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

West Virginia Gov. not ready to call race for Obama


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. Blue Collar

    It is a pity that Hillary is using our preference of her over Obama to categorise us as racists who will never vote for Obama.
    Having studied the circumstances carefully, I have realised she has been fooling us. She can afford to effortlessly lend her campaign $12million out of her $109million in just a couple of months; much more than she gave to charity (albeit her own family foundation) in 8 years.
    She actualy supported NAFTA but has continued to decieve us she didn't; while sorounding herself with NAFTA lobyists like Mark Penn. She can't even use a coffe machine.
    She does not understand the yearnings of hardworking blue collar white Americans. We are not racists and we will prove this to her in West Virginia and Kentucky.
    Hillary cannot fool us anymore!

    May 12, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  2. Paul

    Hillary or McCain

    We need someone with experience in the White House

    Hillary we are with you all the way!!!

    They are forgetting about FLA and Michigan. When did they stop being part of the Union?

    HILLARY 08 yes she will!!!

    May 12, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  3. Ready for Change

    Well he is smart to not be ready to call it for Obama, especially since Obama is going to lose West Virginia by a huge margin. Why in the world would we want to nominate somebody ELSE who can"t win in a general election. We Democrats just don't seem to ever get the message, and seem to be willing to run head long over that same cliff one more time this year.

    May 12, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  4. JW

    Thanks Gov. for a reality check. If Hillary does pull off the nomination, there are a lot of people going to look awfully silly. Also, a lot people that were looking a job in an Obama administration that are going to be SOL in a Clinton cabinet.

    May 12, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  5. ueen golf04

    lets mrs clinton shows the mother side,that she is caring rather than promote the values women folks are not known for,telling whoever that cares that she is a figther,this is absolutely uncalled for,let her join ranks with democrat,the pple that has made it possible for she and her husband to reach the very top echlone of politics in america,it is very easy to destroy things than to build.let join hand to build a cohesive force against the republican.

    May 12, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  6. Montana is Obama Country

    Well what would you expect from a Clinton supporter..anything less..?

    He is continuning more of the same stailmate of the Clinton campaign instead of party unity.

    Yes..We..Can.. Barack in 2008

    May 12, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  7. Franky

    Don't worry Gov., is all good....and this is what I mean by being honest. Tell the remaining "supers" to be honest and I'm fine with it.....and by the way, I'm sure is not that bad to make up some words......I mean, isn't that what politicians do???? Na'h, na'h I'm just playing, LOL!!!

    May 12, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  8. Yes we can!

    Her argument has shifted from pledge delegates, to the superdelegates, to the "hardworking" blue collar white voters, down to the popular vote.....when it's said & done, who knows what the next argument will be...i agree that since it has gone this far that all the remaining contest should take place. Obama has never called for her to get out of the race or quit. Pundits, surrogates or supporters are free to say whatever they feel. At the same time she knows that if the tide were different she and bill would be hammering Obama to get out. heck the whole country would have been telling him get out with a much louder voice. i applaud Obama for the way he has handled himselft with all the controversies and his mishaps that he brought on himself....I was a Mike Huckabee supporter and Obama won me over!

    May 12, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  9. Jeanne

    True, the fat lady hasn't sung yet but I believe it's over this time around.

    May 12, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  10. Debby

    What a smart move at least the man is respectful to both candidates.

    May 12, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  11. Obama 08!!!!

    OH oh....sorry hillary you are falling further behind...Like West Virginia and Kentucky even matter.
    Barack Obama

    Hillary Clinton

    Election Center » Needed to Win: 2,025

    May 12, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  12. Neutral

    CNN stop your bias coverage of this primary. The American people are not fooled with your rhetoric. Obama will NEVER be President of this country.

    BTW, how's your ratings now? You're losing viewers just like MSNBC losing viewers. MSNBC owned by General Electric used to do business with Iran. Who is Time Warner doing business this time?

    May 12, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  13. Deb n Texas

    He can say whatever he wants – the race is over as far as I am concerned.

    May 12, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  14. One

    Obama fanatics = Bandwagon followers

    Stop getting caught up in the hype. When that tape of Obama in Trinity Baptist surfaces AFTER HE'S NOMINEE, you'll have buyers remorse in the worst way!

    By the way...I bet you lost all your money in the dotcom boom and am still waiting for that TV show "Jericho" to resurface.

