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. seektruth

    how about 4.5 superdelegates for Obama?! how about three other endorsements?

    May 14, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  2. Tjaye

    Right! So, she couldn't get the states to beat Obama in the primary, but we think she can get the states to beat McCain in the general.

    If she were REALLY the strongest candidate, wouldn't she be winning right now? Or does she believe that strong means getting the white votes, because the others don't really count?

    Obama O-8!!

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

    Get you dirty laundry and go home.

    May 14, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  4. R. Cooper

    Bottomline: Hillary will not be the nominee. My nine year old has done the math!!

    May 14, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  5. Jeanne

    I meant she should NOT be given the VP spot, bailed out of debt or made the majority leader of the senate.

    May 14, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  6. Rich

    Um, how about Obama's Super pickups today? Of course that would show how insignificant Clinton's WV win is . And THAT is NOT good for ratings is it? But, tune in to see how fair and unbiased CNN is.

    May 14, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  7. Melissa

    YES!!! Go Hillary! Stay in the race until every last vote is counted.

    May 14, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  8. Blake from Idaho

    What's this crap about HRC having the popular vote?

    Do any of you people even know what you are saying or do you just instantly believe anything you are told?

    Clinton does not have the popular vote...she is behind in the popular vote by 700, isn't even close.

    Now if you include FL and MI, which were unfair contests and also ignore the caucus states which were fair contests and the only reason you'd be ignoring them is because you want to try and make the results fit your predetermined desired outcome...but if you do that then HRC has a lead of only 29K...a number so small that it wont batter after Oregon.

    So stop it with the popular vote lies already. She is loosing on every front on every field in every way. There is not one advantage she has over Obama. Just let it go.

    May 14, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  9. Dwayne

    Does my, and the majority of other people voting in "sanctioned" elections count? I think Ms. Clinton is still bad for America. She has no desire to work with ALL Americans, just enough to get what she wants. This has not worked for the last 7 years, and is a bad idea. Lastly, I am sickened each time she opens her mouth and spewes that she believes that she is the strongest candidate. I know that she is just wrong. Wrong for the party, wrong for America. Obama is reaching out to ALL Americans, has not used race or gender to divide us as has Clinton. Let's break the sick cycle of Bush/Clinton, and do what is right for America. Vote Obama!

    May 14, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  10. Sean

    Kevin: How about the 14 contests that he won by those numbers? How about Oregon? How about leading every measure? Why should the one in the lead quit? So your feelings don't get hurt?

    May 14, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  11. Paul

    Hillary we love you and support you all the way!!!
    We need a Clinton to restore our broken economy

    FLA and Michigan must count, they are Americans

    Obama can be your VP until he learns how to do the job. He might eventually be ready in the future.

    Hillary 08 – Yes you will!!!
    Puerto Rico, Florida, Michigan, West Virginia, Kentucky for Clinton!!!
    Vote Democrat- Vote for Clinton

    May 14, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  12. Josh

    Oh wow she won WV. The state where half the people living there still think that Obama is a Muslim. Good victory? Yeah. Is it even going to matter? No.

    Oh and what about the Superdelegates that Obama picked up today?

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

    It's kind of funny listening to the Obama supporters talk about how dumb the Clinton supporters are because she's getting huge support from those who didn't graduate from college.

    Yet, The same people that are making fun of her supporters, can hardly spit out a sentence without a spelling error.

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

    West Virginia results,
    What would you expect in a 95% white state
    And people say it ain`t a race thing
    If West Virginia had been a 95% Black state,the vote #`s would be the same for Obama, That`s exactly what Obama wants to change.
    Everyone must come together, forget about color for a minute and let`s pick a president that not just running just to make history, and pick one who wants to get us back on the right track.
    I think Obama gets that message, on the other hand I think Hillary is just out to prove a point.

    Hell Ray charles could see this race is over for Hillary Going by the #`s

    May 14, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  15. karen

    o boy...(1) super for Hillary in the last week or so...o boy.
    Obamo has picked up around 3 super today.

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

    The Obama supporters want to run out the time and get the nomination ASAP and count on the superdelegates to run to their wagon before all the people can cast their vote and prove who the best candidate really is. For them Anyone that endorse Clinton is stupid for the rest that endorse Obama they are ready to offer He/She the VP spot.
    I want to say a word or two to the one’s that can just offend the Hillary supporters categorizing them as uneducated and racist. HILLARY is in to be the President of all Americans and all States, she does not select which ones are important or the ones she can win.
    Obama in his speeches and in his rhetoric say that the American people have to be lift from the bottom to the top so do not pick on the lower income and the uneducated as per the democratic ideas they are the ones that should be helped first.
    Obama supporters WAKE UP.
    HILLARY 08

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

    Wait a minute, folks! Are you just learning that CNN is slanted towards Hillary? It's been this way for long time. Here is the proof from the pudding: Watch the slants in Candy Crowley reports, Jessica Yellin, Wolf Blitzer...just watch the whole crew that calls themselves...what's that name to use? The other side of the slant is Mr. Lou Dobbs...who claims he has not horse in this race...yet he can't stay neutral with comments. ahha!

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

    We will not have the dream ticket the media keeps floating. HRC is so obviously "anti" everything Barack stands for. It really angers me when I see what she's doing. If the party thinks it needs a woman...Obama/Sebelius '08

    Los Angeles

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

    Wow! – Now I am convinced CNN is officially the Clinton News Network. Obama has picked up 3 superdelegates today and everybody mentions it except CNN. I am done paying CNN any mind.

    May 14, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  20. Brian from Fort Mill, S.C.

    Barack Obama doesn't have to win any more states. All he has to do is play nice.

    So far, the drip has become a steady flow. And once the dam bursts, Hillary'd better get an umbrella!

    May 14, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  21. Bill in Illinois

    Pretty sad commentary when Hillary picks up one soupie d and it's the news du jour. Here's the news flash of the day – Hillary is toast, she needs to let it go so that the party can heal itself and get on with the business of winning in November!

    May 14, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  22. Kendall - Baltimore

    Well it must be repeated. Even with Hillary winning decisively last evening Senator Obama picked up additional Super Delegates today. Congrats on WV Senator Clinton – still not enough. Let's move toward beating John McCain and stop attacking the soon to be nominee. We need new leadership. Let's focus on the issues and not the candidates. We can only do that when Senator Clinton recognizes that she has fought a good fight, but it's time to surrender.

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

    CNN what a joke you people are, stop being bias and report the news correct

    May 14, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  24. Zoey

    Hiliary didn't even put a dent in Obama's lead. She only took home about 10-12 delegates. Get realistic buddy.

    May 14, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  25. Brown

    Let it be clear that Barack is not going anywhere
    I pray for Hillary's graceful exit, so that the party can heal and prepare for November

    May 14, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
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