May 10th, 2008
01:30 PM ET
6 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. mitchell from arkansaw

    to 'super irony' :steal the nomination from hillary?it was never hers.it was something she could have earned ,if she had built a base of support,in states that she sees as unimportant.obama done this and is winning,not stealing,this nomination.hillary is trying to steal it,by claiming,'if fl. and mi. was counted,i could win'. even with fl. and mich. included ,after north carolina's outcome,she still does not lead.she has lost.accept it,and join us in defeating the repubs this fall.stop being afraid of change,or stay stuck in the mud.

    May 10, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  2. Kimberly from Dallas

    Hmmm....

    The Fl and MI voters should fault their state's party leaders instead of any of the candidates. BO and HRC knew that the votes wouldn't count toward the delegate count and so did everyone else.

    Obama has won more states (32 versus Clinton's 16), he has more of the popular vote and he has now more superdelegates according to AP.

    The Clintonites and Obamaheads need to objectively view the facts and stop injecting their emotions in the campaign.

    Why didn't anyone care about the "disenfranchised voters" in December when everyone knew that the votes wouldn't count? More Republicans than Democrats went to the polls that day because the Democrats knew that it didn't count!!

    Just attempt to think folks! It is pretty simple!

    Obama 08

    May 10, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  3. Hoang, UC Berkeley

    He can have all the superdelegate votes he wants.
    HE WILL NOT HAVE MY VOTE.
    I don't understand why people are falling for his crap.
    HE HAVE NOT DONE A SINGLE THING.
    He has ducked the issues, had no stand on major things, and used the words "WE NEED TO MAKE SURE lah blah blah" like a thousand time, still no detail how has been said.
    He has swinged back and forth to fool you, yet you still fall for it.
    HE DOES NOT CARE ABOUT THE BLACKS, HE'S JUST EXPLOITING THE BLACKS.
    Sad!!!!!

    May 10, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  4. Montana is Obama Country

    Funny, ABC, NBC and MSNBC have Obama leading Clinton. Guess it hurts CNN to state what is really going on in the SD race.

    Reports are TWO of Clinton supportors defected to Barack Obama. They were SD's from the Virgin Island..

    Welcome boys.. to the Whitehouse Express...

    Woohoooo..!!..

    yes..We.. Can..

    May 10, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  5. RICARDO PHILLIPS OF D.C

    STEALING THE NOMINATION YOU SAY. THE SUPER DELEGATES WERE MADE FOR THE DNC. JUST IN CASE SOMETHING LIKE THIS HAPPENED. IF YOU AGREED ON NOT COUNTING THE VOTES OF MI, AND FL FROM THE BEGINING THEN WHY IS IT NOW THAT YOU ARE LOSING YOU WANT TO COUNT THE VOTES TO D@MN BAD. IT WOULD BE DIFFERENT IF CLINTON WAS WINNING BUT SHE IS NOT.

    CAN YOU SMELL THE BBQ COOKIN ON THE WHITEHOUSE LAWN?

    DO I SMELL COLLARD GREENS COOKING IN THE WHITEHOUSE? D@MN RIGHT .

    LETS BE THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. NOT THE REPUBLICANS OF AMERICA, NOT THE DEMOCRATS OF AMERICA NOT THE WHITES OF AMERICA, NOT THE BLACKS OF AMERICA.

    May 10, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  6. so it is up to washington insiders

    Nobody deserves being given the nomination, more than Obama does.

    That is why the corrupt DNC fixed this election for him.

    That is why Hillary Clinton was sacrificed by her own party.

    That is why Obama supporters were permitted to bully Clinton supporters and block their votes at caucuses.

    That is why no revote for Fl and Mi.

    That is why the press has favored him and spun his faults into gold.

    Now the Old Washington Insiders called superdelegate have to seal the deal for Obama.

    Obama could not do it playing fair.

    And I thought he opposed the same old washington insiders doing their corrupt political thing.

    I guess Obama wants to win any way possible- denounce Rev. Wright, petition and court the superdelegates... whatever.

    May 10, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  7. Jim Turner

    Hillary-forget these super delegates--RUN AS AN INDEPENDENT and stick it to all of them-we're behind you!!!

    May 10, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  8. Chris-Atlanta

    Keep eating each other alive Democrats....and watch McCain take the white house. Clinton and Obama are identical on policy and the important issues. If you vote for McCain out of spite because your choice for Dem Nominee was not selected, YOU are responsible for the consequences that Republican policy will bring to this country

    May 10, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  9. Supers and super irony

    He doesn't need superdelegates at all. Go ahead and include Michigan and Florida, he ends up with more delegates from VOTING than Clinton has. Please stop bashing him. If you support Clinton, great, but there is no irony in having to get support from other politicians. If the superdelegates weren't necessary, I'm sure neither would care about them.

    May 10, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  10. Linda

    Anyway too divisive and negative charactor is not a leader's quality. Fighter is very good, but is not a leader's job, it serves a leader.

