YANKTON, South Dakota (CNN) – Clinton aides said they do not expect there to be a Democratic nominee Tuesday evening when the final polls close in the 2008 primary season.
“Until there is a nominee, we are still working to become that nominee,” said campaign spokesman Mo Elleithee.
It remains unclear how the Clinton campaign will respond should Obama amass the 2,118 delegates needed to clinch the nomination. Elleithee told reporters the campaign would “cross that bridge” if they came to it and suggested if the campaign challenged the allocation of Michigan delegates the number of delegates needed to secure the nomination might change.
Hillary Clinton repeated her promise to voters in Yankton to continue forward after Tuesday claiming her popular vote totals give her reason to do so despite Sen. Barack Obama’s delegate lead.
“The voters will have voted and so the decision will fall to the delegates empowered to vote at the Democratic convention. I will be spending the coming days making my case to those delegates. Their responsibility not only to the Democratic Party but to the country is to vote for the candidate who is best able to lead us to victory in November,” she said right at the start of her remarks. “After all our country has been through we cannot afford four more years of failed Republican policy.”
Earlier Monday Clinton dropped by Tally’s restaurant in Rapid City to press the flesh and thank a mass of supporters that had gathered outside.
“What South Dakota decides tomorrow will have a big influence on what people think going forward,” Clinton said. The New York senator, her daughter Chelsea and President Bill Clinton have blanketed this state in recent days knowing a win here could bolster her argument to uncommitted super delegates that she deserves another look.
Clinton will spend Tuesday at her home in Chappaqua, NY calling super delegates and doing media interviews in South Dakota and Montana markets. She will celebrate election night with family, supporters and staff in New York City.