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. Jeff, Huntington Beach, CA

    this is becoming a cruel joke... kind of like the 2000 election that brought Bush to power.

    May 12, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  2. Numbers

    I find it hard to believe that there are 1.1 million democrats in WV. The state population is just slightly over 1.8 million. If 1.1 million of those are registered democrats, then WV should not ever be a "red" state in any election, and yet is has many times in the past.

    May 12, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  3. X

    People, remember that no matter how you try to look at it, Obama CANNOT win the general election. The states he has won, like North Carolina, Georgia, Mississippi, Virginia, Louisiana, and so many others will go to the Republicans in the fall. He has not won states that can go either way.

    Also, 50% of Hillary's supporters will either stay home or vote for McCain if Barack gets the nomination.

    Obama has no chance of winning. It's just not going to happen.

    May 12, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  4. Lee

    Obama doesn't have the track record to win in November!

    Hillary is the candidate with the winning track record and enough supporters across all demographics to win back the White House.

    Obama is NOT QUALIFIED and can NEVER beat McCain,

    McCain will enjoy a 60 to 75% national landslide against Obama!
    Vote for Hillary 08

    May 12, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  5. de-de-do

    need help buying a new life?

    try the obama camp

    May 12, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  6. Karen Bellard

    Am I missing something? If the popular vote was that important wouldn't Al Gore have been the President after Clinton?

    May 12, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  7. Sure

    So all the Obama supporters were throwing it in Clinton's supporters face that popular vote is a big deal; but now apparently it isn't. I still do not get Obama or his supporters and they continually make me want to vote someone besides Obama.

    May 12, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  8. NOT A HATER 08

    What is this guy smoking? Terry McAuliffe has officially lost his mind. Yes, McAuliffe, keep telling yourself that Hillary Clinton will win the popular vote, eventually you'll start to believe it (insanity is upon you). Get a hold of yourself and snap out of it. Your candidate is a pathological liar and so are you.

    So it finally has sunk in that that your master plan, stealing the nomination from Obama, is not going to work. Sad, so sad.

    May 12, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  9. Reality Bites

    Jerry in Boston is on dope. It's a little early in the day to be all hopped up, no?

    At any rate, Just because Kentucky has 1.6 democrats and WV has 1.1 does not mean that all of them will vote in the primaries... Duh!

    Did McAliffe forget that South Dakota, Idaho, and Montana will vote too? Did he also forget that they will overwhelmingly go for Sen. Obama?

    It's time to face facts, Sen. Clinton. You had a good run and no one can take that away from you.

    May 12, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  10. Ratgurl

    This guy is King of Denial, to Hillary's Queen!

    May 12, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  11. Andrew

    Seems like only the Clinton News Network really cares what
    Terry McAulife has to say these days.....

    May 12, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  12. Jesus Francisco Cardenas

    If the Dem super delegates don't go for Hillary .... she can beat both McCain and Obama as an Independent! She has the moxie to win!

    May 12, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  13. Bob Long

    The gentleman is blowing smoke, of course. He forgets that Florida and Michigan were not a election any democracy would validate, any more than a Communist Party election counted in the old Soviet Union. She had no opposition. And until she does have an election in those two states where people have a choice, they are irrelevant.
    And the only way she could win the popular vote is if, not only West Virginia, but EVERY state from here on out gives her an 80% majority. It ain't gonna happen.

    May 12, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  14. Linda

    Hillary has 30 years experience in trying to keep her husband from having affairs, that's all. She simply was the "first lady" with a failed health care plan. Wake up people ,think about your future. Obama will help us find our way .Hillary said "if I knew then what I know now I would not of voted for the war". What does she know now about universal health care that she didn't then? (her 8 years in the White House ). Nothing.

    May 12, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  15. Tyler

    Terry, let me guess how you got to that calculation:

    Popular vote
    + Total relevant votes cast*
    + Michigan votes
    + Florida votes
    – Caucus votes

    So all you have to do is discount all the caucus states (where Obama won big) and add in the states that don't count for anything (one of which didn't even have Obama on the ballot), and all of the sudden Clinton wins the popular vote. Hmm...not sure that I'd consider that "winning the primary vote". The Hillary spin machine out-of-control.

    * Relevant votes defined as all democratic votes (primary plus caucus) in states that will seat delegates at the convention based on primary/caucus results.

    May 12, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  16. Lee

    Say NO to Obama, Obama is a speech maker, empty suit.

    NO NO to Obama !!

    May 12, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  17. Lynne Kieper

    Super AND pledged delegates really need to look at who can win in the general election. Right now, Hillary has the best chance of beating McCain, and that advantage will be lost if Obama is the nominee because many of Hillary's more conservative and centrist loyalists will vote for Mc Cain rather than for Obama because he is perceived as being too liberal. We cannot chance losing this election and it is impossible not to consider race and gender in this issue. Many blacks are supporting Obama simply because he is black. By the same token, (no pun intended), many women are supporting Hillary bacause she is a woman. All political correctness aside, Sen. Obama cannot win because of the black vote. Hillary must be our nominee.

    May 12, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  18. Dougy Giro

    A few more weeks and Clinton and her camp will run out of their what-if scenarios. I am beginning to wonder if she is so determined to get into the White House that she may consider an indepedent bid in November... I doubt it, but she is starting to look that deluded.

    May 12, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  19. Richard

    I'm convinced now that Terry McAuliffe has been sniffing tubes of glue again with this ridiculous tripe. Wasn't enough he pretty much destroyed the Democratic Party when he was in charge now he wants to finish the job completely? Terry McAuliffe and others of his ilk are why I no longer consider myself a Democrat. I hope the whole party implodes at the convention. Perhaps to repair the damage you have to destroy it first.

    May 12, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  20. Marvin Geer

    Wisernow Has it right. The Obama Campaign is the spoiler for the Democratic Party. In November the The Republican Party will roll over Obama like road pizza. The Dems Have Settled for this because they don't want to expose Obama"s National Security issues. The Republicans are more gifted at that game.

    May 12, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  21. Robert

    I believe she is still in denial. Hope the remaining sdtates makes this easier for her to exit the race. Voters are smarter and hope they think what is best for the country not for the Clinton's clan

    May 12, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  22. sophia nyc

    And then will she drop out?

    May 12, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  23. Michael Nordine

    1.) She's not going to overtake Obama in the popular vote.

    2.) Even if she did, it wouldn't matter – delegates win the nomination.

    Laughable. In not even mentioning delegates, McAuliffe may as well just admit that she (Clinton) has already lost.

    May 12, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  24. Mike Guinn

    This is disheartening- but not surprising- The Clinton campaign will do all they can to divide the party so she's ready to go in 2012....Let me tell you something- This will NOT be forgiven NOR forgotten and she can permanently kiss the White House good-bye. Take that to the bank. She will NEVER be President.

    May 12, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |

    Unfortunately for you, the rules state it is about delegates NOT the popular vote. Play by the rules or go home!

    May 12, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
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