May 9th, 2008
10:00 AM ET
13 years ago

Obama closes in on Clinton superdelegate total

CNN

Watch Senior Political Correspondent Candy Crowley report on the latest superdelegates totals.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Sen. Barack Obama closed in Friday on Sen. Hillary Clinton's lead among supedelegates, the Democratic party officials who hold the balance of power in determining which one will be the party's nominee for president in November.

The Obama campaign announced the support of two new superdelegates early Friday morning - including one who had been backing Clinton. Clinton also announced a new supporter, maintaining her lead over the Illinois senator, but only by a handful of delegates. (Related: Another Clinton superdelegate jumps ship to Obama)

Rep. Peter DeFazio of Oregon announced his support for Obama to his local newspaper, the Oregonian. Oregon voters are currently in the middle of primary voting, which takes place through the mail.

Rep. Donald Payne, a New Jersey Democrat and an early Clinton supporter, told the Newark Star-Ledger he was switching to Obama. He is the third person to leave Clinton for Obama in the past 72 hours. Former Sen. George McGovern, D-South Dakota, announced Wednesday he had decided to switch, as did a Virginia superdelegate.

Rep. Christopher Carney of Pennsylvania said he was backing Clinton, the Clinton campaign told CNN.

Obama's huge victory over Clinton in North Carolina's Democratic primary Tuesday, coupled with a narrow loss in Indiana, put him within striking distance of the number of delegates he needs to cement the nomination.

A flood of endorsements from superdelegates could virtually end the race.

Obama paid an unusual half-hour visit to the floor of the House of Representatives on Thursday, where he was greeted enthusiastically.

He denied that he was campaigning, claiming he was "just saying hello" to members of the House. But he said he "let them know we'd love to have their support. There are some undecideds" in the House, Obama said as he was leaving.

"If they have questions for me, then I'm certainly happy to respond to them."

There are more than 70 undeclared Democrats in the House.

There are now more superdelegates than pledged delegates among those who remain undecided. Clinton's lead over Obama among superdelegates is now the narrowest it has been to date.

soundoff (267 Responses)
  1. JAS

    Somebody in the media needs to ask the Clinton campaign the blunt question:

    Do you really believe that you can still win this nomination, and if so, how?

    There are three ways: 1) Win over 80% of the remaining delegates. The chances of this happening are essentially zero. 2) Stay in the race until something happens to Obama that is so destructive to his candidancy that he will have to drop out. 3) Hope that the DNC will declare her the winner in Michigan and Florida, and add those delegates to the new total. Essentially, steal the race based on re-writing the rules.

    Hillary needs to tell the country what is her plan. If it is 1), then she is just staying in the race with no hope of winning, and possibly has some other motive in mind, such as VP selection. If it is 2) or 3), then she is still in the race for the wrong reasons.

    May 9, 2008 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  2. John

    Undecided Super Delegates must end this race NOW and UNITE with Obama before the upcoming contests. If the Democratic Party is DIVIDED further, undecided Super Delegates should partly be blamed for not making up their minds quickly. The longer Hillary continues in this race, she will destroy the Democratic Party and the Republicans will end up winning back the White House!

    May 9, 2008 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  3. Emeka

    There is something called DESTINY. "It is only in America is my story even possible"
    Come on Americans...redefine DEMOCRACY for the world to see we are truly a beacoun of hope to all Nations.

    God Bless America!

    Emeka, Florida

    May 9, 2008 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  4. mr g

    to an american in canada STAY THERE OBAMA 08-12

    May 9, 2008 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  5. anybody but her

    I believe the reason Hillary supporters won't vote for Obama is because of, as Hillary states it best, her support is from the uneducated white people. It only makes sense that that group would cut off their nose to spite their face. I do believe though that there are enough die-hard democrats who will vote for Obama in spite of the few on here that state otherwise.

    i do believe they need to end this soon. unfortunately the superdelegates from the congress are afraid they'll offend someone and ruin their chance of re-election if they pick. They'd rather not have to make the pick. Guess that makes some sense but it's adding to the ruination of the party and making Obama's chances to win the general harder.

    Hillary has a great stake in hoping that Obama loses in November. She can run around saying I told you so and then run again in 2012. She probably still has a big bag of dirty tricks left that she can spring on whoever would dare to challenge her then.

    If there is really anyone who hasn't seen the real Hillary come out more and more as she gets more and more desperate then truly they are blind.

    May 9, 2008 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  6. wwf

    Hillary turned down the offer from Michigan which would have given her 10 delegates. She wants it all or none I guess. Well she just might have to settle with none. Do keep in mind, she is on record as agreeing that Michigan and Florida would not count. In writting. How can you expect to count them now? Because you are behind? Just because you want to? If the shoe was on the other foot, she would not be wanting them counted. She would be say "He agreed that they would not count". Those are two facts that cannot be denied.

