May 23rd, 2008
11:49 AM ET
7 years ago

Obama adds two superdelegates, one's a former Clinton backer

Sen. Obama campaigned in Florida Thursday.
Sen. Obama campaigned in Florida Thursday.

(CNN) – Sen. Barack Obama pocketed two more of his party’s superdelegates Friday.

California congressmen Jim Costa and Dennis Cardoza are endorsing the Illinois senator, according to a statement released by his campaign.

“While I continue to greatly respect and admire Senator Clinton and feel she has made history with her campaign, I believe that Senator Obama will inevitably be our party’s nominee for President,” Cardoza, who had previously supported Sen. Hillary Clinton, said in the statement.

Cardoza also waded into the controversy over seating the Florida and Michigan delegations at the Democratic convention. “I will not support changing the rules in the fourth quarter of this contest through some convoluted DNC rules committee process. Yet, we must find a resolution” to the situation with Florida and Michigan, Cardoza said. “I believe we need to avoid this potentially divisive situation by uniting behind one nominee and bringing the party together immediately,” he added.

Costa said electability had helped drive his decision. “In my opinion, it is clear that Senator Obama will be the strongest presidential nominee for the Democratic Party,” Costa said in the statement released by the campaign.

Obama leads the delegate race with a total of 1,967 total delegates including 309 superdelegates, according to CNN’s latest tally. Clinton has 1,779 total delegates, including 279 superdelegates. The number of delegates necessary to claim the Democratic nomination is currently 2,026 but that number may change once the Democratic National Committee decides how to resolve the situation regarding the Florida and Michigan delegations.

The DNC’s Rules and Bylaws Committee is set to meet on May 31 and hear appeals from both states that were stripped of all their delegates to the convention because they held their primaries in violation of party rules.

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  1. Woodi

    Greg- McCain won't walk freely into the white house- he will go because you vote for him. Everyone knows that Clinton and Obama almost mirror each other on the issues. If he cannot get the white vote then why is he currently leading the race? There are states where Clinton would did better and there are also states where Obama did better...So don't buy in to the hype that white voters won't vote for him. We will and we have. If it's the issues you care about- Clinton and Obama are the same. If you are disgruntled because your (or my) candidate does not get the nomination I don't see how you could just throw the issues out of the window and vote for someone who's stand on the issues is the polar opposite of these two candidates.
    It makes me think you are more concerned about the person than the principles.

    May 23, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  2. LYNETTE IN CA

    YEA! OBAMA '08

    May 23, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  3. Micheal

    I'm thinking to myself whether Obama would have been so conniving and so indulgent as to collude, fraudulently disrupt, split, knowingly overlook and wrongly oppose the rules that members of her own staff helped design for the DNC.

    This is calculating contempt of the highest order and the Clinton camp should know better... This is what happens when you underestimate the size of your competition... Locally, Nationally and Globally... You get BEAT!.. There's never a graceful way to surrender!..

    May 23, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  4. Linda31

    woowho!!!! Make that 4 new supedelegates! 57 to more to go!

    May 23, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  5. NoBama

    its all about RACE, and joining the side that shows some hope for change, is it worth taking risk at these times.

    But, millions of votes casted for Clinton aren't fake.
    Had it been not been his color, Obama wouldn't be standing where he is today. Thats' a fact.

    May 23, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  6. chris

    If you are going to take the time to post vitriol about the democratic nominee and how you will never vote for "Obummer" then you are probably to far gone to actually come around and help us take back the whitehouse.

    So we who are rational and want change and would vote for WHOEVER wins the dem nomination should not waste time trying to convince you. You are free to join crazy ferraro and vote for McCain.

    But don't worry, while we govern we will be gracious enough to include you in all the good things that come of our presidency.

    Cheers

    We the PEOPLE. – )*

    May 23, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  7. Jazzy

    To Greg: You have just revealed your true identity along with a lot of other people who are writing in. You stated that white people would not vote for Senator Obama. (racism) I don't know how you could say this for the many years that black people have only had one race to choose from for president, senator, and other elected offices. Get over the race issue before you destroy the country.

    May 23, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  8. JOSH ANDERSON

    JOHN MCCAINBUSH, WILL BE THE NEXT PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES YOU THINK YOU SEEN THE EFFECTS OF THE RICH GET RICH AND THE POOR GET POOR YOU HAVEN'T SEEN NOTHING YET. I BET $10,000 JOHN MCCAIN WILL BE THE NEXT PRESIDENT

    SERIOUS INQUIRES ONLY
    josh_anderson1985@yahoo.com
    $10,000 on the line now!!!!!!!!

    May 23, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  9. Kevin

    Another black guy for Obama.

    May 23, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  10. AMK

    A good reason not to vote for Obama:

    He has not fulfilled his duties in the Senate to a degree in which I would vote for him for President. See oversight on Afghanistan. McCain...yes. He is a moderate who is pandering to conservatives now....he won't be that as a President.

    I am a registered Democrat that has moderate views.

    May 23, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  11. Mikie

    The "rules" aren't being changed in the fourth quarter. Hillary is playing by the rules and is bound by the rules just like everyone else. She is following the rules step by step by step. That's what the media and the B.O. lovers can't stand.

    May 23, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  12. Matthew, San Francisco

    And I can't believe how childish Americans are being. Please raise the voting age to 50. Even though I'm 28, I am ashamed at the way people are acting. Grow up America.

