May 14th, 2008
12:45 PM ET
10 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. Mark Anthony

    Let's be civil here everyone, there are millions of Clinton supporters out there, not everyone supports Obama.

    But if W. Virgina made up your mind about who you choose for President let me just explain something to you, because obviously some people just don't get it, W. Virgina does not speak for the rest of the states in this union. Maybe hard to grasp that knowledge but it's true.

    There are 49 others states, just a little history lesson.

    May 14, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  2. Dee

    Ok, so this superdelegate prefers Clinton, with her salsa story in Texas, the tears in New Hampshire, beer and whiskey shot in PA, and 'hardworking whites' drama in West VA.

    Will the real Hillary please stand up.

    My support is for the Democrat who has not changed his story since day one. But, being one of the college educated, I know it has to be a DEM in November. I don't like Clinton at all, but I can't stomach another Repug.

    May 14, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  3. Rodriguez from NY

    CNN, please report the superdelegates that endorsed Obama today.

    May 14, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  4. Stephen

    How can Clinton do what is right for the country when she can't put her ego in check long enough to do what is best for her party?

    May 14, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  5. Chris, Middletown, CT

    Does anyone really believe this “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

    anyone??? you carried a state that your opponent didn't set foot in – and the literacy rate is 20% – and thats why she decided that Hillary was the "one"? Ask any HRC supporter – name one issue you side with Hillary on.....then research how many variations of that policy Hillary has offered....gender has been her only consistent platform

    May 14, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  6. Viable?

    Hillary keeps yammering on about the popular vote, as if she will win there. She .won't. Even so, the popular vote does not nominate a candidate. Delegates do. Hillary may have won a landslide in West Virginia, but it's a tiny state, with few delegates and a small population. It means next to nothing. Obama is ahead in any count you care to check. Popular vote, delegates, super delegates, states won. Apparently when it comes to "the most electable" the American people disagree with Clinton. All this nonsense about carrying swing states apples and oranges. Hillary may have won some of them, but she was running against another Democrat. The game will change completely when running against a Republican. There are many, many more skeletons in Hillary's closet than Barack's. When the Republicans get finished "swift boating" her, she'll go down in flames.
    Barack has a few problems, but not nearly what the Clintons have.
    He'll win. They won't.

    May 14, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  7. Sara from Arizona

    Clinton, keeps dragging on this process. End the division and drop out. OBAMA 08'

    May 14, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  8. Willy

    Rock on!

    May 14, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  9. Roger

    Obama supporters,
    Please stop crying over the super delegates not being reported. Your own, Jack Cafferty has mentioned it at his blog.

    Hillary or McCain

    May 14, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  10. Rose - Baltimore, MD

    It's actually 3 super delegates for Obama since this korning. 1 from IN, another from WI and another from Democrates abroad.

    May 14, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  11. pinky_50

    Come on Hillary! Do us all a favor and start backing the nominee. It is not fair that you want everything your way. First it was about the delegates. Now that you are behind it is about the popular vote. Not to mention you are trying to make them add more delegates 2206 or something. I wonder if you were ahead would you want Mich and Fl counted. No I don't think so!!! Get over it and get behind Barack.

    Some Superdelegates see how you are acting and want no part of your unfairness.

    Obama 08!

    May 14, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  12. Jeff D, South Bend, IN

    Vicky Harwell is also smoking something very powerful. Clinton lost to a freshman first-term nobody Senator from Illinois with no track record of major legislative accomplishments, and 56% of the country thinks she is a liar and untrustworthy – how strong do you possibly think she could be? If you were honest with yourself the answer is obvious.

    May 14, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  13. GCG - Austin, TX

    Jenn, your comment about Obama not being able to "win swing states in November" doesn't hold much water. Also reported on CNN is a WEST VIRGINIA POLL that shows Obama beating McCain in a match-up by a hefty margin.

