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. Zoey

    The people are waking up. Clinton doesn't have a shot.

    May 8, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  2. Go ahead- it's not Nov yet

    I could not have said it better myself. I am on board 100% with you.

    NO OBAMA!!

    May 8, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  3. faye

    I cannot beleive some of you DEM that if Obama is the one you would rather see Mccain as president.

    Again this is not about Hillary, Obama or Mccain it is about the great USA and our children, grandchildren. We do not need another Bush and killing of soldiers.

    May 8, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  4. leon


    I will not be embraced by any angry and stupid Obama supporter

    May 8, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  5. Wayne

    Hill does well amongst people who dont read. Is that truly anything to be proud of?

    May 8, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  6. Facts

    Ahhh...I found my voice..its "BigAce"!
    Thanks BigAce, you hit the nail on the head and the nail was going into the coffin!

    May 8, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  7. Put in CNN

    Go ahead- it's not Nov yet – I agree with you 100%.


    May 8, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  8. dav5023

    Dear 'Go ahead- it's not Nov yet',

    Those of us who share the ideals of the democratic party reach out to mindsets like yours of hatred and divisiveness. If you must wallow in that kind of misery so be it, but the fact is this great country was built on a system of compromises- none as great as individual preferences for our leaders.

    Choosing four more years of Bush-like policies to make some kind of sophomoric point is a disservice to your party. Any short-term enjoyment gained will prove painful long term if McCain gets in.

    May 8, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  9. Obaminator Supporter

    Umm ... this is an Obama thing! Clinton supporters are welcome, but leave your hate at the door!

    Yes We Did!!!!!

    Obaminator 08!

    May 8, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  10. REG; Chandler, AZ

    All who advocate voting for McCain instead of Obama because Clinton doesn't get the nomination should really consider what that could mean in more GWBush policies and then simply recognize that feeling as really being consistent with the divisiveness and belligerence that Hillary has created. Without meaning to attack Hillary but rather wanting to see it for what it is, that thinking, that personality is what brought the campaign down to what it has been. Think about what is at stake and bring it up to a higher level, for your own good and the good of the country.

    May 8, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  11. Marissa

    The Hillary supporters who vow to support McCain when (not if) Obama becomes out nominee are proof that her supporters truly are uneducated. It, therefore, makes sense that they would align themselves with the God-Gays-Guns Republicans and vote against their own economic interests.

    Too bad.

    ~22 year old black female Ivy League law student for Obama....cuz you know, we ALL vote alike...

    ...CNN please post me, if only just this once...

    May 8, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  12. Miss Chi

    Hillary just opposed the Michigan deal.... Guess she doesnt mind keeping those voters disenfrachised.

    May 8, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  13. Derek

    The notion that African-Americans support Obama just because he is blacks is ignorant, as well as racist. We are just like everyone else: we vote for whomever we feel represent our interests. Some Clinton supporters are clueless. We overwhelmingly supported Bill in '92 and '96, and now there is a candidate( Obama) that we feel represent our interests the best, and y'all want to whine and complain about it. If blacks support all blacks just because of race ask an African american if they supported Clarence Thomas's nomination to the Supreme Court. Bill won the presidency because of support of the AA community, and we stood solidly behind him during the Lewinsky scandal.We vote for same reasons as any other voter, period, and for some Clinton supporters to imply otherwise demostrates how BITTER that some of you are. Go ahead vote for McCain, you will just be cutting off your nose to spite your face. Polls showing that Most Obama's supporters would vote for Clinton, but alot of Clinton supporters would NOT vote for Obama, show that THESE individuals not Blacks would be superficial in their vote, even it's to their own detriment.

    May 8, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  14. The Corp

    Somebody said he can be a great President? What the heck are you idiots smoking? He's not even quailified to be in the Senate. Too bad Jeri Ryan took down her ex-husband Jack, we would have never had to deal with this abomination. What we need is a military take over to restore order and sweep the extreme left loons off the landscape.

    May 8, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  15. Young Democrat, CA

    I beg each and everyone one of the Clinton supporters who say they would vote for McCain if she is not nominated to reconsider. Think of all the damage he would do to this country. If you truly believe in the ideals that Sen. Clinton believes, then you must know in your heart that McCain would destroy any chance of achieving those ideals. If Clinton gets the nomination, even though I strongly disagree with her and her tactics, I would never vote for McCain. I believe Obama is the best candidate (as you all believe Clinton is) but we must unite against the faulty Republicans and reverse course before it is too late. Do NOT be fooled again by a 'moderate' looking Republican – he is the SAME as Bush. Have we not learned our lesson after 8 years? Don't stretch this on for four more. PLEASE.

