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. Delta Dave

    Obviously, Clinton has read, and subscribes to, the words of Welsh poet, Dylan Thomas. "Do not go gentle into that good night/ Old age should burn and rave at close of day; /Rage, rage against the dying of the light...."
    I am in the middle of Carl; Bernstien's biography on Clinton and it certainly explains her obssessive greed for power. Maybe it is time for her to forgo her past and look to her future.
    A better legacy for her would be a graceful departure from the campaign, but her desire to be a "fighter" is too ingrained. Sad, sad.

    May 19, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  2. Margaret

    Never leave the field in the middle of the fourth quarter.

    May 19, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  3. Pat in Cali

    caption: "I ain't goin' nowhere 'til I get my money back!"

    May 19, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  4. Carl, Atlanta

    Hillary Clinton has proved herself to be delusional. How very, very sad and pathetic. Thank goodness she didn't win the nomination! She's on the ballot in the remaining states and her dwindling number of supporters will still vote for her, but it is most definitely over. All she is doing now is wasting money, time and effort she could be redirecting to repair the damage she has done to the Democratic Party. There are no big prizes for her to win. She'll take KY with her veiled racist rhetoric, but that's pretty much it. Even if she were to win everything else, she still cannot catch Obama and the super-delegates are abandoning her in droves. She's up to another one of her tricks.

    May 19, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  5. Tom



    Go home Hillary! It's time to take on John McCain. Get out of the way and let the party unite behind it's nominee.

    May 19, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  6. nate

    Ok so shes annoying but actually I dont mind HIllary that much. Its her supporters that I cant stand 🙂

    May 19, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  7. Tiachi

    now you're just being a sore loser Hill!!!

    enough is enough, you look shameless in your ever changing argument to try to STEAL the nomination from the front runner.

    May 19, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  8. Tex

    What's so amazing, perhaps disillusional would be a better word, is Hillary really has to be the only one along with some of her supporters who still seriously considering her to be in the campaign. No one else does and that includes her most of her campaign staff who will soon be jumping ship if they haven't already done so. History will have a lot more negative spin on her campaign...these last 6-8 weeks. Obviously, she still doesn't get it that she and Bill don't call the shots or make the rules and only they think she is "entitled" to the nomination. No one else does. The number of delegates required for the nomination is 2026. Obama has 1909 delegates which translates to his needing only 117 more delegates. Tomorrow will be a big day for him. Sadly, the voters of Kentucky as usual, both want and will be, on Hillary's losing bandwagon. That's not surprising to most of us. It isn't even a matter of principle, it's really more a matter of stupidty. The fat lady is singing to the fat lady in pants' suits that "the party's overrrrrrr!"

    May 19, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  9. jennifer

    I used to think in the beginning that Hillary could win this nomination by playing fair and going on the experience she SUPPOSEDLY has,and I used to support her all the way, until she start going Bi- Polar on me.
    I thought that she would look good for women, but instead she looks like a scorned woman and a sore loser.
    Ifany other man was in her position right now I know that they would have backed out gracefully,and honorably.
    HILLARY,if you have any descency, please be a graceful woman and do what is best for the party. Because in your effort to prove you could be just as tough as a man, you are proving that women are vengeful.
    and it's certainly not a pleaseant thing to watch how you behave everyday.
    It's a disgrace that the DNC n't stop her from using that 2210 crap.

    May 19, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  10. Rich

    sweetheart – you're delusional...

    May 19, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  11. Huh?

    Hillary doesn't have ANY Electoral College votes, no matter WHAT she says. You don't get Electoral College votes until the national election is over.

    This is getting crazy. Hillary, enough're just starting to look pathetic, now.

    May 19, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  12. The Lady

    Obama needs about 116 degates to reach the 2026 goal, he wil probably get about 80 between now and June 3rd. Which means he will only need 36 superdelgates to endorse him. The plane is landing Hillary get off while you can still hold your head up.

