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. ADRIENE

    Give it up and get a real life

    May 12, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  2. RR

    Terry....Get Real!....And go get a drug test, she can't WIN....(Legally!)

    May 12, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  3. ds

    After blow-out wins in WV and KY, she'll probably raise $10mil the next day. Go ahead...send in your money...let her pay off her bills with your dollars...then complain about not being able to afford your gas.

    May 12, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  4. WeLuvObama

    I am totally disappointed at the Clinton camp and the DNC. This should not be going on. Had the shoe been on the other foot, Senator Obama would have been told long time ago to get out. Everybody wants to handle Senator Clinton with kid's gloves. She can't believe that a junior senator destroyed her dream. After June 3rd, it will be something else. For the love of the party, please stop it Hillary!

    May 12, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  5. Jay

    This is nothing more than trying to justify staying in the race, though the eggs are in Obama's basket. That aside, what do you all think of an Obama-Clinton ticket? The chances of it happening and the chances of it winning?

    May 12, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  6. Carolina Girl

    GO HILLARY!!!! Democrats are definetly divided. Hillary can beat McCain, Obama will never see the White House. In the long run, every vote for Obama is a vote for McCain in the fall. Think it over folks, do you really want a third term of Bush politics? You better vote for a proven winner, a CLINTON!

    May 12, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  7. Janet

    Thank God because Muslims are too scary.

    May 12, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  8. Tim Munyon

    I enjoy the utter hypocrisy of the Democratic party. The same people who cried foul at Bush's electoral (but not popular) victory are pulling for Obama to win based on delegates and, potentially, not the popular vote. It's as good a case of selective memory as I've seen in my life.

    I'll take Obama any day over Clinton against McCain. Obama, aside from his speaking prowess, hasn't done much of anything in Congress except exhibit the egalitarian extremism that caters to the far left and fiction-lovers everywhere.

    Meanwhile, Clinton is likely to garner votes from moderates who appreciate her ability to work with both parties and get things accomplished. That won't happen for Obama this November.

    Thank you, Democrats. You took a guaranteed victory in November and turned it into the real possibility of failure. Nice job, indeed.

    May 12, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  9. v.ananthan

    DEMOCRATS CAN^T JUST NOMINATE A WEAK CANDIDATE LIKE OBAMA AND EXPECT THE VOTERS TO VOTE FOR HIM IN NOVEMBER…..

    THIS IS THEIR FUTURE….

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

    I was rooting for Hillary at first, but the way her campaign is/was run is simply absurd...
    The Bosnia fire thing was not a mis-speak, it was lying...
    I don't like the fact she keeps changing the rules, she said that pledged delegates can change their mind, superdelegates should vote like their state does, she also said MI and FL don't count, now she is fighting like hell for them to count...
    I don't think I like what she's doing anymore, I don't like it at all...

    I will vote Democratic this year no matter what... For those women that will be upset if Hillary doesn't get the nomination and vote for McCain... Well, we can kiss pro-choice out the window. Yeah, old white MEN making decisions for what women can do to their body, thats rich...

    May 12, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  11. GL

    Only because he's paid to say that. (well, supposed to be paid.. guess we'll have to wait and see if actually does get paid.)

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

    we love him, that is good enough, he is a uniter that should be more than putting a divider to drive the ship she will loose control when pple start fighting

    May 12, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  13. OBAMA SUPPORTER

    Hey why doesn't CNN post what I wrote?? Hillary wins West Virgina and Kentucky due to uneducated voters and the elderly? That just proves who the smart people vote for!!!

    GO OBAMA!!

    May 12, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  14. Richard

    I have never seen such dishonest spinners in all my life.

    They insult the intelligence of millions of Americans, fooling themselves into thinking that all they have to do is proclaim with conviction and it transforms into truth.

    McAuliffe, Lanny and that egg head Carville have burnt their bridges to ever again having the trust and respect of huge slices of the democratic party !

    They say, "if Obama is the nominee, then we will work for him."

    Well who would want those pack of jackals ?

    Not anyone who wants to be trusted, that's for sure !

    May 12, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  15. Ike

    This argument from the Clinton camp is becoming old and tired. I do wonder why the Democrats give Guam and Puerto Rico votes in the primaries, just seems strange. Furthermore, since Guam and Puerto Rico only get half of the delegates that a state would get does that mean that we only count half their votes get counted for the 'popular vote', not that it really matters. The Clintons are not losing their bearings, I think Hillary lost them long ago.

    May 12, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  16. Independent

    Dream on Terry. This is them figuring in the Fl and Michigan votes, excluding Obama 100%..He really thinks we are stupid. Game over!

    May 12, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  17. Media Blackout May 15th

    I want to hear from James Carnival. I love his clownish ways. Maybe we should put James face on a milk carton with the caption: "Where in the world is James the Clown?" 🙂

    Haven't heard from him since last Monday...... I wonder why......

    BRING OUT THE CLOWNS AND FOLLOW THE YELLOW BRICK ROAD BACK HOME DOROTHY 🙂

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

    May 12, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  18. Craig A Texas Democrat

    Its sad that all you so called democrats are so cultish when it comes to your candidate....Hillary or Barrack. The facts are is that Obama is winning on all levels and since Clinton is losing you would rather support a republican who will do this country worse than Bush is sad to me. Hillary is not Bill Clinton its just a brand name she is running on. Barrack is not tainted by the Washington crap that is hurting us so i prefer someone who is gonna actually get something done. If Hillary was winning and Obama was in her shoes i would support her for the sake of my party.

    May 12, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  19. Ron R

    Do you expect anything less from a Clinton spokesperson?? Unbelievable spin.....he doesnt say he's figures are based on counting FLA and MI.

    May 12, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  20. Butch McGatto

    Undoubtedly, Mrs. Clinton will win in both West Virginia and Kentucky. Nevertheless, it will be too little, too late. By remaining in the race, she risks dividing the party and hurting the chances of its Presidential nominee, Senator Obama, in the November election. She needs to withdraw now and allow the Democrats to unite and heal. Both the country's and the Democratic Party's fates hang on her decision.

    May 12, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  21. Chris

    Hillary will not win the popular vote. Simple as that.

    Democrat '08 / Barack '08

    May 12, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  22. Cheryl

    If the hypocrites COUNTED everyone that voted she would all ready be ahead in the popular vote....AND YOU KNOW WHAT if everybody plays by their rules....SHE would be ahead in the superdelegates yet again. Because the Obamabots have SAID that the Superdelegates cannot undermine the WILL OF THE PEOPLE...and if the PEOPLE are higher in number for HER then they must SWING her way!!! Also, these pledged delegates are supposed to be going the way of the vote in their states....So, Kennedy.....start swinging!!! She won big up there! Despite YOUR nasty remarks. I cannot even go there with Kennedy...he is no more a Kennedy than Masion! He should have been put in jail a long time ago.

    May 12, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  23. George

    60 to 40%
    W.V – 1.1 – 220 more
    Kentucky – 1.6 – 320 more
    P.R.- 2.4 – 480 more

    Total – in these 3 states she gets 1.02 mil. more votes than Obama
    Currently Obama leads by 700K votes
    You do the math

    May 12, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  24. something fishy

    the something fishy going on in politics, it smells pretty bad, but you know that ok, oh if those ckintons get their hands on the white house...we are in for one holy stinking war with world leaders north korea, iran and a civil war in iraq, when she tries to pull on off her tough cookie fits!

    May 12, 2008 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  25. G.N. Penley

    Keep it up, Hillary, you self-serving narcissist. You're the best thing we Republicans could have hoped for.

    May 12, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
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