May 23rd, 2008
03:00 PM ET
7 years ago

Two more Edwards delegates switch to Obama

Edwards endorsed Obama earlier this month.
Edwards endorsed Obama earlier this month.

(CNN) – Two more pledged delegates who previously supported John Edwards have announced their support for Barack Obama, CNN has confirmed.

PolitickerNH.com first reported that State Sen. Peter Burling and Deborah Bacon-Nelson announced their decision Friday morning.

Three of New Hampshire’s four pledged delegates have now switched to Obama since the former presidential candidate’s decision to back the Illinois senator’s presidential bid. New Hampshire delegate Joshua Denton switched his support the day after Edwards endorsed Obama.

Nationwide, 12 of Edwards 19 delegates have now decided to support Obama, including six of Edwards' pledged delegates in South Carolina and three from Iowa.

Obama currently has 1,969 delegates to Clinton's 1,779 in CNN's official count.

soundoff (209 Responses)
  1. And so it goes....

    The gap continues to widen. Hillary, I know you think you're more electable, but the delegates, the super delegates, the Democratic leadership, and a large majority of Democratic voters seem to disagree. I know you probably think that if you keep repeating the mantra "I'm more electable" somehow, some way, it will become true.
    I think the best thing you could do now is follow the Wizard of Oz mantra. Just start saying, "There's no place like home. There's no place like home." And by the way, "home" is not the Whitehouse.

    It's time to go back to the Senate and do good work there. When the general election is over, if the Democrats win, you will undoubtedly be selected for a powerful position in which you can do great work.

    May 23, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  2. LB

    Congradulations Obama! You should have this wrapped up by June 4th. A big Thank You to all the super delegates for not dragging this out any further. Time to focus on McCain.

    May 23, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  3. Was Dem, Now Independent in Oregon

    John Edwards should have taken a cue from his wife Elizabeth and NOT endorsed ANYONE for president.

    He sure alienated me. I supported Edwards four years ago and earlier this year. I voted in Oregon as a Dem and then became Independent, where I feel more comfortable.

    Edwards stabbed me in the back.

    May 23, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  4. Chyrel Wallace-Jackson, Chicago Illinois

    Keep em coming! Let the countdown begin.

    May 23, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  5. go dems!

    yay...welcome aboard. 57 delegates to go until May 31st! we can do it!!!

    yes we can 08

    May 23, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  6. Nateru

    What a great day for Obama!!! And well deserved!

    May 23, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  7. D. Martin

    Jumping Ship.......I would not expect any less from these people. There is only one Fighter among them all...Name? HILLARY CLINTON

    May 23, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  8. Buddy

    2 more fools.

    May 23, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  9. Natacha...Florida

    Keep them coming!

    Welcome aboard!

    Obama '08

    May 23, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  10. Susie

    BIG MISTAKE

    May 23, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  11. Tim

    Outstanding!!!! Only 57 Delegates away from 2026!!!!

    Obama 08/12

    May 23, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  12. calif

    cnn is always late to report any good news about obama. but if hillary have any good news then cnn will be the first to know.

    May 23, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  13. Luke

    Here is the plan....
    Obama offers Hillary VP, she turns him down.
    Obama loses the general election due to Clinton Write-in and McCain switchers. At the same time, Hillary becomes senate majority leader.
    Hillary Clinton quickly defeats rivals in the next democratic presidential primary.
    She picks a highly respected, smart republican for VP.
    She becomes president in a landslide, and truley unites the country.

    May 23, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  14. sheryl

    Thank you!!! Senator Obama will make you both proud!!!!

    Unite!!

    Obama 08/12!

    May 23, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  15. proud army and navy mom

    good job!

    May 23, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  16. jaylo

    From CNN to the New York Times, the media hyped Barack Obama's Portland, Oregon rally on Sunday, some comparing him to a rock star.

    Unmentioned in national reporting was the fact that Obama was preceded by a rare, 45-minute free concert by actual rock stars The Decemberists. The Portland-based band has drawn rave reviews from Rolling Stone magazine, which gave their 2005 album Picaresque four and a half stars (out of five), and another four and a half stars for 2007's The Crane Wife.

    May 23, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  17. Ann

    He needs all the delegates he can get...especially when Florida and Michigan are seated..Don't pick your running mate yet Obama...this race ain't over...and from where I sit,,,,,you ain't got a chance.

    May 23, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  18. SlimSista

    THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT.....

    OBAMA '08

    May 23, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  19. ALL THE WAY TO DENVER

    TAKE IT TO DENVER HILLARY!

    NO MORE RIGGED ELECTIONS IN AMERICA.

    HILLARY WILL HAVE THE POPULAR VOTE, ANY WAY YOU LOOK AT IT, AFTER THE PUERTO RICO PRIMARY.

    GO HILLARY GO!

    May 23, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  20. Viet Nam Vet

    Obama's SD's UP
    Hillary's SD's DOWN

    Sounds like the stock market

    May 23, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  21. GOOOOO OBAMA!!

    I'm Beckie Sue... and I approve this endorsement!

    OBAMA '08 & '12

    May 23, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  22. James

    Now, lets ask ourselves, why do these people keep coming in droves to support Sen Obama. It kills me that people plan to not vote Democratic because Hillary is not the nominee. That would be asinine. There's no reason to comment further.

    May 23, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  23. sam-MA

    welcome aboard
    that's the way to go

    May 23, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  24. enomisa

    The democratic party is in deep doodoo and they know it
    .
    They backed the wrong candidate and it backfired on them.
    Obama barely has 50% support- with every advantage given to him and every disadvantage given to Clinton.

    Now, they have no choice but force the superdelegated to back Obama. They want to create a show of unity and strength. But it is hard to hide this candidates true weakness and unpreparedness.
    Still, what choice do they have but to try to save the party and this election?

    But it is already too late.
    The Clinton supporters rejected Obama at the start. He was all talk and no action. He had no qualifications for the job. He cheated at every turn to advantage himself.

    HRC supporters will not suddenly support Obama at the end. Especially now, after all the hate and vulgarity, insults and the dirty politics and the attacks on Clinton and her supporters.

    Nothing REAL has changed- Obama is still not qualified to lead. He has still done nothing for his country. Obama still waffles on all of his already vague positions. He still continues to keep things vague to allow himslef wiggle room so as not to alienate anyone.

    Clinton is still superior in EVERY way. Her positions are definite and clearly stated and politically sound. She has a proven track record. and she has a solid base of support.

    So why would we ever vote for Obama?

    We can write in Hillary Clinton and still get the very best.

    May 23, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  25. Pedeen

    Thanks to you Sir Edwards, at least there is light at the end of the tunnel. This has been made possible by selfless people like you. May the almighty bless you and your family and the entire GREAT NATION OF UNITED STATES OF AMERICA!!. Together we stand divided we fall. Only 56 to go " IF YOU CANT THE WAY I COUNT"

    May 23, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
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