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. No Nos No Nsos Moveran

    WE the people unite behind Hillary Clinton because she is the best qualified to lead this country.

    The washington insiders and biased press can knock her all they want.

    The people are not that easily swayed and will reject the celebrity bandwagon and go with the best Candidate available.

    WE, the true democrats, are used to the struggle. United we will.

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

    Hillary CAN beat McCain in the general, Obama cant! it is not Hillarys or her supporters fault. It is the fault of the democratic party.period!
    they chose to run a unqualified far left radical for thier own political agenda! they cant run a legal, fair campaign, they have bought, threatened, and poisoned the minds of many Americans against the Clintons. I truly hope the Democratic party has to fold. they should be ashamed at what they have put us the people through!

    May 12, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  3. No Nos No Nos Moveran

    Just a typo there:

    WE the people unite behind Hillary Clinton because she is the best qualified to lead this country.

    The washington insiders and biased press can knock her all they want.

    The people are not that easily swayed and will reject the celebrity bandwagon and go with the best Candidate available.

    WE, the true democrats, are used to the struggle. United we will.

    May 12, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  4. Anita from Arizona

    BIGBEN & JMO,

    Obama and Clinton practically mirror each other in policies and where they want to lead this country. You must be closet Republicans hired by Limbaugh... Do what's right by your country and it's people. No McCain..... Put a Democrat in the White House.... Obama is as green as JFK and Reagan were. Experience has brought us absolutely NOWHERE and NOTHING, but debt, an expensive war, lost allies... shall I go on???

    May 12, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  5. American Girl

    Einstein Quotes: :
    "We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them."
    No McCain, McCain=Bush Failed Policies

    "Peace cannot be kept by force. It can only be achieved by understanding."
    The War in Iraq must End!!! Barack= Gaining Understanding of our World and teh World gaining understanding of Us.

    "Great spirits have always found violent opposition from mediocrities. The latter cannot understand it when a man does not thoughtlessly submit to hereditary prejudices but honestly and courageously uses his intelligence."
    Do not let prejudices influence your vote.
    Vote Obama 2008

    May 12, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  6. no ands ifs or Obamabuts

    Millions will write in Hillary Clinton.

    Who wants Obama or McCain when you CAN have the very best.

    Hillary Clinton in Nov.

    May 12, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  7. Ben - Portland

    Every week she stays in damages her chances of getting any support in 2012, if Obama doesn't win this November. She's obviously delusional and lost her sense of self preservation. It must be the stress of the Bosnian sniper attacks coupled with the noxious gas fumes.

    May 12, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  8. WV4Obama

    I think Clinton would make a good president. But with what this country is faced with today, we need a great president. I'm from West Virginia and I'll be casting my vote for Obama tomorrow.

    May 12, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  9. Uncle Sam

    We have on one hand, a naive presidential hopeful who promises change, while on the other we have an experienced heroic statesman who has a proven record of change. Am I missing something?

    Americans for McCain '08

    May 12, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  10. Kenneth M

    SLICK HILLIE IS NOT BEING FAIR TO OBAMA. SHE IS GOING TO BEAT HIM IN 2 MOREACES, PERHAPS 3 TO NO END. THIS IS THE SELFISHNESS I HAVE GROWN TO EXPECT FROM WHITE WOMEN. UNABLE TO GIVE OTHERS THE PROPER RESPECT THEY HAVE EARNED. ITS LIKE SHE IS THE FAT LADY WHO WONT SING.

    May 12, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  11. Jewish Women for Obama

    These people (HRC and her cronies) certainly do not have Americans' or the democratic party's interest at heart... So sad...
    Just stop it and let's unite the party...

    Obama '08

    May 12, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  12. Michael in MO

    This is foolish. Obama cannot win the general in Nov. Do your research – not sound bite surfing. Every legitimate statistic regarding this race shows Senator Clinton the only one to beat McCain and secure the majority of States. If you do not want 4 more yrs. of a Republican presidency, than use your head and vote for Senator Clinton. She is clearly the most qualified individual – black/white/purple – that our party has seen in generations. Senator Obama is not ready – putting him up as the nominee now is throwing away our opportunity in Nov.

    I, like millions of democrats, will be forced to vote for McCain as independents in the Fall if he goes forward. We will without question make sure that he does not make it to the presidency. These are not bitter comments of the moment that will wash away over time. These are very real facts folks.