    May 9, 2008 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  7. Jen

    THIS IS STEALING AN ELECTION

    I WILL NEVER VOTE FOR OBAMA IN THE GENERAL ELECTION

    GO HILLARY

    May 9, 2008 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  8. An American in Canada

    joyce May 9th, 2008 9:13 am ET

    HILLARY SUPPORTER

    WE DON'T NEED YOU
    ********************************

    YOU WILL BE SURPRISED HOW MUCH YOU NEED US, BUT WE WILL NOT BE THERE.

    CLINTON OR MCCAIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

    May 9, 2008 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  9. RICARDO PHILLIPS OF D.C

    Obama just picked up two more Super Delegates. down by five. Only a touchdown remaining.

    No field goals here

    Touchdown

    Obama in 08&12

    C-COMPROMISE
    H-HEALTHCARE
    A-AMERICA
    N-NO BUSH POLITICS
    G-GOD
    E-ENVIRONMENT

    P.S HE WAS A CLINTON SUPER. NOT ANYMORE

    I don't care if you don't vote obama most of you are probably unemployed anyway. No need in worrying about employment. Foreclosure is probably knocking at your front door so vote Clinton/Mcsain.

    May 9, 2008 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  10. Look byond

    THIS IS TO YOU-
    HILARY SUPPORTER!

    PEOPLE LIKE YOU ARE MAKING A COMPLETE FOOL OUT OF YOUR SELF.

    YOUR REASON FOR NOT SUPPORTING OBAMA IS VERY INMATURE AND LAME.
    THIS IS NO FAULT OF OBAMA THAT THE FLORIDA AND MICHIGAN VOTES AND DELGATES ARE NOT SEATED.
    THIS SCENARIO WAS CREATED BY THE DNC AND THE VOTERS OF FLORIDA AND MICHIGAN.

    IN ALL DUE RESPECT I THINK IT WILL BE NAIVE AND DISSAPOINTING TO SEE YOU TAKING SUCH ACTION OF NOT VOTING FOR THE PARTY YOU REALLY SUPPORT AND LOVE, BECAUSE YOUR CANDIDATE HILARY CLINTON WAS NOT THE NOMINEE.

    I APPEAL TO ALL DEMOCRATS TO VOTE FOR WHO EVER THE NOMINEE IS COME NOVEMEBER, BECAUSE WE CANNOT AFFORD TO LET THE REPUBLICANS BE IN POWER AGAIN

    I THINK WHAT WE NEED TO DO AS DEMOCRATS IS TO PUT ASIDE OUR DIFFERENCES AND SUPPORT THE NOMINEE OF THE PARTY COME NOVEMBER ELECTION.

    WE DO NOT WANT THE REPUBLICANS TO BE IN POWER, BECAUSE WE ALL KNOW THAT JOHN MCCAIN WILL CARRY ON THE BUSH POLICIES FOR ANOTHER FOUR LONG YEARS IN AMERICAN HISTORY.

    YOU THINK IS BAD NOW, JUST YOU WAIT TILL THE REPUBLICANS TAKE OVER AGAIN.

    THEN WE WILL SUFFER THE DAY AND DAMMED THE HOUR.

    May 9, 2008 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  11. Lisa

    I think what the media is doing to Hillary is wrong. Obama does not even have enough delegates to win and they are telling her to drop out and they haven't even counted Florida, Michigan, West Virginia, Kentucky, South Dakota, Oregon, Puerto Rico or Montana. You are hurting the party trying to tell her to drop out and Barack doesn't even have enough votes. I'm glad that people are excited about Barack but unfortunely he's not going to beat Mccain without Hillary supporters.

    May 9, 2008 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  12. andrew s. rostolder hillsdale nj

    way to go dude, hillary isn't even depicted on todays ticker. wat up cnn????????????? hillary might not have been able to get to the camera shoot , due to sniper shoot in her area.

    May 9, 2008 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  13. Dancindukes

    The superdels. need to get off the fence and commit. What are they waiting for? To get their egos pumped? They are supposed to be the big guns in the Democratic party, but they are hurting it right now.
    Step up and get this over with. It is very clear who the nominee needs to be. To the Clintons, it's over. Stop spending money you don't have.

    O
    08
    O
    12

    May 9, 2008 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  14. Marc

    Hillary Supporter, you really need to stop spreading this not voting for Obama because you want Hillary. Hillary is once again playing the race card and you are falling deep into it. Since we know that Obama can't loose, we should try and make sure that the Democratic party is going to have our back. Because he is not like you and the majority of America, you are going to send him down the river. This is the time to unite and to show the world that we are all one and can work as one. No wonder Europe love to bring up how Whites in America treated Blacks in America. Europe will never let White America forget what they did. Lets prove them wrong. Lets show the world that we are all Americans.

