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. shelly in IL

    Some of you guys are right about Obama supporters. I am a supporter of Senator O and I said something on a previous blog about "why is CNN reporting on so many delagates" and as I went back through to see if I got posted and saw so many of Senator O supporters attacking me for a question to CNN.

    You guys need to calm down and be more level headed.

    I am a Senator O supporter that will support The Hillster if she wins.

    May 12, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  2. Randy, an Obama supporter

    We have till June 3rd, why call anything yet.
    A large meteor may come out of nowhere and land on Barack.
    Let's chill people.

    We vote for Obama because he really wants everyone to stay on the higher ground and to bring US ALL together to fix this country. These comment pages are sooooo not what Obama stands for.

    May 12, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  3. DJ, LA, CA

    Shrewd move by Obama. Don't even bother to spend any more of the 1.5 million people's money that donated to his campaign fighting Clinton.

    Any Obama campaign resources should not be sandbagged and reserved for the general election.

    Clinton only hopes to use her legal appeals to fight for MI and FL which still probably will not be enough to catch-up with Obama.

    May 12, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  4. DD, New York

    If Florida and Michigan played by the rules, we would not be in this mess....
    If Bill Clinton didn't use the phrase "fairy tale," and upset Obama supporters, we would not be in this mess...
    If Obama didn't have Wright as his pastor, we would not be in this mess...
    If Hillary didn't say she got the white vote, we would not be in this mess...
    If Michelle Obama was proud of her Country before Barak ran for president, we would not be in this mess...
    If Obama showed common folk, simple patriotism my wearing a flag pin and properly pledging alegiance, we would not be in this mess...

    I could go on, and on...The Democratic Party will see significant changes after the general way or the other

    May 12, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  5. Marshall

    Blue Collar (the poster) Thank you for your words.

    People don't vote McCain out of spite. Do your believes and moral principals mean so little to you?

    I don't like Hillary, but I like McCain even less.

    I plan on voting Democrat. There is really little differences between Hill & Barak.

    Vote smart not out of spite.

    May 12, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  6. Hillary Supporter

    Shame on DNC and CNN for pushing Obama on American people. Look at all the terrorist friends that Obama has and DNC igoing to look the other way the name of winning the election by all means necessary behavior. I feel sorry for America if Obama becomes President. May God forbid that from happening.

    May 12, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  7. Jim in Calif. (age 63)

    An appeal to West Virginia voters:

    48 years ago you had the courage and wisdom to vote for John F. Kennedy in your primary election. That WV primary was a turning point in US history, proving Protestant voters would accept a Roman Catholic, i.e. someone different. Let's show similar courage and wisdom by voting for Sen. Obama, whose race happens to be mixed African and Caucausian, i.e. someone different.

    Obama is a brilliant leader with core Democratic values. He has demonstrated great insight into toughest issues and is capable of leading Americans in the way Franklin Roosevelt did.

    May 12, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  8. Joseph, Los Angeles

    For all the Clinton supporters who say they will never vote for Obama, hear this:

    You vote for Mr. McCain, just remember,

    We will continue to be at war in Iraq and your kids will continue to be killed for war that should have never been started.

    He will change the Supreme Court. A couple of the Justices are getting old and wanting to step down. So there will go your civil liberties, women's right to chose, hadius corpus, etc, etc.

    The Nations deficit will continue to grow and health care for all Americans will not happen.

    Think twice before you commit to destroying your own lives. This is the year for the democrats to take our country back. This was a fair primary, nobody cheated or stole anything.

    Sore losers never win. Not all Americans want to go down in flames with you just because you are mad. Mrs. Hillary is putting up, and have been putting up a good fight. I commend her for that. And if she wins, this Obama supporter will vote for her.

    This is for real people... wake up and stop being mad.

    May 12, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  9. honkey white guy from cali

    Eli your post did have a good point although you left out some very important facts only 18% of Obama supporters say they will vote Mc Cain or stay home to a huge 50% of HRC's supporters so to just blame all Obama supporters is in it's self uneducated, and close minded! The base that she is after and fighting so hard for makes no sense at all! They have not voted democratic in a GE in nearly 40+ years so to go after these people whom will most definitely end up in the republican side in Nov is unwise to say the least! Plus she is losing her truest base in this effort her female voters are running in droves a group she should have in overwhelming numbers and that vote democratic as history shows. Also she is pushing away that minority vote more and more lets see what happens in PR going to be very much tighter for her that she thought!

