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. Wilmoth Nichols

    I have read that the price of oil is tied to the dollar because it is traded on the markets based on the dollar, and I have also read that the horrendously high price of oil is because our dollar is weak, due to the horrendously huge debt our nation has. The debt continues to grow, our dollar continues to shrink and we need to get someone in the White House in 2009 who can put us on a road to solvency. I don't think that a third term for George Bush (via John McCain) is the answer to our growing national debt problem.
    We need a Democrat in the White House and a Democrat Cabinet at his side. We need President Barak Obama

    May 8, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  2. Pascal from Switzerland

    Why is it that almost every superdelegate who picks Obama has to mention in the second sentence how Hillary run an impressive campaign? I saw nothing interessting in her campaign!

    May 8, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  3. Phil from Boston, MA

    ...but Obama hasn't ignored "the side of powerful economic interests" either.

    May 8, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  4. Paul WV

    Clinton supporters who say they are democrats, yet wont vote for Obama when he runs in November....

    Come on, it's time to swallow your pride and stop being
    sore "losers"! its foolish..

    we need to Unite for the sake of the party! it would be worse
    to "Lose" to McCain.. lets have a bit of pride


    May 8, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  5. G.N. Penley

    Let's pray that Obama gets the nomination, and then pray even harder that he loses the national election. He is NOT qualified to be President of the United States–doesn't even understand the common men and women of this country.
    As for Hillary–I'll be so glad to see her phony mug gone from the national news.

    May 8, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  6. Felly

    With Obama's presidency, America is back as a global force.

    May 8, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |

    A vote for Obama is a vote for McCain. They are SO happy that he may be the nominee they can't stand it! So much ammunition to throw at him for the general election. It really saddens me though, I really can't stand another four years of republicans. Especially since they will pay no attention to global warming and the environment. Very sad, this was our chance and we blew it.

    May 8, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  8. melikeyhill

    The new voters are gonna take obama to the presidency, never mind those dems who wont vote for obama, the new voters want change and in nov when faced with 4 more years of mccain- bush govt, independents and new voters even some republicans will vote for obama, you are not a true dem if you betray your party, but it s written, obama will be presidnet08!

    May 8, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  9. Michael in Seattle

    According to my calculations he is only 7 supers behind now!

    OBAMA 08/12

    May 8, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  10. Bayuaji

    Wow, Obama is endorsed by many nice and respectful people.

    I do not understand how come Clinton's supporters can not see how great is Obama. Obama is a nice person, talented man, and a natural leader. That is why he is supported by great people.

    What;s wrong with Hillary's supporters?? It is ok to be nice.

    May 8, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  11. Pam

    He's only 4 behind Hillary in superdelegates now.

    May 8, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  12. Casey | Sebastopol, CA

    Thank you sir! You've done the right thing. Senator Barack Obama will make a great president.

    I applaude your actions and admire the way that Obama is handling things. I hope Senator Clinton can see that far from trying to "stop the election" we, the people – the majority, simply want the healing process to begin.

    We don't want to stop the primaries at all. Go ahead with them. But mathematically, it will not change anything when it comes to results. However, we hope that the remaining states express their wishes, their hopes, their concerns with their votes.

    We know that Obama will listen to that and bring those people into the fold so that the Democratic party can move onward and upward to win the general election.

    No more war. No more special interests. No more corporate greed. One America for all the people.

    YES, WE CAN.

    May 8, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  13. Jane

    The world is watching and is very excited that Barack Obama will be the next President of the United States.

    Obama '08

    May 8, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  14. BurgundyandGold

    Hey Go Ahead<

    May 8, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  15. Festus Elleh

    It is not about the age of Metusela, it is about the wisdom of Solomon. It does not take longetivity or old age to be a great President, it takes wisdom and judgement. Great minds are made and require minimum training to function greatly. Someone is going around confusing people.

    May 8, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  16. Alao Alan

    Without doubt Mrs Clinton is so much engrosed in self fulfilment that she is blind to the fact that she is can no longer win.

    The best people that can advice her to drop out is President Bill and Chelsea.

    She must be feeling the pain now that people are now throwing the same kitchen sinks she threw at her opponent back at her.

    She should take a graceful exit before a disgraceful one comes knocking on her door.

    Now more than ever before judgement and NOT experience is what she needs most.

    May 8, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  17. Ottilia


    I think you have it all wrong because I believe Bush's administration hurt everyone including republicans of all colors who make less than $75K a year nevermind the Dems. So for you to think Obama will be a Pres only for blacks you're 50 yrs behind and need to learn more about the man himself and look past his color because he's going to represent you past your color whether you vote for him or not - WAKE UP!!!!

    Thank you Miller for supporting President Obama - a CHANGE has COME!! This is what MLK was dreaming about!!! A change for all Americans of all backgrounds and color!!! OBAMA '08 & '12

    May 8, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  18. 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
    pls post my comments!!!

    May 8, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  19. Venus

    What another sweet and beautiful day!

    Here in Seattle – the sun has finally beat the clouds and another wonderful human have thought and selected Obama for president!!!

    For me – this is a great day to grab one of my goodie/oldies CD- by the O'Jays>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> People all aboard the love train – don't need to ticket!

    Go Obama! Ha,ha,ha,ha– not too many rookies can run against the powerful Clintons and win! Obama has got to be the best underdog in the world and how he managed to keep cool the past two months and still win!!!

    May 8, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  20. J. Vera, NC

    Go Barack!! I voted the first day early voting was available, first primary I've ever voted in, and I am a lifelong lIndependent . Mr. Obama, we need you to run this country. Hill and Bill only care about themselves and McCain will be more of the same we've had the for past 8 years.

    May 8, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  21. Jim in Green Bay

    What would you all think of an Obama / Biden ticket?

    May 8, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  22. Cat

    If Hillary is out of the race, I am out of voting for the democrats. This was the best candidate for the job. No question about it.

    The Republicans are going to have a field day against Obama – this is exactly how they wanted this race to end to their benefit. The public is not smart enough to see this.

    May 8, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  23. Not a Democrat but......

    Way to go Super D.

    Hellary – go home. The pandering and gazillion angles of looking at this race are over. YOU ARE SO ANNOYING!

    May 8, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  24. No way to unity

    It is too late to unify the party.

    Too much anti-Hillary hate from Obama supporters.

    Too much cocky, boasting, mocking, jeering, arrogance evident from Obama that made a lie of his campaign platform.

    And the coup de tat- denouncing Rev Wright for political posturing. Many of us saw that as proving Wright's point- Obama is the typical politician doing whatever it takes to win.

    So what is new... what is change... what is different about that?

    May 8, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  25. Seth

    Obama supporters: Everyone needs to play nice now. We need to unite the party. Take the high road. Embrace Hillary's supporters. We need to beat McCain, and we can't do it unless we are UNITED!

    May 8, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
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