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. ITS NOT 3AM, PLEASE WAKE UP!

    TERRY JUSTS WANTS TO BE PAID, AND THE ONLY WAY IS IF SHE HANGS IN AND GETS MORE DONATIONS TO CLEAR UP HER DEBT AND MAKE PAYROLL.

    HEARD HOWARD WOLFSON IS LOOKING FOR BOOK DEALS. THAT SAYS MUCH. TERYY CAN TRY AMERICAN IDOL...NEVER TOO LATE!

    May 12, 2008 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  2. noemi in los angeles

    Scenario:

    If Clinton Wins West Virginia and Kentucky by 60% and wins the next remaining primaries by: 53% in Oregon, 58% in Montana, 61% in Puerto Rico, and 66% in South Dakota..................

    She will STILL need 202 Super Delegates to get to 2,025!!

    With this same scenario, Obama would only need 66 more delegates to beat Clinton.

    I think we know the math is in Obama's favor.

    Democrats Unite!

    May 12, 2008 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  3. Mark

    B...tell me again what Hillary has done...signed treaties, dodged bullets?

    She's a carpet bagger who wondered into NY where she dove into a state of ultra liberals who loved slick Willie and his scented cigars!

    May 12, 2008 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  4. Steve

    Ignorent/uneducated voters need to wake up and elect the winning candidate!

    Barack Obama 08!

    May 12, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  5. Peachy Keen

    Honest to goodness, this guy is living in a dreamworld. And he is wearing one of the worst rugs on his head that I have seen.

    May 12, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  6. PA for Obama

    The Clinton people remind me of Linus in the pumpkin patch, waiting for the Great Pumpkin to arrive. Guess what? It ain't happening, and neither is the nomination for Madame Clinton. What Sen. Obama has accomplished is nothing of astounding. Too bad some people are sour grapes about it.

    Besides, would you want someone who couldn't manage their campaign coffers running the economy? No thanks. If that's what experience gets you, I'll stick with Obama.

    Barack the Vote '08!

    May 12, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  7. ztormtra

    Vote Hillary or McCain, but, never Obama.

    May 12, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  8. Mary

    Like the song says,

    "It really doesn't matter"

    Hillary would have to win 15 W.V. .............. when there was a race Obama won something like 11 in a row. Here we have Hillary & company making it sound like 1 win is supposed to now magically change everything.

    GIVE ME A BREAK!!!

    May 12, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  9. Chris-Atlanta

    ALL YOU CLINTON SUPPORTERS THAT CLAIM YOU WILL VOTE FOR MCCAIN IF OBAMA IS THE NOMINEE ARE COMPLETE FOOLS!!!

    YOUR VOTE WILL KILL ROE V. WADE, YOUR VOTE WILL LEAD US TO A COUNTRY RULED BY FEAR MONGERS AND WAR MONGERS!

    May 12, 2008 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  10. Steve

    Ignorant/uneducated voters need to wake up and elect the winning candidate!

    Barack Obama 08!

    May 12, 2008 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  11. syqueen

    The problem with Clinton Campaign is we have too many people talking in her name and making projections hypothetical projections.
    Can she talk and everybody lined up behind her.
    Is that the kind of leadership she was going to bring as a president.
    She go to the left, Bill go to the right...etc.
    Who is the commander in chief?

    May 12, 2008 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  12. dumb

    you people that won't vote for obama... are just voting for another disaster to happen... YOUR LOSS!

    May 12, 2008 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  13. ztormtra

    This is Not a football game.

    May 12, 2008 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  14. hmm

    she is still running? it is her right but what if it is another sqeezer? also is she not running on the race card? and is she not insulting West Virginians by pretty much saying I know you will vote for me because I am white ? well whatever ...desperate times...funny afte rall that junk they threw at Obama he is till standing and she is barely...that is what amazes me...history has already been done by him going this far...nobody can take that away from American history...you are Americans are amazing such a land of contradictions!

