he will not win in November...

    He has peaked with his support and without the democratic base "women" he can not win in November... I do not believe the polls stating that 38% will not vote for Obama... if that number is close to 3% he will not win... that is right all it takes is 3% to not vote or vote for McCain to lose the election!!!

    All of this talk about Clinton having an uphill battle... the media needs to start telling the truth about Obama's chances... If he is the nominee he has an "uphill battle" for the general!!!

    May 19, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  5. Cedar Rapids guy.

    To Obama08

    Obama and Sebilius?
    You sure?
    This is the woman that supposedly got one guy removed from his post and replaced him with a member of her husband's band. Replaced another with a friend with no experience in the position.
    Got rid of a load from the KCC and blocked the hiring of one of those people into another government position despite the hirer stating they really wanted this person.
    She is coming to the end of her term and is doing favours for friends and family and I wouldn't want someone who so easily removes people's income and livelyhoods for friends as VP.

    May 19, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  6. Kevin

    This isn't the general election, Hillary. This is the Democratic nomination, and YOU ARE LOSING

    May 19, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  7. JFK

    Michigan and Florida should be counted!

    May 19, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  8. Charles in Florida

    Hillary the nomination "Kitchen" is closed and you've baked your last cookies. Time to focus on VP and helping to kick some McCain butt in November. OBAMA / CLINTON Unbeatable in 08"

    May 19, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  9. Phong Nguyen

    Hello, DNC: Ignore the voters of Florida and Michigan and you will pay dearly in November! The DNC has a dilemma in their hand with two strongly supported candidates! The DNC played into the hand of the RNC when they stripped the states of Florida and Michigan of their delegates, a very dumb move!!! Then the Party becomes further divided with the endorsement of S. Obama by S. Ted Kennedy agaisnt S. Clinton! Welcome to the mess!!!

    May 19, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  10. JH

    Last time I checked my opportunity to choose a candidate doesn't happen until tomorrow so this election is definitely not over for ME as I haven't even had a chance to cast a vote yet.

    May 19, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  11. Jim

    What is Hillary drinking or eating?? IT IS OVER!!! YOU LOST!!!

    May 19, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  12. Julie

    It's either Hillary or McCain. No Obama, he will start WWIII as is apparent in his comments about Bush. Actually made Bush look good. How is that possible? Obama does not know what he is talking about.

    Hillary is right, the campaign is going on and I hope she is the nominee. There is no one qualified to be Pres.

    If she doesn't win it, there will be no Universal Health Care because Obama does not know how to get it done.

    I truly cannot comprehend why people are for this man. I'm going to vote republican and McCain is more to the middle than radical Obama.

    May 19, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  13. Maria

    Hillary Clinton for President! This campaign will not be over until after the convention. She deserves the nomination and has the popular vote. The BO camp will try to declare "victory," but they can't pull that one over on the American people. Victory to Hillary!

    May 19, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  14. Scott ATL

    None! Clinton is slowly dying of self inflicted wounds. He campaign began on unsure footing with Mark Penn trying to run as the "Experience" candidate. Then she never planned for any contest after Super-Tuesday, She's been caught in lie after lie, she hasn't raised enough money to compete. She just didn't run a good campaign...

    May 19, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  15. Chief lagosboy, NJ

    Come on gutless SuperDs lets wrap this up this Bigot and Race Baiter out of her misery!
    Hillary, this your Kitchen-Sink Campaign has been a failure, its time you graciously withdraw before we carry you and throw you out! Congratulation Obama, we are almost home!

    Our President Obama 08’ & 12’

    May 19, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  16. telling it like it is

    hillary is begining to sound like a stalker girlfriend or boyfriend, accepting defeat does not make you less of a person, go home rest, at least you stayed in the whitehouse for 8 yrs not so many people will ever have the opportunity!

    May 19, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  17. Shirley, Silicon Valley, CA

    Hillary is DIVISIVE, DISHONEST, DECEITFUL AND DISGRACEFUL!

    Just keep running to divid up the Dems and make your supporters even more hateful!

    May 19, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  18. KVN

    Go Hillary ! Give them hell ! I would hate to see you settle for VP. Don't play second fidel to anybody.........Geraldine is not the only one who may not vote for Obama. The democratic party will be punished for playing favorite at the very early stages of this race, as they did, with their ugly 'sexists' attitude. If McCain wins, it will be not your fault, but the DNC. People vote for a candidate and not for an ideology. They can blame themselves and their 'pet rock.'

    May 19, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  19. Chut Pata

    Hillary supporters should have seen the waves of the sea here in Oregon. No! I am talking about the wave of people pouring in to listen to Obama, forming a sea of human being. A biased estimate was that it was just about 75,000 people, though it was much more. They came by land and by sea in ships.

    Can any rockstar gather these many people? They should have listened to the ominous thunder and roar of the crowd.

    Obama 08

    May 19, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  20. Robert Nicholson

    Clinton will lose the nomination and run as an independent in November. Only then will she accomplish what she wants and that's John McCain in the whitehouse.

    May 19, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  21. Viktor

    It ain't over til it's over.

    Keep fightin' Hillary...YoMama is boiling in his own juices. But, don't say anything negative about Michelle because she's "off limits". Just like Bill is. Where do the double standards stop?

    Hillary '08
    Hillary '12

    YoMama Never....too bad.

    May 19, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  22. James Nelson

    Unfortunately for her, most of the country, with the exception of Hillary and an ever shrinking pool of Clinton "dead enders", already has a nominee– Barack Obama.

    Buh-bye, your Majesty.

    May 19, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  23. South WEST America

    There are groups of people in this country that never get polled. The DNC and Obama are going to be very surprise that thousand of Hillary supporters will not vote for Obama. It will jeopardize the general election. We respect Hillary, but if she loses nothing even Hillary can say will persuade us to vote for this man. The man who thinks he can be the President of the United States.
    The democratic party lost out with choices made many time before. Resentment toward the news media and Obama growes daily.

    JOHN EDWARDS WAITED LONG ENOUGH TO MAKE SURE HE HAD A JOB AND A REGULAR PAYDAY FROM THE GOVERNMENT. HIS WIFE DOES NOT SUPPORT HIS DECISION...

    DNC and super delegates: Listen to the unheard...WE WILL NEVER VOTE FOR OBAMA.

    May 19, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  24. Mike

    I WISH THAT THE UNDECIDED SUPERDELEGATES WOULD COME FORWARD AND JUST STOP THIS, RIGHT NOW...YOU'RE TRYING AMERICANS PATIENCE, FOLKS ARE BECOMING LESS AND LESS INTERESTED ANS THIS THING DRAGS ON..

    NOT TO MENTION THAT SO MANY WOMAN ARE BECOMING, BITTER, FOR THEY THOUGHT IT WAS TIME FOR A WOMAN TO BE THE NEXT PRESIDENT, AND SAY THAT THEY WILL NOT VOTE FOR OBAMA IF HE IS NOMINATED....

    COUPLED WITH THAT AND THE OTHER RACIST MINORITY WHITE AMERICANS WHO WOULD NEVER VOTE FOR A BLACK MAN REGARDLESS, FOLKS ARE LOOSING INTEREST IN THE LONG DRAGGED OUT PROCESS...

    May 19, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  25. HYPOCRACY 08

    It has been one heck of a fight for sure...
    Can't say either one didn't give it their all...

    Obama/Ayers 08

    May 19, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
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