May 11th, 2008
04:53 PM ET
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Young Democrat brings superdelegate race to a tie

Barack Obama picked up his 273rd superdelegate endorsement Sunday.

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. concerned

    Crystal Strait... THANKS!




    May 11, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  2. let me say it again

    To those many Obama supporters who continually blog:

    "I cannot find one reason why a Democrat would not vote for Obama other than racism "

    Statements like the above (from an Obama supporter) are incredible in their arrogance, naivete, and stupidity. As a lifelong democrat I have always voted Democratic until this year.

    I have to tell you that while I find some of what Obama says inspiring, I DO have many reasons- all policy, character, issue based and none due to racism – that WILL keep me from voting for Obama. ( by the way I am in an inter racial marriage with inter racial children)

    An issue that has become more and more obvious to me (and others) is the incredible filthy, vulgar, hateful arrogance of Obama supporters.
    This reflects poorly on any candidate you purport to support.

    Despite the ALL American Idol image embraced by a biased media, Obama IS NOT a savior, nor omnipotent, nor infallible. He's just a pandering, hypocritical, lying candidate.

    I think many of you Democrats have bottled up your angst for so long that you're allowing it to whip you into a dangerous cult-like frenzy.

    Know this: The world is complicated, and your simplistic views of how things will change are most likely NOT going to happen. It's NOT because those who disagree with you are evil nor are Americans the anti-christ.

    It's because the world is complicated and the U.S. is filled with people that think only of themselves (liberals are much more this way than conservatives, by the way).

    Get over yourselves, and realize that pretty much everybody is as smart as you…maybe more so

    May 11, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  3. concerned





    May 11, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  4. Sarah

    CNN, Obama has been in the lead for quite a few days. Please report accurate news. OBAMA 08'

    May 11, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  5. jeremy

    i hope that hillary sees the writing on the wall now. democrats need to unite to unseat the GOP from the oval office.

    May 11, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  6. calvin


    May 11, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  7. It worked!

    It's the republicans that have been blogging and throwing spiteful messages on these blogs and not Obama supporters or Hillary supporters. We've been playing you liberals like puppet games! The truth can now be told because the damage has been done beyond repair lol! Operation chaos started with the blog attack before Limbaurgh added to it. The blog attacks worked so well that we had to physically go to the polls to vote OPERATION CHAOS.

    We always knew democrats were this easy, and that is WHY you should have no business running this country! Sure I feel bad about my part in the whole process but what about those dying babies dems kill? Who stood up for them? Ha! Rode vs Wade is gonna be history. We have plans for Obama, very, very, dubious plan hehehe! Let the truth be told, Hillary would have been better though because it would have been easier, a lot more fun, and a chance to unite our party.

    How do you like us NOW? And if you are counting on ticker report about religious right coming over to Obama, then you guys are more gullible than imagined I say we send you all dems to gitmo.

    May 11, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  8. joyce

    happy mothers day

    May 11, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  9. We DO trust Clinton

    Forget the polls.

    We DO trust Clinton.

    We know she is not perfect.

    We know she is a politician.

    We also know she will fight for children and for healthcare. God knows we have seen her fight for Americans before.

    Who doubts that Clinton wants to see EVERY American have affordable access to Healthcare?

    May 11, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  10. janey

    And I suppose this one also claims to be "educated and more intelligent" than Hillary supporters...-another super trying to throw the election. Oh, I forgot–Donna Brazille says they do not need Hillary supporters–I should just keep quiet and go away. PhD for Hillary 2008

    May 11, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  11. No Denying This Man Is Great

    How can a nobody with little experience in the Senate gain the enough support to be leading in this primary? How can anyone take Hillary's coronation and Bill's third term away from them? How can anyone or any campaign defeat the Clinton political machine.

    Because America wants more than a dynasty or a dictatorship. They don't want any more of the Clinton's strangle hold on this country. Because the little people across America have chosen the one they believe will get us away from big business and special interest and the divisive politics that keeps this country from moving forward.

    That's how.

    May 11, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  12. trust Clinton

    If the awed and wowed out Obama supporters stepped off the bandwagon and gave Clinton half a break- and overlooked 1% of her faults in the way they overlook all of Obama's faults- they would see that she is far more presedential than he.

    May 11, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  13. louis

    GOD bless you all for endorssing obama.he is the rigth choice heaven knows.ALL the angels in heaven endorsses obama.and i am angel meachel and i approve this message.

    May 11, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  14. Agree with you Hugh

    I totally believe that Clinton and only Hillary Clinton can bring together Americans again.

    Hugh from Canada May 11th, 2008 1:07 pm ET

    Has anyone in the Press Gallery ever considered the thought of Clinton running as an Independant? Can you imagine the threat this would be to the Democratic Party? You have to believe that Clinton is considering all possibilities at this stage and it is not inconceivable for her to do this if one takes into consideration all of her supporters. As she goes, so do they and all of their money.

