Hillary Clinton lost to Donald Trump in a humiliating landslide on Nov. 8, 2016. That’s 1,176 days.
And yet she still hasn’t gone away.
While traveling the world on a self-pitying, woe-is-me tour, blaming everyone and everything for her embarrassing loss — everyone and everything except herself — Clinton’s been making millions giving speeches and selling an endless string of books. And at every stop, someone asks her if she’s maybe, just maybe, thinking about running in 2020.
That happened once again when she sat down with Variety to pitch her new Hulu docu-series. Asked if she felt the urge to go up against President Trump, she said: “Yeah. I certainly feel the urge because I feel the 2016 election was a really odd time and an odd outcome.”
‘The more we learn, the more that seems to be the case,” she said, somehow forgetting that her claim that Russia altered the election was completely disproved by special counsel Robert Mueller after a two-and-a-half year investigation.
But as all shifty politicians do, she quickly added: “But I’m going to support the people who are running now and do everything I can to help elect the Democratic nominee.”
Here’s the lowdown: Iowa holds its first-in-the-nation vote on Monday, just six days from now. New Hampshire holds its primary the next day. While Clinton, with her massive name recognition, didn’t need to campaign like some of the no-names out there, like that mayor from South Bend, she does need to accrue delegates to win the nomination.
There are 41 delegates up for grabs in Iowa, another 24 in New Hampshire. In the two weeks that follow, and even 100 delegates will be pledged after primaries in South Carolina and Nevada.
But those four states represent just 4% of the total delegates available during the 2020 nomination process in the Democratic Party. While the winner of some or all of those states often carry insurmountable momentum, there have been plenty of candidates who have lost some or all of those states and gone on to win the nomination.
A real drop-dead date is March 3, when 1,344 delegates are up for grabs in what is known as Super Tuesday. In the two weeks following, another 942 delegates will be picked.