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. Michael, North Carolina

    Sen. Obama is a man that has inspired millions of Americans to come out and support his campaign. Sen. Clinton has done nothing but pander to the American people, and lie about things she knows will not do the American people any good. Sen. Clinton needs to STOP BEING A SORE LOSER AND FACE REALITY, THAT THIS PRESIDENTAL RACE IS OVER FOR HER, AND THAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HAVE DECIDED. Sen. Barack Obama is the new heavyweight champion of the world. Sen. Obama will RULE THE WORLD.


    May 19, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  2. Al

    What a shame. She had voted for Iraq war and has no any moral authority even to be in this race.

    Obama 2008

    May 19, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  3. Kevin W.

    The Swami has also had a history of picking presidents. It's over for Hillary. She should quit now to save herself from the poor house.

    May 19, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  4. Daniel from Kansas

    It's over.

    It's over.

    It's over.

    It's over.

    It's over.

    It's over.

    May 19, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  5. Wise White Guy

    Um yeah it is but you are no where near rational. How about we treat it as a hiring decision. The hiring committee have chosen another candidate. They do not know how else to tell you that you did not get the job. They have been telling you for months and you dont seem to be able to comprehend it. Are you hoping that someone shoots the guy that got the job instead of you so you can walk in and get it. I have news for you. Even if that did happen you would not be the candidate becasue you have Paul V Clinton (and a prison sentence coming) hanging over your head. You may have gotten a judge to say you can keep it hushed until after November but I know about it so many others do too.

    May 19, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  6. shelly in IL

    OMG, I wish she would stop already with the "it's not over crap". We know it's not over Hillary or you would not be on the television. MY GOODNESS!

    As hard as you are working to get this nomination, you better work just as hard to unite the Dems come Novermber.

    May 19, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  7. Rick in Florida

    When they left the White House, and knew Bush was going to be the next occupant, Bill and Hillary STOLE the White House china and TOOK with them numerous official gifts that historically are left behind when a President leaves office. Acting like the carpetbaggers they are.

    Doesn't ANYONE remember the continual drama and soap opera that caused the Executive Branch to be totally INEFFECTIVE for over three years??? And why would ANYONE want such petty people back in the White House, under ANY circumstances??? GO AWAY !!!!!

    May 19, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  8. John

    Go ahead and damage the party some more Hillary. Its over – let's unite the party and beat McCain in 08.

    May 19, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  9. MP-Pennsylvania

    I am tired of hearing that every state Hillary can win will be the states that pick the president.
    She siad it is Ohio, then Pennsylvania, then WV, now Kentucky.

    For me a person who keeps on pushing a mathematical impossibility does not psychologically fit to be a president.

    Vety scarey to have her answer the phone 3.00 am

    May 19, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  10. Raphael Tx

    Baracks Plan to stop illegal immigration,"Work With Mexico". That is wright from Baracks website. Baracks small minded views to stop illegal immigrants from coming to this country.
    What a racist bigot. Barack believes every illegal immigrant in this country is from Mexico. What about, Honduras,Guatemala, El Salvador, Venezuela etc... where over 35-50 percent of illegal immigrants come from.
    Barack is so out of touch with the real issues.
    Hispanic Americans please do your research before you vote for this bigot.
    Go Hillary, if not Hillary Go McCain

    May 19, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  11. GREGG LA



    May 19, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  12. Drew

    Darn - I'm from Nebraska. I guess my vote doesn't count. But I thought every vote from all 50 states was goign to elect our next president??

    You can't have it both ways Hilly.

    May 19, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  13. shyril

    I think Hillary may be delusional. Where is Bill. He has to know the deal. Its over. She thinks its not over? If nothing else did she see the crowd for Obama on yesterday and then see hers?
    Its over. Go vacation. Relax. Plan the next phase of your life.

    May 19, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  14. Montana is Obama Country

    ................... WHO..........??

    May 19, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  15. Bernie Moore-Knowles

    Has ANYONE ever told Clinton that she does not call the shots? Such arrogance!

    Bernie Moore-Knowles
    Papa'aloa, Hawai'i

    May 19, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  16. Terri


    The magic number is now 2210?? OK what happened to 2025?????

    Please stop it Hillary. You are looking very desperate.

    May 19, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |

    other then the gas tax
    she steals ever speech obama has. she trouts behind him talking his plan for ever thing

    May 19, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  18. Latha

    I am so tired of her.

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

    Hillary WILL be President 8 months!!!!!!

    May 19, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  20. skyjuice

    Oh we go again. The delusional candidate never cease to amaze me. Give it a rest already, Hillary !

    OBAMA 08'/12'

    May 19, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  21. Dan

    I hope all you women who will vote for mccain over obama will enjoy when he appoints justices who overturn roe v wade and we are left with another term of Bush.

    May 19, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  22. Sarah

    So, Hillary will have her own rules and regulations?
    It is long over... This is just a beuty contest
    See u in 1216

    May 19, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  23. Mimi De La Cruz for OBAMA

    IT'S SO OVER !



    May 19, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  24. Dexter

    Is she not paying attention at all?

    How do people think a person this delusional has the mental capacity to be president.

    Insane people have no place inthe White House.

    May 19, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  25. SlimSista


    OBAMA...08 & 12

    May 19, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
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