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

Some KY Clinton supporters doubtful she can claim nomination

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/05/20/art.kyclinton.ap.jpg 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)
  1. Mimi De La Cruz for OBAMA

    SAY IT AIN'T SO.

    THERE IS NO KNOWN MATH THAT CAN HAVE HER WIN.

    May 20, 2008 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  2. obamamama

    time for an independent run for Hillary.This is the year and with Bar and Nader in the race Hillary can pull this off with 17,000,000 strong supporter to start with.some of Obama's pre rev. wright supporters might vote for her instead.Hillary or stay home democrat.

    May 20, 2008 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  3. DannyCali

    I think so too.....she should be Democratic nominee is better than Obama
    because Republican not going to let Obama sit in the White House. Look
    Republican going to try every thing their can to take Obama down if Democratic give nominee to Obama the chance he win in general election is 50/50 but if Hillary get nominee she have a chance to win in general election about 70% so who the better chance? Other thing is Obama doesn't look like he going to unit American but Hillary she the one
    going to unit American and turn this country back to American for sure.
    So, now I think Hillary should better nominee than Obama and Obama is a VP is better if they doing good Democratic going to have other term President again.

    May 20, 2008 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  4. Ricky phillips

    So, she won two states where everyone admitted that race played into their decision in voting for clinton...I HATE RACISM!! It's one of the worst problems going on in america and the world. CONGRATS to clinton she got the vote of the hick racist people of W.V. and Kentucky. She should be so proud.She is being successful because people are who are stuck in the 1950's and 60's are scared out of their minds to have a black president....Once again congrats to clinton....

    OBAMA 08!!!!

    cnn....you won't post this cause it's true.

    May 20, 2008 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  5. Scott C

    You call Clinton tough?

    Every SINGLE time the going gets tough she says it is the big bad boys ganging up on the girl.

    She can't take a punch without blaming sexism.

    She goes in front of WOMEN conferences and says they will finally have a voice in the White House, and someone who is going to fight for them.

    If Obama went in front of a conference OF African Americans and said the media is racist and biased against him, and if he is nominated he will give them a voice in the white house and fight for black people every day.

    It would be an Obama scandal.

    She is allowed to be a WOMAN in this race, he isn't allowed to be black, he has to try and be as white as possible and never mention race.

    May 20, 2008 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  6. A Democrat in November - No McBush

    Oh look, it's Roves operation chaous posters.

    Right, now we shouldn't vote for a candidate because he "used" to smokecigarettes .

    Yep it's not like we shouldn't worry about a war monger like McCain. After all him voting for a war that lead to the deaths of 4000 of our husbands, wives and children, left us in debt, left us less safe and wants to stay for another five years is as important as considering an ex cigarette smoker as a president.

    May 20, 2008 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  7. Mindy

    I can't believe people in Florida and Michigan are still going on about their botched primaries. They knew the consequences and still broke the rules. It has nothing to do with who is winning or losing. If they want to blame someone, blame their own Democratic leadership in their own states. No wonder younger generations have problems with taking responsibility for their actions. Great message Florida and Michigan are sending....

    May 20, 2008 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  8. demographic does make a difference

    Who cares what these hillbillies think,they are losers just like Hillary !!!!!

    May 20, 2008 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  9. Yinka Lawal for Obama

    Don't FORGET.

    Idaho (Obama)82.2% (Clinton)17.8%
    Hawaii (Obama)76.2% (Clinton)23.8%
    District of Columbia (Obama)75.8% (Clinton)24.2%
    Alaska (Obama)74.6% (Clinton)25.4%
    Kansas (Obama)74.2% (Clinton)25.8%
    Washington (Obama)68.4% (Clinton)31.6%
    Georgia (Obama)68.1% (Clinton)31.9%
    South Carolina (Obama)67.6% (Clinton)32.4%
    Minnesota (Obama)67.4% (Clinton)32.6%
    Colorado (Obama)67.3% (Clinton)32.7%
    Illinois (Obama)66.3% (Clinton)33.7%
    Virginia (Obama)64.2% (Clinton)35.8%
    North Dakota (Obama)62.6% (Clinton)37.4%
    Mississippi (Obama)62.2% (Clinton)37.8%
    Maryland (Obama)61.9% (Clinton)38.1%
    Wyoming (Obama)61.9% (Clinton)38.1%
    Louisiana (Obama)61.7% (Clinton)38.3%
    Vermont (Obama)60.6% (Clinton)39.4%

