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. piecrust

    The Obamabots are delusional – they think Barack will take the WH in January. I'll be voting for John McCain? Why? 2-3 years ago – he wrote a book, went to the Senate and now he just wants to sit in the Oval Office and thinks he can really do the job in one shot – pathetic!!!!

    May 14, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  2. ???

    CNN...what is this, I don't even...

    May 14, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  3. Kevin in Saskatchewan, Canada

    I'm just curious as to why Clinton picking up a superdelegate warrants a headline on the political ticker. How about the almost 30 that Obama has picked up in the past week? At least it's a real superdelegate that CNN is reporting as opposed to a couple weeks back when Liz Taylor's endorsement of Clinton warranted a headline on the ticker for two days in a row. CNN, I love ya, but report the news as it comes, not to keep people tuned in. I'm losing faith. a Canadian observer, I, along with the rest of the free world, shudder when I read the blogs and see the ignorance of both Clinton and Obama supporters who say they won't support the other candidate or worse yet, vote for McCain if their candidate doesn't win the nomination. You have the chance to make history. Clinton or Obama will be one of the greatest leaders your country has known. DO NOT PUT MCCAIN IN THE WHITE HOUSE. God bless.

    May 14, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  4. Christopher

    Hillary, Once the front runner, is now the underdog. She is showing the world, "How not to give up". She is a inspiration. Just what the US needs. HILLARY! HILLARY! HILLARY! Don't give up! You are showing everyone "What it takes!", "No Matter What!"

    May 14, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  5. Ed

    If Hillary doesn't win the nomination, I will rather vote Republican in the fall. You, Obama's people, have talk so much lies about her and have insulted our candidate in a way, that most of her supporters wil vote for McCain. So far about 16 million have voted fot Hillary. Make your numbers for the fall

    May 14, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  6. Gen

    I am one of those Florida voters who went to the polls and voted for Clinton! Decisions were made for us by a handfull of politicians and it is disgraceful how the "bigwigs" in the Democratic Party have mishandled this entire process. I have deep reservations about continuing my alliance with this party and I think the pundits have got it wrong when they say we will vote for whomever the party selects. The media and factions of the party have been biased from the beginning and have put this race for the presidency in jeopardy for the Democrats. It angers me to think that NOW Obama is going to come to Florida to smooze us. I know of many who would like to tell him not to bother and stay home, myself included! Once again Florida could prove to be a "NIGHTMARE REVISITED" in the general election.

    May 14, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  7. John Smith

    How nice– when you get a grade of "A" in my course and another student gets a grade of "C", I should give your grade of "A" to the other student and ask you to get lost!!!

    I hope minority teachers are taking good notes. Please learn from the Masters– The Clintons– and the world will be a messy place.

    May 14, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  8. Greg

    Congratulations on purchasing your ticket for the Titanic, Ms. Harwell!

    May 14, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  9. Jim

    The Clinton News Network strikes again. At times it as if you do not try to be reporters, but instead supporters.

    May 14, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  10. Zoey

    Clinton Supporters are delusional !!!! What kind of math did you learn in school? And please tell me what experience does Hiliary to qualify her as President. She lived in the White House for 8 years and falsely overstated her "hands-on experience". You guys need to get real !

    May 14, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  11. DC

    CNN please don't make me feel as if you are trying to drag this race on longer to make it easier for you to fill your time slots each night. I can't understand how a news media outlet like Yahoo can get a story out way before you do on the fact that Obama has picked up several superdelegates this morning and yet you decide to put up the fact that Clinton got ONE superdelegate. What happen to the best political news team on cable?

    May 14, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  12. WIll

    What about Obama gaining 4 delegates this morning in spite of his loss in WVA?

    You know, when people call you guys the "Clinton News Network" I usually try to defend you.

    May 14, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  13. Jo Ann

    Oh unwise young ones....Obama will not beat McCain. You better pray that Hillary wins or we are going to have McCain..or...the person he picks for vice president.

    May 14, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  14. JJ

    Most of fthe states that Obama has won are REPUBLICAN states and will go Republican in the General Election. The Obama Democrats want a candidate who has not won many of the Democratic states in the primary. Obama will not win a General Election. The Obama supporters are such sore losers...getting mad at CNN is childish.

    May 14, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  15. janice

    CNN stands for Clinton News Network. Didn't you guys know that? Wolf Blitzer is a Hillary Clinton cheerleader. He is visibly happy when Senator Clinton is winning. His whole expression and demeanor changes. Poor Wolf. He and CNN have a lot of sad days ahead.

    What happened to CNN anyway? I call it the "Fox News affect." Fox is horrible but everybody knows that, but CNN is a "wannabe."

