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. mt

    all weaklings, all which failed are supporting Obama. Is it a pattern?
    No strong go for him.....
    i wonder why?

    May 15, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |

    Now, as he gets closer everyday, can we please just say that he's going to win and call it a day? I am not saying Clinton should drop out, that's her decision, but what I am saying is that what people need to do (well Clinton said it yesterday, and I usually never agree with her) is take a deep breath and relax. This isn't a Black vs. White, Men vs. Women issue... its about the candidate. Obama is not stealing this race, because she didn't win it. He won fair and square. I mean no one should pay attention to the MSM, go and read about the candidates on your own. They each have websites for and against them and that's how I made my decision. I went to their campaign websites and read their plans. So, no it wasn't about a bunch of fancy speeches and no he didn't steal her plans. It was about seeing someone who saw this country in a different way, someone who agrees with how I feel things in Washington DC will get better. Not that I don't admire a fighter, but I know that "Blessed are the Peacemakers".

    May 15, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  3. Uvic for Obama

    Slowly but surely we wrapping this thing up!!! Canada for Obama!!!!

    May 15, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  4. Deb, IN

    Hillary Clinton take this all the way to the have 17 million voters behind you!!!!

    Super Delegates must want to lose in Novemeber is all that I have to say to them.

    I will never vote for Obama!!!!

    May 15, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  5. Joey

    Isn't it funny...

    When the talk first began about superdelegates deciding the election there was an uproar that "men" (as in not women) in smoke filled rooms would be deciding the election... At that time the thought was that Hillary would win most those superdelegates and I remember watching the reason why I can't watch CNN anymore... Wolf Blitzer almost attacking a senator for potentially voting for a the candidate that didn't win his state. Example senator voting for HIllary even though the state voted for Obama would be vetoing the will of the people and Wolf thought that was a huge injustice...

    1st – Why not go after Dean or the Dem party in general if you don't like the fact that the SD's have free will to vote how they want

    2nd – Where did that uproar go now that SD's who's constituants voted for Hillary are supporting Obama... It's suddenly okay now because it's not for Hillary like you thought?

    Can anyone explaine?

    May 15, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  6. pearl rousseau

    this man is an embarrasment, thank God his term will soon be over

    May 15, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  7. Venus

    Men – welcome to the "O" Team!

    We thank you for your support and endorsements!

    OK. Let's get this over with so we can beat the crap out of Bush and those wimpy Repigs!

    Mr. Waxman and Mr. Berman both have ties with the Clintons...

    Once again... must be some thing going on with the with Clintons if their ties are leaving!

    Go Obama!

    May 15, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  8. stop the madness

    This is great. but just what is the real total for today? I think it is more like 10 at this point, remember 6 came along with Edwards from NC. 4+6=10 with more of them expected to come!!

    Keep up Cnn we will need you to help us keep count cause they are flooding in. Thanks!

    May 15, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  9. Dr. J

    I think the handwritting is on the wall. The better nominee is being chosen.

    May 15, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  10. Truth Hurts

    Many-MANY Americans are racist. Racist against blacks, gays, & even whites which was made apparant when opver 90% of blacks voted for Obama & what about Wright's hate speeches.

    May 15, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  11. Richard (from Puerto Rico)

    That will not end , they will continue to move to him, nice and slow, like the chinese torture, one drop at the time right on the forehead until you see the cows come home.

    May 15, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  12. MR





    May 15, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  13. Rich

    Wow, wasn't he still behind Clinton in superdelegates until this week?

    It's impressive that Clinton had such a large win in West Virginia the other night, but let's not forget that Obama has achieved 67% or more of the vote 9 times whereas this is only number 2 for Hillary (Obama – Georgia, Hawaii, Washington, Nebraska, Idaho, Kansas, Colorado, District of Columbia; Clinton – Arkansas, West Virginia). In fact, this is only the 2nd time she's gotten over 60% of the vote compared to 15 for Obama. So lets all keep this in perspective.

    And what the heck was up with Edwards getting 7% of the vote!?

    May 15, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  14. Randy

    Even with the Edwards endorsement of Barak Hussien Obama cannot win the WHITE House. This is one Democrat that will cross over and vote Mccain. We cannot allow this inexperienced, very liberal left wing of the Democratic running the country. Edwards sure looked like he was hinting around to another run at a losing ticket.

    May 15, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  15. Derek from NC

    WOW! Obama is really picking up steam!

    May 15, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  16. RNY

    What is this? An attempt to discourage Clinton supporters to go to the polls and vote for her?

    May 15, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  17. M Philllips

    What is behind the CNN policy of not adding delegates( you admit in your own news stories) have joined the Obama campaign? What is the motive? I just read elsewhere in the election portion of your website that Obama has 191 super delegates yet here– in this part of– you list him with 188? I do not notice similar " fudging" with Clinton numbers. Please treat both candidates the same way , whatever your policy.

    May 15, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  18. Tiachi

    we're seeing history in the making!!!

    May 15, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  19. Steve TX 34

    Why do Dems say Al Gore deserved to be President because of the popular vote, despite the electoral system being the rule of the land...but when Hilary is winning the popular vote, they advocate adherence to DNC rules...As usual DEMs typically equate Hipocracy or make arguments to serve their needs AT THAT GIVEN MOMENT without real analytical thinking!!!

    May 15, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  20. donna


    May 15, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  21. Brian from Fort Mill, S.C.

    Obama Spanks Chelsea's Mama – Film at 11!

    May 15, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  22. Doreen Augusta Maine

    How exciting it is - finally!!!!

    May 15, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  23. Travis (in the real world)

    Keep 'em cummin; ...thank you

    May 15, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  24. ConservaNerd

    Keep the wave going! Sen. Obama may reach the magic number before June 3rd. I love the tough pushback talk from Senators Biden and Obama on Pres. Bush's recent trash talk about appeasing terrorists. That's the new Progressive movement at work! Way-to-go fellas!

    May 15, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  25. C├ęcile, Montreal

    Great news...

    Democrats... have you notice that some of Clinton's supporters are as nasty as she is? And who says opposite attrack? I cannot believe that someone will vote for grandpa McBush just to make sure Obama does not win in the general election. That particular way of thinking just remind me so mush of Billary tactics. So glad it is just a minority... that is why their candidate will not win the nomination. A lot of us have integrity just as the best candiate out there.. Go OBAMA GO 08 /12

    May 15, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
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