    May 19, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  13. robert ga

    You cannot make your case on being dishonest. I MEAN REALLY , YOU ARE GOING TO COUNT MICHIGAN for yourself EVEN THOUGH YOU were the only one on the ballot. if that is not dishonest i don't know what is .
    We are not saying that the people did not vote , they did and their delegate may be seated, but not on your terms. worst case they should be split done the middle and given half a vote each. These two states need to be purnished at some level for going against the national rules.
    And all this talk about winning the big states did you really win texas that much. you lost the delegate count there and only won by 1.5% point the the primary votes.

    May 19, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  14. What the Huck?

    Well, you know.. it's like the saying goes, "As Oregon goes, so goes the rest of the country!!!"

    OBAMA ALL THE WAY BABY!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 19, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  15. Emma

    It is not over yet and if Hillary is not the nominee I am from the old school and I WILL vote for McCain, so will others in my family. I lived through eight years of Bush , I think I can handle McCain.I have seen no reason I would want to vote for Obama.He sure has had some smug looks on his face lately, and CNN still loves him. You are wrong MP Pennsylvinia . He has tossed plenty at Hillary , some by way of surrogates. The Obomanics have really been nasty,Just as CNN has.The article about Hillary going to church yesterday should have never been wrote. The comments were redicules.

    May 19, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  16. Independent

    I forgot to mention that she is now in Kentucky saying a President has never been nominated without Kentucky! What happened to West Virgina, or did you already dump them?

    May 19, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  17. Deb

    Hillary needs to throw in the towel. Barack Obama will be the nominee. And as a Floridian I'm glad there is no recount. Hillary's evil and desperate. Give up and face the facts a Black Man has given you the royal beatdown.

    May 19, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  18. FLORIDA Voter for Barack Obama

    Ok Psycho.

    May 19, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  19. K

    It isn't over. Otherwise, we'd see a winner. If you think Obama has won, then why are you so afraid to let this race play out?

    And if it was over, why does she keep winning states?

    To be honest, I think the only problem is this process takes too long. Let all the primaries and caucases happen in just a month or two and then let it be over.

    May 19, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  20. v.ananthan

    I think if the democratic party doesn^t accept that Hillary is getting more popular vote and doesn^t select her as their nominee then Hillary should go independent ….

    HILLARY IS UNDOUBTEDLY THE BEST LEADER TO LEAD AMERICA *************************************************************************

    -Hilary 08

    May 19, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  21. ladymary

    Hillary is posturing for 2012. She can work as hard as she wants, but until she learns to tell the truth and gets rid of the letch she wilol NEVER get my vote. I'm sure in another 4 years the USA can find a good qualified woman to run.

    May 19, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  22. L & I'm out peace

    There she goe's

    May 19, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  23. Tony - DC

    Hillary may not be the greatest choice, but out of the three stooges we are stuck with, she sure is the best choice!

    If the Dem. Party, superdelegates had any brins or guts, they would realize it too. Once close!

    May 19, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  24. ATLian

    Just because she won those states in the PRIMARY doesn't mean they won't vote Democrat in the general election if she is not the candidate. How arrogant.

    May 19, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  25. Rus in St. Paul, MN

    "Nowhere near over" is a bit of an exageration, since it's obviously really, really close to over. Even including Florida and Michigan, it's really, really close to over. Math is just not in Hillary's favor, it hasn't been since before Pennsylvania.

    The only way the outcome would change is if Obama either doesn't take the nomination, or has a scandal so huge come up that the supers change nomination for the good of the party. Either way, Hillary would get the nomination if she was fighting this hard or not. It's Obama's to lose now, not Hillary's to win.

    We all get it Hillary, you are a fighter. But insulting our intelligence with new math, or selective math, doesn't help your cause. Realize you've done better in the polls when you've been more down to earth. People loved the Hillary in New Hampshire, the one that was not on the attack all of the time.

    Don't go out this way on mis-information and pouring salt into the wounds of this campaign.

    May 19, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23