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. which

    Which of Obama's demographics is responsible for all the blogs that are illiterate, vulgar, vile, insulting and hateful?

    May 11, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  2. Eldest

    Good on you. You have chosen not to support the candidate in your district. Shows independence and good judgement. I will not support Obama and can hardly wait for younger women to watch as Roe versus Wade collapses; as older women tell younger women to fend for themselves; and younger women commit to the Democratic Party an organization that is hierarchial, autocratic, out of date, endorsing the same old politics of the past. The Democratic Party is not larger than the DNC or the people it represents. I can hardly wait to join the Republican Party, become an activist once again, and vote for McCain.

    May 11, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  3. Jonathan Grieder

    YAY young people (I'm in high school) for Obama. Bout time we had our own President we could be proud of.

    May 11, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  4. Bloggers

    If Obama's supporters are so smart and well educated and truly believe in peace and unity and a world of mutual respect... Then why are all their comments so poorly written, insulting, deragatory, illogical and hateful?

    May 11, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  5. moo moo

    go home hillary

    obama now leads in superdelegates

    it is totally over for you clinton 🙂

    May 11, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  6. Henri

    The fat lady is warming up backstage....

    May 11, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  7. shannonL

    great, another young elitist.

    a 28 year old professional democrat that has more power than 13,000 regular voters.

    Have to love the UnDemocratic Party.

    May 11, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  8. Steven

    With neither candidate able to attain the 2,025 delegates needed for the nomination, it's nice to see young California politicians are learning how to use the political system. Despite the fact Hilliary Clinton easily won California.this young woman will cast her super vote for Obama. Of course, she's not obligated either way. That's also part of the system. However, California has 55 electoral college votes which is the highest in the country. The Democrats better be careful here. You lose the Golden State– you lose the election. Isn't that what the system is all about?

    May 11, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  9. Lionel Washington

    The Clinton News Network is the only major network not calling the Super Delegate Vote count for Obama 🙂 COME ON CNN I DARE YOU TO POST THIS. Check the AP count check ABC check BLOOMBERG. THEY ALL HAVE THE SUPERDELEGATE COUNT FOR OBAMA! GET IT RIGHT ! GO OBAMA O8

    May 11, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  10. Tim Mathews

    Change, the empty word

    May 11, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  11. Ed

    Thank God for that 28 year old lady I heard about on CNN.You see, I have always liked Bill Clinton, but his wife is making me dislike him now, especially when they both critisize my man, Obama.Hillary has played the "fear game", the "race game",the rubbish talk and has NOT looked Presidential, especially in the last few weeks.Even if she sheds some tears now IT WILL NOT WORK. Hillary CANT YOU SEE????

    May 11, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  12. Stacey

    And here comes those super-delegates to save the day.. they have been shifting over since Friday..and Obama is strengthnen up in the polls over McClueless.. Singing lil bear movie theme song.. "we are on our way"....

    May 11, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  13. Bob from Pensylvannia


    Is Hillary Clinton not tailor-made to win this nomination at least by SUPER TUESDAY?

    I HAVE A QUESTION FOR HER. If she can't answer this question satisfactorily, then she is not ready to be president and therefore should immediately drop out of this Primary.

    Why is you, Hillary Clinton, having been anointed and tailor-made by the virtue of your position in the DEM PARTY to capture this Nomination almost unopposed, suddenly found yourself reeling from the possibility of a brutal defeat that has the potential of agonizingly bringing to an end your political career?

    Last time I checked, I haven't received an answer yet.

    May 11, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  14. Concerned Canadian

    Superdelegates as unimportant most people feel they are, they should demonstrate some sense of order by waiting till the primary race is over or wait until the convention to announce their support.

    These superdelegates have lost a lot of credibility in recent weeks by their actions. It seems they all feel they have an opportunity to exercise some 'power' for their personal gratification and 15 minutes of fame so they are taking the opportunity to do so. Just like Obama is for himself, these superdelegates are all about themselves.

    They don't realize , the more they make their presence the more Democratic supporters for Hillary they are upsetting and not to mention Hillary herself. This Democratic Party has no leadership or sense of direction. Why can't everybody just shut up a bit and let the process run its course. The Dems won't let that happen though because its too easy and it makes too much sense.

    Don't forget, if Obama is the nominee, I bet anyone dollars to donuts he is gonna have a hard time finding a running mate. This is also another factor thats gonna make it a real uphill struggle for the Dems to regain the White House.

    May 11, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  15. Ed

    By the way, CNN is too slow in updating the super delegate count. WHY?? Fox news and already put Obama in the lead in delegate count.

    May 11, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  16. Peter

    According to AP, Obama is AHEAD in superdelegates. Mention that please!

    May 11, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  17. Lizz

    He can have all the super delegates he wants, but he'll never get my vote. I'll vote for Nader or nobody before I'll vote for this arrogant empty suit.

    May 11, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  18. Rudolph Kantum Adageba

    These are exciting times for America and the world. Obama represents hope for Amereica and the world. Go Obama for the WH. HRC can't imagine missing out on the nomination. But this is reality folks!

    May 11, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  19. Indepenent

    Crazy lady needs to go!!! She is losing her mind even worse than before! Bill drove her half crazy and now she is driving herself the rest of the way to full blown NUTS! Bye bye Biioootttcchh!!

    May 11, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  20. Indepenent

    Come on you morons....just post it!

    May 11, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  21. George

    Once again the Democratic party proves it is the party of hypocrisy – elitists having the final say in choosing a candidate for the "party of the people."

    May 11, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  22. Marc

    Hillary was right, the tide is turning. Just not in her favor.

    Obama 08!

    May 11, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  23. Marc

    Let us support our new President. Welcome President Obama.

    May 11, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  24. Ed

    Come on and be serious now. Did anybody really believe Hillary the
    witch Clinton ever had a real chance? I mean she is evil, wicked mean and nasty! I couldn't stomach that face for four years! She has already worn out her welcome with most Americans. Red, white and
    blue patriotic Americans anyway! The rest of you are pinkos anyway!

    May 11, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  25. Luis, Maryland

    Time for the Clinton's to line up behind our nominee Barack Obama! I am a republican that voted and support Barack Obama. I truly want a real changed for this country and for the world and I know the only person that can bring that change is Barack.

    May 11, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
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