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. cory,fl

    I'm so tired of being told that we broke the rules, HELLO.... Florida democrats had nothing to do with he moving up of the vote, Florida is run by a republican majority that moved up the date, and was signed by a republican governor, so the DNC punished a state party that had nothing to do with it, that makes a lot of sense, that's like if my neighbor robbed a bank the police took me to jail, that's why I will no longer be a democrat and that's why Obama will lose in the fall, because he stopped any re-vote or an attempt to count the vote, so say all you want, its Obama's and the DNC fault

    May 23, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  2. Pete, Port harcourt-Nigeria

    Clinton's advisers should be blamed for her refusal to quit,,,,,,the keep calling her "come back kid",,,,,now ,,she is ashamed not to fulfil the tag she is bearing,,,,,,the ego issue has set in,,,if they had told her the truth earlier,,this thing would have been over,, now they have messed this woman's reputation up.... every bad leader clinging to power is not acting alone,,the advisers are the main people pushing him/her...... a very good example is president Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe who has ruined his country but his advisers and backers won't tell the truth instead,,, they are pushing him until he is finally disgraced. or battered........these advisers are cycophants.......

    May 23, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  3. vote-Or_die

    racist Clinton supporters will support McBush

    May 23, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  4. Generation X


    MI Voters- Please email Debbie Dingell and her husband and YOUR MI Congressman Dingell (HRC supporter), they are the reason why your VOTES won't count!

    FL Voters- Please email Rep. Ellyn Boganoff (R) and Rep. David Rivera (R), they are the reason why your VOTES won't count!

    May 23, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  5. Paula in WI

    The people of Florida need to stand up for themselves with the leaders in their state for its problems instead of childishly blaming the candidates.After 8 years they should have straightened out their problems.You elected your officials.Your paying them to attend to these problems.Send complaints for your systems repair now.You have 4 years to get it done.Otherwise...don't complain.

    May 23, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  6. Independent

    Her are some Super Delegate with smoe guts to take the lead now and end this disaster that clinton is forcing down our throats. I would hope other Superdelegates would take the lead and endorse the candidate of and for the people, Barack Obama!

    May 23, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  7. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Given where the current goal posts are and the difference, I don't know how much longer Clinton will hold on. If she stays in until the end of June, it will be too long.

    Even if you add in the delegates from Florida and Michigan, that might be enough to close the gap for Clinton to declare victory. If you look at all the states won, popular vote and few other indicators, it would really hurt some of the support that Democrats have currently if Clinton wins the nomination (mainly from superdelegates).

    May 23, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  8. Catrina R., San Ramon CA.

    And on to the general... let's beat McCain!

    May 23, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  9. ADTX

    Hillary '08 or McCain '08

    Texas Democrats!!!!!

    May 23, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  10. David

    The SD are elected to make good decisions. It suprise me that they don't back Obama to stop the breakig down of DNC which Hillay Clinton is planning kwoningly or otherwise.
    How can someone who wants to be president keep on saying that she wants the delegates especially from Michigan to be seated? Is just like Fidel Castro running for president without opposition. We American people call it dictatorship, but what ia the difference in this case.

    Hillary wants to use every tools to get the nomination but she forgot that no one is burn with the mark. If the rules says who get the most delegate will be the nominie, than she should accept defeat. That what presidents do.
    It like Bush want total victory in Iraq. Total victory is very good, but you don't do it with 100000 American lifes.

    Hillary Clinton is going to destroy the party in this way and make it difficult for Obama to win Michigan and Florida.

    Superdelegates be aware.

    May 23, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  11. Mark

    Hey CNN, why are you guys always late in reporting news. The 2 delegates is old news. The figure right now stands at 9 superdelegates for Obama just today. 9 NOT 2.

    May 23, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  12. Juanita Woods

    Besides Obama removing his name from the Michigan Ballot, people seem to think that he was the only one who did so. John Edwards removed his name as well in deference to the rules. Clinton never planned to play by the much for party loyalty!

    About Florida and Michigan.....why is it that the political pundits nor any of the campaignes rarely, if ever, discuss the thousands upon thousands of Florida and Michigan residents who didn't bother to vote because they knew the votes wouldn't here you have voters who played by the rules as well....Clinton never mentions these and keeps claiming she won both states! When will one of these media commentators have the "audacity" to simply ask her if she were ahead would she be championing the disenfranchisement of voters?

