May 14th, 2008
12:45 PM ET
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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. pb

    CNN must be REPUBLICAN BASED - there reporting continues to be bias. Maybe they just want to see more fighting among Democrats. What ever, the case it is POOR JOURNALISM - to not mention Obama's 4 superdelegate pick ups.

    May 14, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  2. fontapa

    Obama got 3 this morning before I finished my breakfast. Oh, but that wouldn't fit the "narrative" you people are desperate to sell, would it?

    Big Media is making a fortune off this extended primary season. They're putting everything they've got into keeping it going longer.

    Which one of the networks is going to have the courage to call this charade off first? At some point, the facade they've constructed will crumble and the reality of the Obama victory will set in. Who will be the first to admit it? CNN?

    May 14, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  3. JN

    Roger,
    Its the other way around...Clinton copies Obama...you have that all wrong!! He has way more legislative experience than Hilliary will ever have.

    May 14, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  4. Phil-Little Rock

    Another 2-toothed Tennessee moron in power who doesn't realize that the fat lady is already 3/4 of the way through the song.

    GO OBAMA '08!!

    May 14, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  5. Generation X

    OK pack in up Obama Supporters......JIM (hillary supporter) says Barack doesn't have a chance. Nevermind the 18 million people that voted for him.....Thanks Jim for your wealth of historical knowledge!

    May 14, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  6. rdbtwthlins

    Who has the majority of democrats voted for?

    Why do democrats have such a hard time counting votes??

    May 14, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  7. GL

    We're not "just saying" the KY and WV voters are ignorant. They are doing a fine job demonstrating their ignorance by the votes they are casting.

    Call a spade a spade already.

    May 14, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  8. Tom

    Democrats we need to STOP FIGHTING, and come together as mature, rational, educated people that know its time to recognize reality. This talk of "if Obama wins I`m voting for MCCain" is just plain childish, selfish, and irrational. Do you really want that man as PRESIDENT of our country America? knowing that all we will have is 4 years of misery without remorse.
    I do not understand why Clinton supports HATE OBAMA? why? is it because you believe he has no experience, and will screw up out country? well if you really feel that way then let me enlighten you that JFK had very little experience, was not in the senate for long, and was 5 years younger than Obama, and became one of America`s greatest presidents that has ever lived. So if you think Obama is inexperience then you might as well say JFK was even though he did so much for our country in such a positive way that it shows one only needs to have the right judgement to make the right decisions when need be, and i strongly feel Obama has not only the capability, but has shown it throughout the campaign. Please stop being so prejudice, and give this guy a chance for he is not what you may have profiled him to be.
    Its hard enough for him being a black man running against a white women where this country is so prejudice its amazing he even got this far.
    Please take a moment to reflect on your own personal prejudice regarding Obama, and be truthful with yourself. Trust me you would not want to be in his shoes as a black person.

    May 14, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  9. tedious898

    pa voter....What Obama said? ....That's the cable talking to you again. If you are above the age of 25 than there is no excuse for you claiming Obama has said offensive things that make him a bad choice. This is not "tit for tat" but Hillary said during Bill's run for pres. "Screw those people in Arkansas, you don't owe them anything" So you think what Michelle said was worst than that? Please add some balance or facts to your less than objective statements. If you're just looking for an excuse to say something negative, don't waste your time with republican talking points. Unless you're Bill OReally or Sean Handmethehairgel

    May 14, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  10. Linda

    I will try one more time to get my message posted. It is easy to see why so many Hillary supporters will not vote for Obama. Seems to me when Michelle Obama said that we are a mean country she knew her husbands constituancy. In reading these blogs it seems that a lot more meanness is comeing from the Obama supporters. Their attacks are personal not much on issues. Oh, that must be what happens when the candidate that they support is not as well versed on the issues has the one that is being attacked. This kind of unifaction we can do without. If this is what it means to be college educated and upper income then I am glad to not be a part of it.

    May 14, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  11. Dee, MO

    CNN when Obama becomes President, I hope he makes your media people stand in the back of the Whitehouse. Many of his supporters will inform him of your love fest for Hillary and her family. Every story today has been on Hillary. WHAT A SHAME!!!

    May 14, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  12. Kat

    I read once that people get the government they deserve. I'm beginning to see the wisdom in that. Everyone has railed against Bush (including me) about his lies and inadequacies; yet some are so anxious to back another liar whose campaign is running on her own money (who's elitist?). She backed Bush's war and it appears to be 'my way or the highway' all over again. I think we deserve better than another term of Bush by McCain or by Clinton.

    May 14, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  13. GL

    PA voter-

    It's not that I don't care what Obama has said. Fact is I can believe what he said.

