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

McAuliffe says Clinton staying in, will win popular vote

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="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. Joe

    The Hillary people remind me of Kindergarten children who throw a fit and pout and refuse to accept they lost a game.

    I've never seen such sore losers.

    May 12, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  2. Kay

    The Clinton campaign is in debt to the tune of 20 million dollars, yet she is determined to continue her campaign until early June. I hope Senator Obama does not agree to bail her out financially. If Senator Clinton"s fiscal management of her campaign is any indication of how she would run the country, we would be in serious trouble.

    May 12, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  3. Republican from Pittsburgh, PA

    Let's hope Sen. Clinton stays in till the "bitter end." She hasn't completely destroyed the Democratic Party yet.

    May 12, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  4. Lance

    Hillary is staying in the race for a reason. I think she might know that neither McCain nor Obama will be the next president. That knowledge coming from a prophecy in the book of revelation: (chap17 verses 9-11) – But I expect most of you to write me off as a "nut".

    May 12, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  5. Lora B.

    It is possible that she could win more votes, especially if you count FL and MI. The bottom line is that she should stay in the race until everyone has had a chance to vote, including West Virginia and Kentucky. After all, this is a representative democracy – why would we want to disenfranchise the citizens of this great country; they need to be heard just like the rest of us.

    Moreover, both Florida and Michigan should do a re-vote. One can't help but wonder if Florida moved their primary and disregarded the DNC's warning that their delegates would not count because they knew Clinton would win. Was there some type of conspiracy going on – why else would they do it if they were warned not to?

    May 12, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  6. David from Canada

    Hillary you were supposed to be a shoe in for the democratic nod, if you couldn't win amongst democrats you would have no chance in a general election.

    You ran a horendous campaign filled with mistakes, you have not proven to be likeable, you have changed your message so many times I know longer believe a single word you say, you have pulled the race and gender cards repeatedly, and you are more interested in winning yourself than ensuring that the democrats win in November.

    May 12, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  7. EMH

    Obama/his reps took his name off the ballot in Michigan – his/their choice and the consequences for which only he should take responsibility. As for Florida, hmmm, did Obama's campaign illegally spend advertising dollars there? But he wasn't interested in winning...

    May 12, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  8. Anonymous

    OMG (oh my god)



    – former supporter of clinton

    May 12, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  9. John Smith

    I believe strongly that most people on this blog do not "hate" Hillary. I believe that people love the democratic party more, and the Clintons are slowly dampening the spirits of the average voter. Leadership is knowing when to quit and that you have been defeated.

    Some one, please encourage Hillary to run as an Independent candidate. This will be a blessing for the Democrats. It will be great for the Clintons to be removed far away from the democratic party, given the damage they have and continue to do.

    Why is it that the Clintons always destroy whatever "good work" that they do?

    To date, Edwards is highy respected because he knows when to quit in the interest of his party. Hillary should have quit a long time before now. The Republicans quit a long time ago!!!

    May 12, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  10. John mention of the Oregon primary, where Obama is thought to be leading? It's the same day as Kentucky...

    May 12, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  11. jafus

    Hillary Clinton's supporters are in denial about her winning just like many people are in denial about racism in America. Her supporters keep telling her to keep going, and some people are teaching their kids they are superior because of the color of their skin. I was reading one blog where someone referred to Senator Obama as "Your Boy Obama". You cannot correct a problem if don't admit there is a problem. And many Americans don't think racism is a problem because they are not at the receiving end of it.

    May 12, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  12. NickNas


    May 12, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  13. Clinton/McCain

    OBAMA 4 President,

    This is why caucuses are barbaric and should be closed down. Last I checked neither candidate could win the number of pledged delegates needed to win. The superdelegates should then use their best judgement using the popular vote and delegate count. Here's a question. Has any previous primary candidate won the nomination while losing the popular vote?

    May 12, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  14. Dan, MA

    This guy's a delusional fool. She's not going to win the popular vote (MI and FL don't count because they decided to break the rules - their won fault) and she's not going to get the nomination. Clinton's scramble towards the end just proves that she's willing to attack anything once things don't go her way. It's more evidence that we don't need her backstabbing ways in the White House.

    May 12, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  15. Jake

    My goodness. Hillary was playing with the decked totally stacked in her favor, a primary calendar that benefited her above all others, a huge personal fortune to help finance her campaign, a multitude of supporters happy to send checks for $2,300 to support he, far more superdelegates than the rest of the field combined, name recognition off the charts, and a husband who happens to be the most popular Democrat in a generation.

    With all those advantages, she can't even win the Democratic nomination, and we're supposed to believe that she is more electable? What a farce.

    May 12, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  16. Jim

    Yes, we have thick skulls-
    Everyone knows what happened in the Caucuses... you animals who support Obama bullied and lied to suppress the Clinton voters. Yes, you are all about change – change the fair way to vote so you can win.

    Payback is, you know what they say.... and Clinton supporters are sticking together to vote McCain should it come to that. The MOVEMENT is on......

    May 12, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  17. Venita

    Obama has pretty much conceded West Virginia and who really cares, Terry?

    McAuliffe seems sleazier every time I see him....and, it's always amazing how MIchigan and Florida are nonchalantly tossed into the mix when counting the popular vote – even though the DNC warned those 2 states not ot hold their primary early, or their votes wouldn't count....which even McAuliffe was aware of and personally warned Michigan and Florida that they should not do, or their votes wouldn't count......

    Funny how a little time, and a losing candidate changes everything!

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

    Congrats to GOP! Perfect manipulation of Democratic party voters (including independent and Republicans flocking Democratic camp for the time of democratic primaries). Bravoooo!

    The weaker candidate will likely get the party nomination, ranks and voters are deeply divided, congrats again

    And once again in November, on McCain victory!

    May 12, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  19. eddie p.

    Thre's no need for Hillary to quit. All said and done!!! she will end up winning the nomenation . Many more skeletons will be coming out of Obama's Closets. All The Way with Hillary.

    May 12, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  20. The Dude Abides

    If our next president wears colorful pant suits, no one wins.

    May 12, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  21. aneeta

    hey.. Billary is so much in debt. She can't run her campaign well and manage her funds. How will he manage the country?

    Obama has run such an organized campaign. Go Obama 08

    May 12, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  22. Patty, Portland OR

    That's right. Uh uh! Hillary wins the popular vote and Barack and Michelle can move to Iran and sip tea with their friend Ahmadinejab.

    May 12, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  23. Dr. Truth, Boston

    If I've said it once, I've said it a thousand times....West Virginia Democrats love liars! Watch out Hill.....sniper at 6 oclock!

    May 12, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  24. Left Coast Mike, Laguna Niguel, CA

    I think Clinton's entire staff has been sipping LDS laced cool aid. She's not only toast, but burnt toast as a result of the horrible guidance she received from pompous fools like Mark Penn, Terry McAulife, and that idiot mouthpiece Woolfson. It's almost laughable and she really looks bad walking around with a fork stuck in her.

    May 12, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  25. Lana

    Question Terry: What about Oregon, Montana and South Dakota? Don't they count also?

    May 12, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
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