June 3rd, 2008
11:52 AM ET
12 years ago

McAuliffe debunks AP report

CNN

Watch McAuliffe's comments Tuesday.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Hillary Clinton is "absolutely" not prepared to admit Barack Obama has beaten her in the race for the Democratic nomination for president, Clinton campaign chairman Terry McAuliffe told CNN Tuesday.

The comments came minutes after the Associated Press reported Clinton is preparing to concede the delegate race Tuesday night as the five-month Democratic primary process comes to a close.

McAuliffe called that report "100 percent" incorrect.

Obama "doesn't have the numbers today, and until someone has the numbers the race goes on," he also told CNN.

As of Monday night, Obama led Clinton among the delegates who formally nominate the party's candidate, with 2,076 to 1,917. A candidate needs 2,118 delegates to clinch the nomination. There are 31 delegates at stake in Montana and South Dakota, plus nearly 200 superdelegates who have yet to declare who they support.

Clinton is scheduled to speak on her home turf of New York tonight as polls close in the last two states of the Democratic nominating process.

UPDATE: The Clinton campaign just released the following statement:

"The AP story is incorrect. Senator Clinton will not concede the nomination this evening."


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soundoff (482 Responses)
  1. Noticeing

    WHy is it Hillary supporters post " I will not vote for him" Posts?? So? There ae Millions of Republicans who won't either. Do you see THEM crying like little children EVERYDAY on the blogs? No.

    Grow -up do you really think you are important enough to sway people with the fact that YOU won't vote for Obama? LOL. I will BET these people haven't voted in their LIVES!

    June 3, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  2. Simon TX

    And poof – there goes the democratic party.

    June 3, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  3. Lynne

    is McAuliffe drinking again? If Obama ends the night with the number he needs – it's over, whether Clinton admits/concedes or not.

    June 3, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  4. Jill in Chicago

    GO Hillary and do not give up! We love you!!! Take it to the convention.
    We do not forgive the "brushing of the shoulder" moment by Barack.

    Hillary '08

    June 3, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  5. enomisa

    Some Obama supporters have asked for an explanation of how Hilllary Clinton is more electable in the GE, if she could not even win the democratic primary.

    Well.... The general election appeals to the vote of ALL of Americans- the primary is preaching to the choir in that the candidate must ONLY appeal to the DEMS themselves. That is, of COURSE a DEM will win the DEM primary. But to win the GE, that candidate must win over the OTHER side. A radical left winger may appeal to SOME of the Democrats (OBama barely crossed over 50% appeal in his own party)- but generally a moderate, centrist, populist has more crossover appeal- or is less repugnant to the Republicans.

    Also, Obama has a tiny lead- and don't forget the GE has NO caucus states. So a few votes won't be magnified as they were in this primary. That is the main reason that Obama squeaked ahead. He loses that advantage in the GE.

    Also, Obama won't be able to strong-arm and cheat his way into victories like he did in the caucus states.

    The African Americans won't be able to bully the polpulace into installing the Black candidate. In the GE, the voters DO indeed get to decide.

    Obama started strong and is now limping along. Clinton barely got out of the gate and now she is soaring.

    And many OTHER reasons to mention.

    June 3, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  6. BIFF, BIFFINGTON...

    "OREGON"...

    YOU HIT THE NAIL ON THE HEAD. AWESOME ANALYSIS !

    June 3, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  7. sophia nyc

    Just when we thought she had a sense of decency. Sad.

    June 3, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
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