May 13th, 2008
06:00 AM ET
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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. Bob in Newport

    Clinton and Obama are both lightweights.

    Interestingly, it looks like the Democrats wil nominate the lighterweight of the two. The Democrats should be able to destroy McCain in November but it looks like they want to help make a race of it. Funny.

    May 12, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  2. 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 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  3. Golden Chica

    Popular votes should count more than caucuses.

    May 12, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  4. Seege

    if we include MI (and be fair and add uncommitted delegates for obama^^) & FL – could clinton win the popular vote? maybe if she ends her campaign after kentucky/oregon?

    May 12, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  5. D.k

    Let us stop playing politics and race card like Clinton's are doing and look in to their values and what they can offer to our country.we supposed to be the a role- model. so far Senator Obama is leading his campaign on higher ground to attract my vote.

    May 12, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  6. Disapponted

    Note: He is silent on South Dakota, Oregon and Montana. That is the power of positive thinking...... I call it creative math. Count those that you do like and leave those out that you don't like. I thought everyone's vote counted.

    May 12, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  7. Adedokun from Atlanta

    I hope Obama takes the rest of the primaries very seriously and turn out as many voters as possible. He should not give Hillary any basis for argument . Obama should defeat her even in popular votes or else she would say and do anything to get nominated.

    May 12, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  8. Anonymous

    good for them.

    May 12, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  9. Dave in VA

    Is this by Hillary's count where she gets all the MI votes and gives Obama none? Does this include the four caucus states she omitted in her last "I'm ahead" count?

    A misleading representation of vote count and delegate count her campaign has been proposing isn't going to impress the folks that matter. We already know who has won this primary, but she should finish anyway just so she has a feel good story for her supporters.

    May 12, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  10. FactCheck

    > Can someone, anyone PLEASE just tell us five things that Senator
    > Obama has done for either his state or our country?

    1. Coburn-Obama Government Transparency Act of 2006
    2. Lugar-Obama Nuclear Non-proliferation and Conventional Weapons Threat Reduction Act
    3. Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act
    4. 2007 Government Ethics Bill, became law
    5. Protection Against Excessive Executive Compensation Bill

    I can give you another 100 if you'd like but you Clinton supporters are too ignorant and too blind for it to make a difference. Keep up the yelping, it's doing your candidate a world of good.

    May 12, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  11. Audrey in SF

    Hey CNN? Why don't you try explaining the popular vote and how it really works? Like that in Wolfson's calculations the caucus states are not included. Like that some states include Republicans and Independents and some don't. Like that he is counting zero for Obama in Michigan.

    Or maybe you could explain that there are far better measures of popular opinion. Like polls. Like the polls that show if you redid the vote in CA & NJ, Obama would win.

    Or if this is too much work, maybe just don't report on things Wolfson is saying on less they make at least a modicum of sense.


    May 12, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  12. spencer

    That's it Obama keep neglecting the Rest of the Primaries and you will lose...You should not be general election campaigning until the primaries are over...OOOpps that Elitist attitude is coming through again.............

    May 12, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  13. Candace from MA

    The race is over, give it a rest!

    May 12, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  14. Dave in Albuquerque

    Talk is cheap. The trick is to get 2,025 delegates.

    May 12, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  15. Bart

    How can anyone vote for Clinton? She lies constantly. She claims to be a "down home" democrat, but she didn't want to be a Senator in Arkansas. She had to go to New York and find ways around their election laws to get elected. The only reason she's even still in the contest now is that she has so many analasts and strategists. I mean come on, shoting wiskey and stories of learning how to shoot. Now she's claiming a victory for a state where Senator Obama wasn't even on the ballot.

    May 12, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  16. Joyce in Florida

    To me, Senator Clinton has already won the popular vote. Just look at the typical negativity on the above comments coming from Obama supporters. Just keep it up and more people will vote for Hillary. Who wants negativity in the White House? Certainly not me!!! Florida and Michigan will be counted and SHOULD BE counted in a fair manner. Michigan is another story, but Florida's results from our primary of January 29th were legitimate. I am so glad and proud that Hillary is a fighter and the best candidate to run against John McCain. No question!!! There are a lot of voters out there that agree that she should be our nominee. PLEASE DON'T GIVE UP SENATOR CLINTON. WE LOVE AND SUPPORT YOU ALL THE WAY TO THE WHITE HOUSE. GO HILLARY 08!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 12, 2008 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  17. Tim

    Those of you who will vote for Senator McCain just because Senator Obama will be the Democratic nominee are pathetic.

    May 12, 2008 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  18. Martin

    At this stage how can Clinton win the popular vote? No wonder the Democrats did so badly before with morons like McCauliffe at the helm. He can't even do the math let alone face the facts. Even WITH Michigan and Florida she doesn't win the popular vote.

    Everytime one of their targets is missed they make up a new one and pretend the previous one didn't exist. Utterly crazy.

    Hopefully when the Clinton campaign finally dies she can take idiots like Terry with her and let the Democrats have some decent leadership for a change.

    May 12, 2008 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  19. Marj,Paso Robles, Cal

    According to Obama, he has been campaigning in all '57' states, so I think he should get the popular vote. Hey Obama, spell 'potato.'

    May 12, 2008 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  20. Trenton Sims, Los Angeles

    Even if he is correct.. That will be her only claim...

    May 12, 2008 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  21. Tony

    Why are the Clinton loyalists so opposed to Obama that they will vote for McCain or not vote at all? That's crazy! Both Clinton and Obama have to same agenda in a lot of areas! He did not steal this from her. He played the game fair and square. He planned his strategy for the campaign very well. Unfortunately, Hillary did not. HE was underestimated by the Clinton Machine. Don't hate on him because he has virtually won the nomination. The Clinton camp is trying to change the rules, not Obama! The bottom line is this; Are you / we willing to deal with another Republican in office just to spite Barack Obama. That's CRAZY people! Wake up!

    What's the real reason?????

    May 12, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  22. Fred T

    I honestly can't fathom how people will vote for McCain to "send a message" in November if Obama is the candidate. As a democrat, it is mindboggling to me. Why on earth would you want to do this to your children or grandchildren? Could you really sleep at night? I've been an Obama supporter from day one, and you can bet that I'll be voting for Clinton if she is somehow the candidate. I almost can't even stand her, but what matters are the ISSUES. Not trying to prove a point just because I didn't get what/who I wanted. That is not only childish, but selfish.

    May 12, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  23. Wow!

    This guy is funny.

    Hillary, please keep the little respect that you still have. You are in a state of denial. Hillary are you on your period? That would explain this craziness.

    May 12, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  24. Sandra

    If you were getting paid as much as he is, you would begin to believe what you are saying too. Plus he has the added job of making sure he gets paid.

    May 12, 2008 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  25. sacto joe


    A lot of Repubs posing as Democrats are posting hate mail. They're trying to drive a wedge between us!


    May 12, 2008 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
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