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. stacy

    what will all you Obama fans do if he beats McCain in GE and all
    of a sudden he does not know what to do and has bragged a bit much and the the United States of American is in a worse mess than
    it is now?

    May 12, 2008 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  2. Illinois

    Clinton is going to be the nominee. You Obama fanatics might as well face it now and deal with it. He is not electable. Period. I don't care how many delegates he has. It makes no difference. If Obama can change the rules in mid-stream, so can Clinton. She will win!!

    May 12, 2008 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  3. gary jennings

    OBAMA 4 PRESIDENT. KEEP WITH THE HATE. YOUR CANIDATE WILL NOT WIN AFTER ALL YOU HATERS AGAINST THE CLINTONS THROUGH THIS RACE., YOUR TIME WILL COME WHEN WE GET EVEN VOTING REPUBLIC. ALL YOU O.B. SUPPORTERS SHOW IS HATE, DIVISION , RACIST, AND BIAS ATTACKS. THE POPULAR VOTE IS WHAT WILL COUNT AT THE END. YOU DONT THROW OUT TWO STATES OF THE COUNTRY. THIS RACE HAS BEEN FIXED FROM THE MEDIA AND O.B. BUYIG AND THREATINING HIS SUPER DELIGATES. ITS THIS COUNTRIES LOST IF HRC LOOSES. HE WILL GET BEAT IF NOMINATED AND WE WILL BE REPUBLICIAN FOR 4 MORE YRS ATLEAST. ITS ALL BECAUSE OF RACE VOTING RACE AND YOUNG STUPID VOTERS THAT DONT CARE ABOUT THEIR COUNTRY ,ONLY GLAMOUR, VIDEOS AND SMOOTH TALKING CON MEN. AMERICA DESERVES WHAT THEY GET. ONLY HRC SUPPORTERS HAVE WISDOM ABOUT THE BEST FOR OUR COUNTRY. GO HRC.

    May 12, 2008 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  4. Tim

    Two rounds of a Clinton administration was enough. I lost all respect for Hillary when she failed to divorce Bill Clinton after they left the White House. How can any women support her when she continued to put with Bill's fooling around? That lack of action speaks volumes for how she acts like the same old Washington insider. Step out of the way and let the Democrats focus all their attention on McCain now.

    May 12, 2008 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  5. Dal CA Republican

    Lets look at it the first day of the campaign season the lady HRC says she will be commander in chief day one. We are how many days into primaries and she is not the TOP dog yet. How can she be the commander in chief the 1st day in office. She made mistake of running the campaign. This is just a small thing compared to the 3:00 AM thing she has been touting about.
    She has FAILED please DROPOUT before you become a PEST.

    May 12, 2008 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  6. ed fl

    NO BAMA WHO IS HE AND WHAT EXPERIENCE DOES HE HAVE>MAYBE AT A LATER TIME AFTER HE GROWS UP AND HAS SOMETHING TO SHOW FOR EXPERIENCE

    May 12, 2008 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  7. BJ

    Everyone calling for her to step down are just afraid that she WILL WIN!!!

    The FCC should investigate the way the media and press have been conducting themselves throughout this process... especially MSNBC!
    They are trying to impose undue influence on the outcome of the nomination!

    May 12, 2008 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  8. Dood

    Obama might win five states in November, if he's lucky.

    At least Clinton would have been competitive.

    May 12, 2008 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  9. Mary Johnson

    Billary go home

    May 12, 2008 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  10. not a superdelegate

    what is a "popular vote" exactly?
    does that mean all other votes are unpopular?

    May 12, 2008 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  11. Edia

    Hillary Clinton will make a great president. Obama is not the right choice. The democrats will lose the Hispanic and other minority votes if they go with him. I love Hillary's determination. I will vote for her!!!

    eb

    May 12, 2008 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  12. eddie

    obama cannot win against mccain so the only reason that superdelegates can't pick her is because of her color

    May 12, 2008 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  13. Slick Pickle

    We must go until June 3rd. How else will we be able to raise the donations from the people after Hillary's dominating wins in West Virginia and Kentucky? This is funny I was speaking with my 88 year old grandmother in Memphis, who was telling me Obama is a Muslim and his wife isn't proud to be an American. I started to tell my grandmother that these stories in the media are not all true and the truth isn't just black and white, and she interrupts me to say she isn't a bigot or a racist I would have voted for Colin Powell. I wished her a happy Mothers Day and moved on. Just what we should all do... Move on...

