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)

    To "Go ahead- it's not Nov yet" :

    Thank you for some sense. I am with you. As are millions in this country who are not stupid.

    May 8, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  2. Matt

    Yes. Mr Kevin Seattle. Because we know Hillary's support of Obama(if she does support him) will be forced by the DNC and not her will.

    May 8, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  3. Mike

    Sorry O'boo boo,


    May 8, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  4. Wouk

    It will be very curious to see what the female Hillary supporter who have said they will not vote for Obama in the general election will do when they suddenly realize that the choice is between Obama who is pro-choice and McCain who as recently as this week affirmed his pro-life philosophy in combination with declaring that he will carefully appoint justices as President. With the Supreme Court's composition as it is and the retirement of Supreme Court justices sure to happen in the next 4 years, I wonder if Hillary's ladies will still want to stamp their feet and hold their breath while McCain get elected and goes on to appoint more Scalias and Thomases to the Supreme Court so the Roe v. Wade will definitely be overturned.

    May 8, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  5. 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, the lives of American soldiers, and your country out of resentment for a person or a party, then you have been a Republican all along!

    Educated Hispanic for Obama

    May 8, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  6. This side of the Mississippi

    The heat is on!!

    May 8, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  7. Go Hillary

    We must not forget nor should the superdelegates forget Michigan and Florida have not been counted. They better take that into consideration !!

    May 8, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  8. Lacy Lady

    Great interview with Wolf Blitzer-Sen. Obama.
    You will make a GREAT PRESIDENT!!!
    OBAMA 08

    May 8, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  9. joaquin

    I can not wait for Obama to be president.

    I can not believe there is people who actually vote for McCain. What is wrong with these people, don't they see how ruined the country already is??

    May 8, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  10. TimeToUnite

    TimeToUnite ALL Americans together, let's make MADE IN AMERICA mean something!!!

    May 8, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  11. Jim in CT

    If Senator Obama is going to bring us change – like Rezco, Wright, Ayers & Michelle Obama – then this extremely liberal independent voter, is voting for Senator McCain in November.

    I am so completely disgusted with the Obama campaign crying racism at every opportunity – that i will never support his candidacy!!!

    May 8, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  12. Larry, Apex, North Carolina

    "Ya say you want a revo-lu-tion........."

    May 8, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  13. Matt

    Clinton/McCain switchers:

    You're really willing to cut off your nose to spite your face? Please look at the big picture.

    May 8, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  14. David

    Hillary supporters who vow to vote for McCain instead are being as selfish as she is. At this point she's just trying to weaken Obama so he will lose and she can "come to the rescue in four years". Hillary represents everything that's wrong with American politics. She thought because she's a Clinton that she gets to walk into the nomination just like she walked into NY. The media fell in love with Obama because he's refreshing, because people who never vote are going to fund raisers. Because he says things like the bitter comment (which is completely true) instead of the same old watered down PC talk we normally get from the left.

    May 8, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  15. nuhu barry

    Please hillary lets end the race and unite the party for Gods sake!

    May 8, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  16. Roger

    Ah well. I like McCain. He's got a nice personality.

    May 8, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  17. Steve

    C from the D, If obama is president, then america is lost, and after 40 years as a dem, Mccain get my vote

    May 8, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  18. Fran Daly

    Rep. Miller does not speak for me or the millions of Americans who do not share his views. I am sick and tired of politicians expanding their opinions to include all Americans. Americans can think for themselves.

    May 8, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  19. Debby

    Why does CNN call Donna Brizile a Democratic strategist. I thought she said she was going to leave the party if it came down to the superdelegates making the decison.

    May 8, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  20. Related to Fomer Republicans

    to all of you drawing firm party lines, THIS IS A NEW KIND OF ELECTION!
    Four of my registered Republican relatives are voting Obama.
    Thank you Mr. Miller!

    May 8, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  21. faye


    May 8, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  22. Rebecca - CA

    I don't hear anyone talk about the Dems like me and others I know that would not vote for Hillary Clinton for President regardless of who else was running against her. We are not inclined to vote for Sen. McCain because of his current policy proposals, even though we have great respect for his service to our country. But, bottom-line, we and many others, as proud as we might be to see a woman in the oval office, do not "trust" Sen. Clinton....and her conduct during the primary campaigns have solidified our concerns. For this reason, I am so pleased to see that Sen. Obama is the likely nominee of our party. I only hope that he is not forced to offer her the VP spot on our ticket. I am certain that there must be another choice, possibly a woman, that will complement him on the ticket. Go Obama!!!!

    May 8, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  23. HDiaz

    I remember as an 8 year old girl moving to a small town in Texas in 1968. That was the first time that I saw racism up close and personal. I saw a black man hanging from a tree! The focus on race throughout this primary reminds me of a not so distant past that has has escaped the 21st Century American society at large. Those same people (younger and older) are still alive and hate is still thriving! In fact, it is festering!

    If you say you are a Christian and you proclaim to love Christ, but find no love for your neighbor you whom you can see with your eyes and feel with your do not have the love of God in your heart! We should be ashamed of ourselves...The Whole World is Watching American...More Importantly, God is WATCHING YOU and LISTENING!

    May 8, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  24. Leslie

    I will never vote for Obama in Nov. I will write in Hillary's name on the ballot.

    May 8, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  25. Jethro

    I know this might sound strange but it is really true that the african american vote propelled Obama to the nomination. AA's make up 15% of the American population. 95% vote democrat. Saying democrats and republicans are split 45-50 with 5 indpendent. So it would be safe to say 15/50 of the democrats are black. about 30 Million dems have voted in the primaries so far, each candidate garnering almost the same number of votes. Obama has won 90% of the black vote which is about 1/5 of all the votes cast. This about 6 million votes!!! Hillary has been beating him among white 60-40. If the blacks had voted for him by 60-40 he would be a far cry from the nomination. Nothing changed with Hillary's front runner status as far as the whites were concerned. She just lost the black vote. Period. He can't beat McCain because the Republicans never rely on the black vote as the dynamics of the dem nomination don't come into play. America wake up.

    May 8, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
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