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. Inez Spencer Parker

    I admire Hillary very much, but I am an Obama fan. I think she should finished out the other primaries. Hillary is smart enought to know that the cards are against her. After the other primaries are over, she should concede in a graceful manner. She fought a good fight and she has nothing to be ashamed of. We are all americans and want the best for this country. I think Obama is a person with new ideas and we need a change in Washington. What turned me off with Clinton is the Gas-Tax idea, and also she said that White Hard Working Americans would not vote for Obama. Wow! Why didn't she say Hard Working People. It is not the end of the world by not becoming the president of the U.S. She's rich and has plenty of money. Hillary needs to help Obama win in November and I hope she will be his VP. What a ticket that would be!!!!!!

    May 12, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  2. Brian from Fort Mill, S.C.

    Don't worry, Govenor. We're not waiting for you any. Obama is going to let Hillary have W.V. and Kentucky, and he's going to take Oregon.

    In the meantime, he will have gotten another 20 or 30 superdelegates, and we won't need you to call anything. All you'll have to do is sit back and watch the fireworks when he wins the nomination!

    I'd make some popcorn if I were you!

    May 12, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  3. Obama 08!!!!

    Dear Paul.....did Florida and Michigan not know about holding their primaries early would make them lose their delegates??? they are still part of the Union but insist on doing things there own way. No one to blame but themselves. Rules are rules....

    May 12, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  4. Viva Obama 08

    The math will not work for Clinton even a third grader can tell you so.
    Florida and Michigan must not be seated. They disqualify themselves.

    May 12, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  5. Former Obama Supporter

    It’s really sad that Obama thinks it is okay to lose West Virginia tomorrow. You can’t just shrug off this loss and act like it doesn’t mean anything, because essentially you are saying that West Virginia’s primary does not matter. The Obama campaign obviously thinks this. It is really unfair how the media is even bothering to cover the Hillary Clinton campaign. Because of the great media coverage Obama has gotten, is the only reason he is winning. The media wants him to win. They are forcing people to vote for him. The political advisors on tv are saying that Obama has won, when he hasn’t, and they are telling the rest of the states, who have not voting yet, that their vote doesn’t matter. Why is NC the deciding factor in all of this? Just because he won that state, it set off a huge storm from the media. Hillary is going to win West Virginia by huge margins, so will that primary cause the superdelegates to go to Hillary. She will win it big. But I bet the media is going to act as if it makes no difference. This will essentially help the Obama campaign, because the all of the media is for Obama. This primary season has been very unfair.

    May 12, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  6. Voter

    The DNC and the Superdelegates should put a stop to this. What kind of an example are we to the World Community? Hillary and her supported don't care about dividing the party.

    Hillary Clinton don't care about the black vote she has already said she can win with the white blue collar vote. So if you are a black person your vote don't count to Hillary Clinton.

    The polls that was done about 70% black would vote for Hillary in the general, dont believe it, that percentage is much less. Keep in mind she don't need our vote...

    If this was Obama he would have been out of the race a long time ago.

    May 12, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  7. Kevin

    Go ahead and vote, WV. Every time people vote, Hillary's loss becomes that much more humiliating.

    May 12, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  8. eric

    Why are all of Clinton's supporters saying its Clinton or McCain. They have nothing in common as candidates, except for the fact they are both white. If you all like Clinton and then vote McCain you are idiots. If McCain is the president all of you women who support Hillary can say good bye to your choice to get an abortion, they will be illegal. McCain will appoint judges to the supreme court who will overturn Roe v. Wade. So, I hope all of Clintons dumb supporters do vote McCain, then five years from now when they have to get a backalley abortion maybe then they'll realize how dumb they are!!!!

    May 12, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  9. Craig

    CNN, Give it a rest. Surely their must be more news worthy stories than the Hillary and Billary soap opera. Your news coverage is looking more like the National Enquirer everyday.
    CNN BREAKING NEWS : HILLARY WINS MEANINGLESS CONTEST IN WEST VIRGINIA ! There, I saved you the effort.

    May 12, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  10. Kathy

    At least she and Bill have company in the state of denial.

    May 12, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  11. matt

    Hillary or Mccain 08

    enough said..
    a vote for obama is a vote for mccain

    May 12, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  12. Xavier, St. Louis, MO

    Once again, who cares! Why doesn’t he just admit that he wants to cast his vote for Clinton? Its okay, nobody in West Virginia is going to think he's an idiot.

    I would not say that the states of West Virginia and Kentucky are racist, like other people have post. However, most states like these have just been fooled by the psychological temperament of the Clinton Political War Machine. Most uneducated white blue collar voters have fallen prey to the Clinton mind games. But like the Hitler War machine, the Clinton Political War Machine has been defeated!

    Yes We Can!

    May 12, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  13. DEMOCRATS UNITE!!!

