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. Proud1of 26% in WV

    She is not going to give up gracefully.John Edwards saw it fit to stop the momentum last week.It is going to be up to the superdelegates to end it for her before the convention.I knew she would leave kicking and fighting.

    May 19, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  2. New York

    Hillary will announce Glenn Close as her running mate.

    Clinton/Close 08

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


    May 19, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  4. Jason

    Let´s start adding the words "in my head" to everything that Hillary says like you can do with "in bed" with the Chinese fortunes. It works like this:

    "This race is far from over" . . . IN MY HEAD.

    "I am winning the popular vote" IN MY HEAD.

    Try it. There are infinite possibilities with this new version of the Bush "truth stretching machine" on the campaign trail.

    May 19, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  5. Terry

    Even though I voted for Clinton in my state's primary, the words "nowhere near over" doesn't sound good. I'm hoping this can be wrapped up soon. Unlike a lot of Hillary voters that said they'd rather vote for McCain instead, I'm ready to back up whoever gets the Dem nomination. I think she's running out of time and options.

    Dems '08

    May 19, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  6. Kiah


    What time is it? *scratches head...smacks lips*

    Don't we read this SAME story from her every week.

    May 19, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  7. Jackson

    She's right. It's way past over.

    May 19, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  8. jeff

    Everything she wins is important. Everything Obama wins is nice but doesn't matter. She flat out lies when she says there was low voter turnout in the caucus states. She lies when she says she is ahead in the popular vote. Bill has been banished from campaigning. Please stop campaigning. We understand how much energy and time and money you have spent, but just stop. Go collect another $109 million next year like you did last year and pretend you relate to people who make $25,000 a year.

    May 19, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  9. California Girl

    When Ted Kennedy was running for President, he took it to the convention and he was behind 700 delegates.

    It's the American way, it ain't over till the Convention. We will all unite at the Convention.

    Obama supporters be patient and dont' count your eggs before they hatch!

    Hillary 08

    May 19, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  10. Noclinton

    There she goes again, trying to change the rules in the middle of the game. First by arguing that the popular vote should be counted by excluding caucus states, and by including Michigan and Florida, but without crediting Obama for the 45% of people who voted "uncommitted" in Michigan, which is fuzzy math no matter how you slice it. And now by trying to convince people that the goalpost is at 2,210 delegates instead of the 2,026 that everyone else recognizes. All she's doing is undermining her own credibility here.

    Also, why has CNN stopped reporting on new superdelegate endorsements? It used to be that every time one broke for Clinton, there'd be a new story posted. Now several are breaking for Obama every day, but it's not being mentioned anywhere. If I didn't know any better, I'd say CNN was intentionally trying to make things look more competitive for Clinton than they really are. Everyone except Hillary knows the race is over, so CNN should stop pretending otherwise.

    May 19, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  11. Brazza Man

    Give an E for effort. But unity is the name of the game, Hillary, so please end this after Tuesday's primaries and start concentrating on the Fall campaign to support Barack Obama.

    Hannity, Limbaugh, O'reilly et als. savor this type of talk - and it continues to cost you time, effort and MONEY.

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

    2,026 is the number!!!! you agreed to it and if you were ahead you would say that number is valid. STOP CHANGING THE RULES JUST BECAUSE YOU'RE LOSING!!!!!!

    P.S. right on MP-PENN, you are soooo right!!!!!

    May 19, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  13. harvey in va

    Please take it all the way to the convention::: Obama is already claiming to be the rude the contest is not even over

    May 19, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  14. D R

    Hillary stick a cork in it! Start helping your party, not hurting them..

    May 19, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  15. sacto joe

    When Senator Obama wins an undisputed majority of the pledged delegates, he has a right to make the point. You can bet that if the shoe were on the other foot, Senator Clinton would make a FAR larger deal of it – look what she made out of a dinky West Virginia win!

    And I don't believe Senator Obama has ever said the vote shouldn't be completed. It's typical politics that Senator Clinton is attempting to tar him with that brush.

    Senator Obama has always treated Senator Clinton with respect. Sadly, the reverse is far from true....

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

    When are people going to realize that she is constantly lying to them all the time? Saying she has the popular vote is just a plain old, bold-face lie. Just like sniper fire, just like Mark Penn, just like Nafta, just like the vast right wing conspiracy to set her husband up in the Lewinsky affair. Sorry Hillary, but Florida and Michigan will be seated, but not the way they stand right now. They weren't contested fairly. Did you know she also doesn't count any uncommitted vote in MI for Obama or any of the Caucus states? She simply makes up math that is convenient for her and then tells everyone she is winning. The most shocking thing of all is that millions of you still beleive what this person says and blindly follow her like lambs to the slaughter. I am disappointed in some of my fellow Americans. Misled so easily. Spoonfed lies without checking facts or backgrounds.

    May 19, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  17. rachel

    Finish the primaries Hillary. You deserve to finish and not be pushed out.

    May 19, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  18. Frank, Missouri

    It's over. Simple as that.

    May 19, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  19. Betty, Nevada

    Huckabee put out the idea of someone pointing a gun at Obama.
    Not a good idea in a country that has shot 2 Presidents just in my lifetime and a few more before that--look at the list-Lincoln, McKinley, Kennedy, Reagan plus you can add on Martin Luther King and Bobby Kennedy to get a better picture.

    May 19, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  20. Amira (Ex clinton supporter)

    Hillary, Hillary, Hillary, please drop it already. People are starting to think you are crazy. You keep making your own numbers up and you keep telling lies that are ludacris.

    The only thing you are popular in is telling lies and being married to Bill.

    I use to be on your side, but you have shown your true colors in this election season and I really don't like it.

    You are fake!! I am not sure if this is the real you or not!!


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

    Let's face it Hillary is the best candidate for the job. There were way to many votes cast in Florida and Michigan for the DNC to turn their backs on those two states. Do the right thing. HILLARY 08!

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

    If we are going by the DNC RULES, then superdelegates won't cast their vote until the convention in August.

    Hillary! Take it to the convention!

    You are winning the states that need to be won! The little red states cannot get a person elected. Democrats are out numbered two-to-one in those states.

    Wake up democrats!

    May 19, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  23. Bri in Charlottesville, VA

    Desperation...she's smelling that victory right around the corner and she's grasping at straws...changing her viewpoint on votes she didn't want when she thought she didn't need them earlier in the election...but just because Hillary lost, doesn't mean that we Democrats have to hand the presidency over to the matter who wins the nomination, a Democrat needs to be President. Things are bad now and they are only going to get worse unless we vote a Democrat into office. Change in 08!!

    *Obama 08*

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

    I hope Obama is a civilized soul brother and he will support Hillary for the presidency of the USA. We really know nothing about Obama, except that he can really give a great speech, and can set for years and listen to the hateful word of the good doctor the Rev. J. Wright.

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

    Please stop! Hillary please stop for the future of this country!

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