    May 14, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  16. Luis

    The Obamaniacs are in full today... I do not understand why we have to select the weaker candidate and why the shoveling down our throats this looser. I guess we are going to have the the trifecta GORE, KERRY and OBAMA to satisfy all of you. Then you can all blame Hillary of all the problems of the USA and the World. Demonizing HRC for the inadequacies of your candidate is funny.

    May 14, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  17. Phil Newton Murphy, Oregon




    Nope, still not listening. But I hear the fat lady singing...

    May 14, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  18. Helen

    26 for Sen. Obama
    1 for Sen. Clinton

    let's see...ummm. Yup, I am still correct. It doesn't matter.

    President Obama 08"

    May 14, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  19. For the love of this independent

    Dear Jim,

    "It is becoming more apparent every day that Hillary Clinton's base is mirroring that of which her husband Bill Clinton had when he won the presidency and his relection campaign. "

    What you failed to realize is the Bill did not carry the majority of the white vote in those swing states but also had the full support of the black community. Many of the swings states are have been reporting they are republicans they will not vote for hill in the fall. And with Hillary and McCain both competing for rural america. Edge to McCain with Guns and Gays. If Hillary does not have an overwhelming turnout from the black community she will not win.

    My point both of these candidates need the other's coaltion. So let's stop fighting and come together.

    The problem is Obama is called a racist but has never openly campaigned for the black vote. Hillary is currently pandering to the rural america painting Obama as an elitist, insuating he is a muslim and openly playing feminist card calling for women support because it is time to have a woman in the whitehouse. I have never heard Obama say it is time to have a black man in the white house.

    May 14, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  20. Anonymous


    BS. Thirty dollars over the course of three months is NOT a lot of money for anyone. Surely you can make up the thirty dollars somewhere else that doens't involve destroying the country's infrastructure and putting 300,000 people out of work.

    People like you are what's wrong with the US elctorate – you believe everything you hear, don't put any additional thought into it, and are so bent on having your vote sold to the lowest bidder, you'll sell out the rest of the country to do it.

    May 14, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  21. D R

    Clinton picks up a super and it's news for CNN. Obama has picked them up all week with little fanfare. I think the longer she stays, the worse it will be. She may as well run as an independent because the damage she has done to the democratic party will be permanent. I'd like to see her do it, and get beat...... again!

    May 14, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  22. Brenda

    Congratulations to Hillary. Obama picked up 4 superdelegates yesterday and 4 superdelegates today. CNN forgot to report this in order not to overshadow Hillary's victory. CNN, please be fair with both candidates. The Black/White issue is enough controversy within the race. I truly think it is appalling that people are not voting on the issues. WV is 95% white. Race should not have been an issue, but it proved that many Whites are not willing to vote for a Black man. Race played a large factor in Hillary's victory by a large margin. I have stated before that the candidates have a base of supporters that they can depend on. I hope as the race continue to go forward that the issues and solutions for the problems Americans face are more important than whether the candidate is Black or White. It is truly a time for a change of the mindset of Americans. We are "One nation under God"; therefore, we need all race and cultures to defeat the Republicans in November. CNN do not contribute to the divisions.

    May 14, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  23. Charlotte

    Obama can win all the primaries, he will not win the general. I am sure he will fall like Dukakis,Kerry etc. He is too liberal for us Reagan Democrats, who vote for the person rather than the party. We tend to be blue collar white people, who work hard and did not go to college. I am glad to hear all the blacks went to college and make loads of money. We should have more money in the states with that major improvement. Could Obama be pandering with the flag pin? Nah, he is above that.

    May 14, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  24. John Smith

    Please keep Hillary away from the democratic ticket– she will get the Republicans really fired up, and Obama will lose all the hard work he has put into this process.

    We should learn to take a political risk! This is what Obama refers to as Change!

    Hillary is NOT taking a political risk; she is a known in and out of Washington. She is married to an "impeached" past-president.

    The only person taking a "political risk" here is Obama (a black man from no where) and his supporters against the mighty forces!! Keep Hillary away from the democratic ticket!

    May 14, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  25. EJM from Illinois

    Obama has gotten more delegates than Clinton. First she finds every possible scenario, no matter how idiotic it is, to try to say she is the "better" candidate. When that fails, she throws out her "emotional" side to try to appeal to voters. If she has to put on several types of faces, then there is a problem. People are tired of politicians who will say or do anything to "appeal" to the common folk, looking to win. That is sad. Unfortunately, she has managed to pick up supporters who are uneducated to realize this. People with a little bit of knowledge knows Obama will do a good job, honest job than Clinton. He has done a great job in Illinois, he will do better in the White House!

    May 14, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
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