May 11th, 2008
04:53 PM ET
6 years ago

Young Democrat brings superdelegate race to a tie

Barack Obama picked up his 273rd superdelegate endorsement Sunday.
Barack Obama picked up his 273rd superdelegate endorsement Sunday.

(CNN) – A Young Democrats of America board member threw her support to Sen. Barack Obama on Sunday, bringing Obama to a tie with Sen. Hillary Clinton in the superdelegate race.

Crystal Strait, 28, became the 273rd superdelegate in Obama's column, by CNN's count. Clinton had 273 Sunday as well - technically 273.5 because of some Democrats Abroad superdelegates who are given half a vote each.

Obama holds a large enough lead among pledged delegates that many believe Clinton's presidential aspirations for 2008 are virtually over.

But neither candidate is expected to have the 2,025 total delegates to win, so superdelegates - elected representatives and other party insiders given seats the party's convention - will ultimately award the nomination. A flood of superdelegate endorsements for Obama could effectively end the
Democratic race.

The Obama campaign, in a written statement Sunday, called Strait "the 276th superdelegate to endorse Obama." Campaigns and various news organizations have slightly different counts, based on conversations with superdelegates and other factors.

"Barack Obama has shown a real commitment to young voters in his campaign and in response young people have overwhelmingly voted and caucused for Obama in these primary contests," Strait said in a written statement.

"We know that if a young person votes three times in a row for a party, they become a party voter for life. We know that because of high youth turnout in 2004 and 2006, 2008 is the third and critical election for young voters. And that's why I know I want to pledge my delegate vote to Barack Obama."

Nationwide, young Democratic voters have overwhelmingly supported Obama.

Strait was formerly the president of California Young Democrats. Clinton won this year's Democratic primary in California 52-43. CNN exit polls showed Clinton edged Obama out among the youngest voters age 18 to 24. Among California voters 18 to 29, both Clinton and Obama got 49 percent.

soundoff (229 Responses)
  1. David, Santa Rosa, CA

    I know some of you Dems are vested in Hillary getting the nomination, but I also know that a Dem is a Dem and the majority of you, will eventually look at the ticket and give the Dem candidate your support.

    To those who would vote McCain if Hillary doesn't get the nod. I think you are going to find that your candidate is not going to condone that action.

    We need to unite and start bashing John McCain. After all, he'll maintain the tax breadks and expand the war, and increase our national debt even more!

    May 11, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  2. Sab

    Way to go!

    May 11, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  3. Jane

    There will be several more superdelegates behind Barack Obama by the end of next week. It's all over for Clinton. She can become the President of West Virginia, as long as she is GONE.

    May 11, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  4. Eddie

    I think that this is a good thing,if hispanic voters in California would have got to know Obama better,I believe they would have voted for him.

    May 11, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  5. Deloris

    I think that the young Americans have no idea what is either important or valuable to America. They are self-centered and non-caring and that is why they relate to Obama, he thinks the same. I see how he looks down at people. He will make a change, but you young folk, you won't like it. I think they should raise the legal voting age to 25, so these young, so called educated persons, can experience life and see what its all about. Between my husband and I, we have 11 years of College and Apprentice education, and they call us the uneducated because we voted for Hillary Clinton.

    Go Hillary, President 2008

    May 11, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  6. Brian from Fort Mill, S.C.

    It's a bird. It's a plane. No, it's... SUPERDELEGATE!

    May 11, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  7. Kim

    The Super Rats have jumped off of the Sinking Hillary Ship.

    May 11, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  8. john m

    Correction:
    ""neither candidate is expected to have the 2,025 total delegates to win" should be read as ""neither candidate is expected to have the 2,209 total delegates to win."

    The DNC and the talking heads all have been saying that "Michigan and Florida will be seated in some fashion." Then, the number of the
    majority, 50% + 1, is 2209.
    They can't say they are seating Michigan and Florida, and then permit
    someone to claim victory based on a false "magic number" that doesn't count Michigan and Florida's delegates.
    We can't expect an air of legitimacy to surround a nominee when 2.3
    million voters are excluded from making the determination.
    Obama's falsely claimed "magic number," 2025, constitutes a majority of the Democratic delegates ONLY IF you don't count Michigan and Florida's alloted delegates.
    There is only one "magic number," and that number is 2209.

    May 11, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  9. s.positive

    Like has been said so many times, this is a GENERATIONAL change election and McCain really needs to wake up to this challenge...

    May 11, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  10. David P., Santa Rosa, CA

    Welcome aboard Crystal!

    How appropriate that a young democrat become the superdelegate to tie the superdelegate race.

    Now we need an old swchool politician to step up and say... we need change, and cast the tiebreaker towards Obama.

