May 13th, 2008
06:00 AM ET
12 years ago

McAuliffe says Clinton staying in, will win popular vote

McAuliffe said Clinton is in the race through June 3.

McAuliffe said Clinton is in the race through June 3.

(CNN) - Despite calls from some for Hillary Clinton to abandon her presidential bid, her campaign chairman insisted Monday she will stay in the race until the last primary and predicted the New York Democrat will overtake Barack Obama in the popular vote.

“We are going through to June 3," Clinton Campaign Chairman Terry McAuliffe said on MSNBC Monday. "I can unequivocally tell you we are in until June 3.”

“We will move ahead in the popular vote. There are 1.1 million Democrats in West Virginia, there are 1.6 million in Kentucky, 2.4 million in Puerto Rico. We win by these huge margins, have good turnout there, we will pick up a significant amount of the popular vote."

Polls show Clinton will likely score big wins in the next two primary states, West Virginia and Kentucky, though it remains virtually impossible for the New York senator to catch Obama in the pledged delegate count. She lost her lead among the party’s superdelegates on Monday.

Montana and South Dakota hold the last two primary contests on June 3.


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  1. End It Now

    But she is broke! And no one in their "right-mind" will donate to a lost cause. That's plain foolish!

    May 12, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  2. Ron, TX

    If she gets the nomination, is she going to proclaim that "at least I won the popular vote" against McCain, too?

    Because Al Gore tried that on Bush a few years ago, and we all know how THAT one turned out.

    May 12, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  3. Mike

    Obama/Hamas 08

    May 12, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  4. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    so what? you don't have the delegates.... LEARN TO DO THE MATH YOU IDIOT

    Hillary is as bad a BUSH

    OBAMA-EDWARDS '08

    May 12, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  5. Clinton/McCain

    Yes she will! Bye Bye Obama.

    May 12, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  6. Theresa in Minneapolis

    The Clinton News Network reports – It remains virtually impossible for the New York senator to catch Obama in the pledged delegate count. She lost her lead among the party’s superdelegates on Monday.

    This joker extending his hand saying she's in it to win it is one of the original people who said MI and FL should NOT count.

    Delusional birds of a feather...

    May 12, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  7. P, CA

    What about SD, OR, and MT? If Hillary (and her campaign manager) ignore those states, she'll be playing the same game she's played the whole time. She lost this entire thing because she underestimated and ignored virtually everything she needed to win, and now this guy is hawking the same logic.

    To use the analogy my kids might use: Sorry Prof. Umbridge, you just got expelled from Hogwarts.

    May 12, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  8. Donald from SC

    Good for her. Ain't she special. Go Hillary go. You are better than Harold Washington.

    May 12, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  9. sacto joe

    DEMOCRATS BEWARE!!!

    A lot of neo-cons posing as Democrats are posting hate mail. They're trying to drive a wedge between us!

    RESIST THE NEOCON HATE MACHINE!

    May 12, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  10. Allison Marie

    You tell 'em Terry, we're going all the way to the end.

    Go Hillary Go!

    Not Counted Yet in Florida!

    May 12, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  11. anon

    And all of that will be negated by Oregon, Montana, North Dakota, and possibly Montana.

    Bottom line is, popular vote is all she has left. Obama is in the lead in delegates, states won (including those that didn't matter to them before super Tuesday), popular vote, AND superdelegates.

    West Virginia and Kentucky would be those small states that Clinton herself said didn't matter right Clinton supporters?

    May 12, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  12. Antonio

    You have got to be kidding me. Hillary is done.

    May 12, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  13. manthechange

    It's so funny how Hillary keeps changing the rules on how to secure the nomination. Now it's the popular vote? Before it was the super delegates...this is rediculous.

    Clearly it's time to put an end to the two-party system....let's let the Clintons have the democratic party. Obama, run on your own!

    May 12, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  14. Paul

    Hillary or McCain

    We need someone with experience in the White House

    Hillary we are with you all the way!'

    FLA and Michigan must be counted. They are still part of the Union

    May 12, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  15. Hypocracy 08

    As well she should... that is the process isn't it?

    Let the people decide...

    May 12, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  16. Dan (TX)

    Doesn't matter. The superdelegates can choose whomever they want.

    Hillary can only claim the "popular vote" if she includes the punished states (MI & FL).

    Whatever happened to playing by the rules? Is this a chick thing – making up excuses??

    May 12, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  17. David, Santa Rosa, CA

    This guy is beyond delusional. I saw him interviewed recently and he can't say the things he is supposed to say with a straight face. The campaign can scream as much and as loud as they want... it's not going to change the math.

    Bottom line: Sen. Clinton was not prepared on day 1.

    Sen. Clinton, Director of DHHS!

    May 12, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  18. mick

    She can't win popular vote, and I do have to say that if DNC brings in Florida and MI after Hillary is out cause Obama needs them for the GE
    I think alot of the Clinton supporters will really see what is going on in this nation and maybe even the Obama's fans

    May 12, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  19. Obama Express

    Obama, the voice of Hope. Hillary, the voice of Delusion.

    May 12, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  20. Rob

    Hillary already has the lead in the popular vote. And Obama supporters can say Michigan and Florida don't count but hey you know what people still voted so even tho the delegates might not be seated the votes were still counted. Hillary has the popular vote and should be the democratic nominee.

    Hillary For President!

    May 12, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  21. Jason, Texas

    Wow... that is inane....

    May 12, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  22. unelectable

    We dont want a ted kennedy LIBERAL party.

    For the first time in nomination history, we are going to elect the guy who LOST the popular vote, and LOST every major primary outside his default home state.

    This has never happened before. The party insiders have certainly had their smoke filled room.

    Obama had more delegates, but he didnt have enough to WIN.

    Its a discrace that you give the nomination to the guy who lost the popular vote.

    Take it to the convention hillary.

    May 12, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  23. Thomas

    Nice spin. She might go ahead in the popular vote at that point IF we county Florida and Michigan and ignore the caucus states. But hey Terry, we never really expect anyone from the Clinton camp to be honest . . .

    May 12, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  24. CJAM457

    This is getting worse and worse. Why does BILLARY continue to divide the Dem Party because she can't accept that she's not as popular as she thought? Stop the dividing BILLARY!!! Drop out!!!

    May 12, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  25. Mike

    Actually I heard this interview on Randi Rhodes Radio Show. McAuliffe admitted that Hillary could not win except by an act of god or a catastrophic event. It makes you wonder what disgusting horrible thing that Hillary hopes might hapen to Obama. She scares me.

    May 12, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
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