August 12th, 2008
01:30 PM ET
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Will Clinton's name go into nomination? Stay tuned

 Sen. Hillary Clinton can win votes from delegates at the convention even if her name isn't placed in nomination.

Sen. Hillary Clinton can win votes from delegates at the convention even if her name isn't placed in nomination.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - If Sen. Hillary Clinton's name is placed in nomination in Denver, Colorado, this year, it wouldn't be the first time that a candidate was beaten in the primaries and still formally contested the nomination at the convention.

But it would be the first time in the modern era of presidential primaries that a losing candidate has so visibly endorsed an opponent so many months before the convention, and then gone on to have his or her name placed in nomination.

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Clinton can still win votes from delegates at the Democratic National Convention even if her name is not placed in nomination. Delegates are free to vote for anyone they want to at the convention.

At past conventions, delegates have even been known to vote for fictional characters (Archie Bunker) and dead people (George Orwell).

It's likely that Clinton will pick up some votes unless Sen. Barack Obama is nominated by acclamation.

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soundoff (312 Responses)
  1. David

    Our 2-party system continues to serve us nothing but more of the same on a toilet-seat platter. Until WE ALL stop whining and vote in a third, fourth, heck, even a fifth-party candidate, we will be dining on crap forever. Peel back the curtains, it's time to clean the smear off of the windows. This is OUR country and we are responsible for whom we elect to office. Stop getting your "opinions" from the boob tube and take back that responsibility yourself. We will quickly find that the best leaders are not qualified for office by his or her corporate funding alone. Maybe we can even elect politicians who actually deliver peaceful interactions with other nations. I don't know anybody that bombs their way out of everyday disagreements, yet practically every president we elect has killing other HUMANS in his blood. Just a few thoughts that come to mind while reading comments from people fighting to keep their blinders firmly in place.

    August 12, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  2. Ted

    Even if she gets her hat tossed into the ring, it will have little impact with the overwhelming majority of Obama backers especially if he names a strong veep choice before the convention.

    August 12, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  3. Northwood

    I would like to ask you all to stop bashing Hillary. Every time an article comes out that says someone will do this or someone said that, everyone starts jumping on Hillary as if she is the one who is doing it. She has made her position clear and I respect her. So please stop trashing her every time the media needs to spin a story. How about giving her credit when it was revealed that she would not go after Obama's background during the primary. This may have helped her win, but its obvious that Clinton has more scruples than you give her credit for. VERY TIRED OF THE HILLARY BASHING. Its not called for, and this women deserves our respect.

    August 12, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  4. Lindsay

    Frankly, all the HRC supporters should be glad she doesn't have to go through the general election BS that's going on this year. McCain is running a smear-filled campaign... do you really think she would have been exempt from the mudslinging? If Hillary had been involved in the general campaigning, McCain would have dragged her name through the dirt to hell and back, with just as many lies and slanders as he's throwing at Obama.

    Count your blessings, and maybe in four or eight years we can have a respectable election where the best candidate wins on merit, not on the ability to lie with a straight face.

    August 12, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  5. Scott

    Why? Is she getting a head start for the 2012 election? Some people just don't know how to quit gracefully.

    August 12, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  6. trudy

    wy have you not put up my Comments ?i try to tell the truths

    August 12, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  7. Megan

    Most of the comments I have seen on here make everyone look like shameful, silly, tantrum-throwing children. Lets be real here– Obama still had more states, more delegates, more PERIOD. If she elects to put her name in as a nominee, she will be committing political suicide. After supporting Obama, she would be the butt of every joke if she in fact decided to continue her campaign– the ultimate flip-flopper as many of which you HRC diehards have grown so used to accusing Obama. I am sure even many of her own followers, at least the ethical ones, would be turned off. Stop hating and be loyal to your party or get out of it.

    August 12, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  8. Kentucky

    Hillary Clinton ROCKS!

    August 12, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  9. The Nightingale Sings in Berkley Square

    I am for Hillary then John mcCain. McCain will do just fine as our president. I hope he picks Mitt Romney but I could support anyone he picks. McCain is a good man and a fine leader. Experience is his middle name.

    For the Democrats, I think Obama and Larry Craig the two Idaho winners should team up. By the Way---

    Obama's worldview as expressed in Berlin is much closer to the whining, hand wringing critics of Truman, Kennedy and Reagan than it is to the views of these three stalwarts of freedom.

    Obama's response to evil in the world is not "We are staying in Berlin, period," "Ich bin ein Berliner" or "Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall."

    Obama's response is "everybody hold hands and sing Kumbaya, cuz golly gee if the world will only 'act as one,' all our troubles and all the bad guys will go away."

    August 12, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  10. Mike, TX

    If there is to be a joint ticket with the two of them, is should be Clinton / Obama and NOT Obama / Clinton.

    The White House needs a grownup in there.

    August 12, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  11. Steve

    Newsflash – CLINTON LOST!!!!

    No, she will not be on the ticket – not for president, VP, or dogcatcher. Get over it.

    August 12, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  12. M Murphy

    Is Obama scaird she might win? Last I checked the US was a democracy and the Convention is the place where the delegates cast their vote.

    Maybe I'm missing something. Maybe some of the delegates have changed their mind and Obama might be at risk of losing the nomination. This is DEMOCRACY at it's best.

    August 12, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
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