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. Good

    glad to hear that 3 more got smart. why would anyone vote for Hillary and her guastapo racist people. They are the ones causing the problems. I also feel sorry for my relatives in WV who dont know any better than vote for her and realize that those poorly educated white folks live to close to the status quo lies of washington and dont understand that they are being taken advantage of.

    God knows I love those people and that area and vacation there, but please look what status quo has done for you........nothing except 25% unemployment in some counties and cities are in rubble, vote for change and get the Clintons out......

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

    it would be the same of Washington politics....sorry he cant and wont choose her....

    May 13, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  3. St.Everest

    too bad, Hilary Clinton ending it all with more wrinkles and shame at the end of the day.that serves her right, Americans have demonstrated that they dont want a sturbon and loudmouted leader. Bravo our wise superdeleagates.Obama for us all.

    May 13, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  4. Renee

    Actually, Hillary's best scenerio is to leave the democratic party and run independent!

    It seems that her party left her a long time ago!

    CLINTON RUN INDEPENDENT!!!!!

    May 13, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  5. Boston for Obama

    OBAMA 08 in spite of Hillary's attempt to split and destroy the Democrats. Thanks

    May 13, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  6. Alisha(Independent voter) MN

    Even if Sen. Clinton wins by a landslide (as projected) in W. VA, mathematically she still cannot pull ahead of Sen. Obama. I am glad to know that a majority of the superdelegates can understand basic arithmetic. Although I will say that I admire Hillary's fight and do believe that she should remain in the race until the primary season is over, and all of the voters have their fair say in the election of the democratic nominee. With that said, Dems please unite so that we can get the GOP out of the white house for good; they did enough damage to last a life time. Independent voting for a Democrat in '08

    May 13, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  7. justobserve

    Thank you all the superdelegates who have declared their supports to Obama who have won the most pledged delegates. Not only it is a show of their loyalty to the party, not to a person, but also a show of respect for the party's rules. One can't accept a party candidate making fun of the party's rules by keeping argueing for different criteria to win the nomination. The most damaging of all is Clinton continue to divide voters into different groups then argue for her votes instead of working to help them to support the party in the GE. Clinton still clings to it to get a few more delegates but superdelegates can stop that. It's the time they show their courage in the face of the powerful Clintons. If the situation is reversed, no one has any doubt at all that Obama would have been pushed out by a flood of supedelegates supporting Clinton. Why are they still waiting?

    May 13, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  8. yousef hamad

    why is she insisting on embaresing the party leaders?

    May 13, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  9. Anti-Obama

    If Hillary can't get the nomination, I wish she can run as an Independent candidate!

    Hillary, let's run because of this nation, not because of the stupid Democratic party. This nation will be in chaos if Obama is elected. You must stop him by running independently!!!!!

    May 13, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  10. l.a.p.

    God Bless u Hillary

    u really showed, a heart, DON'T GIVE UP, at the end you are a 100% time better than him...no matter what....

    May 13, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  11. Hmmmm

    Mark Cross you must be a Hilliary supporter. Go play in traffic with all your negative comments. You're the IDIOT! LOSER!

    Anyhoo,
    The supers know it's really over for Hilliary at this point so whether they like it or not, Obama is the nominee so it's better to join in now than later. Other's need to flock but they will in time.

    May 13, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  12. Whiskey

    Past quotes from intelligent responses
    “CNN – Please Post or do you want a divided party?
    People…I am guilty of bashing. Yes, I can admit it. But we all are. It is time to stop blaming each other. Both sides did it. It wasn't just the Obama supporter or just the Clinton supporters. IT WAS BOTH SIDES.
    We need to get past the he said, she said playground justice and focus on the real issue…KEEPING MCCAIN out of the White House.
    As I said before, I am guilty. I bashed on both sides. I started supporting one candidate and later changed sides. Who I support doesn't matter because their stand on the issues is almost identical.
    Rush wants us to continue to bash and to keep us weak because he knows we could get anyone elected if we stood together. He fears US…A UNITED DEMOCRATIC PARTY!
    So let's leave the name calling and finger pointing to the children on the playgrounds and act like adults. Once again, me included.
    Let's end the negative and focus on the challenge…Beating McCain.
    This is my pledge. Who stands with me?”

    “I don't understand why those who support Hillary are so bent on voting for McCain in the general.
    It is a spiteful, petty thing to do and shows no concern for our country whatsoever.
    Please get out of your own selfishness long enough to support the DEMOCRAT because nothing good can come out of another 4 years of GWB, and that is what McCain offers.
    Also, FL and MI knew what they were doing – and so did both Barack and Hillary – it was agreed to.
    Barack has the popular vote and the delegates – it is time to UNITE as a country”

    I love how all the "if not Hillary then McCain" fools are saying that Obama can not win in November. As she could, Look there is a reason why she is not winning the election you morons and you think she could win in November. She cant even win the primary.