    She could very well win it in November on an Independant ticket. We in Canada are used to politicians winning outright with 35% of the vote in our multiparty system.

    As I see it, she is the only candidate that can straddle both Democratic and Republican supporters and bring them into one tent. She takes from McCain's strengths and appeals to Obama's idealism. If I were a superdelegate this would preoccupy my every thought.

    May 11, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  15. 2Nurselady

    What the Superdelegates fail to understand is that MORE THAN HALF of the Democrats in this country voted for Hillary Clinton and even though Barack Obama has denied Florida and Michigan voters their voice, those voters WILL have a voice in the General Election and I do not think it will be good for Barack Obama, the Superdelegates, or the Democratic Party if he has stolen the nomination by disenfranchising them.

    I also think that, with Barack Obama, we may have an "October Surprise" if he is called as a witness or as a defendant in his dealings with Tony Rezko if Obama is the nominee. But, with Hillary Clinton, we may have an August Surprise after the upcoming contests – I think it will be a landslide victory for her in very important states in this union.

    I am here in California where we are starting a movement to WRITE-IN HILLARY CLINTON on the General Election ballot if her name is not already on it. We are starting new blogs and getting the word out.

    I also want to say that those Superdelegates who switched allegiances and then made what I believe it be LAME EXCUSES for doing so – like Bill Richardson and others who I believe just had revenge or misogyny at heart which is where I think Teddy Kennedy is coming from – will NEVER have my support for ANY REASON in the future and I am quite certain that I am not alone in this. There is NO REASON for ANY Superdelegate to make a decision yet or to have switched their allegiances from Hillary to Barack – NONE, whatsoever. They should have waited until the election was actually over – with ALL voters having had their say.

    As for the Democratic Party, the DNC, Howard Dean, and what seems to me to be an inept Rules Committee, it seem evident to me that they imposed rules to intentionally block Hillary Clinton voters from having their voices heard and their votes counted and everything they have done since has been to slant things in favor of Barack Obama, in my opinion.

    Hillary Clinton has worked hard for decades – BEFORE Barack Obama was even on the political scene and she is a good person who has done good things for the people of this country for all of those years. Yet, there are people whose loyalty she should have been able to count on that wrongfully turned their backs on her for false "reasons" – for selfish reasons and intentions that are not in the best interest of this country that is falling apart at the seams right now. We need a truly experienced President who KNOWS the ins and outs of this country and the rest of the world. We need someone who can get us back on track in all of the right ways. Hillary Clinton's long-planned ideas to bring this about have, piece-by-piece, been "adopted" by Barack Obama. I do not know if he has ever come up with a single solid plan of his own.

    I also want to say that those who think they are "in-the-know" believe that Hillary Clinton Democrats will somehow succumb to Barack Obama's "charms" and vote for him if he is the nominee in the General Election. I have heard some of them commenting about it on CNN and other news stations – they are very cocksure that this is what will happen. They do not believe us when we say we WILL NOT vote for a man who denied part of our country their rightful votes and who STOLE the election from a woman who would have made a much better President for this country at this time in our history.

    Having said this, I still do not think it is over for Hillary. She is heading into primaries this coming week that should give Superdelegates and everyone pause. RESPONSIBLE Superdelegates will vote for the best candidate – the one who carried the entire Democratic base and the one with well thought out ORIGINAL plans to put this country back on the right track, and the one that MORE THAN HALF of the Democrats in this country will have voted for in the end.

    May 11, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  16. Beckie Sue in West Virginia

    Dear Senator Clinton,

    Please remember this if nothing else:


    Yours truly,



    May 11, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  17. Tom

    Isn't it interesting that with all these people telling her to quit and saying it's over she continues to run, will pick up more states and is STILL adding superdelegates. Boy, that Obama sure is an overwhelming favorite isn't he?

    May 11, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  18. In the general election

    The superdelegates will get one vote in the general election- just like we do.

    So their chance to stack the deck for Obama is now. In Nov they can pay the price by losing the election.

    DNC needs to run fair primaries and needs to stop the fixing for their favorite.

    May 11, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  19. John Smith

    I am so pleased that some are calling on Hillary to run as an Independent candidate. This will be the BEST for the democrats. Given the history of the Clintons, it would be great for the Clintons to stay as far away from the democratic ticket as possible. Why?

    1. The Republicans are hungry to "lay hands" on Hillary; they want their revenge. She likes to fight, the Republicans "love" to fight and the nation will have nothing done for them– product, just keep fighting!

    2. No 'fair-minded" American would want an "impeached family" to return to the White House. This is particularly the case in that the impeachment of the Clintons involved lying and sexual scandals!! So, let Hillary run as an Independent candidate; she could also go back to being a Republican. This issue is no longer about women, it is about the history of the Clintons, they destroy just about anything they touch!

