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. Dan (TX)

    Latest totals:

    Clinton 271.5
    Obama 271

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

    CNN: Please delete my earlier post.

    May 9, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  2. aaron

    Someday I would like a job as a CNN editor. I dont understand how an organization this size has so many grammatical, spelling and factual errors sometimes; "picked up another three more"?

    May 9, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  3. Kaye S

    Yay! Is that 9 supers for Obama so far today?

    May 9, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  4. Belle

    Did he pick those up BEFORE or AFTER he fired Robert Malley, the Middle East Advisor to his campaign????

    By the way CNN you don't even both to report Obama's advisor contacted Hamas!!! And held talks with them.


    May 9, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  5. Barb

    I was trying to find your area to comment on Ms. Clinton as VP. I am a 57 year old white woman in Wyoming and there are many more of women like me here who are strong Obama supporters. I strongly feel that Hilary should not be the Vice Presidential candidate. She and Bill would always be under foot. At a minimum she would sabotage any success at change just because of her personality (the" shame on you Barack Obama" personality) and I also (hopefully falsely) have some fear for his life if she was in a position to become president. He is a brilliant man and I pray that he will be able to fulfill that brilliance.

    May 9, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  6. Karen

    By this speed, Obama may exceed 2025 before the primary ends on June 3. Wait for Oregan to come home now.

    May 9, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  7. Jason, Texas

    GO SUPERS!!!! I mean, she's up in the polls in WV, but I'm convinced that people up in and around New England haven't a clue...

    May 9, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  8. Tim Mathews

    He still will not be the party's nominee when it all said and done.

    May 9, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  9. HH


    SHE LEADS NOTHING NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    May 9, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  10. Markster

    Obamas gona get a lead in superdelagets at the end of the race.

    May 9, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  11. jimmy

    If at this momment OBAMA was the one who is behind Clinton with let us say 100 total delegates, the the Democratic party could have forced him to drop out of the contest. Afro-americans have been tradionally voting for the Democratic party since generations. Now for the first time in American history we have a nice Afro-American gentleman who can be a good president. It is high time for Clinton to go out of the way. It seems we now have 3 political parties in America-The Democrats; The Republicans and the Clinton Party. America rewarded the Clinton family long back ago by giving Bill Clinton 2 terms. It is time for the Clintons to realise that to be president of this country is not a family bussiness. It is high time for the superdelegates to kick out Hillary out of the race if we are supposed to win against the republicans in Nov

    May 9, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  12. Axel

    Those insulting the good people of WV by implying that, they support Sen. Clinton because they are poor and uneducated; should get their heads examined by a good neurosurgeon. These people are more smart and rich than the millions black who voted for Sen. Obama. You really should stop posting these kinds of vulgar comments. This doesn’t help Sen. Obama or the Democratic Party. Sen. Lots of people are offended by these kinds of remarks and won’t vote for Obama in November.

    CNN; I thought your moderators are there to keep these kinds of lunatics out of your Blogs.

    May 9, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  13. jane in CA

    The more she runs the more people will be through with her. It's a matter of time, people will all be waking up and Hillary is lucky above millions of americans who could not retire at 60, she can.

    May 9, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  14. Andrew Rocker

    What kind of man would allow another man to go public about the results of him checking his bearing? The Clinton's are showing that they really can not handle defeat.

    May 9, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  15. Arkansas Undertaker

    SMart People!!!!
    Go OBAMA!!!

    May 9, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  16. PartyHeartyArtie

    That's OK. Billary still has a commanding 40+ point lead in West Virginia. That's the game changer that she's been talking about. YIPPEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Turn out the lights.....the party's over.....

    May 9, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  17. jonny

    Why would anyone be backing Clinton at this stage?!

    May 9, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  18. juang


    I am excited about the election and I feel Senator Obama will be a fine president and will do an excellent job of governing and being fair.

    May 9, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  19. JudyAnn

    yahoo!!! Now CNN remove that sily WV poll story on your ticker..who cares!

    May 9, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  20. Angel for Obama

    Wow this is great for the Obama camp

    "Obama 08 enough said"

    May 9, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  21. Keyon

    Go Obama 08!

    May 9, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  22. Mike

    How is it that CNN missed 5 superdelegates from a week ago?

    Either way, it's nice to see this is almost over.

    May 9, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  23. Dee Danford

    Obama has no chance in the general election. If the Dems want a chance to beat the Repblicans, Hillary needs to be the nominee. I am just being honest. The handwriting is on the wall here.

    May 9, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  24. super dupers

    The worst of all worlds:
    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 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  25. Jack

    They are wearing sweaters in hell tonight because The New York Times and I agree on Iran.

    In an editorial last Friday, the paper called for tougher sanctions against the Iranians and hammered those countries that are soft on those killers. As General Petraeus clearly stated last week, Iran is directly responsible for killing and maiming thousands of American troops, and it is the primary reason Iraq remains so chaotic.

    In addition, there is no doubt that Iran is developing nuclear capabilities. The very liberal Times recognizes that danger, and so do most sane people.

    But General Electric CEO Jeffrey Immelt does not seem to care about the damage Iran is doing to America and the world. As we've reported, Immelt has allowed GE to do business with Iran for years. "Factor" producer Jesse Watters confronted him in Canada.

    GE owens MSNBC is that why they are pushing Obama. Is he a Musslin plant?

    May 9, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
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