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. Alex

    Clinton will only have the popular vote if Michigan and Flordia's votes are counted, and Obama wasn't even on the ballot in Michigan.

    Ever see those old zombie movies where theres a guy blasting a zombie with a shotgun and it just keeps lurching forward? Clinton's campaign is that zombie. Dead but still moving forwards.

    May 12, 2008 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  2. Tom(Philadelphia)

    (siiiiiiigggggghhhhhhhhhhh) They just don't get it........
    I love how all these people who want Clinton to win would cut off theirs noses to spite their faces. You really think Obama is worst than McCain? You can all go f yourselves!

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

    Allah will see to it the infidel Clinton will lose. Obama has won the popular vote of the 57 states. Allah AkBAH! Allad AkBAH! Obama and the Nation in 08!

    May 12, 2008 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  4. Heidi in Houston

    Terry McAuliff also said that FOX News is "Fair and Balanced". Who cares what this blow hard has to say.

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

    These people are becoming REALLY irritating. They're worse than used car salesmen. Really, really BAD used car salesmen.

    I think they're all auditioning for spots in info-mercials after the campaign.

    They all want to come on and say, "Hi, I'm the oxy-moron here to introduce you to oxi-clean!" It just makes me want to hit the oxy-contin.

    But, wait, if you purchase one at the regular price {} We'll throw in another one at no extra charge!

    This two-for-one thing wasn't such a good idea before.

    Guthy-Renker '08

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

    Let's see, you knew the rules going in to the game and now since the rules don't work for you, your campaign feels they need to be changed. Doesn't that sound like another President and political party (hint: they are currently in the White House).

    While I think the entire party nomination process is a joke, these are the rules of the game. If you didn't like them, you should have worked to change them before you ran for office.

    And Hillary wonders why people don't trust what she says and does?

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

    Why doesn't anyone challenge them on this point? Rather, the media "concede" (by not challenging these statements) that she'll win the popular vote but that it "won't matter". She WILL NOT win the popular vote, even if she counts Michigan. She doesn't even come close if you allow for a fair counting of Michigan, and she barely comes close (but still loses) if you allow for an unfair counting. She's not winning the popular vote today, and she won't be winning it after June 3.

    May 12, 2008 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  8. Susan, NC via LA

    B-New York, if you won't take the time to look it up yourself, then you really don't care. So why do you bring it up?

    May 12, 2008 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  9. The O

    B – NEW YORK!!! What has hillary done??? well we know she had sex with bill well atleast once but what else has she done?????? can you name one thing that she has done by her self with out riding on her husbans coattail.... I have not seen any think, and being first lasy does not count for anything. other wise that means laura bush should be the incumbant!!!!!!

    BARACK THE VOTE!!!!!!!

    May 12, 2008 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  10. Troy Barnard

    I think its funny how this article leaves out any mention of Oregon. As if Kentucky is the only state voting on May 20th. We'll have our say, and I'd like to think Oregon will be the final nail the the Clinton coffin.

    May 12, 2008 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  11. Kelly

    If you have ever had any form of challenges in your life, if you have had to work hard for anything or anyone in your life you will understand what it means not quit and fight to the very end. I totally agree that Senator Clinton should continue her campaign until a nominee is selected. What kind of message are you sending to your children? If they are behind in school they must quit working hard? The message that Senator Clinton is sending to all American is great and she is running a good campaign and all of you whether Obama or Pro Clinton should respect this. If you cannot understand now you will understand later. Everything that she does will go down in history and your sons and daughters, children and grand children, aunts and uncle will read about it someday.
    Go Hillary, Fight the brave fight, America and the whole international community is with you. This race is not about winning or losing, it’s not about Senator Obama or Senator Clinton, it is all about the American people.

    May 12, 2008 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  12. CHUCK


    May 12, 2008 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  13. John

    Those who take things for granted:Listen "those who laugh last ,lough best" Tomorrow intertwined with the debacle that is going on in the two camps,the truth shall deliver the abused innocent contender.The march continues,all the way to the end.Hillary has a tough chin,to have taken all these punches,and still be standing and not punch drunk!!! Stop messing with this genius Lady.While Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher(Britain) was a Iron Lady ; Hillary gets a A+ for both qualities, A Genius,Iron Lady. Hillary has the know how and all qualities of being fit for the job of the White House.This is True.

    May 12, 2008 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  14. mitchell from arkansaw

    nevermind,i'll go to the huffington post.they'll post my comments.

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

    OBAMA will be the next President of the United States of America. Not Blue or Red America. Not Female or Male America. Not Black or White America. In Jesus Name. AMEN!!!!

    May 12, 2008 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  16. Dave in Tampa for Obama

    Mr McAuliffe, you were DNC chair and presided over two LOSING election season – 2002 and 2004. Do all good Democrats a favor and crawl back into the black hole that people like yourself, Harold Ickes and Mark Penn oozed out of!


    May 12, 2008 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  17. Mia and Mike

    Wait, how can the popular vote be justly counted in states that held caucuses? From what I've read, it would have to be a guestimate, and some caucus states don't even have that. We like Hillary and wish her the best but would be quite happy with Obama too and agree that there should be no back room deals to overturn the rules. I think the Clinton campaign is flirting with trouble by trying to make a case for this since there is no true way to calculate all votes in a primary election. Any thoughts anyone??

    May 12, 2008 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  18. is it necessary

    go clinton please go your time is over

    May 12, 2008 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  19. Good Grief

    Okay, Terry. Her dignity is now intact with a WV win. Obama still wins the nom by every metric. It's time to move on to the general and end the farce that has been BushCo.

    May 12, 2008 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |

    Ok, not only are they not mathematicians but they are now drinking on the job.

    May 12, 2008 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  21. QG

    Yeah and then.....
    – The sky will be green
    – Bush will have a high approval rating
    – Bill will stop cheating
    – Cows will produce chocolate mile
    – Pigs will fly

    May 12, 2008 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  22. judyc

    To Wiser Now

    I'm sure Sen. Clinton would not want you to vote for McCain. She is in

    the race so that she can beat him–I'm sure she would not want her

    supporters to then elect him.

    May 12, 2008 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  23. Mikey

    yes she will win the popular vote, which is why she should win
    by the way
    in 2012- Dave Mustaine will run for president
    and i hope he will win
    Dave mustaine for president

    May 12, 2008 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  24. JJ in NY

    What is it that these snake oil salesmen don't get?


    May 12, 2008 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  25. Hill-arious

    Wow. Soon the Hillfans will be left with metrics like: Hillary leads the popular vote among those who are left-handed – or, Hillary leads among those who love cats.

    Closing don't have to go home, but you can't stay here.

    Go Obama.

    May 12, 2008 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
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