June 2nd, 2008
07:00 PM ET
14 years ago

Clinton: South Dakota 'will have a big influence' going forward

YANKTON, South Dakota (CNN) – Clinton aides said they do not expect there to be a Democratic nominee Tuesday evening when the final polls close in the 2008 primary season.

“Until there is a nominee, we are still working to become that nominee,” said campaign spokesman Mo Elleithee.

It remains unclear how the Clinton campaign will respond should Obama amass the 2,118 delegates needed to clinch the nomination. Elleithee told reporters the campaign would “cross that bridge” if they came to it and suggested if the campaign challenged the allocation of Michigan delegates the number of delegates needed to secure the nomination might change.

Hillary Clinton repeated her promise to voters in Yankton to continue forward after Tuesday claiming her popular vote totals give her reason to do so despite Sen. Barack Obama’s delegate lead.

“The voters will have voted and so the decision will fall to the delegates empowered to vote at the Democratic convention. I will be spending the coming days making my case to those delegates. Their responsibility not only to the Democratic Party but to the country is to vote for the candidate who is best able to lead us to victory in November,” she said right at the start of her remarks. “After all our country has been through we cannot afford four more years of failed Republican policy.”

Earlier Monday Clinton dropped by Tally’s restaurant in Rapid City to press the flesh and thank a mass of supporters that had gathered outside.

“What South Dakota decides tomorrow will have a big influence on what people think going forward,” Clinton said. The New York senator, her daughter Chelsea and President Bill Clinton have blanketed this state in recent days knowing a win here could bolster her argument to uncommitted super delegates that she deserves another look.

Clinton will spend Tuesday at her home in Chappaqua, NY calling super delegates and doing media interviews in South Dakota and Montana markets. She will celebrate election night with family, supporters and staff in New York City.

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  1. lvq2009

    I really feel that the media targeted HRC, and judged her because her husband. Say what you want...but I'll either vote republican or not vote at all. All this talk of unity is a lot of BS. The Democratic party did injustice to Hillary, but yet they want her to be loyal.

    June 2, 2008 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
  2. The Independent One

    Listen folks, I am an Obama supporter, AND I WANT HILLARY AS OUR VP. Yes its been a rough campaign but thats just because there is so much at stake. An Obama/Clinton ticket would make a new dynasty of democrat control of America, and mark my words...THE GOP WILL SOON DIE. They will have to find a totally new identity to reach Americans, WHICH WOULD BE GREAT. The dream ticket would crush McCain very decisively!!

    June 2, 2008 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
  3. steve

    You have failed yourself Anderson in becoming another biased pro-Obama advocate.

    Please tell Gloria Borgia her homophobia is pathetic, she has NO credibility, and should be very careful about "being sure" HC will bring the "women" back!

    It is about an unvetted Obama, a totally corrupt DNC, and we are both women AND men of principle who are NOT going to come back...unless the DNC reverses Donna Brazille's RULES and that of the other 40 watt light bulb committee members. WE ARE FURIOUS AT THE DNC!

    Obama was a compromise candidate for the Harvard Law Editorship...now he is an Affirmative Action beneficiary of Michigans Dem committee by recommending he get VOTES when he was not even on the ballot! A "compromise" President????

    NEVER !

    NEVER to the DNC Rules Committee



    DREAM ON...WE AMERICAN DEMOCRATS are going to face the elephant in the Living Room......we want honesty, integrity, and justice toward Clinton!

    Clinton OR Mc Cain in '08!

    June 2, 2008 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
  4. CNN - can you please post this comment?

    To the minority of popular vote Obama supporters............we the majority of popular vote Clinton supporters feel strongly that without the strong arming of the DNC rules committee – Clinton very well would have won the delegates race also. Your guy could not have done it without the DNC Rules committee help.

    So, if not Clinton – McCain it will be! Obama does not have the character or qualities to be a President of these United States. No to anyone who supports and condones racism, white hatred and anti-American sentiment. Shame on the minority for supporting a person of that character!

    And whether or not your parents ever taught any of you respect, Senator Clinton is still and will remain a Senator of the United States of America. Due respect from the minority is in order!

    June 2, 2008 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
  5. Monte

    Jeez, Obama supporters. SHUT UP. It is time to start acting like you have just one ounce of sense. Bashing Hillary & Bill along with all her supporters aren't making you look like people that want to unify the part. When it comes to Nov., you wil be begging for Hillary's supporters and they won't be there.

