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. mwito

    he has to say that if she exit, that means no pay for him, he does not care about HRC he will drain her all her savings, just wait, that is what we call job security incase you didn't know, this guy is smart.

    May 12, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  2. Shirley Armstrong

    WHAT HAS OBAMA DONE PLEASE CAN ANYONE TELL ME HOW CAN HE BE WINNING WHEN NO ONE REALLY KNOWS ANYTHING ABOUT HIM HE HAS HAD AN AFFAIR AND ITS NOT COVERED WHAT ABOUT WRIGHT THE GOPS WILL SWIFT BOAT HIM FOR SURE. WE KNOW EVERYTHING ABOUT HILLIARY SO PLEASE EVERYONE GET OUT AND VOTE FOR HER

    May 12, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  3. julieMn

    For months we the hillary supporters have read a thousand blogs from obama supporters, that ITS THE POPULAR VOTE THAT COUNTS, You have all been yelling that for literally months, and YOUR RIGHT, Hillary for president of the United states Of America, all 50 of them !!!!!!

    May 12, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  4. Rick- California

    Nice to know that "small states" are now worthy of the primary process this week. Hear that Kentuck and West Virginia, you are VERY important. I am going to go out on a limb and say this same exuberance and importance won't be given to states such as Oregon, Montana, or South Dakota. I can hear it now, "No Democrat can win without Puerto Rico."

    Terry McAullife is now fighting the same rules he upheld as DNC Chairman in 2004.

    Howard Wolfson said its all about delegates in February.

    I am not saying that there aren't reasons to vote for Hillary over Obama but would all the Clinton supporters give it a rest with this experience thing. It's a joke. If Obama had made up a story that he was shot at during a function in inner city Chicago would any of you come to his defense after he lied about it? Or if he was going to lose the delegate race? Hillary would be a good president but anyone that bashes Obama while giving her a free ride is just as shameless and ignorant to facts and laws (or rules) as the Republicans and George Bush. "Im going to vote for McCain instead of Obama." What does that prove? Nevermind, we know what it proves and it cant be posted here on the comment board.

    May 12, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  5. Max from Chicago

    WHY DOES THE POPULAR VOTE MATTER IN ANY DEMOCRACY IN THE WORLD EXCEPT IN THE USA? HILLARY CLINTON IS AMAZING. SHE IS A FIGHTER: WHAT AMERICA IS ALL ABOUT. THE COUNTRY NEEDS A LEADER, NOT A FOLLOWER. IT WILL TAKE ANOTHER CENTURY TO A WOMAN IS HILLARY TODAY. BAD FAITH FUELS UNFAIRNESS. OBAMA IS NOT UP TO THE JOB: NO JUDGEMENT, NO CHARACTER, NO EXPERIENCE. Max chicago

    May 12, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  6. oneway

    WISER NOW

    You only have 2 friends so I guess you will have the last laugh LOL

    May 12, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  7. Keith in CA

    Of course she's staying in. As long as she's in it, she can still hit her supporters up for more contributions. She's $20 million in debt with $10.4 million from her own pocket. She'll keep going all the way to Denver: She'll be the one with the cardboard sign and the tin cup.

    May 12, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  8. Shirley, Silicon Valley, CA

    Obviously, the Clintons and all their attack dogs are in the Clinton LaLa Land!

    Sore loser! Your days are numbered!

    May 12, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  9. Brian Jackson

    Oy, can we just stop this now and focus on November. She cannot win the election. It is impossible.

    May 12, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  10. Proud Democrat Ready to take back America!

    DELEGATES, DELEGATES, DELEGATES!!! You said it yourself Terry!!!...It's over! Geez...oh well...Hillary will win 20 of 28 WV delegates and that's generous. That gives Obama 8. He only needs 33 to have the majority of the elected delegates. He's be done next Tuesday when he blows her out in OR...he will have the majority of the elected delegates then and he will only need 120 Supers to win the nomination. Let's move on and come together Dems. United we stand...Divided we fall!

    May 12, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  11. M in Oregon

    I have no problem with Hillary staying in the race through shortly after June 3 as long as she campaigns on why she believes she should be president while not smearing Barack in the process. I voted for Barack, but I would be proud to vote for Hillary in November if she's the nominee. I only hope that those pulling for Hillary will vote for Barack if he's the nominee. The country does not need 4 to 8 more years of Republican rule.

    May 12, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  12. AZM

    Hang in there Hillary...

    Never give up... Never surrender....

    Independant if need be.... Hillary 08...

