May 9th, 2008
07:00 AM ET
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Obama picks up two superdelegates, gap narrowed to seven

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 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. American Supporter for OBAMA

    OMG...there are now only 8 superdelegates between Obama and Hillary. This man is closing the gap in all categories. I could be my imagination but most of the superdelegates that have come out lately have been white men correct? Not sure what Hillary is talking about. Obama gets suppport from ALL people across the board!!!

    May 8, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  2. christine

    welcome to the obama movement good news all these supers need to decide now, they are now the ones that a causing the divisions on this party

    May 8, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  3. Obama '08

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

    May 8, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  4. Danny,IA

    Brad Miller is another rep who has no substance. You are a newcomer and you can support Barack but both of you are not fit to govbern our country. please go into the wild.... Get lost

    May 8, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  5. Unified Democratic Party 2008

    Hillary Clinton supporters:

    Please stop with the threats and insults. I realize many Obama supporters are gloating and taunting you, which is disappointing and wrong. I wish this wasn’t going on. However, it's important that you rise above the petty taunts and stop threatening to vote against the well-being of our nation just because your preferred candidate will not be in the race. Voting for a Democrat, regardless of who he/she is, is absolutely critical this fall. We're all depending on Clinton supporters everywhere to see the big picture and help the Democratic Party take back the White House, and help our nation begin recovering from Bush's mistakes and blunders at home and abroad. We need you, there's no denying it. Please, please, please unite behind Obama and help the cause. We're in this together.

    May 8, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  6. Raymond J. Ryan

    We have suffered eight years of what history will adjudge a period of trickery and deceit by oligarchs slick in operation and small of stature. Today, the five time military deferment VP of America gives the Commencement address at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. What an outrage against the families of earlier graduates who came home to America in caskets.
    My prayer is that Sen. Obama will not disappoint those who feel as i do that "Comes the Hour, Comes the Man" This is one of America's perilous hours- God willing, he is the man. Ray Ryan, Essex, Ct.

    May 8, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  7. DOUBTING THOMAS

    THE TIDAL WAVE OF SUPER DELEGATES, WILL SOON TURN INTO A TSUNAMI. HEAD FOR THE HILLS BILLARY, BEFORE YOU GET SWEPT AWAY.

    May 8, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  8. deb

    CAN ANYONE TELL ME WHY OBAMA IS NOT GOING TO KENTUCKY OR WEST VIRGINIA. I THOUGHT EVERY STATE MATTERED TO HIM. EVEN IF CLINTON GETS THE WIN IN EACH STATE. HE SHOULD NOT STOP TRYING TO ATLEAST CLOSE THE GAP.

    May 8, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  9. Kristina

    Go ahead- it's not Nov yet

    You're another one that REAL democrats will have to brush off OUR shoulders too. Have to see you go, but if you must.....close the door behind you.

    May 8, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  10. Angel for Obama

    This is great news for the Obama camp only 8 more super del's to tie Clinton "Yes we Can"

    "Obama 08 enough said"

    May 8, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  11. Thank You, Brad!

    Thank you very much. It's time to move on to the main event.

    May 8, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  12. Roger

    About 60-75% of Americans will vote for McCain in November.

    That's the republican party and about one third of the democrat party.

    Hillary has a better chance of containing the democrat party. That's just the way it is.

    May 8, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  13. Anita from Arizona

    Mr. Miller is doing what a superdelegate should do. The will of the people. Congrads to you, have a seat and enjoy the ride to the White House.
    Yes We Can!!

    May 8, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  14. A.K.

    Oh, Les, don't forget he's the president of us young, college-educated whites.

    May 8, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  15. Dell, Laurel, MD

    Poor, Poor Hillary. She is so desperate and pathetic. It's like a great athlete refusing to hang it up. She gets more and more desperate by the day. Like the letter appealing to Obama for the MI and FL votes...so very pathetic and a last ditch at stiring up controversy. I am so proud to have Obama as our next President. He is so on another level. GO OBAMA!!!!

    May 8, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  16. Xavier, St. Louis, MO

    Welcome aboard a winning campaign!

    In the words of a great American leaders: YES WE CAN!

    May 8, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  17. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Please don't bash Hillary, she is still a democrat and has vowed to support the party as we all must do. Please don't bash Hillary.

    May 8, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  18. Jody Monroe

    BABY BOOMER ALERT: It's time for you baby boomers (Hillary & her crew) to sit down and shut up. You've had 40 years to improve the world. Now it's a huge mess... So now Generation X and Y will have to clean up behind you guys. Get a life!

    May 8, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  19. Jon, MI

    In 2000 we got Mr. Uniter not a Divider who had only ever been a governor of Texas.

    And 8 years later we get. . . another neophyte promising to bring us all together.

    This isn't change, it's rhetoric.

    May 8, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  20. Kristina

    Les
    .....don't sound so bitter, sweety.

    May 8, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  21. Independent

    Woo-hoo! Keep 'em coming. ;)

    May 8, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  22. William

    Today is a good day.............

    May 8, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  23. Richard Bell - Winston-Salem, NC.

    I think its time for Hillary supporters to switch over to vote for McCain. It's time we destroy Obama in NOvember for our revenge.

    May 8, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  24. A.M. Saqib

    Thank you Rep. Brad Miller; Hillary Clinton indeed ran a well deserved tough compaign and showed all of us how dedicated a person is she. By the same token, as democrat I am proud to say that our nominee 'Barak Obama' will be the best president of United States of recent history.

    Obama will unite the nation, let alone the democratic party.

    A.M. Saqib
    Houston, Texas

    May 8, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  25. lip

    Congratulations Senator Obama...
    Just finished reading Senator Clinton's letter concerning thos eunseated delegates in Michigan and Florida. This letter has no solution other than to distract the American public from the truth. It is an attempt to force Senator Obama to spend his valuable time defending himself while she spends her time attempting to look Presidential.
    Senator Clinton is very good at misdirection. This does not qualify her for President. It only qualifies her for the job of "desperado". Is this what we want in the White House?

    May 8, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
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