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. RB

    Why is Hillary referring to whites when they talk about blue collar voters? Aren't blacks, hispanics, asians, etc also blue collar workers? I think she really means white racists voters and not "blue collar voters". And, why would anyone expect white racists to vote for a black man?? Hillary had a good share of black voters until she and bill started the race card thing in SC. Remember??

    May 14, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  2. Viet Nam Vet

    It should read "Lady jumps in black hole" and anybody that contributes any money to her campaign is dumping it in the same black hole.

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

    cnn, hello, what about the supers obama picked up this morning? are you going to mention those at all, some time today?

    May 14, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  4. Dianne

    I really respect & listen carefully to CNN's Senior Polictical Analyst, David Gergen.

    David Gergen is currently a Professor of Public Service at Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government, and Editor-at-Large for US News & World Report. In earlier years he served as White House Advisor to Presidents Nixon, Ford, Reagan & Clinton.

    David Gergen commentary is always carefully considered, insightful and intelligent.

    On Primary night in PA, he was asked about the so-called 'Dream Ticket'.

    His response was simply: "Obama would need to hire a 'Food Taster'.

    Enough said. The so-called 'Dream Ticket' is simply a 'Nightmare'.

    May 14, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  5. Nicole in NE

    Didn't Obama get some Super Delegates today as well?
    What happened to fair and balanced reporting?

    May 14, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  6. susie

    Obama only goes to states that he feels he can win. He snubbed WV.

    May 14, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  7. Voodoo mama

    Go Obama, we be helping you..

    May 14, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  8. truthurts

    CNN I thought you guys reported the news? You guys are terrible and are cherry picking like crazy for Hillary. Does Turner still own this network? Is he on Hillary's payroll?

    May 14, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  9. fredrick

    the only way obama looses is if he gets robbed in some shady backalley deal and if that happens there will be heck to pay, talk about riots forget rodney king!

    May 14, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  10. Ben

    How does Obama do it? He aint got a daughter old enough to campaign or a spouse who happens to be an ex-president..etc..People must be able to see this fellows honesty and sincere intentions!

    May 14, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  11. truthurts

    CNN is doinf their best to get Hillary in the VP slot!

    May 14, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  12. DEBBI

    You are mine and millions of Americans hero…
    Ignore the ignorance and childish nature of your detractors..
    They have been given everything in their lives and they expect to be given this Election…
    And there is one of the major differences between your supporters and his ……
    We have had to EARN everything …
    We weren't given it …..
    Fight on Hillary ……….Your supporters are behind you …

    May 14, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  13. Tiachi

    Clinton picks up ONE; what about the TWO Obama picked up today that has NOT been reported?!?!?!?!?!?!?

    May 14, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  14. Joseph Adewole

    Vick Hawell...Kindly remind me how many States Obama has won with over 70% of the vote?

    May 14, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  15. frank

    CNN knows they are being bias, and they simply do not care. Theysee the same ip addresses viewing the comments even though we get annoyed. They do not understand that they are slowly going to drive folks away to Huffington Post, Politico, MSNBC.

    Lets start this revolution

    I still think Cafferty is the man, and Wolf sold out.

    May 14, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  16. pb

    Listen I am not an Obama supporter, but the facts are the facts!! Three new justices will be names to the Supreme Court over the next 4 years, ask yourself –do we want McCain to roll back Roe-vs.-Wade - and a women's right to choose what happens to their body. This is SERIOUS people –it is no time for hurt feeling!!! GET OVER IT –I AM!! I DON'T WANT to pay $10 a gallon for gas. TOO MUCH is at stake!!

    A Hillary supporter but a REALIST 1st

    May 14, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  17. ralph-MD

    Hey Vicky,

    Carrying West Virginia would be nice. According to the exit polls, didn't these voters favor the GAS TAX SUSPENSION??? What does that say about your super delegate cast? Everyone, and I mean EVERYONE said this was a hoax and a ploy, but the 70% who favored this from WV and Hillary! Get REAL. WE ALL KNOW WHAT'S UP IN WV!!!

    OBAMA '08

    May 14, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  18. Ron

    The democrats had the best opportunity of winning the White House
    thanks solely to our nation's worst President George W. Bush. However, Hillary Clinton's refusal to gracefully bow out is creating collateral damage for Obama's chances against McCain in the fall.
    Why spend money that you don't have and accrue millions in debt all for a losing cause?Furthermore, though Hillary had a resounding victory in W VA., she only netted one super-delegate whereas Obama has consistently netted super-delegates daily. News flash to the Clinton campaign....... the fat lady has started to sing and is now taking requests.

