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. v.ananthan

    HOW MUCH MONEY AND TIME OBAMA IS GOING TO USE TO CHANGE "THE USUAL POLITICAL SYSTEM".????????

    I AM A COLLEGE EDUCATERD PERSON AND I DON^T BUY WHAT OBAMA IS PROMISING …

    I THINK OBAMA IS CLEARLY MISLEADING THE VOTERS AND THE EDUCATED VOTERS WILL BE SOON ASKING QUESTIONS ABOUT OBAMA^S PLANS.. …

    May 14, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  2. Anonymous

    The president of the Tennessee Federation of Democratic Women needed the WV primary to make up her mind to vote for Hillary Clinton? Everyone who believes she was ever going to vote for Obama, raise your hands.

    Being president of that group, she should vote for Clinton, but pretending to be really mulling over the decision is pretty silly. Do these people really think people buy their nonsense? Then again, people in this country are stupid.

    May 14, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  3. Tim

    This is totally ridiculous. Okay CNN you should be ashamed of yourself. First, Senator Obama has gained four over the last two days and nothing on the ticker. The numbers are just being updated quietly. What Gives??? Second, Real Clear Politics has Senator Obama at +14, while CNN only has him at +11. Can you just fake being unbiased??? Is the head person at CNN a Clinton Supporter???

    May 14, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  4. Mirko-FL

    I really don't know why HRC is postponing what is going to happen anyways...

    Besides that, it does not make sense to me that Puerto Rico votes to elect the nominee but not in the presidentials...their votes should not be included even to elect the nominee.

    Nothing against Puerto Ricans, but if you are not going to elect the next president of the USA, why should your vote be counted for?

    May 14, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  5. Lee

    Delusional.
    And please tell me again, what is all this experience Clinton has?

    May 14, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  6. MD in OK

    I'm just curious...Does anyone think Hillary will have to go to jail for her involvement in the Peter Paul scandal? There is a video that Peter Paul took when he received her phone call thanking him for his contribution to her gala.

    May 14, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  7. OH

    Here comes another check AHHHH Cheque. Here comes the check book and she wrote 5 million from "Their" bank account.

    Come doners, why are you doing this, she needs money because it is good for the ecconomy. More ads means more employment and keeps the country from going belly-up.

    May 14, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  8. deb in az

    im glad that she got a new super delegate as she deserves to get this one .......she has campaigned and fought hard.......all the other ones that have commited to obama need to step up to the plate and take a second look .........if they back obama the presidency goes to mccain............

    May 14, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  9. Roger

    Obama had the 3 new super delegates already. They were just waiting until he was crushed by the WV primary to come out. That was a gimik to try to dampin the fact that he lost so bad last yesterday.

    May 14, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  10. Time to move on

    CNN STOP THIS BIAS AND REPORT THE SUPERDELEGATES OBAMA GOT TODAY.
    OBAMA 08

    May 14, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  11. NoHillaryToTheWhiteHouse

    I am sick and tired of the biased report from this idiot and biggot wolf Plizer Obama received 4 supperdelgate before hillary got one why is Hillary's 1 supperdelegate news and obama's 4 supperdelgeage not news. CNN I tell you this idiot must go.

    May 14, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  12. Anonymous

    CNN IS PROMOTEING CLINTON!!!!!!

    WON'T REPORT THE TWO SUPERDELEGATES OBAMA GOT THIS MORNING!!!!! BUT HEADLINES HILLARYS ONE. POST THIS ON EVERY BLOG YOU KNOW!!! I KNOW I AM!!!

    Further proof the media is boosting Clinton. They made a HUGE deal about WV but not ONCE with all the THESE Blowout Victories by OBAMA did they play them up and CRUSHING HILLARY.

