May 12th, 2008
10:10 AM ET
14 years ago

West Virginia Gov. not ready to call race for Obama


Watch Gov. Manchin’s interview Monday.

(CNN)— West Virgina’s Governor Joe Manchin echoed the sentiment of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton Monday saying his state is not ready to call the race for Barack Obama until every state has had its chance to vote.

“I see the numbers the same as you see them,” Manchin told American Morning anchor John Roberts. “It looks like [Obama] has done quite well, but it’s not over until it’s over. We’re going to enjoy this primary tomorrow, and I’m sure other states will enjoy theirs.”

Voters in West Virgina head to the polls in less than 24 hours, with 28 pledged delegates at stake.

Clinton, who has a significant lead in West Virginia polls, has spent three out of the past five days campaigning there.

Obama is scheduled to campaign there Monday, but plans to head to Missouri - an important general election swing state for Democrats – on Tuesday, another sign his campaign has begun looking past the primary battle.

Gov. Manchin - who is chairman of the Democratic Governor’s Association and one of six uncommitted superdelegate governors - said if Obama is the party’s nominee, he will work to help the Illinois senator win his state in the fall.

soundoff (353 Responses)
  1. DEM/REM ?

    Has no one gathered what the problem is here. The media had to be for Obama if not they were racist, so the average Joe has to be the same, If not they are racist also.
    Nothing to do with race I agree with Mr.Romney what has he (Obama ) ran or been in charge of this will be like a major Company giving their night watchman the CEO position.

    We all better pray that he will choose to surround himself with some intelegent cabinet members that are not ready to blow up some country.

    May 12, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  2. Let the democratic party split

    Wake up Democrats, Hillary is not breaking up the party – it's already broken and has been broken for years. It broke when we started allowing anyone to run as a dem, even when their beliefs went against the party's platform (ie, Bob Casey). So now we have progressive dems, conservative dems, moderate dems. Give me a break! This primary is showing us that the time to start a new party of the people is at hand. Obama and Bob Casey can keep the old party and the rest of us will move to the new party.

    If Obama is the nominee, women will stay home in droves or they will vote, but they will not vote for a presidential nominee. Instead, we will look at our superdelegates and vote against every one of them that supported Obama and therefore supported of a well-devised machine to make sure that a woman does not become president. Obama has done well to make sure that we are all on edge because he is black. We are all so afraid to make it seem like we are racist that we are tripping over ourselves to make sure that we definitely arent. The democratic party is being played by a well-funded marketing machine. Obama is all flash like a new sneaker – all shiny but with unnecessary features and manufactured by children in developing world factories.

    May 12, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  3. United We Stand

    I can't believe that 75% of WV democrats are going to go out and vote for a dead-end candidate. What is the matter with you people!!??? Is your fear of people who do not look like you THAT great? You would rather vote to prolong the agony and decrease our future nominee's chances in the GE than pull the lever for the black guy? Democrats must unite and close the ranks! This is not fun and games in Lala-land, you're deciding the future of our country here. WV never stops to shock and amaze me.. It's like a different planet out there.

    Hillary's chances are about the same as Ron Paul's.

    May 12, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
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