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. Rene


    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.

    Thanks for my laugh for the

    May 14, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  2. Barbara GA

    This is typical of CNN. Remeber you are here because of US. Please report tthe superdelegates properly.

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

    To: Anonymous – You are a lot dumber than advertized if you believe that any of those numbers would stand IFF the elections happened today. All of those states voted BEFORE the J. Wright issue and the "biiter people cling to guns and religion" comments of Obama. Obama would hardly stand a chance in the General Elections. Pick a state like Florida where the African American population is NOT 33% and so one group cannot be racists and vote along their race lines 90-10 and then lets see how he fares.

    And the most important point here is that IFF Obama is that popular, why is he having trouble CLOSING out HRC? What is the issue. If I am to believe Jack Cafferty, Hillary's negativity is so high that she is pretty much toxic, then WHY OH WHY is she up there with almost 1600 delegates? And why OH why did California vote 53% for her? A state with 37+ million people. You list down a bunch of noname states with 1.6M or so population. If this were the general election and iff it were winner take all, Obama would be sitting in Illinois senate by now nursing his wounds. So give it a rest will ya! Have MI and FL revote and IFF Barack wins the nomination fair and square so be it. He will get my vote in November. Anything less – he stands no chance. He has already upset a lot of people by having his lawyers block revotes in Fl and MI. So much for democracy!! What a load of baloney!!

    May 14, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  4. Jim

    Dear Obamabots,

    It is becoming more apparent every day that Hillary Clinton's base is mirroring that of which her husband Bill Clinton had when he won the presidency and his relection campaign. This is undeniable. She's bringing those Reagan democrats back home.

    On the other hand it is also becoming more apparent every day that Barack Obama's base is mirroring that of the likes of: George McGovern, Michael Dukakis, Al Gore, John Kerry, and Mondale. There is nothing wrong with that great base of support other than the simple fact that they all lost.

    Clinton is a winner and a fighter, and will take the white house in 2008.

    May 14, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  5. Mai

    If Senator Clinton wanted to play dirty politics like Obama, she too would set aside $20 million to help out the supers in their next election. This info was over talk radio but I have'n seen it on CNN. Of course, CNN would not say a thing derogatory about Obama. Such bias.
    The Obama people do not know what the word respect means. Their postings are so vile, it would make a seasoned sailor plush but maybe that is the way all those elite, rich and highly educated people talk. I worked with two people with PHDs, one lost her business to poor management and the other was fired by his university and the corporation I worked for.
    Certainly, Obama is highly education but not very wise. Bet he can't even name all 57 USA states he talked about.

    May 14, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  6. Sharon

    WV is a big deal b/c it was a crushing loss to the "presumptive nominee".....why did he lose so badly when it is apparent he should win the nomination?

    May 14, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  7. Kevin

    All this Obama nasty comments. She won WV by 41 points. Enough said. Obama needs to go home and let people with real solutions run in Nov.

    May 14, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  8. john

    WOW....she got another hillbilly vote.

    May 14, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  9. Pam

    No mention of the 4 that Obama picked up this morning. Par for the course for CNN.

    May 14, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  10. peter in PA

    It's funny Faux News Network cut short Hillary's so called victory speech yesterday. They cut her speech to Allen Comb and later to commercial. But CNN and MSNMBC gave Hillary wall to wall coverage. Even Faux news realized that Hillary's campaign is over.

    May 14, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  11. Clinton Feed-Bag Empty & Denial

    West Virgina is indicative of what it is – part of a primarily Hillary-focussed constituency that has been fed a solid diet of All-things-Obama-fear, thanks to our 'fighter' Hillary Clinton. It has NOTHING to do with 'winning' because she's already lost, many times over. More supers going Hillary only adds on to the false hope and broken promises that will follow by trying to spend down her debt with the 'generous donations' of 'supporters' who have been duped that this thing is not over. It is over. All True Dems will vote Dem because of war, economy, Federal Courts, and trust as a Party.

    May 14, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  12. Willam from Texas

    This is just the beginning, the SD's will now start to back Clinton, giving her the nomination at the convention.

    Clinton/Obama 2008

    May 14, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  13. JC

    Why does Governor Rendell of PA suggest that Hillary should quit and ask Obama for V.P.?

    Nobody is going to call him a traitor any more as too many delegates have switched.

    May 14, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  14. Frances

    Hillary NEEDS to go. I'm tired of selfish reason tht she's fighting for the people and that she's gonna keep going in hope that a miracle will happen on her behalf.

    Yes, she's hurting the party. She NEEDS to GO. We need to nominate Obama and get ready for the November election.

    Hillary there's not going to be any miracle done on your behalf. So, plese be a lady and step aside and leave with respect. Otherwise, you'll be put to SHAME adn peopel are getting tired of you

    May 14, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  15. JoJo

    Actually Lisa, Clinton is the one who has been running like a Republican. Many of the poor and uneducated just aren't informing themselves and haven't been exposed to the tactics that the Clintons and her campaign have been using. All the while, Bill is claiming that it's Obama's fault that Florida and Michigan do not count. Hillary herself said they would not count. Beware poor, uneducated, hard working white people, Hillary is only using you to get what she wants.

    May 14, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  16. Brenda, NC

    Hillary is the right choice for President. Wake up superdelegates. If the Democrats want to win The White House, make Hillary the nominee.

    May 14, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  17. What?

    great news vicky harwell, that's your mind.

    where was your mind when Obama was winning in larger states with more superdelegate?

    GO OBAMA!!

    May 14, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  18. Brian from Fort Mill, S.C.

    The fat lady has been singing for a long time, and now she's going into Rehab! 🙂

    May 14, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  19. Len in Washington

    I'm an Obama supporter and I understand why this is news.

    She picked up only one since last week. She's running for President and says she's the best one for the job and only picks up ONE while Obama picks up 30 in the past week counting four more today.

    It IS newsworthy that there is some thought that her rate here is adequate to win.


    May 14, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  20. LT for Obama

    This poor single mom with no degree is gladly supporting Obama. I don't find him the slightest bit elitist but very confident.

    As for her one delegate to the now three he picked up today, we are also missing that he also gained three endorsements from former SEC chairmen: "William Donaldson, who was SEC chairman for about 2½ years from early 2003, along with Clinton and Reagan appointees Arthur Levitt and David Ruder, will join former Fed Chairman Paul Volcker in endorsing Sen. Obama, his campaign said. Mr. Volcker endorsed Sen. Obama in January."

    May 14, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  21. North Oregon Coast

    Come on Super delegates!! This country desperately needs OBAMA!
    Hey!... How about an Obama/ Edwards ticket??

    May 14, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  22. Judy

    That is expected because women are backing Hillary for some unknown reason. Liar liar her pantsuit is canary yellow and not blue, black, brown or orange but guess wht it is reddddddddddddddd.

    May 14, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  23. SO????

    Get off of HRC's back! She is a fighter and she gets the votes of the only hard working people in this great country...UNEDUCATED WHITE PEOPLE.


    Ignorant Racists for Hillary Clinton

    May 14, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  24. Oxun

    CNN please update your count of delegates, adn by the way,
    SEnator Obama picked two last night and two this please report news worth reading

    this is the present,

    May 14, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
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