    Unlike Hillary on the other hand- I have no idea what to believe as her story changes depending on the week and what state she's pandering for votes in.

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

    Nice lapel pin Barack-I thought HRC was the pander bear.

    May 14, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  15. Sean P. in Bremerton, WA

    CNN in Clinton's Back Pocket...that why she's 20 mil in the red..sending 5 mil a week to CNN to keep her NON-STORIES in focus. So While CNN covers WHAT HILLARY HAD FOR BREAKFAST AND HOW ITS SOOOOOOOOO PRESIDENTIAL, Obama is actually out there picking up superdelegates, delegates and uniting this party and campaigning in swing states. Glad to see CNN has it's priorities straight....NOT.

    OH CNN why do I or any American who cares about THE ISSUES pay attention to you the CLINTON NEWS NETWORK! Way to split the Democrats when we're trying to heal...has McCain offered all of CNN cabinet positions or what MY GOD! CNN and FAUX NEWS should just merge into the FBN the Fear Mongering Bible Thumping Network.

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

    Low wages, didn't finish school...what a nice way toi to define her own supporters.
    I love educated people.

    Obama 08

    May 14, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  17. Helene

    The Dude : NO I will never support an Obama/Clinton ticket. That would be the kiss of death for Obama and a mockery of his platform.

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

    It is hard to tell if CNN is unabashedly pro Clinton (remember what CNN stood for in the 90's) or more interested in making news than reporting it, but it can hardly be disputed that CNN is not "trustworthy".

    May 14, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  19. Republican in MI

    I must admit that I read your blogs for fun, not information. Having said that . . . I won't read as many as I have in the future. I agree that most of what I have read is "mean spirited" and oft times just plain rude. It's no wonder the Democratic Party is in such disaray.

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

    THIS IS FOR ALL CLINTON SUPPORTERS!!!!!!!!!

    WHY DO YOU CLINTON SUPPORTERS MAKE A HUGE DEAL ABOUT CLINTON WINNING THE BLUE COLOR, UNDEREDUCATED & WOMEN VOTERS >>> MANY OF YOU CLINTON SUPPORTERS ACT LIKE OBAMA DOESN'T GET ONE/NONE VOTE FROM THSES VOTERS>>>

    AND YOU ALL KNOW HE GETS .... A GOOD AMOUNT IN THOSE DEMOGRAPHICS

    YOU CLINTON SUPPORTERS ACT LIKE OBAMA WAS / IS SUPPOSE TO BE WINNING ALL THE DEMOGRAPHICS >>>> RIDICULOUS

    ANYWAYS I HATE THESE PUNDITS DISTINGUISHING PEOPLE BY DEMOGRAPHICS, THIS CAUSES DIVISIONS >>> WHICH OBAMA IS TRYING TO AVOID....

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

    Doesn't W. VA have the highest number of folks serviing in the military? Would that not mean that those "poor hillbilly, uneducated bumpkins" are over in Iraq fighting for these bad mouthing Obamabots? Keep bashing folks with your "higher education" opinions and see where your guy lands in November. I thought he was the "high road" candidate? Apparently he sets a poor example for his supporters.

    May 14, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  22. Angela

    Let me see... Obama picks up 4 superdelegates today including members of congress and Clinton picks up some lunatic in tennesse who is using the primary in the all important state of West Virginia as the basis of her choice and CNN chooses to report on the latter, but not the former. The anti-Obama bias on CNN is sooo ridiculous!

    May 14, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  23. RJM

    There's a reason Hillary's only got one superdelegate since last week. Appealing to racism is divisive. If that's the way she campaigns, that's the way she'll govern, too. Superdelegates aren't stupid.

    Great job, CNN – is that Cable News Network or Clinton News Network? Pardon, but your bias is showing (again)!

    May 14, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  24. Gayle, CA

    People please,

    Hillary Clinton picking up a delegate today is a "Man bites dog" story and that is why it is given ink.
    :-)

    May 14, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  25. HILLARY CAN WIN IN NOVEMBER!!

    SMART WOMAN!!!!!

    SHE KNOWS WHO CAN WIN IN NOVEMBER!!!!

    FL AND MI NEED TO GIVE HILLARY HER VOTES!!!!!

    HAVE YOU NOTICED THAT OBAMA WON IN ALL RED STATES?
    THAT IS BECAUSE THE REPUBLICANS WERE ABLE TO GO IN AND CAUCUS FOR HIM!

    BECAUSE THEY KNOW THAT McCAIN WILL BEAT HIM EASILY!!!!!

    THE GOP FEAR HILLARY!!!!!! YOU GO GIRL!!!!!!

    May 14, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
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