May 13th, 2008
06:00 AM ET
13 years ago

McAuliffe says Clinton staying in, will win popular vote

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="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. king from toronto

    2 words!!! it's over!! deal with it!!

    May 12, 2008 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  2. MD

    In this country, the popular vote does nt matter. The nominee is chosen by DELEGATES. Someone, please, give a lesson to the Clinton campaign.

    Using the arguement of winning the popular vote reminds me of Gore winning the popular vote, and losing the electoral college.

    Hillary is desparate.

    May 12, 2008 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  3. Virginy go HillBillery

    This is foolish. Obama cannot win the general in Nov. Do your research – not sound bite surfing. Every legitimate statistic regarding this race shows Senator Clinton the only one to beat McCain and secure the majority of States. If you do not want 4 more yrs. of a Republican presidency, than use your head and vote for Senator Clinton. She is clearly the most qualified individual – What would you call Hillery if she had a wooden leg? Poop on a stick! Psyche! /white/purple – that our party has seen in generations. Senator Obama is not ready – putting him up as the nominee now is throwing away our opportunity in Nov.

    May 12, 2008 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  4. Jorge

    How can Obama possibly unite the country when all of his anti-Hillary supporters are a bunch of hypocrites, including CNN. I will not vote for Obama in the general election. The so-called superdelegates need wake up and realize that Obama will not win in November.

    Keep on fighting Hillary!

    May 12, 2008 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  5. HTA, Chicago, IL

    Is Terry counting the Michigan votes? I would like clarification. Obama wasn't on that ballot. It wasn't a fair contest. Also, don't forget the caucus states that carried Obama.

    Also, speaking as a citizen from Illinois, Obama helped sponsor a number of bills and voted on many more. If you want "two things", please turn to his record.

    Obama '08

    May 12, 2008 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  6. maggie of WV

    To OBAMA 4 President;

    Check the grammar in your first sentence and then tell me who the "thick" one is. Some of you don't really have the mental capacity to choose the proper candidate for president! Everyone should be required to take a test before they are allowed to vote.

    May 12, 2008 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  7. tj

    Hillary, we are with you.

    May 12, 2008 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  8. Larry~

    Terry is a fool....he and she belong together.

    What about the total number of folks who came out to cauc's...they don't want to count those yet they want to count MI where he was not even on the ballot.

    Now that most believe the race is already over the number of voters in WV, KY & PR will decrease whereas OR, SD & MT will incrwase sine they support Barack.

    She won't catch up on popular just like she cant win supers or pledged deleagtes.

    It's over, she's toast, give it up already...quit being delusional!!!!

    May 12, 2008 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  9. Mary Johnson

    Vote Mccain 08

    May 12, 2008 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  10. Jeff Taylor

    I feel sorry for the guy.

    May 12, 2008 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  11. What diffference

    What difference does it make anyway? McCain will win in November regardless of which democratic candidate is nominated.

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

    Someone please tell these idiots ( IT'S THE DELEGATES STUPID )

    Period END OF STORY.

    May 12, 2008 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  13. Rob

    3 Clinton headlines on CNN's main page. Try all you want CNN, your girl is done. It's too bad all I use your site for now is to show people how ridiculously out of touch you are, just like Fox News. But that's probably a compliment to you guys. I've seen better political reporting from a drunken bum who lives on the streets in DC.

    May 12, 2008 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  14. Tejano

    I bet on a horse one time because my friend said " The only way this horse will lose if he breaks a leg." He lost, He broke his leg on the turn and I lost my bet.

    So don't bet your house that Obama will win the Nomination. We have several weeks before Denver and the Convention is not a sure thing. That is how JFK won the nomination. So history may repeat itself. Anything can happen between now and the convention.

    Hillary or McCain no one else will do.

    May 12, 2008 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  15. Kayce

    It's unfortunate that McAuliffe is using some type of hallucinogenic drug...There is no way that Clinton is going to succeed. It was interesting to notice that he didn't count the popular vote of the states that Obama will win in the next few weeks...

    May 12, 2008 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  16. JFH

    The last time I looked, it takes 2025 delegates to Nominate. Niether Democratic candidate has that many, and may not prior to Denver.

    I hope that Democrats go to Denver and settle it, first, second, third ballot, whatever.

    Democrats need to win and Obama can't get it done.

    May 12, 2008 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  17. JFK

    Its time for the party to have courage and make a decision here and stick by Clinton. Obama will not win a general election against McCain.

    May 12, 2008 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  18. Belle

    A few months ago Obama supporters cared about popular vote. Don't let those superdelegates overturn the will of the people! I guess that isn't true anymore now that Hillary will likely have those numbers by June 3rd. Funny, isn't it?

    May 12, 2008 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  19. H


    HILLARY 08!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 12, 2008 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  20. M.S. Indiana

    B – New York, He have done about the same as HC... so what is your point ??

    popular vote... did she not use to say only the delegates count, then the super delegates, and then it was the delegates can overturn their vote and vote for her... Now it is the popular vote that count.... is she running on the same rules as Obama and the others ?? or just making them up all along ??

    May 12, 2008 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  21. Frank

    Hillary´s team is destroying the democratic tradition of the democratic party. It is time for the elders and leaders of the party to come out and stop this unnecessary bleeding.

    May 12, 2008 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  22. Ken

    Oh Lord, they're going to play the "Al Gore 2000" card.

    May 12, 2008 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  23. a white middle-aged woman for anyone but Clinton

    As usual, the Clinton campaign is obsessed with whatever statistic they can pull out of a hat and wave around to justify their destructive, selfish, Machiavellian behaviour. This is fooling fewer and fewer "uneducated" voters.

    The historic fact about West Virginia reveals the other campaign weakness: still looking to the past instead of the future - this tendency will prove her undoing.

    Maybe if she had been real, authentic, and honestly herself from the beginning, she might be in a different place at this point in the race. But she can't help herself.

    May 12, 2008 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  24. John

    NIAFL.Yes it is a Groundhog day.Tell me if you know when the Groundhog day was wrongly pridicted.You can flip it slap it roll it slice it,and ofcourse damp it.This dog does not bite.Tothless and Spineless-metaphorically for sure.-I mean the dog!!!

    May 12, 2008 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  25. Spirit of America

    Quiters never win, and winners never quit. Soar on, Hillary.

    May 12, 2008 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
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