    By the way, you think all this "change" Obama talks about is going to happen? Use your head, change is just a word. The politicians have been around a lot longer than Obama and he will become their "yes, boy". That is if the American people are stupid enough to elect him.
    What is he going to do about lobbyist – flash a lot of teeth – ask them nicely to pick up their marbles and go home? Fat chance of that!

    Looks like Hillary is going to have a BIG win in South Dakota and a tight race in Montana. Proves once again, she is a stronger candiate than the "chosen one".

    June 2, 2008 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
  6. Susan

    Hillary, never concede, you're the hope of Ameican people. We will never vote for Obama whatever will happen. We can swallow the dirt from the toilet but we can never swallow the dirt that Obama brought in this campaign. He's the big liar in American politics history, he will never win.

    June 2, 2008 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
  7. Marlie:

    Well folks – just an observation from Canada. All the other blogs are closed so I thought I'd write it here. I don't believe Hillary Clinton will step down tomorrow. I think she is getting all of her supporters to back her in NYC when she will say that she is continuing on – to the very, bitter end. I just can't see her quitting. But anyhow, Good Luck Obama supporters – I'd be behind you if I could.

    June 2, 2008 11:42 pm at 11:42 pm |
  8. Susan

    Folks, please try to know Obama, he's a fake guy that will bring down the Americans. Super Delegates please save this counrry from impostor and be a hero, it;s not too late to act and decide.

    June 2, 2008 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  9. brewme

    The news cycle people have kept this race alive. Why do you think this is called the "Clinton News Network". The media has this love affair with the Clintons that I don't understand. The Clintons are ruthless and will stop at nothing to get thier way. As far as a good thing for the party and country?? This primary is only good for one group, the Republicans. I just laugh at the rhetoric spewed by the two Democratic candidates. To try and couple Bush and McCain is hilarious. Please keep it heading my way.

    June 2, 2008 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  10. California Girl

    Hillary Clinton was cheated by the DNC. I have no respect for the DNC and will no longer support them. Hillary is the best choice for President.

    Hillary keep fighting as you always do!

    June 2, 2008 11:57 pm at 11:57 pm |
  11. Helen, GA

    Obama is a cheat. I will vote for McCain.

    June 3, 2008 12:00 am at 12:00 am |
  12. Crystal

    I am so sick of Obama. The only way I would ever vote for him would be if he was the VP on a Hillary Clinton ticket. As it turns out, he has no mystical intelligence, no experience and has never even held a productive job. From my point of view his candidacy is a hoax on America. Now we are dumbing down the Presidency along with everything else. No wonder we have lost our economic stateus. We are well on our way to becoming a third world country soon. We can put the blame squarly on our greeedy self serving politicians and corporations.

    June 3, 2008 12:02 am at 12:02 am |
  13. Fred

    Hillary...Hillary....Hillary. Richardson had it right all along. You and Bill DO NOT have an entitlement to the White House. I add mine to the many voices urging you to give it up already! I still don't trust even the thought of Bill being close to the White House again.

    June 3, 2008 12:04 am at 12:04 am |
  14. Wayne

    Hey, Mikie,
    "Hillary DOES have the most votes of any Democratic in primary history – that's a fact. Pure and simple."

    The AP analysis says it's Obama over Clinton by 450,000 when ALL the states are counted.

    June 3, 2008 12:05 am at 12:05 am |
  15. Elia

    We will never vote Obama......there are millions of us who will switch to MCCAIN if that is the case, Obama is the worst nightmare for our country, we will not vote for someone we can't stand.....and that is the truth of it!
    He will get eaten up by the GOP machine, they have a tape they will release in October , it shows Michelle Obama and Farrankan in Trinity spewing hate messages.......anti Whitey! This tape is called: "Sweet October Surprise!"
    It is a bomb!

    June 3, 2008 12:05 am at 12:05 am |
  16. Rolly

    Hillary never give up we believe in you and you're the only hope of the American people. We will never vote for Obama, he's a liar and know nothing but cheating. Super Delegates please act now don't be persuaded by Obama's words, he's an impostor and a flip flopper. Please wake up and vote for the right person that will give a bright future for the country we love. God Bless America!!

    June 3, 2008 12:06 am at 12:06 am |
  17. can not vote for obama

    I am a democrat and i just will not be able to vote for a racist person. I know the first thing from obama guys will be to try to turn the table. I am like obama said typical white person which is hard working, church going and i really take offense to his long time friends racist remarks that is why i will not vote for obama. I have know problem with a black man as president but not this black man

    June 3, 2008 12:31 am at 12:31 am |
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