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. Sue

    Who is responsible for this IDIOTIC primary timetable? If they all wanted this to be over in Feb., why did they drag it out until June? The party "leaders" have some nerve trying to curtail the schedule they formulated. Dean and the boys are really the losers and because of their vision they might well hand this sure thing election right over to the Republicans.

    May 12, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  2. Margaret, NH

    Yes, enjoy the vote tomorrow West Virginians and give Hillary a great big going away party. Why not bring the fat lady on, and let her sing her heart out, because the DNC train has left the station........it has gone to a place called Realityville.

    May 12, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  3. carolflowery

    When Obama gets through pushing all his totally leftist ideologies
    none of will have anything left, the only people that are in denial
    are the people believe his every word, it just proves to me, they only hear what they want to and dont bother doing any research whatsoever period, people, period

    May 12, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  4. Proud West Virginian

    It sickens me to read all the comments from narrow minded, igonorant, smug people that stereotype West Virginians as backward, uneducated, racist people. Just because we don't want your candidate that makes us ignorant racists? Well, I've got news for you...racism exist everywhere, I will even bet that you have some predjustics yourself because everyone does. Most of you are hypocrites.

    Don't tell be about racism when over 90% of blacks in not just a few states...But all states, are voting for Obama. If you don't see this as a slap in the white man's face....THEN YOU ARE THE IGNORANT PERSON!

    Has it ever occured to you that maybe some of us West Virginians are voting for Clinton because of our overall satisfaction with the Clinton Administration of the 90's? You fool yourself when you believe that going forward is always the smart thing to do....sometimes we get off track and the smart thing is to go back.

    Maybe we prefer Clinton over a STRANGER that we know very little about....and essentially that's what Obama is...I mean, let's be honest, how many of us even heard of him until recently? You Obama supporters magnify every mistake Hillary may make but EXCUSE everything about Obama. You can't honestly think that he listened to his pastor for 20 years and he had no idea that his pastor was an angry bitter person who hated whites.

    And lastly, what are you intelligent, smug people from your 'SUPERIOR STATES' so proud of....your higher crime rates?

    May 12, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  5. gerald strother

    Gallup Daily: Obama Pulls Ahead of Clinton, 50% to 43%

    May 12, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  6. Brian from Fort Mill, S.C.

    The fat lady just won another Grammy! 🙂

    May 12, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  7. Fred, OH

    I'm okay with allowing the last remaining states to vote, but can someone put a muzzle on Howard Wolfson? He gets on my last nerve.

    May 12, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  8. Melissa

    Yes, Hillary Clinton will win another usually Democratic state by a huge margin. Why should she leave a contest where support for her is still so overwhelming in 3 of the next 6 races? If the electorate in these 6 primaries want to vote and have their say in the process, they should be given that opportunity to do so. Of course this is the same Obama campaign that thinks it is ok to not count the Florida and Michigan votes. Too bad, Barack, if you can't carry traditional Democratic states how in the world do you expect to win the general election? Go home, get some more rest and let a real fighter carry the Democratic banner in the fall.

    May 12, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  9. Brian from Fort Mill, S.C.

    The fat lady will be the guest host on MTV... 🙂

    May 12, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  10. kathe oakland, california

    To you folks in West Virginia and Kentucky – fool them all, you know they think you Americans are against a "man of color" that is why Hillary thinks she has it "in the bag" but you could show all America NOT THIS TIME will you be fooled by fear, prejudice, or divisive talk. It is time West Virginia and Kentucky it is time for each of you to stand up and be counted in this future we are trying to build – VOTE OBAMA. Give change a chance, don't be afraid, our country and all your fellow Americans need you to stand up and say NOT THIS TIME

    May 12, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  11. virginia voter

    64 yr old white dude here voting for obama for sure.
    i read the GLOBE magazine this weekend and would never vote for a liar and cheat like her...

    May 12, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  12. ri

    Of course Obama is not campaign in Wv because the state doesn't have 40% of registration votters black. He knows he can't win any state where this fact doesn't stand.somebody may said that he won some state that were white but that happened before they knew him, before media say something about him. I don't blame media for it because there were very busy destroying Clinton. I heard from all Obama's supporter that Hillary can stay in Race as long she can't attack Obama. If Obama can't take Hillary's attack how could it take others party attack. Democrat party are lost for November because they have no choice. They know very well that Obama can not win but can't go against blacks population which a good portion of their party and for Hillary it was to latte to come in game. I know for fact that if Hillary win she will the general election as well. I can't vote for Obama and with me are houdred people that I know whom can't vote for Obama because he is fake. Good luck Democrat party with him. It is like win a battle(beating Clinton) but not the war(beating Republicans).

