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. Dems `08!

    Ok... Congrats to Clinton.... but CNN Obama has picked up super delegates today as well and I don't see an article on that. If you are going to be reporters-you should report on everything.

    May 14, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  2. Hillary or Bust

    Either we vote for Hillary or...........

    we vote for the Navy Guy over the Boy Scout.

    May 14, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  3. Roger

    I will write in Hillary Clinton.

    Real Candidate '08

    May 14, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  4. Mary WA

    A delegate for Hillary is one that helps McCain. Stop the bleeding. Vote Obama and get on with the general. WE NEED KENTUCKY to be smarter than WV and stop holding up progress of the party to move on.

    May 14, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  5. Hope, arizona

    Clinton deserves the win! She worked hard and will continue to win as she moves forward. The media is trying to elect Obama as the Democratic nominee..but we will not let it happen. Only American voters can elect the next President of the United States. So pundints keep your thoughts to yourself...Americans do not want to listen to you.

    Obama is not qualified to be the next President. I am certain that if the states he won...knew about his values, views, beliefs and how they were influenced by Reverend Wright...they would have voted differently.

    He does not have the fight in him to build or protect the United States of America. For his wife, Michelle, to state this is the first time in her life that she has been proud of America, you know that Rev. Wright influenced her. Their hearts and minds are not with Americans....they just want position and power. The question is what will they do with it?

    May 14, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  6. Nomination

    While getting the superdelegates is important, what is more important is: "will Hilalry suppoters vote for Obama". The resounding answer is "no". We will either: stay home, write in Hillary's name or vote for McCain. That is our right and our choice. So all of you running scared male politicians and media comentators (like Russett, Wolfe, etc.) who do not want a women in office, will not get your "man" either. All of you have been working overtime to keep Hillary out, but she is just in your face – isn't she though. I bet you could just scream.

    Good luck Hillary – You are the one that should be President.

    May 14, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  7. CHERYL FOR HILLARY

    HILLARY, WE LOVE YOU. KEEP GOING HILLARY
    USE WHATEVER IT TAKES TO WIN THE WHITEHOUSE – LIES, RACISM, CHANGE THE RULES, GENDER, WHATEVER.

    OBAMA IS UNELECTABLE. HE CAN'T WIN. SAVE THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY

    HILLARY READY ONE DAY 1 TO LIE AND CHEAT.

    HILLARY'S COUSIN IS MUGABE- ZIMBABWE – THE ELECTION IS NOT FAIR UNLESS SHE WIN.

    HILLARY ALL THE WAY

    May 14, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  8. Tony Z- MD

    Congrats- Hillary! This is huge news except Obama had 3.5 delegates this morning.

    May 14, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  9. Ron

    You folks who say CNN is biased towards Clinton must'nt watch that station very much.
    Almost every speech Obama has made in this election has been carried from start to finish without interruption; counting last night in WV I believe the count for Clinton isnow up to 2.

    May 14, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  10. Greg Pa

    to all obama supporters .the article atthe top says he got 26 in the past week. so stop crying.

    May 14, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  11. Hilda

    Good for you Hillary,like you always say a WIn is a Win, so I guess 1 superdelegate= all the ones Obama got, this of course is according to the new Clinton math.

    May 14, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  12. Ray H from Gainesville, VA

    To all us Obama supporters. Let's stop chiming into these posts. But if you feel the need to, don't hate on Sen Clinton anymore. Sen Obama will get the nomination so there's no need to talk bad about her or her campaign. Just let it play out. We know what's going on there and I believe most Americans and "super delegates" can see thru it.

    Obama'08

    May 14, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  13. Ted

    I'm amazed how hardcore the Obama supporters are .They go straight to the jugglar.No wonder half the demorcrats are weary of him because the whole campaign acts like a bunch of rednecks .If Obama gets the nomination he needs the Clinton supporters to win the Presidency .If you think loosing Florida ,Ohio ,and West Virginia he can still win the Presidency then you are all on crack .Its about time the Obama supporter start being more civil to the Clinton campaign and get the party united .Its not the Clinton campaign being negative its the news media and Obama camp .It only energizes the Clinton camp more when the opposition keeps slamming her for no reason .
    Look what happened in West Virginia and probably repeat next week in Kentucky .Clinton is a force to be reckoned with .

    May 14, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  14. NY RICAN American

    CNN you are doing wrong reporting! Bias!!!

    you should just have a ticker with ALL endorsment.
    And EACH DEM. should be awarded equal news coverage for their daily counts.