    May 12, 2008 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  14. Marti, Plano, TX

    I am going to vote for the Democratic Party's nominee in November, regardless of whether it is Clinton or Obama. There is FAR, FAR too much at stake for this country, it's citizens, and it's place in the world, to have another 4 years of a Republican in the White House.

    May 12, 2008 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  15. Jamaal Kansas

    I don't believe You Spin Doctor! Obama 08

    May 12, 2008 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  16. Raz

    Now They like to change rules again hmmmm, now popular vote counts?

    Raz

    May 12, 2008 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  17. T L

    The Obama supporters will say that only delegates count. However, each pledged delegate vote is distributed according to the population. If Hillary Clinton wins the popular vote, that is disasterous for DNC. This is the main reason they try to bring her down. The party itself is screwed up to use "proportional" delegates. If each delegate is based on the population, then why doesn't she have the delegate lead as well? If you use the General Election rule that winner takes all, Hillary Clinton is leading by 200-300. When she has the popular vote lead, the GE electoral vote lead, what does the delegate represent? Neither! Now who steals the election?

    May 12, 2008 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  18. the law of the land

    For the people!
    BY THE PEOPLE!!
    Not Superdelegates!!!!!

    May 12, 2008 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  19. Agnes

    I'm sooooo tired of the Clintons. If they want W. Virginia give them all of the 28 delegates. It won't help them.

    The Clintons are tearing the Democratic party apart for they own interest. If Hillary runs again in 2012 she still won't win. People will not forget. I use to be a Hillary supporter but not anymore. If she steals this nominee with her rules and math, I'm over the Democratic party. I'll go Independent.

    May 12, 2008 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  20. Steve

    WV & Ky;

    Don't fail this nation now!

    Obama 08

    May 12, 2008 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  21. Deborah Ewey

    I love it. Leave it to the dems to self destruct. You're your own worst enemy. You have to stop being so emotional about it. Hillary's going to go down and take the rest of the party with her. There's no way this election will be taken from the Big O. The Clintons must be using the new math. How can you ignore the caucus states and not count the people who came out to vote in those.

    I'm one happy conservative.

    May 12, 2008 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  22. Andre Weisz

    All she wants is power, at no matter what cost.
    Foul play and trying to change the rules and agreements.
    State after state pretending that its people are the most important to try and twist the votes out of them.
    Great at dividing the country, rather than uniting the people.

    Who trusts a president like that, I thought we already had one like that.
    Do we really want a president like that once more?
    Clinton would end up just as unpopular as Bush is.

    Come on folks, the whole world will laugh at us (once again).

    Obama is presidential and will unite the country; he is and will be respected, nationally and internationally, to the better of the U.S.

    Fortunately others than Hillary will apply the rules of the game, and fortunately all people but Hillary can count the way the rules were agreed / to be abided as from day 1 of the primaries.
    This says a lot of what might be expected from Hillary, should she be granted a day 1 in the White House.
    If you can not organize your campaign from day 1, how could you organize the country and its economy from day 1?

    Hillary, you're a bad loser: go to your kitchen sink.
    Instead of profiling yourself as a to be respected president (or loser), you would do a better job there (having the experience).

    Obama '08

    May 12, 2008 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  23. Ronald, L.A., California

    This is absolutely painful. Are there any supporters of Senator Clinton who can reconcile her current position on Michigan and Florida with the fact that, in 2007, she AGREED that those states should be stripped of their delegates for breaking the rules. And she agreed not to campaign. In re: Michigan-Obama did not put his name on the ballot in full support of what they ALL (yes, HRC as well) agreed to. Now, in order to suit the needs of the campaign, the good Senator is suddenly an advocate of the rights of Michigan and Florida voters? Reconcile this if you can. Come on, we're listening. Just because you support her doesn't mean you can ignore this irrefutable truth.

    May 12, 2008 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  24. Michael

    She's behind in popular vote even when you count Michigan and Floridan and then you have give Obama a big goose egg for Michigan. You can't count any caucus states...Is anyone really buying this line?

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

    There IS NO popular vote in the Democratic primary race. As long as there are caucus votes, there is no way to count a popular vote.

    The Clinton team is trying to equate her situation to Gore's in 2000.

    There is just no comparison.

    May 12, 2008 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
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