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. Mikey

    This guy is just as delusional as Hillary Clinton. He isn't very credible either, what a joke.

    May 12, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  2. Ardnuas

    McAuliffe is the BEST reason to vote for Obama......These "types" of people are always on the Clinton team.....ALWAYS....ALWAYS
    Obama/Hagel ( I want Chuck Hagel to be VP)

    May 12, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  3. fred

    you know this guy is crazy he is counting mich. and flo. and i live in mich. and i know are votes dont count. i just wish she would get out.

    May 12, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  4. Mary K

    Maybe the Clinton's new argument is that they can beat Obama in States that *no* Democrat could possibly hope to win against McCain. Totally crazy.

    May 12, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  5. joe

    are you guys sick or something?

    May 12, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  6. Adam, Los Angeles

    Why are you always changing the rules? Plus, I highly doubt your math includes all the people who showed up to caucus.

    Stop the fight and unite.

    Democrat 08

    May 12, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  7. oneway

    WOW, I'm kinda feeling sorry for here know, hope she wakes up before she wrecks her ship.

    May 12, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  8. Mary K

    Maybe Clinton's new strategy is to win the States that no Democrat can possibly beat McCain in. Totally crazy! But what else is new with her?

    May 12, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  9. Sharon from Dallas

    Someone needs to tell Hillary it is time to get out of the race. Why even spend the money to go on. Her campaign is already millions of dollars in debt. There is no way she can catch up with Obama unless the superdelgates steal the nomination away from Obama, and I doubt very seriously they will do that. Hillary is a spoiled brat who cannot except the fact that she is not going to be the nominee.
    The democrats are wimps they need to tell her it is over. If the shoe was on the other foot Obama would be asked to step aside.
    Hillary is praying for a miracle.

    May 12, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  10. Tony83702

    So what? This race is over.

    May 12, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  11. John Smith

    Some one, please encourage Hillary to run as an Independent candidate. This will be a blessing for the Democrats. It will be great for the Clintons to be removed far away from the democratic party, given the damage they have and continue to do.

    Why is it that the Clintons always destroy whatever "good work" that they do?

    To date, Edwards is highy respected because he knows when to quit in the interest of his party. Hillary should have quit a long time before now. The Republicans quit a long time ago!!!

    May 12, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  12. mya, Obama

    Even if she were to win it, who's counting the popular vote?? Let's all just change the rules, why don't we?!!!

    May 12, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  13. hmmmmm.....sounds fishy

    so

    May 12, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  14. NO-BAMA

    REMEMBER 2000' ???

    You DON'T elect someone who got LESS votes.

    Stop calling for the race to end; you'll be sorry in June.

    OREGON
    4
    CLINTON

    May 12, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  15. Garry

    I totally agree. We need a hard working president who will bring us out of our debt and repair our country.
    GO HILLARY!

    May 12, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  16. John

    McAuliffe is only trying to bilk more money out of Hillary...she should send him packing

    May 12, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  17. Ex-Hillary supporter

    The numbers show that she has lost the contest. The longer she lingers the more harm she will do to the Democratic party and the Clinton legacy. My respect for her has fallen to zero.

    May 12, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  18. Smart

    Please yourself; the metric remains delegates. You can decide to change the rule as many times as you wish.

    May 12, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  19. bdc

    Even if that's true, its lovely thought, but this is a DELEGATE RACE. Most delegates wins, the end.

    You can't cross the finish 2nd in a marathon but claim you should get the gold because you had better form or took more steps or have nicer shoes.

    Stop redefining "winner"

    May 12, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  20. jay

    I just don' t see it. I'm not that great in Math but I can count. There's no way she will win the popular vote. He's giving her WV, KY and she's not going to win by a very lage number in Puerto Rico if she wins at all.

    May 12, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  21. Lilly

    I would never ever vote for Hillary in a million years.

    Her family has no morals. All she does is lie to the american people.

    I can not support anyone who only thinks of themselves.

    May 12, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  22. Tobias

    Yes, she will and she will make her case that she is a better candidate against McCain and she will win the nomination.

    May 12, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  23. GloriafromPA

    How do you win something that is not a part of a competition? This is a delegate race and she has lost the delegate race by all accounts. Maybe they can make her a plaque to take home that says, "I lost the nomination, but I won the popular vote". But she will lose the popular vote, because, well, she is unpopular and more so with every additional day she makes believe she has a chance.

    May 12, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  24. E. C., Houston, Texas

    STAY IN! Don't stop the campaign because of detractors who want you to quit! Obama is not the candidate that he claims; he is weak and indecisive. Obama has no clue about real government or how to run a country. What did Obama accomplish after being elected to a Senate Seat? He "strolled through the Senate, had a cup of coffee, and now he's running for President." That's about it, folks!

    May 12, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  25. JJ

    Why is it okay for Hillary to get cheated out of Florida & Michigan. Obama would be done by now and Hillary would be the winner. I wonder what conspiracy this is part of? I am turning Republican (4-ever) if Hillary is NOT the nominee!

    May 12, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
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