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. angelina for obama

    CNN please update you count of SD

    Obama 266
    clinton 264

    YES WE CAN

    May 10, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  2. Doug, West Virginia

    TO ALL YOU CLINTON SUPPORTERS:

    IF YOU CARE ABOUT HER AND HER CAMPAIGN WHY DON'T YOU ORGANIZE AND GET 1,500,000 PEOPLE TO DONATE TO HER ONLINE TO PAY OFF HER DEBTS.

    YOU WANT HER TO RUN AS AN INDEPENDENT BUT YOU ONLY BLOG YOU DON'T SUPPORT HER FINANCIALLY. SHE IS THE FIRST FEMALE WITH A CHANCE TO WIN THE WHITEHOUSE.

    WHERE IS THE MOVEMENT??????

    PUT YOUR MONEY WERE YOUR MOUTH IS!!!!!

    AND I BET YOU WON'T SUPPORT JOHN MCCAIN FINANCIALLY EITHER. HOW DO YOU EXCEPT THEM TO RUN AN EFFECTIVE CAMPAIGN????

    AT LEAST WE SUPPORT OBAMA WITH OUR MONEY.

    OBAMA 08. WE WILL TAKE BACK THE WHITEHOUSE.

    DEMOCRATE TIME NOW. DNC 08

    May 10, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  3. Alan Boyer

    Mark this day...Hillary Clinton will end her quest for the democratic nomination in June. But...she will not end her quest for the presidency. She will run as a independent in November. She wants her name on the general election ballot by any means necessary. She is hedging that the "white blue color Americans" who support her now will vote for her as an independent.

    May 10, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  4. greenfun

    HUGE NC Vote MisCount Favored Obama

    by internetstar, Fri May 09, 2008 at 06:39:47 PM EST

    In at least one county, ballots were counted twice for Obama.
    They gave him 15,000 extra votes.

    "MECKLENBURG & WAKE COUNTIES - Vote tallies are changing in the state's two largest counties, after certain ballots were counted twice in Mecklenburg and Wake counties.

    The mistake didn't change the outcome of any elections, but it is a cause for concern to election directors.

    For example, when Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama declared victory Tuesday night in North Carolina's primary, he was given approximately 15,000 votes more than he should have been.

    That's 1 percent of all ballots cast.

    In Wake County, early and absentee ballots were counted as part of the individual voters precincts and again as a whole.

    "So in essence, those voters were recorded double," said Cherie Poucher of the Wake Co. Board of Elections. It was around 37,000 votes.

    May 10, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  5. louieC, MO

    To all you racist voter that we not vote on Obama; guess what? African Americans are use to suffering and rightly so, it will be your turn!! LOL

    May 10, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  6. OBAMA CANNOT WIN IN NOVEMBER!!!

    IT WILL NEVER HAPPEN!!!!!!

    THE REPUBLICANS ARE WAITING TO SWIFT BOAT!!!!!!!

    May 10, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  7. Bill

    My god. How many excuses are you people going to make. He is ahead in the popular vote, delegates, states won, and now ahead in the super delegates. Yes he has outspent her. One would have to say that he runs a better campaign to raise that much more money than her. That should tell you something about his support. Trying to explain the facts about Michigan and Florida to you is like trying to grow hair on my head. Not possible. Why did Hillary turn down Michigans offer? I also see that Bubba is up to his regular temper tantrums. Chews out a woman for asking a question about health care. Real professioal for an ex-president who thirsts for another term. His actions in this election have made me wish that I would not have voted for him. Especially with him telling voters in West Virginia that supporters of Obama and Obama himself consider them backwards hicks. Maybe some do, but I don't need no power hungry, ex president speaking for me. News flash, they are no different than the rest of us and anyone who says that is an idiot. That includes Bubba as well as any Obama supporters. I can stomach Hillary alot more than I can put up with him. I would be willing to vote for Hillary if she should win the election fair and square, as long as she is willing to promise that Bubba will not be within 100 miles of the White House.
    Just a typical 57 year old white male who supports Obama

    May 10, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  8. Bubba

    Hillary's legacy will be one of intentional lies. She is washed up ...

