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. Moe

    Go Obama. You have run your campaign with dignity, honor, and integrity - even during the rough smears of the other candidates. I trust more and more superdelegates are beginning to take notice.

    May 8, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  2. Steve N

    Drip drip drip...


    OBAMA 2008

    May 8, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |

    Another one with the good sense to finally see the writing on the wall. Welcome aboard the Obama Express!! Keep'em coming! Hillary, you get back in spades what you dish out; welcome to some cold crow and hot pain sauce!
    Aaaaaand let the disheartened, disillusioned Clinton supporters start the "Judas" hating in 3, 2, 1....

    May 8, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  4. Lee WV

    Just remember all of you die-hard Clinton backers those local therapy sessions are booking up fast.

    May 8, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  5. Republican in Idaho for Obama


    May 8, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  6. Tim in NC

    And the people's voices are heard!

    See Mich and Fla, this is what happens when you play by the rules.

    May 8, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  7. marie

    It is my understanding that superdelegates were created so that the Democratic Party would never again choose a nominee for the presidency who could not win in the general election. This year, I know the decision will be especially difficult. But if logical minds prevail, then superdelegates must look at the electoral vote-rich, swing states, not who won in Iowa or N.C. Polls will tell you which candidate can win against Sen McCain. If Hilllary is the candidate, she will win the Centrist vote, Obama will not. Obama needs to explain these realities to his base. If not, we are destined, as Democrats to lose, once again.

    May 8, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  8. yeah yeah

    Feel good Obama...
    Then lose in Nov.

    May 8, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  9. Casey in KY

    Lets get the USA back on top of the world where we should be!! Obama for President!!!

    yes WE can!!!

    May 8, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  10. Xango

    thank you thank you thank you mr. Miller
    the people of the USA thank you
    history will show you made be the best choice
    our f\ounding fathers are proud
    we need honest people to help us all help this country back to what really is.........

    Obama 08
    US President 2008-2012 -2016
    it is written

    May 8, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  11. melikeyhill

    yeah when 90% blacks voted for bill clinton and defended him during the lewinsky mess no one cried racism , now the tables are turned hillary cries wolf!!! could it be that blacks actually like obama just like they loved her husband bill??? hmmmmmm

    May 8, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  12. sacto joe

    Hillary Clinton has decided to focus on the color of Barak Obama's skin, and ignore the incredible person who inhabits that skin. She's gone of the deep end, and will soon disappear from sight. Too bad. Until she did that, I thought she might make a good VP choice.

    Barak needs to look at other women for that spot now.

    May 8, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  13. Lana

    President of these United States. That's whom Les.

    Obama 08!

    Yes we can!!!

    May 8, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  14. Uncle Sam

    It's official. Reagan Democrats are now being called McCain Democrats.

    Americans for McCain '08

    May 8, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  15. cameleon116

    Congressman Brad Miller (D-NC) endorses Barack Obama;

    Miami Beach Superdelegate Gelber Backs Obama

    May 8, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  16. Claire

    This white woman who voted for Obama in the primary and will vote for him in November THANKS YOU!

    May 8, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  17. mike from texas

    Welcome to winning team .

    May 8, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  18. Amanda

    I think that this is a very appropriate decision.

    Keep 'em coming.

    May 8, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  19. Grant

    I think tomorrow will be a good day for him...they really want to head to WVA with the lead in Super Delegates......Not really sure why the remaining Supers are fence sitting though...the race is over. Although, I am sure the Clintons are blowing the entire $6.4M they loaned on investigators to dig up dirt, or just make up stuff on Obama.....She is going to go for the kill within 10 days, this will get real nasty, the Supers can end this was said before, only the Dems could screw this up....what are they waiting for? More fake scandals to divide the party further....END IT

    May 8, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |

    amazing... you let THIS idiot's comments post....

    All his hot air speeches? President of whom? Blacks most certainly….everyone else I dont think so.


    but please.. don't le me stop your bias....

    May 8, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  21. NickNas

    When the lead is lost in SDs Hillary had better quit. I can no longer pretend to have any repect for her as a person, politician or Woman. This mornings lowerst of lowpoints that even CNN has not brought up again even after they published her race baiting comments is unforgivable. Hear that Hillary I don't care if you cure cancer you are done with my household at the very least.

    May 8, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  22. Ben

    Hillary made a statement saying "White America" will vote for her. I'm a White American but standing with the obvious winner of the nomination Barack Obama. Statements like this is why I hope the Super Delegates get a spine such as Brad Miller and put an end to Hillary's negative undertones by pledging to the clear winner of this nomination Barack Opama. This is the one thing that the Democrats fail to do, take a chance and stand up for what is right. This race needs to stop being about Hillary and be about winning the General Election in November. Obama supporters should make their cases to their representives directly to stop the negativity Hillary is creating in her desperation to win the nomination. The math already clearly shows that she can't win and in fact has already lost.

    May 8, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  23. Obama '08

    Wow Les – show your true ignorance. Don't hold anything back now...!

    May 8, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  24. mitchell from arkansaw


    May 8, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  25. Kristina

    Let's get this show on the road!

    May 8, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
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