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. Ohio Dem

    Hillary- YES!

    Obama- Eh, not so much.

    McCain- HELL NO.

    DO NOT VOTE McCain people! It doesn't matter how you feel about Hillary or Obama. McCain is not the right choice. Unless you are totally comfortable with the way the country is going right now. DO NOT VOTE MCCAIN.

    May 12, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  2. Independent-woman-voter-for-Obama

    Fine, don't call it for Sen. Obama. I am HOPING that West Virginia and Kentucky will vote for Sen. Obama



    Please Kentucky & West Virginia, THINK! WHY would you vote for either McBush OR Hillary????????????????

    WITH ALL THE EXPERIENCE AND 'WISDOM' Hillary VOTED FOR THE WAR! She is just as responsible for the mess we are in as is Bush!

    May 12, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  3. Brian from Fort Mill, S.C.

    The fat lady is in Rehab due to exhaustion – must be all that singing!!

    May 12, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  4. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Hillary's continued run is only an attempt of suring up a political future for her daughter (Chelsea). Hillary knows she won't win but is using this opportune time to introduce Chelsea on her campaign trail. It's not about the Democrat party with Hillary it's about Chelsea's future. Remember Chelsea is the only heir to the throne.

    May 12, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  5. Alameda Chris

    "Barack Obama has beaten Hillary Clinton in the only metric that matters—delegates—but in every other major fuzzy metric that some people clam is important: popular vote, number of states won, he generally polls better than her against McCain, and he's raised more money. He's so much stronger than her that he can beat her, and still be in a position to help defray some of the costs of her campaign.
    And she's trying to convince the superdelegates that she's the stronger candidate?"

    May 12, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  6. Debra Austin, Texas

    "Hillary is within striking distance of winning the popular vote nationwide - a key part of our plan to win the nomination," campaign chairman Terry McAuliffe said in a letter to supporters Sunday.

    I've always wondered what drugs McAuliffe was taking. Apparently, he didn't get the memo that Ohio numbers were off 'just a bit', giving Obama many more votes and reducing the final percentage win for Clinton. Add on the "zero" votes that Obama got in Harlem (hmmm, Harlem is black, blacks have been voting for Obama 90%-10%, and Obama got no votes)...sounds fishy to me, Terry. Maybe once you get "ALL the votes" which we hear the Clinton team say 20 times a day, we will find out Obama's lead is even GREATER than 700,000 votes.

    May 12, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  7. Wanda Reed

    I hope to God that Hillary is not asked to be the VP on HIS ticket because I would be so disapointed in her to accept a position that is beneath her. Let Mr. Obama win on his own, or lose as I suspect that he will. Also, why is it racist for a white to want her to be the President and not racist for ALL the blacks who vote for him and don't tell me it is just the dumb whites who vote for her, you have to be kidding if you think ALL the blacks who vote Obama are doing so because they are so well educated and really understand how the political system works. If he does manager to get elected, watch out, he has no economical background at all. See how far we get as a country. Please Hillary, do not be conned into accepting a VP on his ticket. You are far too smart for that. Thank you for staying in the race and God bless you.

    May 12, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  8. virginia voter

    west virginia voter here who is supporting the man with a plan
    barack obama.............................
    get on board -train is heading to the white house

    May 12, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  9. virginia voter

    gas tax break
    education forgiveness
    mortgage freeze
    all lies that hilary told us in west virginia
    she dont get my vote

    May 12, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  10. Bobo

    Wow, if I were an alien reading this stuff, I'd think Clinton was Obi-Wan.

    Rise Hillary, Rise! You're our only hope!

    She's experienced and a fighter!

    Big deal, if I want a real FIGHTER for president, I'd vote for Mike Tyson.
    He was really tough, (actually did time for his cromes), and stayed around for about 5 fights too many.

    See any parallels?

    May 12, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  11. 'Bama

    ""He is pulling for Hillary and don't expect Obama to get any votes.""

    Considering that Camp Clinton seems to think that's how Michigan should be counted, I'm not surprised.

    May 12, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  12. J. S.

    I'm a registered Democrat–Just a quick question–What if Clinton wins big time in WV and KY and say 1/2 the votes are counted from Michigan and Florida and that puts her ahead in the POPULAR vote. Then what??? Do we the people really count or ???

    May 12, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |

    PLEASE West Virginia- Euthanize and let's get on with this.

