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. Rom,NY

    Yeah, + a DC superdelegate, Anita Bonds, chair of the DC Democratic Party. CNN update your delegate count

    Democrat 08
    Obama or Clinton, never McSame

    May 13, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  2. Eugene, Oregon

    Fascinating how there is this push to end the nomination process prior to the convention. Very anti-democratic. Didn't used to be this way. The convention really did the nomination and we got better leaders. Who really knows what this man Obama will do if elected. Some of you vehement supporters please tell me how he will make America a better more responsible country.

    May 13, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  3. Jodie, Idaho

    Unite Democrats!!!!

    May 13, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  4. JM

    Clinton should run as an independant.She would probably win.

    May 13, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  5. Carol

    Welcome aboard. I hope that after the primaries, Hillary will help unite the party that lately she has been party to dividing.

    This attitude of cutting of your nose to spite your face with some of her supporters stating they will vote for McCain is ridiculous.

    All they will do is help continue the failed administration of George Bush and hurt themselves and the Nation.

    May 13, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  6. lol

    our independent/ write in candidate doesn't need the superdelegates.the dnc has backstabbed hillary throughout this primary. do the superdelegates and dnc think obama will win without hillary's supporters.(not gonna happen)the UNITE AND WRITE CAMPAIGN is organizing. UNITE AND WRITE hillary clinton's name on the ballot in november. the hillary loyalist are not going to let the crooked dnc, and biased media stomp on our candidate!

    May 13, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  7. pee-d-feet cause something stinks

    This drip of supers has become a tide pool and soon will become a flood!!!

    May 13, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  8. Viva Obama 08

    The math will not work for Clinton.
    Florida and Michigan must not be seated.

    May 13, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  9. Kim, Charlotte, NC

    Thank you. We Democrats are ready to move on.

    May 13, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  10. Love Huckabee

    Yeah, go Obamie!

    Yeah, former Huckabee independent turned Obamaite!

    Obama 08!

    May 13, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  11. Theo Varelas

    147 delegates to go. This is truly over. WV KEN & ORE should give him about 47-55 and then he just needs about 80 out of the remining 200+ Supers left. He should realistically have 2025 before Clinton even concedes.

    May 13, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  12. Jason

    🙂

    May 13, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  13. miller

    Enough... stop the name calling and fighting. It is time to unite behind Obama.

    May 13, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  14. John

    W.V./KY only prolong the inevitable, plus damage the Democratic Party's chance of winning in Nov. What has Hillary done for you? Promises, promises........ Don't let this phoney ruin the party's chance for victory. Vote Obama today! Please!

    May 13, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  15. Helene

    The fight is over and I hope that Clinton is NOT the Vice-President.

    May 13, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  16. Sam

    It's actually four CNN, please catch up with ABC

    May 13, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  17. Kay

    Reved up and ready to go...the superdelegates are getting on board.

    OBAMA 2008/2012

    May 13, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  18. Venus

    What do you mean 3! So far today he got 5-Supers!

    YES WE CAN!

    I love how the Obama campaign drip these out!

    This is going to be a big day for Hillary!

    But... it's going to be a great day for Obama!

    Yes!

    May 13, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  19. mark

    If Clinton's supporters believe that Obama is unlikely to win the general election in November and they so desperately want a Democrate to win, the only logical thing to do would be to start working their butts off for Obama to change that scenario, because no matter how 'in denial' you are, Barack Obama is now clearly going to be the nominee.

    May 13, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  20. Media Blackout May 15th

    Tell the Fat Lady to warm up her vocal cords. I'll pick her up in a few minutes.

    May 13, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  21. KAB

    Finally!!
    Thanks CNN

    Do you Sen Clinton supporters even see the numbers?
    It is not realistic to think she can win.
    It's unreal.
    Can you add?
    Try it you might suprise yourself.
    Or are you banking on this being another "Bush" type of win?
    That's it right?
    She will have to fix it to win. That's why it's so important to get Michigan and Florida to count .
    Count Fla if you like but how can you count a state where only 1 nominee was on the ballot? You can't.

    May 13, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  22. Jamaal Kansas

    That is 4 Super Delegates to endorse not 3 This is what we call a avalanche of supers He has gotton almost 30 supers in 1 week he only needs 146 Delegates to win the nomination Hopefully that will come to close after Kentucky and Oregon vote. Obama 08

    May 13, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  23. jfs Memhis, Tn

    Welcome aboard Folks !!!!!!!!!! The time for healing has come. Sen. Clinton needs to stop running up her debt and offering false hopes to a very important electorate group. Let's end this thing tommorrow or Thursday and let the nomination process progress as a unified Party.

    May 13, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  24. Dave, Cleveland, Ohio

    I find it incredible that the Democrats would give "super delegate" status to an idiot mayor like Ray Nagin. His actions before, during, and after Katrina are a major embarasment to public servants everywhere. I am just thankful that CNN didn't get a quote from him.

    May 13, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  25. Ken Austin, TX

    Things are looking grim for Clinton supporters.

    May 13, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
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