    Go Obama 08 Yes We Can

    May 12, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  10. Tell It Like It Is




    If OBAMA becomes president, then you can openly campaign to withdraw our rightsof personal freedom and responsibility.

    May 12, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  11. Steve

    When all the primary elections are over neither Hilliary Clinton nor Barack Obama will have the 2025 delegates needed to win the Democratic nomination. Both will fall short and the nominee will be decided by a brokered deal. Obama currently leads and will more than likely be given the nomination but when all is said and done the voters will not have made this decision.

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

    I am a Democrat and have voted domoratic for years but I am switching this year because I know Obama is not the best qualified candidate this fall. That candidate is definitley Hillary. My vote will go to Republicans from now on until the Democratic party realizes how to select the most qualified candidate. Best of luck to Obama and his supporters!!!!!!

    May 12, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  13. Katherine

    Obama's campaign is being driven by the DNC now. What they really want is his mailing list, I've heard that it's worth $200 million. It's true that he has inspired people to come out and vote, but that does not make him a better choice for president. The DNC want money from all of the "young" democrats that Barak lured out of the shadows. Do you reall think Obama is going to change the world. wake up! this is not OZ and you can't go home once he's in the white house.

    May 12, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  14. Nando, Florida



    May 12, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  15. Teresa of Newport Bch

    He doesn't have to. Obama got the presumtive nominee position. The math has spoken. Hillary needs to quietly leave the race. If, not...she will be totally ignored just like over the weekend. She can win WV and Kentucky. It would not matter. Obama so far ahead.
    I admire Hillary Clinton for her strength and courage. She would make a great VP, if she's willing to accept the position.

    She needs to stand behind the Democratic party to stop the Republicans at all cost. Now, John McCain has a running mate....Barr. That means double the fun.

    May 12, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  16. Bucks Co.

    Obama may have a 48 state strategy, but since he enlightened us all that there are 57 or 58 states he's visited, then I guess that gives Hillary more states to win and turn this bus around. I know you'll tell me he "misspoke"., but if McCain said it he would be senile and Hillary would be lying.

    May 12, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  17. June, MO

    That's fine Governor, keep the drama going, and going, and going. Sounds like your thinking is just as small as Hillary's. It's only about her, and that's it, not the DNC, or the country.

    Small minds think alike.

    May 12, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  18. david morrow

    As a life long Democrat, voting for JFK on, I will now cast my vote for McCain since MR. OBAMA has shown my vote does not count!
    Life time Democrat from Florida

    May 12, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  19. Love My USA

    I am no big Hilary fan, but I am less ( much less) for Obama. I cringe at the thought of Obama being our next president.
    A man who won't wear the flag on his lapel,
    AI man who won't put his hand over his heart with " The Pledge of Alegence"..
    A man who's wife has never been proud of this country.
    Sorry I have to say "Stay in there Hilary, the truth about Obama will prevail.'.
    Obama CHANGE is not what America needs.
    Wake UP AMerica!

    May 12, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  20. Robert NYC & Miami


    May 12, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  21. FactCheck

    SNL nailed it with respect to Hillary supporters.. racist in denail.

    May 12, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  22. susie

    What and where is Rev. Wright? What did Obama's camp do with him?

    May 12, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  23. Ilona Proud Canadian

    Blue Collar

    I pray that you really mean what you wrote. Why? it would mean to me that people are really beginning to sit up and take notice. Please spread the word among your family, friends, and acquaintances.

    I am so disgusted by the way Hillary is taking advantage of Blue Collar Workers, by simply making this election all about race. But what makes me really angry is this, at least the so-called "Blue Collar Worker" can think for themselves, if they choose Hillary it is because they simply want to, they are capable of analyzing all of the information that is presented, in other words they are capable of making an "Informed Decision", but, the same cannot be said of the undereducated and poor voters, they are being taken advantage of by Hillary, because they are not capable of making the same "informed Decision" they just cannot analyze information, they just "cling" to Hillary in the hope that what she says and what she "Offers Them" is true. These people are among the many, that Barack wants to help, but they are not even prepared to give him a chance to prove his sincerity, and this is so sad. I wish that you folks can establish some kind of outreach program to try to educate these badly overlooked voters.

    May 12, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  24. Ron

    I am glad that Bill Barr is running as the Libritarian canidate. All we need is an Independant canidate and Hillary will be totally out of options maybe she will go away and take up boxing if she is such a fighter.

    Go Obama 08

    May 12, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  25. Smart


    May 12, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
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