May 23rd, 2008
11:49 AM ET
15 years ago

Obama adds two superdelegates, one's a former Clinton backer

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(CNN) – Sen. Barack Obama pocketed two more of his party’s superdelegates Friday.

California congressmen Jim Costa and Dennis Cardoza are endorsing the Illinois senator, according to a statement released by his campaign.

“While I continue to greatly respect and admire Senator Clinton and feel she has made history with her campaign, I believe that Senator Obama will inevitably be our party’s nominee for President,” Cardoza, who had previously supported Sen. Hillary Clinton, said in the statement.

Cardoza also waded into the controversy over seating the Florida and Michigan delegations at the Democratic convention. “I will not support changing the rules in the fourth quarter of this contest through some convoluted DNC rules committee process. Yet, we must find a resolution” to the situation with Florida and Michigan, Cardoza said. “I believe we need to avoid this potentially divisive situation by uniting behind one nominee and bringing the party together immediately,” he added.

Costa said electability had helped drive his decision. “In my opinion, it is clear that Senator Obama will be the strongest presidential nominee for the Democratic Party,” Costa said in the statement released by the campaign.

Obama leads the delegate race with a total of 1,967 total delegates including 309 superdelegates, according to CNN’s latest tally. Clinton has 1,779 total delegates, including 279 superdelegates. The number of delegates necessary to claim the Democratic nomination is currently 2,026 but that number may change once the Democratic National Committee decides how to resolve the situation regarding the Florida and Michigan delegations.

The DNC’s Rules and Bylaws Committee is set to meet on May 31 and hear appeals from both states that were stripped of all their delegates to the convention because they held their primaries in violation of party rules.

soundoff (681 Responses)
  1. Dean - Colton, CA

    From, for Clinton supporters:

    Florida and Michigan scoffed at Democratic and GOP rules this year that called for the states to hold their primaries on Feb. 5 or later. Voters instead went to the polls in January. As a result, the Democratic National Committee followed through on its threat to take away both states’ delegates to the national convention. The GOP banned half of the states’ delegates from its convention.

    Both Clinton and Obama pledged not to campaign in those states, and Obama’s name was not on the ballot in Michigan. But, once the race became an oh-so-tight contest, Clinton – who won both the Florida and Michigan contests – called for the delegates from the two states to be seated at the convention. The Clinton campaign also backed plans to have the two states hold their primaries, or some form of voting, again. (Note: Super Tuesday was on Feb 5. She announced this on Feb 22)

    Go to for more *accurate* information

    May 23, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  2. Tammy - KCMO

    Now if you can only get the rest of Clinton's supporters to understand that.

    Thank you for your wise words and decision. It's time to unite behind one candidate – Obama!

    May 23, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  3. LeftyLadig

    Thank you, keep them coming then maybe she will realize it's over.

    May 23, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  4. Ruben Regan

    nuff said

    May 23, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  5. ber6964

    Way to Go!! Go Go Sen. Obama....

    May 23, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  6. Ginger

    Is it just me or is CNN completely backing and supporting Obama? Every article is reporting he is or has already won. He hasnt. And I hope he doesnt. it would be a mess. Just say No-bama. If this isnt printed, my question will be answered.

    May 23, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  7. Obama v McCain

    Guess what?
    The Oracle just told me that he is The One.

    Go Barak and Michelle!

    May 23, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  8. Zoey

    I couldn't of said it better myself.


    May 23, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  9. sefakor


    May 23, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  10. Cody -- Illinois

    Reject the sexist vote Obama! Or will that cut too much into your base?

    May 23, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  11. Brian from Fort Mill, S.C.

    Another one bites the dust. 🙂

    May 23, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  12. Moe

    I really wish more of the superdelegates would make a decision so that Clinton's quest to change the rules would be negated and we can all just concentrate on November.

    May 23, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  13. RJ

    Good move. It is time to unite.

    May 23, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  14. calif

    wellcome home.

    May 23, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  15. Josh

    At the end, we are all Democrats, or at least we agree with the issues. Time to come together. If we go to the convention, we lose. 4 more years of a Bush Economy. 4 more years of war. 4 more years of brave soldiers dying in the desert. In all honesty, can anyone who opposes this war have a hand in the bloodshed by not voting for a Democrat? There can be some anger, but I doubt that most of the people who are saying its their candidate or no one is really such a monster to vote (or not vote) and throw our soldiers back into this bloody mess for 4 more years.

    May 23, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  16. Independent99999

    Congrats, Obama.

    Hope the SDs come around.

    It is time to push Hillary out as she seems to hang in there with the sole intention of a possible VP spot or destroy Obama candidacy so she "may" run in 2012.

    It is time for SDs to thwart the nefarious activities of Clintons

    May 23, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  17. Darrell - WI

    I completely agree with you on MI and FL. Welcome aboard sirs.

    May 23, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  18. ztormtra

    DNC Rules were not followed pursuant to the Voters Rights Acty and Florida Federal Lawsuite filed May 22, 2008.

    The news media has not told the truth.

    Get your stories straight.

    According to DNC Rules:
    Florida –

    Obama loses all delegatse because of provable campaigning by appearance in 2007 & by tv 2008.

    Clinton keeps all her delegates.

    May 23, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  19. Ben

    Good choice!

    May 23, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  20. -The Political Jerk

    Just a few days before this is settle. May 31 should be the end. Of course that means it won't be.

    May 23, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  21. maria montebello

    We're almost there It won't be much longer!

    May 23, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  22. No Billary Ever

    Good, another voice of reason. Everyone knows it is over for Hillary, except for Hillary and her femi-nazis. She is really destroying her legacy now, and looking ridiculous.

    May 23, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  23. Dean - Colton, CA

    If the issue of Rev. Hagee and Rev Parsley endorsing McCain is not a concern, then the issue of Hamas endorsing Obama is not a concern.

    That is reason. Everything else is just hate speech.

    May 23, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  24. NC

    Thank you so much!


    May 23, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  25. young, gifted and black


    May 23, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
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