    May 12, 2008 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  15. Don

    All this Obamanista talk about the superdelegates giving it to Clinton is a farce. The SD will have to give it to either Obama or Clinton because neither will have the pledged delegates necessary. So which one can beat McCain should be the issue. If the DNC gives it to Obama, then McCain wins. The DNC will deserve to lose the White House and the Congress because they stupidly allowed New Hampshire and Iowa to extort them to disenfranchise voters in Florida and Mich. If those two states counted as they should, Clinton would have this wrapped up. Also, they DNC stupidly allowed the first "official" primaries or caucuses to be in Iowa, NH, Nevada and South Carolina, all states that lean to red in general elections. The small pockets of Dems in those states are lefty-lefts, so they went for Obama, a person who will get trounced by McCain. Clinton polls better than Obama in large populous states that are needed to win in November.

    May 12, 2008 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  16. Brian

    To all you Clinton supporters who think her actions over the last few weeks are proof that she is a good leader think about this:

    a leader once played up his BS commonalities with the working man
    – sound familiar?
    he played on the fears of Americans
    he told lies to get what he wanted -sound familiar?
    and he still won't quit his mistake even though winning is nearly impossible
    These are NOT the qualities of a good leader.

    May 12, 2008 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  17. Tom

    I'm loving this!

    I don't want Obama or Chelsea's Momma! Go McCain!

    And I KNOW CNN won't publish this!! LOL

    May 12, 2008 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  18. Tyrone Gray

    I for one would never vote for Obama and I am in the process of moving to Penn. In that now swing state if Obama is th nominee, I will campaign for McCain and help his people pull an upset there. If Obama loses Penn., he's finished. No Democrate can win the white house without carrying Penn. I will not help him get in. Hillary will run again in 2012 and I'll pull for her all over again. That's a promise!

    May 12, 2008 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  19. noemi in los angeles

    Soy Latina y yo vote por Obama.

    Viva Obama!

    Si se Puede.

    May 12, 2008 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  20. anthony

    If Hillary wins the popular vote and she has won the big states where it counts and the democratic party does not give her the nomination, why not make a run as an independent?

    May 12, 2008 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  21. SDunn

    B – New York actually if you did some actual research on Obama instead of feeding into Hillary's lies then you will find out how much he really did accomplish, but there's no sense in even having an intelligent conversation with you since you're so brain washed by Hillary's lies that you can't see the truth if it slapped you in the face! Obama is an advocate for Veterans in the senate and has sponsored and cosponsored many bills that has to deal with Veterans benefits. He's an advocate for alternative energy as well. The energy bill that he voted for actually increased taxes on oil companies and increased funding for alternative energy and yes your candidate did not support the bill only because a republican was sponsoring it. Hillary feeds you lies and yet you believe every lie she tells you. At least I researched both candidates unlike yourself. Also please please vote for McCain in November, you're such a whiner.

    May 12, 2008 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  22. Joe

    So it seems that her entire campaign is under this dillusion.... It's beyond denial at this stage

    May 12, 2008 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  23. Jack

    You know what's funny? Obama supporters who say that Clinton has no chance of winning, and that her supporters are pathetic. Don't you all need our support if he should happen to win the nomination? It seems like Obama supporters are working really hard to alienate and insult Clinton supporters.

    May 12, 2008 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  24. john

    vera, how could you say the media is biased towards the clintons. in case you haven't been reading the new york times, the media is biased towards the "non-caucasian." that may be a foreign idea to you, given that you spend our time on the internet bashing caucasians and then call them cowards. let me take a guess and say that you are not caucasian

    May 12, 2008 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  25. gubby Rao

    Internets and blogs are properties of Obama. So, you have all admire(s) for him. We poor working Americans no time or no knowledge of computer have no chance to express our feelings for Hillary. Let the Democrats favored Obama win nomination with the cost of REAL AMERICANS who have no time to fool arround but to work and work and work for this so called elite and rich.

    Let us wait until November, we show our strength-Vote McCaine 2008.

    May 12, 2008 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
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