May 10th, 2008
01:30 PM ET
7 years ago

Obama continues to narrow Clinton's superdelegate lead

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Sen. Hillary Clinton's superdelegate lead over Sen. Barack Obama was narrowed even more Saturday, according to CNN's latest delegate estimate.

Clinton picked up the votes of two more superdelegates and lost one since Friday night.

Rep. Ciro Rodriguez of Texas announced his support for the New York senator.

Arthur Powell was named an add-on superdelegate by the Massachusetts Democratic Party on Saturday and said he would vote for Clinton.

Obama, meanwhile, picked up three superdelegates since Friday night, including Carole Burke and Kevin Rodriquez of the Virgin Islands.

Rodriquez had backed Clinton but decided to switch his endorsement, citing Obama's ability to unite the Democratic Party and win the White House, according to Obama's campaign.

Kristi Cumming, named an add-on superdelegate by the Utah Democratic Party late Friday night, said she will vote for Obama.

That brings Clinton's superdelegate total to 273 and Obama's to 271.

Superdelegates are Democratic officials who hold the balance of power in determining the party's presidential nominee.

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  1. RICARDO PHILLIPS OF D.C

    BELLE 32 STATES TO CLINTONS 16 WHAT THE HELL 1 YOUR MATH IS ABOUT AS SCREWED UP AS CNN

    May 10, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  2. Obama 08:white, female and 60

    Every news source has articles on how both candidates are appealing to superdelegates. It has long been understood that no one can win without them.

    I can't understand the Clinton supporters vemon now that the superdelegates are stating their preference.

    Everytime anything happens that is in Obama favors sprouts these it's not fair nonsense. Tiome for some of you to take a time out and think about what you are saying!!

    May 10, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  3. benvictor

    Hillary Democrats. Imagine the first Woman President of the United States of America. West Virginia and Kentucky, send your message loud and clear to the party leaders, the super delegates, and the one annointed by Teddy. We look forward to your courageious vote. Hillary will not disappoint. And we look forward to the first Woman President of the United States of America. God Bless America.

    May 10, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  4. Tom

    Super Irony and others – AMEN!!!

    May 10, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  5. John Smith

    I like those who are pushing Hillary to run as an Independent:

    If Hillary, with all the large democratic base, Clinton name etc.. cannot
    –raise enough money to run the current campaign
    –maintain the large superdelegate number that she started with
    –even win most of the "Black" votes
    –keep her campaign leaders together,
    –win over this "unknown" Obama, then let her run as an Independent.

    I wait for the Republicans to lay hands Hillary. She would need to be away from the democratic party by the time Republicans get to Hillary. Good luck Hillary, run as an Independent candidates!!!

    May 10, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  6. Sure

    If Obama could grow a pair and not always complain when McCain confronts him on POLICY (just like Obama wants) but then slam McCain on policy and claim "new politics" seems ridiculous and very hypocritical!!

    May 10, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  7. Scott C

    Without the Superdelegates there is NO way for Clinton to win... Clinton has known that for a LONG time. How her supporters can give Obama a hard time for the Superdelegates putting him over the top, when his lead over Clinton is already insurmountable.

    After May 20th when he gets the majority of the pledged delegates awarded by VOTERS, Clinton wont be able to overtake his lead even if she wins 100% of the contests that come after.

    Barack Obama WON... There was no shady deal, there wasn't some conspiracy to screw Clinton out of the nomination, she just plain lost and her supporters are sore whiny losers just like Clinton herself.

    The caucus system was never contested before, nobody ever had a problem with it, until Clinton lost them and whined about them.

    She is the worst loser I have ever seen in my life.

    Obama won the popular vote, the most states, the most Superdelegates and the most pledged delegates. That is EVERY SINGLE measure of victory, she has NONE. How you can say SHE should be given the nomination makes no sense at all.

    Sad...

    May 10, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  8. JOHN

    HOW LONG? NOT LONG. MCCAIN LET'S GET READY TO RUMMMMMMBLE. THIS HILLARY CLINTON WILL DO BETTER AGAINST JOHN MC IS B.S. WHO CARES HOW HILLARY WOULD DO, THE OTHER POLLERS SHOULD DO AS RASMUSSEN HAS DONE, MAKE HILLARY A AFTERTHOUGHT. IT'S TIME TO START GETTING MCAIN BLOODIED UP AS RUSH WOULD SAY. ALL YOU PEOPLE WHO THINK OBAMA CAN'T WIN THE GENERAL ELECTION JUST REMEMBER THE WORDS OF ONE HILLARY CLINTON "YES YES YES". DON'T BE FOOLED, IT'S THE SAME MISTAKE THE HILLARY CAMPAGIN MAKE AGAINST OBAMA, TAKING HIM LIGHTLY.

    May 10, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  9. StopThinkVote

    Obama can easily win in November if Democrats don't shoot themselves in the foot and vote out of anger instead of logically.

    The Reverend Wright incident has been played to death, but Hagee and Parsley will be fresh meat in main stream media and they'll likely go after it like the piranhas they are.

    Then it will come down to:
    - Who wants to keep killing our kids for oil (McCain)
    - Who will protect the rich (McCain)
    - Who will work for all of us (Obama)
    - Who has the better record for women's rights (Obama)
    - Who is against the new G.I. Bill (McCain)
    etc.

