June 3rd, 2008
10:30 PM ET
7 years ago

A flood of superdelegates for Obama

  Obama and his wife Michelle wave to supporters at a primary night rally in St. Paul, MN.
Obama and his wife Michelle wave to supporters at a primary night rally in St. Paul, MN.

(CNN) – Moments after the polls closed, Barack Obama’s campaign announced the support of 26.5 superdelegates - 10 from earlier in the day, and 16.5 new - releasing statements of support from:

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and Democratic Party Chair Don Bivens of Arizona; DNC Member (and daughter of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi) Christine Pelosi, DNC Member Rachel Binah, DNC Member John Perez, Rep. Sam Farr, Rep. Bob Filner, and Rep. Jerry McNerney of California; Governor Bill Ritter of Colorado; DNC Member Mitchell Ceasar and Rep. Ron Klein of Florida; Georgia State Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond; President of the National Federation of Democratic Women Helen Knetzer, a Kansas superdelegate; DNC Member Patsy Arceneaux of Louisiana; DNC Member Sam Spencer of Maine; Rep. John Sarbanes of Maryland; Rep. Bart Stupak of Michigan; Missouri Democratic Party Vice Chairwoman Yolanda Wheat; Nevada Democratic Party Chair Sam Lieberman and Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto; Rep. Rush Holt of New Jersey; DNC Member Muriel Offerman and DNC Member David Parker of North Carolina; DNC Member Jay Parmley of Oklahoma; Oregon Secretary of State Bill Bradbury and Oregon Democratic Party Vice Chairman Frank Dixon; DNC Member Ian Murray of Pennsylvania; and Executive Director of the Virginia AFL-CIO Jim Leaman.

The votes of superdelegates from Michigan and Florida have been reduced by half because of penalties imposed by the national party.


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soundoff (87 Responses)
  1. American Citizen

    So the insiders of the party picked up Obama as the nominee.....

    June 3, 2008 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  2. American Citizen

    Hey Gary!!

    that was Carter...

    June 3, 2008 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  3. Bill PA

    The superdelegates have made a major error. Hillary is by far the best we have. Obama is not ready to become our leader yet.

    Hillary off to Denver. Please fight never give up.

    June 3, 2008 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  4. Party Unity??

    Thanks Superdelegates; now lets get ready again to lose the White House...again!!!!

    June 3, 2008 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  5. NO hOBO!

    You people might be able to win the primaries but you won't convince the rest of America that you can do the job.

    NO YOU CAN'T!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 3, 2008 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  6. Alex B.

    THE SUPERDELEGATES HAVE CHOSEN THEIR CANDIDATE AND IGNORED THE WILL OF THE PEOPLE. BRACE YOURSELVES AND BE READY TO PAY IN NOVEMBER

    NEVER OBAMA

    June 3, 2008 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  7. Anonymous

    MCcain will crush obama

    June 3, 2008 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  8. Texas Pete

    I'll never vote for Obama. He went to a racist church for 20 years, he keeps poor company, and like a good policitian, he hides his character. What a faker.

    June 3, 2008 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  9. Karen

    As I watched Obama's speech, I was struck by his humility. He could not relax or smile at the moment of finishing the speech. He looked solemn.

    He and his family have gone throguh so much, the bunches and kicks from both McCain and Clinton. Yet, he kept prasing Clinton and made no comments on his own sacrifaces. May God bless him and be with him. May he be a great leader of this great nation.

    June 3, 2008 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  10. Daniel, Loganville. Ga.

    CONGRATS!! SEN OBAMA.....our next PRESIDENT of the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    June 3, 2008 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  11. Jon

    et tu, Brute

    June 3, 2008 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  12. LOL at HIllary Lovers

    jose,

    1) Denial
    2) Anger
    3) Bargaining
    4) GET OVER IT

    June 3, 2008 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  13. Interesting timing DNC superdelegates

    Umm- I thought the superdelegates were not going to decide the nomination. Hillary for president 08- Independent- You won the popular vote and have the advantage of electoral map. This long term decocrat will not vote for Obama unless Hillary is on a joint ticket.

    June 3, 2008 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  14. chevy

    i am disappointed in these superdelegates, i can understand wanting to wait for the final primarie to end, but they took to long, they were greedy and wanted to save their own political careers by choosing the ONLY person they could, their endorsements dont even matter as much as Gov Richardson, or Joe Biden, or Chris Dodd, i am disappointed in Washington. Btw Edwards, you did not show any leadership by endorsing obama so late.

    June 3, 2008 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  15. Angela Hunter

    If they had chosen earlier , maybe it would have stopped Hillary's divisive tactics.

    June 3, 2008 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  16. Democrat in Keystone

    I am voting for McCain.

    Don't you Obama supporters realize that his supposed
    "change, change " mantra is nothing new? Wake up from the trance.

    Politicians have
    used the "change" slogan for years. And many of those politicians brought
    NOTHING NEW. Just words.

    Let's see if Obama can be weaned from his comfort zone of speeches, teleprompters, and softball questioning.

    June 3, 2008 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  17. TPas

    Congratulations to sen. Obama. What a wonderful organization. Go ahead and unite America

    June 3, 2008 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  18. Chris

    Yep – reading these....I agree – McCain gets my vote if the nomination goes to Obama since neither reached the # needed without "Super Delegates"......I VOTED.....and "Supers" have no place in this. Base it on POPULAR vote.

    June 3, 2008 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  19. gary

    IS NOT ENOUGH TO WIN IN NOV. HIS HATERS MADE US CLINTON SUPPORTERS DECISION TO GO FOR MCCAIN. HIS SUPPORTERS ARE NOTHING BUT HATE. NOW ITS TIME FOR PAYBACK. YOU WANT US TO UNITE AFTER TRASHING US AND THE CLINTONS THROUGH THIS WHOLE RACE. YOUR ALL DREAMING

    June 3, 2008 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  20. shelly

    I still love all of you!! God Bless America and Barack Obama

    June 3, 2008 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  21. Charlotte

    Please Hillary, do not be Obamas VP. He will throw anyone under the bus. You are too good to be second banana to this jerk. People do not want to see past the, yes we can, and fired up and ready to go. I went to highschool and attended many rallies and that is all Obama has going for him. The speakers inspired us and that is all they did. I understand the young people being inspired, a good speech can do that. But, remember they are just words. He resigns from his church because it is the political thing to do. Does that change his thinking? NO His mentors were Rev. Wright and Father Pfleger? Do you just suddenly stop believing what you have heard for 20 years? NO! He is a Judas who will turn on anyone to win. When he resigned from that racist church it was because of the damage their thinking was doing to his campaign. They and he still think that way, do not be fooled.
    For the first time in my adult life I am truely ashamed of my country. How this nobody who is the biggest flake in history can be the nominee is unbelievable. God help us all. Maybe if we all write Hillary on our ballots in November we can stop this maddness

    June 3, 2008 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  22. Chris

    And I can't seem to get my messages posted.....interesting.

    June 3, 2008 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  23. Lim

    Obama was able to out-maneuver Clinton in the Democratic
    primary by cleverly playing the race card and because she made a number of critical, strategic decision blunders.

    Going man-to-man with McCain will very different!

    June 3, 2008 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  24. DEMOCRATS FOR MC CAIN

    MC CAIN YOU HAVE MY VOTE & OTHER HILLARY SUPPOTERS

    MC CAIN FOR PRESIDENT

    June 3, 2008 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  25. Marjorie, Jamaican in Florida

    God bless the Obamas!!! The way to go. Obama, sent from God to heal the United States of America!!

    Go Obama, GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 3, 2008 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
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