May 13th, 2008
12:00 PM ET
13 years ago

Three more superdelegates for Obama

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/05/13/art.romer.ap.jpg caption="Romer, a former DNC chairman, endorsed Obama Tuesday."]

(CNN) - Barack Obama picked up endorsements from three more superdelegates Tuesday, extending his lead over Hillary Clinton in that category to seven.

Indiana Rep. Joe Donnelly, New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin, and former Colorado Gov. and onetime Democratic National Committee Chairman Ray Romer have all announced they are backing the Illinois senator.

In a conference call with reporters, Romer acknowledged he has known both Clintons much longer than he has known Obama, but said he feels it is now impossible for the New York senator to win the nomination.

“There is a time we need to end it and direct ourselves to the general election. I think that time is now," he said.

According to CNN's tally, Obama now has the support of 280 superdelegates compared to Clinton's 273.

soundoff (386 Responses)
  1. Chad

    Mark Cross Junction VA May 13th, 2008 12:43 pm ET
    Our Country is doomed when this man takes office. We can only blame the idiots that vote for him.

    Funny Mark......cause that is exactly what I was feeling in 2000 and AGAIN in 2004, OHH, how the tables have turned my friend!!

    May 13, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  2. Mary in CT

    I don't recognize the Democratic party any longer...Obama claims his message is all about peace and change and togetherness, but his supporters are mean, hateful, prejudiced, self-righteous bullies......I don't like it.

    WE NEED AN INDEPENDENT CANDIDATE NOW

    May 13, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  3. Hoop Hoop Hooray!!!

    Welcome aboard the Obama super train.... For those still weeping here is a quote that HRC made which only shows how desperate and stupid she is. ""found how Sen. Obama's support among working, hard-working Americans, white Americans, is weakening again, and how whites in both states who had not completed college were supporting me." Does she mean to say black americans do not work hard?????

    May 13, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  4. A white woman for Obama

    Who is still saying Hillary can win, or will have the popular vote??

    Get informed!! Either you support a democrat or you don't.

    Hillary did not sweep MI or FL – she just changed the rules after the game. Even giving Hillary an edge in these states, she will not have the popular vote, the most delegates, the most states won, the most so-called 'big' states, nor the support of the majority of superdelegates.

    Move on, support your party, or shut up.

    May 13, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  5. MMN - Milwaukee WI

    I think by June we’ll see the true colors of the Clintons.

    They’ve thrown everything at this and nothing’s working.
    Money already $20M in the RED.
    Fussy Math by her surrogates (Lenny Davis, Terry McCaliffe, James Carville et al)
    Kitchen sinks I think her neighbors have filed missing kitchen sinks reports.
    Gender/Racial cards.
    Worst I hope they are not praying for something bad to happen to Barack.

    Since Hillary can’t move the finish line beyond June 3rd I think she’ll try to have the Mexican state of Chihuahua added to the union for one more primary to buy more time.

    This has become an all or nothing for Hillary. She’s so blinded by this that I don’t think she realizes she’s lost the chances of being the VP and her senate seat in the process cause I have lots of doubt in her senate re-election.

    May 13, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  6. marvin

    The Democratic process of choosing a nominee is ridiculous. All the drama of the superdelegates.....If the dems were chosen in a fair and blunt manner like the republicans, this race would be over by now and it would have a different outcome.

    May 13, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  7. LINDA SIN

    COME ON BILLARY IT IS TIME TO " LEAVE " YOU HAVE DONE ENOUGH TO SEPARATE THIS PARTY... OBAMA IS FOR UNITING NOT FOR DIVIDING THIS COUNTRY !!!!!

    May 13, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  8. James

    God is wonderful. Keep them coming.

    May 13, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  9. Nikita D. Williams

    Thank you for your support and endorsement for Barack.

    Please continue your support as you encourage other superdelegates that now is the time to rally around the presumptive Democratic nominee, Barack Obama; with great respect.

    With much gratitude and appreciation.

    May 13, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  10. steve

    Hilary take the vp slot if its offered, you put up a good figt but its over.
    Dont spoil the democrats chanches of winning the white house, and don't taint it with the subtle race issue, and for hillary supporters who say they will never support a black man, this is 2008 GET REAL,
    of course if you want * more years of Bush there is always (Ive lost my bearings) Mcain

    May 13, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  11. J.S.

    Hillary Clinton's feminist supporters are quick to proudly proclaim that they would vote for McCain when Senator Obama wins the nomination.

    I wonder if they would feel so high and mighty if they ran the risk of driving over a road-side bomb on their way to Starbucks....in their Volvo.

    May 13, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  12. sellland

    CNN mispelled the name. It's Roy Romer. Not Ray Romer.

