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. Eliezer Pouabou

    I think Clinton has to quit. It obvious that Obama is going to be the nominee.
    She has to face the reality before she hurts the party.
    It is time to be united and face McCain in the general election.

    May 12, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  2. sky

    yeah, so there.....if Hillary can make up some more horrid stories about him and set him up, trash him.....maybe have someone hit him in the knee with a metal pole before he goes out to skate....then maybe she will have a chance......they must be planning now....with all of their honorable and higly moral friends....thinking to they can make it look like he spent the night with male prostitute and two children.

    May 12, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  3. Chief lagosboy, NJ

    Tooth-less Wonder, Gov Joe Manchin you are full of it!

    Our President Obama 08’ & 12’

    May 12, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  4. McCain All The Way!

    Every state needs to be heard! Whether you like it or not my friends. Obama shouldn't be given the nomination based on elitest ideas. The fact is the people as a whole (elitest or not) need to vote him in.

    He doesn't have a chance based on our bitterness and clinginess to guns and religion.

    Go McCain 2008. You are the best man for the job!

    May 12, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  5. Eli

    Obama supporters don't think for a second that by calling Hillary names and trying to prematurely shut down the primary election process they alianate Hilary's supporters. Using nasty words for Hillary only proves that you are educated but absolutely out of touch wiht ordinary Americans. Obama cannot win without the millions who supported Hillary. Watch out your language! Go Hillary!

    May 12, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  6. Lee in W VA

    I'm really proud of our Gov. I will not vote for Obama and so I think it's important Hillary Clinton stay in the race all the way to the convention.

    She does represent my vote and as her supporter, I expect her to fight til the end.

    Our party will not be unified because it's been taken over by the extreme left wing which obama represents.

    May 12, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  7. Tom

    You know, anything can happen, they just migt find out something new about this almost unknown, come out of nowhere, and too good to be true guy Obama. It's not over until the black lady sings !!! The superdelagates are not bound to either of them and can even change at the convention. We KNOW Hillary, but this guy has just landed on the planet basically. Don't be so quick to call this or we may end up be the laughing stock of the world.

    May 12, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  8. It's soon over

    Let the next 6 states finish voting. The Michigan and Florida delegations will be seated and the delegates will be divided up in some fashion. The numbers still will favor Obama in the end.

    No one is qualified to be president, no amount of experience prepares one for that job. There hasn't been a Senator elected as President since JFK. It's leadership qualities that make a good president, not the ability to keep repeating "I have the solutions that will be best the for the country and the world". We've has enough of that.

    Obama got more votes and more delegates, that's the way it works. If HRC persuades the superdelegates to give her the nomination becasue she is more "electable " (ie, no one will vote for the black guy)
    she will surely loose the general election.

    May 12, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  9. cherish

    Shouldn't the headline read, "West Virginia Governor is Totally Delusional"?

    May 12, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  10. Jeff in Portland


    You mean he doesn't want to tell his constituents that their vote is irrelevant?


    May 12, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  11. Astalie

    Wow, maybe he's right, she does have a chance!!!!!!

    Oh, by the way, besides the super from Maine, Obama has just picked up another, Dolly Strazar from Hawaii. But, it does not matter because she will win according the good gov. of WV.

    May 12, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  12. sally

    WV it was your leaders that said to the press that your state was full of bigots. Read Up!

    May 12, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  13. Dave

    Ooh, what a suprise, Obamites resorting to labeling anybody who is not part of their cult as rascists and rednecks. Grow up kiddies. Once your mommy and daddy are no longer paying your bills and you step out into the real world, you will realize that actions and experience count more than words. Stop watching MTV and Comedy Central for your news!

    May 12, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  14. carrie

    Hillary Clinton, evidentemente, ha perdido. perro loco.
    usted ir a casa belicista.
    América ha elegido Barrack Obama

    May 12, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  15. Kim, PA

    if these states would have been able to vote in the beginning of the year,
    Hillary would have won by now.
    no, instead we have a dork now winning!

    ashame all of you are so ignorant.

    May 12, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  16. Nick

    McCain 08 if unless Hillary is the nominee.
    No vote for Obama or Obama/Clinton ticket...

    May 12, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  17. WV Mountaineer

    "Tobias May 12th, 2008 12:12 pm ET

    The race is not over it is still close and if we want to win in November the super delegates will support Senator Clinton. Obama is not qualified to be president and he is unelectable. Clinton has been railroaded by the media as well as certain factions of the Democratic Party. You will see an exodus of people leaving the party if something is not done."

    WHERE DID YOU GET YOUR EDUCATION FROM??? Hillary continually argues that she is the one with the experience. Since when is being the wife of a former president qualify as experience? She is doing nothing more than trying to ride on the coattails of her husband. My husband is a doctor – does that make me experienced in the field of medicine? I think not!

