May 11th, 2008
04:53 PM ET
13 years ago

Young Democrat brings superdelegate race to a tie

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Barack Obama picked up his 273rd superdelegate endorsement Sunday. "]
(CNN) - A Young Democrats of America board member threw her support to Sen. Barack Obama on Sunday, bringing Obama to a tie with Sen. Hillary Clinton in the superdelegate race.

Crystal Strait, 28, became the 273rd superdelegate in Obama's column, by CNN's count. Clinton had 273 Sunday as well - technically 273.5 because of some Democrats Abroad superdelegates who are given half a vote each.

Obama holds a large enough lead among pledged delegates that many believe Clinton's presidential aspirations for 2008 are virtually over.

But neither candidate is expected to have the 2,025 total delegates to win, so superdelegates - elected representatives and other party insiders given seats the party's convention - will ultimately award the nomination. A flood of superdelegate endorsements for Obama could effectively end the
Democratic race.

The Obama campaign, in a written statement Sunday, called Strait "the 276th superdelegate to endorse Obama." Campaigns and various news organizations have slightly different counts, based on conversations with superdelegates and other factors.

"Barack Obama has shown a real commitment to young voters in his campaign and in response young people have overwhelmingly voted and caucused for Obama in these primary contests," Strait said in a written statement.

"We know that if a young person votes three times in a row for a party, they become a party voter for life. We know that because of high youth turnout in 2004 and 2006, 2008 is the third and critical election for young voters. And that's why I know I want to pledge my delegate vote to Barack Obama."

Nationwide, young Democratic voters have overwhelmingly supported Obama.

Strait was formerly the president of California Young Democrats. Clinton won this year's Democratic primary in California 52-43. CNN exit polls showed Clinton edged Obama out among the youngest voters age 18 to 24. Among California voters 18 to 29, both Clinton and Obama got 49 percent.

soundoff (229 Responses)
  1. No Deal For Hillary

    A sudden breakout of common sense.

    Hillary should use all that money she borrowed from herself to buy a clue.

    Time for you to walk away, Hillary. You have lost.

    May 11, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  2. Lawrence

    Someone needs to check up on facts. According to Demconwatch and RCP, Obama is leading in the super delegate count now.

    May 11, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  3. Bridgette - PA

    Thank you and God Bless you Crystal Strait and God Bless America!
    Please talk to any remaining super's and tell them to get on board, the train is slowly moving and about to go full speed ahead to the White House!


    May 11, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  4. RR

    Welcome aboard!

    May 11, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  5. Terry H

    The rats are jumping ship at an alarming rate. This party is doomed. The delegates simply aren't in touch with the voters. The leaders are manipulating the totals and arm twisting to push Obama on a party that DOES NOT WANT HIM! Remember this superdelegates...with the republican vote and HALF the democratic vote...your boy is doomed and destined to LOSE in November. NO OBAMA!

    May 11, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  6. David, Santa Rosa, CA

    Welcome aboard Crystal!

    Dems, we need to unite. Let the McCain bashing begin! This should be tons of fun.

    May 11, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  7. Bob (Maryland)

    Welcome aboard, Crystal Strait! We have reached the tipping point for Obama.

    May 11, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  8. Franky

    How many superdelegates are there??? A whole lot, right? To tell you the truth, just as long as they're honest and they don't keep nothing "privately" away from the people, I'm fine with it. It's their decision.....

    May 11, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  9. Susan MO

    CNN you count is incorrect Obama leads by 5

    May 11, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  10. Tab

    Please end this. No one is saying to not have the upcoming elections. However since we know that they can't give either candidate 2025, the Superdelegates should make their preferences known so that the party at least knows who the nominee is. And support for the general election can begin. This would not, in theory, favor any candidate because, truth of the matter is the supers can support who ever they want to. They can give this thing to Hillary or Obama. That being said, the majority of the democratic voters have already favored Obama, the supers should favor who the voters favor.

    May 11, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  11. Mai

    No way should Senator Obama be considered the nominee until he has the required 2025 delegates by the election process and all primaries have been held. Senator Obama and his supporters have the cart before the horse. SAD SAD Dirty politics again.

