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. Ken

    Go ahead- it's not Nov yet

    Sure don't vote for Obama. Go ahead vote for a third Bush term. Vote for an overwhelming right wing majority on the Supreme Court. Go ahead vote for more war. Go ahead vote for no health care.

    All because your precious feelings are hurt, you're willing to flip off the rest of America,

    Sure..go ahead vote for more of the same.

    May 8, 2008 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  2. Susan Weidling

    90% of the reason I'm voting for Obama is because of his foreign policy. Do we ignore the playground bully by not talking to him? Our foreign policy is in shambles and our reputation around the world is a disgrace! We need to stop being the bullies and listen to other points of view ~ not to agree with them, but to understand them so that we can work together to create a planet that works together to solve problemsl!

    May 8, 2008 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  3. John

    Sen. Obama will be nominated.

    THEN, will be loose for McCain.... WHAT THE BIG DEAL!!!

    May 8, 2008 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  4. Janet, OH

    Congrats Senator, you deserve the nomination. You held your head up high, and did not let the Clinton machine wear you down.

    That faint cry from across the way is Hillary being Hillary–selfish to the end.

    Obama 08

    May 8, 2008 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  5. Paul

    I see comments here about delegates being traitors for doing their job, and Hillary supporters getting revenge in November if she loses. This is really poor thinking and I guess the party really doesn't need this kind of supporter. I'll bet they scream the loudest if John McCain wins.

    May 8, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  6. John San Francisco

    Does it amaze any follower of the Political Race that now at this point, that it appears Senator Obama may have a real shoot at becoming the President of the United States of America, that the real fear of those White Americans that are still caught up in FEAR of their old stereo type beliefs, are afraid that Mr. Obama will be the first Black Man to be Commander and Chief of the United States.

    Just the very mentioned of these comments have some in this country who are still living in the past like Rev Wright.

    It is clear that the Media is also in collusion to do this SPIN attack on Mr. Obama.

    Listen closely my fellow Americans to how the issues and interviews with Mr. Obama is being framed by some of the most visible Media Anchors.

    If it was not for the Freedom of Speech, we as Political Bloggers would not have had a forum to express these views.

    Yes, there are many Blogs that are just the core center of many Americans fears, traditions, and out dated belief. You can call it an Apple all day long, but after you eat it, it is still and will always be an Orange.

    Look for the take down because it is coming. This is what Mr. Obama was referring too.

    Yes, refer to this Blog; the Clinton’s will steal the White House. I hate to say such things, but look at the behavior of the Clintons and the Republicans. They are going to work together to bring down Mr. Obama. This is why Mr. Obama will not commit to offering Ms. Clinton the Vice Presidency.

    The sad part is the Clinton’s who want to ignore the wishes of all the voters and States that have voted for Senator Barak Obama.

    Yes, they are saying “How dare this country pick inexperience Black Man over the former First Lady of the White House”. They are prepared to keep Mr. Obama from being President, you better believe it. And for you Hillary Supporters, they really don’t care if you lose your homes, jobs, or economy. Why? Hmmm, maybe because a young Black Man who has only been a Senator for 4 years is the choice of the people.

    WOW what a Democracy we call America.

    United We Stand, Divided We Fall

    May 8, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  7. John TX

    Why are people so angry with Obama just because he rose to the occasion?
    No one hated the New York Giants when they outplayed the inevitable New England Patriots. It happens! People usually respect the winner.

    May 8, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  8. Eyob

    Hey, There is a typo in the this story and should be corrected : You wrote: "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 250." But according to the story Obama has 260 and not 250.

    May 8, 2008 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  9. Maryanne, LA

    Watch your back Senator. When she's not a happy camper she goes bullistic, and a little raw. We know you can take it because you've weathered the Hillary storm before.

    Obama 08, a nominee that will make me proud.

    May 8, 2008 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  10. dl


    May 8, 2008 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  11. Nina, PA

    Bring the boys home, bring them back alive.

