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. Catherine

    Congratulations to the next President of these United States.

    President Barack Obama.

    Concede already Hillary. its over.

    June 3, 2008 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  2. Tanya

    Why bother voting when we have superdelegates?

    June 3, 2008 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  3. KB

    Gary,
    Delegates in Michigan only get 1/2 a vote.

    June 3, 2008 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  4. Chris

    And I SINCERELY hope Hillary goes Independent......SHE will win!!! Obama is not experienced enough at this point.....McCain, I'd rather have the same verses another Carter (and in my opinion, even worse than this great man's unfortunate legacy.)

    June 3, 2008 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  5. jm

    Statements of support" are not the same as VOTES! No one cares who the party dems want. The voters chose Hillary.

    June 3, 2008 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  6. Cheryl L. Swaim

    Gary, Florida superdelegates are only half people. It's kind of like long ago when blacks only got three-fifths of a vote.

    June 3, 2008 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  7. Debbie from NJ

    Gary, I didn't read the entire list, but according to the punishment meted out by the DNC Rules and By-Laws Committee Saturday, Michigan and Florida SD's only get half a vote. One or more of the SD's in the 26.5 are from one of those states.

    June 3, 2008 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  8. jerry

    Old Washington politics will welcome him. They will walk all over an unexperinced President. The news people will have a hay day over the stupid mistakes

    June 3, 2008 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  9. Canadian from Montreal

    Congratulations to Obama and all his supporters!
    A well deserved win for a person who inspire people all over the world !

    GB

    June 3, 2008 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  10. Kelly

    I just have to laugh at Helen from NY, who commented, "This is the end of the Democratic party." That comment shows just how out of touch with reality most Republicans are, including the reality that the nation will not tolerate four more years of the failed policies of George W. Bush. Open your eyes, Helen! Millions of Americans have rallied and voted for the first time in support of the Democratic nominee. The Democratic party hasn't been this strong in years!

    June 3, 2008 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  11. Michael

    Listen you Clinton/McCain supporters...no matter WHAT you do no matter WHAT happens no matter WHERE this election will go, Clinton will NEVER support a republican and will work her hardest for the democratic party. I am positive that no matter what happens she has given hints that she will be behind Obama 100% within the next few weeks. So join your candidate's party and follow Hillary's interests because your threats are hollow and Obama WILL be the next President.

    June 3, 2008 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  12. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    GET THE MESSAGE YET, SHRILLARY???

    STILL NO CONCESSION???

    NO VP SLOT FOR THE CLINTONS.... SORE LOSERS TO THE BITTER END!

    June 3, 2008 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  13. Boston for OBAMA

    What a wonderful historic night this is. NO ONE canchange this night....not even the Clintons. She hid in the basement to keep her supporters with no cell phone reception, no tv monitors from realizing history had been made before she began to speak. No VP slot for her.

    Change We Can Believe In

    June 3, 2008 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  14. Texas Girl

    I am so proud to be an AMERICAN and an OBAMA supporter. Hillary Clinton is a SCORNED WOMAN, AND SHE WILL DO ANYTHING SHE CAN TO HAVE THINGS HER WAY... REMEMBER HILLARY THIS IS NOT MONICA AND BILL. YOU CAN'T BULLDOZE YOUR WAY IN THIS ELECTION.....

    June 3, 2008 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  15. Ann

    Jay get a grip & learn to spell it's lose not loose. Probably why you are voting for the wrong person. PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA........SAY IT IT'S EASY!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 3, 2008 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  16. Myron

    I finally hope the NY party bosses realize that Hillary is not for the party but for herself.

    June 3, 2008 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  17. Mike in Georgia

    NO HE CAN'T!

    Obama and his supporters have driven millions of Hillary supporters away from the Democratic Party. You are all crazy if you think that we will fall in line in the fall!

    Ha, Ha, Ha you may have gotten the nominee, but you can't win without us, and there is not a chance that we will vote for your King Obama! The election was stolen from the people by the MSM and the Democratic elite! You can spew what hate you want at us, but we will not follow such an inexperience and scary nominee for the Presidency of the USA.

    NO HE CAN'T!

    June 3, 2008 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  18. HH

    How rude of Hillary, she said hardly anything of Obama it was all me me me me me, as if there was more contests to come. Even the people behind her were smug and did not even clap for Obama, what a bunch of jerks.

    June 3, 2008 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  19. KB

    Congrats! Senator Obama. Historic for the people of t6he USA. The challenge is not over as you stated....A new fight begins today.
    OBAMA for President. 08/12

    June 3, 2008 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  20. Peter

    wooooooooooooot

    June 3, 2008 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  21. jay

    I think you need to re-look at your numbers. His did not win popular vote. Congratulations to Sen. Obama. She got what was coming and she is self serving and she's out of there.

    June 3, 2008 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  22. God Bless America

    ***********************THE PEOPLE HAVE SPOKEN!!!!!******************

    *****************************GOD BLESS AMERICA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!*********

    June 3, 2008 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  23. Female

    Go Obama. You and America have made history. I can't wait to the the election in the Fall. McSame doesn't have a chance. He looked and sounded so bad tonight. If he keeps up like that Obama won't have to fight. Notice how McSame copied Obama's Change we can believe in slogan. Should be copying his policies instead of idiot Bush's. What a loser.

    June 3, 2008 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  24. judi wegener

    I am so proud tonight as so many of others are feeling......it is a new day in thinking and politics and it is up to us to pull together and think about America first. Thanks to all who felt the dream.......Obama 2008

    June 3, 2008 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  25. Mike in Georgia

    Please Hillary don't take the VP slot if offered! Let Obama, his supporters, and the DNC go down in flames in November!

    June 3, 2008 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
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