May 19th, 2008
03:50 PM ET
13 years ago

Clinton: 'This is nowhere near over'

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="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. Willy

    Keep going Hillary. The layer's of Obama's onion are peeling off fast!

    May 19, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  2. Oh Boy...

    STOP LYING!!!!

    Clinton supporters: We love you, but you've gotta make a choice soon - to support the Democratic nominee, or to support a third term of George W. Bush. You all know what the right thing to do is. Even if Senator Clinton won't do the right thing, I truly believe we can count on you folks.

    May 19, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  3. Uncle Sam

    As Kentucky goes, so goes the nation.........for Sen. McCain!

    Americans for McCain '08

    May 19, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  4. shelly in IL


    May 19, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  5. OBAMA 08

    It's over . . . "sweetie"

    Obama/Sebilius 08 &12

    May 19, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  6. Adam from NY

    C'mon superdelegates!

    May 19, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  7. maya

    If Ted Kennedy could be so far behind in the delegate count and still take it to the convention- why should Hillary drop out?!

    Neither Obama nor Hillary has enough delegates to secure the nomination. Like Obama called Indiana a "virtual tie"- so is this nomination.

    Like Lou Dobbs said- stop the "softball journalism"- this is a brokered nomination. A virtual tie. Hillary deserves to stay in and make her case and we support her!

    May 19, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  8. MP-Pennsylvania


    You said all what I wanted to say

    Chuck, Democrats United We Stand May 19th, 2008 12:54 pm ET

    Your right, if Obama was a "WHITE" man, he would have already won and sewed this nomination up. Why, it's his message, it is his stand, it is the way he runs his campaign, and lastly it is the simple fact, that he has done a great job of not going completely hostile and negative against Hillary. Although they have both been somewhat hostile and negative towards each other he has done a great job of staying away from politics of the old. One last comment, had he been white, Obama could have tossed the same crap at Hillary as she did at him and gotten away with it. The fact that he is not white has been a hinderance, the white america would not accept a none white going negative and mean spirited at a white woman. That is the sad but honest truth. My hat is off to this man, for what he has accomplished.

    May 19, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |


    the number is 2026

    live with it
    and the gas tax holiday is a joke

    May 19, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  10. mjc

    hillary – the only one who can beat john mccain. the truth hurts, obamabots.

    May 19, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  11. Obama Supporter, but anybody but McCain 08!

    Hillary, are you dyslexic? The number is 2,026

    May 19, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  12. Berat, Park Ridge, IL

    "People don't get elected president without winning Kentucky."

    Sounds like, "Nobody wins the White House without winning West Virginia."

    What about Oregon? What about North Carolina? What about Kansas? What about Iowa?

    And why is it that the only states that count are the ones Hillary Clinton wins?

    May 19, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  13. BHO

    I hope Clinton is a civilized soul and she will support Obama for the presidency of USA. She is a fighter and she know how to mend relations with others.

    May 19, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  14. Jos/TN

    Senator Clinton is a sore loser, by all standards.

    May 19, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  15. Thomas

    I was at the Obama "thing" in Portland, I was not there for Obama I was there for Bruce!! More and More Oregon Voters are going to Hillary after seeing Obamas ads on TV they are lame!

    May 19, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  16. Dr. Sam

    CLINTON CONTINUES TO MARCH TO A DIFFERENT DRUMER but delegates and national polls continue to go Obama's way. Today's big endorsement comes form SEN. BYRD of West Virginia. This is big news because Sen. Byrd is an elder statesman and Dean of the Senate! His choice of words–and he chooses his words carefully–is in the superlative. He called Obama a patriot, Christian, honorable, and more! The next question for me, and for most people who want real progress and change, is who will be his running mate should he win the nomination. I put forward to all bloggers the following thoughts. OBAMA SHOULD NEVER CHOOSE HILLAY FOR VICE-PRESIDENT, nor should anyone pressure him to. I came across a piece in the Toronto Sun (check with any good library) on this issues that I consider the best I have ever read. Please get it and read it if you can! The article is titled "Hillary no mate for Obama: Loyalty is first quality of a presidential candidate seeks in a vice-president," by Lisa Van Dusen, Toronto Sun, May 18, 2008. Lisa argues that such a choice would guarantee a lost for Obama in November (and Republicans would love it) since it undercuts his sterling message about new and old politics, lobbyists, etc. Furthermore, the Clintons will never be truly loyal to Obama. On the other hand, they would spent their time in the Vice-Presidential mansion plotting his downfall or demise in the hope of taking over or plotting for Hillary's next run for the job. Let him who has ear hear!
    Dr. Sam

    May 19, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  17. James

    Hillary says that about all the states that she campaigns in and all the states that she has won.

    May 19, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  18. Capt. Smash, Salt Lake City, Utah

    Be nice Hillary keep it nice, I almost wanted you to be a V.P. , just be cool to the end.

    May 19, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  19. J. Sully, New York

    Hillary stop the BS!!! We know Obama is the winner.

    May 19, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  20. Dylan

    Um, Hillary...

    Have you seen today's poll numbers?

    It's actually VERY NEAR over.

    May 19, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  21. senj

    You are perfectly right ma'am it is not over today, tomorrow or the next because it was already over about 2 weeks ago. I understand that FL amd MI matters to you since you are losing but ma'am where was your judgement whne you agreed and signed to the DNC's proposal, where was your judgement?

    May 19, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  22. Helen



    Obama 08"

    (see why she can't be on the ticket with Barack)

    May 19, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  23. Thomas

    “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 .

    THATS WHY Clinton would win, and Obama will struggle, he might get more votes like Gore but oh no not enough electoral votes...

    May 19, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  24. Scott ATL

    Where exactly is "Over" then??? It must be near Whoooo ville! That's why no one can hear Hillary except Horton!!! lol If you have any 5 year old children you may understand what I'm

    Hillary, let it goooooooo.

    May 19, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  25. voter in AR

    Hillary has her "smart" hat on...

    She knows that the sooner she drops out of the race, the more HRC supporters who will crossover to McCain. She's keeping ALOT of people on the democratic train by continuing with her campaign. Once we get the whole DNC involved in ONE campaign, the differences in the Dem and Repub candidates will be obvious even to the most casual voter.

    (That actually rhymed! McCain, Train, Campaign! lol)

    And I just wanted to say that to see many Older white folks(Byrd), (that may have been on the "wrong" side in the past or just apathetic), support a young senator of mixed race as the leader of these Great USA... brings a tear to my eye!

    Our country is the greatest! We aren't always the first, when it comes to social issues, but we are the BEST once we catch on!

    CHANGE? Get 'er done? YES WE CAN! OBAMA '08!

    May 19, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
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