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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soundoff (312 Responses)
  1. vic nashville,Tn

    Hillary didn’t lose the primary CNN
    The race is not over
    Hillary 08 or Mc Cain 08

    August 12, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  2. Florida voter

    Wow, for the sake of unity, PLease put Hillary's name into nomination. THIS IS NOT A CROWNING CEREMONY!!! BE FAIR!!!

    August 12, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  3. JM from SC

    kG, where have you been? Obama already have enough delegates, that's why he is the nominee. What is wrong with the people? If the desire to see a female president is going to cause voters to lose their minds, I don't know if that's a good idea. The woman lost a long time ago. Say if there are 10 delegates and one candidate wins 6, the other candidate can never get ahead. Reading some of the comments regarding this matter, I thought 10 would be an easy number to divide.

    August 12, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  4. Lynn

    Obama will not let it happen. He would be afraid with all of his changing positions and weak on the economy, foreign policy etc. that he would not get the nomination. Frankly, he does not deserve it.

    August 12, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  5. REG in AZ

    Everything about and connected with the Clintons has shown a total focus on them and a completely irresponsible divisiveness. The Clintons have to get over themselves and the best way to start that to happen is for people to get over them and to stop feeding their egos.

    August 12, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  6. Kathie in Arkansas

    Howard Dean, Nancy Pelosi, and Donna Brazille, decided last year that they were going to be the ones that put the first black president into office. Never mind that man is the most unqualified and most flawed candidate the party has ever put forward. The party is fractured now beyond repair thanks to them, Hillary won the popular vote and had they not disenfranchised Florida and Michigan she would have had the required delegates.

    Obama will not and should not win. His hubris and outrageous dsiplay of ego recently abroad should be a huge wakeup call to everyone. Why did he paint over the flag on the tail of his plane and replace it with his cultish logo?

    August 12, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  7. Bill

    I still like Hillary for Veep.

    August 12, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  8. RRO

    I think it can be done in a way that unites the party, it lets her delegates cast their ballots, and allows the Obama people to cast theres. In the end Hillary has endorsed Obama.

    All this stuff about her staff wanting to attack Obama for not being American enough has nothing to do with Hillary. She could have done it but she did not. Which is why is bugs me when I read these blogs and see people talking like it is Hillary doing thse things.

    The only person talking about the primary is that idiot Penn and the media. Hillary is doing her part and being loyal to the party like she has for her entire career.

    Can we not show our unity today, let her name be voted on, let her voters cast their ballot for her and then untie fully behind Senator Obama, having finished the primary in a fair democratic manner.

    August 12, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  9. Spencer, Newport News, VA

    If it does, she can kiss her political career bye-bye. She clearly wants it to be up there, but she doesn't want to make it look like she's putting up a fight to the Obama Campaign. If Hillary has her name put into nomination, the Democrats can kiss the White House goodbye.

    August 12, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  10. Jean, CANADA

    What do you Hillary morons not get???? She LOST through the ELECTED process???? CNN why are you instigating these bloggers??!!!

    SHE LOST...BEAT IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    OBAMA 08, 12

    August 12, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  11. Dem in NW

    By all means. She should and you never know. There is always a first!

    August 12, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  12. Sherry

    Only if she divorces Bill - he is a true liability!

    August 12, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  13. Pam

    The Nightingale Sings in Berkley Square August 12th, 2008 3:10 pm ET

    Hey she won the mid west and the east coast and the west coast and the southern coast. What more could the DNC want?

    Give me a break.

    i support Hillary or John McCain

    Check a map...Illinois, Iowa, Missouri and Wisconsin are all in the Midwest and Clinton did not win those states.

    August 12, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  14. NC Man

    Being an Independent is the these parties too much power is that problem now days

    August 12, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  15. Leper Colony of Pariah Hill

    Ann frantti August 12th, 2008 2:56 pm ET
    IF Hillary Clinton is not the democratic nominee..I will vote for John McCain..
    Obama is, simply, not prepared for President
    ...and how is Hillary prepared to be President? Through her instrumental role in bringing about the Good Friday Agreement, or voting for a war that has cost the lives of over 4000 US soldiers and a half million Iraqi civilians?

    …..Next in line, Please! Hillary’s Bitter Bigoted Bakery now serving customer number 2!

    August 12, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  16. Doc Stoner

    I feel the best candidate was run off the road by our own Democrappic, Party. No one is perfect well Obama is by the bloggs and msg boards. The second comming by some of the meanest cowards on a keyboard, but so be it I say let Obama, make it on his own talk is cheap action well lets be blunt he has no record to crow about no matter whom ever says lets give him a try. You will see he is all talk neither substance or truthfull.............:-)

    August 12, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  17. John

    They should have gotten Hillary to play Harvey Dent in "Dark Knight".

