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. jason

    Clinton cannot win, and she will not win. And this is a good thing. She's finished. She's done. She ran an ugly, bitter campaign, and she's done. I wish someone would just put her out of her bloody misery. She's bad for this country.

    May 12, 2008 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  2. Gayle, CA

    Why do we have a "Media" or rather a constitutional amendment protecting the media, if all you all do, is present words others say without any attempt at verification?

    Any time Sen. Clinton's team talks about the popular vote, it should be made clear that they intend to count votes from MI for Hillary and none for Barack. This is ludicrous.

    The United States of America does not need any enemies. We will be brought to our knees by ourselves if we continue to worship ignorance.

    Facts are indeed Important.

    May 12, 2008 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  3. Charles, QC

    He is a lunatic that's just keep telling peoples false facts. Clinton should quit and let Obama in so he can save North America from a 3rd bush term.

    May 12, 2008 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  4. Tom Hadley

    The ultimate Clinton hack, Terry McAuliffe. Is that all that's left ?

    May 12, 2008 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  5. carol

    Tired of all these stuff!

    May 12, 2008 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  6. Change machine

    Hillary wants to change rules whenever changing suits her.

    She has shown her true color during the primary. One good thing about the prolonged primary is that we got to know what the two Clintons are really like.

    It is hard to believe that some people still fall for Clinton's charade. But, it is the reality out there. Some people resist any change. For many, changing is a danger to their existence. However, the U.S. has enough people who believe that it's time that we changed for the better. Let us move on!

    May 12, 2008 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  7. Lisa in Georgia

    Hello all, spin spin spin is all I can say, if Hillary thinks she can still the nomination,, she is sooooooooo focused on the white vote.. she better be worried about the black vote.... she will not get them with the racist comments she has made.... we will make sure she loses to Mc Cain in the fall!!!!!!!!

    May 12, 2008 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  8. conservative

    all this doesnt matter, mccain will win in the general election

    May 12, 2008 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  9. democrats Unite

    It's over Hillary. Please unite the party. We respect you, but please see the reality. If we dont unite, we will all face 4 more years of BUSH. Do we want that ? decide for yourself

    May 12, 2008 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  10. Bob, Florida - RFO

    McAuliffe is such a used car salesman! He rants and raves but fails to acknowledge that Barack has a lead using the same rules that Hillary Clinton agreed to last year.

    So far the best turnout for a state has been approximately 42% of the eligible voters. "She's a fight" but I want a thinker!

    Go Barack '08/12

    May 12, 2008 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  11. Mark

    Hi Vera Shabazz:
    I understand you are a Obama supporter and you can be fervent about it. But, the chance that Obama got to be a major candidate and most probably a democrate nominee, and most probably the US president in the near future, is because of the greatness of this nation and the greatness of the people, who are Caucasians, African Americans, Asians, Indians, Hispanics, and from many other ethnicities. So, don't bash on any specific ethnic group in general out of your frustration. No one can win this election if there is no general consensus amongs people from all ethnic groups.

    America is great because the people are great.

    May 12, 2008 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  12. Isaac

    Sileshi – what in the world are you talking about?? Smear much for no reason?? Obama supporters need to get a grip. If it's over then why don't you move on and start attacking McCain?? I know it's hard to do but why don't you give it a shot!!

    May 12, 2008 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  13. Lynn/West Hills, CA

    This is a great day for Democracy,
    Hillary you are a hero, Hell hath no fury!

    Hillary 08

    May 12, 2008 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  14. Glenn

    The fat lady is singing "Obama 08 and 12" to the fat lady from New York that "the party's overrrrrrrrrrrrr!"

    May 12, 2008 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  15. Chuck

    Gore was to far left and lost, Kerry was to far left and lost, Obama is to far left and ?. I think we know the answer to this. Later Dems.

    May 12, 2008 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  16. Clear Thinking Independent

    With all due respect to Puerto Rico, this is "Lawyerly-like spin" for Hillary & Team and it makes me ill.

    Us blue-collar, hardworking, white americans that fly flags from our porches on Memorial Day tend not to like that stuff.

    Don't you get it Terry? Honor & Honesty do count for something.

    May 12, 2008 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  17. I can count!

    We all know that the Clinton campaign cannot count... How can she say she will be ready on day one when she cannot hold together her own campaign... come on ...she did not have a back up plan.. plan A failed and plan B ...oh what plan B?..

    May 12, 2008 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  18. Peachy Keen

    Gees Kirk, the math is in HER favor??? You must have gone to school in Kentucky.

    May 12, 2008 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  19. CONGO MAN

    Ego uber alles.

    Hillary – we do not want four more years of Clintonesque politics in Washington. Listen to the will of the people.

    Return to the Senate and be a forceful leader for change from within during an Obama presidency.

    If you continue on this path toward destruction, the Republicans will certainly take advantage. McCain is ailing, his wife unrelenting in her denial to release tax returns, and the Barr factor only beginning to rear its ugly head.

    You alone are the only remaining impediment to success in the general election.

    May 12, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  20. Paris

    Obama also, has people in his campaign that have been negotiating with Hamas.
    Again Obama shows that he doesn’t have the judgment to lead this country.
    If he is so against Hamas he should have let his campaign know!!!!!!
    For the past two weeks I keep telling all of you in the blog lets find out why Hamas is for Obama? Now we only know the tip of the iceberg.

    At least Hillary doesn’t negotiate with Terrorist.

    May 12, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  21. Bend, OR 4 Obama

    Mr McAuliffe, You left out the State of Oregon, which has a mail-in primary on May 20, 2008. Bill Clinton and Barack Obama were just in Bend this weekend and Obama is returning again so we must hold so sway...don't you think.

    May 12, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  22. Dave

    Just like she regrets how she handled health care and just how she regrets supporting the Iraq invasion, I bet that she now regrets supporting the DNC's decision to not recognize Florida and Michigan, and I bet she regrets listening to Mark Penn until it was too late.

    I kinda like Hillary, but she has habit of making bad decisions and then covering them up with "if I knew then what I know now."

    Sorry, but that's not good enough.

    May 12, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  23. alvaro

    Hillary is the best nominee, everybody talks about white vote, black vote, but how about hispanish. Hispanish loves Hillary , Purto ricans, cubans, mexicans, nicaraguans, colombians americans support hilary! VIVA HILARY

    May 12, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  24. John

    Does any of this really matter. Obama and Clinton are now both damaged goods and neither one will be able to beat McCain in November.

    May 12, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  25. Hillary4President

    If Hillary is not the nominee, I am voting McCain for General Election, at least with McCain I know what I am getting into.

    We Hillary supporters will rain McCain with our vote.

    May 12, 2008 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
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