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. Ray

    Democrats, please don't fight each other. Let's save our strength and energy for the general election.

    This turmoil is almost done. Please be kind. We've got lots of problems to solve when we regain the White House, and we need to be united.

    And don't lose heart regarding people saying they'll vote McCain if Clinton doesn't win. Not going to happen. True Dems will vote for the Democrat nominee. Fakes (e.g., Republicans trying to stir up trouble on the forums) don't deserve your concern. Don't worry. The time is approaching when we can clean up the mess.

    CNN – I get the feeling you like the infighting. Will you post this, I wonder?

    May 12, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  2. Kasia

    Obama didn't want Michigan or Florida to count, but now he has the 'audacity' to visit to obtain votes for the GE??? For someone who wanted change he sure behaves like a 'changed' politician.

    Hillary 08!!!!

    May 12, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  3. pat

    if all those chicken super del didn,t abandon her she would win this election shame on you supers, shes they only one that beat mccain in the gereral watch an see if shes not nonimnated, she deserves to be the president she has more spunk then any person i have veer met GO GIRL hillary 08 for president

    May 12, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  4. spencer

    Keep trucking on Hillary. You are the best choice...Barack is full of nothing but hot air....

    May 12, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  5. Countdown...

    B,

    why don't you tell us what Sen. CLinton has done for this country?

    May 12, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  6. lol

    that's right hillary will be ahead in the popular vote, and after the shabby way she was treated by the democrats, howard dean, and nancy pelosi, she should take everyone of her popular votes and run as an independent candidate. why should she help unify a party that backstabbed her. vote hillary clinton independent candidate 08!

    May 12, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  7. peter

    That a girl !!! Hillary Rocks. Hillary08

    May 12, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  8. Walt, Belton,TX

    Who cares? She's old news and just history now!

    May 12, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  9. George

    It's time to Unite...

    Obama '08 & 12'

    May 12, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  10. ibextati

    In 2004 general election, which we saw record breaking voter turnout nearly 750,000 voters came out to vote in west virginia. Off which Bush got about 423,000 and Kerry got just above 326,000. I don't know how Terry McAuliffe came out with 1.1 million democrates in West Virginia. I guess math is not their thing inside Clinton camp.

    May 12, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  11. Eric

    First of all, the only way she wins the popular vote is if Michigan is counted without Obama getting the "uncommitted" numbers and it also does not include the multitude of people who voted for Obama in the caucus. Second and most important, popular vote means nothing! She's gonna lose overall states, she's gonna lose pledged delegates and she's gonna lose Superdelegates leaving her with only one possibility and that's the one her people are talking up.

    It's really sad actually. I wish she would just keep quiet and keep getting the donations that she'll use to pay off her 20 million debt. That the REAL reason she's still in it.

    May 12, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  12. Kentucky

    No not all 1.6 million voters in Kentucky will be voting for Hillary. I think that she and her aides are all suffering from a state of shock – that she will not be the Dem candidate. The poll that was taken in Kentucky was so bias – it did not factor in a proper number of people to reflect true numbers.
    When Obama wins I and thousands of us will work very hard to make sure he becomes President of the USA.

    Go Obama

    May 12, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  13. linda hemmingsen

    Hillary will win the poular vote and she is the strongest to lead the country in these desperate times. why are obma supporters so negative and mean are they so scared she shows him to be weak?

    May 12, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  14. maya

    Go Hillary- this family- like half of the Democratic party- supports you 100%!

    May 12, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  15. HILLARY CAN WIN IN NOVEMBER!!

    I LOVE IT!
    THE HILLARY SUPPORTERS ARE GETTING IT RIGHT! EITHER STAY HOME OR WRITE HILLARY"S NAME IN ON THE BALLOT IF SHE DOESN'T GET THE NOMINATION!!!!!

    I CANNOT BELIEVE THE SUPER DELEGATES WILL PICK OBAMA BASED ON HIS PAST AND PRESENT ACTIONS!!!!!!

    I GOT SCREWED OUT OF MY VOTE IN FL BY OBAMA! I AM NOT GETTING SCREWED AGAIN IN THE GENERAL!!!!!!!

    IT'S HILLARY OR NO ONE FOR US!!!!!!

    May 12, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  16. Obama

    Obama can be made the nominee by the DNC, but with all the cheating, disenfranchised voters and dirty olitical antics of this primary season, he will never have LEGITIMACY.

    Without his acceptence by most democrats, he stands no chance at winning... unless he continues to cheat.

    May 12, 2008 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  17. Dave

    Give it up obamadites, Obama will never be president. If Hillary don,t put him away in June, McCain will defeat him by a land slide in November!!! Oh, there goes your HOPE for big welfare checks!!!!

    May 12, 2008 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  18. Kirk

    Obama & His Campaign Would Like An Early Close To This historic Primary …. They What Us To Beleive They Have Won ….. Truth Is They Haven't … Hillary Has The Edge Now , And can Win The Primary !!..... And YES The Math Is In Her Favor !!!!

    Obama 's Campaign Is trying To Buy The Nomination ...... Nice try Obama ..... Hillary Will NEVER Sell Out The American People ... She's A Fighter , She Will Go The Distance And Will WIN The Nomination For PRESIDENT !!!!!

    GO ! HILLARY !!!!!! YOUR THE WINNER !!!!!

    PRESIDENT HILLARY CLINTON !!!!!! 2008"

    May 12, 2008 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  19. Brooke

    The constant twist of rules, with this being the latest, prove the Clinton campaign has a "win anyway, anyhow" strategy. They are willing to cling to any hope to try and rally her insider ties to overturn the party rules, ultimately alienating many of the voters she whole heartedly claims to be representing and possibly costing the party in Fall.

    May 12, 2008 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  20. Sue P / PA

    CNN..you factored in as best you could the caucus states....so tell us.....does she have a snow balls chance in hell of gaining a lead in the actual (includes caucuses) popular vote??

    I thought not................her campaign is toting spin again...business as usual with the Clinton Camp.

    May 12, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  21. Ben, MD

    Have you seen this jerk talk? He is nuts!!!

    May 12, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  22. michael minorgan

    Let's face it she made a HUGE miscalculation thinking it would be all over after Super Tuesday and she had NO plan of attack after that thanks mainly to her advisors. It was a very badly run campaign to t hat point and big mistakes were made by Terry McAuliffe et al. One day they will admit it..after this is all over and all the dust has settled. She is a very strong woman and very intelligent it is really too bad she didnt have a better campaign manager and team of advisors at the crucial times in her campaign when she needed them.

    May 12, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  23. Tyme4chaing

    Remember, the Clinton camp put their foot in their mouth when they predicted that she would win IND and NC. They're were so wrong, like her judgement on the Iraq war.

    May 12, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  24. Michelle63

    The whole "Clintonian" team are in denial.

    BARACK OBAMA ALREADY HAS THE NOMINATION.

    BARACK OBAMA FOR PRESIDENT!

    May 12, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  25. David

    There's something patently absurd about ignoring caucuses in the count that you're using to try and win superdelegates, a body which essentially amounts to a national caucus.

    May 12, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
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