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. pb

    Edwards and Obama 08 – dream ticket !!!

    May 15, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  2. Sylvia

    I will NEVER vote for Obama

    May 15, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  3. Robert in Toronto,ON

    If Obama does well next Tuesday, he can wrap up this Nomination before June. Without the seating of the Michigan and Florida delegates.

    Btw, those are BIG endorcements that he recieved today.

    May 15, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  4. Mary in Alabama

    I admire and respect Berman and Waxman for their messages upon endorsing Obama. The sooner this thing ends with Hillary Clinton the the better for the Democrats. Obama needs a rest before launching a full scale battle with John McCain. Clinton is denying him that rest – probably on purpose.

    May 15, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  5. Sukie in Oregon

    Hillary Clinton wants results to be known in all 50 states (or is it 57?). That is why she continues campaigning.

    In 2012, when Michelle, er, Barack Obama is tossed out of the White House, Hillary Clinton will have an impressive record from which to begin her 2012 campaign.

    And at that time, all these "super delegates," who will be voting the way THEY want to, now how the voters want them to, will be scurrying for cover from their angry constituents.

    May 15, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  6. Michelle

    Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh....the sound of rushing Supers.

    May 15, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  7. Ed

    still not voting for Him I am white blue collard working person. I am not clinging to my guns and religion out of bitterness.

    May 15, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  8. Chyrel Wallace-Jackson, Chicago Illinois

    What great news let's get ready for McCain in November. Yes We Can!

    May 15, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  9. simeon martin

    My comment is this, I strongly think that the Delegates in florida / michigan should be counted and alotted equally to the three Candidates, Clinton , Obama And Edwards if ever they are to be included. No one person is entitled to them for no campaigning was done at all. Thank you;

    May 15, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  10. gerard morei

    Jewish for Obama!!!! That's crazy. I think Obama put a spell in this country. Jewish for Obama!!!! Wow!!!!

    May 15, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  11. Muaiao

    Go Obama! With your visionary leadership, we can re-claim America from the corporate lobbyists and special interests and move this country to unprecedented heights of prosperity, tranquility, security, and stability for all. In addition, you will restore the rest of the world's faith, trust and confidence in its greatest nation, the good old U.S. of A.

    May 15, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  12. South

    Welcome aboard our bother's and sister's.

    From the Obama's Family..

    May 15, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  13. Ray Ito

    Superdelegates should quit dragging their feet. McCain is consolidating his base while valuable time is being wasted. Every minute is very crucial toward the Dems winning the November elections.

    Wasting time will jeopardize the Dems chances of winning – except they take the general elections for granted – then they're doomed to lose.

    May 15, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  14. green, pa

    and they are slowly trickling his way. Hillary if you had any chance of winning its slim to none now as more and more of the superdelegates are endorsing the presumptive nominee Barack Obama!

    May 15, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  15. MD Houston

    Four more reasons to hope Hillary wins the nomination.

    May 15, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  16. for the good of the democratic party

    keep them coming...i think this qualifies as a flood...about 40 superdelegates in 9

    Clinton supporters keeping bad-mouthing shows how mean spirited they really are. I wish they would realize that Obama won't be denied. Instead of being gracious and recognizing that, they are prepared to take this to the convention and that is unacceptable. We as democrats should start aiming are fire at John McBush. If we do that, the democrats will take the white house in an unprecedented fashion. I have no doubt that It will be a Reagan type victory where we win an astounding victory. So democrats unite

    say NO to failed bush policies on IRAQ
    say NO to failed bush policies on ECONOMY
    say NO to failed bush policies on HEALTHCARE
    say NO to failed bush policies on EDUCATION
    say NO to failed bush policies on ENVIRONMENT

    TRUE democrats will unite around Obama due to the MAJOR policy differences between Mccain. Democrats who don't are the scum of society and shouldn't be considered true democrats anyway.

    May 15, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  17. Donovan - Phoenix

    Please stop the bleeding Hillary. We admire your courageousness and you've run an amazing campaign. Please Bow out

    May 15, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  18. Rebekah

    I do not understand why smart thinking people do not realize that Senator Obama is merely our present day 'Peanut Farmer' Presidential Candidate. If Obama becomes President, that presidency will be much the same as Jimmy Carter's a word, it will be a disaster! John McCain's presidency will be four more years of the Bush legacy, just more economic disaster. Thus, Hillary Clinton is clearly the best choice for President. She has the experience, the savvy, and the support she needs in order to undue much of the damage caused by the Bush Presidency. I seriously wish people would wake up and do the smart thing and put their support behind Hillary Clinton. I have. I am so convinced that she is the only viable choice for the presidency, that if she is not the nominee I will not be voting in November!

    May 15, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  19. dave

    What I don't understand is John Edwards' rationale for backing Obama. He says he's doing it so as not to split the democratic party but he has repeatedly spoken of "not to forget the poor and impoverish" which both Obama and Clinton had pledged not to do when Edwards left the race.

    Hillary Clinton has overwhelmingly won that vote in Nevada, CA, NM, Texas, PA, NJ & WV.

    So someone clear this up for me: is John Edwards just a big HYPOCRITE or he just playing old-fashioned politics? I thought he was for the common man.

    signed, another dem who will vote dem only if Hillary is on the ticket or will write her in on the ballot.

    May 15, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  20. Jane L.

    Did any of the "superdelegates" hear Obama the times he referred to women as "sweetie?"

    May 15, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  21. HD

    Keep 'em coming. He will have the magic number by 5/30/08.

    May 15, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  22. RJ Kruger

    Fabulous. "I hear a train a comin'."

    May 15, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  23. Tyme4chaing

    This is awesome.

    May 15, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  24. FEDUP

    Why is Obama suddenly wearing a flag pin? He wouldn't be pandering now would he? Nah, he's above that? Write in Hillary Clinton in November!!!!!!

    May 15, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  25. Mighty mice

    The mighty DEMs in the DNC allowed Obama to divide the party by playing the race card in SC and over and over again thereafter.

    No one stood up to say, what? The Clintons racists?

    Now they will see a Nov backlash against the DNC.


    May 15, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
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