    May 23, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  13. cory,fl

    JAMES where every your from you have no clue about florida

    May 23, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  14. Dora

    It doesn't seem to do any good to tell you that the Republicans of Florida set the time for their primary and the Democrats could not afford to pay for another election. Who ever set the rules in concrete that Iowa and New Hampshire have to be first? I know of some other poor states that could sure have benefited from all that money poured into Iowa. I imagine if it was your vote not being counted you would be hollering loud.

    May 23, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  15. edward

    You're supposed to support/endorse the candidate that is strongest, or is more in line with your policies/values, or that you feel will win...these are all things that you should've known a long time ago..all these ppl who are "switching endorsements" because "now it appears Obama will be the nominee.." or waiting to see what the "winning side is" before they committ (this isnt a game ppl, its our livelyhood), are just plain cowards, and in my opinion their "endorsement" is worth nothing
    i respect both candidates, i just wish ppl would know WHY they were supporting them, not just this person or that is winning..
    our democratic "leaders" are a joke..just look at congress..what have they got done??

    May 23, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  16. Environment

    Bye Hilary........

    May 23, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  17. NSM

    "I'm so sick of the superdelegates switching sides before the nomination!

    This Democrat will never support Obama!

    Hillary is the only one who can get this country out of the mess we are in. But if I don't my 1st. choice. Guess I will be switching parties this election."

    You're an idiot. And clearly not a Democrat.

    May 23, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  18. L.Bowie

    It is wonderful to see democrats finally coming together to rally behind our soon to be nominee. I appreciate Hillary Clintons tenacity and strength, but it is time to prepare for a battle with the republicans.

    May 23, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  19. STLCOP

    There has to be a reason why other SD's are not backing Obama.

    I do not buy the whole 'waiting until all the voters get a chance' thing.

    They are up to something...

    May 23, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  20. Brian Knoxville, TN

    I love these so-called leaders who claim to stand on principle as they switch teams in the fourth quarter of the game.

    Cardoza knows that Hillary Clinton is the better candidate and would be the better President.

    What an opportunitist.

    If the superdelegates want to do what's best for the Party, they should endorse the stronger candidate and make the voters understand that she is the better candidate.

    Most of the people who are loudly and irrationally supporting Obama to become the nominee of the Democratic Party have never even heard of him before January 2008. They just want a candidate who makes them feel good and, as a result, they project onto this unknown candidate all their hopes and reject any information about him that reveals either A) that he’s not what they thought he was, or B) that he can’t win in the general election.

    Hillary's supporters may not be as loud and irrational as Barack's fans, but we are more numerous and more loyal to her than these superdelegates realize.


    May 23, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  21. Politico Junkie

    When will CNN post my comments!

    Great job Supers! Now it's time for your brothers and sisters to join you in supporting Obama. It's time to focus on beating the "Old Grumpy Man."

    May 23, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  22. Alex in MA

    Hillary wants to count Florida & Michigan votes but then refuses to count the caucus votes in her convoluted logic to justify her claimed lead in popular votes. Yep, argue against disenfranchising Florida & Michigan voters while at the same time arguing for disenfranchising of caucus voters!

    Hillary must believe that we are all a bunch of morons!

    May 23, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  23. cory,fl

    Jaci i can give you lots of reasons not to vote or Obama

    May 23, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  24. Marilyn from Ohio

    Maybe they should check the Ohio, Florida and Pennsylvania polls because Obama is not going to win in the electoral college with states supporting him in the primary elections. Obama has a steep hill to climb if he wants those votes. And, for me, his wife has some image control because I don't want a first lady who thinks we are all mean. She has had a better life in her 45 years than I have had in my 68. I was originally taken by Senator Obama but I have found he is just another politician and, for me, not as ready to be president as Senator Hillary Clinton. Also, women don't care for Sen. Obama's "you're likeable enough" and "Sweetie" comments.

    May 23, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  25. Steve Ford

    Dream Ticket?


    Voting for the IRAQ WAR, then refusing to apologize for it; 20 to 30 million supporters

    Playing the "RACE CARD", then refusing to reject race-based votes; 95% of African American voters

    Making shell-shocked decisions after suffering heavy Bosnian sniper-fire; A campaign debt approaching $50 million dollars

    Destroying the Democratic Party with scorched-earth politics; a once glorious legacy TRASHED

    The expression on Hillary Clinton's face after conceding on June 4th; Priceless!

    - Steve Ford


    May 23, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
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