On a conference call today, the Clinton campaign argued that after her victory in West Virginia–and counting the votes in Florida and Michigan–Hillary Clinton now leads in the popular vote. “Hillary Clinton has now moved ahead in the popular vote,” said campaign chairman Terry McAuliffe. (In that calculation, the Clinton campaign is not awarding any Michigan votes for the “uncommitted” choice to Obama, who was not on the ballot there.)
Also, reacting to news from earlier today, Howard Wolfson said he is “surprised” by NARAL’s endorsement of Barack Obama.
Wolfson again argued the merits of the alternate delegate target (now 2,210 up from 2,209) that the Clinton campaign has said it is pursuing.
Speaking about an interaction on the Senate floor yesterday between Clinton and Barack Obama, Wolfson told reporters listening in that the exchange was about pleasantries. “They did not discuss the debt,” Wolfson said, referring to the millions of dollars Clinton has loaned to her campaign. Many political observers have speculated that Clinton will require Obama to cancel that debt as a condition of her withdrawal.
Wolfson said that the campaign had raised “seven figures,” which, he said, “is about as specific as we are going to do.”
In a meeting Clinton will have with donors at her D.C. home today, she will make the case for her nomination based on her performance last night, her chances in upcoming contests, and her strong performance in swing states, according to Wolfson.
He then thanked the donors.
“We have been extremely pleased by the continuing show of support we have seen both from big donors and grass-roots donors,” said Wolfson, who acknowledged that “They are not oblivious to the news that they read and see.”
Wolfson also laughed off (literally) a question about whether any of the members of his communications team had been allowed to move over to Obama.
“The answer to the last question is no,” he said.