May 10th, 2008
01:30 PM ET
10 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. Danielle

    So ironic – suddenly it's okay to take the nomination by the superdelegates????
    Just another example of Obama switching his position to suit his own needs. I guess that's what he means when he says he's the candidate for "change" – he'll "change" his view whenever it suits him.

    Well, the biased media and brainwashed Obama groupies can congratulate themselves in November when McCain wins. They will only have themselves to blame.

    May 10, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  2. Diane

    Dear Super Delegates,

    For Hillary to say that she is going after the White blue collar worker vote and the older White American vote is rather insulting to these peoples’ intelligence. She does not give these American citizens credit for growing beyond the Civil War, but seems to be trying to carry them back to old and ignorant thinking. It is as if she is saying, if I can’t win this race, nobody is going to win, and that is sad. It does not play well for the Country she says she loves or the Party she says she is devoted to. Shame on you Hillary, we liked you much better when you and Bill weren’t playing divisive games. Many years ago, Governor George Wallace, who used to be a liberal, did the same thing after being beat out of an election by a right wing racist. He said it would never happen again, and he stopped being a liberal candidate, and won future elections. But we are in the 21st Century and those days are long gone for the United States of America.

    May 10, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  3. sharong58

    P.S. Maybe the DNC is disrespectful of Hillary because she is of them! She want everything her way and stomps up and down and pouts if she can't have it that way! She acts like she has so much clout that SHE can tell them what to do! She needs a lesson in humility and she's about to get it! Obama in 08!

    May 10, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  4. karen from va

    Interesting hate mail. The primary has been multi-faceted with caucuses, popular votes, and super delegates. Obama had an excellent campaign strategy and worked hard to win in each of the areas. the Democratic primary is nuanced by a variety a factors, and he understood that and worked hard to win in each area.

    May 10, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  5. Fran Says

    Why does the country insist on relegating black voters to a demographic that votes for Obama because he is black instead of what he offers as a candidate for the highest office in this country?

    There has been no complaints for decades that black voters have voted (almost blindly!!) within and for the Democratic party.

    Black Americans voted for, supported and defended the Clintons for 8 years and more! Many of us started this campaign with our support behind Hillary.

    All of our candidates have flaws. Let's stop searching for the negative and begin taking steps towards progress. We should be thinking about how we as a country can unify our nation and regain our standing in the World community.

    May 10, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  6. km

    Obama...the first black president....will be elected this November. Deal with it people. If it makes you feel better to vote for McCain, fine, go ahead. Obama has brought in record numbers of new voters to the process. He won't need haters like you to get elected.

    May 10, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  7. Shahin

    It takes few understandable persons to come forward and stop this non-sense. There are some ignorants entertaining this political-civilwar. Leave the W-Verginians ignorants and move forward. thank you all

    May 10, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  8. Belle

    Senator Hillary R. Clinton has won 10 of the battleground states compared to Obama's 7. She has won EVERY state needed to win the General Election. She is LEADING McCain in ALL of the polls.

    She will make a better President. Go INDEPENDENT Hillary!!!!!!

    Who cares about a DNC that disenfranchises 2.5 million voters!

    Kennedy is a DISGRACE and so is Obama for standing on the same stage while he ridiculed Clinton! (Old style Politics to be sure!)

    Hillary or McCain 08

    May 10, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  9. Alain Mpinga

    What does it mean;
    it will barely dent Barack's delegate lead and if superdelegates keep falling behind him, Hillary may wake up Wednesday to find herself even further behind in the delegate math.
    With that said, it is time that we start behaving as USAmericans and not as White, Black, Hispanic, Jewish, Catholic, male, female, blue-collar, white-collar, college-educated, etc. individuals. In case you haven't been paying attention, foreclosures are sweeping the nation and have affected EVERY demographic CNN tracks (to our disadvantage); our infrastructure is crumbling; the price for necessities such as food and fuel are skyrocketing; we are fighting wars on multiple fronts and our military is stretched thin; later this year Medicare will begin paying out more than it takes in (the same is projected to happen to Soc Sec. in 2017). With all of this going on, watching many of you act like high school kids up for the prom queen/king ("I won't vote for her/him because his supporters insulted my candidate…") would be hilarious if it weren't so scary. Wise up people: vote for a candidate because you believe in their policies and that they will improve upon the current conditions. Regardless of who loses, all three candidates are wealthy and elite and you'll never see them at your local bowling alley, bar, shooting range or gas station.
    It's time that we remember, for which it stands, the 'Unite' in the United States of America. "United we stand, divided…"; I'm sure you can finish that