    May 9, 2008 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  15. JAS

    Somebody in the media needs to ask the Clinton campaign the blunt question:

    Do you really believe that you can still win this nomination, and if so, how?

    There are three ways: 1) Win over 80% of the remaining delegates. The chances of this happening are essentially zero. 2) Stay in the race until something happens to Obama that is so destructive to his candidancy that he will have to drop out. 3) Hope that the DNC will declare her the winner in Michigan and Florida, and add those delegates to the new total. Essentially, steal the race based on re-writing the rules.

    Hillary needs to tell the country what is her plan. If it is 1), then she is just staying in the race with no hope of winning, and possibly has some other motive in mind, such as VP selection. If it is 2) or 3), then she is still in the race for the wrong reasons.

    May 9, 2008 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  16. Shane

    Women that support Hillary are so clueless. They really think she is the best candidate. It just goes to show you that women like to be lied to. Hillary lied to you countless times and you still support her. I guess they support her because she is a woman. Seems like some gender bias is going on. Well we know older people vote for her because their probably stuck in the past. Uneducated voters, vote for her because they think latin and blacks are taking away there jobs lol. What a big joke that is.

    May 9, 2008 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  17. understand this

    If Barak Obama is eleceted, there will be a coup de'tat

    May 9, 2008 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  18. Uncle Sam

    It appears it will now be up to the general election voters to decide what change we can believe in really means. Whether it springs from rhetoric and manner or whether it is based on courage and self-sacrifice. Whether change comes from having a different political party in the White House or whether it depends more on the candidate's proven record of bipartisanship. Whether change is the result of choosing a president based on superficial appeal or by the content of his character. And whether, in the end, real change is delivered by inspirational speeches or whether it takes heroic effort and straight talk to produce meaningful change.

    Americans for McCain '08

    May 9, 2008 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  19. LT for Obama

    On the morning news, they announced that he is now ahead by 2 super delegates. The flood gates seemed to have opened a little. This should be over next week so we can move on to healing and McCain.

    May 9, 2008 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  20. Vince, West Virginians for Obama

    Senator Obama should not give up on West Virginia, and campaign
    here. As in other states, when people get to know him, he shatters
    the stereotypes that Hillary constantly tries to portray about him, not being
    able to get the "white" vote.
    Thats when he closes the poll gaps.

    Obama 08
    Yes we can.

    May 9, 2008 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  21. karen from va

    I feel sorry for the Hillary supporters as I would be just as upset if my candidate Obama had lost. I would ask them not to pin the FLA/MI debacle on Obama. He followed the rules and is not to be faulted for that. Now, it's time for ALL Democrats to unite and take back the White House.

    May 9, 2008 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  22. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Democrats won't defect to the Republican party because we know they will start a military draft to continue the war in Iraq, Afgan and ultimately Iran, fact. We don't have enough troops in this war and those serving now are doing 3 and 4 years in Iraq. Please don't let your disappointment of your chosen democrat candidate cause our young people to be drafted into a senseless war because you refused to vote or vote Republican. Don't make that mistake, vote democrat.

    May 9, 2008 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  23. James Nelson

    Putting aside the sniping of other, less gracious proponents of Sen. Obama, I would like to welcome former Hillary supporters back into the Big Tent of the Democratic Party.

    As a Democrat from the age of 18, when I walked precincts for George McGovern, I understand the bitter taste of defeat, but urge partisans on both sides to put down their rhetorical swords and focus on the task now at hand– the defeat of neoconservative Republicanism as embodied in John McCain and the return of the rule of law to the White House and to our nation.

    Democratic Party United 2008!!!

    May 9, 2008 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  24. carolflowery

    if you go back to Jimmy Carter's run, it was supposed to bring change, didnt happen, he too talks to our enemies, aint helping
    what happened, washington ate him up and sent him packing
    after 4 years, if by any chance Mr. Obama does pull this off, all I see
    happening is another failed 4 years of gettin nothing done about
    nothing

    May 9, 2008 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  25. E. C., Houston, Texas

    Any superdelegate who endorses Obama by changing their endorsement from Clinton shouldn't be a superdelegate in the first place. Disgusting. It's all about GREED and what each superdelegate expects to get from an endorsement....especially changing in midstream. Obama doesn't have a chance in November. The U.S. would be a laughing stock to elect him. Clinton is by far head and shoulders above this guy ......a man about whom we know very little and fewer facts.

    May 9, 2008 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
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