    Obama 08

    May 8, 2008 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  12. Paula

    For all of you Clinton supporters who are hell bent on voting for McCain, when your son or daughter or grandson or granddaughter comes home in a body bag from Iraq, I hope you take great comfort in knowing that by pulling the lever for McCain you also share responsiblity for killing your kids and grandkids.

    May 8, 2008 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  13. Inevitable

    READ THIS DEMOCRATS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Quoted by Concern Democrats "Those democrats that feel the need to support McCain are only hurting themselves. If Obama lose, he'll go back to the senate and he'll be alright. However, will you be OK with a failing economy, a continue war in Iraq, health care unresolved, conservative justices, etc…"



    IMHO – Those who are continually spouting that they will vote for McCain if Hllary is not the candidate are really Republicans who are trying to cause havoc like pill popping, should be in jail for writing illegal prescriptions Rush Lumbaugh. There is not a rational Democrat would could possibly believe that McCain will serve their best interest in the White House, with 2 Supreme Court Justices awaiting appointment, a continuation of the tax cuts for the rich, waterboarding, not wanting to talk to our enemies, gas at 4.00 dollars a gallon, milk at 4.00 a gallon, 2 dollars for eggs – COME ON!

    I trust in America and I am a DEMOCRAT and even though I don't like Hillary – loved Bill – I would take a grandchild to the voting booth and let her push the button but I would NEVER give Bush a third term. That type of mentality is the reason we are in Iraq and allowed the GREENEST PRESIDENT to slip through our hands when we let lying Bush in for a second term. I vote for the best interest of my family and Obama is getting the support of the Party which says alot about their belief that he is the YES WE CAN President.


    May 8, 2008 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  14. akmal


    May 8, 2008 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  15. Cornish

    I am a Pacific Isander. I've only been casually "reading "American election news over the years. However, with Obama being the democratic Presidential Nominee, I‘ve been stung by the Obamania fever that has stung a lot of educated and young voters in the US.


    Port Moresby
    Papua New Guinea

    May 8, 2008 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  16. RB

    I have never been too involved in politics before but I felt compelled to weigh in on the democratic race. I have been a life long democrat and fully support the decision to not count the votes in Michigan and Florida despite pressure from Hillary Clinton.

    If we are the democratic nation we proclaim to be, we must follow the established rules set in place and not change them when it is convenient to do so. Further, if we change the rules to satisfy one person who cannot accept the will of the people, how can we respect ourselves as a people and a nation when we demand other nations follow democratic processes?

    It is unfortunate that Michigan and Florida did not follow the rules but as I must abide by the rules set forth in this voting process, so does everyone else.

    May 8, 2008 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  17. An American in Canada

    Brian May 8th, 2008 8:39 pm ET

    To Hillary supporters:

    Popular vote count:
    Obama = 16,260,355
    Clinton = 15,439,769

    Will you not honor the votes of Americans?????



    May 8, 2008 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  18. Independent

    And The train keeps on going down the track – welcome aboard! Obama 08!

    May 8, 2008 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  19. jeff warino

    the bickering i see on the clinton side of these comments remind me of way back in the seventies and little league base ball parents – loud and obnoxious – not seeing the bigger picture – stop with the gripping – this isnt a game its our lives and the lives of children at stake here – suck it up and lets stick together – and then we can – obama 08

    May 8, 2008 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  20. Real Dem

    What's so stunning is the fact that the Hillary Supporters are still saying add in Michigan and Florida. Fine, but O'bama will still have the lead in delegates and most likely the superdelegates so then what? Come up with another sorry reason to say O'bama and his thugs ( VERY RACIST)
    are disenfranchising the people? I think most of you are cold hearted individuals who don't think ALL MEN ARE CREATED EQUAL. I feel sorry for you.