    I think they should put her name in nomination. That way when she fails to accumulate a majority of delegate votes, and Obama gets a majority of the votes, the winner of the nomination will be certain and unchallengeable.

    Of course, this won't stop the Petulant PUMA neo-Republicans from whining and crying, but the sad and simple fact is that they were never Democrats to begin with.

    August 12, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  18. pat C.

    hillary clinton is finished as ever being the president of the united states. if she thinks she can step in now and take the crown from obama then she is a fool. if she had all those supporters that she claims to have backing her on this ,why havn't these idiots paid off her debt from the race. she was a fool to keep running after she lost and i nor anyone i know will ever give her a dime to pay her rediculous amount of debt. you hillary fans can't seem to understand that there are more of us obama people out here and none of us WILL EVER vote for this evil witch. her raign will never happen in this life time so either vote obama or McCain but drop the love of hillary ignorance. it makes you all look dumb.i am sick of hearing the dribbling.

    August 12, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  19. s.b.

    In every other democracy on the planet her name would be on a ballot at convention, a secret ballot. 18 million Americans voted for her. To not have her nome on a ballot, when neither candidate has enough pledged delegates to win is not democracy. It's a DNC appointment.

    August 12, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  20. Mike - Texas

    Hillary's name SHOULD be included in the nomination process.

    Obama still does not have enough regular votes to be nominated.

    Not putting Hillary's name in the nomination process would be a SHAM to the democratic process and Howard Dean knows it.

    But of course Howard Dean has already made a sham of the process.

    August 12, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  21. Ray

    I just want to ask: why do all of the Clinton supporters feel as if Obama owes her something? I keep hearing about how Clinton supporters either won't vote in November or vote for McCain, and that the only way Obama can win is if he picks her as his VP. So let's say that through some miracle she gets the nomination...can a Clinton supporter REALISTICALLY explain to me how she wins the general election with MILLIONS of angered and resentful Obama supporters?

    If there's one thing I've learned over the last 24 hours (after reading The Atlantic's article about her campaign and the supporting documents) it's that there's only one person to blame for the campaign's failure...and it's not Obama, Dean or the's Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton herself.

    August 12, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  22. Roofin Reality, Houston, Tx.

    I hope not. I mean, what if she were then to win? How doe she explain that she was for Obama but she's now the nominee? After all those 18 million votes in the primaries – for OBAMA – and all the states he won, how could she be the nominee?
    Look, puma folks, there was a lot of chaos by a ig pill-popping celebrity who asked his goof ball followers to go into the dem primaries and vote for Senator Clinton. That's a fact.

    Some of them did, and that's a fact as well.

    So, whether it's 17 million or 18 million who voted for Clinton, the facts are the nomination has been in the past, and is now, decided by delegates. That's it, nothing else. In that regard Senator Obama won the nomination and now it's on to fight for your positions against McCain.

    If you so choose, he can stop the fight against McCain (on your behalf) to fight with you on why you should stand next to him in the fight for your positions
    judges – judges NOT like Alito, Roberts, Scalia and Thomas whereas McCain wants more judges like that
    economic policies – tax policies are a lot better fro EVERYONE under $250,000 than McCain
    foreign policy – getting out of Iraq as quickly as possible; and not immediately starting another war in Iran as McCain sings bomb, bomb, bomb, bomb bomb Iran
    healthcare – Wants to get to a more universal plan, much like Clinton (and in fact would probably ask her to run the operation for getting this done) vs. McCain who will allow the insurers to keep denying our claims while making profits on top of profits
    energy – wants a comprehensive plan where McCain will ask for more donations (and get them AGAIN) from the oil companies to champion their positions

    I should keep on but I think you get the point. Obama is fighting for your positions. If you keep fighting him in this way, you stand to lose all of your positions.
    I guess you can smile though, knowing your candidate wasn't the winner and then you kept the person who your candidate wanted to win, and asked you to support, from winning also.

    August 12, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  23. Frustrated

    For everybody who thinks that Hillary Clinton conceded the nomination, go back and re-read the news article that gave you this impression. Clinton suspended her campaign. She didn't concede anything. She is still a feasible candidate for the nomination.

    August 12, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  24. James From Chicago


    Absolutley Hillary's name should be there. She deserves it just as much as Obama, probably more. If she is not on the ticket Obama
    dosen't have a prayer. Obama supporters need to suck it up weather they like Clinton or not. If they want their boy to win, Clinton needs to be VP. Remember she has 18 million votes in her pocket. Obama is only ahead of McCain by a few points, and with the way he prancing around like he is on National Rock Star tour. Obama needs Clinton,
    Clinton does not need Obama.

    August 12, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  25. Lisa

    Ha Ha Ha!!!

    To Obama Supporters

    Hillary or Mccain?

    August 12, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
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