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. Anonymous

    When Hillary wins by a small margin they say "a wins, a wins." When Obama wins by a small margin they say its a tie. Obama has won on all fronts, popular vote, delegates, money raised, most states etc. What else does Obama have to do to win this thing.

    May 19, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  2. phil

    If you had divorced Bill you would have probably won this thing out-right. But you stood by your man and lost. Get a divorce. Get a new plan and go for 2012.

    May 19, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  3. rumpusgoopus

    I'm just afraid of what her definition of "having a nominee" might be. I just see her still campaigning the day Obama is sworn in.

    May 19, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  4. Carlos Ventura

    First Hillary Clinton said 2025 delegates were needed to win the nomination, then she said 2209, now she said 2210. For God Sake, can you please stop the game and stop making yourself look stupid. I will Vote for you in 2016 if you stop now.

    May 19, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  5. Sue, Bloomington, IN

    Hillary is only ahead in the popular vote if you disenfranchise all the caucus states and the Michigan voters who voted against her for "uncommitted". Her rhetoric is so confused and illogical it's absurd. This is not a close primary. Obama has won by every REAL metric and he's the one who has abided by the rules set down by the DNC–Hillary broke those rules and expects to be rewarded for that. If I were a supporter of hers, I wouldn't be bashing Obama; I'd be wondering why Hillary is still taking money from them under false pretenses.

    May 19, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  6. V4OBAMA's over.

    May 19, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  7. Rudy NYC

    I think Hillary is just securing her political future. She has toned down the Obama rhetoric, and re-focused on McCain. Hillary is a smart lady, and realizes that what is best for the country is for McCain to not be the next President of the United States of America. That's her rhetoric not mine folks.

    May 19, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  8. MK/Chicago

    Would HRC want to go back and seat Michigan and Florida if it meant Obama would get some and be right behind her? Doubtful. Rules are rules. If Clinton supporters want to vote for McCain, go ahead, it's a free country and it means you're not really democrats then are you. McCain is a lot of things, distinguished senator, war hero, decent guy, BUT HE IS NOT A DEMOCRAT! Think about it!

    May 19, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  9. Larry

    CNN = Entertainment Tonight

    We deserve better

    May 19, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  10. PSmith


    Go Hillary!!!

    Obamamaniac are running scared because they know without us the Republicans will rule another 4 years...

    Who cares!!!

    McCain '08/ Hillary '12

    May 19, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  11. Erick FL

    I really think Hilary may run as an independent...Like she said, "this is nowhere near over."
    The Obamabots really need to study the Electoral Map, Obama does not stand a chance.
    This whole idea about persuading Clinton voters about 4more yrs of Bush is not going to work.

    May 19, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  12. Jim

    Go Hillary! You said it girl! You can save the Dems and win the election in November. Never give up. You have legions following you!

    President Hillary Clinton 2008, 2012!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 19, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  13. Ogirl

    Wow. So Byrd (he formerly of the KKK) supports Obama. Now THAT is progress. Unfortunately, given the tone of the Obamabots, why would Hillary support YOU? You have an incredibly nasty tone, particularly in light of all that the Clintons have done for the Democratic Party in the past. In 1980, Teddy Kennedy took it to the convention, and it did not blow up the Democratic Party (Jimmy Carter did that by himself, with help from the Iranians, high gas prices, etc.). Obama WILL win the nomination, and if he doesn't win the election in November, then the Obamabots have only themselves to blame for all the nastiness that is chasing away would-be Democratic voters.

    And, no, just as Hillary did not have an entitlement to the nomination, Obama does not have an entitlement to win the election in November. He still needs to gain the support of people who did not attend caucuses or vote in the primaries (not to mention getting the support of Hillary supporters who have been so maligned on these sites), which happens to be the vast majority of the American people. Honey is what gets voter support, not the vinegar of the Obamabots on these sites. Uniter, or divider?

    May 19, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  14. Mabel Gangois

    DNC, count the votes from FL or MI. The alternative is the defection to the Republican party in Nov. That's the way things are and there's nothing else you can do about it. Also, the nastiness of the Obama supporters to everyone else is pushing many Dems away....

    May 19, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  15. David

    "I know he is ahead in the popular vote, he has more delegats and has won more states. But I beg you... VOTE FOR ME, I'M WHITE!!!! OTHER WHITE PEOPLE WILL VOTE FOR ME TOO!!!!!" give it up Hillary

    May 19, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  16. Captain Obvious

    Ughhhh, give it a rest Hillary. IT'S OVER! You're sitting in the life boat and telling people that the ship hasn't sunk. Save some dignity (not to mention money, both yours and taxpayers) and end it already. Be dignified, admit defeat and move on instead of pretending you still have a chance. You're making yourself look more and more foolish every day you stay in the "race"

    May 19, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  17. rn

    a very stuuborn sore loser who cannot seem to read the tea leaves – if I may simplfy it, hilary you have almost lost , florida and micihgan do NOT count and u accepted the rules, stop being a sore loser. Bill and Chelsea seems very quiet these days, does that send mommy dearest a message.

    May 19, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  18. Dark Kent; not Clark Kent

    Ms. Clinton ...

    Is there anyway that the democratic candidate, no matter whether it is you or Senator Obama, will lose electoral vote rich states of NY and California? Certainly most informed voters don't think that is the case.

    So, I have two questions for you;

    Given this, isn't your claim of "300" electoral votes vs 217 for Mr. Obama, false & misleading?

    How many electoral votes will the Democratic candidate, whether its you or Senator Obama pick up in Puerto Rico?

    May 19, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  19. V4OBAMA

    Today is opposite day, right?

    May 19, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  20. Alan Boyer

    It's good to keep playing the game even though the outcome is obvious.

    May 19, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  21. Sean

    Shes just trying to con her supporters into paying off her 21 million dollar debt for her. Its really disgusting how she is taking advantage of these poor peoples hopes and dreams of seeing a woman in office. Shes giving up our nations future for her own monatary gain, I wish she would stop selling these people false hope, they will just be crushed in the end when she finally loses.

    May 19, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  22. Sick and tired

    Thanks a lot for dividing the party! And for all the rest of you idiots who thinks she should keep going, do us a favor and leave the party!

    Democrat for life!

    May 19, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  23. Dandelion.

    Just when I was starting to defend her... sigh.

    May 19, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  24. Tom

    People better start getting nice and getting real....hating either candidate is pointless. Neither can win without the other, it's simply too close a nomination win numerically. Expect a Obama/Clinton ticket offer.

    May 19, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  25. sprkl12000

    I actually like Hillary and admire her tenacity...she is trying to let folks know she is still in the race although the media, etc. pretty much are OVERLOOKING her...

    However, the fact remains that she signed the agreement along with every other Democratic nominee regarding the rules...Florida and Michigan violated the rules and they should be punished for it...I'm sure that some delegates will be seated but not enough for her to continue...

    Even Donna Brazille, who is on the rules committee, said that they have to be fair to the OTHER 48 states that followed the rules...and that the number is 2026 until they say otherwise(not Hillary).....

    May 19, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
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