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.

soundoff (681 Responses)
  1. ALL THE WAY TO DENVER

    Superdelgates:

    Are your pockets getting heavy from being paid off? Hillary will end up with the popular vote with or without Michigan and Florida. Watch and see.

    You are fools.

    Hillary or McCain 2008

    May 23, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  2. proud army and navy mom

    your'e late but not lost. welcome fellows

    May 23, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  3. Dan , TX

    Five add-on superdelegates will be selected before the end of the month

    Alaska (1 delegate, Obama won Alaska 75%/25%)
    Georgia (2 delegates, Obama won Georgia 66%/31%)
    Wyoming (1 delegate, Obama won Wyoming 61%/38%)
    Hawaii (1 delegate, Obama won Hawaii 76%/24%).

    I'm going to guess Obama has a good chance to pick up all five.

    May 23, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  4. The Truth

    A FORMER Clinton backer stated this:

    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.

    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.

    Something all Americans knew already. Thank you for your honesty Mr. Cardoza and Mr. Costa.

    OBAMA: THE NEXT PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES!!!!!

    May 23, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  5. Laura AZ

    He can get as many as so called supporters he wants!!! I will NEVER vote or support a person who is so weak and only believes in ONE cause, his own.

    LETS GO MC CAIN!!!!! YOU HAVE MY SUPPORT!!!!

    May 23, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  6. Concerned American

    She needs to quit already. if more superdelegates would stop wasting time, this would be over. We need to unite and get ready for November. The next thing will be, "Oh, the Dems didn't win because Obama was the nominee." When in fact it would be because she dragged her butt and the whole party down for her selfish reasons not giving enough time for November preparation.

    Why won't her supporters see that and let it go?

    May 23, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  7. Andrew

    I must admit that I am surprised more superdelegates haven't come out since Tuesday. He is so close - 20 more superdelegates and a split of the remaining pedged delegates and he has it. I figured that the party would want to boost him over the finish line ASAP and finally end this thing. I guess they figured at this point they might as well wait until after June 3. No worries, we will still unite and win big in November.

    May 23, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  8. sand

    Please Obama go home...you are not the right candidate..You cant win !!!! This man is dangerous and needs to go home with his wife!! Hillary is the only one that can beat McCain....I am a Dem but I would never never vote for a man who has hatred behind him...his wife hates and so does he....come on you Obama supporters where are you heads??? He is not the one who should be in the White House.

    May 23, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  9. richard

    seat michigan and florida in 2016 for chelsea clinton or geraldine ferraro. ho ho ho

    May 23, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  10. John

    Add in the 2 Edwards delegates that announced they were switching, and that's a total of 4 for the day. That brings the total of delegates needs for Senator Obama down to 57.

    May 23, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  11. temmydizzle

    welcome on board

    Obama 08

    May 23, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  12. Bob from Pensylvannia

    Thank you Jim Costa and Dennis Cardoza for your thoughtful decision. The Clintons will do anything to deny the Presidency to the DEMS come November. So we need more defection of her Supers to OBAMA to help cool them down.

    The Clintons are shameless bigots.

    May 23, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  13. Carl

    The smart way to go OBAMA 08........

    May 23, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  14. WOOHOO

    YIPPIE!

    WELCOME!

    May 23, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  15. Valerie - St. Louis, MO

    I for one cannot understand why Clinton is holding the campaign hostage with her negativity and me, me, me!, rhetoric. Her supporters seem to be just as self centered and mean spirited as she is and as arrogant as her husband.

    May 23, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  16. martin

    good!i hope more come to their senses.i'm sick of hillary.she's a party-pooper,and so are her supporters.

    May 23, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  17. Lindsay

    I am elated that some of the superdelegates are coming to their senses. Now is the time to rally around Obama so that he can confront McCain head on. Enough of Hillary's foolish talk!! she has even gone as far as suggesting that the people of Florida and Michigan vote for McCain if the situation is not resolved (in her favor, as we all know). She is dividing the party and by letting her continue to be delusional will farther divide the party. Come on, Superdelegates!! Step onto the stage and stop trying to make a GRAND ENTRANCE!!

    May 23, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  18. joey

    What needs to happen is intensive polling on all of the swing states. Including Hillary's claim of swing states and Obama's claim of swing states – pitted against John McCain. This would be an important metric. Who cares who wins the democratic nomination based on a flawed process. What matters is who wins in the general. All of this would be a waste of energy if democrats don't get the white house.

    If the polling suggest Obama will be stronger and more likely the winner against john mccain in particular swing states then give him the nomination hands down. If on the other Hillary is stronger, we have a problem....

    May 23, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  19. james from brooklyn

    let the good time role......2026 here he comes........can you see it hillary..........mccain is haggee's homie.........haggee.......worship hitler.....with.....hitler hate the jews.....now the jewish could finally see that there aint nothing wrong with a man with a so call funny middle name........come on everybody.........let 's put America back in the fore front on the world........with BARACK HUSSEIN(yes i said and what) OBAMA AS PRESIDENT............

    May 23, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  20. Ken

    Remember how history repeats itself. The Democrats jaws are going to drop again this election when Florida is instrumental in putting a Republican back in the White House. Afterwards I guess McCain is going to say, Hey I am going to Disneyland.

    May 23, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  21. Peter T

    The superdelegates should put a fast end to this: Obama for president, Clinton for vice president. If Obama wants their support now to avoid a convention fight, he should allow Clinton on his ticket but be allowed to reduce her role to the constituional one (leading the senate, standing in for a dead president).

    May 23, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  22. Mario

    Agree with the words of congressman Cardoza. The moment of unity is now. Let's agree on the nominee and then seat FL and MI. I am a PA voter and our state did not change the primary date, at the risk of becoming insignificant in the process. Those who did against the rules should have consequences. I favor giving each rapresentative 1/2 vote and seat them as resulted in the voting. Still it will not give HRC the majority she needs. Alrough an Obama supported I would vote for her had she won fairly the competition. She has not and will not.

    May 23, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  23. al

    We are almost there. All systems are Go and all lights are GREEN

    May 23, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  24. robb

    '
    If McCain won't bring our troops home, maybe the HRC supporters who vote for him will step up to the plate and offer your services in place of one of our brave soldiers? How much do you like putting your life on the line?

    May 23, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  25. Dayahka

    What a lot of people don't realize is that Clinton is bonkers–crazy, insane–and she will disrupt the process all the way to and past the convention. Only the intervention of some deus ex machina or her judicial arrest and incarceration for 90 days of observation for clinical insanity will end this farce.

    May 23, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
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