    May 12, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  13. mitchell from arkansaw

    mccauliffe is the reason hillary lost.get rid of him, hillary!he's trying to mislead you into believing you can win with just the popular vote.it's a trick,so he can earn more money.hillary needs more supporters to give her the real truth,and recommend she drop out.i just made my third donation to the obama camp,to ensure his victory.

    May 12, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  14. who cares anymore

    there is something fishy going on in politics, it smells pretty bad, but that's ok america, if those clintons get their power back…we are in for one holy stinking war with world leaders like north korea, iran and a civil war in iraq, when she tries to pull on off her tough cookie fits!

    May 12, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  15. Marty

    You people who say I'm not voting for Obama or Clinton; those who say I'll vote for McCain or not at all instead, WAKE UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Clinto and Obama have a lot in common but they have very little in common with McCain. On the other hand, McCain has a lot in common with the current administration. Haven't you had enough of this. Your candidate may not win the nomination, tough, grow up. Clinton or Obama are ten times better than the Republican alternative.

    May 12, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  16. MBB

    A date is set to finish the election then when someone wants to end the process we give the election to the person select forgetting about all the voters that still need to have their voice heard and bash the person that fails to be the "chosen one" even when the numbers are not complete. Obama does not have the numbers necessary to win (not saying he won't get the numbers) just like Clinton but who cares they have selected Obama. What a great country we live in we are not any better then some of the countries with total control over each pearson vote. Why have an election?

    May 12, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  17. Brian from NYC

    If the Hillary supports want to stay home or vote for McCain then go ahead. It seems the same as when Hillary decided to hear a presentation on the war instead of looking at all the evidence then go and vote in favor of an unjust war! Stay home and then blame others for the McBush!!

    May 12, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  18. Amin

    The Clinton strategy is to make it difficult for Obama to win against McCain and therefore there will be a second opportunity four years from now . . . . Clinton has to win . . .at an enourmous cost to the democrats.

    She does not know how to loose gracefully and help the party win against McCain. Sad! . . . very very Sad!

    May 12, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  19. Frank

    How come Mr. McAuliffe does not mention Montana, Oregon and
    S. Dakota where Obama is likely to win and probably offset the
    gains Hillary will gain in the mentioned states? Mr. McAuliffe is
    in wishful thinking mode or delusional.

    May 12, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  20. Terry from VA

    Terry will say just about anything. but here is the deal, juste because he said it does not make it true or rational. He is starting to soound like the Bush administration, keep talking loud and someone will buy your argument. Look at the votes, the majority of the people have not bought the arguments.

    How can he with a ounce of decency tell us that breaking the rules is okay and there should not be a penalty. When he was DNC Chair he threaten MI with a 50% loss of delegates if they moved up thier primary in 2004 becuase it would hurt the party and cause chaos in the election process. Now he says its okay. Clinton camp has no creditablity and that is exactly why she is losing this race. Look at the poll numbers for trustworthy. These rants are not lost on the people, and they do not have the effect the Clinton camp would like.

    Go Away... far far away.

    May 12, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  21. Cosmic Comedy Queen Go Hillary!!!

    I admire Hillary's tenacity. I guarantee you that this race wouldn't have been so riveting to watch if she were not in it. Really what do we have now.? A white old man and a poetical black man. Snore, How many times have we seen that scenario?

    But the bottom line remains, can Obama beat McCain? Is this a country for old men? We shall see. Stay tuned for tommorow's episode of Political Surrealism, Amercian Style. And now a word from our sponsors...

    May 12, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  22. John, Las Vegas, NV

    If caucuses don't count, then hillbillies shouldn't count either

    May 12, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  23. Ca Native

    I hope Hillary wins the popular vote.... THEN Democrats can cry and howl ... just like they did when GW won in 2000.

    Chickensssss are comin' home to rooooost democrats!!

    LOL

    May 12, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  24. Skeptic

    I'm pretty sure that winning the popular vote (which guarantees a proportional amount of delegates per state) would give the monster from Arkansas (don't kid yourself, she's never actually been a New Yorker) the lead. Since this is mathematically impossible, we can conclude the game is over.

    Point. Set. Match.

    May 12, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  25. Helen

    Sen. Hillary has been punched left, right and center by the Press – that's why she had all those difficult times... why shouldn't Hillary use the word "white peple" why is it termed racial? Obama's wins are predominantly from African American's and that is a fact. If someone questioned OBama, as a Candidate, it is considered a smear campaign – what is he hiding? – WAKE UP my people, I am an African American, and whilst I believe Sen. Obama is a charismatic Candidate, I will not vote for him just for that reason. Sen. Hillary Clinton is the ANSWER ... I hope she wins all the other contests 90/10
    I had more confidence in the SuperDelegates but now I can say – they are just SUPPER DELEGATES.

    May 12, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
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