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. Jeff the republican

    As a conservative republican, this is awesome. Go ahead and devour each other. Couldn't happen to a nicer group of people. Where's all the love you had for the Clinton's back in the 90s? Wasn't she "one of the smartest women in WORLD? What you Obama fans are basically saying is that we conservatives were right all along in the 90's @ the Clintons. Thanks for justifying what we said all along. Better late to the table than never.

    Your affirmative action and political correctness (both for women and minorities) is eating you alive in the election. I love it when you resort to name calling because that means you have given up on the debate itself.

    This is amazing entertainment.

    May 12, 2008 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  2. Realist

    So? If a presidential nominee wins those states by 100% in the general election, there are still a fixed and smaller number of electoral college votes. It boils down to the fact that WV and Kentucky are not representative of the Will of the American people and just don't matter. And that's a fact!

    May 12, 2008 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  3. Carlabad

    it's time to unite, say what you want but it is over for Sen.Clinton. She started out so far a head she never thought it would come to this. It's ok Hillary it on the Obama train and lets take the white house.

    May 12, 2008 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  4. Forget it....

    What a jerk...I guess all of those democrats are voting for you think Obama might get one or two votes...and how can he count Michigan when Obama was not even on the ballot. That shows you the intelligence of that group...\

    Go Obama....

    May 12, 2008 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  5. nannakwesi

    Hillary says she can win hard working white voters.....does she think the black voters will alway vote democrats?....hmm think again, she is in for a suprise!!!1

    May 12, 2008 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  6. doodle

    This is SOOOOOO bad for our party. Hillary, don't rain on our parade!

    May 12, 2008 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  7. daniel


    May 12, 2008 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  8. Typical White Person - Tampa Bay, FL

    Go Hillary!... operation chaos.

    May 12, 2008 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  9. Tina


    I care about WV & KT...I care about MI & should Obama...but according to his campaign they can win without us....fine with me, I can just give my measly vote to McCain. I'm not alone....

    May 12, 2008 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  10. james

    Just because Hillary won the large states in the primary doesn't mean she will win them in the general.
    By the same token, it doesn't mean that Obama won't.

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

    The complexion of this race is changing again with Liberitarian/Republican Conservative Bob Barr entering today. Hillary should stay in for the nomination. Democratic Superdelegates should be preparing to endorse her and re-endorse her. The Republican Party is re-architecting their election strategies right now. What about the Democrats? As of today, this is a new game. Hillary is the most qualified to beat these old-school Republicans and Neocons. "Experience" means she's wise to them, not "one of them."

    May 12, 2008 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  12. Dr. Bee

    Hillary needs to wake up and smell the coffee. It is over. Bye, Bye. Go back to Arkansas. I don't think she will even be elected by New York again if she does more damage to the Democrat party. Take Bill and Chelsea and slither out of town.

    May 12, 2008 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  13. mitchell from arkansaw

    my comment has been on here for an hour .are any of your moderators working,anymore?

    May 12, 2008 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  14. NoFear, WA

    I thought the Clinton Campaign ALREADY said they've won the popular vote ... so why is it that they now have to predict they WILL win it ??

    May 12, 2008 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  15. JDG

    The real question is what has Obama or Clinton done for this country. One is a perpetual lier and the other is nothing more than a empty suit whose pockets are lined with racism.

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

    You guys still think you have a chance? ROTFL

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

    Billary is just staying in it for the tax write off !!
    She knows it's over ! Like DUH ! Wake up people !

    May 12, 2008 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  18. no name

    I will vote for Hillary if i have to write her in.
    This man can not run a country just like the blacks can not keep peace in their own neighborhoods

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

    I for one would love to see Obama win in all categories, so that there will be no doubt. With Hillary winning big in WV and KT on shows the racial and gender divide of this nation. Timing is everything when it comes to politics.

    May 12, 2008 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  20. cj-delhi ny

    Everyone talks about how strong Hillary is, but i see her as weak. I also think that she should ditch Chelsea, she is always by her side.

    May 12, 2008 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  21. Scott

    Welcome to the land of "make believe" and "fairy tales"....perhaps in this land Hillary really did dodge sniper fire as she singlehandedly delivered Bosnia from the bad guys and became SuperForeignPolicy Spingirl!! (dramatic music). This is really beyond sad....trying to keep spinning things to make Billary relavent. So she wins W. Virginia (is that a territory or province??) and gets 18 or so delegates.....oooooo, I'm sooo impressed. You Clintonites really are out of you minds. Well keep drumming up that "hard working", uneducated simpleton vote, while we "elitests" with common sense change the country for the better. Wake up people.

    May 12, 2008 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  22. Marc Gendron

    Fight Hillary fight!!!!

    The American press has tried to crucify you (nbc,msnbc and cnn)... you are much more electable and the NObama machine has orchestrated removing your super delegates one by one. Hillary should be the nominee or I will be a Hillary Democrat for McCain.

    I cannot support a fake, liar like Obama.

    Go Hillary or GO Mac.

    May 12, 2008 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  23. Quit Crying Obama-Votes Should Count!

    I think its funny that the Obamabots who are supporting a guy who claims to be someone who crosses the aisle and votes with Republicans are now telling Hillary's supporters they should vote for the Democratic nominee-Well, last I checked its a Free Country and we will "standup for change" by choosing to be "Bipartisan".

    From what I can tell Obama will lose 14,700,000 votes for the Democratic party this Fall.

    Good Luck Obama and your robots, you all divided the Democratic Party with you arrogance and disrespect and now you are trying to blame Hillary Clinton. Give me a break, you divided it when you decided to run for President (I would have voted for you in 8 years once you gained some experience)-why would you do that knowing she was a formidable candidate? Arrogance and Ego! Sorry Obamabots but your guy's ego is just as big as Hillary's and so is his ambition. So come off your high horses and quit trying to act like your guy is better than "Typical" Washington-Because he isn't,he is just as bad if not worse! To top it off he doesn't even have any solutions, how and what EXACTLY is he going to change? Where are his solutions? What has he changed while in Washington so far? Why don't you spend some time looking that up instead of spending all your time being hateful and disrepectful on this site. That's the reason we will not get in line behind the Obama Bandwagon, for the majority of us it has nothing to do with race but all to do with his lack of solutions.

    May 12, 2008 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  24. JB Cal

    I'm so sick and tired of Hillary supporters threatening Obama supporters with the same old tired threat of voting for McCain if (when) Hillary loses. Just shut up and do it. But be prepared for the consequences of another 4 years of Bush politices. Man, you guys are really living up to her description of her supporters.

    May 12, 2008 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  25. ugmo

    This guy lies and changes the rules out of both sides of his big MOTOR MOUTH.
    Candidate that the American people and delegates support to be in office.

    Hillary this race is not about race !!!

    May 12, 2008 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
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