    The stark differences between these two will make it an easy choice
    - Who has the better record for our soldier's rights

    May 10, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  10. robb

    The media has all but ruled out Hillary as a viable candidate.
    Her supporters are switching sides.
    Her campaign is low on funds.
    Thinks look bleak indeed.

    But she can count on a few supporters, living in denial and hatred, to keep her going a few more miles. And if they don't get their way, they threaten to vote Republican. Heck, I'm a republican and I probably won't vote for McCain. We don't need to spend the next four years and billions of dollars fighting "terrorism" overseas. It won't work. Period.

    So, Hillary/McCain supporters, go ahead and do the wrong thing. I hope you can sleep at night knowing that you helped to derail our economy and leave an untold number of wives and children without a husband and father.

    May 10, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  11. Dave in Florida

    Hilary has'nt campaigned this week on the gas tax. The race is OVER....It's time for us to be focusing our attention to McBush. after next week Obama will have the Superdelegate lead.

    Hilary is just in the race to steal err...raise more money for her record setting debt. How can a candidate for President so mismanage her contributors hard earned money.

    How they can continue to contribute to her failing campaign is beyond me, They owe Mark Penn $10 million.....What a waste.

    OBAMA 08!!!!

    May 10, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  12. Victor in NC

    Post the stuff about the Clintons so the people can see what they are all about..

    Paul vs Clintons
    Screw them.. by Hillary in 1994

    May 10, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  13. Mike from Westchester

    Oh, I almost forgot.......160, 159, 158, 157............

    217 elected delegates to go, Obama should get at least 100. Hillary will need 80% of the remaining superdelegates. That, in consideration of the fact that Obama has garnered 2/3 of the 251 superdelegates who have announced since Super Tuesday.

    BTW, did I just hear that a Hillary supporter, Harvey Weinstein, threatened Nancy Pelosi (with the withholding financial support from Democratic candidates) in an attempt to get her to accept a Florida settlement VERY favorable to Clinton. Wow.

    BTW2: Search for Blumenthal on Huffington Post. It appears the Clintons have their own Carl Rove.

    May 10, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  14. Clinton/McCain

    Chris-Atlanta:

    By voting for Obama in the primary YOU are responsible for the consequences that Republican policy will bring to this country. Why, because a vote for Obama now is a vote for McCain.

    May 10, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  15. Ovitshio Branco

    All of the lies and disinformaiton about Barack is going up in smoke

    as past political propaganda. We are now witniessing History

    unfolding before our very eyes, as the nations' first Democratically

    elected Black and White man gets voted into the highest position of

    authority in the country. I can honestly say that I am proud to be an

    American

    again. Thank you Barack, for being a true leader.

    May 10, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  16. Julie

    Well if he doesnt win it wont be from lack of corruption! I still cannot believe that there are so many gullible people in this country, or should I say america haters!

    there is no longer a democratic party.
    there is the far left radical anti american party. for Obama
    the Hillary for America party
    the McCain for America party

    I know which one I will NEVER vote for!

    May 10, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  17. Doug, West Virginia

    NEWS FLASH:
    TO ALL CLINTON'S SUPPORTERS COMPLAINING NOW ABOUT SUPERDELEGATES.

    IT WAS THE HUGE LEAD IN SUPER THAT CAUSE HILLARY TO BE THE FRONT RUNNER. OBAMA WAS LEADING IN PLEDE DELEGATES FROM THE DAY 1. GO CHECK IT OUT.

    NOW THE TABLES AS TURN.

    I TOLD HILLARY WHEN SHE SAID THE TIDE WAS CHANGING ... IT WAS A TSUNAMI TO WASH HER AWAY. BUT TO NO AVAIL

    "The tide is turning for Hillary … Oh no it’s a Tsunami to wash her away."

    May 10, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  18. Faith - Mobile

    TO: Hillary Clintons Supporters

    From: ObamaNation – Mobile

    Re: G.E. Will VOTE for McCain...100-yr WAR

    This, by no means is a beg for your vote. But rather a call for common sense. Do you all really hate Barack Obama that much that you will agree to murdering thousands more our men and women in the US military, who throug no fought of their own have been subjected to fight for OIL day and night. It's hard for me to believe that Hillary's supporter could or would be so HEARTLESS and UNASHAMED to vote to continue a war that you, I and the republican know is un-winable and senseless. I urge each of you, if for nothing else...VOTE TO BRING OUR MEN AND WOMEN HOME...Home, where they wanna' be.

    ObamaNation '08-2012

    May 10, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  19. Steve

    I can understand why the Super Delegates are now endorsing Obama. They may or may not support him but they do feel it will help bring the party together. Unfortunately, despite the gowing rhetoric I don't think the party will come together. Oh sure, we'll hear all the calls for uniting to defeat the Republicans and win back the White House. On the surface Democrats will "put on a good face" and soldier onward. However, I believe this primary campaign has exposed deep differences among Democrats. The differences might not be seen openly throughout the general election campaign. However, it may been seen when the ballots are tallied come Novermber and Democrats find themselves asking how in the world did the Republicans win again.

    May 10, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
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