April 28th, 2008
03:30 PM ET
13 years ago

Obama picks up superdelegate

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/04/28/art.bing.gi.jpg caption="Bingaman endorsed Obama Monday."](CNN) - New Mexico Sen. Jeff Bingaman announced Monday he'll cast his crucial superdelegate vote for Barack Obama.

“To make progress, we must rise above the partisanship and the issues that divide us to find common ground. We must move the country in a dramatically new direction," Bingaman said in a statement released by the Obama campaign. “I strongly believe Barack Obama is best positioned to lead the nation in that new direction.”

Bingaman is one of the party's nearly 800 superdelegates who will decide which candidate wins the Democratic nomination. Clinton's current superdelegate lead over Obama is now just over 20, though more than 300 have yet to announce who they will support.

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soundoff (296 Responses)
  1. 60 years old White Lady

    The will of the people is : Obama... He is leading, More state, more delegates, more popular vote..

    April 28, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  2. Gobama

    All aboard the Obamatrain Toooo!!!! Tooooo!!!

    April 28, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  3. Tim from Ohio

    Obama is a disgrace to democrats everywhere. Anyone who supports him is a fool. Plain and simple!!!

    April 28, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  4. southerndem

    Funny how Clintonites say that she can still win because the super delegates can vote their conscience, but when a super delegate goes to the Obama camp they scream and whine about following the rules. Sorry, you can't have it both ways.

    April 28, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  5. Reid

    Wow a superdelegate votes his conscience and look at all the mathmatically challenged hypocrite Clinton supporters whining about "how he didn't vote like his state did." Are you so utterly deluded that you have forgotten that the only way Hillary can win is if a majority of those superdelegates left do exactly that. THIS ELECTION IS ABOUT DELEGATES! The profit driven media would like you to forget that Obama has already "closed the deal" and the superdelegates are not as idiotic as the Hillary supporters would like them to be. This is just a dog and pony show that is serving Hillary's ego to the detriment of the party.

    April 28, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  6. janice

    Oh you foolish, foolish politicians and Super Delegates. Obama will never beat McCain. He has too much baggage that has not been outed yet. He is not ready yet, give him more time. He is not winning the states with the Electoral Votes and that is what gets Presidents elected.

    April 28, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  7. Carolyn

    When the phone doesn't ring at three am. you will know it's the Super Delegates calling. It's been almost a week since PA and they are still coming out for Obama.

    April 28, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  8. HillarywillGoHell

    I wish all superdelegates come forward and end this primaries we need to tackle John Mccain. America can not afford 3rd term of Bush God help us.

    April 28, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  9. Sherri

    Thank you Senator Bingaman.

    April 28, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  10. American Girl

    Xavier from St. Louis –
    Did you attend the Univ. of Tenn between 1986 and 1991? If so where you apart of MESP Group 14. If so let me know.

    April 28, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  11. gerald strother

    It isn't surprising to me the ability that the media has to twist and spin things that are said. They pick that one quote out of thousands, in the middle of a speech or story, and run with it. Maybe if the media spent more time trying to do good by people and show the good in people instead of trying to make examples out of people, who aren't doing anything but practicing their right to free speech, then they would be better at doing their job and doing it properly. less .THIS IS WHY(superdelegate vote for Barack Obama).THE WILL ON THE PEOPLE CANNOT OVER TURN NOT IN THE USA DO THE MATH ALL OVER FOR HER

    April 28, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  12. whyputaname

    { to me the longer they take to decide the more damanged the Democratic party's chances. Do it for the party….}

    Will you lick the party's butts while you are at it!

    April 28, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  13. Phil From VA

    Now Bill, you know you want to join too.

    April 28, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  14. Frank

    Why doesn't CNN update the count shown on their main Politics page? That still shows Obama's Super Delegates at 236, it should be 241. He's been picking up Super Delegates every day and they don't change the number. Did Mrs. Clinton tell CNN not to show where the real trend is?

    April 28, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  15. The First Born

    Change happens from bottom to the top – Obama.

    Yes, not everyone will realize the savior when he comes but we shouldn't stop propagating the good news of the political savior we have already. Thank you the Senator. You've got a job to do. Lets continue persuading them to join in the train. They need no ticket. All they need is faith.

    Obama is the MAN.

    April 28, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  16. Suzan

    Americans proved that they are ready for a balck president in the white house; blacks however, proved that they are not ready for the white house.
    Just look how Obama and his ex-pastor badgering each other. Doesn't it remind you of the most recent African countries on the news?!!!

    April 28, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  17. Lilia from MD

    I agree the Superdalegates should jump in and stop the blooding. HILLARY WANTS BLOOD NOT UNITY.

    April 28, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  18. carl from Houston


    April 28, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  19. Freddy

    I just want to know why is it that the SD are backing someone with no experience? At this time in our country I want someone who knows what's going on and is in touch with the real America and not someone who talks a good game but has no substance. Obama is a jr.senator with no voting record and nothing that I've heard has any meat to it. He talks, that's all.

    I will vote for Clinton or McCain 'cause I want real leadership, not talk. I hope that come November that people will vote for the canidate that isn't afraid to come under fire and walk away without a scratch.

    April 28, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  20. mitch from ark.

    another good democrat sees the importance of calling this race to an end.hillary lost this ellection back on super tuesday.democrats unite!

    April 28, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  21. candi

    Hillary is not the better choice because of BILL Clinton. There is two Clinton's agains one Obama. Not fair. I am glad the supers are turning to Obama to keep Bill out of the White Houe. We have more to fear if Hillary wins because of Bill. No Hillary and Bill.

    April 28, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  22. MJAMES

    To Deb, IN:
    I hope what you say is not the case. A TRUE Democrat will campaign for and vote for whoever becomes the nominee. If your candidate does not get the nomination, please don't be immature about it.

    April 28, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  23. aj in sf

    suzy – and other clinton supporters – you say that you are "disgusted with super delegates who do not back the will of the people."

    please note that if all the supers backed the will of their constituents, the race would be over and your "girl" would have the chance of an even smaller snowball in youknowwhere. obama has won twice as many states as hillary.

    April 28, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  24. Peter

    Obama is picking up the majority of the supers who endorse. Clintons lead is down from a 100 to around 20. And A LOT of supers has said they will endorse the one who win the most pledged delegates and that will be Obama. He only nead around 130 of the remaining 409 pledged to secure the win. There are around 190 at stake in NC and Indiana, they are tied in most polls in Indiana and he leads with double digits in most NC polls. This means he will probably gain around 100 in may 6th competion. He is also the favorite in Guam (4 delegates), Oregion (52), Montana (16) and South Dakota (15). Hillary is probably the favorite in Puerto Rico (55) and a clear favorite in West Virginia (28) and Kentucky (51). Obama lacks around 290 to secure the nomination with his current supers. This means, if he gains around half the remaining pledged delegates he will need around 85 of the 300 undecided supers, there are around 20 supers who have publicly said that they will support the pledged winner and there are a lot who has promised the same in private. Obama will win this if he comes out of may 6th with a pledged lead in the area he has today (around 150).

    April 28, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  25. Getting tired of this

    It is no accident that there is one per day. First, they each need to get attention for their announcements. Second, the Obama campaign is building a feeling of relentless inevitability with what is becoming a constant trickle of super-delegates to the campaign.

    In the end, HRC's persistence may be noisier, but Obama's attraction of super-delegates is much more meaningful and consequential with regard to the ultimate outcome of this contest.

    April 28, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
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