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

Three more superdelegates for Obama

[cnn-photo-caption image= 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. Josh

    I'm sick of hearing this CNN...why do we have to make a big deal out of EVERY SINGLE superdelegate that switches to Obama.

    I am extremely disappointed in Americans at this point in time. If Hillary is not the nominee, we have missed an awesome opportunity to have one of the most dynamic leaders of this era. It will truly be a disgrace and a shame if she is not the nominee.

    May 13, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  2. John

    Obama will be president. Thank god, and we don't want Hillary for VP either. She should have no place in this Government, Hillary is a old time politition and they all need to go. Change is coming. Yes we did.

    May 13, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  3. Aaron

    this is great.

    now where do i post a comment about cnn tv? why are you having roland martin on a panel at 11:30am with amateurs like ignoramus bill schnider?

    May 13, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  4. No Obama

    Well, I guess the majority of them have gone crazy.

    May 13, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  5. Jamaal Kansas

    Obama keep going and to all you Hillary supporters that won't vote for Barack all I can say is good Bye Haters Obama 08 Donate to the Cause

    May 13, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  6. M.S. Indiana

    Welcome to camp Obama, you are all welcome.. Bring a friend or to and lets get on with beating McCain !!!!

    Where are the rest ?? hiding ?? Read the news and see how Democrats are beating republicans out of their offices !!! Come out people it is a good spring, the air is fresh and the sun is nice....

    May 13, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  7. Watching every move

    Yes, good job! Now can we get an avalanche!?!

    May 13, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  8. Clear Picture

    This is a really good sign – it's time for them to rally behind Obama and focus on the general election. Thank you Joe Donnelly, Ray Nagin, and Ray Romer!

    May 13, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  9. HH

    And the flood keeps coming. How many superdelagates did Clinton get 1 Obama got close to 30 its clear its Obamas nomination.

    Clinton even told everyone when she would exit, listen to the latest video she made. She thanked the voters and said its on to West Virginia, Kentucky and Oregon. No mention of Montana, South Dakota or Puerto Rico. She knows its over she wants to go out on a high.

    May 13, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  10. mn dharmas

    It is time for democrats to rally behind Barack. Unfortunately for Hillary whi8e her husband provided her with the opportunity to be a possible first woman president, she also has a lot of baggage , baggage that politicians gather by virtue of being around with lobbyist for decades. And then she didn't show good judgement by abusing her husband's pardon powers and so on.

    There are a lot of Could haves but if it didn't happen , it didn't . we will have a woman president , we are ready,but not just Hillary. just not yet.

    May 13, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  11. 60 year old white female, Mo

    No dream ticket Obama/Hillary.... Its really scary.. having Hillary in the Ticket ishaving also Bill in the Ticket... This is too much.. We need a real CHange+ No BUSH , NO Clinton...

    May 13, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  12. Tyical White Person

    The fact that in in the Democratic party a "Superdelegate" could potentially trump the popular vote is crazy, disrespectful, and patronizing.

    May 13, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  13. Punisher

    You can endorse Obama all you want, this lifelong democrats will not vote for him in General Election, my vote will go to John McCain. The DNC also can kiss my regular contribution for them goodbye, NO HILLARY, NO MONEY FOR THE DNC!

    I ONLY TRUST McCain and Hillary for our NATIONAL SECURITY and to do the right thing for our soldiers serving in Iraq. I DO NOT TRUST Obama, his own campaigner that resigned yesterday already talking with Hamas. I want a TRUE PATRIOT to LEAD my COUNTRY, not someone who will turn his back on America if there's a political shift in the wind and side with Muslims.

    HILLARY OR McCAIN 08!!!!!

    May 13, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  14. LB

    It's time to unite the party not divide the united states by race or gender. Both Clinton and Obama have great ideas to bring this country forward. A Vote for Obama in the general election will help all Americans. Isn't this what we really want in the end! Who wants more years of war in Iraq, no help for the economy, higher gas prices? Only McCain wants that, NOT the American people. Vote Obama not only for yourself but for all the Americans.

    May 13, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  15. Majority Rule Moral Majority

    Those poor caucasian slobs in West Virginia. Don't they know their votes do not count in a country where gerrymandered districts and elections are based on racial issues. Now if they did not live in a State where 95% of the voters were caucasian and more like 30% in Alabama then the Africans could take over and run things like they want once the gerrymandered judges they get put on the bence rule in their favor of course. I have not figured out how the yankees north of the Mason-Dixon Line ,without the War for Southern Independence for them to constantly site, could tell Southerners how to live with these racist Africans when they do not live with any at all? Perhaps when the Democratic Party run by these racist Africans, socialists, and communists put it in the face of these caucasians and put their mulim man on top of the ticket then they will realize who is running this show!

    May 13, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  16. Mirror Mirror

    Ouch, Washington Post reports today that a pledged delegate from Maryland is going to switch his vote to Obama and is urging others to do so. I'm an Obama supporter but do not support this behavior (although Clinton once said that it was OK to do so).....

    May 13, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  17. Omentum


    May 13, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  18. FSI

    Hillary/McCain – try 2000.

    May 13, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  19. Don't get it.....

    i just dont understand why hillary supporters are SO bitter .... bitter enough to vote for McCain.....


    May 13, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  20. Anonymous

    Again....who cares about W. Virginia....if any "pundit" is looking at that as some big win, they are simpletons and clearly Clinonites brainwashees. If reference to the earlier comments about a majority of dems wanting Billary on the ticket as VP, I don't know any who do. In fact I know a lot of independents who would in no way whatsoever vote for that ticket. So I'd like to say with emphasis. "HELL NO!" Wake up people.

    May 13, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  21. Pamela P

    Please please Hilary for the sake of the Democratic Party and a Fresh new change for our nation, end your strugle now and lets unite behind Mr. Obama. The world needs his vision now. Stop being angry , and foolish. This is not about you. It is about the future or our beloved nation

    May 13, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  22. Brian from Fort Mill, S.C.

    Dave in Atlanta:

    I don't know the rules, but it's true. He's a superdelegate. I was just as surprised. You can google it.

    May 13, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  23. Amber

    Way to go Obama. Keep em coming. On the other hand, For all you Hillary supporters who say that will not vote for Obama in the election will only be hurting themselves. You all will be the first ones crying when you end up in a worse position than you are today. You people are pathetic and are not true democrats. So go ahead, vote for McBush so your kids will never come home from the war and by the time he's done, we'll all be paying 7.00 a gallon for gas. Idiots!

    May 13, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  24. Terry

    CNN!!! Update your numbers. Real Clear Politics already has Obama +11. Why does it take your people so long??? Anyway. Great news!!!

    Obama 08/12

    May 13, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  25. Obama 2008

    I wish the super delegates will make a condition that Obama will NOT hire Hillary as his VP. Hillary is bad for Democrats and we will lose the general election in November if Obama makes the mistake.

    I also think that offering Hillary VP spot, under pressure from party elders or influencial delegates, will show us that Obama really does not believe in his own message of CHANGE.

    Hillary is opposite of CHANGE. She is not even trust worthy.

    Please, Obama, do not make the mistake of selling yourself out for the office. In the process, you would be selling out people like me, your supporters since when no one knew you.

    I still believe that you will do the right thing. Let Hillary retire from politics – or better yet, let her join GOP – she will fit right in.

    May 13, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
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