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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soundoff (144 Responses)
  1. Real Thing

    A few people have already commented they think its funny that Obama will be declared the winner due to superdelegates – and infers that it is due to old Washington politics that he gets the nomination. Its actually due to states won, popular vote, pledged delegates, fundraising, and superdelegates (yes, even with Michigan and Florida thrown into the mix, he has all of these). I realize that this primary race has been long and bitter to those of you who disagree with me but please understand, that with current rules that were established LONG before the primary race started, he has won by every measure. If you don't like how he won, then take it up with the DNC and please do not hold it against the candidate himself, who was merely playing by the rules that all the candidates agreed to (and unlike the other candidate, he never complained about the rules after the game started, ie. the caucus format, MI & Fl, not having winner take all format like the republicans, etc).

    May 10, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  2. Response to "Super"

    Hey, Super, you don't have to post your opinion 3 time buddy.

    Game's over, Obama leads her on every stat imaginable.

    May 10, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  3. favoring

    I wish the smart, college educated Obama supporters would stop blogging: "the people have spoken"...
    Obviously, guys, they haven't- or the superdelegates would not have to come into play and make the decision for the voters.

    You see, the people did not give EITHER candidate the minimum required number of delegates. Neither had won. So now the voters do not matter and the superdelegates will make the decision.

    They know that Hillary is the right choice. But they must pander to the youth and appease the African Americans. So they are, once again, favoring Obama.

    It will be the end of the democrats. The party is dead.

    WRITE IN HILLARY CLINTON IN NOV.

    No need to waste your vote on McCain, unless you believe he is the better choice. We can still get Hillary and teach the DNC a lesson on freedom, democracy, the sanctity of the vote.

    May 10, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  4. Mike from Westchester

    The immaturity of many of the Clinton supporters who have posted ridiculous, spoil-sport rants is almost beyond belief. I do not belive that they are not representative of the vast majority of the Hillary Clinton camp.

    The few stupid bigmouths posting her can do whatever you want. Nobody cares about a few immature idiots. You simply don't matter. Please crawl back into whatever hole you came from.

    The resonable, intellegent Democrats, be they Clinton or Obama supporters will join together to defeat McCain in the fall. We will be the winners and the rest of you will forever remain losers. Sucks for you and we don't care.

    May 10, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  5. Don From Canada

    Its good to see all the Clinton supporters whining just like Hillary does ! Just wait until the November election is over and she goes back to court in the trail of Paul vs. Clinton and then lets see what you all have to say. Goodbye Hillary it been way to long !!!!!

    May 10, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  6. tired of the bias

    Does anyone know how Texas' 12th caucus turned out?

    Wait..that doesn't happen until July.

    May 10, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  7. Floridian

    Super irony – the "flawed caucus format" was set up by the DNC and the states, it had nothing to do with Obama or Clinton. It is fine to say the process is flawed, but Obama didn't "steal" the nomination – he will have a majority of the election delegates soon, and he beat Clinton in caucus and non-caucus states.

    i'm sorry you are unhappy your candidate lost, but Obama didn't make the rules – he just played by them.

    May 10, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  8. Clinton/McCain

    Hopefully the superdelegates will think twice before moving toward Obama especially after his latest comment stating that he has been to 57 states. Go to youtube and check it out!

    May 10, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  9. Venus The Super star

    This is what you call dirty Politics, Obama is courting her super delegates. Your right he doesn't run a negative campaign he runs a dirty one.

    May 10, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  10. GUY

    Hmmm, other news media are saying that Obama has pulled ahead and now LEADS in super delegates.

    May 10, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  11. DNC

    To all democrats who oppose fixed elections and who do not want to send the DNC the message that it is okay to disenfranchise voters.

    If you believe that Hillary Clinton was hated, handicapped and abused by the DNC, the media and the corruption of this primary process...then in NOV write her name in.

    Stand up for our right to vote and speak out against the hijacking of an election by the ultra left wing liberals. Stand up for fair elections.
    Speak out about vulgar hatred and sabotage in elections.

    The majority has a big voice- use it.

    May 10, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  12. RickytheGriff

    Can you Hillary supporters get it through your heads -

    SHE SIGNED THE PIECE OF PAPER SAYING THAT THOSE TWO STATES WOULDN'T COUNT!!! DO YOU UNDERSTAND THAT!?

    For Godsakes.... she didn't seem to mind this until she started losing!