    May 10, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  10. Joyce in Florida

    Senator Obama's actions in Washington are a disgrace. He is pandering to insiders big time. This just goes to show how crooked this man is and how he has been running his campaign. He has ONLY cared about himself and what he can get from others behind false innuendos and promises; possibly some money being thrown around as well. This man is despicable. Hillary Clinton might be down a bit but she certainly is not out. I will still continue to donate and support her and hopefully there will be another upset and Senator Obama can finally shut up for awhile. Senator Clinton, please keep fighting for us. We need you in the White House; not some inexperienced first-time senator who thinks he knows it all. HE DOESN'T!!! GO HILLARY 08!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 10, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  11. Capt. Smash, Salt Lake City, Utah

    New News Latest polls suggest that Clinton is picking up support from John McCain's base which is the following:

    White Americans that hate people of color.

    White Christians that hate people that do not look like them.

    White Americans that have very little education.

    White Americans who do not care about their own personal economic condition.

    White Americans that want to see there sons die in an un-justifiable war.

    White Women who hate man still seams to be Hillary Clintons's primary support.

    So what Hillary is saying IS, if you are WHITE TRASH then I am your girl. If I was WHITE I would not even want to be seen with her.

    May 10, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  12. Opinion from Canada

    Supers, Super irony and their type:

    You must be so ignorant saying super delegates are the Washington 'same-old' that will 'help' Obama finish the deal? What a waste of ordinary brain and human skin you are? Is it not the rules that Super delegates must play this role? Or, is that Clinton has finally fallen off her dirty broke horse and the super delegates are even leaving her to go with Obama? Deal with it, that is the rule and by the way, you must still be stupid not to know that FL and MI were not Obama and any candidates fault. He played by the rules given to everyone. Go ask your broke Clinton if she didn't sign and AGREE to this decision when it was made and did not think she will NEED the votes down the line!

    May 10, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  13. european observer

    you guys are WEIRD I mean seriously ... is this 4th grade playground or what ? We have here the decision making process for the most important job on the planet and you guys sound like 4th graders squabbling. Wake up AMERICA to what is being done in your name! Around the world more and more people are not only disillusioned with what America represents but your leaders (?) seem to do everything they can to enhance that sense of disillusionment. And you sling insults around like spoilt children. Obama or Clinton? Both are good. Which is better? That should be the debate.....

    May 10, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  14. StopThinkVote

    The lack of logic I see here is amazing.

    -The Clintons loved the caucuses when it helped Bill win the White House, but now it's unfair because they didn't help Hillary.

    -The Reverend Wright video aired non-stop for weeks on main stream media, but the media has been unfair to Hillary.

    -Kindergartners are taught the basic concepts of rules and consequences for breaking them, but adults don't need to follow them.

    -Hillary could have cared less about disenfranchising Florida and Michigan – until she couldn't win without them. In fact, Hillary just rejected Michigan's offer of dividing the in her favor on Thursday, May 8th, but accuses Obama of disenfranchising them.

    -Hillary and Bill to this day have played the race and gender card repeatedly, but Obama is accused of it. Hillary just said in an interview with USAToday that she has the "hard-working whites."

    -Hillary cannot manage her campaign finances and is deeply in debt, but people want to hand her our failing economy.

    Perhaps there is a reason the superdelegates that know Hillary and have worked with Hillary are supporting Obama. Maybe it's because, like the majority of Americans, the know Hillary is dishonest.

    From a hard-working, white female

    May 10, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  15. J. Nicole Allen/ Texas

    First I want to say. I HAD a great deal of respect and admiration for the "Clintons" Bill was the first President I voted for. I thought Hillary was a strong, intelligent women. But I must admit. I was doubtfounded when I heard a few of her supporters (Lanny). State with a straight face that she is the strongest candidate to bet John Mccain..Which makes absolutely no sense!! How can that be, when she is behind in every category? Fundraising, delegate lead, most states won, popular vote and now superdelegates..It seems as if these people are living in a fantasy world created in their own minds. Is this what we are teaching our children that the loser is stronger? This silly notion that only she can get the white vote correction the "hard-working" white vote is CRAZY!!! Surely, Barrack is not ahead strictly from the "black" vote. Where is this strong base of support when she needs to raise funds? Would someone please tell these people how ridiclous they sound..Let her campaign be a example of how she would be as president. Her big state plan was a bust. Her pandering was sad. Her negativity turned people off. And let's not mention "Bill" and supporters playing the race card. Which resulted in her decline among "African Americans". One would think she would have learned from that. Those wounds may never heal. Now, I ask you what "Experiance" is it that she claims to have? Frankly, if these so called "Hard-working" Blue-Collar Dems choose John McCain over Bararck for whatever reason..Especially, if that reason is because of his "Race". Then they deserve to continue to struggle to pay their bills, pay higher prices for gas and food and they need not complain about it.

