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. Hillary, please "obliterate" yourself !

    Please go back home now.Atleast for your family.Fiinne that didnt work !

    Best shot – Hillary, Bills cheating again !

    May 8, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  2. Will Not vote Obama HES FAKE

    I think the obama fans should realize you can't win without us. The more you run your mouth on her the further you divide this party. Obama and clinton need to run together if they want to win. Now is the time to heal.

    May 8, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  3. Margeaux

    Jody Monroe.

    Is your insult to baby boomers also part of Obama's positivism? Are you discriminating against a certain age group? Shut up.

    May 8, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  4. JK

    Les, is that the theme song to DELIVERANCE I hear in the background. It's been said that ignorance and apathy are two of the biggest problems in America. Let me finish your answer.....you don't know and you don't care.....

    Obama '08

    May 8, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  5. Greg, Los Angeles

    Oh . . . how all you Mighties will fall in November when Obama is not elected President. Us Republicans will be dancing in the streets because you Democrats once again shot yourselves in the foot!

    Obama . . . welcome to a good trouncing by John McCain!

    May 8, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  6. jim

    the obama train door is still wide open and people are trickling in

    May 8, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  7. TPETERS

    I am a 52 year old white female and a catholic from NewYork. I am so excited to have Obama in the White House. Thank you North Carolina and Indiana

    May 8, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  8. David, Santa Rosa, CA

    Democrats unite! For better or worse, we have our candidate. It is time to 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.

    May 8, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  9. Greg

    Maybe if we vote for McCain we can speed up the destruction of the US and its constitution. $8.50 gas!

    May 8, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  10. Steve

    Did you see all the old white men flocked around obama this morning, i am sure some of them wet their pants just like gov. henry did

    May 8, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  11. JC

    McCain is not going to lose to you Obama because us real democrats are going to vote for McCain if you steal the nomination.

    May 8, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  12. George, Los Angeles

    I will NOT be voting for Obama (or ANY Democrat) this November. I'm done with the Democratic Party. Goodbye and good riddence! Not another single penny from me!

    I'm now joining my Republican family in their quest to elect John McCain for President. I've fought them for too long on behalf of the Democratic party. I now know that they were right – and I was wrong.

    Republicans forever. Democrats in their stupidity guarantees it!

    May 8, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  13. Woffy

    What has Obama done either than speak well. Please ,someone tell me! All I hear is that he is a uniter. No he is not, or he would have won everything hands down by now.

    May 8, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  14. Pete in NYC

    As a Republican, I want Obama to win the nomination and I wish Clinton would just bow out already. She would have been fun to beat but he will be even more fun and I doubt it will be that difficult. He can't even close the deal with his own party and they talk like he is going to run right to the W.H. He is going to lose and I bet he is going to lose big. That said, he is a nice fellow but that means nothing in the end.

    May 8, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  15. lewc

    Obama Supporters....Please stop the distasteful remarks about Sen. Clinton and her supporters. We are all aware of the direction that this nomination is going.

    Give Sen. Clinton and her supporters time to accept the fact, vent ,then help to bring this party back as ONE. Keep in mind the bigger picture:

    DEFEAT the REPUBLICANS in NOV.!!!

    As a strong Obama Supporter, I beg of you... Lets start mending the fences.

    Obama '08

    May 8, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  16. Gerry In Toronto

    You can tell from the comments on here, just how scared republicans are of running against Obama. They know fully well, Obama will wipe the floor with Granda Mcbush.

    May 8, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  17. Kevin-Seattle

    So if this nomination goes as planned and Obama is OUR nominee; Hillary supporters you are telling me that when Hillary throws her support to Obama and she rallies for Obama that you are going to go against her wishes? She was very clear on Tuesday night that she would support whomever the nominee was going to be that a "Democrat needs to be in the WhiteHouse"

    May 8, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  18. Helena

    God, the Almighty, BLESS BARACK OBAMA. AMEN.

    May 8, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  19. Michael

    Eight delegate difference? NICE :D

    Yes We Can and Will in 2008

    May 8, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  20. Debby

    I wonder if Donna Brazile is going to leave the Dem. party like she said if she has to make a choice as superdelegate. She sure sounds like she is in Obama's corner now. Another turncoat in the making.

    May 8, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  21. Greg

    Yes...let vote for any Republican in November...lets see soup lines and $12.50 gas!

    May 8, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  22. Lauren-Colorado

    DEAR "FRED"

    AND YOU CALL YOURSELF A DEMOCRAT?????

    SAD DAY FOR YOU- IF YOU WERE A DEMOCRAT AND SUPPORTED THE IDEAS AND SOLUTIONS THAT HILARY HAS YOU WOULD REALIZE THAT VOTING FOR MCCAIN WOULD BE EXACTLY WHAT CLINTON WOULDN'T WANT YOU TO DO! SHE HERSELF HAS BEEN SAID THERE ISN'T MUCH OF A DIFFERENCE BETWEEN HER AND OBAMA BUT THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN CLINTON/OBAMA AND MCCAIN IS HUGE........

    IF YOU VOTE MCCAIN YOU ARE JUST AN IDIOT.

    *********CNN YOU BETTER POST THIS!************

    May 8, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  23. Go ahead, it is not Nov. yet

    We WILL teach the DNC and obamalovers in Nov. I never vote for RNC but I WILL this time and I know a lot of people will the same.

    Hillary is here to stay because many lifelong democrats do not like election fixing that has influenced this primary.

    We will NOT vote for Obama- for no reason but to protest the corruption of this primary: Advantages for one, obstacles for the other. Media bias. Flawed caucus format. Obama supporters using bully tactics at caucus. Obama with his gloating, cocky, arrogant mocking of Hillary with his Annie Oakley antics (while claiming he does not go negative). Obama with his ridiculing of Hillary by dismissively brushing her off his shoulder ( again, not negative? is this the uniter?). And, of course the Fl and Mi fiasco. It is never good or right to disenfranchise your voter base.

    So We WILL teach the DNC a lesson with our vote in Nov.

    It is that simple.

    May 8, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  24. Nancy L

    Thank you! I doubt any number of delegates will convince Hillary-the-Delusional, others will see the Obama Train is on the move toward changing the country. Let's unite behind Barack and defeat John McCain!

    May 8, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  25. D.Kimbro OHIO

    Alfredo, everyone knows that Texas was a piric victory. He gained more delegates so how are you Hillary supporters still trying to claim that state. Get over it, this shrew will never be president. After this term she will also be out of the senate. Try reading any of her local papers in New York, it doesnt look like she will be getting a parade from them. Good luck with senate re-election.

    Obama 08 & 12

    May 8, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
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