    May 10, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  9. JC

    Hillary supporters on here are really sore losers. Since when did all of this talk lead to Obama stealing the nom? He won fairly, he did not make up the rules, he just followed them and didn't try and change them mid game. The supers are going to him too. It is their choice, and in my opinion, counts just as good as a vote. This is ridiculous. I feel for you that your candidate lost, i really do. However, it is time to let it go and go back to democrat values. If you don't want to vote Barack, that's fine. But, please, reconsider that some will win some will lose, but we are democrats.

    May 10, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  10. Supers?

    supers posted on May 10th, 2008 5:26 pm ET

    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.

    -

    What the heck are you talking about? Hillary needs those supers ALOT more than Obama does. Do away with them, and he'd be more than happy, because that makes him automatically the nominee at this point. Obama is WAY ahead in pledged delegates, remember?

    May 10, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  11. Bubba

    NYS??? I knew what you meant, but funny just the same ! ! :)

    May 10, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  12. indy dem

    First, I don't think it was Obama's test to "seal the deal": Clinton was a mile ahead before the primaries even started. The real question is why couldn't she git r done? I think the answer is that more voters want change and see clinton's candidacy as more of the same back and forth that always seems to miss the real point.

    Is the DNC a total joke? YES. Howard Dean's a freakin tool (I thought so back in 04 too). Does the system need to be changed? YES.

    Obama's not stealing the election: he's WINNING it.. by getting more votes and playing the game the way it's supposed to be played.

    Clinton and her supporters didn't have any problems with the system either... until she started losing..

    Consider this: this system was established to protect the ESTABLISHMENT CANDIDATE and to ensure their victory. A year ago nobody who would've thought that this patently unfair system could ever produce an anti-establishment nominee. Brilliant. effed-up but brilliant

    May 10, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  13. qbit

    Hillary supports crack me up, they complain about rules which all the candidates agreed to, and threaten to vote for McCain because their candidate lost even though he is nothing more than a continuation of Bush. Hillary and Obama's policies are virtually identical, they both are well educated and smart, and would both make far better presidents than McCain. This unfortunately leads me to believe that the "hard work white" Hillary supports are ether racist or sore losers. Hopefully its the latter, otherwise this nation deservers the crapy government it will get with McCain. As a well college educate hard working white guy I have been buying Euro's as fast as I can because I have no faith this nation will ever get its act together.

    May 10, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  14. Texan

    I hope Hillary is the nominee, but it will take an act of God for that to happen. Obama does not have the experience to be in the White House. He is an eloquent speaker, he motivates people, and makes everyone feel good, but what has he accomplished. Everytime I read that another superdelegate is endorsing Obama, I think we are supposed to be moving forward, not backward.

    May 10, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  15. greenfun

    Friday, May 9, 2008
    Eye-Popping Survey By ccAdvertising

    It appears that Barack Obama’s self-inflicted negative publicity is having an effect on his chances at the Presidency. He may be doing strong in the Democrat Party, but the following survey shows he is not doing so well with the electorate at large.

    From May 1, 2008 through May 5, 2008, ccAdvertising completed a survey to a combined total of 90,000 homes in California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Missouri, New Hampshire, New York, Ohio and Pennsylvania (10,000 homes from each state) extracted from the ccAdvertising database.

    This survey compared John McCain, the presumptive Republican Nominee for President against Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, the final contestants in the race for the Democrat nomination for President. Combined results from respondents to this survey show:

    John McCain Versus Hillary Clinton:

    John McCain = 40.98%
    Hillary Clinton = 42.04%
    No Preference = 16.98%

    John McCain Versus Barack Obama:

    John McCain = 45.90%
    Barack Obama = 40.42%
    No Preference = 13.68%

    May 10, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  16. Hamitlon, KC

    This train will not stop rolling!

    Obama 2008 & 2012!! What a campaign!

    May 10, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  17. Pam

    AP has him ahead by 4.

    May 10, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  18. Marge Hibbing Mn

    Like the poster in the previous article I will never ever contribute again one single penny to any Democrat who supports obama. He is a done nothing and do nothing and has ruined this party. McCain will tear his butt up.....I am starting a website DEMOCRATS FOR MCCAIN.