    May 20, 2008 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  10. NJ Voter

    Congratulations Hillary! Kentucky went for the best candidate. Keep it going Hillary and don't let the naysayers try to stop you. You deserve the nomination as you are the stronger candidate to win the nomination. Obama lacks maturity and experience and it shows.

    May 20, 2008 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  11. moff

    Well, gosh, if someone who's been around the block for 18 whole years thinks Obama is naive... 😉

    May 20, 2008 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  12. MD Democrat

    It is just more media spin. They refuse to let Hillary shine. They try to take away as much as possible from her. Hillary is the clear choice! She is the one winning in the critical states and beats McCain in general election polls. The democrats better wake up and come off of the Obama cloud, ESPECIALLY african-americans. The Clintons have done more for african-americans than anyone since JFK. The republicans are greasing up the pan in hopes to run against Obama. They are ready to serve him up easily. The republicans know that they cannot beat the Clinton Machine!!!

    IT'S HILLARY OR NOBODY!!!

    GO-HILLARY-GO

    May 20, 2008 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  13. LT for Obama

    Whether a candidate smokes cigs or not is not a reason to vote for them. Are you kidding me? His habit has been talked about as much as it needs to be and from what I have heard about it, it was all from him admitting to it and his efforts to quit. Shows he is stronger for being able to handle all the crap that has been thrown at him and not to back slide into that old habit.

    May 20, 2008 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  14. gary

    LOIS . YOU RIGHT ON. THEY WOULDN'T LET MY COMMENT BE READ. IF YOU TALK ABOUT POOR OBAMA THEY DONT LET IT ON. YOU TRASH THE CLINTON'S THEY WILL PUT IT ON AND NOT HESITATE. YOUR RIGHT THEY BIAS AGAINST A WOMAN PRESIDENT. IT MIGHT HURT THEIR EGO'S. THEY RATHER GIVE AN ON THE JOB TRAINING GREENHORN THATS ARROGANT, HYPOCRITICAL,RACIST AND LOVES TO PLAY THE CARD IF THINGS DONT GO HIS WAY. I DONT WANT MY LIFE IN THE HANDS OF A UNKNOWN ,UNQUALIFIED CANIDATE FOR PRESIDENT. HRC WE KNOW HAS BEEN THERE FOR US TIME AFTER TIME. THIS COUNTRY WILL NEVER SEE A WOMAN PRESIDENT IN OUR LIFE TIME. HRC IS THE SMARTEST ,MOST FIGHTFULL WOMAN THAT HAS CAME AROUND FOR THIS JOB.THE MEDIA, PRSS,DNC, AND HATERS HAVE MADE SURE THERE WONT BE A WOMAN LEADER. THEY ARE AFRAID OF HRC.THEY ARE AFRAID SHE MIGHT JUST GIVE THIS COUNTRY WHAT WE HAVE BEEN NEEDING FOR ALONG TIME.AMERICA WILL GET WHHAT THEY ASKED FOR. WHAT GOES AROUND COMES AROUND.

