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.

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  1. Vicki NH

    In regards to a joint Clinton/Obama ticket, as a Clinton supporter, I would not want to see Clinton as VP with Obama. Better that she return to the Senate and become Senate Majority Leader. I would vote for McCain who is a moderate Republican and then vote for Democrats in the Senate and House. With a Dem majority in Congress McCain would be forced to end the Iraq War and we would have a terrific Senate Majority Leader in Clinton!!

    May 14, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  2. RB

    Another super-D just tossed away her vote. Don't come crawling back when Obama's sworn in as president in 09!

    May 14, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  3. California Voter

    Obama is trying to win this election the way he won his other elections - dirty politics. Why did he not support a revote in Florida and Michigan as allowed by the rules? I would not be a bit surprised if he gets the nomination that he does not beat McCain. Too many of us do not want to vote for someone with so little experience, questionable judgment, and unclear core beliefs - plus a very angry wife!

    HILLARY 08 or McCain!

    May 14, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  4. saha

    I do not understant why some one at this point go and endorse a losser?????? come on

    May 14, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  5. James

    I have tried to be impartial in all my reading and listening to reports throughout this whole process,but I have come to the decision that regardless of race or gender there are alot of bias against both Clinton and Obama.But for the media to have such bias and clear bias against Obama ia ridiculous. Never do you guys give him his props.Not only is he winning the black vote.it takes acoalition of voters of all races and genderand age to get him where he is.Come on CNN and give the man his dues. He is just outright beating her on every count .Today Hillary 1 Obama 3.5

    May 14, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  6. hello

    With her victry in WV may be Obama should drop out of the race.
    he is 8 year earlier to run for president he is dividing democrat by running this time.

    May 14, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  7. Magregoir

    Words from a Republican! Why is HRC being painted as a winner, when she is clearly losing? She is not on her way to the White House! Why is she a fighter, when Obama was the unknown coming into the primary and behind more than 100 super delegates? Why is her one delegate support news when Obama has been cleaning up the super delegates for a week? Why is she a leader when she lost to a freshman senator and her campaign is in ruins? Why is it that people forget that Obama was the long shot from the start and the majority of Democrats voted for him, he received support from Rep. and Independents. Please let’s not let cnn and emotions cloud truth, this race was suppose to be a walk through for HRC.

    May 14, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  8. vjh

    Ok, to both Obama & Clinton suporters......we all need to read the Ticker before this, BOTH Obama and Clinton lead McCain. Although I am an Obama supporter, I will vote for HRC if she should be the nominee. And congratulations to both campaigns for picking up more delegates. Enough trashing

    May 14, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  9. MJ, NYC

    Don't the PA & WV people feel insulted when she and the media tout how she's got America's uneducated in her back pocket? Just for that if I feel into that category, I wouldn't vote for her

    May 14, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  10. rk

    Yes she can can without Obama,, No he can't without Clinton!!!

    May 14, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  11. Billy J Austin,TX

    I wish it were reversed but I am totally happy to see
    Obama/Clinton 08

    But to be honest I would also be happy with
    Obama/Clark 08
    or
    Obama/Edwards 08

    all of these save the Edwards ticket I would like to see reverse order on, and the Edwards ticket i have no real feel for top ticket because they are both inexperienced from the foreign policy point of view.

    May 14, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  12. Ivi Michael

    Its time for the Clinton Dynasty to retire!

    May 14, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  13. Blaising

    Big woop CNN....

    May 14, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  14. Nita

    I think CNN is not reporting Obama's delegates because they want Mrs. Clinton to enjoy her time in the spotlight with her "huge win" last night. Only fair, I guess.

    May 14, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  15. Women for Obama

    Since May 9th 1 delegate for Sen. Clinton and 26 delegates for Sen. Obama. I see her argument (and pleading) to the Superdelegates to endorse her as the more electible candidate has truly been embraced.

    May 14, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  16. A.Masabo Canada

    too late the train is already rolling and what can i say?????????????????????core loser and what about thoses that Obama won,they don't count.....hein?

    May 14, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  17. Maria Boggiano

    It is great she got one delegate but it is a little too late.....The Obama train has already left and is near the finish line.

    May 14, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  18. marry

    i can say some people don't use their thinkin ferculty u always appreciate every breath of hillary not even what shes intending to do for a country secondly some folks always talk about experience it doesn't neccessarily mean that when you stay for washinton for long time or being first lady that qualifies you to be commander in chief is not about how far is how well you have you done its quite obvious HILLARY really need the power at all cost being against intelligent enthusiestic and energetic young man who can unite us and bring back lost America economy back on track and put people back to work. BILL CLINTON is working very hard to get back to the white but not this time.

    i strongly believed OBAMA can do it

    May 14, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  19. Mary Grace

    Dear Hillary Clinton,

    Thank you for not giving up. Thank you for all your work as a law student, as a lawyer working for the Children's Denfense Fund, as First Lady of Arkansas and improving their education standards and establing the Home Instruction Preschool Program, and thank you for fighting to provide universal health care for all Americans. Thank you for being in touch with the American people. I have read two biographies, Hillary: Her True Story by Norman King and the other one on you in American First Ladies: their lives and their legacies. I also read It takes a Village and Living History. I was able to get to know more about you and I believe in you. God Bless You. Thank you, for "Doing all the good you can, to all the people you can, at all the times you can, as long as you ever can." John Wesley. You are the best qualified candidate for the Office of the President of the United States. I know you that God sent you to serve His people. You have served Him well and will be do even better as President of the United States. By the way, Obama supporters, I have a B.S. in Microbiology and I am about to attend a Doctor of Pharmacy Program. I have other friends and relatives who support Hillary Clinton and who are college graduates. I guess a your college professors did not teach you to be respectful and have humility. Go Hillary! We love you.

    May 14, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  20. Tommy in SC

    Am I the only one that finds if disgusting that Hillary (Mrs Every Vote Should Count) continues to desparately try to get the nomination by convincing superdelegates to OVERTURN the delegates that were elected by and represent the will of THE VERY VOTERS she claims to champion.

    May 14, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  21. truthurts

    So a win in WV is what convinced this lady? Sheez.

    May 14, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  22. Gino Iarossi

    OSANNA to Clinto National News, the........ex first lady has gained 1 DUMMY-DELEGATE, BUT THE TRUE IS SHE CAN ONLY LIVE THE GOOD MEMORY OF THE " WHITE HOUSE" Is time for change in order to restore the trust to the country and the entire world.

    May 14, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  23. Shelley

    I feel if you truely believe in the ability of someone to be Commander and Chief. It should not take a primary such as West Virginia to be so convincing. A primary such as this is exactly why we need the Change that Obama is going to bring..

    May 14, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  24. Tom

    This is a bit of a shock, because one would think that the President of the Tennessee Federation of Democratic Women would be a natural to support Obama over Hillary ;)

    May 14, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  25. Will from Gaithersburg

    CNN still has yet to report on the superdelegates Sen. Obama's acquired today. I thought news outlets and reporters are supposed to remain neutral?

    May 14, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
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