    I can not understand how people can support someone who does not know one darn thing about what he is doing. He reads a speech someone else writes for him and the young and the blacks have fits over him. You can look over black people. They are just out to see a black president no matter who it is., but people should look at what kind of politican he has been. He sits back and does nothing and that's who the want. He consorts with Iraqi crooks and Chicago gangsters and that's what they want. Well he will sink into oblivion after McCain landslides him so we won't be bothered any more. Since he has never done anything in the state or federal congress anyway he can spend his days cutting out paper dolls.

    May 10, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  19. S drinkwater

    I predicted that if America elected Bush to presidency, America would be at war within one year. I predict now, that if Obama becomes the president, America will face a financia l crisis like it hasn't seen since 1929. This is not a racial comment, it's an economic one. I've studied history all my life; political, social and economics. Let's see if I'm right again.

    May 10, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  20. lisa

    sure you will not post. According to the other news stations that are not Clinton New Network he has taken the lead. I truly am hoping for a joint ticket. Obama/ Clinton

    May 10, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  21. Dasun Abeysekera, New Albany, Ohio

    COMEDY? or IRONY?

    For whatever it's worth..perhaps, even the most intelligent woman on earth (could she be?) is not immune to some susceptibility to superstition...and bless her heart, after all this is her life's ambition at stake..

    Hillary thinks.....hmmm....the NY Giants won the Suer Bowl in the last minute...no, wait, the last 35 seconds! Maybe that was a sign for me to stay in the race for I may in fact be destined to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat, no matter how hopeless it looks now. Just kep on fighting.

    God speaks, to the now almighty superdelegates: the NY Giants spoiled the perfect season for the Patriots..if you love your country and want to take it back...you have your perfect season – DON'T VOTE FOR CLINTON!!

    and then there was light!

    May 10, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  22. Gabe Harrison

    I understand why many women view a female presidency as an important milestone for the United States. However, I believe electing an African American would have more far reaching implications as to the social progress of our country considering the vast injustices they suffered and continue to suffer today. One must only look to Senator Clinton's campaign as evidence. Aside from a large group of women voters her support and success in this contest is due largely to elderly, white, uneducated voters who when polled have said they would rather vote for Senator McCain then Senator Obama. Such a trend among Clinton's supporters suggests they prefer a white candidate to a black one, regardless of the vast differences between Clinton's and McCain's political ideologies. This is ignorance, it is racism, and it is evidence that race is still a very important issue in the United States. It's time to show the world we can transcend the ignorance. It's time to transcend the rhetoric and elect a President who knows what they stand for and has real plans to implement change in our country. It is time for Obama.

    May 10, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  23. rose, texas

    he might not need haters like us to win ,but he is surely going 2 more than u 2 win. hillary independent....... she has my vote either way, i will be writing her name in. let's back her up........

    May 10, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  24. jimmy vekmen

    WE ADMIRE HILLARY CLINTON'S TENACITY AND WANT HER TO CONTINUE UNTIL MICHIGAN AND FLORIDA VOTES AND DELEGATES ARE SEATED AND COUNTED. OTHERWISE THERE WILL BE HUGE DEFECTIONS FROM THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY.
    AND THEN THERE IS THE QUESTIN OF OBAMA'S CHOICE FOR VP.
    IF HILLARY WANTS IT AND OBAMA DENIES IT TO HER. OBAMA CAN SAY GOODBYE TO HIS CAMPAIGN FOR PRESIDENT.
    hILLARY'S CONSTITUENCY IS HUGE AND EVEN WITHOUT MICHIGAN AND FLORIDA SHE HAS MANAGED TO STAY COMPETITIVE. AND HILLARY HAS A FEW VERY POWERFUL OPTIONS.. WE WILL NOT MENTION THEM HERE.

    May 10, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  25. to Suprs

    well, Obama will have to work with everyone to unify the party. But when he talks about the new politics, he talks about resolving the issues that faces our country and not play games for political advantages.

    May 10, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
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