    May 11, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  11. Tom, ALBUQUERQUE, NM

    DEMOCRATS WILL LONG REGRET THEIR CHOICE OF OBAMA AS THEIR CANDIDATE. HE WILL GIVE THE PARTY A DAMMING PRESIDENTIAL DEFEAT IN NOVEMBER. THE DEMS HAVA ONCE AGAIN SNATCH DEFEAT OUT OF THE HANDS OF VICTORY. THANKS, KERRY. KENNEDY, AND OTHE PARTY LUMINARIES WHO REPUDIATED THE CLINTONS.

    May 11, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  12. Cecilia,Calgary,Canada

    awesome

    May 11, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  13. bigben

    Join the Obamaloser train. All aboard!

    May 11, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  14. Insight

    Clinton's campaign knows well that it is still possible for her to win the nomination. Here are the facts. Fact # 1: The rule of the game is that the candidate who has the greater of the total pledged plus super delegates (not just pledged delegates) wins the nomination. Fact # 2: As of today (05/11/08), the number of uncommitted super delegates is still greater than the number of total delegates by which Obama leads Clinton, so that if, after the last primary is held in June, most of the uncommitted delegates were to commit to Clinton, she would overtake Obama in the total delegate count. Also, even super delegates who had already committed to Obama can change their minds and support Clinton. Fact # 3: The responsibility of the super delegates is not only to the electorate but also to the Democratic Party. If it is perceived by enough super delegates that nominating Obama would significantly jeopardize a Democratic win in the general election, it would be their responsibility to the party to back Clinton, even if Obama maintained his slight lead in the popular vote. I believe that, indeed, an Obama nomination would seriously jeopardize a Democratic win in the general election. Why? Sadly, my opinion is, upon conversations with many Clinton supporters and would-be Republican defectors to the Democratic side, that Obama will not get their support in the general election due to his race. The "sore loser" explanation for the recent poll of Clinton supporters (about 45% of them) who say that they will either vote for McCain or not vote at all, where the Democratic party expects that these supporters will "just get over it" by the time of the general election, does not apply with regard to a good portion of that 45% of Clinton voters. Racial prejudice is deep seated, and this segment of voters will not "just get over" that! Unless Clinton does very well in the remaining primaries and, especially, catches up in the popular vote (Florida and Michigan must be counted for the sake of the electorate, not the candidates) where such might persuade enough uncommitted super delegates to give her their support, Obama will win the nomination and McCain will be our next president. Obama will have won the battle but will have lost the war.

    May 11, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  15. fabio

    it's all over

    May 11, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  16. Brian from Fort Mill, S.C.

    Obama to Clinton:

    "See ya! Wouldn't wanna be ya!"

    May 11, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  17. No Bill, Hillary or McCain Ever/CA

    Thank you Ms. Strait. Welcome aboard. You are truly a strong woman.

    Go Obama!

    May 11, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  18. Ed

    Bye bye Hillar-ious. It has been entertaining and you have given the country lots of laughs...but now it is time to go. See ya, loser! Uuhh
    Lloooo-hhhooooo-zzzzerrr! Take your circus back to New York or
    Pennsylvania or Arkansas or wherever you claim to be from this time!

    May 11, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  19. OnlyObama08

    All it'll take is one more STUPID racially divisive comment from Clinton and the Supers will FLOOD to Obama! They're just as sick of this 3 ring circus as we are...

    Obama ALL the way!!!

    May 11, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  20. Brian from Fort Mill, S.C.

    SUPER!

    May 11, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  21. Clinton in '08

    I know this will be followed by hundreds of negative, attacking posts, and its a shame that so many Obama supporters are so negative and hate fueled in their posts.

    The primary elections are designed to allow someone who may not have held the support or buget for campaigning that another candidate had to gain momentum and possibly secure the nomination. Lets remember the actual vote is less than 1 million votes apart, out of over 31 million. Its been said before and its true. If the superdelegates voted the way people say they should (following the people of their states) Hillary could easily win the nomination. It's sad that if she did Obama supporters the country over will cry foul, probably playing the race card that Obama supporters claim never to play. If she wins, she stole it because everyone's racist, and if he looses in November its her fault, how pathetic. Its a race for the nomination. She has every right to be in the race and not give up. People who give up their democractic ideals if their candidate doesn't win are the ones who will blow the election in November. Give people some credit, and allow people to speak their mind without attacking their choices

    Go Hillary.

    May 11, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  22. BITTER AND FOR OBAMA

    ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN, THIS IS ALL I KEEP HEARING FROM HILLARY AND HER SUPPORTERS. WHAT ARE PLANNING ON DOING TO OBAMA HILLARY. YOU ARE SCARING ME. ARE YOU GOING TO PAY SOMEONE TO HAVE ELIMINATE OBAMA FOR YOU? I KNOW YOU WILL DO ANYTHING TO WIN. SO IT COULD BE POSSIBLE.

    May 11, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  23. Old Fart

    You have chosen wisely little one!

    May 11, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  24. Roger

    Hillary or McCain '08

    May 11, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  25. I used to be a Democrat

    The Obamanazis are going to destroy the Democratic party.

    May 11, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
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