May 9th, 2008
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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. Mike

    If Senator Clinton is not on a/any ticket, I'm voting McCain.

    I hope that the ticket is McCain/Romney, after I heard Romney respond to O'bum bums comments, I'm starting to fint that posibility a lot more appealing!!!

    Clinton!!! or McCain!!!!!

    O'bum bum will lose in the GE, too overly confident, arrogant & inexperienced, his base of support will start to erode.

    May 8, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  2. RB

    Super Delegates get off the fence! You idiots are failing miserably. When this primary is over, say good-bye to all super delegates. I vote to do away with the "elite" elders. If you're not going to try to stop the bleeding, you don't need to have the responsibility.

    May 8, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  3. BOB


    May 8, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  4. Don

    I think that the results over the past few primaries are skewed by the fact that Rush Limbaugh republicans have been voting for Hillary. It looks like the white voter support that Senator Obama had in the earlier primaries is dwindling, but in fact it is the white male Limbaugh supporters voting for Hillary that have given the false appearances of this shift.

    I am a white moderate republican that voted for George Bush, and I am now supporting Senator Barack Obama.

    Don from Ohio

    May 8, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  5. President McCain

    McCain Democrats Rule!!!

    May 8, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  6. Matt

    To all the people that are crying about Hillary's disadvantage by not having FL and MI count:

    Wasn't she supposed to have the nomination wrapped up by super tuesday anyways? I can't believe she's saying "what happened to Barack? Why can't he close the deal?" The real question is "What happened to Hillary? Wasn't she supposed to be winning all along?" The answer is simple: the people have spoken and even with MI and FL Obama is winning.

    May 8, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  7. Roger

    I'm for Hillary. But I'll vote for McCain because I don't like race cards.

    May 8, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  8. Tommy In Oregon

    very confusing how many people are talking to either not voting or voting for McCain if they can't have Hillary. Why? Do we simply want to hand the White House back to the Republicans for more of what we're getting now.

    This thought process is fundamentally flawed and extremely destructive. Policy wise, Obama-Clinton, may differ by 5-10%, but Obama-McCain or Clinton McCain differences are likely 75-100%. Which vote against your own interests (or not vote), economic and otherwise, because your candidate doesn't win the nod.

    Very Confusing!

    May 8, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  9. Fran

    To all of you Clinton supporters that say they will vote McCain if Obama is the nominee you will get just what you deserve if you are responsible for putting McCain in the White House. It will be more of what we have had these past 7 1/2 years plus moving the supreme court all the way to the right with very conservative appointees. You have to ask yourself are you better off now than you were when George W. Bush took office? I would think 90% of the country would say no and to elect McCain would continue the downward spiral that this country is in.

    May 8, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  10. Mike

    To Roger (4:58 Pm)

    ...well said...

    May 8, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  11. C from the D

    Clinton supporters give me a headache. Reading these stories coming in from the Clinton camp today sadden me. I'm amazed and shocked at the gibberish that I keep hearing. George Washington was never a president or congressman prior to being president and he did a pretty okay job (I know the example is extreme but...). Obama has won fair and square. He played by the rules and won. Instead of moving the goalposts back she is trying to change the sport to rugby. She lies on a regular basis. She manipulates each angle and story to polarize us. Please, please don't fall for it. Please, Please quit being spiteful. Please, please vote for the benefit of your children. This is bigger than Clinton, this is bigger than Obama... This is bigger than each one of us individually.. This is about our nation and what its supposed to stand for. Its about being united, about listening and understanding one another even if we don't agree. This is about bridging gaps not manufacturing new ones. This is about being "one nation under God" again... Not multiple nations divided by hatred, money, religion, prejudice, anger, pride, politics... The only man talking about getting us there is Obama. He may not be perfect, and he may not get us there in one swoop, but he at least has stood up in front of the nation and said that he will try. Please, let that count for something.

    Hardworking Educated Black Male CH in TX

    May 8, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  12. TIMBER

    Oh God, another four years of republican whitehouse..............

    May 8, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  13. Rich

    "So many super-delegates have been backstabbers.
    Clinton still has more than Obama."

