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. Sue in Florida

    Stay the course Hillary. Let these keep posting as if it will make
    a difference. People, you can't make it over when you choose.
    She can stay the whole way ......and she will.

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

    "If we were counting electoral votes..."
    "If we ignored the fact that we all agreed to disavow the MI and FL primaries..."
    "If the Dems had winner-take-all primaries like the GOP..."

    Here's another fun thought experiment, Hillary...if the nomination process was like golf, and the candidate with the fewest delegates was declared the winner, then you're our nominee!

    All hail HRC, the President of Bizarro World!

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

    THE NILE, not just a River in Egypt. If she takes this to the convention her legacy is finished. SELFish just like her whiney supporters, with their threats to stay home or vote for McCain if they don't get their way. She is not even fit to be VP. I guess the road to the WH now runs through Kentucky. The only good thing about that state is Diane Sawyer, who lives in NY.

    May 19, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  4. Mike, Raleigh

    Keep it Going Sen. Hillary.

    You will be the next Dem president. If not 2008 then it will be 2012.

    Jai (glory) HIllary

    May 19, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  5. Candi California

    Just let her continue. She needs to be able to bring in money from her diehard fans to pay off her debts. It is costing around a million a day to continue. She does not want her staff to go on welfare. They probably cannot collect unemployment. They need her. We also need her. We need the light hearted approach she brings to the process. We also need her to bring Ferraro back into the fold. Just don't preach to her about adultry and the like.

    May 19, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  6. Fed Up

    The typical Clinton way...she's still in it only to raise money.

    It's OVER!

    May 19, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  7. Barbara in PA

    keep going Hillary! let us let all of the people out there including the majority of the media, know that we live in a Democracy! the present administration forgot that years ago and it is more than important
    to keep Democracy going in this primary. (Pay attention Senator Dean, Senator Kerry, Senator Obama and all the others on the train.)

    Our constitution works- let it play out! Time to think like grown-ups.

    May 19, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  8. Jason

    It's nowhere near over. It's about an hour PAST over.

    May 19, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  9. What

    Everyone just settle down. Hillary has obviously lost, and Obama is not right for the country so far as being president of it. I guess we will have to settle for McCain and hope for the best. That being said, it is up to the hard-working Americans to turn this thing around. Don't feel like you have to rely on any politician, because they will just let you down. It's happened time and again. There will be times when you have a little and times when you have a lot, but if you have strong principles and morals those are what should be most important.

    May 19, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  10. Irishspaceonk

    I'm for Obama, but I'm also for Clinton staying in until June 3rd. Because at that point, Obama will be able to say he soundly beat her.

    May 19, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  11. Ed NJ

    It sounds like she wants to take this all the way to the convention!

    The super delegates will need to step up big and put a stop to her scorched earth path to the destruction of the Democrat's chance to win this falll.

    May 19, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  12. Adam from NY

    yes, it is.

    May 19, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  13. Larry from LA


    May 19, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  14. Bobby tray

    She has every right to stay in the race. But, just like the last runner in a marathon race; they finish but they do not win.

    May 19, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  15. Theogracias

    Oh yes it is sooo over...It's soooo funnny....hahahahahaa Hillary had all the advantages and lost to a black guy nobody every heard of that everybody thinks is a muslim...hahahahah... boy how pathetic is that??????? Wow Hillary how did you waste all that money people hgave you?????

    May 19, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  16. Y


    May 19, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  17. judesuper

    It is so over. Wake up Hill. You and Bill are out. FINALLY!!

    May 19, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  18. Rick in Florida

    It certainly WOULD HAVE BEEN OVER if the media had ever done their job and reported on the LAWSUIT (Paul v Clinton) filed in the California courts. FRAUD allegations (duh....really....its the Clintons) and SERIOUS charges at that. They took MILLIONS.

    Come on CNN.....DO YOUR JOB !!!!

    May 19, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  19. RemoCrat

    This is great news. Only Hillary can prevent the disaster that is about to happen to the Democratic Party and if for some fluke Obama would win in November, to our country.

    Keep up the fight for America. We love you Hillary.

    May 19, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  20. Bill in Illinois

    Sorry to tell you Hilly but the "fat lady" has sung her song and you ain't in it!

    May 19, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  21. Carl

    Is she mad, or on something? There is no way she is going to win and if she doesn't actually know that, then there is something seriously wrong.

    I just hope she changes her mind soon enough to not harm the party more than she already has.

    May 19, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  22. Edgar

    All of you Obama supporters are going to eat every single negative comment you wrote about HRC. All of you will also be broken heart when Obama losses GE, you watch and see and the only way it won't happen is if you put HC to the ticket and even that could also be a no gammer due to Obama!

    May 19, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  23. Char


    May 19, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  24. Eli

    If Hillary is not on the ticket in the fall, this LIFELONG DEMOCRAT will not vote Democrat this year. I think she should be an INDEPENDENT on the ballot and lets all vote for her then. I think the DEMS have done this all wrong. Their GOLDEN BOY will FALL. I will never have to apologize for voting for Obama.

    May 19, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  25. Gadissa

    It will be over soon.
    Obama 2008

    May 19, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
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