May 12th, 2008
11:18 AM ET
14 years ago

Obama takes superdelegate lead for the first time

(CNN) - With the endorsement of Congressman and Senate candidate Tom Allen, Barack Obama pulled ahead of Hillary Clinton in CNN’s count of Democratic superdelegates Monday.

In a statement released by the Obama campaign, Allen said both Democratic candidates were “supremely qualified” to be president.

“I have been friends for a very long time with former President Clinton and Senator Clinton. I respect their service to our nation. Hillary Clinton has run a vigorous campaign and has attracted a passionate following in Maine and around the country. She loves this country and is a true leader. For her service, I am grateful,” he said.

“Most of the primary voters across the nation have now spoken. It is time to bring a graceful end to the primary campaign. We now need to unify the Democratic Party and focus on electing Senator Obama and a working majority in the United States Senate…”

Allen first met former President Bill Clinton when both were Oxford University students four decades ago.

UPDATE: Hawaii superdelegates Dolly Strazar and Sen. Daniel Akaka and Idaho Democratic Party chairman Keith Roark endorsed Obama Monday afternoon, bringing the CNN count to 277-273 in favor of Obama.

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soundoff (273 Responses)
  1. Debby

    WEll the more the superdelagates flock to Obama before these primaries are done, the more the Clinton supporters will flock to McCain, so keep up the good work Howard Dean you moron.

    May 12, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  2. Gary in VA

    Obama will be the next President of the United States. Haters step aside. God is more powerful than any hater can be. White vote, sorry but there's more than the white vote out there. Please post this the other one you didn't CNN. Keep it real.

    May 12, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  3. Victor

    Thank You – it's great to see the SD's speaking up and casting their votes, we need to back our candidate and move forward and secure our candiate Barack Obama and focus on the general elections.

    Regards and Thanks,

    May 12, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  4. Rod

    Since when is Puerto Rico a state. I think its ludicrous to try to count them when they don't even vote in the general election.
    thats just grasping to find some metric that works for you when pretty much every metric currently supports Obama for President.

    May 12, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  5. Harrison

    Obama got another SD from Hawaii.......

    May 12, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  6. virginia nielsen

    Hillary would never win in November, as she voted for the war like McCain. OBAMA is the only one that can "obliterate" McCain or any Republican in November because of all the issues that we have right now, due to Bush years. Wake up America !!! OBAMA 2008-2012 !!!

    May 12, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  7. Marty, Orlando

    Thank you.
    Yes we can.

    Obama 08

    May 12, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  8. Jack Colson

    Whichever way the wind blows guys ! If something comes out about Obama that is negative, back to Clinton. They should be called superweasels.
    Whatever happened to the Public Servant? The Harry Truman, the Teddy Roosevelt, the Abraham Lincoln – since Eisenhauer they have been for the most part people for "self".

    May 12, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  9. Realistic

    You Obama supporters just keep pushing the other Democrats further and further away from your candidate. Obama is not a uniter....he is nothing but a fake. He has no experience period. This has got to go down in history as the worst Democratic choice to run for President in the entire history of the U.S.

    Keep in mind that earlier voters for Obama did not know the whole story behind Mr. Obama. Given this, he will lose by the hugest Democrat loss in history.

    May 12, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  10. Marc in DeKalb, IL

    He has been ahead since late last week by other, less Clinton-favoring accounts...

    May 12, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  11. Jack Colson

    Don't you get it Sir? People think Obama is a Muslim as evidence albeit circumstancial appears to point in that direction. Time will tell.
    If we are too late – we have a major problem.

    May 12, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  12. Anna

    Do you agree with McCain on the issues?
    If you do then you should vote for him.
    If you agree with Obama on the issues then you should vote for him.

    Thanks Congressman Allen.

    May 12, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  13. Anthony-NY

    Hillary as an Independent? Why don't you hand McCain the election now?

    May 12, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  14. Nancy

    I have decided to be "Independent" from now on because the Democratic party blew it for Sen. Cllinton when they dismissed FL/MI.
    I think Sen. Obama should have dropped out when Clinton was ahead. We need a woman President!!

    May 12, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  15. jane in CA

    Thanks to Senator Allen, you think of the country above all. Hill won't quit until she shows the world how powerful she is. Eventhoug, it's just a powerful looser.

    May 12, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  16. fred

    Doesn't matter he will never win!!

    Go Hillary...if not McCain!!

    May 12, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  17. dmw

    I will NEVER vote for Obama for President. The Democratic Party has turned me off by their disloyality and disrespect for Hillary during this process.

    May 12, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  18. Roy

    And with that, the Democratic party elite have handed the White House keys to John McCain.

    Good job.

    Hillary should run as an Independent now... the Democratic party is destroyed.

    May 12, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  19. Peter

    Big up Obama, Can't wait to see you take the oath of office in January 09. Mr. President Obama

    May 12, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  20. Shawn from Kansas

    What would it take ?

    If: WV, KY, PR go for Hillary 75%-25%

    and: They split delegates in OR, SD, MT – 50%-50%

    and: Clinton gets 66% of remaing superdelegates.

    Obama still wins. That's a pretty dismal picture.

    May 12, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  21. Helena

    Hillary Clinton will likely win West Virginia & Kentucky, however Obama will win Oregon, Montana & South Dakota putting him even further over the top and on to the nomination. Even my 5th grader has done the math. Hillary Clinton will not be the nominee.

    May 12, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  22. Nancy

    Sen Cinton is the most competent and best qualified to lead USA! GO CLINTON!

    May 12, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  23. EXCITED - Cedar Hill, TX

    AWESOME!!!!!! AWESOME!!!!

    May 12, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
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