    May 8, 2008 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  21. Iron Man III

    I find it very interesting and comical that as Obama takes the D ticket, both Hillary and McCains supporters throw their toys afar from their cot and in so doing denouncing CNN coverage as bias. CNN has always been and always will be right on the money, totally unbiased and spells out the story as it is, well done CNN ! You certainly have my vote. These people that threaten to leave the D Party, to stop watching CNN, we dont want people like you anyway ! For everyone of you, there are 2 others waiting in the wings and for good reason, most people want a candidate that can change the landscape, a candidate with honour and judgement. Not interested in the person that can throw the most nasties ! Obama, you are the man ! President OBAMA, WOW. Watch the US become accountable, watch the whitehouse change for the better, watch the rest of the world give the US another chance ! The international community see the US as a joke now, only Obama can change this, not Hillary, not McCain.

    Look forward to Obama taking charge from day 1 !

    May 8, 2008 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  22. Sheri



    LOVE AND PEACE TO ALL YOU ARE WORTH IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 8, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  23. jc

    Yahoo way to go Obama!!!!

    May 8, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  24. Let's think about this---------------

    McCain benefits from the lack of a united democratic party. If I'm a true democrat, I have to vote for the nominee, be it Hillary or Obama. For me to say I'm going to teach the "corrupt" democratic establisment a thing or two with my vote for McCain in Nov., or by not voting at all is shortsighted.
    This democratic race is like watching your favorite sports team in the playoffs. You want them to win at all costs, and it they don't, your going to root against the team that beat them, and your going to wnat the team that beat your team to lose in the big game. We all need to wake up and realize that this is not a sport, and the party that wins will have great impact on our day to day lives. It doesn't matter if you supprt Obama or Hillary, you need to vote for the democratic candidate. If you don't, then you have no right to complain about McCain when he wins, bacause you will ahve helped him to the oval office.

    Realistically, this circus we call a political system today is so far from what our forefathers envisioned, its a joke. But it is also our reality.

    Lead, follow or get out of the way---–

    May 8, 2008 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  25. Tony in Toronto

    To Go ahead- it's not Nov yet – The really sad part of this whole election is the discovery of truly selfish voters like you who would rather vote for a Republican in November than the candidate that YOUR party chooses fair and square – there's no conspiracy here except the one that you are trying to create. At the end of the day all primary contests will be resolved and the delegates of Florida and Michigan will be seated. Fair and square. The question is: will you support the winner?

    This has been an epic contest with two of the most amazing political figures to ever emerge from the American fabric. The usual complaint that people have is that there is no candidate that inspires anything and we're usually left with a bunch of truly unsatisfactory choices. Not this time! Whether it ends up being Hillary or Barack the potential of what they could do is truly incredible.

    As a Canadian who is proud to share a common border with your great nation I say it's about time that you had a leader that chooses to look ahead with a worldview rather than just the usual myopic U.S. view. That myopic view adopted by your country for the past 8 years IS the reason why your economy is in shambles and is so ill-equipped to compete on the world stage. Aiding McCain, as honorable as he is, to become your next President will only prolong this situation. If you're willing to do that then you must not be concerned about making America great once again.

    As the most powerful nation on this planet the United States of America IS the steward of the world we all share. Therefore we expect you to lead by example, gain trust by earning respect, and always be courageous enough to challenge what is not right, both around the world and in your own back yard. Now you have TWO incredible individuals that share one common trait – they can indeed rise above the past and claim the future by leading both your great country and the world. And in the midst of this potential for greatness – shared by both Clinton and Obama – you choose to disrespect their efforts by saying you'll vote Republican if your candidate is unable to win. How selfish is that?

    You sound like one of "those" people – and we all know them – who, after a well fought contest would choose to destroy the prize for everyone rather than accept defeat with honor and make everyone stronger by adding their voice and strength to the champion. You don't sound like a true Democrat – true Democrats are never afraid of a fight, and when they do so they fight with integrity, and they never, ever jump ship – which is what you're preaching. You need to take a hard look at your logic and your allegiance. If you are really a Republican at heart I suggest you vote for McSame and stay one. If not then suck it up and support whomsoever your Party chooses. Isn't that supposed to be the Democratic way?

    May 8, 2008 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
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