May 15th, 2008
12:30 PM ET
14 years ago

Obama picks up four more superdelegates

(CNN) - Barack Obama picked up four more superdelegates Thursday, his campaign announced.

Washington Rep. Jim McDermott, California Rep. Henry Waxman, California Rep. Henry Berman and Communications Workers of America President Larry Cohen will all cast their superdelegate votes for the Illinois senator.

Waxman and Berman both have ties to the Clintons, and many of their prominent supporters in California are supporters of Hillary Clinton.

The CWA said Thursday that Cohen's endorsement is a personal one and does not signal an endorsement by the union, which decided last year that it would not back a candidate. In a Thursday release, the union said that decision would be re-visited at its June convention.

According to CNN's estimate, Obama now has 291 superdelegates to Clinton's 274.

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soundoff (389 Responses)
  1. Independent

    Bless you Gentlemen. We are thrilled to have you aboard! This nation can now move forward instead of being mired in the old Washington politics. Obama 08!

    May 15, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  2. Mike from Westchester

    Go, Go, Go, Go, Go, Go! Yeeeeeeee Hawwwwwww!

    Obama '08

    May 15, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  3. Linda in Va

    Tell him to put them down, they are way too heavy to pick up. What's he trying to do break his back?

    May 15, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  4. Nelson

    Ha! Ha!

    May 15, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  5. Dave

    This train is rolling Full Speed on to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue!!!

    May 15, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  6. Dems `08!


    OBAMA 08 & 12

    May 15, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  7. Bryan

    She'll be without the math by May 20th.

    Florida and Michigan aside.

    May 15, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  8. Doug, Kentucky

    Finally, CNN decides to write something positive about OBAMA

    Obama/Hagel 08

    May 15, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  9. Independent for Obama

    Keep 'em coming! Not too many more and this thing will finally be over, so we can get together and TAKE ON McCAIN!!!

    May 15, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  10. SlimSista


    OBAMA '08

    May 15, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  11. RB from NH

    Fat lady in the pantsuit, its time to start singing so we can concentrate on destroying McBush.

    May 15, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  12. AJ

    More rats jumping ship. I hope the Clintons dont ever forget these hate filled actions by people that they helped. The Clintons were there when these people needed them, now these people are taking great pleasure in burning the Clintons. These people are disgusting human beings who wouldnt know how to be loyal. I cant wait to see their boy get ripped to shreds by the republicans. I am a democrat who has not voted for a republican for any office for 30 years. This time I will be voting straight ticket Republican. The Demcratic leadership turns my stomach.

    May 15, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  13. Proud1of 26% in WV

    It's like the cat that caught it's tail under the rocking chair."It won't be long now!!!

    May 15, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  14. Steve Mc

    FROM ABC website, go there to read whole story! Thank you ABC !


    Obama Helped Supporters Get Millions in Illinois State Business

    John Rogers, Whose Business Obama Helped as a State Senator, Is Now One of Obama's Chief Fundraisers

    and BRIAN ROSS

    May 15, 2008

    In a speech to the Urban League last July, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., boasted of his efforts in 2001 to help a handful of African American-owned investment firms in Chicago get a larger share of business with Illinois state pension funds.

    "And in six months, they got about a half-billion dollars' worth of business simply on their excellence," Obama said.

    What he did not say in his speech was that the owner of one of the investment firms, John Rogers of Ariel Capital, is a principal campaign fundraiser.

    Nor did he reveal that employees of the firms he helped have since contributed to or helped to raise more than $765,000 for his campaigns, according to campaign documents.

    Nor did he mention that two of the firms have allowed him to use their private jets. Nor did he mention that two of the firms have since been dismissed by the state pension fund for "underperformance."

    May 15, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  15. Cammi317

    It's time for all Democrats to set-aside their petty differences and unite. Whether you like it or not, our current system is mandated by the numbers and the numbers are clear. We have to beat the Republican machine this fall, PERIOD!

    May 15, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  16. FLORIDA Voter for Barack Obama

    Yup, it's a wrap.

    May 15, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  17. Roger B from Portland, OR

    So how much longer is Clinton going to live in Bizzaro world?

    May 15, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  18. MillionMan, Washington, DC

    It is time for the Dems to unite and get on with defeating McBush.

    I am confused by Hillary supporters who indicate they will vote for McCain if Obama gets the Dem. nomination! Are you folks not Democrats!!?? Would you really prefer to cut off your nose just to spite your face?

    McCain is not an independent! He is a Bush Republican! He has sold out any "maverick inclinations" in him to pander to the right-wing conservative base of the Republicans. His reversal on the tax cuts, his speech on appointing conservative judges, his denial of not having voted for Bush, etc. all speak to this pandering.

    Obama is a black man running for president. He has received Secret Service protection earlier than any other candidate in history. His life, his wife's life and the lives of their two daughters are being threatened every day. Would not only a patriot go through this!?

    Don’t Obama and Hillary agree on most major issues!?

    Thus, the questions become: Are you more racist than Democrat!?
    Are you more racist than pro choice!? Are you more racist than anti-tax cuts for the rich!? Even Hillary would answer "no" to all these questions.

    May 15, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  19. Sharon Kitchen

    Yes!!!!! Is mr.bush packed and leaving yet????? Before he can do more damage????????

    May 15, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  20. The Big O.N.E

    Curtain call for Mr. and Mrs Clinton

    May 15, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  21. Brian

    It is beginning to feel like it's time to call Obama the presumtive nominee.

    May 15, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  22. Moses, Ca.

    HIp,Hip hooray. Thanks guys you madre the right choice

    May 15, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  23. Sara from Arizona

    Say goodbye, Hillary. OBAMA 08'

    May 15, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  24. Eric

    She could have ended her campaign gracefully after Indiana and NC. She decided to go on, made an outrageous race argument, got everyone angry and now she's getting kicked out without any pity. Untill the end, she will show the exact same lack of judgement that would have been one scary thing, if she had been elected president.

    May 15, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  25. Truth Hurts

    Clinton should run as an Independent because Obama wil lose the GE. I know there's HOPE for Obama to connect with those blue collar workers but truth is many Americans are stil racist. All we're going to talk about for the next 4yrs is how racism was the reason the Democrats lost the GE(genaral election)… Edwards cant do MUCH to help. Edwards is not running for pres, Obama is.

    May 15, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
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