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. Lorna, NY

    And this is news? What about Obamas, he gained 2.5 today plus the backing of a large pro-choice group. Please report the news!

    May 14, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  2. Joe Regis





    May 14, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  3. scott

    Why is it that everyone (that is, Obama supporters as well as the media) keeps talking about how the math doesn't add up for Hillary, and that she should bow out. The fact is, the math doesn't add up for either of them. The rules say that you have to have 2025 delegates to win. Neither of them will get that number with pledged delegates. Thus its up to the 800 or so superdelegates and they can vote however they want to and can change their minds whenever and for whatever reason they want. Once its in their hands they can decide to vote based on the popular vote, electability, good looks or whatever else they deem relevant. The fact that Obama will have a 150 vote lead in pledged delegates, but will be short of the magic number, doesn't mean that superdelegates (even those that previously committed to him) are bound to vote for him or even should vote for him. They certainly can if they wish, but any and all of them can certainly change their minds if they feel like Hillary is picking up momentum or is the stronger overall candidate. This is not novel politics. Many candidates over the years have gone to the convention with the most delegates, but not enough to get a majority – and walked away as bridesmaids rather than the bride. If you don't get a majority of pledged delagates all bets are off and you leave your chances to what happens at the convention. Why is Hillary supposed to bow out rather than take it to the convention like so many men have done before her?

    May 14, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  4. Rich In Seattle

    So the President of the Tennessee Federation of Democratic Women is supporting Hillary. Wow, I never would have seen that coming. And I am sure she supported Clinton because of the issues and not becasue she's a woman. Naaaahhhh. That would be sexist, wouldn't it? Naaaahhhh.... It's only wrong to vote that way if you're black and supporting Obama.

    Isn't it odd that some women are now acting the exact same way that they claimed men have been acting for all of history? Just say'n.

    May 14, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  5. Rodriguez from NY

    All after the so call HUGE win, only 1 superdelegate. That tells you alot.

    May 14, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  6. Repub in FL


    May 14, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  7. Go Hillary.

    Rebecca....take a chill pill....are you twelve?

    May 14, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  8. Clinton campaign in debt....

    Because of payments to CNN

    May 14, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  9. L VA

    It is so sickening to see some (most) of the comments made by the Obama supporters. How can you be so hateful and cruel? Is there any wonder that many Clinton supporters will never back your candidate? Why don't you all get a grip on yourselves?!?

    May 14, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  10. NickSanDiego

    SOOOOooooooooo???? She picks up ONE to his 30? ONE to his FOUR Today and this is NEWS???

    hmmmmmmmmmmm CNN isn't looking so professional or very neutral these days at all.

    May 14, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  11. Montana is Obama Country

    At least CNN admits Hillary is a LAGER..!!

    She is also a "Spin Mastress".... a "Queen of Spin" and a "Misspoken sorta Gal.."

    You guessed it...

    May 14, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  12. Obama 08



    May 14, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  13. Susan Missouri

    We hope more super delegates vote for HIllary Clinton and more change over for her.

    She is experienced, for all people, and a fighter. We need a strong president.

    Obama lacks experience, slammed the people of Pennsylvania, and we are concerned about his ties with Wright.

    Hillary 08:)

    May 14, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  14. Charles in Florida

    Vicky Harwell, why did you throw away a super delegate endorsement on Hillary Clinton? Hillary's victory in a racially driven West Virginia election motivated you to make your decision you say. Maybe it was a woman thing, that's O.K. Like it or not Obama's got the numbers and momentum. Yes We Can! Obama's the People's Choice! OBAMA 08'

    May 14, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  15. Latina por Obama

    CNN please report on the 4 SD that Senator Obama just got, two last night and two this morning.
    also, report what your own polls state: 57believe Senator Obama will beat mccain to 43 (clinton will)
    also update your count as of this morning, it was 1889.5
    are you afraid that the number is getting closer to 2025?

    Clinton National Network.. what about the BIG WINS SEnator Obama has had in many many and I mean many states???
    will you post those??

    May 14, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  16. Tommy - Houston 60 year old white male

    Bill Clinton lied to the American people as president. He lied to Hillary as a husband. She has accepted this behavior. Now she wants to lead America. How can you trust someone that is so accepting of such abhorrent behavior? And, she has lived with Bill longer than Reverend Wright was Obama's pastor…please, think about what you would be getting if you support this woman.

    May 14, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  17. eric wayne

    obama got 4 supers today.

    May 14, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  18. Sharon

    Rebecca and people like her will be the reason BO loses Hillary supporters.

    May 14, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  19. Obama 08

    States & elections won with 60% or more of the vote:
    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%)

    2 States
    * Arkansas (70%)
    * West Virginia (67)

    May 14, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  20. Natalie, Aurora, Co

    We need to watch other channels to find the whole news... How sad, and how obvious your bias....

    May 14, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  21. nancy sabet

    Last night Hillary's huge win was a "Referendum "
    against media's candidate, Obama, vs. people's
    candidate Hillary Clinton. Hillary is our strongest
    candidate who will win in Nov., unless Dems don't
    really care to win in GE.

    May 14, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  22. Jack - Miami

    How many has Obama got since last night?????? 4??

    CNN – do you even acknowledge that Obama and McCain are in the United States??????

    May 14, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  23. john in Oregon


    I heard she found a quarter on the floor of the bus this morning too. I guess her campaign finances are back on track as well.

    Why do you have to be that way CNN. Too much bias from the media.

    Shame, shame...

    May 14, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  24. Jim

    Why won't CNN report about Obama's recent superdelegates??? 1 super for Hillary, big deal!

    May 14, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  25. Independent in Florida

    Barack said $30 is not a lot of money. $30 is a lot of money to me and millions of other people.
    Lisa, if you rather see the country even more bankrupt then something is wrong with your logic. And I seriously doubt, that $30 is a lot of money for you. But if you can’t afford to drive sell your car and walk.
    In Europe, gasoline has been much higher (including the gas tax) for years and no one had ever offered these people any tax breaks. No US president can do anything about the rising oil prices. Yes, Hillary will take on OPEC. I am sure, you believe that too. Grow up kiddo.

    May 14, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
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