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. Felix

    It's only appropriate that a young Democrat would have the honor of being the one to bring Barack to this point. It's time for us older folk to give way to the younger people coming up behind us.

    I, for one, am behind Obama completely and look forward with hope to his presidency.

    May 11, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  2. Kirk

    Obama & His Campaign Would Like An Early Close To This historic Primary �. They What Us To Beleive They Have Won �.. Truth Is They Haven't � Hillary Has The Edge Now , And can Win The Primary !! ..... And Yes The Math Dose Work In Her Favor !!!!

    I am AMERICAN first.....Democrat second. Our responsibility is to America, not the Democrats or Republicans.

    We should be voting on the best interest of this country, and Obama is not in the best interest of America.

    It is not a personal issue, initially I was ready to vote for Obama or Hillary.

    However, Obamas actions and statements and poor judgment have convinced me that he is not fit to run this country.

    May 11, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  3. gerald strother

    IT IS OVER SHE NEEDS TO DROP OUT BUT, NO IT IS ALLABOUT HER SHE HAS NO SHAME !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 11, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  4. Pasteur Yves Jean Louis

    Clinton should be treated with delicacy, because she is mean and able to do the worse. Why superdelegates do not repudiate this nasty old woman ? she'll go nowhere !

    May 11, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  5. Gerry In Toronto

    The young vote will win the November election for Obama. This time they matter.

    May 11, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  6. Greg MA

    Until his highness reaches 2025 delegates, he hasn't won. You'd all be well advised to remember that and to not count your eggs til they hatch. He is unelectable and everyone with half a brain and capable of clear thinking knows it. I'm sure Crystal is quite proud of herself. Tell ya' what, Crystal, your guy ain't gonna' win. Countless millions of Democrats will vote for McCain (you'd better believe it) rather than vote for another inexperienced rookie. We'll survive just fine with Pres. McCain for 4 years and then Hillary can run again, win, and bring decent Democratic values to our nation. If not Hillary in '08, then Hillary in 012!

    May 11, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  7. Susan Missouri

    We feel more super delegates should support Clinton.

    She is the more experienced of the two.

    She is for all people.

    Obama slammed the people of Pennsylvania

    His ties to Wright.

    Hillary 08!!

    May 11, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  8. mjaber

    Superdelegates are turning the tide in favor of Obama.
    Obama '08

    May 11, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  9. KATHY

    Well should Obama become the nominee-he is going to need all the help he can get, because the Republican machine is going to tear him apart and not think twice. They are NOT going to give up the White House without an all out war, and because Obama does not have the experience that is required to be president he will be defeated. The DNC will have committed suicide once again. Myself, being a Clinton supporter will decide to sit this one out come Nov, should Obama be given the nod by the DNC. And folks do not tell me its votes and delegates-that is not the job of the superdelegates. Thier job is to choose the best person to run in the general election. The loyalty should be for the party-not the person, but I do bet you that they will take the easy way out and hide behind thier decision.
    Like it our not, we are in a war, and whether we should have gone or not-is know a very mute point-for we are there. If you think for a moment the Republicans are going to sacrifice the lives of over 4000 brave men and women (much less the injured) to an 176 day Senator with no international experience,,,,,well you folks are nothing short of crazy. The Obama team will dispute, challenge and fight back, but it will not be enough. Thank you in advance DNC for yet another loss-and in this case a poor choice in Obama.
    Have fun Obama supporters--will be waiting your spin how how you lost this--O yeah, I forgot, you'll probably continue to blame Clinton

    May 11, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |

    Welcome aboard Miss Strait.

    Obama '08/'12

    May 11, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  11. Charles

    Thanks, Good Americans.
    Hope to see more of you this week.

    May 11, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  12. Anonymous

    Well finally this race is coming to an end. Thanks for all the new, young, old, experience supporters who understand how much this ill nation need a strong and smart leader who use his judgment for better of his people. I am gunho and fired up to see Obama on White House 6 months from now. This is democracy, this is the voice of great America. Are you fired up yet? Obama/Edwards 08

    May 11, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  13. Dj,WV

    Everyone here is so excited about Barack Obama. We have heard for years that their will be someone to bring this country together. I'm just glad it's happen in my life time. I will one day to be able to tell my kids I was part of that change you see today.

    Vote Obama for change!!!

    May 11, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  14. Common Sense

    If Democrats care about:
    1. Expanding the party base
    2. Longer shirt-tails for local elections in EVERY state
    3. A candidat who will unify the Party's position for strong mid-term elections...
    Then they all better start coming out for Obama who has
    1. Brought more newly registered voters to the base
    2. Run an organized 50-state strategy
    3. Has the leadership style to unify more than polarize.

