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. HAWK,TEXAS

    WHEN HILLARY WINS THE POUPLAR VOTE AND WE GO TO THE CONVENTION YOU WILL SEE A L;OT OF THE SUPER DELAGATES SWINGING TO HILLARY. IN THE MOST RECENT POLL THE PUBLIC WAS ASKED WHICH MATTERED MOST THE DELAGATE COUNT OR THE POPULAR VOTE. THE POPULAR VOTE WON. I JUST WISH THAT THE OBAMA PEOPLE WOULD SHOW SOME SMARTS. AS THEY ARE NOT SHOWING GOOD SENSE.

    May 12, 2008 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  2. Pat

    Whatever!!!!

    May 12, 2008 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  3. DELMARVA

    What everyone seems to forget is that there are at least 72 MILLION registered Democrats. Less than 31 MILLION have in these primaries.

    Let's get real. The inspired and the fanatics are the only ones who vote in the primaries to decide the general election candidate. The other 41 MILLION Dems will show up in November and vote for whomever's on the ticket.

    So don't get it twisted. You can cry "I'll vote for McCain if Hillary's not on the ticket" all you want, but the majority of the other 41 MILLION will side with the DEM candidate.

    May 12, 2008 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  4. Ohio Democrat

    I am a life long Ohio Democrat, as well as my family and many of my friends, We are all Clinton supporters and can not believe how heartless and cruel the media and all these Obama supporters on these blog boards are to her. You people need to think twice and watch what you say, You know that saying "what goes around comes around " and come election day, McCain will win by a landslide, with the help from alot of voters like us.

    May 12, 2008 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  5. Jm

    Who cares if she wins the polular vote???? Really!!!

    A friend of mine won a raffle last week. Like Hillary popular vote claim, him winning the raffle has nothing to do with winning the 2008 Democratic nomination, alas in the REAL world (not Hillary's world) its about the number of Delegates.

    2025 the painful reality for HRC.

    May 12, 2008 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  6. deidre

    Most likely she has lost, I agree. But I think before everyone goes and states the obvious, that the real issue she is trying to raise is that SHE HAS WON many important states that the Democratic Party needs to win the GE. This is troubling for the Democratic party. I think they are so anxious for a nominee that they are throwing all their eggs into one basket.

    Have we all been sold a bill of goods with this one? Why are people still voting for Clinton if there is no way for her to win?

    THIS IS TROUBLE FOR OBAMA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 12, 2008 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  7. Sahara J

    It is 3:00am, the phone is ringing. .. We do not want a delusional person answering the phone. Hillary, hang it up!

    OBAMA '08 Yes We Can!

    May 12, 2008 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  8. joe

    wake up sir. eventhough I disagree with you but I love your energy that will help Obama a lot for General election. I think you can do a lot for Obama please join the club or don' t say a lot of negetive stuff the next two weeks.

    May 12, 2008 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  9. Paul

    Strange, I thought she was a shoo in for the most UNpopular. Did everyone who voted for her sleep through the '90's?

    May 12, 2008 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  10. Jo Ann

    Who cares she just need to go home sooner rather than later.

    May 12, 2008 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  11. Tom

    McAuliffe is a dirtbag just like his boss. They think if they say that crap enough times, the sheeple will believe it. Of course the neglect to mention they agreed to the rules so those so called "popular" votes in Michagan and Florida don't count. Is this the kind of person we want in the White House?

    May 12, 2008 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  12. Dave in VA

    Actually, Michigan Democrats offered a fair solution to their votes. It even gave Hillary 10 more delegates than Obama. Obama agreed to it. HILLARY'S CAMPAIGN REJECTED THE PROPOSAL from the Michigan voters. Seems like if she wants "every vote to count", she should have accepted the idea that came from the very state she claims to be defending. Guess she suggests ALL the votes should go to her?

    May 12, 2008 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  13. tee

    obama for 2008

    May 12, 2008 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  14. Tony

    ALL Read Terry's book. He made mention about penalizing Michigan for the primary debacle in 2003. Hillary herself said in October, that Michigan and Florida primaries would not matter. The clinton camp said that the magic number was 2025 in February. Now it's 2209 according the Clinton camp. What's up with changing your mind when you are losing. Sounds like " its my ball so I can change the rules when I'm losing". Not a good leader!

    May 12, 2008 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  15. SCLib

    I'm telling you, Obama supporters, you're doing far more harm to your candidate than you are good. Every time I read the vitriol towards Hillary it makes me more and more determined to stay home on Nov. 8th.

    Say what you want about Hillary supporters, we will largely determine whether or not Obama wins in November. Please don't forget that.

    May 12, 2008 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  16. linda-Texas

    Regardless of what the press has been throwing at us, the primary election is not over. Senator Obama does not have the required number of delegates to give him the nomination. There are voters in remaining primaries who deserve to have their votes counted.

    The votes of Florida and Michigan must also be counted. The DNC was wrong to disenfranchise the voters of FL and MI for a decision the voters had no control over.

    May 12, 2008 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  17. Matt

    If you're going to count the popular vote, you better find a way to count the caucus states. After all, those votes were cast by a percentage of the population. Of course, I'm sure that Clinton voters will conveniently ignore this fact. Pathetic...

    May 12, 2008 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  18. Obama Not on the Ballot

    Since when does Popular deside the primary?

    May 12, 2008 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  19. John

    For God's sake you Obama fanatics should be ashamed of themselves trying to blame Hillary Clinton! Since Obama is your presumed nominee?,then the buck should stop with him.Stop hiding and lying,behind Hillary!The chicken has come to roost,and you have to face it .Stop this pretense of diverting the bullet and blaming Hillary.Mr. Terry McAulliffe,the genious in Hillary's camp knows what he is talking about.What is the urgency in this rush in the middle of a stark dark night??? Stop it,recollect the facts and give the Democrats and Republicans find the right leaders.Not those shoved in their throats.It is a new day and a bright morning in America.We need the right Leaders.Let the voters decide,and ofcourse they WILL!!!!!!!Yes!!!!they WILL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 12, 2008 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  20. Democrat

    Denial is quite the trend these days.

    May 12, 2008 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  21. Rick

    Typical misinformation from T. McAuliffe! Actually, there are 1.18 million registered voters in West Virginia. Total. All parties combined (including the Mountain Party. Hmmmm.) More than half are Dems – thank goodness – but there are not more than 1 million dems. See below:

    "The total registered voters in West Virginia include 665,234 Democrats, 347,760 Republicans and 156,199 who are unaffiliated, according to figures released from the West Virginia Secretary of State’s office. There are also 931 registered voters with the Mountain Party and 13,371 with some other alternative party, they added."

    May 12, 2008 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  22. Touch of Reality

    I think Terry has officially lost it. There's 1.1 million Democrats in West Virginia??? The population of the state was 1.8 million PEOPLE in the WHOLE state according to the 2000 census. Both Puerto Rico and Kentucky had a population around 4 million yet they are going to to have 2 million Democratic voters??? Just doesn't add up.

    May 12, 2008 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  23. Maxine

    How is she doing on donations with all these millions of demos that are going to vote for her??

    May 12, 2008 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  24. K.L. Sullivan

    Seems to me this rush to push Hillary out says something very important. Is Obama afraid to go to the mat with her? I remember the days when we always picked our nominee at the convention. What is he afraid of anyway.......any of you Obama followers got an answer to that?

    May 12, 2008 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  25. Willy

    Stay in the race Hillary. Obama will fade like cheap paint job by November. I know CNN won't post this.

    May 12, 2008 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
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