    May 13, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  13. Tim to Bigben

    Bigben!!! Here is a good quote that I think will help you tremendously. "Better to remain silent and be thought an idiot than to speak out and remove all doubt."

    May 13, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  14. mona

    I take issue with all who say that someone not voting for Obama is a racist...

    Race has nothing at all to do with it! Being an American has everything to do with it! I will NOT be voting for this man. Any one who will not say the Pledge of Allegience and won't put his hand over his heart while doing so should not be President of the United States. This man is all smoke and mirrors and I shudder to think if he wins the presidency!

    May 13, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  15. Senior from San Jose, CA

    Good choice, gentlemen!

    Folks, where is the guarantee that Hillary would win as an independent?
    And what is this "she might win the popular vote"? Those of you who believe this want it to be so.

    I hope Hillary has grown from this experience and will be wiser for it.

    May 13, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  16. Olivia

    Seems all the former DNC chairmen have decided to back Obama. Seems this is going to be a brokered nomination for Obama.
    This makes me sad.
    The first african american and the first female to ever run for the presidency of the USA....a historical event.....and many of these superdelegates are not interested enough to see this contest to the very end. Are they not even a little curious to know how this race will end naturally? This is history......and because of some fear and uncertainty that this strong female candidate might somehow upset the applecart.......they are all starting to endorse early so that it doesn't happen. What's the fear? How will history remember this and who will pay the price for all this?
    Hillary MUST stay in. She isn't speaking to empty seats. People want to hear what she has to say. And to many of these pundits out there...stop being condescending towards Hillary.

    May 13, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  17. rw md

    I hope these people don't cry when there Chicago racist thug
    loose in November.

    May 13, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  18. Jason Horse

    Way to go, the 'CHANGE' is happening as we speak.....
    Keep up the good hard work
    blue collars.....are blue in the face.......(must be smurffs)...
    OBAMA 08

    In Spirit,
    Horse in Canada

    May 13, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  19. Omentum

    Predictions
    WV Clinton – 65 Obama 35
    KY Clinton – 58 Obama 42
    Denial Clinton – 100 Obama 0

    TRIFECTA

    HILL YEAH....

    May 13, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  20. bigben

    Another question , name one thing Obama has done in his poltical life that equals chance.

    May 13, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  21. Yeah Right!

    We are a group of concerned American, republicans and yes it is time to confess our sins. We did what we did for America by creating a divide between Clinton supporters and those of Obamas. We were responsible for blogging as supporters of each candidate and throwing dirty words out here. However, we respected each candidate and did not do that on their private website.
    The Obama movement was growing and we felt it could not be stopped so we had to divide the dems because it is important that you guys don’t win come November, so that explains why on blogs like this it has been very rude but not your candidates websites.
    No offense meant but now that the damage has been done to both candidates beyond repair we are moving on to Operation SWEEP. CHAOS started with the blogs and ended in the polls, and SWEEP will be more telling even Karl Rove would be jealous. We know Bush was a mistake but that does not mean we have to put up with a democrat in office because we’ve had very good republicans. We have presented a moderate in John McCain and he will work with the democrat’s best. Let the games begin.
    And we are having so much FUN, nice thing about the internet! Think about it FOLKS and give us one more chance to WIN this war and right the wrongs of BUSH.

    May 13, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  22. Unite to Save our Nation

    I don't think Hillary Clinton should be asked to be VP. Obama would have to b looking over his shoulder constantly and having to remind her that he is the one in charge.

    I'd much rather him go for Kathleen Sebelius, or even Bob Casey of Ohio.

    She fought a long, hard fight, but it's time to concede and let Obama channel all his effort into beating McCain. Then I hope she has the common sense and decency (I'm sure she does) to rally her supporters around Obama, even if she is not his running mate.

    May 13, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  23. GOODFIGHT

    I BELIEVE SEN. HILLARY CLINTON HAS GIVEN THIS RACE ALL THE FIGHT THERE IS TO GIVE, AND WE ADMIRE HER FOR THAT. BUT. IT IS TIME END THE PAIN AND START THE PROCESS OF HEALING.

    May 13, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  24. Mike

    It is funny that Ray Nagin endorses Obama when it was Bill Clinton that brought Obama with him during Katrina.

    Well I am part of the new Nobama campaign. We are keeping track of all those that endorse Obama that are elected officials. Any of them that are up for re-election will be voted against.

    May 13, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  25. Tom

    Way to go! The time has come when all have to rally behind the potential winner and start uniting the party. I urge the rest of the undeclared delegates to follow and make their choice as soon as possible.

    May 13, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
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