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. Ostriches burying our heads in the sand

    Yay! Another super!

    I am posting this part of the comment here because the other blog is closed!

    Hillary has the gall to send that letter to Barack asking for FL and MI to be seated almost blaming him for the mess, yet her campaign rejects the proposal that was floated today by the Michigan Dems which would give her 10 delegates more than her opponent! All the Michigan Dems interviewed said that it was a fair proposal and based on what the media has been saying the Obama camp would have accepted it! Talk about doublespeak. I try my best to like her but this kind of behavior makes me sick!!!!

    May 8, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  2. uniter?

    Obama's boast of being the uniter turned out to be exemplary of his entire campaign- all talk...politics as usual.. pandering and lies... negativity and hate.

    May 8, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  3. Eddie for CLINTON

    Cut the bull! It was difficult.... whatever!

    Fight is still on, in the inexperienced Intern from IL wins, the country will be in chaos again. And yeah, we will not support a weak candidate!

    May 8, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  4. Former Clinton Supporter

    Let's hear it for McCain Democrats!!!

    May 8, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  5. Anonymous

    God, has raised up Sen. Baraka Obama for such a time as this.
    Wayne

    May 8, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  6. Coleman

    CNN, you talk about the delegate count in this article but you've yet to update it on the elections page. very frustrating!!

    May 8, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  7. Jeanie in Oregon has Hope and wants change

    YES WE CAN

    THANK YOU REP MILLER :) :) :)

    May 8, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  8. Graduate Student

    I am so disturbed by the nastiness of some of you Clinton and some of you Obama supporters too. It's time to heal people. Let go, let God!!!

    Democrats 2008-How about that??

    May 8, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  9. Isaac

    When did Hillary supporters lose their democratic principals. Vote McCain? Is it so personal that you people suddenly don't care about health care and the war. You will sentence more of our young people to death in Iraq because your candidate didn't get the nomination? You will all have blood on your hands. Do you really want Supreme Court justices put in place pushing conservative agendas. All because YOUR candidate isn't going to get the nomination. Quit making emotional decisions and really look at the situation. I caucused for Obama, but will vote Hillary if she wins the nomination because I want what is best for this nation, a DEMOCRAT in the White House.

    May 8, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  10. mari

    There is no way i am voting for Obama. I am Hillary suporter all the way. I am loyal to the Clintom

    I am voitng Mccain

    May 8, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  11. emmett jones

    go obama go!!!!!

    May 8, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  12. Corey

    Many polls have shown Hillary is beating McCain in crucial swing states such as Ohio and Florida while Obama is behind McCain. Isn't this what this race is about, who can best beat McCain in the general election? Who cares if Obama won another red republican states like North Carolina or Mississippi since the republicans are going to win anyway since they will outnumber the democrats in those states in the fall. For the democrats, winning Ohio, Florida and PA are much bigger wins than winning North Carolina and Mississippi.

    May 8, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  13. David, Santa Rosa, CA

    Democrats unite! For better or worse, we have our candidate. It is time to get beyond the internal bickering and Obama/Clinton bashing and start bashing the GOP and John McCain!

    Sen. McCain is frightening. His ideas and politics are old school and archaic. We democrats need to accept what is and start moving forward to regain the White House and congress.

    Dems 08'

    May 8, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  14. Greg

    To: Former Democrat

    Please go to the other side and vote for John McCain...he will need your vote to win! George Bush III. $6.50 gas!

    May 8, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  15. Roger

    In 90 days you will see the Nation move towards Obama. I'm a registered Republican but my vote will be for Obama!

    I have had enough of George Bush and his Vise President (AKA... Puppet Master.)

    May 8, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  16. Beverlee Bruce

    Thank you Rep. Brad Miller for your reasoned endorsement of Senator Barack Obama and to the people of North Carolina for their enthusiastic support. You and your State will be remembered for your contribution to the renewed and deserved momentum in his bid for the nomination.

    May 8, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  17. 39 YR OLD WHITE WOMAN IN SEATTLE

    Les

    you sound like the racist everyone thinks we all are. If he does become President of the United States he will be all of our president. Key word United. If you don't like it you need to leave. This is an always will be the melting pot and I for one am so glad that this country has change enough to have an African American president. That is why the man is campaigning on CHANGE!!

    OBVIOUSLY THAT IS WHAT YOU NEED TO DO!! CHANGE WITH THE REST OF US

    May 8, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  18. Go away

    After all th crap of this primary, NO ONE will turn out to vote for ANY of the candidates.

    Obama is the worst precisely because he pretended to be different from the rest.

    May 8, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  19. Victor, NJ

    I am watching Hardball on Msnbc and Chris Mattews is grilling Clinton campaign strategist Wolfson. This guy is delusional and think they still have a shot at winning. I guess what Richardson said about the Clintons thinking they are entitled to the white house holds true.

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

    OH Well, another loser!!

    Obama will never win in November!!

    Go Hillary...if no Hillary, then McCain!!

    May 8, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  21. guythegood

    Jane,

    You are perfectly correct. I am not American, don't have English as a first language, and not even all that pro-American, but I have followed your primaries very closely. Why? Barack Obama offers a message, policy content and symbolic value that no other american presidential candidate of recent memory has offered.
    If it is a Clinton /McBush contest in the fall, your election loses its news-worthiness in my view.

    May 8, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  22. shelly

    The comments from all of the Obama Haters Make me laugh. Obama'08

    May 8, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  23. Marshall

    Oh how the mighty have fallen.

    May 8, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  24. Kay

    Thank you so much for your endorsment Mr. Miller......Welcome to the winning side.

    OBAMA 2008

    May 8, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  25. Venus

    To poster Alfredo and some of Hillary's other supporters!!!

    Get a life! Hillary lost!

    Hillary is a good person – but yet she is very nasty and bitter just like some of you!!! If more people really liked Hillary she would be ahead and not behind! She would have won more states and not 16!

    If you Hillary supporters really like her – how come you let her down and she had to give herself a $15,000-million loan and how come you don't go help her with her un-paid bills for $15,000-million dollars?

    I am glad we didn't have to count on you and that we don't NEED you now to try and bash us – winners are winners!

    Go vote for Mc Cain – we and Obama will still win in Nov/08 and Nov/12!

    Why don't you do us a favor and let us enjoy our joy and the love we have for the leader we have been supporting!

    Go to Hillary's blog and get your hate off your chest on her site!

    May 8, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
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