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. Media Blackout May 15th

    Has The Gimmick candidate announced she will prove she's worthy of the nomination by levitating yet?

    Hillary Clinton, The Gimmick candidate
    Bill and Hillary, The Gimmick Family
    Do and Say Anything ‘08 😀

    May 12, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  2. Belle

    Both have waged a good campaign....however...the crap the Obama supporters fling on Clinton supporters are DIVIDING the party.

    I for one, will have a very hard time voting for Obama....because of his SUPPORTERS that blog here.

    I will write in Clinton.

    May 12, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  3. Time to get real

    This game is over. All the spin in the world isn't going to change that fact.
    Whoever gets the magic number of delegates wins. That's it.

    May 12, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  4. Joe Reg

    Lunatic.

    You would do well to start packing up.

    May 12, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  5. Kentucky

    What next? West Virgina is the tie breaker? The only reason she has not quit her campaign is because she needs more donations to pay her debts. Its all about the money now.

    May 12, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  6. Wayne

    The people have spoken.
    Obama has won MORE STATES 2 to 1
    He has won MORE VOTES by 700,000
    He has won MORE PLEDGED DELEGATES
    He has won MORE SUPER DELEGATES

    I think this is a repudiation of the Clinton's by the voter and later by the Democratic party leadership.

    That being said. WHY ON GODS GREEN EARTH SHOULD HILLARY BE THE NOMINEE???

    Because Obama is black? Is that why? Isnt electability determined by a candidates ability to get votes. Well, Obama has more votes. What does that say about Hill's electability.

    May 12, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  7. LT for Obama

    Let her stay in. I love the company and the laughs.

    Right now, Obama is doing what he needs to to end this election season and start to prepare for the GE if he is the nominee.

    If Hillary was truly interested in the GE, she would be doing the same just in case she was the nominee.

    May 12, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  8. Helene

    question for B New York : And what exactly has Clinton done for my state, New York ? I really would like to know !

    May 12, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  9. Sally

    Obama or McCain '08

    May 12, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  10. Antonio

    LOL...OMG.. WT..

    Is he ok?

    May 12, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  11. joe g

    Desperate and Dellusional. It will be interesting to hear what other rationale comes out of the Clinton campaign. Obama has been and will be releasing superdelagates to match any gains that she gets in pledged delagates over the next two weeks.

    May 12, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  12. Barack Supporter

    What kind of a looser follows another? Terry following Hilary!

    Give her 100% of West Virginia, Kentucky, and Puerto Rico, Game over she still looses!

    And where are her supporters and their donations? Not willing to back the looser?

    May 12, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  13. Media Blackout May 15th

    Has The Gimmick candidate announced she will challenge Obama's two young daughters to list all of the bathrooms in the White House, and if they can't then she deserves the nomination yet? 🙂

    Hillary Clinton, The Gimmick candidate
    Bill and Hillary, The Gimmick Family
    Do and Say Anything ‘08 😀

    May 12, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  14. NickNas

    LOL this guys is a JOKE. Saw him this weekend in total denial. By the way he is trying to count ALL of FLA and MI even with Obama NOT ON THE BALLOT!!

    Wait it gets BETTER. HE wrote in his OWN BOOK how he was going to keep MI and FLA from getting its delegates seated BY ALL COSTS because they broke the RULES. Tim Russert caught him on it on live TV!!! " I guess now that you work for Mrs. Clinton your position has changed eh?" LOLOLOLOL

    May 12, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  15. ron in TX

    Sorry, I meant Mudslinging

    May 12, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  16. Common Sense

    Terry – the DNC Chair of the Clinton era that lost Congress by trying to compete with the Republicans to divide the middle, is out of touch with the tide of the Party's expanding and new base – one which he was unable to engender himself – which Obama has invigorated: youth and previously disgruntled non-voters. Inclusion is about bringing people together, which the Obama Team has done by outmaneuvering the Clinton-monied-cronie machine. The "movement" of people is with Obama.

    May 12, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  17. KE

    When people say "you can't", remember not because they think you can't, they just don't want you to try it.

    Count Michigan and Florida too.

    There are always exceptions. Stay in the race.

    Hillary 2008!

    May 12, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  18. LYNETTE IN CA

    The Clinton people are the only ones in the world that continue to count Michigan and Florida? Everyone else is so over it !!! I would LIKE for the two states to count, but in a fair way. Michigan came back with their final offer of 60 for Clinton / 40 for Obama. Obama said yes, Clinton rejected it. I think we're done here.

    May 12, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  19. bill in pa

    "Senator Clinton has been punched out by the press and still has her chin up and will not quit…"

    Give me a break. The press all but kissed her ring when she announced her candidacy. They fell all over her for almost a year. Then she opened her mouth and proved just how devisive and ignorant she really is.

    May 12, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  20. Independent

    Teery is suc a Clintonite! They are building this "popular vote" claim on Hillary getting ALL of Michigan and Florida. That won't happen. Tis campaign of theirs makes me dizzyy, they change the rules so fast, you don't know which way to turn. That is the Clinton strategy Hit and Run,and we'll worry about it later. Nothing like a good old fashioned "clip" in the closing moments, just ask Bubba.

    May 12, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  21. Olivia

    Way to go!
    What are the Obama supporters afraid of? Why do you want to take the peoples' right to vote away? Hillary isn't talking to empty seats, you know, there are hundreds coming to hear what she has to say and do for them.
    I just heard Jack Cafferty say that Obama is our friend basically, that he will do just as well for us as Hillary would, trust him, etc etc. what a JERK. Does he understand human nature? Does he think he is teaching kindergarten?
    Why can't he just do what he was hired to do........REPORT THE NEWS. Stop the campaigning. You've been bashing Hillary non-stop. What will history say about you and all this. UGH!!!!!!

    May 12, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  22. JB

    She has said many times, it's the delegates, stupid. Then it's the supers. Now the popular votes. She is losing all across the board now. She cannot win the popular vote even with MI and FL. She made a major strategic error not contesting the caucuses. That's the main difference now. She didn't even win the Texas caucus. Hillary supporters can make all the excuses they want. My favorite is, "he outspent me 3 to 1." That tells me that he has way more support from a lot more people. How she can turn that into a negative is beyond me. She crowed that she garnered $10 million after PA and then begged for more (and didn't get) after IN and NC. She has lent to her campaign and it's still not enough.

    She can stay in, but it is beating a dead horse that was spavine and broke down to start with.

    May 12, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  23. ron in TX

    OBAMA/EDWARDS '08

    or if he loses

    CLINTON/EDWARDS '08

    JUST NO MC SHAME.

    May 12, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  24. Darryl

    Hillary has a right to stay in this race, but somebody can't count.

    Does he really think they going to win the popular vote at the end?

    Hillary Math – no wonder our kids are not graduating.

    First it was the Big States

    Then it was the Swing States

    Also was the Super Delegates

    Now the Popular vote

    Well here is the math

    2 democrats – 1 losing the race = Democrat Presidential Nominee Barack Obama

    May 12, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  25. andrea

    YES SHE WILL !!!!!!!!

    May 12, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
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