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. supers

    The irony is that Obama needs the old washington insiders to vote for him and give him the nomination.

    You would think Obama would be opposed to politics as usual.

    May 10, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  2. Gnosticman

    Well oh well. Hillary gave it a good fight, and dirty one but a good one nonetheless. Everyone needs to chill out on both sides of the fence. Obama's victory is all but inevitable.

    May 10, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  3. super irony

    Obama could not seal the deal with the actual voters- even advantaged by caucus formats and disenfranchised voters in Fl and Mi- so now he needs the help of superdelegates.

    Aren't the superdelegates the old washington insiders doing the same old thing? Aren't they the reason that "washington is broke"?

    I see Obama is okay with using them to further steal the nomination from Hillary Clinton.

    May 10, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  4. mitchell from arkansaw

    163 left for the nomination of our next president.hillary! drop out!

    May 10, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  5. RICARDO PHILLIPS OF D.C

    CNN PLEASE POST THIS

    WHAT IS GOING ON HERE? THIS MAN HAS PICKED UP MORE SUPER DELEGATES TODAY THAN CLINTON HAS IN THE LAST SEVERAL MONTHS. CLINTON YOU WANT YOUR GREYHOUND TICKET ONE WAY OR JUST OFF THE FACE OF THE EARTH. DEAR ITS A DONE DEAL. YOU ARE COOKED.

    AND FOR INBREAD JEDS IN WEST VIRGINIA,VOTE BECAUSE OF RACE IT SAYS ALOT ABOUT YOU. I AM TALKING TO THOSE WHOM DINE AT KOUSINS KOUNTRY KITCHEN, AND YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE.

    JUST ACRONYM IT IF YOU DO NOT UNDERSTAND WHAT I AM TALKING ABOUT.

    GOD I LOVE THIS MAN

    C-COMPROMISE
    H-HEALTHCARE OR HOPE
    A-AMERICA
    N-NO BUSH POLITRICKS
    G-GOD
    E-ENVIRONMENT

    "UNITED WE STAND, OBAMA IN DEMAND

    OBAMA SHOULD BE IN THE LEAD BASED ON OTHER NEWS REPORTS!

    May 10, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  6. bigben

    Double voting in North Carolina. i think this state should be thrown out like MI and FL was.
    I

    May 10, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  7. raf

    funny, every other info sources, he is leading now...

    May 10, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  8. super irony

    Just another way to advantage Obama so that he can be given the nomination.

    The flawed caucus format wasn't enough to do the trick.

    The DNC's terrible, hateful treatment of Hillary Clinton didn't quite cinch it.

    Disenfranchising the Fl and Mi voters still didn't seal the deal.

    The Celebrity bandwagon didn't successfully run over all the Hillary supporters.

    Over playing the race card only carried him so far- although it solidly secured him the black vote.

    The bias media gushed and awed and fawned all over Obama but that turbo boosted him just so far.

    Now the corrupt Old washington insiders that Obama is campaigning against, have to step in and hand him the nomination.

    Glad to see Obama can earn things on his own merits.

    May 10, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  9. Chris

    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.

    Amen to that.

    Super Irony – You know what is ironic, replace the name Obama in your statement to Hillary. It will make more sense.

    May 10, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  10. bigben

    Clinton supporters and the Clintons need to start a new party. Democratic party has been hi-jacked

    May 10, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  11. Daniel from Milwaukee

    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 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 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  12. Ilene MI

    Did you just read earlier that Hillary said "Obama doesn't do well with the un-educated whites and I do" LOL!!! There you go. That explains why she has people voting for her. I would be offended Hillary supporters if I was you. She doesn't think you are very smart. Well...she knows it but she still wants your vote so she can be back in the White House. Honestly, what gall that woman has to come right out and say that!!!!!!!!!!

    May 10, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  13. DY

    He can have all the superdelegates he will need. But he will never have the votes that Hillary Clinton got from the people. 50% of the Hillary supporters have already said that they WILL NOT vote for him in the general election. He WILL NOT get my vote and he WILL NOT receive the votes from Florida or Michigan.

    We may as well swear in John McCain as the next president.

    May 10, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  14. Elisabeth

    "An informal Middle East adviser to Sen. Barack Obama's campaign resigned Friday after a newspaper reported on his regular meetings with members of the HAMAS militant group." Why are people voting for Barack Obama? Isn´t he a "traitor"?

    May 10, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  15. The O

    supers and super irony, What the hell are you talking about? saying Obama can't seal the deal, and that and he is useing the super delegets to win??? Hillary Clinton with all her super powers and big money friends, political connections, and the biggest most well known name in the party, can't even win the nomination. I am sorry but that says alot more about her.

    BARACK THE VOTE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 10, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  16. so it is up to washington insiders

    The same old washington insiders that broke washington, now have the responsibility of saving the party and handing the nomination to Obama.

    Wait... isn't he the one railing about the same, tired old washington insiders? No one can fit that bill better than Ted Kennedy.

    Wow... gotta love these new politics.

    Just another way to advantage Obama so that he can be given the nomination.

    The flawed caucus format wasn't enough to do the trick.

    The DNC's terrible, hateful treatment of Hillary Clinton didn't quite cinch it.

    Disenfranchising the Fl and Mi voters still didn't seal the deal.

    The Celebrity bandwagon didn't successfully run over all the Hillary supporters.

    Over playing the race card only carried him so far- although it solidly secured him the black vote.

    The bias media gushed and awed and fawned all over Obama but that turbo boosted him just so far.

    Now the corrupt Old washington insiders that Obama is campaigning against, have to step in and hand him the nomination.

    Glad to see Obama can earn things on his own merits.

    May 10, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  17. A Young Dem Seeks Answers from Hill Backers

    hey "supers" ...what exactly do you want obama to do... not obey the rules?

    no, that would be hillary's game.

    May 10, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  18. Sean

    super irony: What are you talking about? He's leading in every category now. Most states. Most popular vote. Most pledged delegates. Most superdelegates (according to every other news count). What "deal" didn't he seal?

    May 10, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  19. M Philllips

    Hillary can choose to go out gracefully or be remembered forever as a sore loser whose voice will be lost because of her ambition and her pride.

    May 10, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  20. After further review,Texas

    Your right she gave it a dirty fight and now we know how much of a liar she is.I dont trust John,Hillary, or Obama.I will vote for Ron Paul.

    May 10, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  21. David Tseng

    Re: super irony

    "I see Obama is okay with using them to further steal the nomination from Hillary Clinton."

    I don't even know where to begin with you. He's stealing the election? Oh, right, I forgot that Hillary's still the frontrunner right?

    May 10, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  22. DELMARVA

    super irony May 10th, 2008 5:29 pm ET

    Obama could not seal the deal with the actual voters-

    Neither could Hillary...what's her problem?

    May 10, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  23. Democrats Rule

    Actually, many of the superdelegates (most actually) are nowhere near Washington

    May 10, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  24. Yolanda Diaz

    57 States???????????????????????????????????????

    May 10, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  25. Karen

    Even Foxnews claimed that Obama led Clinton in superdelegates now, following ABC's announcement. CNN, you must know more about Clintons' closet to put Obama behind. Thinking of your promoting the joint ticket idea, you must be branded as CNN=Clinton Network News.

    May 10, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
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