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. Terrence (Winston Salem,NC)

    Just got another endorsement.... that's gap is closing like teeth with braces.

    May 8, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  2. Old & White

    Clinton Supporters,

    1) Disbelief and Denial (Hillary and a handful of die hard feminists.)

    2) Anger and Blame (That what most of you bitter Hillary posters are currently exibiting.)

    3) Exploration (You will seek out Barack, and listen this time.)

    4) Acceptance (You will come to understand that Obama has your interests at heart, and McCain is a Republican.)

    Give it time ladies.

    May 8, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  3. james

    To my democratic brethren. Please, lets cut Hillary some slack. I am an Obama supporter but i realize that this race has been long and grueling. Hillary and Barack have given alot of themselves in the process. It is not easy to just throw the cards in at this stage of the game Please, cut her some slack. She knows like we all know that the writing is on the wall. I suspect that at this point she is trying to raise money to erode her hefty debt. It will be officially over by June 4th. We need to bring this party together if we are going to defeat John Mccain, which should be all of our goals. I say congratulations to Hillary for her tenacity. It is time to mend all hard feelings within our party.

    May 8, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  4. Frank

    The Clinton campaign keep stating the that she won FL and that there was a huge turnout. Being from FL, everyone knew the election did not count. The reason for the huge turnout was not because of the presidential election, it was because of the property taxes admendment that was on the ballot, which effected everyone. Barack did not come to FL, as per the agreement and then Hillary comes the last few days. So Barack abided by the rule, Hillary did not, as usual. If the election was reheld to day, Hillary's luck might run out. But for Hillary to state she won Florida is a joke. I used to admire her and her husband, but the shine is gone and the history books will not look favorably on the Clintons, which is really too bad.

    May 8, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  5. James

    Obama will be an excellent president!

    America is tired of pandering Washington politicians like Hillary and McCain. It is time for real leadership, real character, real vision. We can make America and the world a better place.

    Please for the good of our country vote Obama.

    May 8, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  6. Cowboy Jack

    Let's look at the electoral map and see which states in which Obama can't beat McCain....

    I'll bet McCain beats Obama in more states b/c of the demographics

    May 8, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  7. USA calling Clinton

    Hillary Campaign Says No To New Michigan Delegate Proposal

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

    guess who's surprised?

    not me.

    Obama 08!

    May 8, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  9. Jim in CT

    It's very interesting that the minute any Democrat says they'll vote for McCain over Obama – all the Obama supporters immediately start calling them racists!!! Clearly, the apple doesn't fall very far from the tree – this is what Obama has been doing all along!!!!

    May 8, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  10. Jaime

    Hillaburton wants to keep the war going....

    A vote for Hillary is an irresponsible vote. Why would anyone want to keep the same two families (Bush/Clinton) in power?

    May 8, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  11. G.N. Penley

    Once more, the Democrats are pulling their age-old trick on themselves: nominating a candidate who cannot win a national election.

    May 8, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  12. Karin

    FL and MI are not in play because they broke DNC rules and held their primaries before they were supposed to!!! It has absolutely NOTHING to do with Obama, party elitist, etc,etc,etc. Hillary LOOKS like she's winning both those states because she kept her name on the ballot when both Obama and Edwards removed their names. Yet another rule broken. She did not WIN ANYTHING. Stop the talking points on this matter. If the states would have played by the rules and Hillary played by the rules the votes would have been counted. Y'all making me tired here....

    Play be the rules= Your votes count

    Breakt he rules= Votes don't get counted.

    It's not hard.

    May 8, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  13. bigben

    All aboard the obamaloser train!

    May 8, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |

    Myself and all the Dems I know will not for a racist and Anti-American Obama.

    Dean, Kennedy ,Kerry and all the ole school Dems can spin it, and say we'll all unite, we'll all come together........BS.

    The old Dems should have done their homework on Obama, before they tried to shove him down everyone's throat.

    We will vote for Repiblican McCain, at least he is a proud American and shows and has shown loyalty to his country.

    Hillary or McCain ....take your pick.......but always no to Obama.

    May 8, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  15. Alameda Chris

    Do people not realize that though a candidate's character and "experience" is somewhat important, the most important thing is who they surround themselves with? Do you really think Presidents make their decisions based solely on their experience? No, they refer to someone who has detailed knowledge on the topic at hand. I feel that the experience thing is completely overhyped...afterall, Lincoln only served one term in Congress before being elected President.

    May 8, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  16. Shirley-Ohio

    Keep them coming, keep them coming. Thanks for joining the winning team for change.

    May 8, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  17. Nando, Florida



    OBAMA 08,12

    May 8, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  18. jane

    I wish that ALL Democrats will support Mr. Obama in the general election. Let's ALL hold hands and set aside whatever ill feelings we have and recapture the WH so we can get this economy back on track.
    The unnecessary war in Iraq is one of the reasons why we're in the state we're today for almost 6 six years now or better. Let's stop the financing of the war and use the money for the American people. After all it's the American People's money and nobody else. Think about it. Please make a wise and fruitful decision.

    May 8, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  19. Patricia

    My mother taught me that you don't judge a book by its cover, but rather by what's on the inside. That is why I voted for Senator Obama. Also as a lifelong Catholic, I also was taught that it is a sin to I guess I'm not getting the Catholic support of Ms. Clinton?????

    May 8, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  20. carmen

    Go away Hillary and take Bill, Lanny and Carville with you and don't come back.

    May 8, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  21. Strength in Obama

    Yes we can!!!!!

    Barack 08

    May 8, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  22. Jim

    Go Obama! Go all the way to the White House!!

    May 8, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  23. truth now

    Women, if you are within child bearing age you would be wise to think about the next Supreme Court appointments. Maybe many of you aren't old enough to remember the back alley abortions, women sticking clothes hangers into themselves to abort unwanted babies. Women bleeding to death or getting infections from back room abortions and becoming sterile from them. Women taking all kind of home remedies and dying because of unwanted pregnancies. Well, I remember and it wasn't nice. Think about someone other than yourself when you go in that voting booth.

    May 8, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  24. 24 white male

    It's been so obvious all along. Barack Obama is once in a lifetime.

    May 8, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  25. H-ROD

    hillary, stop turn around and leave just leave hillary now !!!!!!!! (yes Obama can )!!!!!!

    May 8, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
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