May 14th, 2008
12:45 PM ET
15 years ago

Clinton picks up a superdelegate, but still lags behind

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Hilary Clinton picked up another superdelegate Wednesday."]
(CNN)— Fresh off of her victory in West Virginia, Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton picked up her first superdelegate endorsement since last week.

Vicky Harwell, president of the Tennessee Federation of Democratic Women said Clinton’s victory in West Virginia helped make her decision apparent.

“Hillary’s decisive victory in West Virginia is the latest evidence that she is the strongest candidate to take on John McCain and win back the White House,” Harwell said in a statement released by the Clinton campaign. “Hillary has the plans, leadership and experience to deliver real results as president.”

This is Clinton’s first superdelegate nod since May 9, while Democratic rival Barack Obama has seen a wave of 26 superdelegate endorsements in the past week. With 2,025 delegates needed to clinch their party’s nomination, Clinton has 1,718 and Obama has 1,884 according to the latest CNN estimates.

soundoff (470 Responses)
  1. CP

    Here is another superdelegate for Obama!

    Obama picks up the Oklahoma State Senate Pro Tempore

    May 14, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  2. unions are not stupid

    Sen Edwards will be endorsing Sen Obama tonight at 7 PM est I doubt this will be posted all of my other posts calling for Obama supporters to boycott CNN=Clinton New Network have been blocked so lets see if this one gets by

    May 14, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  3. steve

    Sharon, Kevin, a win is a win, but 29 superdelegate speaks volumes.

    One out of 30 superdelegates coming out with their decisions since last week.

    W V was a Great win for Sen. Clinton, but the make up of state was to her advantage. Race does matter. I truly believe they would of voted for any white American. As a nation we say the right things when the lights are on, our doors are open. where a very racist nation.

    Obama 09

    May 14, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  4. Linda

    I support Senator Obama . Hillary is starting to make me sad for her. Doesn't she have any pride? She just needs to drop out and work hard to unify the Democratic party.

    May 14, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  5. G Ndemeye

    So Hillary picks up one superdelegate and Obama picks up 2 but only Clinton is mentioned? For a network like CNN y'all should be ashamed. Someone needs to tell Clinton that this election is based on who has most delegate not about who thinks he or she can beat Mccain in nov. And who has most pledged delegates now?

    May 14, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  6. tidho

    I love how these Supers (on both sides) always sound like they are reading off a piece of paper the campaigns give them. Can't they use their own words rather than straight campaign rhetoric?

    May 14, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  7. nannie bouroughs, Kenosha, WI

    It's nice that there is at least one Superdelegate who isn't afraid of being stabbed in the back by Obama's switchblade carrying supporters!

    Can we find another?

    May 14, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  8. Joseph

    I think Hillary is so desperate that she will be running even after Obama will become the President.

    May 14, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  9. Concerned Canadian

    E tu Brute !

    Did anyone study Shakespeare before ? If not, read the play 'Julius Caesar '.

    It's a depiction of what is happening within the Democratic Party...knives are coming from all sides and Hillary is Julius Caesar.
    Sad...very sad and tragic.

    May 14, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  10. Cynthia

    You are so right Jim... Hill will take the White House, just like she took the sniper fire... Give It A Rest... Obama is on his way.. to the white house... dodging the sniper fires from the Clintons 🙂

    May 14, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  11. Mary

    Mary/Tennessee, Way to go super delegate in Tennessee. This part of the US is Hillary country whether you like it or not Obama fans. By the way, has he actually told anyone what kind of change he is going to make, for anyone that believes he is going to the White House and just make this a wonderful world, lives in a dream world. WISE UP. We had better get someone in there that knows what they are doing and clean up this mess.

    May 14, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  12. Elisabeth

    Obama supporters in general deserve no respect whatsoever.

    May 14, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |

    Oh you poor babies, did we forget the Obama was in the race again. Oops. By the way to Kel in Auburn, she picked up 19 out of the 26 delegates and won 140,000 votes in the popular over obama.

    May 14, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  14. Listen

    Sharon & Kevin – Didn't 1 out of 5 people in WV said they voted on race and not issues?

    The number of white Democratic voters who said that race had influenced their choices on Tuesday was among the highest recorded in voter surveys in the nomination fight. Two in 10 white West Virginia voters said race was an important factor in their votes.

    Great support!

    May 14, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |

    You all know of course that the super delegates are not commited, they can change like the weather. When Clinton wins the next swing states you may be eating crow.

    May 14, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  16. Von Bismark VIENNA

    Hillary is an intelligent woman planning a beautifull exit that will grace every distractor.


    May 14, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  17. KAB

    Sharon, if you don't know why Obama lost in WV then you are truly one of those rare Americans who are clueless! No offense, but do you really think those redneck racists woulda voted for a black candidate?


    May 14, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  18. leon

    I cannot stop seeing how OBAMA followers keep destroying Hillary's image and by doing so they are increasing the rage and hate of her supporters and preventing Obama from gaining their support in November if he is the nonimee. Obama campaing keeps dividing more and more the Democratic Party which by the way should change its name as it is not in a democratic way that its nominee is elected. Neither Obama not Clinton have the needed elected delegates to be the nominee so the elite of the party will do it.

    Way to go it shows the majority of this country why the DNC had lost a lot of elections in the past and will do in the future if they do not reform their rules to the winner takes it all.

    May 14, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  19. Larry from LA

    Well Obama got three supers today to Hillary's one. Wow that blow out in WV really helped.

    May 14, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  20. ann dye


    May 14, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
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