    May 8, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  16. bob

    To Sharon Minnesota....................STOP IT HILLARY. We all know it's you doing these anti obama entries


    May 8, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  17. Bobby tray

    A few weeks ago I seriously thought about whether or not I can vote for the other candidate if the 1 chose did not win. At first, I kept saying I will just do a write-in. But we really do need to think about this on whether or not we want McCain as president. No matter what happens whoever is nominated we have to struggle with the reality of unity. We gotta stop the machine that is running the White House. Besides, the media might be saying something different next week when Clinton wins W.Va. by double digits. . .

    May 8, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  18. EK

    Some of the comments are so unfortunate! As if the caucus format were devised only prior to this election cycle, purely to benefit Senator Obama; as if Florida and Michigan violated DNC rules, the consequences of doing so being known, in order to have their delegates disqualified with the primary purpose of benefitting Senator Obama...! Wow....

    May 8, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  19. Tracy

    David in Santa Rosa is wise. It's rediculous to pout and let McSame fill George Bush's 3rd term just because you are throwing a fit. Let's get our big kid pants on and come together.

    May 8, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  20. sarabee

    Are we really so sanguine about a BUSH 3rd term that we believe McCain will be a better President than the Democrat who beat our own favorite Democrat? CHILL OUT!!!! Don't vote for McCain. Don't stay home. Stay engaged. Resist the Republican attack machine. Support down ballot Democrats. Open your wallet. Talk to your Republican neighbors and family members. And vote for the Democrat in November, whomever he or she may be.....

    May 8, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  21. Ann for Change

    To the individuals who suggested blacks were racist because 90 percent or more voted for Barack Obama, first and foremost; it is unwise and ignorant to make general comments. Ninety percent is not one-hundred percent. Secondly, when black people have to constantly hear commentators insinuate that "white blue collar workers" and "white" this and that are unfavorable towards Barack Obama compared to Hillary Clinton, as if our votes do not matter or there aren't any "black blue collar workers", or whites are superior to blacks, we are forced to prove that our votes do matter and additional points. It is not a matter of racism, but the fact that we want our voices to be equally heard and points considered (or at least me, because I can't speak for everyone and some do like Hillary Clinton for their own personal reasons). Really, this racial divisiveness needs to stop, because the truth of the matter is, Clinton or Obama is going to win the nomination, but most likely, it will be Obama. Then must ask ourselves, are we going to be as spiteful as we claim Hillary Clinton are and vote for McCain or the opposing party because ours’ did not win or not vote at all? If everyone does, they will still lose and any complaints about the country once the President is elected into the White House, based on these actions, will be nullified and unwarranted. So, don’t complaint when in the end things do not go your way, because you will have chosen your destination and the direction of this country. I am and always will be a Barack Obama supporter and not because he is black and excellent speech giver, but because he offers hope, something we were promised every four years, but haven’t received yet. According to history, not black history, an African-American has never run this country, so who is anyone to say, one will destroy it? Perhaps it takes an African-American President, like Barack Obama, to undo what so many others created, and to do what so many others pontificated while running for President and later on failed to do. It is time for change in the right direction and less empty promises.

    May 8, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  22. Undecide

    To Obama's supporters:

    I just want to clear that voters choose Clinton because they know she has a solution for this country, to bring this country out of horrible time, to bring up economy, healthcare, education..etc..., not about they like her. But they know that Obama will do nothing to this country because he knows nothing, and they don't want to elect another president who will bring this country downward. and there can be alot more reasons. So they will choose McCain over Obama, because McCain will be a better candidate if Clinton is not nominee.

    May 8, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  23. Denise P Quinton

    You are so wrong, the blue collar worker, the senior citizens, Hilary supporters whose votes have not even been counted because of a corrupt DNC and biased media. I WILL NEVER VOTE FOR OBAMA, AND THE DNC WILL REALIZE COME ELECTION MCCAIN WILL WIN THE WHITE HOUSE FOR SURE

    May 8, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  24. clo

    The democratic party leaders need to realize that just because some one is a democrat, it does not mean that they are Party diehards. I might not vote for McCain, but I do know how not to vote for Obama.

    May 8, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  25. FU Hillary

    VOTE OBAMA. STOP that hor Hillary in 2012

    May 8, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
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