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. Ellie

    I strongly believe that Obama is the right one for the job. Not enough experience some say, well, look at what experience has gotten us during the last few yrs. I had been a McCain supporter, Never a Clinton supporter. What exeprience does Clinton bring, other than her knack for being a liar and an actress. Which by the way, appears to be a desirable attribute according to her supporters. Come on W Virginia, Kentucky and all other future primary states, vote Obama. You owe nothing to Clinton. Your precious jobs were kissed good bye-by her husband.

    May 8, 2008 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  2. Carl

    OBAMA!!! The next president of our beloved country.

    May 8, 2008 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  3. American Lover

    Its amazing how some people can be so bitter and hateful!! Why would u vote for Mccain Just because you upset. Think about the bigger picture. Think about change! Think about a successful econmy!! Think about our soilders coming home!! Think about AMERICA!!!

    May 8, 2008 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  4. LD - Another defect to Obama - YES!!

    It's a true shame that Hillary Rodham Clinton (HRC) supporters are soooo jealous, they are willing to vote Republican, just for the sake of destroying the party!! Maybe there is some truth to the fact that racism is still alive in 2008. Particulary, Richard Bell from Salem, NC.....why are you so bitter.....that a man, who just happens to be African-American, has displayed dignity, strength, and poise throughout this campaign; PARTICULARLY, since he was the true underdog in this race from the beginning!! 😉

    It's amazing how this man, who had to dignify a response based on what his pastor said, has come under fire....YET HRC, who has repeatedly lied to the American people (right-wing conspiracy, sniper fire, and please don't forget NAFTA......the only real reason for winning Ohio), can generate such support from supposedly smart, educated people. If she cannot be honest to the American people about her position on domestic issues, how can we trust this woman to be honest with our allies overseas? Futhermore, in her infamous speech today, just who is she referring to as "less educated"? As an college educated individual, I'm even appauled at this statement as no one is less worthy simply for the fact they do not have a college education.

    If this shoe would have been on the other foot and Obama was behind in numbers (popular vote, pledged delegates, and the increasing support from Superdelegates) as like HRC, the the DNC would have not only told Obama to back out, they would have thrown him under a bus!! Please HRC supporters, just simply dignify yourselves as her attempting to run a good race, yet she fell short!

    OBAMA '08!!!

    May 8, 2008 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  5. C Parks

    I am so ready for America to become color-blind ... so we can all work together, for the good of our country!! We can do this in our lifetime ... let's each just lead by example. The time is now!

    God bless you and God bless our United States of America!!!

    Chris Parks, Buffalo NY

    May 8, 2008 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  6. Ike

    To all the people who are hysterical because this is such a close race and their candidate may not be the one running against McCain. First, stop blaming the process. It's been here for decades first of all, and secondly all the candidates knew the rules from the start. Second, CALM DOWN!!! Don't lose sight of the prize itself. Think of your own idealogical reasons why you are a democratc in the first place. Do you really want to turn over this country to McCain because of being a poor loser? We are democrats, we are bigger than the bitterness that is being slung around here.

    May 8, 2008 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  7. Latino Vote

    Breaking news ............. therapy sessions for die-hard Clinton supporters are sold out.....everywhere , next best place to book one............... Ontario Canada

    May 8, 2008 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  8. Independent99999

    Obama looks Presidential. This independent is looking for the 1st time voting for a Democrat. Just for Obama.

    May 8, 2008 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  9. Manuel

    To those who say that Obaman can not win in November, I can only tell you that Hillary can't win in May!!!

    May 8, 2008 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  10. Edgar

    one more time no Hillary not vote for Obama! EVER!

    May 8, 2008 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  11. Who is bitter?

    hilly is a BITTER LOOSER!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 8, 2008 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  12. Eric Thornley

    I apologize for my previous comment, it was immature, yes. I apologize.

    Indeed, let us unite and come together for the cause of change, enough is enough, kick the conservatives out before it becomes too late.

    As Twisted Sister song goes....

    "We're not gonna take it anymore!"

    May 8, 2008 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  13. Chris in Texas

    The next story we'll hear next will headline, "Obama leads in superdelegates.....Clinton concedes to unify the party."

    May 8, 2008 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  14. Joseph Baker

    This is history in the making Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Would be proud of this moment. I say "Go Obama Go!"

    May 8, 2008 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  15. Debbi

    It seems like every time Hillary gets behind or loses a state she tries to go after those votes in Michigan and Florida. I'm tired of hearing about that. That's a done deal. Give up HIllary! You can't win!


    May 9, 2008 12:47 am at 12:47 am |
  16. Andante

    Would somebody tell Obama to please not to look like he is about to fall asleep when he answers question. He needs a speech therapist so bad.

    May 9, 2008 12:51 am at 12:51 am |
  17. Bob, Florida-RFO

    Alfredo May 8th, 2008 5:08 pm ET

    You are sooo clever! Stop the whinning!

    May 9, 2008 01:11 am at 1:11 am |
  18. Sylvester

    Obama will be the next President because the country do need change. That's why he's been winning so far, that's why he's going to win in November.

    May 9, 2008 01:15 am at 1:15 am |
  19. Marlene

    The Clinton's have been good for our country. We cannot dispute the great economy of the 1990's. But, it is time for HOPE Obama. He is brilliant and will gain world respect for America once again. Our economy is about equal to the 1929 Depression. Obama will be the second FDR! Go Obama! We need you!

    May 9, 2008 01:17 am at 1:17 am |
  20. zee-zee Nigeria

    America, the land of equal opportunity,the land of dreaming, the creator of modern demorcracy. Some of your children still sound undemorcratic. If you actually have demorcratic values, you should be thinking of unification and rally support for your party.

    May 9, 2008 01:29 am at 1:29 am |
  21. bill in Oklahoma

    This must be the avalanche of support he gets for winning one out of two primaries. Soon I might have to go to my left hand to count the delegates racing obama's way

    May 9, 2008 01:36 am at 1:36 am |
  22. Willy


    May 9, 2008 06:49 am at 6:49 am |
  23. Amanda

    I'd rather vote McCain and pay higher gas prices than to vote for Obama! If not Hillary, then McCain. This country is NOT ready to be ran by one such as Obama!

    May 9, 2008 06:50 am at 6:50 am |
  24. Andrew (Toronto, Ontario)

    Hey "Go ahead- it's not Nov yet", go ahead and protest the DNC with your vote in November and if McCain wins I will be thinking of you when the US falls into a depression. You're only hurting yourself by taking such actions... grow up already!

    May 9, 2008 07:10 am at 7:10 am |
  25. Foreign observer

    It is so simple. With all her heart Hillary will go to support her old friend Obama. Her strongest wish it is to avoid a GOP President.

    May 9, 2008 07:20 am at 7:20 am |
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