    IT'S TIME FOR US TO COME TOGETHER. OBAMA SUPPORTERS, STOP PROVOKING THE HILLARY SUPPORTERS, AS WE ARE ALL DEMOCRATS. HILLARY SUPPORTERS, STOP THREATENING TO VOTE FOR MCCAIN, BECAUSE I'M PRETTY SURE U ALL DON'T WANT ANYTHING CLOSE TO GEORGE BUSH IN OFFICE

    May 12, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  14. Johnny Be Good

    This does not surprise my in the slightest. HE is from a back woods state who think it is the 1960's. The would break out the fire hoses and police dogs if Obama went there!!! If I were AA, I would stay out of that state.

    May 12, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  15. Scott ATL

    Let Hillary Supporters have their say. I keep hearing that we're (Obama supporters) inspiring hate, racism, etc... I've been voting Democratic all my life, and now that a more qualified black man come along, I have to be racist because I choose to vote for him instead of Clinton.

    I simply don't see Clinton as the answer to what ales the US.

    But I won't call WV or Kentucky racist. They are just Clintons type of folks. When it's all said and done though, Obama has won fair and square. He played by the rules he was given and just out-campaigned Hillary (like it or not..)

    Is it Obama's fault that Hillary didn't campaign better, or put better people in the right places...

    Obama

    May 12, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  16. An American in Canada

    CNN, PLEASE ASK AT LEAST TWO OR THREE H.R. CLINTON SUPPORTERS ON YOU POLITICAL DISCUSSIONS.

    IF I HEAR DONNA BRAZILE SPEAKING AND PRETENDING TO BE UNDECLARED WHEN OBAMA IS OOZING ALL OVER HE FACE AND HER DEFENSE OF HIM IF ANYONE DIFFERES FROM HER THOUGHTS.

    IF I SEE ROLAND MARTIN AGAIN TRYING TO STOP CLINTON SUPPORTERS FROM FINISHING THEIR THOUGHT, I WILL VOMIT ALL OVER HIS FAT FACE.

    AND IF I HEAR CARL BERNSTEIN WHO HAS MADE A LIVING OFF THE CLINTONS AND WHO IS STILL MAKING MONEY BY SPEWING HIS IN YOUR FACE HATRED OF HILLARY IT IS UNAMERICAN..

    SHAME ON YOU CNN. THE WORLD HAS JUDGED YOUR REPORTING AND HAVE FOUND YOU LACKING IN TRUE JOURNALISM.

    May 12, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  17. rw md

    My dads from Shenandoah Junction WV and these people don't
    lay down that easy for someone that's all talk, no substance.
    They want someone who has real ideas not just a pretty talker
    and that's Hillery Clinton.

    May 12, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  18. Anonymous

    so this guy can't count

    May 12, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  19. TGO

    Hey Mr. Govenor,

    The writing is on the wall.....It Obama all the way.....GO BARAK!!!!!!

    Llets get this playing around, over with and get serious with the candidate, which isn't Hillary.
    Why waste the time with someone who has not chance now?

    May 12, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  20. Paula in WI

    I hope the people in WVA and KY have read the Washington paper's news about the Clinton's.Hillary would lose the race for sure.Way too baggage for the Clinton's and the bad things continue to unfold.

    May 12, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  21. Steve, New York, New York

    That's it Hillary (and co-horts) – keep tearing apart the democratic party, and you ensure a McCain victory in November.

    Hillary's experience? At doing what? Bankrupting her own campaign? If she gets elected (heaven forbid), will she name JACK ABRAMOFF as her budget director?

    ANYONE BUT HILLARY IN 2008!!!!!

    May 12, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  22. James Nelson

    Yawn.

    As for Florida and Michigan, they're STILL part of the Union, but their party leaders forfeited the right to have their states respective votes counted in this primary by defying the Democratic National Committee– as Hillary commented when asked why she hadn't taken her name off the Michigan ballot!

    Oh, but that was before she started getting the tar beaten out of her and before she needed to loan her campaign MILLIONS after running through an entire war chest of some 100 million dollars (now, THAT'S some great experience for ya!)...

    May 12, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  23. ObamaRican

    Just a quick note on the PR primary June 1: Although they are allowed to participate in the primary and the Clintons have actively campaigned there, we do not bring any value to the general election due to the stripping of the eight electoral votes back in 2000. Therefore, I ask my Puerto Rican compatriots to ignore this primary and do something more worthy of your time. Taxation without representation is what ignited the US revolution. Unless and until we're fully accounted for, what's the sense in participating in an election that is incomplete as far as representation goes?

    BTW – I was born in PR and raised in the US, Air Force vet (Vietnam Era) and I am completely supporting Barack Obama. I HOPE the CHANGE will include resolution of the US/PR realtionship as regards fair representation.

    May 12, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  24. Voter

    Is Hillary Clinton a racist?

    May 12, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  25. Sherri

    Florida and Michigan both broke rules established a full two years before the campaign began. They knew it on the day of the election. They knew that the consequence of their action was to lose their delegates. They broke the rules in a bold face manner. They should not be rewarded for such dishonest behavior, and the voters of MI and FL should take their party leaders out of office because of this. The Democratic party of FL and MI have taken the votes away from their own people. It has nothing to do with Clinton or Obama.

    May 12, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
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