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. skylark

    Hopefully all of you Dems who are threatening to vote for McCain if Hillary doesn't win the nomination will be put on the draft list for the next war the GOP starts should McCain win.
    Nice knowing you. Obama supporters exempt of course.

    May 8, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  2. Anonymous

    please check your math

    May 8, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  3. Jeff

    Error in the story: Obama now has 260 superdelegates, not 250.

    May 8, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  4. john from las vegas

    McCain vs Obama in November. Wow the choice couldn't be more of a no-brainer!

    OBAMA '08

    May 8, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  5. Lisa

    And why is Obama still behind in the superdelegates again?

    May 8, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  6. bigben

    haha you want him in Canada take him. he is not wanted here

    May 8, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  7. adam

    Hillary knows that she is done, she is fighting to be on the ticket as V.P because she knows that Obama would be reluctant to choose her. Old politics you know..He is right

    May 8, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  8. James

    Hillary, and all those uppied women should be home with their mouth shut taking care of the kids.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 8, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  9. Dean

    Hey, CNN you have an error: Obama has 260 superdelegate endorsements, not 250 as you have!

    Obama '08!

    May 8, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  10. Michelle

    Obama confident about winning Clinton voters.

    May 8, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  11. Ro

    I really don't see where Clinton and her supports can come up with the numbers needed to win.......

    May 8, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  12. Zagazaw

    So I see in America, Hate is stronger than love, Hillary suppoerters is saying that their hate for Obama is greater than their love for their follow citizen in iraq who is dying everyday for nothing.

    May 8, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  13. DemHypocrisy

    No bitterness, simply will go to plan B, McCain.

    May 8, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  14. Missouri


    May 8, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  15. well

    Not surprised!
    Pressure is on for superdelegates to lead, not to follow.

    May 8, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  16. shawn

    Obama = Bush.
    Disenfranchise FL = Disenfranchise FL

    May 8, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  17. Anonymous

    I emailed my senator's to defect. The time is now.

    May 8, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  18. Glory

    People that call themselves democrats and then just because their candidate doesn't win they will rather not vote or vote for a republican, those people should be ashame of themselves!!! They would rather have more Bush years!!!! False DEMOCRATS!!!!!!

    May 8, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  19. D'Anne

    For those of you who care more about revenge than this country, all I can do is shake my head in disgust. I truly feel sickend by such "patriotic" people.

    American will never be what it can be because we have too many people with selfish, idiotic, biased, and childish attitudes.

    May 8, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  20. Venus

    Thank you!

    Go Obama!

    All aboard the Obama Expess to the White House – Penn Ave!

    Keep em' coming!

    May 8, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  21. Glory

    The only lesson they will teach is to themselves!!!

    May 8, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  22. Victor, NJ

    The fools that say they would vote for McCain in november if Clinton is not the nominee, just imagine 4 years from now that you chose to jeopardize the lifes of many soldiers over in Iraq for A power hungry millionare.

    May 8, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  23. John in Santa Clara

    The overall tone on this board (from both sides) certainly validates George Bernard Shaw's observation that "democracy is a device that ensures we shall be governed no better than we deserve."

    May 8, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  24. Jacklyn of NC

    Thank you! Democrats lets come together and make this happen for us in Washington with Barack Obama. He promises to listen to us and lead from the bottom-up and that is the best way. Thanks......

    May 8, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  25. Matt

    Obama Heavy Weight Champion of the Democrats!!!

    May 8, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
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