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. ObamaMama

    DEMOCRATS, PLEASE! I have been a supporter of Obama since this race started but would vote for Hillary if she were the nominee. The fact remains, that even though I don't like her tactics (and some of these overzealous, negative Hillary Supporters), THESE CANDIDATES ARE VERY SIMILAR ON WHERE THEY STAND ON THE ISSUES. I know that some of you Hillary supporters feel the same about Obama and us overzealous supporters 🙂 but PLEASE VOTE ON THE ISSUES!! We have too much to lose (homes, savings accounts, jobs). Please do not vote to spite a candidate and end up hurting yourself, your family, your community!


    May 19, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  2. Rudy NYC

    Democracy means majority rule, not most boisterous rule. Obama has the numbers in every category, super delegates aside.

    FACT: DNC rules required that all candidates remove their names from the ballots in Fl and MI, and not campaign there.

    Besides, the Michigan situation was created in large part by Clinton supporter Michigan Sen. Carl Levin, in what has been argued as veiled attempt to restrict the number of names on the ballot in Michigan. The MI change included a provision that write-in candidates could not keep their delegates, and would surrender them to the lead vote getter. Clinton? So it appeared when it happened.

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

    Dear Hillary.... you have only yourself to blame for all the animosity we feel for you... You try to change the rules... 'after' saying those votes shouldn't count.... now that your crying for 'all' votes to count... what about the ones that didn't vote for anyone in those States... thinking it was pointless, your not concerned about them, your only concerned for the ones that voted for 'you'... and if that doesn't smarten your fans up, 'you' put your own daughter in a position to have to cover for you about the Bosnia lie. ..I think that is despicable to do that to your own child! Your have no values, integrity, or real heart for people.. you are self-serving, at all costs. As a woman your age, I am appalled at my own gender for supporting you to be President . Someday, I want a female President too, 'but', it needs to be the right one. That is not you.

    May 19, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  4. Jamaal Kansas

    Hillary this is your conscience callting "It over". Man she really is in denial. Cnn why is she still in the news she lost months ago she is only that thinks its not over

    May 19, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  5. vdemocrat

    Hillary 08 the preacher thing is blowing up in his face! along with his family problems. The older the wiser! You can catch up!!

    May 19, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  6. old whitey 4 Barack

    Where in the hell does she get 2206? I have dimentia, and I know it is 2026, She is embarrasing, for females. Just like Michelle Obama said ,she is changing the goal posts, again. Please Hillary, go back to the Senate and make Bush bring my boys and girls home.

    May 19, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  7. Steve Gilbert

    Actually, it is close to over. It's May 19 already. It's closer to being over that it was one week ago.

    Time doesn't stop!

    Oh, and why do all the Clinton stories have the top of the page?

    Don't really care... I'm voting for McCain anyway.

    May 19, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  8. Go Hillary

    I agree with WIlly

    oh and ....................

    it's not over

    it's not over

    it's not over

    it's not over

    it's not over ........................

    May 19, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  9. Dino IL

    I'm guessing that HRC will still be saying, "it ain't over..." at Obama's inauguration in '09. Wish her the best of luck in 2016...

    May 19, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  10. Eric

    Give it up, Hillary. You don't have the votes. You won't have the votes. You're not going to be VEEP because Obama would need a food taster ... though you'd be incredibly valuable to him in other ways. So just accept the fact that America doesn't want you to be President, and get on with life.

    May 19, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  11. Are you serious?

    Why does she keep making up her own numbers, math and rules?

    May 19, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  12. Maggie VT

    She should not keep saying the caucus states do not count and they are small. If she becomes the nominee, she may not get those states. She keeps repeating they don't count. I thought everyone was saying she was not going to be nasty anymore. Guess someone was wrong!!!!

    May 19, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  13. Mary

    Senator Clinton,

    PLEASE continue to run...right up to and including the Democratic Convention!
    Forget the pundits and the media blitzes telling of your demise....YOU are STILL winning state primaries......and the VOTER'S Votes are still
    asking that you continue!

    NO matter who is ultimately the Democratic Presidential candidate.?..all votes must and should be counted!..this is the founding
    meaning of DEMOCRACY!