    May 23, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  13. JJ

    I just wish the remaining superdelegates just hurry up and endorse Obama. The quicker this thing ends the better

    May 23, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  14. JeffRob

    Why in the world are so many Clinton supporters, supposed Democrats, so hostile towards Obama?

    Is he not remarkably intelligent, noticeably even-keeled and reasonable, and exceptionally gifted at inspiring, uniting, and building consensus? Isn't that what we need???

    If you're really a Democrat, and you insist on rejecting Obama through and through no matter what, either you aren't listening to a word the man says, or you don't like the color of his skin.

    Every Obama supporter is a would-be Hillary supporter. I've always completely admired and respected the woman, and 8 years ago I was planning on volunteering and donating lots for her '04 or '08 campaign. But Obama is simply the far, far superior candidate. If you're really a Democrat and you can't see that, well, maybe you're not really a Democrat.

    May 23, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  15. Nathan maddox

    JOHN MCCAINBUSH WILL BE THE NEXT PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES YOU THINK YOU SEEN THE EFFECTS OF THE RICH GET RICH AND THE POOR GET POOR YOU HAVEN'T SEEN NOTHINH YET. I BET $10,000 JOHN MCCAIN WILL BE THE NEXT PRESIDENT

    SERIOUS INQUIRES ONLY
    josh_anderson1985@yahoo.com
    $10,000 on the line now!!!!!!!!

    May 23, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  16. Darrell

    Im From Florida I voted I want my Vote to Count I am a Citizen of The USA and last time I looked all votes should count not a DNC rulling they are not the Goverment and the DNC and Howard Dean is destroying this country

    May 23, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  17. Gigi, NY

    typo – Hillary – 279- 2 = 277

    May 23, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  18. Cammi317

    "CONVOLUTDED"....lol, now that was funny!

    May 23, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  19. hakeemsdad, Florida

    I think the super delegates are joke. They are still looking for a Billary miracle!

    Why are they still helping the situation worsening. It seems they don't think it is over for Billary otherwise they would finish this mess right now. Ok, Billary and her supporters are desperate and they will do anything to win, no matter what. Since they say it is Billary or McBush isn't this a sign of destruction of the party. So, shouldn't the remaining super delegates make up their minds?

    What do we have left, Porto-rico, Montana and S. Dakota, they all know Billary will win Porto-rico but so what Porto-rico doesn't count in the general election anyway. How about the other two states Obama is favored to win them. NOW, the big question is why would you (super delegates) wait? Do you really care about the democratic party or still want a miracle for Billary to happen?

    Aren't most of those remaining superdelegates from the states Obama won? Then why wait when you can start uniting the party and stop the free McBush ride?

    Finish this mess now so you can solve Florida and Michigan issues right away!

    May 23, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  20. Joe

    Reverend Wright isn't a good reason?!?!?!? Seriously!?!?!?!?!?!? It doesn't disturb you that this guy was his advisor. That he went to his church for years, was married by him, etc etc etc. You honestly believe Obama is "appalled" by Wrights latest comments?!?!? You really believe he is surpised by them!?!?!?

    Oh man I can't wait for the youtube videos of Obama on his feet clapping adn saying "THATS RIGHT, THATS RIGHT" during one of Reverent Wrights speeches in the past. You know the Republicans already have that video and are just waiting for him to get the official nomination before they bring it out. They want to make sure Clinton can't get that seat before releasing the video.

    May 23, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  21. NickNas

    Hillary needs to stop the obvious play for the VP spot. Bill Clinton has also made it clear that is her goal now. Hillary and Bill cannot be let anywhere near an Obama Presidency as he will lose all credibility from Day one.

    This whole dirty campagn by the clintons needs to be stopped, now we have lawsuits and this is just the beginning. They OWE too many people and will stop at nothing to get the power to pay them back.

    I am Sorry Barack but if you let them pressure you to put her on your ticket I will have to walk away from you cause. I cannot back a team that will fail for sure. The Clintons will sabotage everything they can then run in 2012 citeing YOUR Failures.

    Obama and Hillary are a team like Oil and Water and she is too centered on her own wants to work with ANYONE.

    May 23, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  22. F De Castro

    I MADE UP MY MIND LONG TIME AGO TO VOTE FOR HRC BUT CHANGED IT A SECOND AFTER I FOUND OUT THE TRUTH ABOUT HER BOSNIA TRIP. I SIMPLY COULD NOT ACCEPT HER ADMISSION SHE MADE A MISTAKE, SHE IS HUMAN AND SUCH. SHE WAS MATTER OF FACTLY, VERY VIVIDLY REMEMBERED THE SNIPER FIRE! I AM SORRY AM NOT VOTING THIS TIME.

    May 23, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  23. Dr. S

    FELLOW DEMOCRATS-We're close to taking back the White House. Dont' let the Republicans PIMP your vote!

    May 23, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  24. Hillary supporter

    With all of these Big-Wig supporters–why can he not get the nomination sewed up? Outspent, out-speeched, Hillary still has the ability to beat McCain and he does not-his only hope is for her support, yet he will not get the support of all of the people he insulted ....I believe the DNC has given up on this election and can only learn from their mistakes for the next. I hope John McCain wins and shows those arrogant, stubborn DNC people that the voters are the ones who elect a president–not political losers. Americans vote for the Patriotic and qualified John McCain!

    May 23, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  25. Darrell

    the Superdelgets are all fraud they are part of the Dictatorship of Howard Dean the Dictator of the DNC he could not win last time so this is his revenge

    May 23, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
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