    May 10, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  16. susie

    Obama said there were 57 states. I must have fell asleep because I can remember 50. Then the Democratic Party took away 2, soooo now we are down to 48. Where are the other states?

    May 10, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  17. Jerome-Ft Lauderdale Florida

    After all the big democrats left Hillary in the dust so early by supporting Obama it shows how weak this party is. Hillary is the best potential nominee. I would vote Mc Cain just because I am mad that people like Ted Kennedy turned their back to Hillary after all the Clintons have done for the party. I will not, repeat will not no matter what ever support Obama if he is chosen as the nominee.

    May 10, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  18. Ovitshio Branco

    There is a diffrence between being "educated" vs. being "learned."
    After reading 95% of the notes (blogs) on CNN, here are some conclusions:
    1. Hillary's supporters may be learned, but they are not educated. That is, they show gross negligence in doing research to uncover the truth.
    2. Majority of Hillary's supporters write using "uppercase" letters, suggesting that they are rude, bitter, and inconsiderate.
    3. Like their candidate, most of Obama supporters are very humble and put this nation "first". Wealth and greed are seen as secondary or remote issues.

    May 10, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  19. Olivia

    I totally agree with the post by super irony.
    I am so proud of Hillary. To be dissed so badly by the networks, her peers, her opponent, and the superdelegates must have been shocking and demoralising for her.....yet, she came out with poise and dignity after each attack and my heart went out to her. This woman is eminently qualified to lead this country and to make history, and I will never understand why the dem party activists chose Obama at this time. In a way he should be very grateful to Hillary for the training, the use of information and good ideas that he saw and copied from her. He has realized how easy it is to talk well and convince people and that's a plus for him, but I would choose the substance of Hillary every time.

    The race card , the negativity factor etc has been played successfully against her. Actually the race so far has been tame compared to others I've seen.
    In the meantime, friendships and trust for her has been broken by some of her fair weather friends, and it would seem some are trying very hard to destroy her permanently. And folks, she has those nobler qualities needed by this country. Some of us just have a short memory about the less nobler things in their own lives. I'm a senior, I've been around long enough to know this.

    May 10, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  20. Media blackout Date May 15th

    Bye Hillary and take your bag of tricks and gimmicks with you. Take the yellow brick road back to your racist hell.

    Take your trash with you. NYS will not re-elect you for ANYTHING!

    May 10, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  21. Sarah


    May 10, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  22. Judith Britton

    Just a silly question. Why do the candidates spend all this money on
    running for office when all they have to do is buy a deligate lunch.

    I for one will NEVER vote again when it is strictly the deligates who
    decide who is the next president.

    I am not alone. In light of what happened with Gore and what is happening now; the focus being on JUST on the deligates.


    Claremont, NH

    May 10, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  23. Media blackout Date May 15th

    Yolanda he misspoke yesterday, he was trying to say 47 of the 50 states but didn't catch himself. He explained this just this morning.

    But let's talk about BOSNIA and that sniper fire. What about Northern Ireland?

    May 10, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  24. Carol, California

    Hillary's base are uneducated people who never finished college.

    Judging by super irony's comments, apparently that description is true.

    May 10, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  25. Belle

    Obama supporters....Clinton has won HALF of the vote, or nearly half. This is NOT an overwhelming win for Obama. There are six primaries left.

    If Obama wins the nomination, and YOU REALLY want him to win the General Election, you would urge him to put Clinton on the ticket. It would guarantee a landslide victory against McCain. There is a REASON Edwards had to drop out of the race....

    JFK could NOT win the South without LBJ in 1960. Moderate and Conservative Democrats will vote for McCain over Obama. Aren't any of you smart enough to realize that, or are you too caught up in hate to realize it?

    May 10, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
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