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Clinton: It’s Not Over


Edward Kimmel stands outside Maysville High School during a campaign visit by Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.) in Maysville, Ky., May 19, 2008. (Reuters)

By Perry Bacon Jr.
PRESTONBURG, Ky. — Looking to rally supporters, the Hillary Clinton campaign accused Barack Obama of declaring the Democratic race over.

“Senator Obama’s plan to declare himself the Democratic nominee in Iowa is a slap in the face to the millions of voters in the remaining primary states and to Senator Clinton’s 17 million supporters,” Clinton’s communications director Howard Wolfson wrote in a memo to reporters today, titled “Mission Accomplished: Not so Fast.”

Asked about Obama’s Iowa rally in a satellite television interview with a Eugene, Ore., station, Clinton herself said “you can declare yourself anything but if you if don’t have the votes it doesn’t matter.”

After those interviews, she told a crowd at Maysville, Ky., “This is nowhere near over.”

Obama aides have emphasized that his planned Iowa rally on Tuesday evening will not be a celebration of winning the nomination, but simply that he has won the majority of pledged delegates in the primary process. Oregon, where Obama is favored, will likely help his cross that threshold, even if Clinton wins Kentucky.

But as Clinton has increasingly cast herself as the underdog candidate of Americans who are suffering from a weak economy and ineffective president, her campaign has seized on comments by Obama, his backers and the press saying she has no chance of winning. Her three days in Kentucky have featured repeated criticisms of “people on TV” who say she should leave the race.

“There is no way this is going to end anytime soon, because we’re going to keep fighting for the nomination,” she told a crowd of several hundred here at a rally held in the middle of a street.  Link to complete article Washington Post>>

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