    May 12, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  13. PA for Obama

    I'm really starting to wonder if all these Clinton supporters are REALLY that enthralled with Sen. Clinton, or if it's more a matter of not wanting a black man to become president. Reading some of the posts that appear , you can't help but wonder about the mental capacity of some of these folks and what their ulterior motives are. The most ridiculous are the posts from people who call Sen. and Michelle Obama bigots. It's a sad commentary on our country that we still have so many white people scared to death of anyone who doesn't look exactly like them. That's how we got 8 years of George Bush. If America dumbs down any further, we're in for at least 4 more disastrous years of war and an economy in turmoil.

    We need open dialogue in this country about the things that both divide and unite us. I see Sen. Obama as the only one willing to lead that discussion.

    Any any Hillary supporter who says they'll vote for Bob Barr before they'd support Obama really cracks me up – they apparently know little or nothing about Barr's history with the Clintons. Ah, what a difference personal political aspirations can make.

    May 12, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  14. Lizzie, Huntington WV

    CNN,

    I live in WV and I don't really see this "huuugge" lead that Hillary has. I know she is favored to win WV, but I still won't vote for her in this time, not even later. But, all of u people will be shocked tomorrow by results!

    By the way, that Question of the Day is stupid! since political parties make rules that govern their nominating processes.

    May 12, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  15. Pol

    With this kind of support from non-educated working people (with all my respect to most of them), Russian communists made the revolution in 1917. It took 75 years in Russia for the comeback.
    Why are you so proud, Ms. Clinton??

    May 12, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  16. Joyce in Florida

    Way to go Governor Manchin. I agree. This fight is far from being over. I will continue to support Hillary Clinton all the way to the White House. Obama is defnitely a big loser and totally ignores states that aren't to his advantage. What a sick puppy he is. I will never vote for Obama nor McCain. I am hoping that I won't be in the position to have to vote for a candidate I don't like nor agree with. I hope to see Hillary Clinton's name on our ballot for the November election. GO HILLARY 08!!!!!!!!

    May 12, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  17. Just the Facts Maam

    Deanna, If Obama wins by some miracle or fraud, The laughing will stop just like that. The world will rejoice and everyone will be happy.

    NOT,

    We will lose all credibility with our allies, our economy will really go in the tank, and the Socialists will win without firing a shot.

    Fortunately Americans are not buying into Obama's speeches and
    have done their research on him and his backers. He will never be
    elected to the Presidency and he will be lucky to hold on to his Senate seat after the election.

    What part of we do not want Socialism in America don't you idiots understand. You want Free medical care, move to Canada.
    Don't want your children to go to war, then they don't have too, our sons and daughters go voluntarily because they believe in their country. There is no Draft. Wish there was so you liberals would have to earn your right to be an American.

    May 12, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  18. Steve

    Mccain, that worthless old fart, was never a POW, his rich daddy sent him on vacation to avoid the war.
    Obama 08

    May 12, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  19. sacto joe

    DEMOCRATS BEWARE!!!

    A lot of neo-cons posing as Democrats are posting hate mail. They're trying to drive a wedge between us!

    RESIST THE NEOCON HATE MACHINE!

    May 12, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  20. Joyce

    Missouri the one and only swing state that he barely won. Yes go campaign Obama for you surely need them in those critical swing states. Goodluck with Florida, Michigan, Ohio and Penn. You can add New Jersey too.
    I don't see you winning any of them. Therefore get ready for McCain folks.

    May 12, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  21. Scott ATL

    Ya know it's funny, The vast majority of folks that don't like Hillary are NOT black.

    There are more white folks that don't like Clinton than black folks... (Republican and Democrat)

    So why are you blaming Obama supporters or blacks for her shortcomings?

    May 12, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  22. proud of Obama

    Obama has inspired me because:

    His mother got pregnant as a teenager.

    She had children with exotic men from around the world.

    Obama got to go to Catholic and Private schools.

    And his mother still qualified for food stamps.

    Now THOSE are achievements to be proud of.

    May 12, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  23. CNN is too biased

    I'm an Obama supporter:

    Obama has inspired me because:

    His mother got pregnant as a teenager.

    She had children with exotic men from around the world.

    Obama got to go to Catholic and Private schools.

    And his mother still qualified for food stamps.

    Now THOSE are achievements to be proud of.

    May 12, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  24. John Jeryy

    OK

    May 12, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  25. Jaimie

    Out with Obama and in with Clinton. He cannot win in November. It will never happen. The Democrats are hurting themselves if they think he can stand up to a "swift boat" attack from the Republicans. What we don't already know about Obama will be told in detail by McCain et al and I looke forward to more truths about this empty shell of a candidate to be made public.

    May 12, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15