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. Steve From Oregon

    Which ever source you listen to, Sen. Obama is either 5 supers ahead or tied with Mrs. Clinton. Since he was down over a hundred just a couple of months ago, it shows the tide is turning and starting to pour toward Sen. Obama. Bless them for not giving in to arm twisting by Mrs. Clinton's campaign.

    May 11, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  2. K.Wilder

    and so it all begins!

    May 11, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  3. Independent

    Welcome to the team of integrit Ms. Strait. We welcome all of those that want chnage in Washington! I am so happy that the young people are bringing their own beliefs, and are willing to stand up for them. Congratulation, Ms. Strait. Thank You, and welcome!

    May 11, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  4. CA Republican

    Another young lazy socialist. Obama is not an American. He carries his father's African political ideas. Wake up America. Liberals like in the 60's are going to take hold of Congress and the Presidency. High taxes, government intervention all over again. More programs to "solve" everyone's problems. Problem with American is that it's losing it's moral values! Obama is a socialist.

    May 11, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  5. A.M.

    Indeed young voters for the first time are joining in "Obama' compaign in such a huge numbers, and the criterion of overall increase of voter registeration goes to the efforts of 'Obama' compaign.

    Hillary Clinton is perhaps realizing this too, but it is the matter of time only when she will withraw her name from the nomination and bow down gracefully. She worked hard for her compaign, but it is the time fo focus on uniting all democrats behind 'Obama' and prepare for November general election.

    Houston, Texas

    May 11, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  6. Jack

    It's the Electoral College, stupid! Obama's gonna have a VERY HARD TIME beating John McCain in the key swing states of OH, PA, and FL b/c the demographics in those states have made it clear that they don't want to vote for him.....

    This Hillary supporter will be backing McCain

    May 11, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  7. jim


    May 11, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  8. Obama blogger

    All you Obama bloggers that fill every post with filthy vulgar trash. You post multiple times on every single blog.

    You must be getting paid to blog for Obama, by Obama.

    You know who you are: Media blackout may 15, Darth Vadik, CA, Mama4Obama, all the fake Old women and Jewish women for Obama etc etc.

    We are tired of your nonsense. You are not smart, intelligent, educated or learned. You are not even sophisticated enough to know that you are damaging your Candidate. You are just irritating and boring. Give others with a real position and an informed opinion a chance.

    Here's my opinion: No matter how many times you blog, no matter how nasty and hateful you get, it does not inflate Obama's support. Blog 14 Million times and you still ONLY get one vote in NOV. Just like all of us do. And with each blog, you drive another voter away from Obama.

    Good work.

    May 11, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  9. John Smith

    The nature of the blogs here have confirmed my worst fear:

    "Prejudice/racial discrimination" is still prevalent in such a nation; a nation that is looked up to as a "leader." The disappointment is as deep as a "priestly" sexual abuse scandal! The sins of a nation— "Love thy neighbor as thyself"

    May 11, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  10. Ardnuas

    Thank you Crystal...... Let's focus on defeating McSame.

    May 11, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  11. Donna


    May 11, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  12. Mark, in MD

    Why is CNN the LAST NETWORK to report that Obama is now LEADING in Superdelegates?

    EVERY OTHER NETWORK, NEWSPAPER, ETC. has reported that he is now AHEAD.


    May 11, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  13. Obama Win NOT win in Nov.!

    Big deal NOT he will not get voted in as President!!!!

    May 11, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  14. Ratgurl

    I don't know... when the supers start flooding toward Obama, I bet he reaches the magic number. Finally, we're approaching the next stage of the election process!

    May 11, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  15. Jeanne

    I'd be happier if a superdelegate like Al Gore spoke up for Obama. That'd probably open the flood gates in his direction.

    Still every one moving Obama's way is a step in the right direction.

    May 11, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  16. kantor

    it's just been reported that Hillary Clinton has been having an affair for the last 8 years..The clinton campaign is just now starting to put the spin on this story, but it just won't die. expect to hear about this on every news cycle by the end of the week…

    mccain 08

    May 11, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  17. SLO Bear

    I hope that her articulateness doesn't mean she has a college education–it would be a shame to not be able to count her vote.

    May 11, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  18. Karen

    I do not understand why superdelegates are going to Obama when i keep hearing that Clinton is going to win the nomination for her campaign.

    I am not going to donate to her campaign until they come up with a answer how she is going to win the nomination...

    May 11, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  19. too late for nice

    Can't make nice now.

    The Obama supporters have alienated the Hillary supporters with their demeaning, stereotypical, mocking, insulting hatred.

    All in the name of unity, hope and change.

    How is that change anyone can believe in?

    May 11, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  20. LINDA,FL


    May 11, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  21. colene mitchell

    thank you from america the great usa!

    May 11, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  22. Molly

    LET THE PEOPLE VOTE!! IF this is to be over we will know on Tuesday – since we are now so close. Maybe Obama will knock her out – and the supers will Flood to him.......... MAYBE NOT!
    How dare the obama group be so ARROGANT and try to push Hillary out – let the next few states vote – you had your turn. What is obama so afraid of – he might loose and look bad????
    The Hillary supporters will NEVER come over – especially the way he has been so ARROGANT claiming the nomination – when he HAS not WON. When he – or she reaches the magic number – you are the nominee – until then – BACK OFF – and COUNT ALL THE VOTES!

    May 11, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  23. R

    this is nonsensical .5??? ridiculous

    May 11, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  24. OSEKI EVANS, Norway

    Fair enough. Keep `em coming!!

    May 11, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  25. James


    May 11, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
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