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. sss

    doesn't matter game over

    May 12, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  2. B - New York

    Can someone, anyone PLEASE just tell us five things that Senator Obama has done for either his state or our country?

    Two things?

    Thought so...

    Senator Clinton has been punched out by the press and still has her chin up and will not quit... This people is a leader.

    May 12, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  3. Lisa

    I hope she wins!!!!!!

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


    May 12, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  5. Nia, FL

    Here we go again. This must be Groundhog Day.

    Obama 08

    May 12, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  6. NJ Mark

    I just love how the Clinton machine will do anything to strech the final outcome! Do these people think that we are all ignorant and that we are rats following the Pied Piper.

    She can,t win, she has lost, the game is over, she can't accept it, but she wiil do anything to bring the ship down if she is not the Captain.

    If you the reader and voter cannot see this, than you are equally pathetic.

    Maybe this time the bias CNN will post my comments!!!

    May 12, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  7. Jeanne

    That remains to be seen and it may depend on how they deal with Florida & Michigan. Still Obama has won more states, has more pledged delegates & superdelegates. Dean has said that popular vote is not that big a factor. Stay tuned... there's still several months to go before the convention and I'm sure they'll be fussing & fighting about it all the way til the end (whenever that happens).

    May 12, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  8. Blake, KY

    Two words Terry--SHE LOST.

    May 12, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  9. ltd1974

    Naw! I dought if she wins as many votes McAuliffe predicts. the super's will not let Hillary steal and destroy the party. Hang it up McAuliffe, and Hillary.

    Obama '08

    May 12, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  10. s.positive

    So these fools will include MI and FL eventhough is was not a level playing field. These sames fools will attack Robert Mugabe for cheating in an election. Can someone tell me the difference here?

    May 12, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  11. Joe

    Of course, what he fails to say is that his claim is based upon counting votes in MI and FL. Keep in mind, Clinton's was the only candidate on the ballot in MI. Slightly more people in MI voted for Clinton as voted for "not Clinton". If "moving the goal post" is so in vogue, then Obama's campaign should suggest that the "not Clinton" votes in MI should count for Obama.

    Sorry to say this, but the "change the rules so that we win" game doesn't play with me. It just makes the Clinton people look more and more pathetic. Before Ohio and Texas, Senator Clinton had run a respectable campaign. True, it wasn't a winning campaign, but at least she wasn't seen as desperate and as willing to win at all costs. Unfortunately, not the same can be said of her now. Her negatives are at an all-time high (actually about the only politicians less popular than Senator Clinton are President Bush and Vice President Cheney).

    Unfortunately, I think she overstayed her welcome. She's hurt herself and the Democratic party. Too bad paid political hacks like Terry McAullife and Lanny Davis don't understand that. Well I guess they have to earn a living some how.

    May 12, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  12. David, Santa Rosa, CA

    This guy is beyond delusional. I saw him interviewed recently and he can't say the things he is supposed to say with a straight face. The campaign can scream as much and as loud as they want… it's not going to change the math.

    Bottom line: Sen. Clinton was not prepared on day 1.

    That is an ironic albeit unfortunate fact.

    We need to unite Democrats. The Clinton campaign will catch up with us soon enough.

    May 12, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  13. Anne

    When you're marching to the beat of your own drum, it doesn't matter to you if the band is going in the opposite direction. Such a sad commentary for the Clinton legacy.

    May 12, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  14. Monika

    Are you saying all 1.1 million Democrates in W.V. will vote for Clinton?? All 1.6 million in Kentucky, all 2.4 million in PR?? Give us a break....... I am sure many, many will vote for Obama...Give the man some credit, he has fought a hard campaign too. Not just Clinton...Remember 16 months ago there were very few people that even knew his name............

    May 12, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  15. Victor

    Who cares about WV AND KT? The polls showed that Hilary was leading in Indiana with over 4 percent, we all saw what the result.

    May 12, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  16. James

    Clinton won Oklahoma by a much smaller margin than Obama won neighboring Colorado. Nevertheless, she gained roughly three times the "popular" vote total, because it was a primary. The delegate count, however, got it correct, with Obama coming out ahead by 5 delegates between the two states. Once again, the point is that caucus states significantly undercount the amount of voters in support of the winner if you use this fictitious "popular" vote argument.

    May 12, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  17. Democrat Deep Down

    If she cannot manage a small thing like her own campaign finances, how does anyone have an faith she can manage a country?

    Winning the popular vote in a couple of states is not going to change the election results. Obama will still get the nod for president. Hillary supporters will vote for him because McCain is an abomination, and the race will be on.

    Yeah, she should get out, but hey . . . she wants to go out big, so let her.

    May 12, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  18. keith, NV

    i think the clinton campaign is just confused with shame cos they thought it was over from the begining, its not easy to admit the obvious.

    May 12, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  19. Janet WV for Obama

    He has to make these ridiculous statements because he knows he is out of a job when the Clinton campaign folds. If I were him, I'd get my money up front and ask Sen. Obama for a job next week.

    May 12, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  20. matt

    Hilary will Win West Virginia by 125,000 people, she will win Kentucky by 125,000 people, she will win Peurto rico by 125,000 people. and she might even win Oregon, and Montana.

    So my point is


    Hillary will win the popular vote sending the democratic party in an uproar. And if she doesnt get the nomination because of stubburn people.

    Then Her stubborn supporters wont vote..

    May 12, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  21. Mary

    If all the obama supporters weren't so worried about Hillary, then they would quit making so many snide and mean comments. It just goes to show that they are worried about her strength, which is why they're trying to shove her out of the nomination as fast as possible.

    Oh, and CNN, you're not going to post my comment are you?

    May 12, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  22. Jack Robertson

    Mrs. Clinton may win a couple of late-game consolation prizes in West Virginia and Kentucky. What she won't win is Miss Congeniality!

    May 12, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  23. Todd

    The photo of Terry McAuliffe above with his hand outstretched made me think of something a friend of mine used to always say.

    "You can wish in one hand, and crap in the other......see which fills up first."

    It is all wishful thinking on his part.

    May 12, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  24. Deb

    McAuliffe's an idiot!

    May 12, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  25. Observer

    The superdelegates could take this into account and decide towards her, what is an issue under the present rules. She could also claim Michigan and Florida were not counted, however Obama is not to blame. I my view, though, Obama played the delegates game and if ahead of her, then he should be indicated. Had this been a simple majority counting of popular vote, the instituion of delegates would not be needed. Seems of the game to Clinton

    May 12, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
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