May 12th, 2008
10:10 AM ET
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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. LB

    This is to "suzy", Obama has been to West Virginia to campaign, and he's going back on Monday...check your facts.

    May 12, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  2. Blair

    IF obama gets the nomanation. He will not WIN the General. It will because of all you obama supporters. You, not Hillrary or any other party, will be the reason the Dems won't win. obama and his followers have destroyed the party. NO one else but them. They have played right into his evil plans. I will do what I can to help not get him elected. I will not vote for any party that has his name on ballot. Even if Hillary's name, I hope she has more since then that, or Edwards name is on the ballot.

    May 12, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  3. MELMARIE

    All of you hillary supporters are racist or stupid!!!! If you want a better health care system , more jobs, ending of the war in Iraq and healing of the country and maybe many more then why on earth would you vote for McSame?!!! Hillary and Obama's policies are almost the same... If Obama doesn't win then I would vote for Hillary because I believe in my party. You guys are retarded!!!!

    May 12, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  4. Alex

    Ahh... the rotting corpse that is the democratic party....

    McCain '08!

    May 12, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  5. Darlene

    I can't understand why people are feeling good about Obama when he has lost the last few major primaries. If he is the nominee then its very obvious that a significant portion of the Democratic Party isn't pleased with it. Wouldn't it be ashamed if she would drop out and still win Primaries? That's what would have happened with West Virginia & Kentucky. I guess what the DNC and Obama supporters are saying is that they don't care about poor White Trash, who needs their support. Well, I can tell you that the states that voted in majority are not going to automatically support Obama in the Fall, not by a long shot!

    May 12, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  6. The ATL

    Who knew West Virginia had a governor?

    May 12, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  7. JMO

    Obama will NOT get my vote ~ not even if he manages to convince Hillary to run for VP. I have been a democrat since JFK but I will vote a straight republican ticket if Obama is nominated. I cannot, in good conscience vote for him. He does not have a clue about being president and I think he's more of a demagogue than Bush – he will listen to no one. I don't believe McCain is Bush term 3 and I feel much more comfortable with him than I do Obama. Of course, if the democrats wise up and run Hillary – WE ARE SAVED!!!!

    GO HILLARY GO ~ RISE HILLARY RISE ~ FLY HILLARY FLY

    May 12, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  8. Eddie G

    bigben the dillusional one blindly following the Queen of the liars. Give me a break.

    May 12, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  9. James

    Obama is a big looser he can not win in Nov. He is a weak canadate and us demacrats need to vote mccain if our party chooses this looser for the good of the country. Anyone can see he is a dangerous man and should also see he is unpatriotic in his thinking.

    May 12, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  10. SS

    W.Virginia being a swing state this year is up for speculation...A change in politics also means a change in demographics in regards to the general election.

    May 12, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  11. Deanna

    Dear Tom,

    News Flash: We are already the laughing stock of the world, or haven't you noticed.

    Obama 08

    May 12, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  12. Scott Hughes ATL

    Matt,

    You have voted Democratic for years, yet this year you're switching your vote because you don't believe Obama is the best qualified candidate this fall???

    So are you saying that all the other year's nominees where the best candidates?

    Spare me... What's the real reason Matt? (And others with that same line of bull...)

    May 12, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  13. Whiskey

    I love how all thes "if not Hillary then McCain" fools are saying that Obama can not win in November. As she could, Look there is a reason why she is not winning the election you morons and you think she could win in November. She cant even win the primary.

    May 12, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  14. Karen from Charlottesville

    Let the rest of the people vote. It's expensive and time consuming,but if everyone needs to have a voice, so be it. Many states are quite surprised that their primaries are even being discussed as important, and for that part of it, it lends additional interest in and support to the process, and people are showing up in record numbers.

    Hopefully, Hillary will continue to be a little less abrasive in her treatment of Obama as the race concludes, and Obama will continue to clarify his position. He gave an excellent talk in WVA today about his record of support for Veterans, and I am encouraged to be able to hear about these things that matter rather than the trivia that has plagued much of this primary.

    May 12, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  15. Hillary

    We will not vote for Obama

    Neither democratic party nor Republican party.

    Hillary is the middle ground best candidate with the best platform for ALL Americans.

    She owes the democratic party NOTHING- geez, they gang raped the woman publicly.

    May 12, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  16. Dan

    Is that dueling banjos I hear. Just what we need making decisions for this country!

    May 12, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  17. WHY??

    READ THIS DEMOCRATS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Quoted by Concern Democrats "Those democrats that feel the need to support McCain or not vote at all, to express their anger/hate/revenge towards Obama are only hurting themselves. If Obama loses, he'll go back to the senate and he'll be alright. However, will you be OK with a failing economy, a continue war in Iraq, health care unresolved, conservative justices, etc…"Most of you all are not voting on the issues .. issues of Mc Cain and Clinton/Obama are polar opposites .. LETS ALL UNITE & STOP THIS BITTERNESS ....!!!!

    May 12, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  18. Minnie, KS

    I'm an Obama supporter, but Hillary should stay in the race until the last person votes. She should NOT contest Florida and Michigan, but they should be seated at the convention with a penalty for breaking the rules.

    Also, Barack should NOT have Hillary or any of her buddies on the ticket. He should stay as far away from the Clintons as possible as they will do anything to destroy him, and anyone else who gets in their way.

    Hillary ran to become the president so that she and Bill could ask for more speaking engagement money. That's it. She's not for the people.

    May 12, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  19. DarthVadikKA

    Obama was an elitist by his early teens.

    He opted for the prestigious private school in Hawaii rather than live with his mother in Indonesia.

    It is not as if he chose to experience the life of 3rd world countries. He is no savior.

    Hillary ONLY, for me.

    May 12, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  20. Chaos00001

    *****OPERATION CHAOS in full effect*****

    come on democrats, destroy one another, those Hilary supporters, we welcome you to the republican party, the DNC is to be blamed for this mess, we republicans together with you Hilary supporters will show the DNC what we are made of

    May 12, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  21. Creek Nation -- Freedmen

    I guess CNN don't care what the Indain negro thinks. We know who obama is, and that is why we support Hillary.

    May 12, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  22. Andrew

    It is clear that it is the un-educated that vote for Hillary Clinton. As you read their blogs, it is sometimes gramatically impossible to decern if they ever went to school.

    May 12, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  23. So Glad So Sad

    Matt it sounds like you haven't voted for a winner yet!!! Vote for McBush and you will continue your losing ways...why are there so many bad losers...???

    May 12, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  24. Jim

    McCain 2008
    Clinton 2012

    Nobama – Never ever

    May 12, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  25. Holly

    We've come this far– let every state vote. Although, Hillary is going to come out and say "See?? I won by a landslide! I should be the nominee!"... There are states that Obama thrashed her in, so just because she beats him handily in WV (and maybe KY) doesn't change anything. It just so happens that these states vote after she's already otherwise lost. It doesn't change anything, other than being a little awkward.

    For the sake of the party, stop trying to talk the superdelegates into stealing the election for you! Its over.

    May 12, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
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