    May 11, 2008 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  15. Unity

    rcp has him 4 Super.D ahead .. CNN keep up ...

    May 11, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  16. Gary Whiddon

    It is my opinion that Ms. Crystal Strait should have held back her vote until the end being that she is from California and that the state went for Hillary Clinton. Ms. Striat had nothing to loose or gain by this endorsement at this time. When asked if she did it just to aid Obama in evening the super delegate count she said not at all, but I do think that is exactly what she wanted to do as so she could get some air time. She claims that she made the decision because of the young voters. Does Ms. Strait honestly believe that all of the young voters are voting for Obama? How ridicilous was her statement?
    I believe that she may regret that she endorsed Mr. Obama today and that in the end, she may change her mind when the third of the super delegates supporting the youth votes, turns their direction towards Clinton just as the first of the three did a month or so ago.

    May 11, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  17. Leonides E. Villalon

    The analysis as for today is:

    Total delegates Obama Clinton
    2025 1864 161 to win 1697 328 to win


    Montana 16
    Oregon 52
    South Dakota 15
    Kentucky 51
    West Va. 28
    Puerto Rico 55

    total 217

    If it were a tie half of the 217 would be 108, and Obama would need
    53 superdelegates. Clinton would need 220 superdelegates.

    If it follows the percentage of the polls average in these states, then
    Obama would have a 60 percent, thus would have 130 delegates,
    thus would need 31 superdelegates. Clinton would have 87
    delegates, thus would need 241 superdelegates.

    The posibilities statistically and or mathematically are very far for
    Clinton to win the nomination, and she should know it by now.
    But, as someone said once, if the Democrats would have brains
    they would be Republicans, and she is too stubborn to accept the

    At the end the race for the White House will be Obama vs McCain
    and the citizens of the Great American Nation will vote for the
    candidate that will bring on the American beleifs, standards, and
    dreams e.g. John Mc Cain.


    May 11, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  18. fred

    what we need know is all the superdeldgates to go to obama, they worrie about hillary dont worrie about hillary she dont care about anyone but herself. she worries about mich. and flo. , i live in mich. and i know she done. hillary get out

    May 11, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  19. Democrat in Houston

    That tells you that the young and naive have been easy for Obama to brainwash. God Help America,NO OBAMA!!!

    May 11, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  20. Drew, Central FL

    Let the flood gates open.

    May 11, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  21. Zoey

    OBAMA !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! '08

    May 11, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  22. Anna Marie /AKA Anthony P Walsh

    It is time forhilary to drop out of the rase. I am 66 years old and Hilary is the worst candidate that I can ever rember in all my years. Hilary you thought you could win on your name. I beleive you have blacken Bill standing with the american.
    Anna Marie/AKA Anthony P Walsh

    May 11, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  23. Disappointed in California

    Well, another youngin.....and a woman at that! It is going to be a sad day for America if Obama gets the nomination. He is ill prepared for the Office of the President. For goodness sake, he can't talk without a teleprompter.

    Oh well, a Republican for the next four years. The Democrats missed the opportunity to take the White House in November and for that, they have Howard Dean to thank along with the DNC as a whole. Absolutely unbelievable!!!

    May 11, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  24. Bobby

    Thank you young for understanding that the world is looking on America. Barrack Obama will lead America to the greatest height. This guys is honest, responible, respectiful and most importantly, stands for something that is right.
    Clintons should understand that, America is not their private properties. In all due respect Hillary is strong and can be great president but i know, that barrack will do better job. My reason is that Hillary is more of old and polorise.
    If she can jump for the gas tax holiday just for political reason, i am sorry, but i can only say that she is a power monger. For a woman that is looking at America detororating everyday and all she can do is to play politics, God forbid, she is not a leader. She is for special interest.
    For a woman that can not manage her campaign, and has profited only from Obama mistake, i think that she should drop out with considering Vice.
    I love women and my mother, but if my mother is dis honest like clinton, i will disown her. People are suffering and all this woman care for is power. She is not representing feminist movement because, the people like Rose Park, Macline in Canada and all American women women sufferiage people stood for truth.
    My dear Clinton,
    I wish you and ur family the best but please, think about the future and leave this campaign with some respect.Whitin you, you know that Obama will lead America to the greatest height so why all this liar?

    May 11, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  25. Sue P / PA


    May 11, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
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