August 12th, 2008
01:30 PM ET
6 years ago

Will Clinton's name go into nomination? Stay tuned

 Sen. Hillary Clinton can win votes from delegates at the convention even if her name isn't placed in nomination.
Sen. Hillary Clinton can win votes from delegates at the convention even if her name isn't placed in nomination.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - If Sen. Hillary Clinton's name is placed in nomination in Denver, Colorado, this year, it wouldn't be the first time that a candidate was beaten in the primaries and still formally contested the nomination at the convention.

But it would be the first time in the modern era of presidential primaries that a losing candidate has so visibly endorsed an opponent so many months before the convention, and then gone on to have his or her name placed in nomination.

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Clinton can still win votes from delegates at the Democratic National Convention even if her name is not placed in nomination. Delegates are free to vote for anyone they want to at the convention.

At past conventions, delegates have even been known to vote for fictional characters (Archie Bunker) and dead people (George Orwell).

It's likely that Clinton will pick up some votes unless Sen. Barack Obama is nominated by acclamation.

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soundoff (312 Responses)
  1. twister49 - oklahoma

    Go HIllary......... her name should be the one on the ballot, if it wasn't for the bias of the media and the big players in Washington, she would ahve wrapped this up a long time ago....

    August 12, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  2. Dave in VA

    This really has become the nightmare that never ends.

    August 12, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  3. Last chance democrates

    If you really want a democratic in the white house this time – put HIllary's name in the nomination and vote for her – otherwise this will be another republican year folks.

    August 12, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  4. An Independent Hillary

    Let Hillary Clinton place her name in nomination. What is Obama so afraid of? I voted for Clinton in the primary and I want my voice heard at the convention. If Obama silences my voice but not letting Hillary be nominated, then why did I even bother to go to the polls and vote? You can bet I won't be bothered to vote for Obama if Hillary's name isn't placed in nomination.

    I am so tired of him oppressing other people's votes like he wanted to do with Michigan and Florida!!!

    August 12, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  5. debbie

    Further proof that she cares nothing for us, and everything for Hillary...even letting this rumor fly, without making an attempt to stop it, speaks volumes. I used to respect and defend this woman. No more.

    August 12, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  6. Nom Deplume

    If you are gonna go Left, go Left all the way.

    Obama/Clinton 08 – - -Ensuring a GOP majority in 2012 and Beyond!!!

    August 12, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  7. S. Boatman

    Hillary Is The Most Polarizing Figure In Politics! This Is Why She Will Never Be President! Nothing Brings Out The Republicans Like She Does! She Is Poison For The Ticket Plain And Simple! I Hope She Does Place Her Name In Nomination, Then It Will Show That More People Want Obama Than Her Once And For All!

    August 12, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  8. ricky

    Will all you clinton cry-babies stop whinning. YOU LOST, LIVE WITH IT!!

    August 12, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  9. ALLAN USA.

    My family like Obama ,but if no HRC we are go for McCain.

    August 12, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  10. Jimmy P - Chicago

    Hillary, even if it's in a losing effort, you have the ability to save this nation. Have your name on the ballot, destroy this Obama pending disaster!

    August 12, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  11. ch

    There was never a primary race that was sooo close.

    In fact, more people voted for Hillary Clinton than Obama. (Yes, those were REAl voters that went to REAL polls in FL and MI and cast REAL ballots. And those votes were certified by the Board of Elections in both states)

    August 12, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  12. MIKE J

    BE NICE TO HILLARY...SHE STILL HOLDS HER SUPPORTS IN THE PALM OF HER HANDS

    August 12, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  13. Thomas

    Since the party won't officially select its candidate until the convention, let HRC put her name in.

    Let the process follow its course. Have a delegate vote at the convention and settle it once and for all.

    I honestly don't understand why the super delegates even made their choices public prior to the convention.

    August 12, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  14. Moderate Democratic, New York

    Howard Dean's name stayed on the nomination ballot at the convention after he lost the primaries! Why NOT Hillary's???!!! There were a few others that did that too in past party conventions, too. AND if Obama is sure to clinch the nomination, what harm would there be in Hillary's keeping her name in anyway?

    August 12, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  15. dollorbil

    bull

    August 12, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  16. joe

    I hope not , she has to much anger, and resentment

    August 12, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  17. DR. YES

    she's still trying to steal the nomination.

    August 12, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  18. Joseph, Los Angeles

    I refuse to respond to these mean-spirited Hillary supporters who will vote for the Republican anyway just because they are mad. With McCain, there will 4 more years of hell and they will be the first to complain about it.

    August 12, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  19. Hillary 08

    Can I just say that I love the "YES WE CAN" chant when it applies to Hillary? :)

    August 12, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  20. Lorna, NY

    Hillary will never be re-elected in NY. Her career is over. The Clintons just do know know how to lose. If they continue on this path the only legacy they will have is being sore losers! They have no sense of shame.

    August 12, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  21. Obama supporter:White, 60 year old woman

    Hillary Clinton will put the final nail in the coffin of the "Clinton era" if she choses this route. It may hold onto a few disgruntled Clinton supporters and may cause Obama to have more difficulty winning but will definitely make a run for president an impossiblity for her.

    Hillary as the candidate was the Republican dream. The unenthusiastic GOP would quickly become very enthusiatic with Hillary anywhere near the ticket.

    August 12, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  22. Nancy

    It should be put to a vote or what is the purpose of the convention.... Crown Obama? Cannot stand his ego.... If elected I believe his ego will be our downfall.

    August 12, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  23. vader for president

    Awesome, people are voting for dead people and fictional characters. In that case, if I were a delegate, I'd submit Darth Vader for nominee.

    August 12, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  24. MD

    Who is Clinton...??

    August 12, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  25. DR. YES

    women cant be president.they dont think quickly enough.

    August 12, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
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