June 2nd, 2008
04:39 PM ET
7 years ago

Uncommitted Senate superdelegates meeting

Undeclared Democratic senators are meeting to discuss their course of action.
Undeclared Democratic senators are meeting to discuss their course of action.

(CNN) — Several of the 17 uncommitted Senate superdelegates are currently holding a meeting to discuss their course of action after the polls close in the final two primaries, CNN has learned.

It remains unclear exactly how many and who of the uncommitted Democratic superdelegates in the Senate will be in attendance at the meeting, which is being held at the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee headquarters near the Capitol.

CNN spotted Sens. Tom Harkin of Iowa, Ken Salazar of Colorado, and Tom Carper of Delaware head into the meeting.

In a brief interview with CNN, Harkin said the point of the meeting is "to discuss what if anything we might do after the polls close tomorrow night together."

An aide to a senator in the meeting tells CNN's Gloria Borger that it’s “not likely” anyone will come out today with an endorsement. “It’s a how-do-we-do-what we-want-to-do” meeting," the aide said.

"Some want, after the primaries are over, to come out in a group; others feel the need to do it with state delegations. The Obama campaign wants a group of senators to come out together, for obvious reasons.”

The aide said it's “more likely,” the endorsements will come at the end of the week, but added, "anything is possible after Tuesday.”

(Updates with new information)

Earlier: Sources: Most uncommitted senators to endorse Obama

soundoff (267 Responses)
  1. Dal CA Republican

    Make a choice today.

    June 2, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  2. Tara in Sarasota

    well that's good. Then they have themselves to blame when millions of us women leave the party and vote for McCain.

    June 2, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  3. Mr. B.

    America Is Ready
    Obama 08

    June 2, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  4. The Clear Thinking Independent

    They've been nice enough for long enough ... let's see some leadership.

    June 2, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  5. Frantz (Atlanta)

    Thank You Lord!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    This seemingly endless primary season is about to come to an end.

    Obama '08

    June 2, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  6. Emma

    Yeah, Senator Obama. The super delegates are finally demonstrating that they have balls and are not afraid of the Clintons. It was evident in Saturday's DNC meeting that the Clinton's have lost their leverage over the Democratic party.

    It is about time..............put Senator Obama over the top and this will shut Hillary's mouth..............you did not win the most popular vote and your repeating this lie does not make it true.

    June 2, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  7. Terrence (Winston Salem, NC)

    Supers – please come out before the last primary. We do not need to get this from press release.

    People have been saying how negative Obama voters are, but on May 31, the nation watched and saw who the animalistic, hateful people were.

    No disrespect, but Clinton's supporters "showed out" at the rules convention. Grown people acting like rabid individuals.

    I dare anyone to dispute this fact. CNN post this. It's nothing but the truth.

    Obama/Sebelius 08

    June 2, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  8. Rick in Florida

    Hillary......the fat lady is singing. But don't despair....you can always run for Governor of Puerto Rico !!! Hah !!!

    June 2, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  9. DemHypocrisy

    Thank you superdelegates for making my decision. I will vote for McCain.

    June 2, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  10. fafa

    Please not behind close doors. The RBC showed a good example. Anyway it's for the good of the party. We dont want the GOP prying into our matters.

    DEM 08

    June 2, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  11. Venus

    It's about time! This is really great news! I hope it's true!

    If Obama wins SD and MT on June 3rd – and with his big rally speech tomorrow night – it would be great for him to give thanks to all his supporters and say with pride that his hard work has paid off and that he is the winner!

    One more day!

    Go Obama!

    June 2, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  12. COUNT EVERY VOTE

    Congrats to Obama and Hillary for a great entertaining Campaign. Now lets knock down the Rpubics asap!!!!

    June 2, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  13. Mark G., St. Paul, MN

    I'm guessing most of the superdelegates will commit within 24 hours of the polls closing tomorrow and Obama will be the presumptive nominee. It's a stroke of political brillance to hold his victory celebration at the same arena where the Republicans meet late this summer. Obama won because he has smart people working for him and that's what ultimately will win it for him.

    June 2, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  14. Ed

    What happened to superdelegates voting their conscience and voting for the candidate who can fight the strongest battle against the opponent in the fall?

    Well, DNC, how would you like it if Hillary's supporters all colluded together to vote for McCain in November? If you can dish it, you can take it.

    June 2, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  15. Adrienne

    Hillary, Do this country a favor...let it go!!!

    Obama '08

    June 2, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  16. Terri

    Tara

    Ieave women like you we don't need. Think about the country your children/grandchildren it's not just about YOU and HILLARY

    June 2, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  17. GERALD STROTHER

    THAT IS IT OVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! GO OBAMA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 2, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  18. Women for Obama

    We are ready to celebrate. Obama all the way, we are with you!

    June 2, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  19. Marc PDX

    Hillary said today that she is not conceding the primary election on Tuesday night in NY as speculated earlier today. Therefore, I suspect that the uncommitted superdelegates want to do something to go ahead and put an end to this after Tuesday's final two primaries. If Hillary won't quit then they'll finish her off sooner rather than later themselves.

    June 2, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  20. Emma

    If you Clinton supporters vote for McCain you will deserve the many tears that mothers across America will shed because their son or daughter will be fighting another war in Iran. If McCain wins, the tour of duty for your sons and daughters will not end until "my friends" we have stopped the terrorists...............................

    June 2, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  21. rob10001

    America needs Obama!!!

    June 2, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  22. Ready 4 change

    Thankfully this sideshow circus act can come to an end.....shame on the SD's for letting it last this long.

    June 2, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  23. swalker327

    CHANGE!!! CHANGE!!! CHANGE!!! CHANGE!!! CHANGE!!!

    OBAMA MAMA 08!

    June 2, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  24. Thomas

    The meeting was paid for by Obama, your next corrupt president!

    June 2, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  25. ATTENTION ALL SUPERDELEGATES!!!

    Follow the pledged delegate leader.

    Barak 08&12

    Hillary 16&20

    June 2, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
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