May 19th, 2008
03:50 PM ET
12 years ago

Clinton: 'This is nowhere near over'

Clinton said Monday the Democratic race is not over.

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. charles

    monster this is the primary it has nothing to do with the electoral vote yet. we know yr suppoters are un educated so they do buy yr lies. but educated well minded people just turn off when you speak coz what you say is out of this planet.

    May 19, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  2. Debra, Alton

    What is going on? Why is she in sooo much denial!

    May 19, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  3. David Goldman for OBAMA



    May 19, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  4. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Hillary, it's over. Go back to the Senate and try to play nice with Nancy Pelosi and maybe she'll let you bang the gavel to introduce the next President, Barack Obama.

    May 19, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  5. Luna Atlanta, GA

    Oh, Hillary. That says a lot about you when you'll fight for the states that didn't play by the rules to have a say. Would you be making this argument if you were ahead? I think we all know the answer there. I hate it for the voters of those states, but come November you'll have your chance. I just don't think Hillary is going to be an option. Just remember. While Hillary hoops and hollers about HOW she's going to win she's not saying a whole lot about why. To me, this seems to be a contest of vanity for her and and not actually for the change of which she is speaking. She seems to be more concerned about just beating the other guys and not as concerned about WHY she wants to win or what she plans to do should she win.

    OBAMA 08!

    May 19, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  6. tomkat

    She must have some trick up her sleeve,
    like a fat lawsuit or legal challenge ready to launch.

    May 19, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  7. Robin

    The most important thing to remember is either one Democrat in November wins the election or we have another 4 or 8 years of Bush-McCain. Mrs. Clinton and Mr. Obama should bring the party together before it is too late.

    May 19, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  8. Darryl

    Hillary Clinton is having a Senior moment and a lap in math.
    she read for her nursing home. Can someone help her i wll donate for her care..

    May 19, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  9. Voter

    I notice Obama has been completely MIA as far as Kentucky is concerned.
    That's Barak 'it's the popular vote that counts' Obama in top form.
    He's truly there for the will of the people, that is the people that will him to the nomination. See ya' in November, loser.

    May 19, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  10. Charlene, Henderson Nevada

    This is becoming exhausting!! It is now time for us to unite, shen needs to gracefully bow out.

    May 19, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  11. FHunter

    Oh, My! It ain't over, but Obama has a 15 point lead over her in the latest Gallup Poll. That's a 35 point swing in the past four months. Inf fact, this is over. The dinner is cooked, it's time to come to the table and join as one family.

    May 19, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  12. Al

    Senator Clinton seems to believe that there can be no democratic nominee until she has given her blessing. She'll have to be dragged from the convention hall kicking and screaming.

    May 19, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  13. Joel, Pittsburgh, PA

    There are none so blind as those who will not see.

    This doesn't make you look strong, Senator, it makes you look delusional.

    May 19, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  14. Jon, Illinois

    GO AWAY!!!!!! IT IS OVER!!!!! YOU'RE DELUSIONAL!!!!!!!

    May 19, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  15. Get Real

    Hillary is absolutely right! It's nowhere near actually is TOTALLY OVER!
    It was a good try Hillary (kind of) but it really is over and you and your family and the Democratic part are paying the price for your state of denial.

    May 19, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  16. less media more issues

    We're just getting a taste of what's going to be thrown at Obama. And this 'appeasement' tactic can't be thrown at Clinton.

    Clinton is more popular. You'll see it again tomorrow.

    May 19, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  17. skip

    2210 delegates???????? Play by the rules! Put the shoe on the other foot and ask yourself the same question!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Then insert in mouth..... who gives a rrrrriiiippppp anyway?

    May 19, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  18. Indiana Ed

    You go girl!! There's many behind you!

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

    I agree with Clinton those small states have picked Presidents over the years and she is really coming out favorably with the blue collar workers by big margins. What happened to Edwards wasn't he going to campaign for Obama in these states or is it he can't taken on Clinton with the votes for his endorsee. John Edwards endorsement fell flat like his four hundred dollar haircuts. LOL

    May 19, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  20. Paul In Seattle

    It's sad that people are threatening to vote for McCain if Hillary doesn't gain the nomination. This is both immature and irresponsible. It's also too bad that Hillary keeps this thing going with the false hope of winning. But on the positive side, it's helping the Democratic Party by brining in many new voters and energizing the nation to get involved with the political process. I'd like a story to focus on this potential advantage of continuing this "fight" for the nomination.

    Democrat '08

    May 19, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  21. Mike

    According to this Women, all you have to do is win West Virginia, Kentucky, Ohio and PA, and you are the President!!

    Stand Strong
    for Change!!!


    Fall Hard
    for the SAME!!!!

    May 19, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  22. Venus

    Keep going HIllary!

    You will just continue to offend states and try to re-do the math!

    The more negative you get – the better Obama looks!

    Go Bam!

    May 19, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  23. tim in carroll ia

    Dear Hillary,
    This thing has been over since Super Tuesday! This election is about the future of this country. We Democrats hope we can count on you to support President Obama in the coming years.

    May 19, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  24. Arkansas Undertaker

    You say it aint over untilk the fat lady sings? The you better hurry up because she is clearing her throat. LOL


    May 19, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  25. Craig

    Why Doesn't Hillary run as an independent......

    May 19, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
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