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. HERstory

    Who still believes in Obama style unity and change?

    Who is still blind enough and naive enough to convince themselves that Obama is a different type of politician?

    Who still believes he cares for anyone (WRIGHT?) or anything (talking with our enemies?) other than winning and making himself history?

    The fact that he ran such a slick and sneaky ambush campaign of lies and deceit prove that he is the typical politician.

    May 11, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  2. Frank smith

    How comes the superdelegates can vote not once but twice in the race for thedemocrats and we vote once ? whats up with the democrats today no backbone to stand up well as a democrat for many years if the super heads of the democtrats want barry my vote will go rep this years and every one who voted for mrs clinton should vote rep also

    May 11, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  3. blair

    Let me get this, a 28 year old superdelegate is voting for obama because the young voters are voting for him and will continue to vote for the democratic party. I do not see her logic, the young voters are not voting for the party they are voting for a smooth talking ( black )person trying to act young and promising them the moon if they just follow him. Yes I said black because this is what it is all about. apparently they think by voting for him racism will go away. Will not happen until the people hollering racism learn to deal with the past and move on.obama has caused the undoing of the democratic Party and the Republican Party. After the 2004 election and now this farce of an election. Our election system will change.

    May 11, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  4. avoter

    Who is Larry Sinclair?

    May 11, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  5. we are all crying

    We know deep in our hearts and souls that the best candidate was a woman and she was dragged through the mud by the DNC, her own party, the media, the Obama campaign.

    Some people love to watch a public beating.

    Most Americans don't care for it.

    So Obama is done. His wave has crashed, his appeal peaked long ago.

    May 11, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  6. LD

    No discussion about it, Obama is already the the Democratic Nominee. If the Party Leaders take it away from him, the democratic chance will hurt in November.

    May 11, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  7. K

    This isn't American Idol people. Voting for the youngest, best looking, best speech giving candidate doesn't solve this country's problems. Obama won by default in both the Illnois and US Senate and did nothing for two years except plot his way to the presidency. Al Gore had experience and great ideas but he was worst speech giver and boring person to listen to so people voted for the younger, more entertaining Bush. Yeah, that worked out really well. Learn from your mistakes.

    May 11, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  8. Former Democrat

    They can do it without me and my family. Hillary has not been given the respect she deserves by the party leaders and we will make them pay in Novemember. No Hillary No Vote. Obama couldn't run a grocery store, much less this great country.

    No Bama in my Whitehouse.

    May 11, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  9. Julio

    And us old Democrats are leaving in droves. Good luck winning with the naive youth and the African vote that doesn't show up at the polls.

    Us. Old Foggies show up at every election and will come out in full force for John McCain.

    May 11, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  10. Jeff

    If Clinton is for the Party and the country, she will campaign for Obama fiercely after the nomination. Let's see if she will do it! It will be plain if she is doing it selffishly for her own power trip or something bigger like the Pary. We all know her ambition knows no bound.

    May 11, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  11. if she loses

    If Hillary loses- and it looks like she will- ALL America and all the WORLD loses also.

    Obama divided his own party. There is no way he can unite the parties, the world and his own supporters with others of differing opinions.

    Read these blogs. His supporters are stark raving lunatic deranged. EVERYone is the antiChrist. Everyone who votes their conscience and not Obama, is a Racist. Everyone else is stupid, ignorant, moronic, undeducated trash.

    Yeah, right. Generally those who demean others are the ones who fall short on the scale.

    May 11, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  12. Barbara Querrie

    good girl

    May 11, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  13. Noclinton

    Now we just need one more vote for Obama. Hillary's toxic influence over the superdelegates is coming to an end.

    May 11, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  14. Kenneth M.

    I can hear the Fat Lady cueing up to sing. Slick Hillie what song will you be singing on Monday?

    May 11, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  15. fred

    LOL, people just like Obama....don't know what they are doing!! Typical!!!!