    May 11, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  20. Jane, NC

    It is so sad to see Obama being given the nomination. He has attacked Sen. Clinton mercilessly in his speeches, and he has divided the party for a long time to come. Many democrats will be come independents after watching Sen. Clinton, who was polling far ahead in the beginning, gradually railroaded out by an Obama-biased media and the ridiculous caucuses and decisions by the DNC that disinfranchised the votes of 2 entires states! Something about it reminds me of Katrina, where many of us for the first time realized that the America we thought we knew was in serious jeopardy.
    The irony in all this is that, if Obama loses in the general election, which he deserves but which I hope will not happen, the loss will probably be blamed on Sen. Clinton. Amazing. I believe it's time women began to march again.

    May 11, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  21. tired of Obama

    Day by day I tire of America's love affair with Obama.

    It is like watching a friend fall head over heels in love. Fun at first, but it gets old really quickly when that is all that friend wants to talk about and dwell on. And when you must agree with all the fawning. And when that friend loses all ability to function and to reason and acts like an emotional child.

    Then the love affair ends just as abruptly.

    Look out America.

    May 11, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  22. mario

    stupid girl , she enden her career in california becausse she woted against constituency and shame in her, stupid obamaniac , go Hillary , you can win popular vote and and win , go Hillary NO TO BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA WHO WANTS BE A PRESIDENT OF 57 STATES

    May 11, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  23. Cami Shands


    May 11, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  24. L Sewell

    I am black man and it is great to see a black man almost to the white house. I need to wake up people on these blogs because they are telling exactly what they are. First why I see some bloggers trying to blame Florida and Michigan on Senator Obama that is not fair and to be honest half of you might want vote for him anyway. If we go back to Iowa we would know that Hillary Clinton herself said Michigan and Florida will not count. If you were playing a sport and rules was made and then one group changes them you not going to tell me that since they are the strongest group they can. Rules or rule the Democratic Party in Michigan knew this and the Republican Party and Democratic Party in Florida knew. Yes, Hillary Clinton do look like she is the strongest but what she did was put all her trust in her experience and forgot about the people. Now since she is losing she wants to come to them for help. I see now she do even mention black but when her husband was call the first BLACK PRESIDENT she loved it but since the black with for Obama they are nothing now to her campaign. At first young voters did not matter but since they are coming out for Obama they matter now. When her husband ran back in 90's they did not care about working America because they had Hispanic and Black now they need the white America. I guess if you all would not support her she would be looking at Hispanic to make an argument. Also, for the people who saying Hillary Clinton would fight for you why when she was on the Wal-Mart board she did not fight for working American. Why Wal-Mart going to China working their people for $.33 in factory over their. She care alright she care enough to screw us why she make out with all the money. Why Bill Clinton is has the biggest retirement package then any of the last Presidents. President Bush and President Reagan put together. Do research people, why we trying to destroy Obama about whom he hangs around then that need to be applied across the board. All candidates need to tell the America people why they were affiliated with these kinds of people. Lets tell the Media to be fair and not one sided.

    1. We want to say the media gave Obama a relax run lets bring out the facts. Rizko we brought up for Obama but I have not seen one media brought up Peter Paul for Hillary Clinton for the ones that voting Hillary do a Google search on that.

    2. We want to connect Obama with William Ayes in the Weather underground ok do a Google search on the pardons that Bill Clinton did before he left office and you will see all the indicted criminals he let out also two females that was in the weather underground.

    3. Rev. Wright and Farrakhan Hillary Clinton want to bring up about Obama but do a Google search on The Family or some kind of church prayer group that is conducted at the white house that Hillary Clinton is a member of. Also, go on you tube and you will see Gov. Randell who support Hillary Clinton endorsing Farrakhan. Also ask yourself how can Rev. Wright speak like that but was invited to the White House by Bill Clinton would that mean they knew him to. Why is it that Obama have to explain to America why he sat somewhere for 20 years like the have 20 years of this man speaking likes this in a pull pit. Why they are not asking McCain his belief and where do either of them go to church. Also why is it not that McCain and Hillary can walk around with the flag on their clothing but Obama got to have one on his clothing?

    4. Do a Google search on all the people who knew the Clinton that died why her husband was in office?

    Let me say this I know why we trying to destroy Obama some Right wing and racist people do not want the first black man in the white house want everyone stop lying and tell the truth.

    May 11, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  25. Realistic

    Even if you presume that Hillary will win WV and KY by 40% margins, and will more-or-less split the remaining states, then Barack needs only about 75 superdelegates to make up the difference.

    This will likewise be true even if there is anything like a fair split of the Michigan and Florida delegates (which, it will be recalled, Hillary herself agreed should not count).

    In other words, it's over, but most of us knew that after either Wisconsin or Virginia, and everybody knew it after North Carolina.

    We are long past the time to heal the rifts and defeat this horribly costly and counterproduct War (which, it will also be recalled, Hillary voted for).

    May 11, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
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