    The super-delegates have no obligation to vote for Clinton. As for Clinton having more super-delegates, she used to have 100 more now down to just 8. I'd be happy to see these split more 50-50 in the end, but they're likely to keep going for Obama in order to unify the party.

    May 8, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  14. virginia

    Look lots of my black and white in florida did not vote because they said it would not count so please stop saying that every on out there vote because thats not true.

    May 8, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  15. MillionMan, Washington, DC

    I am confused by Hillary supporters who indicate they will vote for McCain if Obama gets the Dem. nomination! Are you folks not Democrats!!?? Would you really prefer to cut off your nose just to spite your face?

    McCain is not an independent! He is a Bush Republican! He has sold out any "maverick inclinations" in him to pander to the right-wing conservative base of the Republicans. His reversal on the tax cuts, his speech on appointing conservative judges, his denial of not having voted for Bush, etc. all speak to this pandering.

    Obama is a black man running for president. He has received Secret Service protection earlier than any other candidate in history. His life, his wife's life and the lives of their two daughters are being threatened every day. Would not only a patriot go through this!?

    Don’t Obama and Hillary agree on most major issues!?

    Thus, the question becomes: Are you more racist than Democrat!?

    May 8, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  16. J El Educado

    ... and all these people saying I will vote for McCain out of spite for Obama or out of spite for the DNC are just Limbaugh Republicans trying to stir up controversy. What Democrat in their right mind would want McCain to be our next president, which would be, 4 more years of the disaster that Bush has put us through? Please, spare us your tactics, we are smarter than that. If you are willing to scarifice your future country our of resentment for a person or a party, then you have been a Republican all along!

    Educated Hispanic for Obama

    May 8, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  17. oldman n virginia

    Say good-bye to Roe vs Wade if you vote for McCain out of spite, because Bill's wife didn't get in. Makes lots of sense to me. But I'm old like Sen. McCain

    May 8, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  18. Interesting

    President Obama? In your dreams, without Clinton as VP, IF he is the nominee.

    Ooops I forgot Secret Service might have some problems.

    May 8, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  19. JC

    The DNC is going to be destroyed this fall when the Democrats rise up to strike back at those who thought they could make up our minds for us. We are all going to abandon ship and go republican at least 50% of us and that will provide all that change Obama has talked so much about, we will change from one republican to another, there is no reuniting this party if Obama gets the nod...
    I say than Hillary should abandon her Democratic run and pick up on an Independant ticket. She is the stronger candidate of all three. And the games that have been played to move Obama forward will catch up in Novemeber. We the people will prove our point...we would rather face destruction than to let someone take away our choice. So you go Obama "but it will not be tyou in the white house"

    May 8, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  20. Erica

    Fantastic. Now can we all act like we have some sense and act together as Democrats already?

    May 8, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  21. HSNP

    What horrible names have Obama and his supporters called the Clintons. It's a disgrace and a disservice to people who have dedicated their lives to public service.

    Vote for National Security. Vote Clinton or McCain.

    May 8, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  22. Interesting

    Why did people not vote because Howard Dean stated it would not count? Unbelievable, let a radical nut influence Floridians after George Bush took their right to vote away in 2000.

    May 8, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  23. Roger

    I'm not taking part in this Obama Cult. Like them people that drugged thereselves when they went to sleep so that the aliens would come take them away in their space ship.

    May 8, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  24. Fran Martin

    What disastrous mentalities these Clinton supporters have. And the senator? She ought to be discouraging talk of voting for McCain in November, not giving it her tacit approval through silence. Once again, Clinton proves she is not a leader.

    May 8, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  25. bob

    nonsense! They will vote on November and be counted. Don't break the rules to serve your own interests.
    Listen. Michigan & Florida BROKE the rules while trying to increase their own influence on the Primary.
    OK. Is there a bad guys here? will find them in Michigan and Florida.
    NOT in the DNC
    and ESPECIALLY not Obama.
    I can't believe Begala (on CNN) said that the revotes were blocked by Obama.

    Clinton was my candidate. I am so relieved that we got to see the real Hhillary Clinton. she has no place in the White House.

    May 8, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
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