May 1st, 2008
11:32 AM ET
14 years ago

Obama picks up Texas superdelegate

(CNN) - Democratic National Committee member John Patrick, a 31-year member of the United Steelworkers union and vice president of the Texas AFL-CIO, officially announced his support for Barack Obama Thursday. The nod is Obama’s second superdelegate endorsement of the day.

Earlier Thursday, former DNC Chairman Joe Andrew switched his vote from Clinton to Obama. The superdelegate gap between Clinton and Obama stands at 18 in CNN’s latest count.

"Senator Barack Obama has spent a lifetime standing up for American workers, and he will be a crucial voice for us in the White House,” Patrick said in a statement released by the Obama campaign. “He has consistently opposed unfair trade deals that fail to offer protection to American workers - like NAFTA. Senator Obama has a real plan to put money back in the pockets of working families by restoring the manufacturing base in America."

Patrick had been a supporter of former Senator John Edwards’ presidential bid.

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soundoff (362 Responses)
  1. Annette

    Way to go....

    May 1, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  2. Dan in CO

    Obama has netted 12 delegates to Clinton's 5 (actually 6, but she lost one) since the Pennyslvania primary, where she netted 10.

    At this rate, by May 6, Hillary's margin from Pennsylvania could be no more and then some.

    May 1, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  3. Jay, Georgia

    Where is Rev.Wright? He added so much fun for the campaign!! we want more fun!
    Go Obama!
    Go Clinton!
    Go Mccain!
    Go Wright!!!

    May 1, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  4. Steve - Philadelphia

    Let's see if this post sits in the "Your post is awaiting moderation" pile for the next 16 hours like most of my pro-Obama posts. This will be interesting and, if this and subsequent posts don't get posted immediately, I'll continue to track the process and drop Arriana Huffington a note. Perhaps this "editorial filtering" process on the part of CNN will be of interest to her and to the Huffington Post.

    In the meantime, Senator Obama's list of superdelegate supporters continues to swell. I think the writing's been on the wall for a long time, but the Party needs to move on past the Clinton era and become the respected party it once was. Go Obama !!!!!

    May 1, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  5. Theresa, Ohio

    Way to go John.

    Obama will be our President. I have seen 6 General elections. This is the first time I feel we have a honest candidate. We cannot ask for everything.

    May 1, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  6. Veterans for Obama

    Barack On brother!

    May 1, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  7. Venus


    Thank you and welcome aboard!

    We will be adding more cars- on our trains!

    Go Obama!

    If the news-media keep Rev. Wright as their MAIN-FRONT-PAGE –
    they will miss what is happening now.

    We know why the news-media is keeping Rev. Wright – on 24/7-
    they don't want you to win but --- their game is not working!

    This race has been over for a long time but Hillary is too stupid to bow out!

    I can't wait for the day that she has to let-go of the throne she is clinging and she is going to be bitter!

    May 1, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  8. HIllary support

    I voted for Hillary in TX but now I will not vote for her. I use to like her and her husband I hate them now because they are very negatve. They want to destroy the party. OBAMA is the right person to bring this country together.
    Haillry please do your party a favour and drop out of the race if you love your party.

    May 1, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  9. Deb

    John Patrick I think you are confused......Obama hasn't spend a lifetime standing up for American Workers!

    He is a VERY Jr. Senator, who stole the election by eliminating all his follow running mates through a legal technicality so that he could run unopposed!

    He isn't even a viable candidate anymore!

    You backed the wrong horse in this race!

    We need a President who has the strength to fight for ALL the American People in our Great Nation!

    We are looking forward to years of Peace, Prosperity and a balanced budget!

    Hillary 08

    May 1, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  10. Norisha

    This is Incredible.....I'm going to say it again...People are voting for Hillary because of her Clinton name and nothing else! I'm Loving it!!!

    OBAMA 2008!!!!!

    May 1, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  11. Billy J Jenkins

    I see how this work, When Clinton is winning she gets the backing from all, But whe she fall,s behind then it is Obama that get,s the support, WELL AS FAR AS I,M CONCERNED THIS IS WAY THEA OBAMA CAN WIN.

    May 1, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  12. FEDUP

    Well, another 15 minutes of fame grabber. November can not come soon enough for me to say, "I told you so!" No way Obama will win the general, unless McCain makes a major flub.

    May 1, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  13. James, OH

    Hillary is having a bad, BAD day. No doubt.

    May 1, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  14. Mike

    All of these last minute Superdelegates who are turning toward NObama are a bunch of yuppies suffering from "White Guilt."

    NObama will NEVER win a General election; he will not have a strong blue collar vote, Catholic vote or Latino vote.

    There are not enough African Americans to carry him in the General and his young college supporters rarely go to the polls.

    Go Hillary!!!

    May 1, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  15. Chris

    .... AND HERE THEY COME.... YES!!!!

    OBAMA 08

    May 1, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  16. Jewish Women for Obama

    Great Move!

    Welcome aboard the Obama Express!

    May 1, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  17. Mike D

    drip drip drip!

    May 1, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  18. M.E.M Kansas city

    Hillary IT's OVER.

    May 1, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  19. Kay

    Welcome aboard Mr. Patrick, thank you so much for the endorsment.
    Keep them coming.

    OBAMA 2008

    May 1, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  20. Syqueen

    We have to ask question on WHY ALL THOSE CLINTON BACKER OR EX MEMBER OF THE CLINTON ADMINISTRATION ARE SUPPORTING OBAMA? May be they know something about the Clintons we don't know. if you look at the BOSNIA stories and remember the Lewinsky story, you will see.

    May 1, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  21. Ig

    Who won PA again? Because it seems to me like Obama won PA. He's got more delegates out of this thing than Hill. Wow!!! I guess Americans aren't that naive afterall Hillary!!

    May 1, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  22. Jim Wade, IA

    Makes sense, since Obama DID win Texas.

    May 1, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  23. Bob of VT

    I predict that after the May 6 primaries, Obama will be named the Democratic nominee! "President Obama" will find that the American people will come together and help him Change this messed up Government. YES WE CAN!

    May 1, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  24. Debbie

    Thank you, thank you, LORD!

    May 1, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  25. TX

    Hey Richard – apparently Hillary is a latte drinker as well. She sure can't make a cup of coffee by herself.....LOL!!!!

    And she calls a black man from the south side of Chicago an elitist....TOO FUNNY.

    Hey Rich...don't believe everything someone tells you....she has shown the world that she is in fact THE elitist.

    May 1, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
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