August 12th, 2008
01:30 PM ET
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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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  1. Jimbo

    I think Hillary's strategy is absolutely brilliant! Pretend to support the preferred nominee until he helps you pay yourself back the millions that you overspent and then cleanly "stab him in the back" at the convention. Rumor has it Bill is already personally interviewing possible White House interns.

    August 12, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  2. Hillary Clinton Supporter

    I believe her name SHOULD be placed in nomination. If for no other reason to exhibit that she won more delegates than any other woman in US history. People seem to forget that Hillary Clinton ran a historic campaign that should be recognized by the Democratic Party and the American people.

    August 12, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  3. LJ

    If Hillary has plans to run in 2012, which she does, then behaving as arrogantly as she is now, won't get her the votes she'll be looking for 4 years from now. Just the opposite will happen as is being evidenced now with former supporters coming out to trash her and her hopes of achieving the cracker jack crown at her imaginary coronation. Hillary is not so popular as she thought she was, her giant ego is leading her by the nose that she has turned up at us all. Talk about unAmerican and out of touch, those words describe Hillary to the core. This is a woman who disagrees with the American process of electing the next President of the Unites Sates (unless it's her) and tried every dirty trick in the book to drag her sorry soul to the White House.

    August 12, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  4. MARY

    Only if she is stupid enough to allow it. She will seriously ruin the party and her and Bill will never be welcome in Washington again. There are consequences in doing this and she knows it.

    For the sake of the Democratic party, she better throw all her support to Obama and mean it.

    August 12, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  5. Nikki, Florida

    Absolutely not. Obama won the nomination fair and square. If you look at Florida and Michigan by the numbers, you can see it plainly. Not to mention, Obama was most people's second choice if they couldn't have voted for Edwards so enough with the ifs and buts – DEMOCRATS UNITE BEHIND OUR NOMINEE – BARACK OBAMA!

    August 12, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  6. Coastal Paradise

    Do you wanna pay more taxes??

    I chose Hillary then the Dem's Saturday changed that so then I said "Well, I will have to study this guy now." That's what I did, I read both books although Audicity is hard to finish, its alot of fluff, I read his policies but it's hard to keep up with those since they change like the wind over my beach. I listen to his speeches but I dont last long as the fillers are numerous and all that is heard is talk but he is not saying anything. On top of all this the nasty blogs are the icing on the cake. It feels good to vote with a solid decision based on all the above. I highly recommend it!

    August 12, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  7. jfs Memhis, Tn

    What ever unifies the party. If Sen. Clintons name is submitted for RESPECT.....Amen. If it is submitted to be divisive then ABSOLUTELY NOT. If her supporters truely care about this good women...they need to be giving her checks rather than pouts and B!!xxng. She has ONLY to the beginning of the Convention to get contributions that can be applied to her debt....after that she is stuck for millions of dollars !!! I can not believe that we Obama supporters are contributing and the disgruntled(???) PUMA's and other supporters aren't sending her money!!! With supporters like that who needs enemies ????

    August 12, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  8. Chi4Obama

    Oh yes,
    This is a very logical move on Hillary's part (sarcasm).

    Newsflash to all of the Clinton supporters backing this foolishness:
    – If our party is not unified at the Convention, then neither Obama or Hillary will have a chance to take back the Whitehouse.

    Why not just hand over the Presidency to McCain on a silver platter.

    August 12, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  9. lr


    August 12, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  10. andrew

    I Obama can pick a republican vp why is McCain should be picking Hillary?They have work hard together in the past and would make an amazing team.

    August 12, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  11. kathy

    i would be the happiest person if hillary became the nominee

    August 12, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |

    If he tanks in Nov.?? If he tanks in Nov., it will be Hilliary's fault and we will all suffer for another 4 yrs.!!! Is that what you want?? To put another imbecile in the WH?? That's just stupidity at it's finest!!! The spirit of the world is at stake here. All eyes are on us and how we come out of this next election. We would have 4 more years of nothing done, as well as 2-3 (?4) new supreme court justices. Bottom line, this country is done if he doesn't win. Figure it out people!

    August 12, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  13. Dean


    August 12, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  14. ANGIE

    Well if she should happen to steal this from obama LOOKS LIKE I WONT BE VOTING THIS YEAR, I WOULD NEVER VOTE MCCAIN, but after what she did to obama in the primaries, and how childish she was I CANT VOTE FOR HER EITHER!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 12, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  15. S. Boatman

    I Would Love To See A Woman President. . . . Just Not This Woman. . . Ever! I Will Vote Republican Before I Vote For Hillary! So Will 18 Million Others! Hillary Will Never Be President. . . Never! She Lost In Every Catagory . . . Every One! Including The One That Mattered Most . . . Delegates!

    August 12, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  16. Shawn NJ

    It's time for Hillary to go away. Bill too for that matter. A couple of sore losers who are doing nothing but keeping the party divided. This is proof that she is not a leader and is simply seeking power. A leader would step aside and even help the ACTUAL democratic nomination so we can end this reign of Republican terror. Hillary is the worst kind of polician.

    She'd have made a great Republican.

    August 12, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  17. Robert

    The new Atlantic article makes it perfectly clear who is to blame for Senator Clinton losing the nomination - Sen. Clinton. She was hesitant and indecisive - and she couldn't manage her money. Now she expects Sen. Obama to come to the rescue even while she allows her supporters (and her adulterous husband) to undermine Obama's campaign. Another example of both Clintons being vile and self-absorbed. Please, please make them go away.

    August 12, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  18. Caryl - Connecticut




    August 12, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  19. James , Houston, TX.

    Hillary Clinton to be nominated from the Floor; By ALL MEANS!!!

    Time to WAKE UP Democrats, Nominate they Wiil Come !

    August 12, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  20. No surprise & what a shame

    I knew when Clinton didn't surrender her delgates and the way they have been avoiding campaigning for Barack that they would try this.. if she does do this you can say hello to MCCain as your president. NEVER, EVER TRUST A CLINTON!
    Good luck with that... McCain will run what is left of America into the ground.

    August 12, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  21. Brando

    The Democratic Party NEEDS a major! overhaul!. Forget about 2008 (Barack's gonna come out short, i.e no 270 EV for him come Nov.) or 2012 (The Electoral College's gonna change because of the 2010 Census). So start thinking about 2016. You got 8 yrs. You've! been! warned!.

    August 12, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  22. Belle

    This was the closest race in Democratic History!

    Part of the "RULES" are Hillary R. Clinton's name be on the FIRST Roll Call vote for the Democratic Party.

    What IS the Problem here? Afraid Obama may not get the votes????

    After all, Obama supporters love to tout Rules Are Rules. Oh that's right, only when it benefits Obama....

    August 12, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  23. Steve From Dallas

    It had better .... if Democrats still believe in democracy.

    SHE unlike him, has earned to have her name placed in nomination.

    August 12, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  24. Steve - Minneapolis

    Caryl in Connecticut – please turn your enthusiasm toward a democratic victory. (and get your facts straight)

    August 12, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  25. Valerie - St. Louis, MO

    This is getting sick. If Hillary steals this nomination from Obama then I say to hell with the Democratic party and this so-called democratic society. Hillary's supporter are sore losers and cannot stand the fact that a man of color has bested her.

    August 12, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
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