April 30th, 2008
10:04 AM ET
6 years ago

Obama adds a third new superdelegate in 24 hours

The Iowa representative announced his support for Obama Wednesday.
The Iowa representative announced his support for Obama Wednesday.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Iowa Rep. Bruce Braley will endorse Illinois Sen. Barack Obama for president Wednesday, the fifth Democratic superdelegate to choose sides in less than 24 hours, an Obama aide confirms to CNN.

Braley, a first-term congressman who represents an eastern district that hugs the Illinois border, had originally backed John Edwards in the race for the Democratic nomination. He joins fellow Iowan and Democratic National Committee member Richard Machacek in publicly declaring his support for Obama this week. Machacek and Kentucky Rep. Ben Chandler both said Tuesday they were backing Obama, while North Carolina Gov. Mike Easley and Missouri Rep. Ike Skelton endorsed New York Sen. Hillary Clinton the same day.

Braley’s decision to support Obama was first reported Wednesday morning by the Des Moines bureau of the Associated Press.

soundoff (305 Responses)
  1. Logical

    Here comes another one!!!!!!!!

    Go Obama!!

    April 30, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  2. Shalini

    Thank you! Yes we can. OBAMA my man.....we love you

    April 30, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  3. FL Dem Vik

    Just wait and see. The Obama campaign has quite a super delegates lined up to come out day by day before the NC primary.

    OBAMA 08' – YES WE CAN!

    April 30, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  4. proud army and navy mom

    good job Mr. Braley. welcome to the winner's circle

    April 30, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  5. Brattt

    Clinton, the loser, will be out of the race on May 7... 289 superdelagates will support Barack on that day despite the results in Indiana and WILL SHOW THE DOOR to HRC ... The END IS coming, guys.. We are so happy!

    April 30, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  6. danny

    In response to all the "negative" and "Bosnia" complaints on Hillary: To say that Obama hasn't had a negative campaign and hasn't invented stories to make him look better is beyond ignorant. Look up AttackTimeline about all of the Obama campaigns negatives and look up Obama embellishing his record and about how his parents met, the Kennedy's involvement (or not), his spiritual awakening from an article that never existed, him saying he was a Professor, etc. He has done a lot of things way worse than HIllary that isn't covered because Obama does a great job pulling the wool over people's faces. If there's one thing that makes him a better "politician" than Clinton and McCain, it's that.

    April 30, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  7. bigben

    Lets not get stupid. hillary won pa not the loser obama.

    April 30, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  8. Julie.MN

    I would like to know why the the left-elite congress, why didn't they endorse a man like Mayor Nutter. could it be because he has integrity, morals and refuses to be manipulated, They needed someone(Obama) who they could control, who shares their we hate our mean, lazy country. I dont think I like this new change they want to throw at us.

    no longer a democrate,

    April 30, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  9. Lee WV

    Well Rev Wright must not have affected too much,another notch on the pistol grip!!!

    April 30, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  10. Sure

    The democrats have one of the most crooked ways of selecting their nominee....no wonder they can never win the white house even when the odds are in their favor.

    April 30, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  11. Raum

    Since PA, hes picked up 9 compared to Hillary's 5. At this rate of 2 to 1, Obama will snag the nomination.

    April 30, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  12. MICHELLE Jenkins

    REV. WRIGHT WHO???? ALREADY FORGOT ABOUT HIM...OBAMA ALL THE WAY TO THE TOP

    April 30, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  13. joann

    Hey Paul, your question is "what does that say?" – that says they are all sexist!! That's what that says. Are you?

    April 30, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  14. KIRBY

    Thank you and welcome sir. Obama needs all his democratic members support to bring a "CHANGE" in many areas to restore economic prosperit,stop this endless war, etc....

    GO OBAMA

    April 30, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  15. Former Republican

    COUNTDOWN- 294 delegates to go

    April 30, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  16. Scott Morrison

    Thank you, thank you, thank you! Lets get this over with already. Enough! If Obama can still gain super delegates over Hilary with all thats going on, then its over.

    Hilary should drop out after May 6th while she still has a chance to be on the ticket.

    April 30, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  17. henrie alabama

    please people put a fork in the clintons she is no good for america

    April 30, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  18. HEIDI

    THANK YOU....LATEST NUMBERS LOOKS LIKE THIS

    Obama -1491 pledge + 236 superdelegates = 1727

    Clinton -1589 pledge + 257 superdelegates= 1589

    Difference equals Obama is still ahead despite his critics and the extra drama.

    Obama 08
    Charlotte NC Supporters

    April 30, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  19. Max from NY

    Way to go Barack! America is in love with you, boy. Crash HER neck in NC and Indiana and let's focus on McBush.. Thank you, Iowa!

    April 30, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  20. ys

    Obama is over. It will be a sad race in the fall if he is the nominee. And CNN's reporting is highly biased, irresponsibly boosting McCain by promoting unelectable Obama.

    April 30, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  21. Joe

    If Obama ever becomes President he better NEVER invite Rev. Wright to the White House. That man does not belong to enter our public house as a guest after hearing those hateful comments.

    April 30, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  22. Linda

    I wonder how much the Clinton campaign is paying Pastor Wright to come out. Remember, he was invited to the White House during Billy Boy
    's troubling time with Monica!!!!!!!!!!

    April 30, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  23. Bitterness

    Kim and Susan – Get over your egos, and actually educate yourselves on the issues, and ACTUAL experience. Hillary's 20 years of being first lady doesn't really count as actual experience; especially when she didn't have security clearance. Clueless women.

    April 30, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  24. KG

    Go home, Obama and take hillary (and Bill) with you

    April 30, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  25. Fred

    Well I guess even Superdelegates are perfect either. Personnel y I don't see why anyone in their right mind would endorse this man. Again rather or not he sunk the ship of his former pastor, he still backed him up for 20 years. Come on its very easy math. Then yesterday he dumps on him.
    Come on knowing what this man was like as long as he has tells us the American public what he is like. I don't trust this man. Hey and any new endorsement by a Senator or Congress person from this point on shouldn't be trusted either. Good by to them also as far as I am concerned. They must remember this will all come back around and bite them in the butt as well. I thank this whole minister thing and the church he preached out of tells us alot about the man for Change ( Obama ) Obama don't you thank you have to change also.

    April 30, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
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