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. Dan, TX

    These last 6 primaries should net Clinton a few delegates.

    The DNC should accept MI and FL delegates under the same terms as the republicans did just like Terry McAuliffe said today.

    Let's let it play out and the dem that reaches the required number of delegates wins.

    May 11, 2008 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  2. Tony, Miami

    Young and beautiful

    May 11, 2008 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  3. alice2Fresno,CA

    Everyone (Media,Tim Russert, etc) is saying Hillary can not possible win. She will not get out because she is HOPING a catastrophic incident will happen to Barack & it will hurt him enough to knock him out of the race, and she will win then. That is the only way she can win. She was trying to keep the Rev Wright thing going but it did not work, so she's on to something else. Obama has tied her now in the Superdels, the others should come forward. I believe Obama is going to be the Nominee & I wish it would end soon. It's dragging on & only helping McCain

    May 11, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  4. Gnosticman

    Obama is going to win...that's all there is to it. Even a landslide victory in West Virginia cannot stop it. Hillary put up a good fight even if a dirty one

    May 11, 2008 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
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