May 23rd, 2008
03:00 PM ET
6 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. Tom

    Welcome aboard:)

    May 23, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  2. phillykat

    Slowly but surely, a change is gonna come.

    May 23, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  3. ed

    it does'nt matter if the supers go against the people and nominate obama because the people will just write her in, in nov. and she will beat both obama and McCain. so all you supporters write her in and let everyone else know.

    May 23, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  4. David D Kollie

    It is time to put an end to all of the bickering going on. Let the superdelegates stop the fight. There is no way Hillary can get the nomination without foul play. All of the creteria neccessary for winning the primary Obama has accomplished. Let him be given the chance as every other candidates have been given. Bravo to HRC for her courage to content.

    May 23, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  5. Concerned Canadian

    See you in Denver !!!

    May 23, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  6. Peter

    Why you rush the time? Are you afraid that something could happen or That the people wake up? The time Obama reach the right number of delegates required he will be your nominee.
    It is not a matter of winning the nomination; he has to be able to win in November primary.
    Obama take your hands out of your packet you are not so cool.
    In a race with Obama, Mccain and HILLARY, Clinton would win.
    HILLARY 08 the most prepared and qualified candidate to be President
    HILLARY 08

    May 23, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  7. jonny

    Obama/Gore '08!

    May 23, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  8. Tex

    Tick tock tick tock! The clock is winding down for Hillary. Obama only needs 57 delegates and/or superdelegates.

    May 23, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  9. yen

    By now the supperdeligates should have tipped the balance in favor of Obama. Because he has earned it. Why wait? Vaueable time is wasted.

    May 23, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  10. Illinois

    Who cares. The Edwards endorsement didn't help him at all and it's obvious it was done to help Obama with the "white" vote, which clearly didn't matter. The SD votes don't count until August, so however many SD's that want to endorse Obama doesn't matter until the convention. They're stupid to endorse him anyway, knowing that he's going to lose. They're just making themselves look incredibly dumb.

    May 23, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  11. Tae Nui

    McCain will wipe the floor with the dem nominee

    May 23, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  12. Terrence (Winston Salem, NC)

    Freida, NYC May 23rd, 2008 3:35 pm ET

    Well, I guess we will have another 4 years of Republicans! Thanks to the DNC and the media for pushing Obama down our throats.

    Hillary 2012-2020
    -------------------------------–

    Do you REALLY think that's possible? After all this drama Clinton has brought on this year, do you really think if she enters next time, she will win? This election will be remember for a loong time. Please beleive that.

    I can already see the writers of "Scary Movie" including this election in the next film. LOL

    May 23, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  13. Jane

    It is really sad to see delegates base their sacred votes on their own self-centered needs. I believe Edwards is concerned with his own career, Sen. Kennedy with his legacy, Sen. Byrd with salving his conscious because of past mistakes. The lists goes own. After this show, the democratic party must never let a small group of superdelegates hand the nomination to whomever they want for whatever reason they want.
    Sen. Clinton is by far the best prepared candidate; yet once again, the job may go to a less-qualified man. Not only that, but he's divided the party, perhaps irreparably for a long time, yet, it is the woman who will be blamed for that. Now, if he loses the nomination, it will be woman, not the candidate, who will be blamed.
    We haven't come all that far.

    May 23, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  14. Terry in Fl

    Birds of a feather. They will live to regret this decision.

    May 23, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  15. Philip

    Edwards would be a good running mate, but the Virginia Governors or the former Pa. Governor would be better.
    Also, Clinton would have to disavow her racist approach before her support could be effective. I have had enough of Bill Clinton!

    May 23, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  16. NO-BAMA

    HAVE THEY NO HONOR ???

    May 23, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  17. blair

    This election will go down in history YES. Will be the first every oldest man or the first ever person voted in by the people writing down their name on the ballot. Yes we will. Yes we will.

    May 23, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  18. DannyCali

    Who care about this chicken Edwards supporter. Kerry, Edwards and Obama the most flip-flopper.

