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. mama4obama2

    I am a pragnent 18 year old. i vote for Obama. He inspire me cuz
    1. his mama pregnant teen too- so i can do it too
    2. his mama on food stamps but he go to privates schools.
    3. my chilren be president in future.

    May 12, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  2. mama4obama2

    Ivote first time and fur Obma.

    He best for all peoples.

    I pragnent and 18 and I can vote so I vote democrat.

    May 12, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  3. Tjaye

    This is no surprise. They are voting on race without a doubt. This is a state that has managed to keep their population 93% white. They are 48th in household incomes, but they are overwhelmingly supporting the candidate who has proven that she can not manage a small budget, she overspends and borrows from Peter to pay Paul. They say they want the war to end, but they have said they will likely vote for McCain in the fall. Clearly, their Issue #1 is keeping the White House white.

    It's their vote. They are entitled to use it as they see fit. Fortunately, they don't represent this company as a whole.

    Obama O-8!

    May 12, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  4. Alisa--GA

    Why is everyone surprised by that? Obama supporters accept that but She cant win in the general election. So does it really matter.

    May 12, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  5. Linned

    Everyone knows in advance that Senator Clinton was expected to win West Virginia by a large, so there are no surprise there. It is also her prerogative to stay in the race until all the states have voted as long as she doesn't say or do anything to damage the presumptive Democratic nominee or the Party. She does have $109 million of her own personal money at her disposable and if she chooses to spend it that way? I just hope that when it is all said and done we can come together as a Party and put all our differences aside and vote to get the Republicans out of there. If Senator McCain wins then we all suffer – is that what you want?

    May 12, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  6. TF, CO

    Hillary quoted Eleanor Roosevelt, telling supporters in WV: "A woman is like a tea bag. You never know how strong she is until she is in hot water."

    Why does she want to bring up the Monica thing again. She should stop talking about Tea Bags! ; )

    May 12, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  7. Time to move on

    To all Hillary supporters who say they are voting maccain instead Obama.Stop talking about experience.If Obama can defeat Hillary with all her so called experience,i think race is still a big issue to big ben and the likes of you.Grow up and give Obama your support for the benefit of every Americans.
    GOD BLESS AMERICA,GOD BLESS BARACK OBAMA

    May 12, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  8. ivar

    By the way governor...according to mrs. Clinton...YOUR STATE DOES NOT MASTTER COZ YOUR STATE IS SMALL

    May 12, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  9. A.M.

    Go ahead take your time Governor Joe Manchin, we understand. You can support 'Obama' when he clinches the nomination, you will be among the followers then not among the 'visionaly leaders'.

    Thanks and regards, Governor Joe Manchin!

    A.M.
    Houston, Texas

    May 12, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  10. Hill will

    The more ways that the media and the DNC and the democrats screw with Hillary and bash and batter and trash and belittle her- THE MORE voters she attracts.

    Who wants to watch such biased elections?

    Who wants fixed elections in America?

    Not most true democrats.

    May 12, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  11. Alisa--GA

    Why is everyone surprised by that? Obama supporters accept that but She cant win in the general election. So does it really matter.

    May 12, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  12. 60 year old white man

    Hillary should go to the convention and rip the old white boy's club apart, i will vote Mccain come hell or high water, and i've been a DEM over 50 years

    May 12, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  13. Christopher W. Mannoia

    I'm a trucker, and travel through West Virginia all the time; the people are nice, patriotic, and are part of the 'backbone" of this country; everyone needs to stop making fun of them. It's not professional, or even correct; if these people support Hillary Clinton, so be it; I'm sure when Barack Obama wins the nomination, that the good people of that good state will rally around the party's nominee in the fall.

    Chris Mannoia

    May 12, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  14. Maggie, KY

    “I’m furious. I’m aggravated. I feel violated. I feel used,” Chief Warrant Officer Ron Eagle, 42, of West Virginia told the Washington Post. He was due for retirement last February after 20 years of service. This month he will be sent to Iraq for an additional tour of duty that is likely to last 18 months.

    Think West Virginians...

    May 12, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  15. Sore Loser

    James reading your comments and the lousy spelling be careful as you may punch or mark the wrong candidate or party. You probably should vote republican as you cannot even spell democrat. Obama unpatriotic....give me a break....Go go go Obama our next president!!

    May 12, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  16. A.M.

    Go ahead take your time Governor Joe Manchin, we understand. You can support 'Obama' when he clinches the nomination, you will be among the followers then not among the 'visionary leaders'.

    Thanks and regards, Governor Joe Manchin!

    A.M.
    Houston, Texas

    May 12, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  17. Hilarious !

    Hillary's campaign is now HILARIOUS !!

    May 12, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  18. ACH

    If you see what we see you see that it is over for the Clinton's unless they lie,cheat and steal there way in the White House.

    May 12, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  19. we are not afraid

    Mock and jeer and throttle and disparage and condescend and insult and belittle and accuse to your heart's content.

    We are not afraid to stand up for our beliefs and be true to our convictions.

    We will teach the DNC a lesson in NOV.

    We will reject democratic party and republican party alike and we will vote our conscience for Hillary Clinton.

    You trashed the best and she is still the shining star.

    May 12, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  20. JD

    Go Hillary! go! go! go! keep going... that's right... just another step... bye!

    May 12, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  21. Charles

    You have to understand that young West Virginia Govenor Joe Manchin is in a bind. He can't come out and back Obama because he will be out of a job next time WV has a vote!

    May 12, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  22. So What

    Obama supporters, don't be so mean. So what Obama wins the nominee. Clinton's supporters will vote for McCain in November and Obama won't win without Clinton's supporters.

    May 12, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  23. Susan Missouri

    Gov. Manchin,

    We are glad that you see the race is not over.

    Hillary has a good chance of winning the nomination.

    She is experienced, for all the people, and a fighter.

    She would be a good commander in chief.

    Hillary 08 🙂

    May 12, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  24. mary cleveland, ohio

    There is something about Hillary Clinton's determination to continue even though she knows as does everyone else she cannot win with numbers at this late date.

    What I am thinking is this: WHY IS HILLARY CLINTON LITERALLY STEALING MONEY FROM HER SUPPORTERS? She knows she cannot win, and for whatever reason refuses to concede. As recent as today she is asking her supporters for donations. Why is she taking money from well-meaning people (most of whom don't have the money to give, taking it out of their family's budget to give to her), when she knows she cannot win? Its like a flim-flam scheme.

    May 12, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  25. jan

    Why is everyone just ignoring this man Wright,Obama listened to him for twenty years is this really the person we want running our country?He can say he never heard the man speak like that but give me a break ! Who is he trying to fool, he wants us to believe Wright didn't preach that stuff when he was in attendance,PLEASE. I am sorry maybe I don't know enough about politics but why shouldn't every states vote count,and why should a "super delecate" decide for me?Maybe we need to redesign our voting rules so everyone is counted and the few don't get to decide for the many.

    May 12, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
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