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. Billy

    West Virginia did not have a chance to vote for their candidate. Dodd or Biden or any other candidate was no longer in the race by the time they get to vote. Is that democracy? This process needs to be changed to a vote all states all on one day, just like the general election. This year long process is just a scam. The networks talk about it everyday.

    May 12, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  2. LB

    I can not understand why any women would vote for McCain over Obama. Look at McCain's age, now try to relate his age to his general thinking when it comes to women. He will never stand up for womens rights, job, pay, etc. because it was born in the old age thinking that women should be like his mother. Stay home and take care of the family. Some things you just can not reprogram in the old males mind. It's like trying to break an old habbit that you don't really want to break. It just won't happen.

    May 12, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  3. obama all the way

    To Helen,

    Please do so – You are the one who needs healthcare and good benefit... not Obam!

    Think, open up, be smart.....

    May 12, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  4. Jane

    From Wikipedia:

    "Education in West Virginia: West Virginia has received low marks for reading and math skills at the eighth-grade level and ranked 51st in college education rates."

    THAT'S Hillary's constituency–in polite terms, the "low-informed." And what they do tomorrow has a virtually negligible impact on the final outcome.

    So all you good ol' boys who still think Obama took his oath of office on the Koran and secretly practices the Muslim religion can cast your vote for the "hard-working white" chick. To put it in your vernacular, "it don't mean a thing."

    May 12, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  5. NickSanDiego

    How many people really care about all of these whining Clinton people crying that they will vote for McCain now?? I think you people are all pitiful and childish. I hope this is posted but you people need to look in a mirror and admit to your self that your Racial hate is stronger than your love for your country. I think you SHOULD vote for McCain just stop lying to US and YOURSELVES at to the reason why. We are not Stupid!

    Go support McCain PLEASE and stop crying about it. Just GROW -UP

    May 12, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  6. O Man

    Of course the West Virginia Gov. is not going to cal it for Obama yet. After the primary I'm sure he will. It's an effort in futility for Clinton anyway. There is no reason for her to still be campaigning. The window of opportunity close for any chance for the VP spot after the North Carolina and Indiana primaries. It is time for the Obama camp to start considering a VP. Which i think should be a woman and there are plenty to choose from. For example and worth consideration, democratic, Governor Sebelius from the "red state" Kansas. She has excutive and legislative skills and family ties to the "red state" Ohio, her father was democratic governor there. It would be a bonus to for his ticket for the obvious reasons.

    May 12, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  7. jane in CA

    WV needs to embrace changes to grow away from the coal mines and bring prosperity to the people. WV please refuse nickles and dimes that are promised by the Clintons government.

    May 12, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  8. Aida

    Obama claims he has the 'educated' vote. With all the hate spewed by his supporters, he seems to have the immature vote. Get a grip people. Don't alienate Hillary supporters with your hate – you need them to stand a chance in November.

    I see too many saying they won't vote for Obama, all because of your hateful comments. Obama doesn't have all the educated voters and Hillary doesn't have all the hard-working voters – but we will have McCain as president if you haters don't get it and change your tune.

    Obama, you say you unite, but your supporters divide. Look beyond your inner circle and see what is happening in the real world.

    May 12, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  9. Darryl

    Will Senator Clinon ever come clean on the Peter Paul vs Hillary and Bill Clinton Case?

    This Clinton family feel like they are above the Law?

    May 12, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  10. Jeff

    Obama's inspiring but Hillary's a leader and people know this. She should pursue this to the end and i find it to be outrageous for Obama supporters to be calling for her end, I know they are better than that and want a Democrat in the white house first and foremost.

    May 12, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  11. Epluribus

    He's a smart young man. Who's delusional are the Obama supporters, and I'm a Black Male. I don't understand why the Obamanites feel so threatened with Hilliary continuing the race when no one has been declared a winner.

    I use to feel partianship was what mattered, but after speaking to some of my friends, if Obama is not the nominee, they will refuse to vote. So I feel the same now, if Hilliary isn't the nominee I will not vote.

    The DNC has made a mockery of the election process. Florida should count as it was presented, and Michigan should be divided in half. The Superdelegates shouldn't feel theartened to vote for whomever they choose, instead of being worried about constiuents.

    I vote for Ms. Hilliary Clinton

    May 12, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  12. Terry

    Go Hillary!!!

    I can not stand that guy!!!!!! Who cares what he can speak – it is all staged. He CAN NOT CARRY THE BIG STATES!!!! and wait when republican will take they shot - the news people will stop handaling him with such care.

    May 12, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  13. God Bless America

    God Bless those lil ol' rednecks in West Virginia. Maybe Hillary can teach her white racist, uneducated, blue collar worker supporters.......MATH.

    To the rest of West Virginia have your primary, let your voice be heard and let your motivation be for what is BEST FOR ALL AMERICANS.

    May 12, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  14. VT in CA

    Good for him! Reality rules!