    So sad...

    (678) WE VOTE-1 // (678-938-6831)

    May 12, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  15. rumpusgoopus

    The race has been stolen, my candidates has been betrayed! Huckabee supporters UNITE! Vote Obama in '08 or stay home!

    May 12, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  16. Peter

    He thinks everyone should get to vote? Uh oh, that's not going to go over well with Obama. Obama's got a 48 state stratey so far. Now he's ignoring KY and WVa, so he's down to 46. He wants to conceitedly declare victory in OR so he really doesn't give a 'you know what' about PR, SD or MT. So that leaves 43 states. I'm a democrat that will vote for McCain if the Dems are moronic enough to select this 'effete' for it's party. Can't stand the guy.

    May 12, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  17. Venus

    Thank you Mr. Manchin! I like this guy!

    So see Hillary supporter's – yes Obama will lose this state but -
    listen to your Gov... after this race he will be working for Obama just like the rest of our party!

    Go Hillary – enjoy your victory and hang in there!

    Looking forward to seeing her and Bill Clinton stump for Obama!

    May 12, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  18. Moses, Ca.

    It's sad to hear that Clinton Supporters will vote for Mcvain in the fall, if Hillary don't win the nomination. I can't see any parent of a son that is 16+ in age vote for McCain. You know your son will be in Irag fighting a war that we shouldn't be in. Because won't pull our troops out until we win it. That means a possible "DRAFT " in the future. So vote for McCain if you want to.

    May 12, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  19. Will

    Of course he wants future candidates to care about WV.

    May 12, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  20. Tyrone Brown, Seattle, WA

    Time for Obama, the Obama Movement and the Democrat Party to focus our complete attention on McCain and the Republican machine. I know that I and millions of Americans are ready "to fight the good fight" to Obama our 44th President of the United States.

    Yes! We! Can!

    Tyrone Brown, Proud Obamacrat
    Seattle, WA

    May 12, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  21. Penny NH

    Since all the other topics are closed for comment, I would like to say that those of you who think the Hillary supporters who say they will vote for McCain...will really vote for Obama in have another think comin'! I have voted democrat all my life. Bill Clinton was not my 1st choice, I was a Paul Tsongas supporter. However, Bill Clinton did earn my vote after Tsongas dropped out of the race. Obama will not earn my vote. He has done nothing to earn my vote, and he and his supporters have done everything to allienate Hillary supporters. I think the WRITE IN CAMPAIGN IS AN EXCELLENT ALTERNATIVE. I would not have to vote for McCain, but he would win if Hillary did not. Think about the message this will send to the DNC, the superdelegates and the Obama campaign!

    May 12, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  22. Musheera

    It is really a shame that we have West Virginia, Kentucky that are some of the most racist states in the country.....I am a native and Appliachian....which is why I left years ago....people are very narrowminded and totally uneducated....and extremely racist...I know from experience...I would never live in Kentucky as long as I live....and anyone black person that does catches hell from the overt, covert and outright can these people call themselves Christians with such a hateful outlook on life based on the color of someone's skin color........and the sad part about is that people like Governor Joe Manchin perpetuate this foolishness....and these people are suppose to be civil servants????......what hypocrits......

    May 12, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  23. Angela

    I may be wrong, but based on the large blue states that she has won –

    a) all the elected house members voted as their district did,

    b) Senators voted as their state did,

    c) Non-elected supers voted as their state did

    She would be ahead in supers – enough to win the nomination. No one in the media is doing that math…to afraid to go there???

    May 12, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  24. Deb

    Why is everyone so surprised?? There are some states, where a black candidate will never be elected for any office – specially not the office of the President. But no matter the size of the victory in WV, she will not win. The math is against her, after WV and Kentucky Obama looks good in Oregon and the other states. Enjoy your meaningless victory Hillary.

    May 12, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  25. Vietnam vet for Obama!

    While the race for the Democratic Party nomination is n"not over until it's over," it is clear to everyone, including Senator Clinton, that Barack Obama will be the Democratic candidate for president.

    Senator Clinton should devote the rest of her campaign to pointing out the differences between the Democratic candidate and the presumptive Republican candidate. If she continues to attack Senator Obama, she would still not win the nomination, only damage the Democratic Party and her own political career and legacy.

    May 12, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
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