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. Ron R

    Obama 54% McCain 46% in November.....take it to the bank

    May 8, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  2. So Oregon for Clinton

    Hillary Clinton will be in my Oregon town tonight. I can't see her because of foot surgery.

    What I want to tell her personally is that she has done an outstanding job as senator to New York State, that I admire her amazing work ethic, that her determination is a valuable quality, and that if she is not our Democratic candidate, that she earned my vote for 2012 if we need her.

    I would not want her to diminish her standing in my eyes by becoming Obama's vice president. She deserves the presidency.

    I hope Obama realizes that HE will be the president, not Michelle.

    May 8, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  3. simond

    the bottom line is we cannot disenfranchise both Michigan and Florida, two crucial swing states any democratic nominee desparately needs to win in the general election. And I know for a fact that if Obama is the nominee, he will lose those two states if he continues to disenfranchise the two states by purposely delaying and then rejecting the revote proposal previously presented by the DNC and the Hillary campaign

    May 8, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  4. Chris NL

    I want to reply to:

    "Go ahead- it's not Nov yet May 8th, 2008 4:41 pm ET"

    - "Advantages for one, obstacles for the other. Media bias" – stupid reason, because both sides have gotten media bias and obstacles at some point in the election. For example the rev. wright issue or Bosnia etc...

    - "Flawed caucus format" – stupid reason, you yourself have been voting using this format for a long time, if Hillary would have won the caucusses you would be praising the format.

    - "Obama supporters using bully tactics at caucus" – stupid reason because I think both sides used bully tactics, maybe the Obama supporters a bit more, but still you can't blame the candidate for what his supporters do.

    - "Obama with his gloating, cocky, arrogant mocking of Hillary with his Annie Oakley antics (while claiming he does not go negative)."- this may be a valid reason for you, because it is your opinion, but it is not a policy issue.

    - "Obama with his ridiculing of Hillary by dismissively brushing her off his shoulder ( again, not negative? is this the uniter?)." – stupid reason because he was brushing her personal attacks on him, not hillary herself. You have to agree that she went more negative on him than vice versa at the debate.

    - "And, of course the Fl and Mi fiasco. It is never good or right to disenfranchise your voter base." – your blaming obama for what the democrats did in those states?? This would have not been an issue if obama would have won those states.

    Conclusion: you don't have a very good policy related issue, but you are just biased against obama. Please keep in mind that mccain is also not perfect and his policies are just another bush policy.

    May 8, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  5. Jack

    Thank you. It is unfortunate that some talk about how Obama outspent Hillary in some state. Isn't that what you do in an election to win? Fortunately Obama had that resources to spend the money. Was he supposed to spend the same amount as her? He was in the race to win. She could have reached into her own pocket and spent more money. The reason she didn't was that she thought she had the presidency in her back pocket. The people she should be mad at is her staff. They led her on a path of no returns. Now she has to resort to tear the party down so that she can say I told you so. Everything she has done in the last month has been from the republican play book. Whose side is she really on. I also heard that one of her fund raisers threatened Nancy Pelosi. I don' t know if it is true but if it is, this primary season needs to come to an end immediately.

    May 8, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  6. Go away

    Some of us democrats can wait out four more years with McCain, if Obama is the democratic nominee- just like African Americans can do that if Clinton is the nominee.

    We all have our own reasons for supporting one candidate over the other- and we can all just as easily defect, if we perceive injustice in this primary battle.

    May 8, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  7. mahya3

    THANKS REP MILLER. YES WE CAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    GOOOOOOOOOOOO OBAMA 08

    May 8, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  8. ling

    A true Lady knows when it is time to exit.

    May 8, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  9. Jane

    Yes, Hillary would be the better President. Obama does not have the experience and he waffles too much. He said that he wanted to sit down on talk to Hamas during the debates back in Febuary, now he says "No'. He is a liar.
    There is no way I would vote for him nor throw my support his way.Bash McCain all he wants to.
    But, he will not win!

    May 8, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  10. Rise above

    To all Obama and Clinton supporters, please lets not divide the party even more with all the negative comments about either candidate. Regardless of who the nominee is we should all rally around that person the beat McCain in the fall.

    I am an Obama supporter and would feel horrible if he was losing but I would support Clinton if she had the nomination, not because I trust her just for the good of the party.

    May 8, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  11. Farzad

    Obama has practically won and everyone know it, even Hillary and her supporters, she is only staying because she wants to be his VP.

    May 8, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  12. D

    If you vote for McCain, you might as well keep Elmer Fud in office. Any one of the two canidates would be better than the same thing that has been going on in our country for the last eight years. Anyone of you that has been making such statements are idiots and should be ashamed of yourselves.

    Are you bigots or racists?

    May 8, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  13. no unity

    Obama is a fine candidate- but this primary was not a fair battle.

    Clinton was severely handicapped- swiftboated even- by her own party.
    So... that will come to play in Nov.

    Some of us do not want to encourage fixed elections in the future, by voting the party line in Nov.

    May 8, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  14. drew

    Enough sniping.

    Obama supporters can crush Clinton in November– after all, there are more of us.

    But we won't. We care too much about our nation. We don't want more Karl Roves and Donald Rumsfelds, and we remember that John McCain smiled and blew out the candles of his birthday cake in Arizona with George Bush while nurses and doctors fought to save dying patients' lives in New Orleans.

    That's what's at stake, not a bruised ego or hurtful word.

    Join us, take back our country. Hillary will be a Democratic leader for decades, with or without the Presidency.

    May 8, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  15. joe

    Common Clinton just support the winner and We will be yours on 2016

    May 8, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  16. Ca Native

    Obamabots prepare to meet the same ending as Ron Paul fanatics... crying at home wondering what happened this coming November!!

    May 8, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  17. Greg

    My final comment.

    I understand the frustration...Hillary or Obama is better than McCain...back down to $4.00 gas! Wow, that's cool...I was thinking of getting a bike!

    May 8, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  18. Dee n Texas

    Another superdelegate, then another and another. They are going to come out of the woodwork because they know that Senator Obama has won and will make a 'great president'.' It is just a matter now of Hillary deciding integrity and legacy over powerlessness.

    May 8, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  19. wolfsbane

    Watch out neocons, here comes Barackzilla!

    May 8, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  20. Victory for Hillary

    IF NOT HILLARY... THAN JOHN MCCAIN!!!

    May 8, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  21. Maria

    Hillary Supporter's please understand Barack Obama will help this country and hopefully you will feel this in your own life. Please let's come together. We need to be a team. Let's go behind Obama. Hillary may mean well,but she is old politics. The 1990's will never return. It's gone, and Bill Clinton was impeached. We need to strengthen the Democratic Party. Let's back Obama.

    May 8, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  22. tar

    All of you voters who says that you will not vote for Sen. Obama, I challenge you to come up with a piece of legislation that Sens. Clinton and McCain have sponsored that benefitted you.

    I'm sure that you can not. Therefore, you can not vote for Sen. Obama and continue to suffer with the rest of the country for 4 more years.

    More power to you.

    May 8, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  23. AL

    Can Obama win in November without Hillary supporters. If all her supporters vote for McCain, can he win.

    May 8, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  24. george in hammond in

    OBAMA ! CANNOT WIN TO MUCH OF A LIGHT WEIGHT

    May 8, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  25. Matt

    That alright. Let Obama be the nominee, DNC. You will regret it in November.

    May 8, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
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