May 23rd, 2008
11:49 AM ET
6 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.

soundoff (681 Responses)
  1. Maggie in SC

    Clinton for President "08"

    She is the best candidate.

    May 23, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  2. Obama Supporter

    Sounds Good. I do believe we need to unite as soon as possible.

    Obama 08

    May 23, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  3. Miami Mama for Obama

    “I will not support changing the rules in the fourth quarter of this contest through some convoluted DNC rules committee process."

    AMEN

    OBAMA '08

    May 23, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  4. Mary

    Guess they were hoping to get some of that Obama dirty money in their next campaign. Way to go for corrupt politics. Yea, Chicago style

    May 23, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  5. obama - supporter - arkansas

    wonderful

    welcome aboard sir

    May 23, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  6. Casey from Atlanta

    this is taking FOREVER!!!!

    I can see why superdelegates now may be reluctant. I certainly wouldn't want to be superdelegate #2026... the person who puts Obama over the top.

    some people keep hoping the this thing will be over... during the primaries, at this May 31st meeting, after the final primary... i can't take it if it goes to convention... I'm WORN OUT!!!

    May 23, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  7. Ruben Regan

    count all of Florida and Michigan so as long as the outcome doesnt change

    May 23, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  8. Herman in LA

    Thank you California congressmen Jim Costa and Dennis Cardoza your in my part of the woods and it's glad to have you on board of the change making team.

    Thanks for helping the world to be a better place..

    Obama 08

    May 23, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  9. senj

    Sweet. Please add the 2 Edward's pledged delegates that also joined the Obama train this morning i.e. 2 supers and 2 pledged. HRC, I love your courage but sometimes the best courage is to accept the inevitability. I blame Terry for all this and Mark Penn also, the two stupid strategists that failed you.

    May 23, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  10. southerndem

    Welcome to the team !!! Looks like the Judas calls will start again.

    May 23, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  11. Obama Fan

    Momentum like this is good for the Democrat's nomination to Presidency in November.

    May 23, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  12. girl texas

    Who gives a rat's? Just two more bought-off losers jumping on the sinking ship and trying to make things appear other than they really are. Pathetic. I hope every one of these back-stabbers loses whatever positions they currently hold.

    May 23, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  13. Brian from Fort Mill, S.C.

    The fat lady has been singing for twenty years, and has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame! :)

    May 23, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  14. ron

    Clinton doesn't get it. She wants to drag this race forever.

    May 23, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  15. SOPHIA,23, FLORIDA VOTER

    OBAMA '08

    CLINTON-NEVER MORE!

    May 23, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  16. shek

    Writing on the wall for Clinton!!!

    Why are my comments always kept in moderation......

    May 23, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  17. Steve

    Like lambs to the slaughter...

    May 23, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  18. AJ

    Me and everyone I know are switching sides this year. Proud to be voting Democrat for the first time ever!

    (former) Republicans for Obama!

    May 23, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  19. Sherri

    It is time to bring this to a close. I hope other Super Delegates will follow suit in supporting Barack Obama.

    May 23, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  20. Kathy Corey

    Senator Clinton should take this to the convention. The Superdelegates should all have to stand up and be counted.

    May 23, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  21. Dal CA

    Here comes the deluge. Hillary are you looking or are you an Ostrich with head buried in SAND.

    May 23, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  22. leapfrog

    Can someone explain to me the Clinton hypocracy? How can she and her supporters say "Every Vote Counts" when talking about seating Florida and Michigan delegates, while in the same breath they argue that the votes from caucus states should not count because it messes with their incredibly weak argument that she has the popular vote? I don't get this. Either you count all the popular votes, in which case she loses, or you count all the delegates, in which case she loses. The only way she can "win" is to count some and exclude others. Why not just use the argument that you should not count any state Obama won and only count the states that Clinton won...by golly she'd get the nomination then...

    May 23, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  23. Wally

    It wont be that much long. Untie we must, under one candidate

    May 23, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  24. Dean - Colton, CA

    Democrats – you may not be aware of people known as 'trolls' who post on blogs and bulletin boards just trying to start fights. If they can start a fight between Clinton and Obama supporters, they are happy.

    Just because an anonymous troll says he/she is supporting one, and makes derogatory comments towards another does *not* make what they say truth. Anyone can post under many different names here, and take both sides – trying to start a fight.

    Democrats – do not let the trolls and Republicans divide you. These blog comments are *not* representative of most voters. Note that many of the posters are the same people over and over. Either they have no jobs, or it *is* their job to stir up controversy.

    May 23, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  25. FORMER CLINTON SUPPORTER

    go go go!!!!

    May 23, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
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