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. karl

    Dear Obamaosama,

    If you want to be a racist, I respect that, but respect that I will call you a racist, because you are. Your narrow minded thinking is just hurt you and no one else.

    Also, I can said voting for Clinton or McCain makes you an idiot!

    Just your average white collar white southern male.

    May 23, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  2. Blueray98

    These people are giving up on Hillary too soon. When the primaries finish June 3, she will have the popular vote on many counts. Just wait and see. Also, not everyone is convinced that Sen. Obama is the strongest candidate to lead in November. If he gets the nomination, my guess is that he'll snub Hillary and choose someone else for VP and then we'll have the usual losing Democratic team just like the last two elections!

    May 23, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  3. Ree

    Just wondering are they changing because they are afraid of being racist?

    I thought Sen. Clinton won California.

    It might be over for Sen. Clinton but that doesn't mean a win in Nov. for Obama.

    I think people will see that John McCain is not Bush and is the more experience candidate. Don't count chickens before they are hatched.

    May 23, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  4. Robert NYC & Miami

    ANOTHER JUDAS SEALING OBAMA'S COFFIN.

    OBAMA WILL NOT WIN THE GENERAL ELECTION....

    May 23, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  5. Independent Thinker

    I'm sorry, did you mean 'Loser'. Spell check before you blog, lest you sound like the other Clinton support-to-the end racists of West Virginia, and Kentucky. 'Looser" is an adjective meaning 'more loose'. Something like the moral values of your candidate.

    OBAMA '08

    May 23, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  6. chuks

    CNN try to be quick with the news he got 4 so far today not two. Whats the matter can't CNN keep up with the flood of SDs voting for a better AMERICA?

    May 23, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  7. "Sweetie"

    Father knows best.

    May 23, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  8. The Political Jerk

    It will never end at this rate.

    May 23, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  9. PAT FOR OBAMA

    YES WE CAN
    OBAMA/BIDEN

    May 23, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  10. Dennis in IA

    The drip of Super Delegates will soon turn into the flood! Do you notice no one had defected from Barack's camp? Once the FL and MI are settled the delegates will all be Barack's and the Clinton's can take their flying leap!! The party will be united and we will have our next POTUS Barack OBAAM!!

    May 23, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  11. Peter

    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.
    The above is all BS supporters like this should at list have the intelligence to stop talking, they are not worth of consideration 9 pure opportunistic politicians).
    The process of democratic process has to be changed with primary and winner take all no more caucuses.
    If we go by the process super delegates should vote for who is the best candidate the one that can win in November.
    HILLARY 08
    If the GE is Obama/McCain
    We left the most prepared and qualified out so
    LET'S WRITE IN HILLARY

    May 23, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  12. Chyrel Wallace-Jackson, Chicago Illinois

    Oh Happy Day...Oh Happy Day...Oh Happy Day!

    May 23, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  13. Terrence (Winston Salem, NC)

    60 delegates to go. (with the real math, of course)

    May 23, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  14. NOOOBAMA!!!

    Our country is falling to shreds - it seems like everyone has now been brainwashed into falling into the Obama trap!!

    How sad!! It is not good news for our country!

    GOD SAVE AMERICA FROM OBAMA!!!

    May 23, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  15. Patrick, Indianapolis

    I find the Florida issue amusing. Does anybody know the original date of the Florida primary? That's right, it was Tuesday, March 4th. – the day of the OH and TX primaries (as well as VT and RI). Florida moved up its primary because it wanted to have a say in the process. Well it is pretty ironic to know that if Florida had stayed at March 4th and allowed campaigning and Clinton won by 15 points then Obama would have been finished. Florida would have been THE deciding state if it didn't move up its primary. I always get a chuckle at that.

    Also, I have actually warmed up to the idea of Clinton being Obama's running mate. An Obama-Clinton ticket would do well. It would not pull in WV or KY but it would guarantee a win in MI, OH, and PA and would put FL in play. Besides, Clinton would throw a fit like a 5-year-old if she didn't get the spot. States Obama wins if he takes Clinton as his running mate.

    HI, CA, OR, WA, NV, NM, CO, MN, IA, MO, IL, WI, MI, OH, PA, MD, VA, DE, NJ, NY, CT, RI, MA, VT, NH, ME, and possibly FL. That is a total of 349 electoral votes. That is a landslide win.

    Obama/Clinton '08

    May 23, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  16. cory,fl

    wait and see..... McCain will win all because the DNC did count all the states

    May 23, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  17. Daniel

    Hillary is ridiculous! She is selfish and egotistical. She is so concerned w/ being the 1st female President, that she may just cause her party, and the nation, it's chance at a first black one. If the roles were reversed, we all know she'd be advocating sticking to the rules, but since it serves her interest, she wants the "votes" to count! I think at this point, she wouls tarnish the ticket and I don't even want her for VP, let alone P. Hey Hillary-bot, go activate tears and cry about it.

    May 23, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  18. Lovin' It

    Barack Obama, come on pretty momma–Vote for Obama.

    May 23, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  19. DrewMissouri

    GO McCain...Obama can not win the general and Hillary is our only HOPE!!

    May 23, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  20. Judyann Watson

    Good luck you Obamaites. McCain will be president unless Hillary is VP. Mark my words.

    May 23, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  21. Andre

    Hillary is strong minded person who never gives up, even when she has lost. Kinda reminds me of a stalker. All of those people who support her are talking about what a fighter she is, but have you just asked yourself if her campaign is in debt how can she keep the country out of debt? If you lose fair and square how could someone have stolen something from you?

    May 23, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  22. Jane

    Despite the latest delegates Obama has added to his stash, we have to believe that there are still those who will not cast their vote to advance their own careers, as Edwards will, or to promote their own legacy, as Kennedy will, or to soothe their own conscience for past mistakes, as Sen. Byrd has. This is a time for true patriots, that is, those who will truly put the welfare of their country first.
    Sen. Clinton is by far the most capable candidate, and this is not the time to put a less capable man into office. She has more insight into the issues, including the economy, health care, and foreign affairs. She is far better prepared.

    May 23, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  23. Tijana

    I am soooooooooooo ready for this to be over and for President Obama to take his rightful place in the White House.

    May 23, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  24. Sherrie

    Whoop, There It Is !!!!

    Obama 08

    May 23, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  25. Y

    Hillary is disenfranchising the people who did not go out to vote, by asking for the votes in Florida and Michigan to count as is. They were told their vote wouldnt count so they willingly stayed home, thinking the race would end on Super Tuesday as it has for years. All of a sudden Hillary says, Gotcha, that primary actually counts. Its very hurtful and insulting to my relatives in Florida.

    Obama 08

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