May 9th, 2008
07:00 AM ET
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Obama picks up two superdelegates, gap narrowed to seven

 Obama met with several undecided superdelegates on Capitol Hill Thursday.

Obama met with several undecided superdelegates on Capitol Hill Thursday.

(CNN) - Barack Obama won two more superdelegate endorsements Thursday, narrowing his deficit with Hillary Clinton to seven.

North Carolina Rep. Brad Miller and Washington Rep. Rick Larsen both announced they will cast their superdelegate votes for the Illinois senator.

"The decision was not easy," Miller, a two-term congressman, said in a statement. "Senator Clinton has run an impressive campaign, and has spoken eloquently to the concerns to working and middle class American families. She is one of the great leaders of this generation.

"Senator Obama understands that he has the chance not just to win the election this year, but to be a great president," he added.

Miller's district, which includes Raleigh, overwhelmingly voted for Obama Tuesday, 63 percent to 35 percent.

Larsen, a three-term congressman whose district lies in the northwest area of Washington state, praised Obama as the "best candidate to turn our country's hopes for a better future into reality."

"This week, Senator Obama has proven that he is tough and resilient," he said. "He has shown that he can take a pounding, come back and continue to communicate with the public to deliver his message of hope and change."

Obama easily defeated Clinton in Washington's February 19 caucus, 68 percent to 31 percent.

The two endorsements bring Clinton's advantage over Obama among superdelegates down to seven, according to CNN's estimate; Clinton has the backing of 267 superdelegates, while Obama has 260.

Since Tuesday's primaries, Obama has gained six superdelegates while Clinton has picked up one. But Clinton also lost a superdelegate Wednesday - DNC member Jennifer McClellan switched her support to Obama - for a net gain of zero.

(Updates with Larsen endorsement)

soundoff (487 Responses)
  1. Stacy Clarks


    ITS TOT HE WHITE HOUSE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 8, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  2. Venus

    YES! YES! YES!

    Thank you! Go Obama!

    This is the plan so it doesn't make Hillary look bad!!!

    President of the Unite States of America....... President Obama!

    May 8, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  3. Democrats Rule

    Welcome aboard the Obama train. Thank you and bless you.

    May 8, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  4. Keith R.

    One step closer to sealing the deal!

    May 8, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  5. Go ahead- it's not Nov yet

    Hillary is here to stay because many lifelong democrats do not like election fixing that has influenced this primary.

    We will NOT vote for Obama- for no reason but to protest the corruption of this primary: Advantages for one, obstacles for the other. Media bias. Flawed caucus format. Obama supporters using bully tactics at caucus. Obama with his gloating, cocky, arrogant mocking of Hillary with his Annie Oakley antics (while claiming he does not go negative). Obama with his ridiculing of Hillary by dismissively brushing her off his shoulder ( again, not negative? is this the uniter?). And, of course the Fl and Mi fiasco. It is never good or right to disenfranchise your voter base.

    So We WILL teach the DNC a lesson with our vote in Nov.

    It is that simple.

    May 8, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  6. Tony Z- MD

    Thank you. One more step closer to the nomination.

    May 8, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  7. Lauren-Colorado


    Obama '08!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 8, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  8. Dexter

    'm sick of seeing people say, "If not Hillary – I will vote for McCAIN!!!!"

    What's wrong with you people?

    Gas prices not high enough for you?

    Not enough kids getting blown to pieces in Iraq for you?

    Not enough conservative judges on the supreme court for you?

    You know, the next president will appoint at least two judges. If McCain is the president, you can say goodbye to Roe v. Wade.

    Is that what you want?

    Stop being stupid, all of you.

    May 8, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  9. Jack, Chapel Hill, NC

    Thank you Rep. Miller! God bless you and God bless America!

    Obama '08

    May 8, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  10. honkey white guy from cali

    welcome aboard! Everyone is welcome and excepted in the Obama campaign! Hillary supporters Mc Cain supporters,White,Black, Hispanic,Gay,Straight, everyone just like in America they are all welcome with open arms to rebuild and reunite these divided states of America!

    Go Obama 08 Yes We Can

    May 8, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  11. Emily Coletta

    OMG, that means Obama's only 10 superdelegates behind Clinton. WATCH him close the gap in a week, I bet you anything.

    May 8, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  12. Ratgurl

    Welcome, Mr. Miller!

    May 8, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  13. hmmmmm.....sounds fishy

    keep em coming

    May 8, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  14. tell the truth

    Give me one to two SD a day Obama.

    Face the facts Obama has won

    Please vote with facts in Nov

    Go Obama

    May 8, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  15. PA Obama Supporter

    Obama 08

    May 8, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  16. Go ahead- it's not Nov yet

    In Nov- many of us lifelong democrats will not vote for Obama on principle.

    The DNC and democratic party elites fixed this primary for Obama. They did everything short of actually pushing Hillary from the race. The pro-Obama support and bias was evident, while the gender hatred was viewed as acceptable- even funny.

    The caucus format is undemocratic and flawed and clearly advantaged Obama- and also allowed Obama supporters to cheat.

    Fl and Mi were not in play- again, advantage Obama, disadvantage Clinton.

    So many of us will not encourage more of the same in future primaries by ultimately voting for the party nominee (Obama). We will protest the corruption and unfairness with our vote in Nov.

    May 8, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  17. Cathy

    GO OBAMA,GO!!!

    May 8, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  18. Rich

    Hmmm, I watch the delegate count a bit more than is probably healthy. I've noticed that sometimes it changes dramatically with no news and other times one super-delegate makes the news. Is it that some are more forward about why they chose who they chose?

    May 8, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  19. munkii

    everybody relax, it'll be over soon..

    May 8, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  20. Leah DiMarco, Texas

    Just say NO to McBush!
    No more war!
    No more Bush policies!
    No more lobbyists!
    No more secrets and lies!
    No more Bush/Clinton/Clinton/Bush!

    OBAMA / Kathleen Sebelius '08

    May 8, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  21. SLO Bear

    Such courage may prevent Clinton and other forces of the status quo (Reid, Feinstein, and Pelosi–unless they reverse recent actions) from doing irreparable damage to the party, and by corollary, the country.

    May 8, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  22. Nando, Florida

    BARAK JUST IGNORE HILLARY SHE WILL JUST GO AWAY YOU WON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    OBAMA 08,12


    May 8, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  23. GB

    Good decision! Keep 'em coming. The sooner the superdelegates all come off the fence and support Obama, the sooner we can heal the party and move ahead to the White House.

    May 8, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  24. Karen

    It is a mistake for superdelegates to wait.

    May 8, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  25. BOB

    Thank you, Brad for your thoughtful move. Pls also talk to your other as yet Undeclared Super Friends to come out in support of OBAMA.

    By continuing this race, Hillary is fast sealing off any remaining hope for her to still be relevant in the DEM Party after OBAMA becomes president. SHE SHOULD KNOW THIS!

    May 8, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
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