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. M.S. Indiana

    Mark Cross Junction VA, why are you talking about McCain ?? and by the way he haven't won...

    Congrats Obama, we love you !!! Let's beat McCain and get this over with !!!!! Dems for USA

    May 13, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  2. Enlightened Voter

    Great news but i have a question, if a person is more 'electable', shouldn't they be winning?????? And if a person is more 'electable' than why aren't the super's flocking to them????????

    May 13, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  3. Rose - Baltimore, MD

    Congrats Sen Obama and excellent choice Gov. Romer.

    May 13, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  4. bill

    Add former DNC Chair Roy Romer, and Barack needs only 146 more delegates to secure the nomination. With WV in their primary, I'd expect Barack to pull out 6 to 7 more today. As far as Clinton as a V.P.
    The democratic party had 2 strong senators run for the nomination. The eventual winner will need strong senators in place to move forward the agendas of the party. I think it would be foolish to remove Hillary from the senate at such a key time.

    Obama 08
    🙂

    May 13, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  5. proud army and navy mom

    i am an obama supporter. i despise Hillary.
    that said, i am not totally against her being on the ticket as VP.
    I might have to hold my nose while voting, but I am looking out for the greater good of our troops and our party.
    anyway, Sen Obama can reject and denounce her and Bill if they step out of line. it's all good.

    May 13, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  6. Kim, PA

    IF the democratic party would give the WINNER of the STATE all the delegates like the republicans, Hillary would be slamming Obama.

    HILLARY WOULD BE SLAMMING HIM in delegate count right now!

    the STUPERdelegate issue would not even be able to help obambee.

    what a ridiculous process!

    Hillary 2012!

    May 13, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  7. Misty

    Those of us who back Hillary do so because of her experience and seriousness, her intelligence and dilligence, her ability to lead...that plus getting 2 presidents for the price of one is great bonus...I don't trust Obama, I trust his wife less, so there is no way i will be able to vote for him just "for the sake of the party"...he is a poor second choice forced on us by the media....I'd rather have McCain and hope the media and country comes to it's senses in 2012

    May 13, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  8. Liar, Liar, plants on fire.

    James:....it is pretty interesting that the old white men are afraid of Clinton. I can't believe how she has so many people in politics spooked. I do not believe that they are loyalists. If this were the case, their loyalty is to the individual and not the party or the voters, which would support what so many non-American's making a living in America claim...we are not a democracy but a dictatorship and how dare us (U.S.) judge other countries when we have our own issues.

    May 13, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  9. 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 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  10. Lucas, Nashville TN

    It's like a walkout. Everyone marching to a refreshing new beat.

    May 13, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  11. Charles

    Hillary needs to go out with a bang, after what this party has done to her...the worst thing is a woman scorned! I don't see how she can stay with the dems...They fixed this election all along, it's so obvious!

    May 13, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  12. For the love of this independent

    Nevertheless Obama will be pressured to put Hillary on the Ticket.

    May 13, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  13. jim

    It has been a sad state of affairs this election season. By the way that the democratic leadership has treated Senator Clinton, I cannot in good concience vote for the Mr. Obama. I would rather write her name in. They asked her to run the threw her out like the trash while giving him the red carpet treatment.

    May 13, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  14. PT

    Somehow I find it hard to imagine an Obama – HillBilly (Hillary & Bill) ticket. With their dishonesty and delight in deceit...Barack would have to be forced into it but never on his own would he pick them. Ooops…Her.

    May 13, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  15. Maria Cox

    go Obama, 2008, florida. Maria

    May 13, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  16. bigben

    One question . Why does Hillary owe Obama any backing?

    May 13, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  17. Kenneth M

    HITLERY HAS THE NERVE TO BEG FOR THE VP SPOT AFTER TRASHING OBAMA IN WV. IF HE DOES NOT WIN IN NOV IT WILL BE BECAUSE OF HER ACTIONS IN WV AND KY. CHECK OUT MOVEON.SLICKHILLIE.COM

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

    No i do not want Hillary as VP also.

    i am not even a democrat ..I am just Obama supporter.

    I am tired of Conservative Republicans. And Hillary is similar to those

    May 13, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  19. Dylan

    OK... For a while these "Hillary or McCain" posts were really bothering me. How could so many delusional, small-minded Democrats actually exist?

    But I've come to the realization that the vast majority of these posters are not actually Democrats at all, but rather Republicans trying to stir things up even more as part of that fat drug-addict Rush Limbaugh's "Operation Chaos."

    So I warn you, when you read these posts: while there is a chance is actually is a militant Hillary supporter that has gone off the edge, it is more likely a Republican with a whole lot of time on his hands.

    May 13, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  20. Deb of RI

    I agree with BigBen "Democratic party trying to belittle Hillary win tonight.The party has been hi-jacked. Time for a third party" They all know Hillary's going to win big tonight and they want to make sure they come out for Obama before tomorrow's headlines read the truth in this campaign. Clinton wins the states that will win for Democrats in November. Obama will not win UNLESS he brings Hillary on board and I hope she turns it down. It's disgusting how she's been treated by her peers and this fight has been unbelievably hard for her while "golden boy" has been given the glory when MORE scandal and questions surround him and we don't even know everything about him yet! WAIT!

    Keep fighting, Hill!!!

    May 13, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  21. Fitz

    Bigben,
    You are here everyday with some negative crap about Obama. You seem to be just a very confused person spouting nonsense constantly. Do us all a favor, leave and don't come back.

    May 13, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  22. Omentum

    Hillary just as to win WV by 1000 percent and she will have the lead.

    Go Hillary!

    May 13, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  23. Jan From Boca Raton, Fl

    All the super deligates in the world are not going to make a difference
    in the general election.

    Millions of voters are still going to write Clinton's name on the
    ballot.

    People are going to vote Mccain, not vote or write in Hillary's name.

    Obama needs to come back in about 8 years when he has some
    experience under his belt and Rev. Wright has died.
    People may forget thre Bitter remarks, and Michelle Obama's anti
    american remarks.

    May 13, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  24. Kevin

    Obama/Hagel 2008

    Both Democrats and Republicans together..

    Unity 2008

    May 13, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  25. Obama all the way!

    Thanks supers!

    Hillary had a huge advantage going into this race – money and name recognition – so stop whining about the media. Obama had the media-created hubbub about his pastor so bad press was about equal for both candidates.

    Hillary was actually doomed in 2002 when she voted for the Iraq War. Her opposition then could have made a difference; she showed how craven she really was, and all her statements since then (the phony gas tax holiday, her comments about "hard-working white people") have only reinforced that she has zero ethics/convictions and will say anything just to win an election.

    And stop lying about the "popular vote." That phony math only works if you don't count the 44% who voted "none of the above" in Michigan as their only way of expressing opposition to Clinton, since Obama followed the party rules and took his name off the ballot. Once again lying from the Clintons – like that should be a surprise by now.

    No Clinton VP please! She has disqualified herself with all of her bad-mouthing of Obama plus the horrible way she's run her campaign ($20 M debt? what a loser!). Name someone good from Ohio so Dems can pick up that state.

    Democrats 08 & 12!

    May 13, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
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