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. Judy--West Virginia

    With the popular vote in hand, Hillary will have to run as an Independent. Hillary-don't let these male chauvinists push you around--super delegates mean nothing-it's the will of the people that counts and that is only measured by the popular vote.

    May 12, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  2. Proud American

    To WISER NOW: if you can vote for McCain with a straight face you were NEVER a Democrat.

    May 12, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  3. Jeff Wood

    If Hillary doesn't win the nomination, I have this top secret plan that I will register this crazy guy down the street from me who talks to trees and always carries an orange blender around to be our next president. I will stop at nothing to make sure Obama does not win the nomination!! It is FAR BETTER that our country either completely falls apart, or that the Republicans win another 4 years!!



    May 12, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  4. Do you think this wins over voters?

    With bloggers like this, Obama will never get Hillary voters:
    Doom. May 12th, 2008 5:51 pm ET

    calling the things in West Virginia people is really stretching it don't you think?

    May 12, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  5. Beverly, NYC

    What is it about these wild eyed Clinton supporters and their blind loyalty beyond reason? I have friends who care about me too, but they are not afraid to tell me when I am wrong. I guess they just have to prove they are the most popular no matter who or what stand in their way. Even when Tim Russert read back McAuliffe's own words too him regarding states moving up their primaries, he stayed with the party line that she can still win, bizare!

    May 12, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  6. Louis

    Last time I checked, the candidate with the most pledged delegates is the winner. If Clinton supporters disagree, please respond.

    May 12, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  7. Chuckling in California

    Why does the Clinton campaign continue to try to change the rules of the game, mid-game? This makes them look desperate and pathetic.
    The rules are the rules, and at this juncture, the DNC is not stupid enough to change the rules so that Clinton suddenly gets the nod. It would create chaos. If Clinton's campaign thinks the rules changes are going to happen, I seriously question their connection with reality.

    May 12, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  8. Bubba

    What do you expect this moron insider to say? I bet his pay check bounces...

    May 12, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  9. independent

    Amazing what happens when limbaugh and the far right encourages republicans to get out and vote for Clinton. Subtract those votes, like would happen in Nov., and Obama more than likely has a comfortable lead in the popular vote too.

    May 12, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  10. Latina por Obama

    Is this guy so out of touch with life and over all with reality?
    I mean i heard him say the ot her day that the only people supporting Obama is AA .........and that billary has the white, latino, and other votes.
    I am latina and i could never never NUNCA support this evil woman.

    i really thinkg he is in love with the idea of getting a job in billary's fairy tale .............
    it is hillarious.

    Billary se parece a lost autocratas de Latinoamerica, es peor que los militares quienes hacen lo que sea para llegar al poder.........

    con Obama 08 asta la victoria simpre!!!!

    May 12, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  11. tar

    I see why Sen. Clinton is losing the Democratic campaign. First Penn and now McAuliffe rounding her campaign and neither one of them have a clue.

    May 12, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  12. Michigan for Obama

    In her dreams..... This is just another press release aimed at trying to undermine Obama and the party. Why does the party stand for this? Her numbers include Michigan,which is a joke. Obama's name was not on the ballot, and a full 40 percent voted uncommitted, which was a vote for "anyone but Hillary." He would have won Michigan hands down.

    May 12, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  13. Obama supporter but will support Hillary if whe wins.

    If it is popular vote...funny how they don't want to count caucus votes..only primary votes....Hillary your team is a joke....if we are counting votes now...then lets count all the caucus states and then tell me count all the votes...not just primary, but also the caucus states....then we will count votes....

    Ps. Why doesn't he mention, Orgeon and Montana....Hello!!!!

    If we count votes...then tell the caucus states that you are going to disengfranchise them....SORRY TERRY> your debt. If you win I will vote for

    May 12, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  14. Bubba

    Leader? Your pathological liar is a leader? Is that all you got???

    May 12, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  15. Mia and Mike

    Best wishes to Sen. Clinton, but I can't wait until June 3rd gets here. We've got a general election to prepare for.

    Democrats United '08

    May 12, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  16. EJT

    Hillary all the way till November – The best person for the JOB>

    May 12, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  17. Frances

    I guess the Clinton camp are trying to change the rules in the 9th inning with 2 outs and 2 strikes on the count. Just leave it up to the Clintons to think they can be game changers at this point. It's sad that she is thinking only about herself and not the Democratic Party. Popular vote?? They need to ask Gore about that rule.

    May 12, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  18. W PA

    The Clinton campaign makes me puke...lost all my respect for the Clintons. Their legacy is down the drain...

    May 12, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  19. paul oregon

    yea right next they will be saying she let obama win because shes
    not a racest.. and i bet they believe in the tooth fairy to

    May 12, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  20. Gino

    More smoke and mirrors (and dreamed-up numbers) from the Clinton(s) campaign. Go collect all those "hard-working white" voters you say you own, Hillary. You still lose.

    May 12, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  21. Breaker

    what has Hilliry done?

    Oh yes she was under sniper fire but what es was she accomplishing there?
    She failed miserably to bring bring health care in under Bill's administration. Und yes, she votet for the war in Irak.
    What other goodies are there?
    GO OBAMA !!!!

    May 12, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  22. Fitzgerald

    The race is for delegates. Popular vote doesn't matter. I don't care if Obama loses to McCain, if bigots, and other Hillary fans don't vote for him.

    The point is the rules are the rules, and he has won by those rules. He deserves the nomination, end of story. It doesn't matter whether he is the best candidate or if he will win.

    I just don't understand why Clinton and her lemming-like followers won't just let it go. The man won. I know many of you hate that fact. But give him credit for God sake.

    May 12, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  23. Henri D. Kahn

    Hillary Clinton will win now that reality, time, and truth have defrocked
    Barack H. Obama.
    Her knowledge, experience, strength, patriotism and toughness are
    far and away the combination of qualities needed to be President of our great country.

    May 12, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  24. unelectable

    Yep. The polls also showed Obama with a 26 point lead in North Carolina. Guess that didnt pan out to well for him either.

    May 12, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  25. cubanamericanwoman - OC - CA

    CHANGE ... is indeed very, very hard.....but, sometimes a MUST!!

    And, the GOOD will indeed previal over EVIL!!!

    OBAMA 08 & 12

    May 12, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
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