    May 13, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  13. Steve - Minneapolis

    I think it is telling that the supers are coming in for Barack as Hillary is winning a primary (one that, of course, doesn't matter). Now that it is over it shouldn't matter if Barack offers her VP (please don't let it happen) or not. She should be his strongest supporter and do all she can to convince her backers to support him.

    It should make no difference if she is a VP candidate or not. She should be backing Obama without reservation.

    .... but then it's Hillary. I doubt we will see this one act of concern for the party.

    May 13, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  14. Hillary in 08

    Roy Romer...Wasn't he Chairman of DNC when Abraham Lincoln was President?

    May 13, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  15. Aditi

    Obama can win as many superdelegates but winning presidency is not a matter of internal poiltics. That is why it is called election and not selection.

    May 13, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  16. Kendall - Baltimore

    This is great news! However, Obama-Clinton is NOT a dream ticket. I used to think it would be. Senator Clinton has done too much damage and I don't believe Senator Obama or the DNC owe her anything. If Senator Obama picks her to be his running mate it would appear that he is doing to satisfy her. It would also be more of the "same old Washington" that he is trying to get away from.

    Let her go ahead with a leadership position in the Senate. How about Governor of New York?

    May 13, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  17. lovely

    I agree it's time to end this nomination race and prepare for the
    Novemer election against the Republicans and McCain .
    The following SuperDelegates needs to follow suit time is nearing
    we need to stop wasting time on this race Hillary has double the
    number needed for the nomination as to Obama's 154 needed.
    The continued dividing of the Dem Party is now in the blame of the
    SuperDelegates. 154 needs to come forward to keep our party strong!

    May 13, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  18. Gadiss

    Thanks all of you. This is what we are going to see.

    May 13, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  19. Hillary supporter

    Hillary will be a winner! (If they count all 50 states); I can't see the new first lady with her comment "first time to proud of America". What happen If her husband not won election; is she still proud of America or God dam America?

    May 13, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  20. Go Hillary

    I guess all the male superdelegates don't want a WOMAN in the white house ! This race is also about man v. woman !
    Wake up

    May 13, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  21. AJ, IL

    Hillary as a VP ticket? No way. She is not needed. A democrat will win New York. If Obama adds the Governor of Kansas, Serbrius, to the ticket, he will lock up the "white women" vote. If Obama adds Gov. Rendell (Pa) or Gov. Kaines (Va), he can add those states to the electoral map. If Obama adds Republican Senator Chuck Hagel, GAME OVER! Obama would win Independents (62 vs 38) over McCain and gain about 15% to 20% Republicans.

    May 13, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  22. nic from england

    Im a white conservative in the uk (you can call me a torrrey )
    but obama represents something we havent seen b4 in any country not in this century any way .
    Give him the bloke a chance
    At least he seems like some one that willl step down if he is not doing a good job much like tony blair (my torey friends will hate me for that)
    but he is good no matter how much u hate him ..You know there is a diffrence in how he has held his campaign compae to what hilary did .

    Hilary Democrats give the bloke a chance..In UK we already pay 8 dollars a gallon thanks to Bush..This is what you will get if you go republican

    The united kingdom is watching it wold be a shame if you voted for the wrongest person just because the person u like did not get the go ahead ..
    Republican are gonna continue to lead USA and the rest of the world to higher ,gas prices,higher food prices ,higher medical costs(as they own all insurance companies) and higher cost of education.
    Dont shoot youreself in the foot for sentiment reasons

    Obama for president of usa .
    Obama for king of england

    May 13, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  23. Comedy Central

    We all know that Obama is going to get the nomination so you really don't have to continue with the negative Hillary remarks.

    I won't vote for Obama based on his lack of record, his ties to Marxist influences and his ever so typical climb to power through the Chicago political machine. No vote even if Hillary is placed on the ticket. Obama is not qualified to be POTUS. Hillary would be nothing but his patsy and blame machine as he struggles along trying to bring about this change he talks about. Laughable. Michelle Obama was unapologetic as she herself stated several months ago that she would not vote for the "other" Democrat if her husband did not win this primary. She had no "loyalty" to her party, why should any Democrat have to vote for Obama just because he represents the party? So in Michelle fashion, I will not vote for her husband. The country comes first, not the party. And by the way, I won't be voting for Senator McCain either. There are other options.

    May 13, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  24. Danny

    Your guy support with the wrong so your guy going to lose your sit in next
    election for sure and we not going to vote for your guy anymore. Your guy
    really anti-American and support with the guy not stand for American.

    May 13, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  25. Democrat for change

    Obama/Hagel in '08!!

    Hillary will be of the most service to the country as a Senator.

    May 13, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
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