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. Dj

    Looks like Sen. Clinton will win and lose today.

    She will win a moral victory in WV (for her own self-esteem)

    She will lose the nomination as the superdelegates continue to come forth to support Obama. (for the good of the country).

    May 13, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  2. OBAMA 08!

    WELCOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    WOOOHOOOO!!!!!!!!!

    OBAMA 08

    May 13, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  3. Larry

    Hill's best scenario now is to Win in W. Virginia and Kentucky and go out with a bang. She then needs to make a case for the VP spot. The pattern of superdelegates supporting Obama all but puts the nail in the coffin for her.

    May 13, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  4. rs

    tick tock tick tock tick tock . . .

    May 13, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  5. Brian from Fort Mill, S.C.

    The levee is about to break. But this time it's Hurricaine Obama!

    May 13, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  6. Stevo in PA

    The Superdelegate know the Math!!! They are Uniting the party.
    Hoorah for the Superdelegates!!!

    Let unite the Democrate Party NOW!!!!!
    Obama will take Hilliary along for the VP ticket, He's no dummy.
    Let's win in landslide fashion and take congress as well!!!!

    Obama / Clinton 08'

    May 13, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  7. Kim, Charlotte, NC

    Thank you very much. The Democratic Party is ready to move on.

    May 13, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  8. Paul

    Keep it coming! I still am on the Hagel story.

    May 13, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  9. j

    It is time to bring the Democratic Party together and begin preparing for the general election. I like John McCain but he would be a terrible president – we need to come together and start challenging his bad ideas.

    May 13, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  10. shelly in IL

    YES, YES! Lets get it over with already. Thank you to all the Senator O supporters and lets get ready for November.

    May 13, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  11. Tony

    And, with that, it's over. It was a nice run, Senator Clinton. Please take a seat, enjoy your complimentary tub of popcorn, and enjoy the show.

    May 13, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  12. Kenneth M

    NONE OF THIS MATTERS BECAUSE HER SUPPORTERS ARE GOING TO VOTE FOR MCCAIN IN NOV. THERFORE ALL OF THE THINGS THAT SHE WANTS AND CLAIMS ARE SO IMPORTANT WILL HAVE TO WAIT UNTIL 2016 WHEN ANOTHER GENERATION OF DEMS ARE BOLD ENOUGH TO STEP UP. BECAUSE IF HE LOOSES BECAUSE OF HER I WILL MAKE IT MY LIFES WORK TO MAKE SURE SHE LOOSES IN 2012 STARTING JAN 09. SO YOU SLICK HILLIE SUPPORTER BEWARE. SUPPORT OBAMA OR SHE WILL NEVER BE PRESIDENT.

    May 13, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  13. Erik B

    Thank you guys, let's end this primary and Unite this party.

    Hopefully we can have a Democrat in office in November.

    Obama/Sebelius 08′

    May 13, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  14. Capt. Smash, Salt Lake City, Utah

    We could have predicted 60 years ago how West Virgina would come out today! THE SOUTH WILL RISE AGAIN!

    It is clear to me what the difference is, the states West of the Mississippi or more progressive and educated. A lot states on the on the east side of the Mississippi still live in the past never fully understanding those who live around them. They stay locked up in there homes always afraid of those who are different.

    Obama will win every state West of the Mississippi with the exception of Arizona McCain’s home state. Obama is well loved out here in the West we always look into a mans heart and see his soul . That is how the West was won we always look ahead. We do not have all the problems you have on the east side of the Mississippi, we always look forward instead of backwards.

    The hate and racism you have handed down from generation to generation in the East does play well out hear in Gods Country. We are not perfect out hear butt we will give a man a honest hearing.

    May 13, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  15. fairandstraight

    It is high time. The Democrats are about to fall for the oldest trick in the book. We need to unite the party. Together we stand and divided we fall. As long as the Republicans play with this race by trying to keep Sen. Clinton out there fighting to win, Sen. McCain will look like a strong candidate ready to unite. Before we know it, we will be in this present condition for the next 4 to 8 years.

    Obama 08!!!

    May 13, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  16. Sue / PA

    WaHOOOOO!!!! Keep rolling them in.... Thank You Supers

    I also agree..tis time we end this primary and begin the process of defeating McCain.

    All Democrats Unite!!! The time is NOW!!!!

    YES WE CAN

    Obama 08 and 12

    Older Female White Voter

    May 13, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  17. keith

    well it sems as though obama's goin to win so lets just help him get rid of bush,,,oops i meant mccain

    May 13, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  18. Ex-Democrat now Independent

    Time to fall in line behind McCain. Dems have lost their chance to take the White House.

    Go team.

    May 13, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  19. bigben

    Tonight is the eve of destruction. Big Blowout. Followed by Hillary unleasing something on Obama tomorrow while he on his heels.

    May 13, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  20. Timothy

    Only 147 total delegates to go and he's the nominee. He will likely pick up at least 10 more pledged delegates tonight in West Virginia. It is time for us to come together. Hillary has fought hard, but she didn't win this one. Democrats need to face that fact. Wishing will not change it. Even Carville admits it now. That truly is news.

    May 13, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  21. J. Indiana

    Donnelly will certainly go down with the rest of them and that's fine with Hoosiers!

    Come on superdelegates! Wake up now!

    May 13, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  22. SAM2008

    I think McCain will be the president, I am sure if Obama is the Nominee.
    This is America and wont vote for somebody going to bring FIRST LADY proud of other country not AMERICA.
    MS OBAMA not PROUD of AMERICA how DARE you are going to VOTE for HIM and HIS WIFE. I think she will try to make UNIVERSAL HEALTH CARE to some other countries she is PROUD of.

    May 13, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  23. Josh

    Ray Romer.... that must be ROY Romer's long lost twin brother! I wonder who ROY will throw his support to...

    May 13, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  24. Karen

    So....He's endorsing Obama not because he thinks Obama is the best candidate, but because "we need to end it." Well, there you have it folks - the attitude of people who make judgments and the big decisions for us.

    And oh by the way Mr. Donnelly, what happen to voting the will of your constituency? Senator Clinton won your state!

    There you have it Senator Obama, your "new" kind of politics. I'm beginning to think Obama meant that when it goes his way - it's the "new" kind of politics.

    May 13, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  25. J in Dallas

    Turn off the lights when you leave.
    Take a look at these superdelegates, they have pull with their parties and are well respected in their communities. Barack will be able to pull together a coalition that can lead this country in the right direction.

    May 13, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
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