    May 14, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  19. Jerome

    i hope the superdelegates and the DNP decide who to support for the democratic nomination based on which candidate would have won if the same process as the presidential election was used; that is, taking into consideration who would have the most electoral college votes. That certainly will matter when the presidential election takes place this fall.

    May 14, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  20. AJ, IL

    With the Democrats taking two more congressional seats from Republicans in Louisana and Mississippi, add two more superdelegates for Obama.

    Obama is really 133 delegates from cinching the Democratic nomination!!!!!

    May 14, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  21. GENE

    Hello Mercury, Jujubee, Neptune’s Twin and all interested others

    Bill Clinton tried to get the West Virginia vote total as high as possible (naturally since it would be in Hillary's favor). He said if 600,000 voters turned out then the race could change (you never know with the Clinton's which [i]race[/i][b][/b] they are talking about; the primary race or the white race or the black race. Between the two of them (Obama and Clinton) they received about 330,000 votes so they failed) The Clintons are trying to win the popular vote total and use that as leverage, although that is not what decides the contest. In October Hillary said that Florida and Michigan votes would not and should not count. Now she says they should. Do you really think that if Obama had received more votes in these two states that she would be saying what she is saying now?
    It was no coincidence that Hillary played another race card just before the West Virginia primary "Obama can't get hard working white workers, those who make less money then the average, those who have less of an education"
    Those who do not play close attention to politics in the US may not understand that each state has its own traditions and demographics. West Virginia is 95% white. West Virginia is the lowest state of the 50 States in average income. West Virginia is number 48 out of 50 in those who have a high school education. Hillary played the white race card very deliberately and it was carefully constructed to fit West Virginia. She may play it again in Kentucky but what will she do in Oregon?
    Inbreed social racism is only overcome by education. Those with little education have had little opportunity to learn of its evils and West Virginia fits that mold. There are many non racist whites in West Virginia (and there are Black, Asian, Jewish and every other group with a tribal mentality, racists as well as white) but the percentage is not particularly high. They are too uneducated, they think that blacks are taking their jobs away or are getting special favors. So West Virginia is one of those states where playing the white race card works.
    I am 96% DNA white, Caucasian. I had a DNA test done to prove it. People of all racial groups should understand that there are far more mixed race people then most people think there are. It could be true of you.
    Fox News is definitely anti Obama to the extent that they will (with some hidden pain) cover the news in a way that favors Clinton. MSNBC is definitely Pro Obama, and they tend to cover the news in a way that hurts Clinton. These news stations do not report the news; they shape it, bend it and forget the news that does not suit their purpose.
    A Republican Dwight David Eisenhower warned us of a growing "military industrial complex" more then fifty years ago. It's here and it’s strong. They will use whatever means necessary to prevent a candidate who wants peace....not an anti war candidate, but one who does not beleive in [b]unnecessary wars[/b][i][/i]. Obama fits that description.
    If you sell cereal you promote eating cereal. If you sell under arm deodorant you promote using that product. If you sell munitions you promote war, and these munitions dealers are the most powerful economic and political lobbyist group in the USA.
    It is a dangerous time for someone like Obama to be running for President.

    Gene Ray

    May 14, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  22. tedious898

    Obama supporters.....probably now is a good time to tone done the Hillary rhetoric. The former 1st lady has run a good campaign. I've been offended by some of the things said. But I honestly believe she's going to scale back the attacks (I could be wrong) but it could happen.
    Hillary Supporters.....I say its time to stop the defections to the "dark side" (Republican / McSame). You have to admit is childish and idiocy to vote for Granpa McSame simply because "Hill Didn't get the Nod". Give Obama some credit. The man has run an excellent campaign. He's said time and time again how "He's an imperfect candidate". How many politicians do you know have ever admitted to being wrong? Certainly the "whack job" currently in the white house has never admitted to making a mistake. So this (if for no other reason) is a major change in washington.

    May 14, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  23. Jack


    May 14, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  24. Isobe Gborkorkollie

    I am beginning to think that some so-called super delegates are not super decision makers. That's why the race is moving the way it is going.

    May 14, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  25. GL

    The one thing most are missing here-

    Obama picking up a continuous stream of super delegates isn't news. At this point it is expected. Just give me the total each evening.

    Hillary getting 1 super delegate at this point in the race- is huge news.

    Honestly, what super delegate would be dumb enough to throw support behind the candidate that has already lost?

    May 14, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
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