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. Ratgurl

    This guy is King of Denial, to Hillary's Queen!

    May 12, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  2. Hillary ROCKS

    I have been to that site, Debbie. it really is a good site for people to voice their opinion on hillary!
    HILLARY '08

    May 12, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  3. Sam Taveras

    She won't win the popular vote. And who cares about Puerto Rico... they can't even vote in the election. Typical Clinton strategy... all of the states she wins matter, the ones she doesn't don't mean anything.

    May 12, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  4. M.C.

    Go Hillary!!! All the way to Denver and the nomination. Millions of people want you and ONLY you!!!

    May 12, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  5. GP

    Correct me if I am wrong but wasnt Billary the one who said that only the biggest states matter and small ones like W Virginia dont.

    May 12, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  6. Bitter Allen Hissein from Visalia

    Unlike Bill, it looks like Terry McAuliffe *did* inhale.

    May 12, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  7. Disgusted with Democrats letting this continue

    This guy is a snake.

    Do you know what's funny, in the Clinton plan, Obama get 0 votes from Michigan...

    These are the same people screaming that "We shouldn't disenfranchise voters in Michigan", but want to make it seem like he didn't get any votes from Michigan.

    CNN, do your job! My gosh... this is a joke. What kind of reporting do you do. Geez.

    Tell the people who are too lazy to do the research how McAuliffe is coming up with his claim.

    May 12, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  8. Terrence (Winston Salem,NC)

    Does this campaign EVER get tired of reinventing the rules?

    May 12, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  9. GCG - Austin, TX

    You don't win by the "popular vote" if you count in all the Caucus states. Oh, you don't consider those "real" contests, so of course you wouldn't count those.


    May 12, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  10. Jesse

    Whatever. Hillary is now officially working against democratic party interests and serving only her personal interests and career goals. That is the woman many of you are voting for. She is the type that would sink her own ship and everybody on it if she can't get what she wants. I used to think more of her.

    May 12, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  11. Tech Recruiter

    I just hope that W. Virginia and Kentucky put an end to the divisive politics Hillary has created and vote for change- Obama!

    Obama 08

    May 12, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  12. DCL

    He has been using his public exposure as of late to sell his recently published book. He is well aware that he will be unemployed just like all of the bitter, small town people that won't vote for Obama. Thank God we won't have to hear his b.s. soon.

    May 12, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  13. Debbie

    I posted something on it once and i got positive feedback, because it was so inspirational.

    May 12, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  14. Ryan

    This guy is in major denial along with Hillary. There is no way she catches up in popular vote. She's too far behind... even counting Michigan and Florida.

    May 12, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  15. Dee Okla.

    Go a head Hillary fight till the end but when you lose and you will; you better fight like hell to get the party united.

    You know what will happen to us (women) if Mcsane is in office and get to appoint judges; you remember that while you fight on.


    May 12, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  16. Susan

    Keep dreaming HRC. Now you're talking like West Virginia should decide who is the nominee, just because you're leading by big margins? Every vote counts, yes, but who says WV votes count more than anyone else's?

    May 12, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  17. Jeff

    The Clinton campaign is so "OUT OF TOUCH".

    May 12, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  18. Chicago Architect

    This guy is really smart. Its amazing how the Clinton camp can shift the parameters of this election to fit their aspirations. Last I checked, it is the number of delegates that win this contest, and not the popular vote. If popular vote was the basis for elections, we should have had a different president back in 2000-04.

    It just goes to show that the Clinton camp will do anything (2025 to 2209, etc.) to get back in the office. They should stop portraying themselves as people who are after what's best for the party and the country. Its getting more and more obvious by the day that all they care about is to get back in the WH.

    After Obama wins by popular vote, what's the next basis of winning, most money loaned to your own campaign?

    May 12, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  19. GUY

    Umm, not to be mean, but there seems to be a little bit of denial going on in the Clinton Camp... I think it would be wise to realize the truth and gracefully step aside. Supporters may be shouting, "Keep going!" but, it's not going to change things.

    May 12, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  20. Gaby

    and then againg he is forgetting that Obama is heavily favored in Oregon,Montana and South Dakota. I don't see McAuliffe or Hillary are going to help Obama ! They are destroying the party. So sad!

    May 12, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  21. Sue in Florida

    Wonderful, stay the course. Ignore those telling you to drop out, they
    are letting the repugs weigh in here as they fear facing Hillary more
    than Obama.

    Go the stretch Hillary, you've dealt with negativity and the media trying
    to control you thus far, you can handle it the rest of the way. You are our only hope to beat McCain, some are not facing the truth of that.


    May 12, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  22. Shameful

    Permutation for win number 87. She's out of money and ideas.

    May 12, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  23. Motov8n

    That might be true, but we're tired of you. Why don't you open your eyes. I at one time we wanted a joint ticket, but now This whole campaign is out of touch. almost crazy. Get OUT hillary while you have at least a slim chance at something!!

    May 12, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  24. OBAMA 4 President

    Well Guess what Terry, popular votes does not win the nomination, otherwise IOWA will have to count popular votes which Obama won, and then how do we deal with the caucus states?

    That is why the winner is decided by delegates! Why are these Cllinton people so thick?

    May 12, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  25. Jerry in Boston

    ....but of course once Hillary is ahead in the popular vote, that will, all of a sudden, not count. The superdelegates will then be urged by the Obamabots not to overturn the pledged delegate count.

    You're all a bunch of hypocrites.

    May 12, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
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