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Hillary Clinton counting votes, looking forward

June 1, 2008 |  3:42 pm

Hillary Clinton's campaign just sent this e-mail to supporters, spinning off the results from the Puerto Rico primary.  It is missing the sense of urgency that such e-mails had after earlier primary wins -- and losses -- in which the campaign used the fresh results to spur on supporters.

"Another big win!  Today in Puerto Rico, the voters spoke with a powerful voice to say that this race is not over yet.  And thanks to your support, we're celebrating another great victory.

"When all the votes in Puerto Rico are counted, our popular vote lead will be even bigger. More than 17 million people have cast their ballots for our campaign, more votes than any candidate has received in the history of the Democratic Party. Now there can be no doubt: The people have spoken and you have chosen your candidate.  We are winning the popular vote.

"Every time the pundits count us out -- every time they declare the race over -- you, the voters, send a clear message that you have another idea.  And you and I just keep winning races together.

"Now there are just two contests left, the final primaries in South Dakota and Montana.  I know I can rely on your support for these last two races, just as I have throughout the campaign.

"Thank you so much for everything."

Then it was hand-signed "Hillary" over "Hillary Rodham Clinton," with a button to click for contributions. Click past the jump to see the letter she sent out after winning Kentucky.

-- Scott Martelle

"I owe our 35-point win in Kentucky yesterday to your incredible support.  So let me ask you -- do you think we should let the TV talking heads have the final say in this race? Or should we do what we have always done, and fight together for what you and I believe in?

"I have never for one moment forgotten what this race is about -- the millions of people who are looking to you and me for the leadership America needs.  It's about getting our economy moving again. It's about bringing the war in Iraq to a responsible end. It's about fulfilling America's energy needs while protecting the planet for our children and grandchildren. It's about making sure that every man, woman, and child in America has healthcare.

"Now we have just three races left, and your help is absolutely critical in these final two weeks. So let's do it. Let's keep fighting and winning together, as we have all along.

"Contribute today and let's keep driving toward victory.

"Let's talk about the state of this race.

"I've won more votes than anyone running for the Democratic nomination in the history of our party. I've won states that will total 308 electoral votes in November -- more than enough to carry the general election. And it is critical that we make certain the more than 2 million voters in Florida and Michigan are heard.

"We can let the media decide this race. We can let the pundits be the ones who determine our party's nominee. Or we can listen to the voters. Yesterday, voters in Kentucky joined you in sending a clear message -- this campaign is far from over.

"Throughout it all, through the ups and downs of this race, you've been there, supporting me every step of the way. Help me send a strong message that this race isn't over yet.

"Contribute now to help us in the final three races.

"I'm so proud of what we accomplished yesterday in Kentucky, and of all the victories we celebrated together. We've worked too hard to stop now. Thank you for your incredible support. I don't have to tell you that I couldn't do this without you.

"Sincerely ..."