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.

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  1. Annie - Atlanta

    c'mon folks! THis delegate feels bad for her. It would be a crying shame iif she got none after such her big win. Give her 1 credit. Obama will probably take 1 back from her by tomorrow.

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

    Hillary will suprise them all....she will win Kentucky, Oregaon, Montana, and Puerto Rico.....then, Obama will wonder what he did wrong....rather, if he did anything right at all.

    Go Hillary!!!

    May 14, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  3. Michael

    FOR ALL THE CLINTON BASHERS, TAKE A WORD OF ADVICE FROM AN OBAMA SUPPORTER: It's amazing how many anti-Clinton comments I see hear.

    Don't any of you get it?!

    Sure, it's obvious...Obama has the nomination. BUT, Clinton has the support of at least 40% of the Democratic voting base. The more you antagonize the Clinton supporters and make them feel denegrated, the less likely wounds will heal by November. Do us ALL a favour and JUST STOP! She's ran a hard campaign and deserves her due credit.

    Play the "poor winner" if you want, but keep in mind if you do so, you might just be playing the poor loser come November!

    May 14, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  4. The Dude

    Hey you guys, let's be civil. I'm an Obama supporter, and I just came to the realization that this thing has been headed towards the "dream ticket" all along. Let's stop the fighting within the party, and start talking about how we are going to deal with McCain. I would love to see a landslide victory in November.

    I know that this extended primary has caused a lot of fighting within the party, but I think in general it has been good for the election process as a whole. Think about it, Obama and Hillary both have been getting people fired up, they've been registering new voters, and they are the "hottest" topic on cable news. This primary has gotten a lot more of the American people excited about politics, and I think that should be the goal. We can't be a government "of the people" if the people are not informed.

    Obama/Clinton '08!

    May 14, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  5. Jane Love

    Wolf, I dont understand why you never ask Senator Clinton or people from her camapign who talks about Michigan the question being that prior to the Michigan Primary when Senator was asked why she didnt remove her name from Michigan ballot, her reply was that why waste the time since the Michigan votes wasnt going to count, but know her story is that the other canidiates shouldnt have remived their names from the Michigan ballot, its no wonder people have such a low regard for Hillary she will say anything if the position taken will help her regardless of the facts. Several months ago Senator Clinton specifically said the Michigan and Florda votes didnt count, how she can so admantely say the votes count now and the media doest question her on this change of position behooves me, anyone one else the medai would be running video and sound bites of her previous statements.
    Jane , south bend, Indiana

    May 14, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  6. JAB

    Bunch of whiny baby Obama-ites for sure – kids – just kids is all he can attract – and African Americans.

    May 14, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  7. pa voter

    well, atleast one of the superdeligates woke up and smelled obama's coffee. I just don't get it. It seems like they don't care what he says, what his wife says, or what those around him say or do, they just follow him. It is so sad. You would expect this from little kids, but these are supposed to be adults. And nice touch nobama, putting that flag pin on. Now we know you are, for the first time in your adult life, proud to be and American.

    May 14, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  8. J.S.

    Many Hillary supporters have proudly proclaimed that they would vote for John McCain WHEN Senator Obama wins the nomination. If this is in fact true, then these same supporters need to put their money where their mouth is, and march straight to their local armed services recruiting center and sign up for McCain’s 100 year plan; and the war Hillary proudly voted for. Cue those cute munchkins and watch out for that house. Ding….Dong….

    May 14, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |


    May 14, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  10. fred

    There will be many more to come...Obama doesn't have a chance in November....take it all the way to the convention!!!

    If Obama is the nominee...WRITE IN HILLARY!!

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

    What about the two that Obama picked up today. How about balanced reporting on superdelegates? Update your info.

    May 14, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  12. Marc

    Welcome aboard, Ms. Harwell! You're on the winning team that can defeat McCain in Nov '08.

    May 14, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  13. Barock

    Rumor says that Edwards might endorse Obama tonight.

    If it is true, it is a big deal.

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

    Title Correction: lags WAY behind, as in so far behind she's still in last-week.

    May 14, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  15. Giorgio

    She reached the mountain top yesterday in W VA......but imagine how hard the fall will be.

    May 14, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  16. Chris In California

    The superdelegates' main responsibility is to choose the candidate best able to win the White House back for the Democrats in November. That is Hillary Clinton who has carried the entire Democratic base, who has the popular vote, who has carried the swing states most critical for Democrats to secure the White House once again, who has been able to cross party lines and bring on board West Virginia that polled to vote for her over John McCain and Barack Obama in the General Election. Hillary Clinton has received the most votes of voters of the two final candidates, including Florida and Michigan, who WILL have their voices heard in the General Election. I believe this will not bode well for Barack Obama because he is viewed as being the single holdout for allowing them a re-vote.

    May 14, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  17. Hayward

    Hillary Clinton is a very inspirational figure. She's undeniably gifted and talented. She exudes nothing less than brilliance in the face of adversity. It's absolutely amazing to see a woman with such an unimposing stature be such a formidable force to be reckoned with. She is without doubt the better choice for President at this moment. She is driven and heavily armed with the necessary ammunition needed to beat John McCain in the General Election. No disrespect to any of the other candidates it's just evident that Hillary is stronger, period.

    May 14, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  18. who cares

    Easy people! It's just not news anymore when Obama gets delegates. Congratulations Hillary. At this rate you'll reach 2,209 by the year 2209!

    May 14, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  19. new voter

    Way to go Clinton et al... a convincing win indeed. I'm a new voter but with some college algebra on my resume. Need I say more?

    May 14, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  20. Nando, Florida

    great maybe she can borrow some money from her as well

    May 14, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  21. Seam, Florida

    SEC Endorsements:

    William Donaldson, Arthur Levitt and David Ruder are expected to join former Fed Chairman Paul Volcker in endorsing Obama.

    May 14, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  22. jay

    This time next Wednesday she will be kicking herself silly 🙂

    May 14, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  23. Jeanne

    She lags behind in superdelegates, pledged delegates, popular vote, states won and the remaining primaries will not help her catch up. She should be given the VP spot, bailed out of her debt or made majority leader of the senate. She hasn't earned it, plain & simple.

    NARAL just endorsed Obama.

    May 14, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  24. For the love of this independent

    I now get it. Hillary will be VP but not Obama's VP. Hillary will join McCain's ticket. Hillary supporters will support McCain. And their combined coalition will defeat Obama. Hillary will cause McCain to have an heart attack. And become President. Mean while a new war will be started in Iran. 3000 more troops will have died and CAFTA will have been implemented causing america to lose a 100000 more jobs.

    McCain/Hillary 08 then just Hillary

    May 14, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  25. Brown

    I just heard the news about Barack receiving two additional super delegates this afternoon from the local news station. I've searched your website for 30 minutes for details, to no avail. May I ask WHY!

    May 14, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
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