May 14th, 2008
12:45 PM ET
7 years ago

Clinton picks up a superdelegate, but still lags behind

Hilary Clinton picked up another superdelegate Wednesday.
Hilary Clinton picked up another superdelegate Wednesday.

(CNN)— Fresh off of her victory in West Virginia, Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton picked up her first superdelegate endorsement since last week.

Vicky Harwell, president of the Tennessee Federation of Democratic Women said Clinton’s victory in West Virginia helped make her decision apparent.

“Hillary’s decisive victory in West Virginia is the latest evidence that she is the strongest candidate to take on John McCain and win back the White House,” Harwell said in a statement released by the Clinton campaign. “Hillary has the plans, leadership and experience to deliver real results as president.”

This is Clinton’s first superdelegate nod since May 9, while Democratic rival Barack Obama has seen a wave of 26 superdelegate endorsements in the past week. With 2,025 delegates needed to clinch their party’s nomination, Clinton has 1,718 and Obama has 1,884 according to the latest CNN estimates.

soundoff (470 Responses)
  1. Darth Vadik, CA

    This woman, I won't even call her by her name, needs to go.

    May 14, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  2. Kel in Auburn, AL

    I don't think she'll ever catch up. Her victory netted her a single digit gain in delegates and did nothing to help her deficit in superdelegates. The tide has turned, alright.. and Obama's sailing right out to sea on it

    May 14, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  3. Beltway Insider

    LOL – Congrats Hillary – even a blind squirrel finds a nut every once in awhile.

    May 14, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  4. Robert in Toronto,ON

    Before I blow my top, why did THIS article make it before ANY article mentioning that Obama picked up FOUR SUPERDELEGATES THIS MORNING?????

    Way before Clinton picked up her ONE delegate. THIS IS BIAST REPORTING!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 14, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  5. Greg, NY

    CNN, you just shot yourself in the foot. People on these boards have been complaining all day that you haven't reported on Obamas 2 superdelegate endorsements today and then you go and do something like this.

    Good luck with all the more complaints that are sure to come!

    May 14, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  6. Sean

    I think what she meant was "Hillary’s devisive victory in West Virginia is the latest evidence that she is the strongest candidate to let John McCain win the White House".

    May 14, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  7. Jane in NC

    Hillary – my advise is to have Chelsea get married prior to the May 20th primaries in Oregon and Kentucky. Afterall Jenna Bush's wedding healed America. See aol.com for more details or read bloggers view below.

    The ceremony itself made great strides in improving the American economy but it wasn't until the 7 tiered white rolled fondant raspberry filled vanilla wedding cake arrived that global warning reversed, all weapons disappeared and all children had food to eat. It was even reported that as Jenna took her first bite of cake that Jews and Muslims around the world were reported sighted in a warm embrace. No one knows what exactly happened as Bush took Jenna in his arms for the Father Daughter dance because at that moment the entire world was blinded by a white light of euphoria and rendered unconscious for hours. It is expected that the honeymoon will bring about cures for AIDS, Cancer and a victory for Hillary Clinton.
    MORON

    May 14, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  8. Robert

    Go Hillary...Just like you said last night.."it aint over till the lady in the pant suit says so"!!!!!

    May 14, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  9. Sue

    Obama picked up two this morning, yet CNN has not mentioned them. It's wonderful, however, that you underscore Hillary's ONE superdelegate since last week.

    May 14, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  10. Kenneth M

    A SUPER DELEGATE? YOU MEAN LIKE 1 IN A ROW? SOME BOUNCE FOR A LANDSLIDE. SLICK HILLIE IS ON A ROLE. AND SPEAKING OF A ROLE, WHEN WILL THIS FAT LADY SING?

    May 14, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  11. Cammi317

    WTH? Obama has been picking up delegates all day long and you run this? I understand wanting to allow her to bathe in her WV victory, but come on....

    May 14, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  12. Liviu, Alberta, Canada

    And no mention of Obama picking up two thew same day!

    May 14, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  13. OBAMA 08!

    HEY CNN... WHAT ABOUT THE 2 THAT OBAMA RECEIVED?

    I DON'T SEE AN ARTICLE ON THAT??

    May 14, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  14. Sue

    Let's see...

    Clinton picks up 1

    Obama picks up 26

    How are you Clinton supporters gonna spin this one.

    May 14, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  15. Ann

    Did Vicky Harwell go to college or is she another one of the Blue-Collar-Non-College grads that love their Cup O'Hillary each morning??

    Seriously. If Ms. Harwell is intelligent enough to be a superdelegate, she should be smart enough to count the numbers, and want to bring her party together.

    Hillary is done. Like it or not. If she was the best candidate the numbers would indicate that. The people's choice is not up for debate.

    Obama 08.

    May 14, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  16. USAF Sr. Airman

    How dare you CNN.

    Clinton picked up ONE super delegate today and you have a post on it.

    You have yet to report on Obama today. He has had three today I believe.

    You are making it sound like because of her win last night, the tables have turned and supers are running to Clinton.

    Come on CNN. Seriously, what is this?

    May 14, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  17. Jack, Chapel Hill, NC

    What about the superdelegates that Obama picked up today?

    May 14, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  18. Susan

    As a female Democrat who is a citizen of Tennessee, I am, once again, mortified by something my fellow citizen is doing. But anyone who has had one glimpse into Tennessee's public school system would expect something this ridiculous and far-fetched from one of our own.

    May 14, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  19. Now

    GET OUT THE RACE NOW

    May 14, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  20. Seam, Florida

    It actually took a win in a non-contested, small state like West Virginia for this woman to make up her mind. Vicky Harwell is full of crap. West Virginia is not a determining factor.

    May 14, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  21. RR

    Woo Hoo.....She'll catch him now!.....NOT!!........OBAMA all the way!!

    May 14, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  22. Candace from Texas

    Whatever! I know! Just a rabbit she pulled out her hat! LOL!!!! How funny!

    May 14, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  23. mary nagata

    cnn, why is it not reported at all when obama picks up 2 superdelegates (like this morning) but it's reported right away when hillary picks up 1?

    May 14, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  24. ron

    Hey CNN!

    What about the 2.5 Obama picked up!

    May 14, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  25. Francisco

    Now CNN comes whit this story and fails to comment about the endorsment of two superdelegates for Obama, a notice that everyone are commented. Obama has a 11 superdelegates lead, and CNN saids nothing, well thas what i call Poor Information,

    May 14, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
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