    So she won WV by a landslide, that does NOT mean he will not win it in November, as the most recent poll of WV VOTERS PROVES!!

    On the same day she trounces him, the WV people also say they'll vote for him in November. What does THAT say to Superdelegates?

    May 14, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  14. Bill Clinton

    She's 'pushing on' because she's a 'fighter' because she needs to write down debt. 'Winning' Kentucky next week will give her another cash boost and she'll have to coast on fumes to when the DNC give her a 55- 45 split on MI delegates and a 50-50 split in FL (the only ethical thing to do). Obama will be over in delegates with supers at that point who know their destiny is tied to him. Hillary will talk long and hard about her historic run and love of party and country, taking Bill's and Congress's healthcare, pension and secret service protection, and get her signing bonus for her book deal and speaking tour, making 10 times what these poor suckers will donate now to get her out of hock. She'll soon be a millionaire again.

    May 14, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  15. Willis, Texas

    These women get carried away over nothing! Is the superdelegate keeping up with the math?! Apparently not!





    May 14, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  16. CWatson

    We hear about Hillary winning the rural vote. Why can Hillary win the urban vote?

    May 14, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  17. Natalia

    Way to go Hillary, Keep fighting, you are the woman.....that can figt for your country, your people and know what to clean in and out of the white house. We are united, but the Democratic Party are the one segregating the party. I will switch my party, if Hillary will go independent. Forget the Democratic and Republican Party.....The first woman PRESIDENT Independent Party. GO HILLARY '08. IT IS NEVER TOO LATE. OBAMA FOR VP...................

    May 14, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  18. Pam

    I don't understand all the hate on this site. What is wrong with you people? Get over your anger, get some help, do whatever is necessary to become HUMAN. The comments being made regarding Obama and Clinton are ridiculous and based on ignorance and speculation. You don't know these people you have only read about them. The judgments being made are harsh and uncaring. THINK before you speak, please, or say nothing at all. Ignorance is rampant here.

    May 14, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  19. bill pike

    20 million in debt, grandpa said don't spend it if you don't have it, and she knows how to fix our economy, clintons signed NAFTA but she knew it was wrong, clinton voted for war and she knew it was wrong. well–i hope IRS looks at the books over this 20 million and that is why she is still running, to raise the money to pay debt.

    May 14, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  20. Deb, IN

    Clinton supporters will have the last laugh come November!!!!

    A vote for Obama = A vote for McCain!!!!!!!

    May 14, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  21. joyce


    get a freaking life. hillary will have neither

    May 14, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  22. David D Kollie

    Good for her. But one thing. McCain congratulated Hillary Clinton for her victory in WV this is scary. How can a presumptive nominee of another political party congratulate a contestant candidate of another party especially when that candidate has not sealed the deal and is struggling far behind. McCain sentiment is a reciprocity of what Hillary said during some of the primary campaign seasons. She said that McCain would be better president then Obama. McCain in return is saying, I hope you get the nomination so that I can win and be the better president you said that I would be. Superdelegates wake up the Republicans' nominee is afriad of Obama. This means that Obama will win.

    May 14, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  23. Robb

    Vicky Harwell must be delusional too.

    What experience?

    May 14, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  24. Molly

    GO HILLARY !!!!

    IF IF IF Obama wants to be the nominee – than he should EARN it
    KNOCK HILLARY OUT!!! – and get to the magic number to WIN!
    This would all be over if he would JUST WIN!
    He just cannot seem to do this – Because MILLIONS of people are VOTING for HILLARY! This is a FACT.
    The obama group can spin this FACT however they like – racist, he does not need "those states", media, supers, whatever –
    OBama will not win the election due to his radical background!

    May 14, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  25. Nancy

    Funny how all the HRC supporters are so uneducated. Have any of you checked the demographics for the average level of education for the AA community. How about their high school drop-out rate? Oh no, I guess that wouldn't be fact, it would be racist.

    May 14, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
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