    May 23, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  19. pam Eugene OR

    Please, Please, Please! Hurry this along and cut Hillary loose.

    May 23, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  20. Gary of El Centro, Ca

    Somebody please stick a fork in Hillary........she's done. In fact, based on some of her comments today, I think she is over-cooked.

    May 23, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  21. Ben

    Do you people who Moderate accept jokes? If you dont maybe you wont print this, but laugh anyway.==A gold miner died and was refused entry in heaven because there were too many gold miners in there already.He thought about this and yelled at the top of his voice.THEY HAVE DISCOVERED GOLD IN HELL
    Suddenly a horde of miners came rushing out and almost trampled Saint Peter in their anxiety to go to hell. The gold miner turned around to follow them.
    Wait, cried St Peter, you can go in now.
    No I dont think so he replied, there might be some truth in that rumor
    This story reminds me of Hillary's followers

    May 23, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  22. Ardnuas

    Thank you!!!!!
    Let's defeat John McCain!!!!
    Obama/Hagel ( I want Chuck Hagel to be VP)

    May 23, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  23. Lee , PA

    Drip, drip superdelegates, the bucket is half full or half empty. Welcome aboard. I am getting weary and exhausted. I saw a job opening for city council in Stuebenville, OH for Hillary. They have a position as management in finance and budget department and county executive for Bill.

    May 23, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  24. Agnes

    I hope, I have hope, just not blind hope. My very real reservations surrounding Sen Obama have not been adequately met. While anyone can change and have differing views from their family, the facts that Sen Obama's father worked with a radical Muslim military, that Sen Obama himself went to a radical Muslin school, not Muslim but radical Muslim – a world of difference, that Sen Obama chose a Christian Church led by Rev White and then spent 20 years attending his sermons, raises questions. Now, if I don't agree with my church I find a different church, but Rev Wright is Sen Obama's mentor, (you hear the oratory influence in sen Obama's speaches,) and a cared for "old Uncle." A person simply does not attend a church for 20 years unless they agree with the messages that church makes. Let's add one other incidental, Sen Obama's lack to hold the greatest symbol of our land in esteem, by Not saluting the American Flag, Unthinkable in the President of the United States of America! Adding an American Flag pin on his lapel has not resolved the issue for me. There are questions of intent that come up when these pieces are put together. Actions speak louder that words alone. Further, would Hillary have been allowed to Not salute the American Flag? Why then, is it okay for Barack? There really are double standards for men and women, with women holding the short end of the stick time and again. It is okay to have a woman doing the hard job, as in- "we'll keep Hillary just, not as the front runner," and so the rewards go to the man.
    The people and super delegates, of this nation can enjoy the discussion of who will be the next Democratic Nominee precisely because of Hillary Clinton's tireless decades of civil rights work. Just cast your self back to the 1970's and you will see how far we have come thanks to her work. She is experienced on every level of the playing field, Barack is not. He does not have the slightest inkling of International Affairs, if he thinks the American people will idly stand by as the President of the United States invites the Terrorist Leaders of the world to treat with him. Think you now upon the Radical Muslim education and family members Barack has....
    I have the Audacity to Hope, just not blindly hope. While Sen. Obama is an eloquent speaker, there has not been a clear plan on exactly how to do the very serious job the incoming president will face. He is inexperienced.
    This country is on the very precipice- global warming, war, famine, pandemics, economic upheaval. We must ask ourselves, "do we want pretty words or proven experience?" I, who have been a staunch democrat for 30 years, will not vote Obama for President. I will write in Hillary for President.

    May 23, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  25. smw

    Jana - the NY governor backs Hillary. Younger Jews have voted for Obama. Mike - it's Hillary's health care proposal that makes adult coverage mandatory. I realize that losing hurts, and that there are many sore feelings, but the facts are the facts, and the numbers are the numbers. Do keep in mind that HRC herself approved of the decision not to seat Michigan and Florida; go to the mirror, look yourself in the eye, and ask whether Hillary would ask for them to be seated if MI and FL had gone to Obama.

    May 23, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
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