    May 20, 2008 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  15. Sue in MI

    Thank you, Lois...my thoughts exactly! He chain smokes, but it's ignored. He has questionable friends and NO PLANS, and that is OK too. His wife is an even more polarizing figure than Hillary, and that's OK too. Does the press want McCain? Obama cannot beat McCain without Hillary, so they are going to have to come to some sort of agreement.
    And Shelton, I voted in a LEGAL primary here in Michigan, and the DNC has no right NOT to count our votes. They do not make laws, only rules, and it was not my fault that whoever decided to hold it when the DNC chose for us not to. Were we supposed to riot in the street? Against whom? The election was set up; people voted; in America, votes are supposed to count.
    And I still believe in my soul that Hillary is the best leader for us at this time in history-too bad the threatened males out there will never admit it, because if McCain wins, we'll be in a nuclear war before the decade is out. And who wins then?

    May 20, 2008 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  16. DE

    Lois – Chainsmoking? Really? Gas is approaching $4/gallon and you want the media to focus on Obama's nicotine addiction? I bet he sometimes wears grey socks with brown shoes. Should the media focus on that as an indictment of his judgement? How about whether he uses one or two ply toilet paper? Let's get real here people.

    May 20, 2008 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  17. some guy

    How much money is being spent in Iraq right now? How many U.S. soldiers are dead or injured as a result of this war? How much longer can the American people afford to pay for this war? Where is Osama Bin Laden?

    What will happen if the US leaves Iraq?
    Answer: NO ONE KNOWS.

    What will happen if the U.S. stays in Iraq?
    Answer: THE U.S. GOVN'T CONTINUES TO SPEND BILLIONS OF TAX PAYER DOLLARS.

    What will happen if the U.S. must start yet another war with another country while still in Iraq?
    Answer: YOUR F@#KED!

    America what's important?

    May 20, 2008 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  18. Go Independent Hilary!

    I think Hilary should run as an independent...

    May 20, 2008 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  19. Chuck

    Hilary says she raised $22 million. How much of that was her money? I'm betting 50% of it!!

    May 20, 2008 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  20. 58 white old ladies for OBAMA

    THE CLINTONS LET US DOWN WHILE IN THE WHITE HOUSE

    AND REAFFIRMED THAT BEHAVIOR WITH THEIR RACE

    MONGERING & THEIR ALLEGIANCE TO THE REPUBLIC PARTY.

    HOW CAN THE DNC DEAL WITH THESE TWO.

    May 20, 2008 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  21. Chris

    Well, us Clinton supporters don't care if you claim she can't win the nomination.
    Hillary '08

    May 20, 2008 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  22. Tommy

    I love the 18-year-old's comments about why he would rather support Hillary over Obama. His opinions are a perfectly valid reason for his position.

    What's sad is the Clinton supporters who support her because "it's time a woman ran the show." If you're going to support a candidate, support them on ideas, not because they're "more like you" (which they aren't, unless you're worth over $100 million as well).

    Also keep in mind that everytime a person says they're supporting Hillary 'cause she's a woman, that person is being sexist against men. Same foe those who support Obama for his being black – they're being racist against whites. It works both ways, people.

    May 20, 2008 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  23. Gerry M Eugene OR

    If Senator Obama becomes President Obama, who will lead the Obama charge in the US Senate next year? If Senator Clinton takes on the responsibility to lead the charge and if Senator Ted Kennedy is unable to continue his leadership activities, then Senator Clinton could become the most important and influential person in Washington next to the President in an Obama Administration. In order for a President Obama to succeed, he will need the cooperation of the US Congress and most especially the Senate. Should Senator Clinton chose she could be the person that shapes and propels the agenda in the Congress that could place into law solutions to problems that President Bush has ignored and that the American public need solutions for: health care for all, education reform, housing and finance regulation, immigration control, and ending the war in Iraq.

    May 20, 2008 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  24. Women NOT for Clinton

    Go Obama!

    I will only vote for Clinton if it comes down to her or McCain. Even then, it will be so hard to do.

    May 20, 2008 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  25. Angel

    The Lady, it is their right to vote form whomever they think is best!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Sometimes following the crowd can have negative effects... this primary election is a perfect example.

    McCain will win in Nov.

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