    The math...regarding delegates and superdelegates will all be counted in due process(...and the wisdom of the Democratic Elections Committee..will ultimately include Michigan and consensus)
    Soooo......the race is NOT over until the last VOTE is Counted!

    Best of luck to both of You...Senator Clinton and Senator Obama!

    Congratulations to You Both For a Invigorating, stimulating and hard fought political race!!

    God Bless America!...and God Bless Democracy!!!

    May 19, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  14. Rod

    Keep Fighting! The pundits do not decide the presidency, the people do! Fl. and Michigan must be counted! If they are not counted, whoever is the nominee will be a flawed candidate. The Democratic nominee must be chosen by all 50 states, NOT 48. The race is a dead heat. It is not over. Keep fighting! WE WANT YOU TO Fight ON!!! The process was designed so thst we not only get a nominee who will make a great president, but one who will win in November! Hillary has the swing states! She has the women vote nationally by a large margin! Let's win in NOVEMBER!!!! Hillary id the ONE!!!!!

    May 19, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  15. New Orleans for Obama

    Why is it that Hillary does not want to abide by the rules that SHE AGREED TO???? The networks should flash the scanned copy of the agreement with her signature on it.

    The delagates will be seated...but


    Obama '08

    May 19, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  16. Bayou Joe

    The Crowds in Oregan came to see Obama not to vote for him. We want to know if he is the ONE. 666 or Not.

    May 19, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  17. DPZ

    Hillary is depending on the DNC to hand her the nomination. It is not
    going to happen it is over and the only reason Jonh Mccain is still a
    undamaged candidate is because she is still hanging around and
    even she knows it is over.I dont understand why she is holding back
    the democratic party oh...I forgot she think the is all about her and voters well Republican voterws keep her delusional just watch when June 15th pops up she is going have to drop out. This is absurd she
    shouldn't even still be in the race she is old news already defeated
    by the Obama train......

    May 19, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  18. Jer-bob

    PLEASE, please, please go away! I know the idea of NOT being the center of attention is worse than withdrawing from Ambien and I know in your world this can't possibly continue without you but you are on a burning ship with a beach pail full of water. Get off now!

    May 19, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  19. jack

    You go girl!

    It's not over until Hillary is the President..that's it and thats all!

    May 19, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  20. tony, Mount Vernon, NY

    If it's over why are huge numbers of people still turning out for Hillary? If Obama IS the nominee shouldn't all the Hillary supporters just stay jome? Just because Obama, his supporters and the media say it's over doesn't mean it's over. I think super delegates should pay attention to these final primaries and think to themselves if Obama can't close the deal with all the fanfare behind him now among fellow Democrats what will happen after the Republicans start to tear into him.

    May 19, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  21. Mississippi

    Some one should tell the Clinton's tha t this is over. She will not be the vice pres or the head of the sen. She doug her own grave, when she voted for the war and would not accept the fact that she cast the wrong vote. If she had of done that she would of been the 1st female pres. She shoud take her husban d advice stop digging the hole. Mcbush will do far worse than HRC. He cant even raise money. The only thing Obama has to do is show pic's of mcbush with bush. That's what they did here in mississippii and took that seat from them. Not even FOX will be able to help mcbush. Mississippi is Obama country !!!

    May 19, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  22. Justin

    It's over, toots.

    May 19, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  23. Mr. Wow

    This is starting to get really bizarre. Not only is Hillary trailing in super delegate and delegate support, but also the popular vote. How she continues to possess any clout is beyond my level of comprehension. Initially, I had respect for her, but now she's become highly obnoxious and seemingly concerned with her own self image.

    May 19, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  24. Denise

    This woman's quest for power is downright scary. The party is sending her a clear message. She wanted to continue this thing with the hopes of winning by super delegates. The only problem is.... the super delegates are clearly going with Obama. She's only picked up a couple since PA. Today the senator from W VA went against the majority of his state and endorsed Obama. The only way she wins is through some diabolical plot via Puerto Rico and fuzzy math. She has shown herself to be a vindictive sore loser and I've had just about enough of her. She really does think she's entitled.

    May 19, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  25. Joan Ross

    This is extremly sad. I feel very sorry for Mrs. Clinton.

    May 19, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
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