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. Sherri

    Hillary, your insults to Caucus states like mine, make me support Senator Obama even more. Why do you belittle our process so much? Don't our votes count? Doesn't our time and energy count?

    More people turned out for the Washington State Caucus process than ever before in the history of the state. Obama won overwhelmingly. Stop belittling a good number of voters in this great country. We count too, even if you want to try to exclude us from the count.

    Go Obama!!!

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

    I don't know where she gets her numbers from (2210), but the DNC says it is 2026 needed to win the nomination and as far as I know they have not changed that and have not said they are going to change that.

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

    Senator Clinton, please keep up the fight. We are behind you 100%.

    We won't give up, we won't give in!

    President Hillary Clinton 2008!

    May 19, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  4. Helena

    Hillary, it is over. Barack Obama will be the democratic nominee. The latest national poll today has Barack ahead by 16 points: 55-39. He is ahead with Superdelegates, delegates & popular vote.

    May 19, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  5. Wesley

    What is she talking about. She doesn't have more popular votes under any situation. If you include Michigan, does Obama get all the Uncommitted votes? So Clinton only wants to count the votes that she got and none that Obama got....since he took his name off the ballots like they all were supose to. She is such an opportunistic cheat. And I use to like her. It would have been very difficult to vote for her if she got the nomination since I am a true Democrat.

    May 19, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  6. v.ananthan

    Obama will be actually stealing the nomination because Hillary got more votes from the democrats than Obama and will be getting the popular vote also but Obama may get the democratic party nomination because Obama used (misused) the caucus system......

    May 19, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  7. Judy D, Rochester, NY

    Here we go again...the Clinton's trying to make it according to THEIR rules and again trying to twist it to their preference. She signed off on Florida and Michigan in October – is she having a "senior moment" ? and forgetting everything? Who says the rest of the country doesn't matter. Enough already. If I had one suggestion for how the Clinton campaign should continue – it's easy – stop running.

    May 19, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  8. Avram (Yes I´m Jewish)

    Sorry Hillary,

    I love you and have support you all along, but I have to admit it´s OVER. LET´S MOVE ON !! Are we going to be STUPID once again and vote for a REPUBLICAN over one of our own !! Can´t you guys see that´s exactly what Carl Rove, Rush Lumbaug want´s. We would just be playing their game. So let´s get our act together and vote a Democrat back to the presidency.

    A Hillary Supporter !! DEM 2008 – 3000000012 !!!!

    May 19, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  9. bernice

    Oh yeah - and it's not the fact that you're a woman that people don't want you - it's because you're YOU that people don't support you.

    You are such an intelligient person and most times reasonable - however, when you say or do things that are underhanded, they realize that they can not TRUST you. Don't blame Obama for your misguided ways and mishandling of your campaign!

    May 19, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  10. @americans

    this woman is dilusional!

    keep moving the goal-post ahead because she not winning!

    Hillarious, if you can't win by 2026 delegate count, how can you win by increasing the delegates count to 2,210!

    Hillary, please drop out before you & your REPUBLICAN democrats destroy our party!

    Yall can go vote McShame!

    May 19, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  11. Neelam

    So, HIlliary's campaign now started talking about electoral votes? come 'on! wake up guys, the democratic candidates are chosen based on convention delegate counts, not GE electoral votes.

    May 19, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  12. Joann-PA

    Obama does not have the experience to run this country! You can't and must not negotiate with terrorists! If Obama becomes president we will have more attacks on the USA then you can imagine. He is not a fighter all he does is "cry about everything" poor poor Obama. They are talking about my wife, they are talking about me come on we are in need of a fighter for a president he is to soft! He is not going to win against Mccain and the party is not going to come together. You Obama supporters are not looking at the facts! You hear "change" and hear nothing else! What about the facts. Hillary won all the swing states and you can't win the general election without them! Let Florida and Michigan vote again! This is a democracy! Let the people choose! I will pray for our country because if Obama becomes president God help us all!

    May 19, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  13. RAY IN NJ

    Oh puh-lease!! You've help to make this the most interesting race in American history. But, it's time to hang up the gloves and go after Bush III.

    May 19, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  14. Tim

    Stick a fork in her campaign, she's done. Let her finish it out if she wants, but let's keep it clean and focus on the issues. Nobody should feel like they've been "disenfranchised" because the process finished before they got a chance to vote – as ludicrous as I think that mindset is, I don't want anyone to be left out in the cold. We're going to need these people come November.

    May 19, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  15. BHO Not my candidate

    Thank you Hillary for running... obama should forfeit for ignoring you...

    May 19, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  16. Helene

    With all due respect Senator Clinton, you have lost the race. Now is time to unite around Obama and help the democrats defeat McCain in November. Nothing else matters.

    May 19, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  17. Carol

    Man, you gotta love this woman!


    May 19, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  18. Jack

    Hillary, REALLY!! Then why is Ms. Ferraro so upset?

    May 19, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  19. jim t

    blind as a bat billary loser, cant see the writing on the wall, ITS OVER!

    May 19, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  20. Tony Z- MD

    She wins in states that are normally Democratic. This is nothing more than spin. At the end of the day, Obama is going to be the Democratic nominee and unite the party. Hillary is just making a good showing.

    May 19, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  21. NELSON Colorado Springs, Co

    "run Hillary, run Hillary run Hillary run run run" said the Duck

    May 19, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  22. Brown

    Why does she change the number every other week? LOL

    May 19, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  23. Lynda from Texas

    I realize that this must be very painful for Hillary to face, but it is over – I think she should stay in the race until the last primary is over as long as shee keeps from going negative – this would allow all states to have their vote.

    I am sure she is not delusional and hope she will exit gracefully so as not to turn the election to another 4 years of disasterous policies.

    May 19, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  24. Captian Obvious...

    ...and some people want her to be our President!

    May 19, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  25. Tommy

    I wonder if she and George W reside in the same delusional fantasyland?

    May 19, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
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