    Obama got 3+ yet nothing????? Que lo que pasa aqui?

    May 14, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  15. Generation X

    CNN SPECIAL REPORT- Puerto Rico is now Hillary's "HOME STATE", she has a very very distant cousin to Bill that had a sugar cane farm on one of the islands. Her family had a summer home there where she used to visit all the time. Back in the day Hillary had helped harvest some of the sugar cane BY HAND and used to help Bills cousin make "batches" of Rum in big 55 gallon drums that she could lift over her head and carry for miles! So she can connect with the people of Puerto Rico because of this. For the BEST political news coverage on television, go to CNN!

    May 14, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  16. simon

    Anonymous, a lot of Obama's big wins you have listed are caucuses! We all know the Obamabots cheated in the caucuses by bullying people around.

    May 14, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  17. Honestlady

    @lance....based on your logic, Obama is the one to beat John McCain. He's had several big wins and has picked up several superdelegates throughout this entire process.

    May 14, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  18. AL

    There is something to be said about the win in WVA yesterday. While it was a big win numbers wise, it also was a big loss in that the means to the ends were despicable. Hillary Clinton and her campaign has used every single method, known and unknown, to undermine Barack Obama. I have serious concerns when a person makes comments to imply doubt, invoke fear and simply promote dishonesty to achieve an election. Seeing all that has transpired in this race makes many people BITTER that she would stoop so low. When Clinton was caught in her Bosnia lie, did Barack Obama rub the lie in her face? No, not once. He would not stoop so low, because despite the fact they are competing for the same position, they are both on the same side, or at least supposed to be. There have been many issues about the Clintons that Obama could have publicized and criticized to make himself look better, but he did not. Clinton has tried the race card, the fear card, the superior card, the inferior card, the victim card, the people card, and the personality card. She has had many different personalities, faces, and voices. She has promoted the kitchen sink tactic, the fear tactic, the “watch out, he’s black” tactic, the “why wont he debate me” tactic, the “I don’t know what he is afraid of” tactic and the “You can trust me (wink, wink)” tactic.

    We are in a sad situation in the US if people can dismiss a candidate because of his color or because of her gender. Most people who do not vote for Clinton make that decision based on her as a person – untrustworthy and manipulating. Most people who do not vote for Obama make that decision based on his race. And that is a sad situation for the United States of America.

    None of the final three candidates has EXPERIENCE to be president. The only time a person can have experience being President is when they have been the President.

    May 14, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  19. CNN REPORTS

    CNN IF YOU ARE GOING TO REPORT THAN REPORT EVERYTHING . WHY HAVEN'T YOU REPORTED THE SUPERDELEGATES OBAMA PICKED TODAY??????

    REMEMBER CNN IS WATCHED AROUND THE WORLD 24/7.

    May 14, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  20. GO HILL

    hey, BO supporters....how does it feel to have your candidate treated like Hillary has been for the past 4 months??????????? Do you know how many times CNN PLASTERED these headlines with positive BO stories and NEVER covered HERS??????

    Finish STRONG HILLARY!
    Hillary will end up with the respect that Al Gore has today. She will end this race with the popular vote and be denied the nomination b/c of silly primary caucuses and delegate splits. She will move on to bettering our country and the world. In 4 short years she will have earned back the respect that the media and Bo has taken from her. BO will either lose in Nov. or be looked at like Carter.....She on the other hand, will have moved on, worked hard, and made a differnce in people's lives.....:0
    Go Hillary! Change the WORLD!

    May 14, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  21. Hakim....Atlanta Ga

    Has anyone did a poll showing how many of these "Clinton supporters" are really true democrats or are they republicans trying to give Hiliary a boost in votes.Republicans would love for Hiliary to become the nominee.....it would be an easier win for them

    May 14, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  22. oil rules

    A delegate with guts! I guess that delegate must SURELY be a racist or anti-muslim to not back BO.

    May 14, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  23. No Hillary

    Sorry Vicky, not even ur endorsement will help her... she lost and she needs to leave...if not by June 3rd we voters will force her to leave. We don't even have a VP position available for someone that selfish and destructive.

    May 14, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  24. joe

    Clintons feel Obama shouldn't be here in the first place–that this 'young man's' very claim to power is itself questionable. that was the only reason she is staying in this race. please leave greacfully.

    May 14, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  25. Obama All The Way

    Congrats Hillary a little too late though.. start striving to build the party and let the campaigning go!! It might be a little too hard but its better to let it go and Let the guy with the numbers take the nomination.
    GOOOOOOO .. Obama 08

    May 14, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
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