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. CC

    How many times will Clinton and her surrogates try to change the measure of victory? Is this the kind of forthright president we want?

    May 12, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  2. Charles

    I just love them DEMS. If Hillary gets the majority of the primary popular vote but Obama has most pledged delegtes, it looks a lot like 2000 to me w/Gore getting more votes but W getting getting electoral votes. Next time, perhaps the DEMS will figure it out – like we Republicans have – and give the candidate who wins a state's primary ALL the delegates – no moe of this proportional allocation of votes.

    May 12, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  3. Delia Wensman

    The Rules of the Democratic Party CLEARLY SAY IT IS DELEGATE COUNT THAT COUNTS. However, even you were to count the popular vote, you would also have to count the caucus states. Hillary Clinton has tried and tried to change the rules as soon as she realized she was loosing. The herself said that Michigan would not count, other candidates took off their names, but Hillary did not. If you want the best description of who she really is and what is now happening , just watch Saturday Night Life on May 10th. The Clintons have no ethical standards.

    May 12, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  4. Robert New York City & Miami, Florida

    Hillary should run as an independent. Screw Obama. Not for a million bucks would I vote for that Jerk.

    Go Hillary. Run Independently!

    May 12, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  5. less media, more issues

    Was Clinton prepared on Day one? Whatever you think, she learns like nobody else! Look at her now! She gets stronger and stronger and I don't see the same with Obama – who is only now starting to speak about substance. it's going to be another case of 'Gore" She wins the popular vote but not the electoral vote! Amazing.

    May 12, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  6. Pantsuit Pander

    not fair! hillary upset me. she called me dumb. i will vote ombama not mcsame.

    May 12, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  7. jeje

    hillary "you have to give me the nominee because i am the wife of bill and i am a fighter but some time i lie" ba lla lla lla...........

    May 12, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  8. JD

    McAuliffe is absolutely delusional. He makes these grandiose proclamations, and never mentions them again when they don't come true. What happened to last Tuesday, and how great a day it would be for her campaign?

    May 12, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  9. Voter from CT

    COUNT THE CAUCUS STATE'S THEN!!!

    May 12, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  10. kenneth miaczynski

    TO THE PEOPLE OF MICHIGAN AND FLORIDA WHO WANT THEIR VOTES TO COUNT MY QUESTION TO IS THIS DID YOU AGREE TO HOLD A EARLY PRIMARY?IF YES THEN YOU ARE AS DUMB AS YOUR LEADERS! CLINTONS AND OBAMAS NAMES WERENT EVEN SUPPOSE TO BE ON THE BALLOTS,HOW DID CLINTONS NAME GET ON MICHIGANS BALLOTS?

    May 12, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  11. Tim

    Just because the Clinton campaign says it doesn't make it true, CNN. Clinton will not make up the popular vote, the remaining states do not have enough voters and Clinton will not win by a big enough margin.

    This is truly pathetic reporting by CNN.

    May 12, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  12. lars

    Um, I thought Puerto Rico doesn't vote in the November election,
    so why count popularity there?

    May 12, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  13. TMill, Independent, CA

    THANK YOU SO MUCH DAVID FROM SANTA ROSA, CA!!
    SHE WAS NOT READY ON DAY ONE OF HER CAMPAIGN!!!
    (Now she may have THOUGHT she was...over-confident,
    ambitious to a fault, and obviously underestimating her
    opponent), albeit, SHE WAS NOT READY. THE PROOF IS
    IN THE PUDDING!!! Nice lady though....likes being part of
    the it takes a village and all, but let's face it, her run is even against
    divine providence. And THAT says alot!!

    May 12, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  14. RJII

    now the goal for hillary is to go out saying she accomplished one thing the pop vote by a smidget. she figures this will help in 2012.

    it's sooo sad now watching her struggle and losing so much money. that's not fighting, that's a fool.

    Her supporters need to step up and help her balance her campaign finances– NOT OBAMA.

    May 12, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  15. Kaylee

    Superdelegates should END this nonesense.
    Please show some leadership for the good of the party.
    Come on....
    What are you waiting for?

    Obama '08

    May 12, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  16. Steve

    After the June 3rd primaries neither candidate will have the 2,025 delegates needed for the nomination. Obama will still have the delegate count lead and Clinton may then concede. However, she still will have the right to take it to the convention floor. Regardless, the Democratic nomination will not be won by anyone. It will be brokered by party leaders.

    May 12, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  17. Charles

    I just love them DEMS. If Hillary gets the majority of the primary popular vote but Obama has most pledged delegtes, it looks a lot like 2000 to me w/Gore getting more votes but W getting getting electoral votes. Next time, perhaps the DEMS will figure it out – like we Republicans have – and give the candidate who wins a state's primary ALL the delegates – no more of this proportional allocation of votes.

    May 12, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  18. DemsV

    Victor,

    The polls in Indiana showed that Obama was leading first then Hillary leading and she won.

    May 12, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  19. The Truth

    Hillary Who?

    May 12, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  20. Truthiness

    Winner Takes All makes Clinton the Winner
    Obama fractured the Democratic party and has fractured America
    Obama can't win.
    only America can loose.
    Even McCain is better than Obama at least we know what he stands for.
    Obama flip flop on the War and on Religion.

    May 12, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  21. CNN loves Hillary

    CNN...will you post this?

    Your ticker is dominated by Clinton non-news. Here in the real world, the presumptive nominee has picked up four more superdelegates and is now 150 delegates (pledged or super, doesn't matter) away from clinching the nomination.

    Obama has gained over 25 superdelegates since Indiana...that will more than erase any gain Clinton makes in W. Virginia AND Kentucky!!

    Again, will the Clinton News Network post this?

    May 12, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  22. Ilona Proud Canadian

    Folks,

    I am watching cnn right now, guess who is on? cnn's very own clintonite! Lou Dobbs!

    I have a little ditty for this disgusting excuse of a reporter. here goes.

    Lou, what you gonna do when they come for you Lou, what you gonna do when they come for you, what you gonna do when they come for you Lou, what you gonna when they come for you! (Barack's Supporters)

    May 12, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  23. independant chris

    WV and KY will be red states no matter which candidate wins and PR doesn't vote. So, how are they relevant? Obama needs only TWO swing states to win the general, that's it.

    May 12, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  24. White and Old Minnesota for Barack

    Delusional Terry...On Meet The Press, Terry could not keep his eyes up while lying about campaign loan of Clintons and counting of votes...Everyone knows they have lost....No wonder Howard Wolfson has already signed a book deal.

    Hope '08.

    May 12, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  25. Felicia

    Senatpr Clinton need to drop out of the Democratic Race and RUN INDEPENDENT!!

    Obama is in the lead because many of his supporters including prominent DNC members used the same old politics Obama says he deplores against Clinton!

    Many people have lost respect for the Democratic party and MOST Of Clinton supporters can not and will not vote for Obama!

    CLINTON RUN INDEPENDENT!!!!

    May 12, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
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