(KENTUCKY) — Hillary Clinton is down to bare knuckles telling a Maysville KY crowd today that it is “nowhere near over.”
“I’m going to make [my case] until we have a nominee,” she told the crowd at a local high school, “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 proclaimed.
Clinton feels 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 in fact be counted. That seems to be her near term battlefront and it appears she is serious about taking that battle to the convention.
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.
Sen Clinton is convinced that the geopolitical map in the end will be more important to the super delegates than the regular delegate count. Playing on a fear that although Obama may seem popular, he does not have enough of the “center” to win in November.
“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.
While Obama has all but written off Kentucky, Hillary makes this observation to the superdelegates…
“You know, Kentucky has a history of picking presidents,” she said. “People don’t get elected president without winning Kentucky.”
You have to give her credit for being a fighter. The Clintons know that to get another shot at the White House, they need to dominate the party internally from this point forward and split it into two camps over the next four years if Hillary is not successful. Eitherway, Obama will have his hands full politically behind the scenes, regardless of the unifying rhetoric Sen Clinton may espouse if indeed she is not nominated. ed. — ZZNS