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

West Virginia Gov. not ready to call race for Obama

CNN

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. proud army and navy mom

    so, it's just proves he's delusional just like old girl.

    May 12, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  2. Herman in LA

    Obama supporters know that WV has to vote, they did not break any rules and should vote however the end is almost near.

    Obama 08!!!

    May 12, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  3. Eddie

    I am an Obama supporter,but I feel we should allow the remaining states to vote as long as Hillary does not attack her fellow democrat with more negative remarks.

    May 12, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  4. whodat

    Who cares?

    May 12, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  5. Independent

    It would be hillarious if this ended up like Indiana! Then who would Hillary cry to. I respect the West Virginians right to participate, but Hillary is a lost cause. Ask the people that she represents in New York as Senator what she has done for them, how many promises she has broken. I would also be insulted by her comment that she get the of non college gradute, hard working white people. Notice how she defines you! Think really hard, who will represent you, not just their own interests. Go Obama 08!

    May 12, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  6. David

    The guy is from West Virginia. What did you expect?

    May 12, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  7. Tobias

    The race is not over it is still close and if we want to win in November the super delegates will support Senator Clinton. Obama is not qualified to be president and he is unelectable. Clinton has been railroaded by the media as well as certain factions of the Democratic Party. You will see an exodus of people leaving the party if something is not done.

    May 12, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  8. Kenneth M

    IF OBAMA LOOSES THE GE IT WILL BE SLICK HILLIE'S FAULT AND I HOPE WE REMEMBER NOT TO VOTE FOR HER IN 2012.

    May 12, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  9. Al

    Hillary has fought the good fight. She's about to pull out at least two more states. Obama has the math and it looks like he will also have the nomination. As an Obama supporter, I'm as happy as the Clinton supporters are sad. What ticks me off is the way Clinton supporters are shouting McCain if not Clinton and Obama supporters are shouting the same. If Obama gets the nomination, he's going to need the support of all Democrats to win in November. He will surround himself with well qualified people for his cabinet. He will also pick a good VP (hopefully Edwards). Unite the party should be the rallying cry on all of these posts. We cannot afford four more years of financial recession/depression, high gas prices, and the coming food prices.

    Unite the Party.

    Democrat 09

    May 12, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  10. km

    Of course he won't call it yet...clinton has lots of borrowed money to spend there.

    May 12, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  11. Seam, Florida

    The West Virginia Governor is up for re-election, so he wants to protect his status amongst voters. His decision to withhold his support for Obama is a political maneauver that benefits his personal career. Besides that, he belongs to Camp Denial anyway.

    May 12, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  12. Tony Z- MD

    Good job!

    May 12, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  13. Brian

    ok Huckabee, I mean Manchin your comment is noted.

    May 12, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  14. Shirley, Silicon Valley, CA

    Hillary is entitled to stay in the race as long as she wants to.

    As long as she does not pull out her knifes to back stab her opponent, we just don't care how much she enjoys her glory and fantasy!

    May 12, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  15. Barbara

    He is pulling for Hillary and don't expect Obama to get any votes. That is good for that state so then he can go ahead now and cast his vote for Hillary and not wait until they vote.

    I see this as bias like PA with Nutter and the Gov. there. This is really a slap in the face with the big dog comes out and talk like this.

    May 12, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  16. bigben

    That right let everyone vote. I can't stand the Obama camp. They live in a house of lies.

    May 12, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  17. Kaygee

    It's refreshing that some statesmen still respect the Democratic process. A model for us all : people, pundits and politicians.

    May 12, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  18. Jack

    Not to be mean but does anyone care the clinton's are leaving out minority voters in her speeches about the base she has backing her. So I wonder how they continue to back her in this race and counting on PR for their vote on June 3 2008.

    May 12, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  19. Ron L

    If they want the cycle to complete that is fine...

    here is what REALLY BUGS me about the Clinton campaign is...

    THEY KEEP TRYING TO CHANGE THE RULES, THEY AGREED TO...

    PLAIN and SIMPLE..THE ONE WITH THE MOST DELEGATES WINS!!!

    UNLESS the Super Delegates feels the winner is UNSUITABLE!!

    HILLARY and HILLARY SUPPORTERS...OBAMA IS NOT UNSUITABLE!!

    IT IS OVER...OBAMA WILL WIN..

    May 12, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  20. Completely sick of it....Hampton VA

    Now thats admirable...you can support one without hating the other! Way to go Governor Joe Manchin!!

    May 12, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  21. honkey white guy from cali

    Of course not thank god that West Virgina is not the one's that elect the president or we would always have a racist redneck President. Tuesday election there means nothing they are the 2nd to least educated in the country one of the poorest states and by far still dragging there knuckles off the ground. They have one of the biggest delegations of KKK and other white supremacy groups in the country also something that has not been reported with members of there state government elected officials whom have said they will not vote for Obama or any other black man ever!

    Go Obama 08 Yes We Can

    May 12, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  22. An Agnostic Democrat

    West Virginia – The New State of Denial.

    May 12, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  23. suzy

    IT SHOULD SEND A CLEAR MESSAGE TO EVERYONE THAT OBAMA IS SELECTIVE IN WHO HE WNATS TO GET VOTES FROM – HE HASN'T EVENBOTHERED TO GO TO WEST VIRGINIA YET...
    AND HE WON'T DO ANYTHING TO HELP WITH FLORIDA AND MICHIGAN...WHY? – BECAUSE IT'S NOT TO HIS ADVANTAGE...
    NEW POLITICS??? I THINK NOT....
    HE IS NOT READY AS CHRIS DODD HIMSELF STATED MONTHS AGO WHEN HE WAS STILL IN THE RACE...IT WAS AIRED YESTERDAY ON TIM RUSSERT/MEET THE PRESS – DODD SAID OBAMA DID NOT HAVE THE EXPERIENCE TO BE PRESIDENT – AND NOW ALL OF A SUDDEN HE DOES???? CAN YOU SAY OLD POLITICS BOYS CLUB?????
    GIVE ME A BREAK!!!!!!!!!
    HILLARY IS THE BEST!!!!
    WHAT MORE DO YOU WANT?

    May 12, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  24. Lee WV

    I was proud of the way that gov. Manchin covered the Sago mines disaster,but it looks like that he is letting race affect him the same as most of WV voters.Manchin has now lost my vote for reelection for Gov.

    May 12, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  25. frank, las vegas

    The democrates in West Virginia are smart enough to vote for the candidate who is best positioned to unify this country and harness the enormous potential in all americans to consolidate america's greatness and leadership position in the world. This country is greater than Obama, Clinton or McCain; our racial differences is a source of strenght not division; our religious differences is a source of openness not reclusion; lets see how the west virginians will make a mark in the history of our time!

    May 12, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
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