May 20th, 2008
10:50 PM ET
14 years ago

Some KY Clinton supporters doubtful she can claim nomination

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Clinton's victory party supporters were pragmatic about her chances."] LOUISVILLE, Kentucky (CNN) – The crowd at Hillary Clinton’s Kentucky victory party Tuesday night was a cross-section of the state’s Democratic base – the mostly white, working-class voters swayed less by Obama’s lofty message of hope and change than Hillary Clinton’s solutions-oriented stump speech.

“He was inspirational for the first couple of months and I can see why people were voting for him,” said Eric Felddausch, an 18 year-old sophomore at Kentucky Wesleyan College. “It’s more about the experience for me. Obama seems almost naïve to think that he can just sit down with leaders like Ahmadinejad and Raul Castro. Just shows his inexperience and shows he hasn’t been around Washington long enough.”

Standing a few feet away was Ann Regan, a retired Floridian who had come up to Kentucky volunteer for the campaign after contributing the maximum amount allowed.

“I thought it would be good to work in a state where when you go to the polls your vote will count,” said Regan, adding that she doesn’t fault the Obama campaign for not wanting to include Florida’s votes as they stand. “He wants to win so I can’t blame him for that, it’s politics right now.”

Supporters held posters behind Clinton exclaiming, “Count Every Vote” as she delivered prepared remarks to thunderous applause from the crowd.

But as for Clinton’s shot at converting big back-to-back wins in West Virginia and Kentucky into the nomination, both Regan and Felddausch were doubtful.

“It looks like the chances are slim, I’m not going to say none, but they’re slim,” said Regan.

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soundoff (172 Responses)

    Wow you don't say but they voted for her anyway. Hmmmmm I smell a rat.

    May 20, 2008 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  2. Carol

    it's the pledged delegates stupid.

    May 20, 2008 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  3. Rick Astley

    The SUPERDELEGATES will decide the Democrative primary.

    But thanks for being sooo informative, CNN.


    May 20, 2008 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  4. Christoffel van Vuuren

    Here – Bank on this:

    Neither Hillary nor Obama will be the Dem candidate. The establishment does not want Hillary as she has stepped on too many toes. Obama is too raw and inexperienced to cut it. Their point is to give these two unelectable candidates enough ammo to wear one another down and enough rope to hang themselves. They are also giving the Dem party a lot of media exposure with their antics.
    At the convention there will be a deadlock and the real ticket will be Edwards-Richardson. Why do you think they both dropped out so early?

    McCain: The only candidate who can bake the cake and not leave the cat out in the rain again.

    May 20, 2008 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  5. Rick Astley

    I mean DEMWITS

    May 20, 2008 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  6. David from Ohio

    Count every vote...unless they voted "Uncommitted" in Michigan or in a caucus in any other state. I suppose could have primaries in Canada and Mexico too.

    May 20, 2008 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  7. Lana

    She can't and its all her fault. She's the one that dug her own hole.

    Obama 08 and 12.

    Then a woman president after that but not Clinton. She's not a good choice at all.

    Get out of the race Hillary before you make youself look even worse.

    Obama all the way!!!

    May 20, 2008 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  8. Shahin

    Well Kentukey, I am thanking you to showed us your hate toward Black people. I agree that Blacks are unintelligent but some people are exceptional. You Kentukey and Verginia showed us hate and try to destroy our tollarance. I bet you hared will never be succeed. America was created by 13 states and all immigrants. You knockle head would not be succeed to destroy American unity. We all will vote for Obama in 2008. Disregard our color, our religion, our culture, go Obama go. let the hared to be down graded America is much supirior than those bunch of hatred and America will never forgive Hillar for her racial card. Those who intent to destroy American image and spirit they are American enemy.

    May 20, 2008 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  9. katharine ryan New York New York

    Obama is divisive and a raider who invaded the democratic party after it was pretty much set to back Hillary. He is the one who should back out. He is a tremendously divisive figure as well as a sophist.

    May 20, 2008 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  10. MP-Pennsylvania

    Not Slim.....
    No way unless steal it with a coup

    May 20, 2008 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  11. Drew, Central FL

    After North Carolina, she needed to do better than 85/15 in all the remaining contests. I seriously doubt that's going to happen. She's been losing ground nationwide and the negative attacks haven't helped her case. For that matter, playing victim and calling it sexist didn't help either.

    She'll still try to spin it as a symbolic win. Tout the popular vote, which is a complete farce considering when you factor the caucuses, there's no way to get an accurate count. She knows this and so do the superdelegates.

    May 20, 2008 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  12. fred





    May 20, 2008 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  13. The O

    I am glad we can now move from WV and KY these to states have not and will not learn from there mistakes. like voting for bush twice. and look where that has got us. last time the country voted for values rather then policies. it got us into a war we never should have gotten into. it has raised gas prices to $4 a gallon, home loses, and a
    $9 trillion debt. so either vote your values or vote for your families needs!!!!!!!

    BARACK THE VOTE!!!!!!!!!!

    May 20, 2008 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  14. Shelton

    What is it that people can't understand. The candidates agreed that Florida and Michigan would not count. Then when the results started looking dismal for Queen Hillary, she wants to change the rules. Wow, how crazy can it get. You play by the rules. That's it.

    Sorry, but this isn't a gender, race or any other kind of race except, go for the delegates, the most wins.

    May 20, 2008 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  15. The Lady

    And they voted for her anyway????????

    May 20, 2008 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  16. Lois

    It's ok to jump all over Bill Clinton but not Michelle – so who is playing the race card – pretty obvious it's the O'bama's – tired of their excuses – "that was taken out of context – that is not what I meant"

    And why is the press so reluctant to talk about O'bama's chain smoking habit – shows pretty bad judgment I would say – bet if Hillary was a smoker you'd be talking.

    Them Male press is so afraid of a woman in power, you'd rather promote someone who is all talk and no experience to be a world leader.

    May 20, 2008 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  17. Get Real

    Another biased heading from Wolf.

    May 20, 2008 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  18. Bob

    November will be rough for O'bama. How can yiu lose every industrial
    state in the country and win the election? Thats where the Electoral votes are.

    May 20, 2008 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  19. obama 08

    Hillary needs to step down. she keeps talking about how every vote needs to count yet she claims states such as alaska which obama won dont matter. so what is it hillary? does everyone matter or only the states heavy with delegates that help your agenda?

    May 20, 2008 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  20. Hillary 2 Victory

    Leave it to CNN to do a big article on something a few people say and act like its a generational epiphany....


    May 20, 2008 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  21. James Hager

    Hillary is to politics what Tonya harding was to Ice skating

    May 20, 2008 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  22. Military Spouse

    Dear Regan, Unless you now change the rules initially agreed upon in the Fall, the chances are not slim they are none.

    May 20, 2008 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  23. jessie

    If Obama is that good, why can't he close the deal? Why is he keep losing by big margins in West Virginia and Kentucky, even at this late point in the race?

    May 20, 2008 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  24. kingsley

    thats presidential

    May 20, 2008 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  25. Sarah


    May 20, 2008 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
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