May 9th, 2008
07:00 AM ET
15 years ago

Obama picks up two superdelegates, gap narrowed to seven


[cnn-photo-caption image= caption=" Obama met with several undecided superdelegates on Capitol Hill Thursday."]

(CNN) - Barack Obama won two more superdelegate endorsements Thursday, narrowing his deficit with Hillary Clinton to seven.

North Carolina Rep. Brad Miller and Washington Rep. Rick Larsen both announced they will cast their superdelegate votes for the Illinois senator.

"The decision was not easy," Miller, a two-term congressman, said in a statement. "Senator Clinton has run an impressive campaign, and has spoken eloquently to the concerns to working and middle class American families. She is one of the great leaders of this generation.

"Senator Obama understands that he has the chance not just to win the election this year, but to be a great president," he added.

Miller's district, which includes Raleigh, overwhelmingly voted for Obama Tuesday, 63 percent to 35 percent.

Larsen, a three-term congressman whose district lies in the northwest area of Washington state, praised Obama as the "best candidate to turn our country's hopes for a better future into reality."

"This week, Senator Obama has proven that he is tough and resilient," he said. "He has shown that he can take a pounding, come back and continue to communicate with the public to deliver his message of hope and change."

Obama easily defeated Clinton in Washington's February 19 caucus, 68 percent to 31 percent.

The two endorsements bring Clinton's advantage over Obama among superdelegates down to seven, according to CNN's estimate; Clinton has the backing of 267 superdelegates, while Obama has 260.

Since Tuesday's primaries, Obama has gained six superdelegates while Clinton has picked up one. But Clinton also lost a superdelegate Wednesday - DNC member Jennifer McClellan switched her support to Obama - for a net gain of zero.

(Updates with Larsen endorsement)

soundoff (487 Responses)
  1. GWB

    Let's get past the anger Hillary supporters and do what's best for the country/ Stop blaming Obama for the mistakes FL and Michigan made. Unite the party if you are a real Democrat. Don't cut off your nose to spite your face.

    May 9, 2008 07:21 am at 7:21 am |
  2. quan

    Knowing everything you now know about the man ... you folks are still choosing BHO. I can only say : The beginning of the end of America, the great ... the nation I admired from afar.

    May 9, 2008 07:23 am at 7:23 am |
  3. Joe - Wilmington, DE

    Sen. Obama is a brilliant, gifted statesman. He is the obvious choice for President at this time in American political history. He has the potential to be one of the great ones.

    May 9, 2008 07:45 am at 7:45 am |
  4. benj

    Obama will never get my vote. I will now vote for mccain

    May 9, 2008 07:58 am at 7:58 am |
  5. Andre

    Where did CNN learn maths? The difference between 267 and 250 is seventeen, not seven.

    May 9, 2008 07:59 am at 7:59 am |
  6. Joe

    ok if Clinton has 267 superdelegates and obama 250 isn't the difference 17 and not 7? maybe I read the article incorrectly.....

    May 9, 2008 08:09 am at 8:09 am |
  7. shirley

    I beleive Obama will make a great president. He is for the people.
    Clinton is just for clinton. My opinion is she wants power.

    May 9, 2008 08:10 am at 8:10 am |
  8. Anonymous

    anyone here who thinks that any of the candidates can do anything about the economy, war, gas prices, etc. is a fool....

    May 9, 2008 08:11 am at 8:11 am |
  9. some guy

    *deep sigh*
    Is it over yet?

    May 9, 2008 08:20 am at 8:20 am |
  10. Nodak

    Race is an issue....just as his campaign and supporters suggest that age is an issue. Is this this agism? Is it "All's Fair" or is it negative campaigning? I guess it is in the eye of the beholder.

    May 9, 2008 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  11. Ken

    Obama nominee = McCain presidency

    May 9, 2008 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  12. Navy Vet.

    Welcome aboard the Obama Express, next stop 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. Please take your seat, place your tray tables in their full upright positions, and please remain seated until we have reached a safe cruising altitude.

    Obama '08 Yes We Can!

    May 9, 2008 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
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