    May 12, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  13. Kim (formerly of WV)

    Think about it – Governor Manchin is up for election also this year. By endorsing Obama in a state that is overwhelmingly for Clinton he only hurts himself. People there are not ready to see an African-American in the white house. And let's face it – a large portion of the voters still believe he is Muslim! Jay Rockefeller (also up for re-election) is losing votes because of his Obama endorsement.

    May 12, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  14. A concerned voter

    Obama talk about change and yes we can, look who is endorsing him DNC, Kennedy, Kerry, Richardson and the establishment. PLEASE EXPLAIN WHERE IS THE CHANGE AND WHAT HE CAN AND WOULD DO?
    If Obama give up W. Virginia, Kentucky and other remain States left in the process, added to the big swing States that he already lost and they are a must win in the general election, ASK YOURSELF
    HOW STRONG IS THIS NOMINEE?
    HOPING that the superdelegates wake up

    HILLARY 08

    May 12, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  15. Cammi317

    I saw the interview this morning. He is also running for re-election tomorrow. He stated he would make his decision after tomorrow's election. He doesn't want to lose...

    May 12, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  16. Brian from Fort Mill, S.C.

    The fat lady just went Platinum! 🙂

    May 12, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  17. Neutral

    Hillary will be the nominee for the Democratic Party, DNC knew which side their bread is buttered on. Hillary support is BROADER and DEEPER, her broad support is what keeps DNC alive through their donations. DNC is short of funds right now, many LIFELONG DEMOCRATS are not sending their regular contribution, in fact many democrats will abandon their party if Hillary is not the nominee. There is POWER in NUMBER, AND I can candidly say Hillary GOT THE NUMBER.

    Lets be HONEST here, Obama CANNOT win in GENERAL ELECTION, McCain will WIN against Obama in LANDSLIDE VICTORY that would BREAK the record for the GOP .McCain is a MODERATE Republican, extreme GOP may not vote for him, they may not like him but the conservative and moderate democrats and republicans will vote for McCain. What made McCain has ADVANTAGE over Obama, NO ONE can question McCain's PATRIOTISM, Obama is QUESTIONABLE; the people he surround himself are SHADY CHARACTERS even his OWN campaigner that SUPPORTS Hamas.

    May 12, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  18. Anita in NC

    The "thug atmoshere" of Obama campaign workers, (megaphones, blaring music and "hood'" signs), I witnessed at a polling precint in Wilmington, NC is really NOT an exception of the Obama campaign.

    The Obama supporter posts here and on other blog spots openly boast of their disrespect and stereotypical judgment of any person that does not support Obama.

    The POLITICS OF INTIMIDATION, is that the image you choose to mirror for your candidate?

    May 12, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  19. Ed

    The rule is not the one with the most pledge, super whatevers....it is 2025 and she will drop out once SHE can not make 2025. Right now she can. She should continue and let everyone vote. The venom here, especially from OBAMA suporters (or are the Clinton haters), is just the tone Barack says he wants to change. She has a right to do what she wants until Barack has 2025. I believe he is the nominee apparent. I don't like hime or his politics but I will never address him as nasty as some of you talk about Hiliary. By the way given the choice between him and Sen, McCain I will be voting for him.

    May 12, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  20. Brian from Fort Mill, S.C.

    The fat lady will be performing at the Super Bowl half time.

    May 12, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  21. Tuesday, SD

    Country road take me home to the place where I was born...West Virginia, mountain high, country road take me home...

    West Virginians will be happy with President Barack Obama. He'll make you proud. I hope one West Virginian will wake up and smell the coffee and rebuke what Hillary is trying to do the DNC and the country.

    Also, I really don't want her to campaingn for Barack. I think she should campaign for McCain, that's what she's been doing anyway.

    May 12, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  22. Brad

    Its a good thing that racist states don't call elections anymore because
    they are now outnumbered in the civilized world.

    May 12, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  23. Lee WV

    In reference to' honkey white guy from cali.' WV is one of the most beautiful states in the country.I can leave my door unlocked at night and not woory about intruders,yet at the same time have the right to own guns for protection.I would invite you to come and visit our state but would also advise you to watch what you said while here.

    May 12, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  24. Tami

    Hillary break ties with Dems! Run Independent!!! Obama and Mccain will shaking while they try to put their big boy pants on!!!!!

    May 12, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  25. DemsV

    Is Obama a racist?

    May 12, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
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