May 9th, 2008
05:15 PM ET
10 years ago

Three more supers for Obama

(CNN) - Barack Obama picked up another three more superdelegates Friday afternoon.

Hawaii Rep. Mazie Hirono, South Carolina Democratic Party Vice Chair Wilber Lee Jeffcoat, and New Mexico add on delegate Laurie Weahkee all announced they are backing the Illinois senator.

CNN has also confirmed five new superdelegates for Clinton, though they all endorsed the New York senator before the primaries in Indiana and North Carolina. The latest announcements for Obama narrow Clinton's lead in superdelegates to four. At the year's start, she led by more than 100 superdelegates.

(Updates with New Mexico superdelegate)

soundoff (194 Responses)
  1. TD-Texas

    Keep em coming!

    May 9, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  2. I pity the DNC

    The party has one good Candidate- Hillary Clinton- who with the smallest amount of support could have easily carried the nation to a democratic victory. But due to media bias, flawed caucus format and disenfranchised voters, she did not seal the nomination.

    The other, weaker candidate, exploited the race card, won media support and cheated his way to a narrow lead in the nomination. But... alas, stands no chance of winning in Nov.

    What a bad place to be... even in a year when democrats CAN'T lose- watch us pull off a loss anyway.

    May 9, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  3. rita

    ummmm, how can you count 5 more endorsements when they already endorsed you before? The Clinton campaign is trying to trick people into thinking they are getting more superdelegates. I respect people not voting for Barack Obama, but I can't stand when people say he is the "most liberal" and have the audacity to call Hillary Clinton a "moderate"???? That just shows your lack of intelligence, Hillary is just as liberal and big spending as Obama. She's prancing on stage with Elton John for crying out loud! Don't fool yourselves, some clinton supporters are getting delirious. Black with an arabic name does not equal most liberal! This is just a prejudiced statement. And how can you say that Obama would be the worst thing ever for the United States, that's not fair. What about him is so much worse than clinton? Fine, you think he's less experienced, that's fair, but I've heard some very ugly statements stating Barack is just plain stupid and I don't see how you can have so much hate inside you for a person you have never even met before. Obama supporters, stop stooping to the name-calling level, let's stay positive.

    May 9, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  4. obama is the best

    like one great person said it :

    drip drip


    Let change the country
    unite the poeple and
    heal this world.

    May 9, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  5. show me

    go obama no v p spot the lying pandering nafta supporting old hag

    May 9, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  6. leon PA


    May 9, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  7. Hillary/McCain

    Strongest at the Top of the Ticket: Several members of Congress released a letter today to other Democrats touting their support for Hillary, saying she is the strongest candidate to have at the top of the ticket in the fall: "[W]e are convinced that Hillary Clinton has the vision, skills and commitment to make the changes our country needs. As Democrats who have run and won in competitive Congressional districts and battleground states, we believe that Hillary is best positioned to successfully lead the Democratic ticket in districts and states like ours around the country."

    May 9, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  8. Juan from L.A.

    Single digits...this thing is so over!!! So over. Just watch how she will start saying this is unfair just like the caucuses and FL/MI. When back four months ago she led over 150 Supers she said it was the right thing to do. Hypocrites!!!

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

    Looks like the Supers will make the decision and move Obama forward to the nomination!

    May 9, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  10. Kenneth M


    May 9, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  11. Prof. from El Paso

    It should be noted that almost 50% people voted for Clinton and she will continue to get support from super delegates. So, it is high time that Obama's supporters recognize that and be respectful to her. Again I am emphasizing media should not put nasty writings from Obama supporters on the blog. This is what making the Democratic Party more divisive. Many of the Obama supporters who claim they are educated and intellectual, their blog reads like they are high school kids with no real education.

    May 9, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  12. MD

    Eat your heart out, Hillary.

    You were the one who kept saying it's ok for superdelegates to switch sides. Be careful what you wish for.

    May 9, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  13. susie

    What is wrong with these people they are blind obama is nothing but talk hillary can deliver .

    Hillary all the way to the white house 2008!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 9, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  14. KOKO

    WELCOME TO THE FAMILY SUPERS!!!! obama !!! obama !! goooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!

    May 9, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  15. Democrats UNITE

    That is eight new super endorsements today!

    May 9, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  16. bill

    The Senator from New York was correct, anyone who thinks the math has them still in the race when it clearly does not must be insane......

    Thank you Mr. Senator.....Now go tell Hillary and Bill to move to Cuba or something............Move in with the insane Castro brothers......

    May 9, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  17. coach Turner

    Why does Hillary Clinton keep talking about those two states that were left out of the voting process? I remember seeing her on a radio program where she siad that those votes would not matter, is she now wanting them to count because she is losing. And why doesn't the major TV news stations play that interview over and over like they have done with Mr. Obama.

    May 9, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  18. Randy - Denver

    I am a bit confused this article should read 5 new superdelegates for Ms. Clinton unless these were already committed delegates (which it sounds like "though they all endorsed the New York senator before the primaries in Indiana and North Carolina." in which case they should not even been mentioned. Come on CNN is it too much to ask you to play fair? Either she won 5 new supers in which case she should ahve the headline or she did not in which case they should not have been mentioned!

    I support Mr. Obama but this kind of news is getting real old CNN has yet to post a single unbiased column they just keep switching their bias!

    May 9, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  19. JJ in NY

    Perhaps if they just keep changing the rules as we go along, eventually hillary will be able to steal the nomination. Perhaps if they make West Virginia a "winner take all" for the nomination.. Perhaps if the remaining superdelegates were not allowed to vote for Obama... That's seems fair using Clintonian logic, doesn't it ?

    May 9, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  20. sanger, tx

    Hillary will bounce back!!!! and be the nominee. The superdelegates must support hillary, they'l be sorry if they dont because obama cannot and will not beat mccain .

    May 9, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  21. Don, Prosperity PA

    Look, I live 20 miles North, and 15 miles East of the WVA Borders. We spend 90% of our time trying to keep them from buggering our livestock. Seems to me that they are Bill and Hillary's kind of folk! And, bottom line, it doesn't matter one little bit as Obama will be our next President!

    May 9, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  22. tim in carroll ia

    Thank you, Superdelegates, for finally realizing that this thing has been over since Super Tuesday. It's time to get behind Obama and unify this party. Hillary, what can we say, you fought the good fight but came up short. And, don't worry about all those little tidbits that are in your powerpoint to the superdelegates – In November, Obama won't be running against a fellow Democrat. Please, Hillary, keep the faith. With your help, Democrats will vote for the Democratic nominee, Barack Obama, in all of those tough districts – and we'll leave McCain, Bush, Cheny, and Limbaugh wondering what happened!

    May 9, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  23. Steve

    Obama can't win swing states. North Carolina with a large African American vote all casting ballots for Obama is not impressive. Give it a rest.

    May 9, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  24. Dan (TX)

    Latest totals:

    Clinton 721.5
    Obama 721

    Someone want to explain how you get a 1/2 superdelegate vote?

    May 9, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  25. Independent99999

    Sweet .. Looks like are Supers are coming to close the deal by next week

    May 9, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
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