    May 12, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  14. Abdulazeez Musa

    I support Hillary staying in the race till june 3 and till convention so that she can recoup her $11million dollars. I sincerely want an Obama – Clinton Ticket so that The party can heal. The contest is a family affair so there is no victor and no vanquished. Please CNN trumpet this Vote them both call thanks

    May 12, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  15. Mich

    Sen Obama doesn't even know USA is made of 58 states or 60 or 50, and he wants to be in the White House ????

    C'mon man , don't act like a Hezbollah now.

    May 12, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  16. After further review,Texas

    Governor Joe Manchin must listen to Rush Limbaugh Rush Limbaugh could be the leader of KKK hes so bigoted and so are his listners.This is man is a disgrace to our country.He is spewing hate all the time and calling for riots and bloodshed at the Democratic Convention but nobody says a word.If you or I said these things we would be labeled terrorists.

    May 12, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  17. Airborne


    May 12, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  18. Creek Freedmen

    MSNBC aka "Musslin State National Broadcasting Corp" is pumping up Obama to be your next president. WHY ?

    May 12, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  19. Dee, MO

    The people blogging that they will not vote for Obama or either racists or Republicans stirring up more mess. However, Obama will be the Democratic nominee and he will win against McCain in November. Obama has already receidve a large amount of Republicans and new voters. It will be a very small amount of Hillary supporters that will not vote on Obama because he is bi-racial. But those number will be made-up by new voters. So stop the threats of not voting for him. Grow-up!!

    May 12, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  20. Sue P / PA


    Hillary supporters call us Obama supporters a tell me that isnt bashing us for our intelligent, informative support of a candidate. Common sense doesnt need a degree. So, please refrain from blaming us... also we havent threatened to vote for has been Hillary supporters. Facts are Facts

    Obama IS the Democratic Nominee.............................and to those who are anticipating something new to come out about Obama?/ Maybe..just maybe, there isnt a darn thing to reveal........she has tried them all aready.

    older white female voter

    May 12, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  21. Jebus, in CA

    Obama supporters are ignorant blokes who are just straight out mean. You guys keep making stupid remarks towards whites who won't vote for nomama. Well reality check dudes and dudettes he can take as many blacks as he wants into the general election but can count the Hispanic population out. They also won't vote for a black president just ask what happened in texas and California... she took those states thanks to the hispanic population and in 2004 bush also won because of them. Yes true maybe west virginia and kentucky might go red this year too but many of the states that nomama won are going red regardless if hes the nominee or not. Hillary can really bring the party together without a racial divide and it sucks that Nomama supporters are calling west virginians ignorant because they believe Hillary is the best choice. I personally won't vote for nomama... I will never become an ignorant mean and nasty nomama supporter. I will stick to hillary to the end. Te people of WV, KY, OR, MT. SD. PR sill haven't had their say and it's really disrespectful that nomama doesn't campaign in those states specially WV and KY because if he's going to win the presidency he has to reach out to everyone and try to convince them he is the "right" choice. he is going to be president for everyone not just the black people.

    May 12, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  22. Kyle

    I did not know we had such closed minded people in our party.

    If you will truly vote for McCain for president, then you are deluding yourself about what freedom is and what is important about being American.
    McCain has been anything but a "straight shooter"
    He will continue this war...forever. As there is no solution to inner conflict in someone elses country. McCain now supports waterboarding...
    He is Bush 2. As a democrat...there is no way you could vote for this man.
    If you are a democrat. Be a democrat...or be a Republican and vote for endless war and more of our freedoms being taken away.
    The choice is ours.

    May 12, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  23. Greg

    West Virginia home state of an ex klan member Sentor Byrd remember him al so is not the population over 65 and white that Hillary is working on and is it not were most of the white bigots are at. Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! you tell me.

    May 12, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  24. Just an Opinion

    By making the comments she has made about the people of West Virginia, Clinton has painted them as being a poor, uneducated, racist group of people. I have no idea if they are or not as I have never been there myself. It just annoys me that she would paint them that way if they are not. It reeks of desperation if it isn't true. Who knows though....she may be painting them correctly.

    May 12, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  25. Abdulazeez Musa

    Ladies and gentlemen can we in the Name of God stop washing our dirty linen in the public?. Primary race is a family affair. Without Hillary Clinton Obama will have no watershed standard nor would his capacity to ride turbulence and religio-racial storm come to light. Hillary has actually played a sparing partner in this race. Let us love them both and support their joint ticket.

    May 12, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
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