    May 11, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  16. Creek Freedmen

    48. 5/11/2008 1:27:17 PM, Creek Freedmen,
    Lets get this straight, Obama would have told DR. Martin Luther King, that he does not agree with Mississippi's Jim Crow laws, but the US government should not get involved. He would have told Dr. King, I feel your pain, but I really don't understand your arguement because my African ancestry never experience American slavery.
    Obama have said to the more than one hundred thousand Indian negroes that your history does not matter. I will allow the tribes to make you ware a badge of slavery.
    Up until this moment I was a supporter of Obama. NO MORE! I just tore his bumper sticker off my car. I will send emails and make phone calls to everyone I know. NO VOTE for BARACK!

    May 11, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  17. Celine in Boston

    Thank you Crystal!! Yes Obama has really focused his attention on us and how important it is for us to know the impact that we can make in a positive way. Welcome Aboard!! Glad to have you. Thank you for speaking for us young dems!

    May 11, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  18. Mocking Bird

    Mock Mock mock... the song of the Obama supporters.

    Nothing like hate and insults and vulgarities to bring others over to your point of view.

    These are the people hoping to communicate with our enemies?

    Sure... try name-calling and derogatory gender comments, derogatory blue-collar comments... that should bring world peace.

    May 11, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  19. Frank smith

    well lets see? mrs clinton has all states that count at least the big northen states so barack obama should drop out not mrs clinton.
    If he dont clinton should go indep this year stay in let him leave .

    May 11, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  20. Ilene MI

    YaHoo!!!! Obviously a young woman with a education. Really, the only people not wanting Obama are really just so very racist they can't see past his color. He is such a savior for this country. As Hillary says "I can get the un-educated vote" ...I think she is saying "I can get the racist vote"
    There is no comparison between the two. You have a liar and a wonderful once in a lifetime man. I want this man running our country. W.V. go ahead and vote your racist views. This wonderful and brilliant man will be our next president!!!!!!!

    May 11, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  21. abu

    this is great news..........go obama.

    OBAMA 08

    May 11, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  22. world peace

    When Peace does not come simply by hoping for it and then demanding it... the Obama nation can simply start name-calling. I'm sure people of all races and religions in countries all over the globe will enjoy the kind of comments you all make about women and West Virginians and poor people and those without a college education.

    Point is... you are not better nor smarter nor more informed nor more entitled to your opinion than anyone else. Getting hateful and angry and insulting those who disagree with you is just counterproductive and immature.

    You will learn that this Nov.

    May 11, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  23. Karen P

    It doesn't matter now, superdelegate or not, Obama wins and that's that.

    May 11, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  24. Tyler in Raleigh, NC

    The campaign isnt going to be "effectively over", it is and has been over. Unless rules are changed or someone decides that African Americans are worth 3/5 a vote or that caucuses and small states do not count.... its been over.

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

    The failures of the Clinton Campaign rest solely on Clinton’s shoulders. Although, I’m not actually a Clinton supporter due in large part to the fact that I believe the framers of the constitution got it right when they spelled out term limitations. These term limitations should include spouses as a way to limit powerful family’s subversion of the rules. I hope America will never stand for thinly veiled theocracies. Futhermore, with all that said, as an independent; I believe that all Senator Clinton would have had to have said in the beginning was that the former president and she had made some mistakes, but learning from those mistakes they would apply all the knowledge experience had to offer towards making a better union for all Americans. But unfortunately she chose different. Senator Clinton chose to rant about her day one experience, lie about her battle field exploits, and disown a lot of the very initiatives she championed. This nomination was Senator Clinton’s to lose and she is doing her best to lose it. All her supporters have to acknowledge this fact, If those supporters have any since of integrity they have to cringe at the desperate attempts to foil the DNC’s hopes of winning in November if she is not the nominee, those supporters have to be worried by money lobbyist threatening Rep. Pelosi, And even if you hate African Americans for what ever reason you have to be concerned by someone using that button to push you while at the same time calling you uneducated. Sometimes the proof is in the pudding, and considering the past year without emotion it is hard to imagine that any Democrat would not acknowledge that Senator Obama has run a phenomenal campaign.

    Observing the current Democratic problems I wonder if this is what our fore fathers where trying to avoid by introducing term limits; an individual (family) so powerful that they could tank a party, and maybe the country. The rules are greater than Senator Clinton!

    May 11, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
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