    May 11, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  12. andrew s

    it is over HILL. please hill supporter let beat mcbush and put a democrat in the white house

    May 11, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  13. Tim


    Obama 08!!!

    May 11, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  14. B / NYC

    Can somebody PLEASE tell us just five things that Senator Obama has done for his State or our Country while being a public servant for a few years?

    Two things?

    Thought so... It would be an awfully big mistake to give this man the nomination.

    May 11, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  15. Patrick

    from what I'm hearing on other website's Obama is ahead by 2.

    May 11, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  16. GARY

    Thank you, lets get this over with. McCain is not a healthy option for any of us.

    May 11, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  17. Marie in California

    If a flood of superdelegate endorsements for Obama prematurely ends the primary race, after the bungled mess the Democratic primary process has shown itself to be and before ALL American voters have had their say, I'll disgusted enough to become a Republican and hitch my wagon to McCain's star.

    This has been a total fiasco from the beginning, with Clinton being discounted and sidelined while the MSM and the DNC have been cheerleading and waving flags for Obama, their annointed one. And all of that leaves a very bad taste in my mouth vis a vis the MSM and the Democratic Party.

    May 11, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  18. Astalie

    I voted for Clinton in a primary, but knew it was over after Super Tuesday. I'm going to vote for Obama in the general election, and am disappointed that my candidate did not run a good campaign. I think we figured it out before Ohio, but, too late.

    I believe she should continue to run, because it does force the Democratic party to get organized in these primary states. In fact, our organization is really strong in some states that normally go Republican. Thus, while the extended race is bleeding us money, perhaps in the long run it will be beneficial. Good job Obama team, you ran a strong campaign. I'm disappointed, but there is a difference between "losing" and being a "loser". I'll tip my hat to the Obama folks and accept the first term in the previous sentence....

    May 11, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  19. Dee, WV

    LOL it's OVER !!!! It's been over!!! Let her keep wasting her own money lol

    May 11, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  20. kingsley

    Blah, blah, blah, face reality. Its done with. there will be no history for the 1st pandering woman president of the united states of america. maybe for the UNITED CLINTONS OF AMERICA. now retire back to one of the many states that you were raised.

    May 11, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  21. Michael in MO

    This is foolish. Obama cannot win the general in Nov. Do your research – not sound bite surfing. Every legitimate statistic regarding this race shows Senator Clinton the only one to beat McCain and secure the majority of States. If you do not want 4 more yrs. of a Republican presidency, than use your head and vote for Senator Clinton. She is clearly the most qualified individual – black/white/purple – that our party has seen in generations. Senator Obama is not ready – putting him up as the nominee now is throwing away our opportunity in Nov.

    I, like millions of democrats, will be forced to vote for McCain as independents in the Fall if he goes forward. We will without question make sure that he does not make it to the presidency. These are not bitter comments of the moment that will wash away over time. These are very real facts folks. This is not an issue of party loyalty. This is about doing what is right for our country and our future.

    May 11, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  22. Josephine from Canada

    Welcome aboard Striat, you'v made the right chioce for your country.
    I hope the undecided Superdelegates will commit to Obama soon to put an end to Bush/Clinton dynasty.
    Obama......08-12..........................YES WE CAN
    I can't wait for Obama to end the war and make the World safe again.

    May 11, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  23. Susan MO

    Why are some of my fellow Obama's supporter so mean and anger. Stop clinging to your computer with antipathy for Hillary.

    We have won be nice. Remember she is still pretending to be a democrat and her husband was a great President.

    Obama is not about hate. He is a uniter

    Obama/Webb 08

    May 11, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  24. Tugman

    Clinton needs to call it quits.

    May 11, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  25. Anonymous

    The young have no idea what is important for America. They are selfish and non-caring about anyone else but themselves. I think they relate to Obama because he is the same kind of person. I think they should raise the legal voting age to 25, so these young persons can live and learn what is important and valuable to America.

    May 11, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
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