    May 12, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  15. Dan, Hopkins, MN

    Voting for McCain if your candidate doesn't win? Yeah. That's really a smart strategy. Maybe since we are not winning in Iraq, we should just join forces with Osama Bin Laden. What do you guys think?

    I guess I am not surprised with these type of comments given the demographics of who is voting for Hillary.

    May 12, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  16. Chester, White West Virginia Obama Supporter

    West Virginians,Since Senator Obama is both black and white, If you don't want to vote for the black half , vote for the white half. (SEE HOW
    STUPID PREJUDICE SOUNDS?).

    May 12, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  17. Steve from Alabama

    Thanks Governor Manchin,for your candid remarks ,and unwavering support of this race going on. I happened to be awake last night when the "CNN" commentator was interviewing you,and I thought you did a great job and handle it as well as anyone.....despite his most underhanded tactics. I'd like for everyone to keep in mind that if 89%-92% of the African-American caucus is voting for Obama,that any remaining group,left to vote for anyone,would ,due to this absence of the black voters, have to be predominently white,or hispanic ,or something. And simply describing the group's make-up,is not a bad thing or a racist thing.

    May 12, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  18. stephanie

    I live in Kentucky and am a democrat. I will be seeing Obama campaigning today in Louisville. I think this will be the deciding factor of who I will vote for. I think its absolutely crazy and damaging that Hillary and her supporters claim..they will win states like WV and KY..because they are predominantly white..and uneducated. Who glorifies in that kind of stereotype? You just put the writing on the wall..when you say you wouldn't vote for him in November. Its because of people like that..that Bush got 2 terms in office. We need CHANGE!

    May 12, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  19. Alicia

    I think it is unfair that everyone seems to think the nomination is wrapped up. I live in Kentucky. Does my state not count? Does W. VA not count? Hilary has the democratic right to continue in the race.

    Some of us Democrats do not believe that Obama can win against McCain. He has no history, we know nothing about him or his strengths. Do you go to a surgeon for heart surgery that has only been practicing for a couple of months?

    Add Michigan and Florida numbers to the count and Hilary is actually doing quite well. Hang in there Hilary!

    May 12, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  20. ken

    Is Ron Paul still in the race?

    How about those Huckabee supporters now voting for Obama? How confused could people be?

    May 12, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  21. Obama win '08

    Everyone is talking about Hillary Clinton is more electable. Well lets break this down.

    Barack Obama will have no problem beating McCain in the general election and this is how he will get it done.

    WA – 11
    OR – 7
    CA – 55
    CO – 9
    MN – 10
    WI – 10
    IL – 21
    MO – 11
    LA – 9
    MI – 17
    OH – 20
    GA – 15
    VA – 13
    NY – 31
    ME – 4
    VT – 3
    MA – 12
    RI – 4
    CT – 7
    NJ – 15
    DE – 3
    MD – 10
    DC – 3
    HI – 4
    Total 304 Electoral Votes (only 270 is needed to win)

    If anyone doubts OH, for argument sake let’s remove it from the number and you get 284, he still WINS.

    And don't doubt LA and GA. He is going to win both.

    May 12, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  22. simond

    West Virginia is indeed a swing state. Bill Clinton won WV in 1992 and 1996 and Bush won in 2000 & 2004. The democrats should win this state back in November. However, if Obama is the nominee, the democrats will have zero chance in winning WV.

    May 12, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  23. PJ (aka Confused)

    why is there so much negativity against OBAMA from the Hill Clan, are we not all for the same party. It just suprises me how some people mainly Hill's so called supporters are really Un educted as she suggests to abandon the party if she isnt given the nomination. What does that say about loyality. Although you are allowed to vote anyway you choose it just boggles the mind to know how her Clan are prepared to jump over board and commit political sucide. Go ahead then take your sorry votes to McSane who cares nothing is gonna change SHE CANT WIN.

    May 12, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  24. yes she will

    Really starting to beleive democrats are RETARDED !

    you people planing to vote for Mccain if your candidate is not the nominee are just RETARDED. GO AHEAD vote republican, but dont complain when :

    – we loose soldiers, ( sons, spouse, father, brother sisters ) 100 is long enough to make sure you'll loose someone.
    – When the USA becomes a third world country with a président that does not have a clue about the economie

    Jesus, democrat are either retarded, undeducated, or plainly stupid !
    dont get it....

    Republican would never make that error, that s why they'll always be richer, more consistant then democrats.

    May 12, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  25. Lynn

    To the Obama supporters, if Gore had carried WV he would have been President. So is WV important. Of course. I early voted for Senator Clinton and then filled out paperwork to change to Independent. The DNC and the Obama supporters do not care about my vote. The way my candidate has been treated by the media, some Democrats and nasty blogs I will vote for McCain in November. The DNC will not hold Roe vs. Wade over my head. Would a large company hire for its CEO someone with 3 years of experience. Again of course not. Just words.

    May 12, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
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