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.

soundoff (470 Responses)
  1. Nate

    I bet Kentucky will be her last state she will win! After that is all over! Hillary will go out kicking ans screaming! And Obama will have won!

    OBAMA 08

    PEACE

    May 14, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  2. Jenn

    It's good to see that some superdelegates are actually thinking! Neither candidiate will have enough pledged delegates to win – they both need the superdelegates. Superdelegates should be independent and actually think about who can actually win in November.

    West Virginia's landslide win for Clinton should send a strong message to superdelegates about Obama's inability to win vital swing states in November. Let's pick a candidiate who can win in November – that candidiate is Hillary!

    Superdelegates – start thinking! Don't just listen to pundits on TV.

    May 14, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  3. Rebecca

    You report 1 superdelegate for Hillary but nothing about Obama's 2 superdelegates he picked up. Now if that isn't biased I don't know what is CNN.

    May 14, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  4. mary nagata

    why is every clinton supporter trying to create a situation to put the most pressure on Obama to take her as vp? i thought it should be an independent decision by the nominee. the nominee should choose somebody he feels comfortable with and somebody who has the utmost respect for the nominee. because if the running mate doesn't have enough respect and confidence in the nominee, he won't be able to do the job of a vice president, which is to ensure the president can be the best at his job (as Gore puts it). do you think that person would be clinton? i really don't beleive so.

    May 14, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  5. Venus

    CNN – please update Obama's superdelegate to 30.5 since last week!

    Please also include how many superdelegates Hillary lost last week!

    Go Obama!

    Go are on our way to the White House!

    May 14, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  6. Debbie,NJ

    President of the Tennessee Federation of Democratic Women. “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,” Duh, I think she has to vote for Hillary or she will lose her position.

    May 14, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  7. chicago chris

    so CNN reports 1 superdelegate for Clinton and none of the 3 for Obama?

    May 14, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  8. Gadissa

    Big deal!

    May 14, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  9. Nicole, Atlanta

    I congratulate Senator Clinton on her superdelegate endorsement. CNN, why aren't you also reporting that Obama received 2 superdelegate endorsements, endorsements by 3 SEC members and an endorsement by NARAL Pro-Choice America? You need to be a little less biased in your reporting. It's incumbent upon you to report both parties' endorsements and not to pick and choose based on the mood that you're in at the time.

    May 14, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  10. Kel in Auburn, AL

    Too little, too late. Barack is our man. Obama 08!

    May 14, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  11. proud army and navy mom

    i am truly disgusted that a superdelegate from TN would endorse old girl.

    not surprised, just disgusted because we have to oldest and most corrupt racists right here home of the good ole boy, tennessee.

    may i say that the hillary supporters here in tn are undereducated as well. We rank third from the bottom in education.

    May 14, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  12. Al Ware

    I guess having won more delegates, more superdelegates, more of the popular vote, more states, and raising more money means nothing. This race is really starting to get old. Obama is and should be the democratic nominee! Besides, if Sen. Clinton is so popular with blue-collar voters, I'm sure she won't have a problem convincing them to support Sen. Obama after he secures the nomination.

    Obama "08"

    May 14, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  13. Proud1of 26% in WV

    Just look at the title of the organization ,any wonder why?Yahoo is reporting 2 more today for Obama why is CNN not acknowleging it?

    May 14, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  14. T-rel

    Ok, maybe I'm missing something...where's the news on Obama's two pick-up today?

    May 14, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  15. rdbtwthlins

    I'm sure glad I'm not in a political party whose elite members override the party's popular vote!!

    May 14, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  16. Geo from Toronto

    Yay, hopefully the remaining super delegates will follow and not be stupid and vote for nobama.

    May 14, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  17. Richard

    How about Obama he pick 2 super this morning.why are you not printing this CNN

    May 14, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  18. Paul

    Thanks for your support and for amking the right desicion.

    Hillary is definitively the smart choice for America

    FLA and Michigan must count, they are also Americans

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

    America cannot be entrusted to him as a guinea pig for an experiement in the lab.

    Hillary 08 – Yes she will!!!

    May 14, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  19. charles

    and how many has obama picked up since lastnight results.shame on u clinton news network.

    May 14, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  20. Rom,NY

    Good for her, congratulations !!!
    But CNN you should also report that Obama has picked up 3 new super delegates today

    Obama or Clinton 08 never Mc Same
    Democrat unite !!!!!

    May 14, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  21. Paul

    Thanks for your support and for making the right desicion.

    Hillary is definitively the smart choice for America

    FLA and Michigan must count, they are also Americans

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

    America cannot be entrusted to him as a guinea pig for an experiement in the lab.

    Hillary 08 – Yes she will!!!

    May 14, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  22. kaya.independent.

    Didn't Obama get 4 super delegates today??

    May 14, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  23. Lisa

    Obama is for the Rich and Educated, Clinton is for the Poor and uneducated. Shouldn't Obama be running as a Republican?

    Obama doesn't even want us to save money in the summer for gas. He cannot relate to us that why no matter what I will not vote for him. We do not relate to him and he does not relate to us. Barack said $30 is not a lot of money. $30 is a lot of money to me and millions of other people.

    May 14, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  24. Willie McGill, Graduate Student @ DePaul University

    I am delighted Senator Clinton performed well in West Virginia. I sincerely hope she wins the nomination at the convention. Keep up the good work, Senator Clinton. I am very proud of you.

    May 14, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  25. Brandon

    Ridiculous! Obama has picked up 3.5 supers today, no story. Clinton gets a measly 1 super, and it gets a story? I know your love the ratings boost, but you people are trying way to hard to keep this thing going...

    May 14, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
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