    States & elections won with 60% or more of the vote:
    BARACK OBAMA:
    15 STATES + DC + VI
    * Virgin Islands (89.9%)
    * Idaho (79%)
    * Hawaii (76%)
    * Alaska (75%)
    * District of Columbia (75%)
    * Kansas (74%)
    * Washington (68%)
    * Nebraska (68%)
    * Minnesota (67%)
    * Colorado (67%)
    * Georgia (67%)
    * Illinois (65%)
    * Virginia (64%)
    * Maryland (62%)
    * North Dakota (61%)
    * Wyoming (61%)
    * Mississippi (61%)

    HILLARY CLINTON:
    2 States
    * Arkansas (70%)
    * West Virginia (67)

    May 14, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  13. tblno

    fine, Hillary..stay in it till the end, more debt....more division, when the clock hits 00:00.......you still lose.....then if all your supporters go vote McCain, and he wins....OMG I refuse to even think of it.....more war, the draft, no jobs, no healtcare...etc, etc......No matter who wins the dem race, we all as Americans Have MUCH to ponder.

    May 14, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  14. Kiah

    CNN I'm usually not one to call foul on candidate bias but Obama picked up 2 SD's by 8:30 this morning and another 2 before HRC. This is really annoying how relevant you are still trying to make her while ignoring Obama!

    May 14, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  15. Russ Beaumont

    Obama/Clinton 08

    May 14, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  16. Paul In Seattle

    Way to win one Hillary! Congrats. But it's time for people to accept that the Democrats need to unite. Stop threatening to vote Republican if your candidate of choice doesn't gain the nomination. I've been an Obama supporter from day one, but respect the Clintons.

    Democrat '08

    May 14, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  17. Ellie

    I'm sorry, how many superdelegates does that make for Sen. Clinton? Yeah, I though.... so this would make 1 for her out of 30 for Sen. Obama.

    Hummmmm... MATH does NOT seem to be the Clintons strongest suit.

    May 14, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  18. lance

    A huge win in West Virginia and a great endorsement by Vicky Harwell should send an important message out to all the superdelegates that Hillary is the one to beat John McCain.

    May 14, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  19. If not Hillary....then McCain

    If the EDUCATED Obama supporters would actually READ the article....instead of just skimming the headlines....they would see that the writer reiterated that Obama had been getting superdelegates and continues to get them. You are disappointing me Obamabloggers....I thought you could read more than the BIG PRINT!

    May 14, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  20. Kiah

    Oh and I'm so surprised that this SD is a WOMAN! HA!

    May 14, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  21. MP-Pennsylvania

    Paul,

    If Edwards was the front runner, you won't say that.

    How about people didn't vote in FL and MI because it was not valid. Are we going to give RNC amunition by seating delegates from invalid primary.
    For me any one says that counting delegates as it is are republicans. They want to burry Dems this election.

    Do math and thsi is democratic country. Installing Hillary as the nominess would be a dictatorship like the other countries we point fingers

    Thanks

    Democrats 2008

    May 14, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  22. Rebecca

    Uh oh, did the Clintonites see that latest polls. Obama is steadily increasing his lead as the Democratic nominee for the last week. Where are all the Clinton "pollsters". They love to highlight all of the polls but only when they are in her favor. Come on, analyze this poll data. Obama has the momentum, even after Hillary's meaningless win in the trailer trash capital of the world. Analyze that Clintonites, Hill-Billys or whatever you call yourselves.

    May 14, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  23. senj

    Awesome HRC, 1 delegate finally, but.... CNN what happened to Rep Peter Vicklosky (Indiana), Democrat abroad, Christine Schon Marques, and Awais Khaleel (University of Wisconsin-Madison). Well, incase CNN is so slow to get the news, these were superdelegates Obama won today. I guess I should get a job with CNN so that I can keep the network up to date with the latest news.

    May 14, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  24. Anonymous

    Is it possible for CNN to stay just neutral, including you're so called political experts.
    JUST REPORT THE FACTS AND LET THE VOTER!!!!!!!!!!! make a decision!!!!!!!!!

    Andy L.A

    May 14, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  25. sweetinspiration

    Clinton News Network (CNN) still has not reported the superdelegates picked up by Senator Obama today.

    May 14, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
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