    Coming from a highly educated woman from West Virginia, I would like to say that not only does Obama have my support – he also has the support of every other West Virginian I know. We'll see where the dust settles after tomorrow. I can't wait to see what kind of BS Hillary uses as her argument when she doesn't fair nearly as well in tomorrow's election as the polls are currently calling for. She's running out of excuses and things to cry about. She needs to get over it and give up already.

    While Hillary's plight for presidency began as an admirable thing and something for young girls to bear in mind, proving that they are capable of being anything they want, at this point, she looks hopelessly pathetic and I for one certainly do not want my daughters looking up at her as an example. She's a racist liar who is out for no one but herself!!!

    May 12, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  18. Joey L

    I feel bad for Mrs. Clinton since, let's face it, Obama supporters will surely blame her when he loses to McCain in the fall - they seem to blame her for everything else. It won't be her fault, it'll be everyone who pushed her to leave this primary race to "unite" the democratic party. Give me a break!

    Obama will not win in the fall. If Hillary drops out, I don't think I will vote for McCain... I just won't vote.

    May 12, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  19. LJ for Hillary

    I have had it with the discussion of a new kind of politician. Senator Obama's camp declared themselves the winner after last weeks primaries. How arrogant, even McCain is called the presumptive nominee, you are not the nominee until it's declared at the DNC in August. Of couse if let to the Senator why would we even have a election why not just make him president on November 3rd. Oh yeah I forgot that pesky constitution keeps getting in his way. I would never under any circumstances for Senator Obama and before the race card gets thrown out I am african-american. As far as I'm concerned I'm writing in Senator Hillary Clinton's name on the presidential ballot. Hopefully with all the people upset over the nimination process and the decisive fracture in support the inept Democrats will get the point. Listen to the people.

    Clinton 08

    May 12, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  20. gerald strother

    TWO MORE 273 TO OBAMA 275 THE END IN COMING 20 MORE DAYS AND IT IS OVER FOR HER !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 12, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |

    Enjoy yourselves tomorrow and let Hillary have her swan song before bowing out with a win under her belt. This will save her face and give her a look towards 2012. If she keeps going she will hurt the party and Obamas chances. Also if she keeps up this line that she can win and brings down the party. She will have a hard time back in the senate, where is could be the leader of the party.

    May 12, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  22. Pam

    Anyone else think HIllary will cry on camera again today?

    May 12, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  23. Edgar - Orlando, Florida

    Let us all get the record straight, if Obama does not win the GE it won't be because of HIllary or WV the fault will lie in Rev. Wright, Rezkno, Ayers, and all of the lies he has said to all of the American people. Obama is no uniter, he is no JFK, he is too new and all of you have voted for Obama because of hatred of Bush.

    Bush defend America, protected us from another 9-11 and took us to a war that we had no choice but to put America first. Wake up you anti-war haters Al Qaieda wanted us all dead and fighting just in Afganistan was not the only thing to do we need to control the fanatical Islamic movement that wanted to take over the world. Have we forgotten 9-11, have we forgotten how much 9-11 has caused us. Yes, it true war in Iraq has been a disaster and its true the mortgage crises has hurt our economy, but we can not and should not forget what got us all into this mess.

    Al-qaida and its leader UBL!

    May 12, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  24. Simon

    Stop it. Obama is NOT to blame for the politicking that went on behind the scenes in Michigan with the Clinton backed governor regarding our votes and whether it was important for them to count. And he is not your enemy now. The people who really want to know who Obama is – are finding out. You won't find him in most of the media coverage. He is an extraordinary individual – beyond race, gender and age. He alone has the sincere motivation to bring this country together – which we need to handle the issues in this world that just cannot be put on the back burner anymore. He is not perfect – and he knows it – but his heart is in the right place to represent you and me. And we've got some serious issues that need to be heard. Obama supporters all know that his presidency will require that we get off the fence and respectfully become a part of what we want this country to be. Quit fighting and being a part of the problem. Stand up – be counted and fight for the only thing worth fighting for – be a part of the solution. Understand that you may not know it all from the view from where you are currently standing. America unite.

    May 12, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  25. fairandstraight

    Keep reading the news dear, Sen. Obama had people working in WV and he was there this morning. He is alson going to Kentucky to speak with some voters there. He wants everyone's vote because he intends to be everyone's president. However, it comes a time when you know that certian states will vote republican regardless of how the candidate can benefit them. I think it has been concluded by the media that WV and Kentucky are two such states. Through it all, when it comes down to that war where we are losing our troops as well as the economy headed in a recession, you never know. Those same people might be able to see through all the mudslinging and vote for progress.

    I encourage all Democrats to bind together and lets get those republicans out of control.

    May 12, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
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