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. Living in the USA

    Hiliary is running this election the same way she does in her marriage. She is delusional and hanging onto something that isn't working.

    May 19, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  2. Chris

    Granted, this has become a brokered nomination at this point, and we understand Hillary's new arguments to the superdelegates. But is she really willing to set the Democratic nominating process on its ear, disenfranchise every Democratic vote in the country, and endanger the entire electoral process in order to put herself first? Do the ends really justify the means, Hillary?

    May 19, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  3. fred




    May 19, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  4. Trina

    She has to say things like that ... to appease her donors and supporters. It is SO OVER.

    May 19, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  5. Candace from Texas

    Hillary no it's not over literally, but it is over for you. Barack has been really nice to you and has not given you the boot but you need to recognize that you are not going to be the elected nominee no matter how long or how hard you try. It almost 200 delegates over you over!!!!

    May 19, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  6. Dancindukes

    Hillary – just keep saying Mission Accomplished. Even Bill has not been seen much lately.

    May 19, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  7. WhoCareWhatThisOldManSays

    I can not beleive this now it is Kentucky that is needed to win the general election. This woman has ideed lose screw she needs help. Get lost Hillary we do not want to see your wrinkiled face or your cheating husband again.

    May 19, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  8. tom


    May 19, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  9. Jay Fray

    AAAAAAAwWWW Give me a break!!! stick a fork in this chick already.... Hillary, take your pants suits to the cleaners, because all i see coming from you is 'FiLth' and please stop trying to spin everything and change the psychology of it all. its a reynolds wrap for you so, just wrap it up and go kick rocks somewhere.

    stop trying to steal the election and let the Dems unite. I know its hard but, come on, think about America first. Thanks.

    May 19, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  10. km

    I knew it...she's taking it to the convention. What else could she possibly mean?

    May 19, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  11. felicia

    Its over, Hillary. I think that you are a great candidate for the VP! Think about it, its better than nothing. And its really sad that so many people here in our great country are willing to vote for McCain if HIllary doesn't get the nomination. They would rather vote for a senile, racist (remember the KING HOLIDAY) then vote for a black man. Its sad.

    May 19, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  12. Amy

    Dear Senator Clinton,

    It is over.

    May 19, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  13. vjh


    May 19, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  14. Wrong Again

    Hey, you're kinda funny sweetie. You probably come up with all of your ideas by throwing a dart at a board, because sometimes the things you say resemble something an ignorant Republican would say. Go home.

    May 19, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  15. you're all stupid


    May 19, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  16. Jody

    Goodbye Sweetie!!! So long Cutie-Pie!

    May 19, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  17. James Spider

    Hellary Will Win, mark my Words, the Obbama people don't have the Votes, we Have a Clear majority, Who would you rather have in the White house, Bill and Hellary Clinton or some one that never had been there before, you have to Think a bout it Care fully befor You Vote, Hellary and Bill Clinton is the Best choice for any one, Obbama never had the experence the Clinton's have, Sorry but Hellary is going to win this one, there is still 3 elections to go, watch and you will be suprised, I urge all Obbama and MacAin voters to consider switch your Votes.

    May 19, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  18. Joey M

    Getting a touch pathetic. Hillary's strategy seems to be coming out of the fire here. Clinton plans on making this race as close as possible. She will use the 2 states that had the superdelegates stripped in her own personal numbers in order to attempt to cause a controversy regarding who the rightful nominee should REALLY be in her opinion. So this comes down to her not bowing out because she plans on losing, but making a big stink about it. How ungraceful can you possibly be. Theres nothing lady like about this woman and certainly nothing presidential. Unable to admit defeat because your too proud, this sounds like a failed war strategy Im hearing so much about lately which has destablized our economy and driven gas prices through the roof. Thanks for the leadership. I really appreciate it everytime i look into my wallet.

    May 19, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  19. Charlotte

    It is not over! Obama does not have the number of delegates needed to win at this point in time. He may at a later date, but as of today he is not the nominee. Why should she quit? I will write her name on my ballot in November. So for me and many more, it won't be over until after the votes are counted in November.

    May 19, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  20. N.

    Hillary it's over! And get rid of your old racist friends like Ferraro if you want to be considered for VP. Its time to do some house cleaning and take out the garbage.

    May 19, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  21. steven

    Hillary –

    Actually it is Everywhere near of being over.

    Most delegates, Most super delegates, most popular vote, most states.
    Most senators, most representatives, most governors.

    Only DNC members are tied. And even that group, an appointed, not elected group, use to be overwhelmingly in Hillary's favor, is now even.

    So Hillary,
    Every one else could read the situation clearly.
    Is this supposed to be a demonstration of judgment?

    Hillary will only stand down when the supers stand up.

    May 19, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  22. kay, NM

    Primary is over for Clinton and so is general election for democrats.

    May 19, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  23. Oh! The Irony

    It's obvious that Clinton and Ferraro are seeking to create animosity for Barack Obama in the general election by displaying these bitter attitudes to the Clinton supporters. They are clearly making this election about gender and seeking to direct her supporters away from Barack.

    This further proves to me that from the beginning this was all bout Sen. Clinton and not the American least in her eyes.

    May 19, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  24. Susan - Florida

    OMG....Just to think that Michelle Obama will be the first lady of the USA. God save us!

    May 19, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  25. marywendy

    I was at the Obama rally in Portland. It was amazing. 75000 people ..some of whom had to wait up to 3 hours to see him. He is an inspirational speaker who has brought people out to register and to vote and to get involved. As a woman who remembers the Kennedy campaign..I can personally testify to the fact that Obama has truly re-ignited the American people's faith in democracy and in the future. I have supported Bill Clinton and respect him but now is the time for Obama.
    People who liked Bill Clinton and like Hillary should have no reason to support McCain and every reason to support Obama. Its time to come together .
    As a feminist I could not support McCain who would be making the appointments to the Supreme Court and roll back advances for women's freedom.

    May 19, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
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