    May 10, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  11. mary nagata

    my request to clinton supporters:

    please be open-minded. if clinton had led in delegate count and popular vote, and obama supporters were to protest that obama ought to get the nomination for generating so much enthusiasm among the young voters, what would you say? would you think obama ought to get the nomination? if not, then why don't you apply the same rules to hillary? by choosing not to apply the same rules to hillary as you would to barack, you prove that you are biased towards hillary!

    as a supporter of hillary, there's nothing wrong for you to be biased for her. but, let us all know and be aware that you are biased and words coming out of your mouth reflects that biasedness. it's certainly okay to be biased as well, but do not offend others by saying obama that stole the nomination. because we all know he earned it and hillary is trying to steal it right now!

    May 10, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  12. RICARDO PHILLIPS OF D.C

    AND YOU SAY GIVE HIM THE ELECTION? LAST I CHECKED NUMBERS DON'T LIE. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WHOM WANT CHANGE REWARDED HIM WITH THE ELECTION.

    May 10, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  13. Fran Says

    We must play the game within rules defined at the start.

    Hopefully, change will include the demise of the super delegates and the electoral college.

    1 person, 1 vote! That should be the basis of any election.

    While we may find fault with the rules of the game, we can't change them until the game has ended.

    May 10, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  14. Media blackout Date May 15th

    Bye Hillary the Gimmick Candidate. The people of the United States voted and they said NO!

    Now pack your trash because NYS will not reelect you for ANYTHING in the future.

    May 10, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  15. that's funny...

    NBC, ABC and FAUX NEWS have all reported that Obama has alrady overtaken the superdelegate lead.

    May 10, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  16. so it is up to washington insiders

    Obama leads by a nose- by cheating and taking every advantage offered him and encouraging any handicap of Hillary Clinton.

    Now the superdelegates will make the decision.

    No one needed to bother to vote at all.

    We knew from the start that the DNC, the democratic left wing radicals has pre-selected Obam

    May 10, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  17. Watch the Sniper Fire

    "Super"/"Super Irony" (it's obvious that you are one and the same person)...

    Sour grapes, huh!?

    May 10, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  18. Obama 08:white, female and 60

    Superdelegates are from all over the country...two Obama got today are from the Virgin Islands.

    Clinton supporters have to stop denigrating the process that evryone agreed to and realize the democracy survives on rules. Clinton can't seal the deal with voter produced delegates either.

    No one is stealing the nomination. You can't tell me that Clinton wouldn't welcome these delegates...in fact several this week were formerly Clinton supporters. Unfortunately, for BOTH sides there has to be a winner and right now it is Obama.

    Why does CNN post these numbers and not update their delegate count??

    May 10, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  19. Bridgette

    Hilary just lost. She lost fair and square. It was no secret too it and these are the same rules that got her husband elected twice. I think what she has done is made it hard for any woman to become President now because of her behavior. She has com in with all the recognition and coalition. She had the unstoppable Clinton machine and it was stopped. But too somehow suggest that FL&MI was Obama fault when she signed the same thing he signed is just silly. Then when he offer her a plan for MI where she would net ten more delegates than he would get and to still turn it down is just silly. This is maybe why people have a hard time seeing women as leaders. All of these men were in this contest and when they lost and knew they couldn't win they took it like men and sucked it up. Gave a press conference and gracefully bowed out. Hilary you ran a good race and your opponents played by the same rules not just deal with it you did not win. It is time to move on and let's unite this party so that we can take what should be easy for us in November. Take it like a man and suck it up. Get over yourself.

    May 10, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  20. john

    defeat could not happen to a more deserving couple...America will be a safer place with the Clinton circus and their clowns out of Washington.

    May 10, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  21. Dylan

    Hey "super irony"

    Have you not got it through your skull yet that even if Hillary had the phony results from FL and MI counted AS IS, she would STILL be losing in delegates AND popular vote?

    Stop complaining. Get a clue. (I'm guessing this is Sharon from Minnesota or one of the other dozen militant Hillbots that flame these boards constantly)

    May 10, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  22. nate

    super irony dont you have anything else to do? You can do my laundry if you dont.

    May 10, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  23. You are all insane

    Super Irony – Neither candidate can win with delegate count, NEITHER. Obama is ahead in actual votes, delegate votes, and now Super Delegates (AP has him leading, CNN two down) even with Michigan and Florida votes counted in. Without winning every remaining state by a 70-30 sweep, which will not happen, she can not overtake him. Now don't go off saying then you'll vote John McCain unless you are really happy with how "Dubba" has handled the country because that is what McCain offers. Don't trust me, you shouldn't, do some research about McCain on the Planned Parenthood web site, NOW website (McCain helping block fair pay for women), and the IAVA website (McCain blocking the new GI Bill for Iraq veterans). Don't threaten to cut off your nose inspite of your face, that is what threatening to vote McCain is equal to.

    May 10, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  24. Anonymous

    Steal the nomination?

    What with more votes, more pledged delegates and now nearly more super delegates how is obama stealing the vote?

    The people of Michigan and Florida can blame no one but their own legislators for this debacle and their alleged disenfranchisement.

    This nomination process was supposed to be a coronation for HRC with her high profile supporters and husband but there is one thing the campaign did not count on... The American voter had different ideas and you cannot refute that.

    May 10, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  25. Independent

    All news sources EXCEPT for CNN are stating that Obama has taken the Superdelege lead. CNN reports that Obama is still trailing by 2. Why?

    May 10, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
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