    May 10, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  13. dems unite

    Super irony must be a republican, because democrats understand the process, FL and MI were punished for moving there primaries up, also BOTH obama and HIllary agreed to the punishment, and it is now time to unite behind the presumptive nominee and also respect and comment Senator Clinton for a good campaign!

    May 10, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  14. Ad on superdelegate

    "named an add-on superdelegate by the Utah Democratic Party late Friday night,"

    great...now they are just adding superdelagates.

    Do we really want these micromanaging morons running the country?

    I hear next week they will name a superduperdelegate and they each of their votes equals a superdelegate vote...which equals 13000 regular votes...

    which divided by the mod of 2 to the power of 4 and square root of 2 and multiplied by pie...gets you.....

    not sure, but it isn't democratic.

    May 10, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  15. yall

    now you do not like the super, the wind is on the other side. bye

    May 10, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  16. sharong58

    Hey "super irony" you got it all wrong! The Democratic National committee disqualified Michigan and Florida because, (and I believe Hillary was behind them jumping the gun because I read somewhere that the governors of both those states are friends of hers!) they did not follow the rules! So now, Ms. Control Freak, who thinks she's entitled to the presidency simply because she's Bill's wife, is trying to "get her way" going around denouncing the DNC for not counting them! I am an Obama supporter and agree with him that the delegates from those states should be split evenly down the line. Barack wasn't even on the ticket in one! How can she say ""Oh, I should have more of the delegates because I won 55% of the vote" when nobody knows what the outcome would have been had Obama been on the ticket? And all the states dispense delegates to both candidates. Even if she won all the remaining races, and they counted Michigan and Florida, she still would not catch up to him because he too would get part of the delegates and he is presently 170 pledged delegates ahead of her, has won twice as many states, and will probably have more supers than her tommorrow!
    The real irony will be when she has to beg to be VP on HIS ticket!
    Obma in 08!!!

    May 10, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  17. Ted

    Hey guys, you forget that it was Clinton who was clinging to the superdelegates to jump in and give her the nomination over Obama despite his having won the majority of delegates. That isn't going to happen because of the (1) damage it would do to the party and (2) the fact that he will even have more superdelegates that her. Let's give Hillary her due for running a hard-fought campaign. It will be over in a couple of weeks and then it's up to all Democrats to get behind our nominee and defeat McSame in November.

    May 10, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  18. dems unite

    Super irony must be a republican, because democrats understand the process, FL and MI were punished for moving there primaries up, also BOTH obama and HIllary agreed to the punishment, and it is now time to unite behind the presumptive nominee and also respect and commend Senator Clinton for a good campaign! Both candidates ran campaigns in caucus and primary states and fair is fair!

    May 10, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  19. DUH!

    of course the same old washington insiders is moving to his side. First you have to put in the new, in order to get rid of the old...duh!

    As a Hill supporter I know one thing I do not want McCain in their. I am so tried of seeing the direction we are heading- USA- the new 3rd world.

    May 10, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  20. ronald

    This is funny I read the comments of everyone who says "wow Obama needs the support of Super delegates to win the nomination" . For example, supers,super irony, and the rest of the haters. It's funny because that is what Hillary is trying to do. She too is trying to court the supers into voting for her. I don't know if you guys watch the news but she is trying to do the same thing. I was about to say i can't believe people in this country are SLOW but comments like these prove that theory right. Dummy sssssssss

    May 10, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  21. QuietStormX

    Either Tied or ahead, Senator Barack Obama has the wave and support for the nomination. I don't care how Clinton supports spin it. People who read the details and know what's going on. Hillary & Bill should go home and take their losses. I will remember this and how she has run her campaign. I will never support another Clinton. Two faced! A bad choice to be represented of Women. Don't get their way, they get negative.... As we have seen.....

    May 10, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  22. skyjuice

    May 20th = Democratic nominee secured !

    OBAMA 08'/12'

    May 10, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  23. b4b4get

    please please please... ALL DEMS! i don't care who wins this nom, but PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE vote dem! don't be stupid and vote against your own self interest. mccain will destroy everything good about this country. he is ANTI-choice. he is PRO-war (very very PRO-war). he will not allow for equal pay for women. he is NOT a democrat. he is a REPUBLICAN!!! please get that thru your heads!

    May 10, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  24. susie

    Michelle Obama said she will not allow Hillary to be vice-president. I guess she will be running the white house. Man, she sure is a bitter person to be a first lady.

    May 10, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  25. ronald

    dummy "super irony, supers" he is leading in popular votes. i know you can't read so try turning on the tv maybe listening will help. dummy

    May 10, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
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