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. TheTruthHurts

    Let's unite folks. This thing is so over.

    For the Hillary supporters who think Barack is the anti-christ – Are you believing that all of his supporters, all of his superdelegates, all of his endorsers (many of whom know him better than all of us) are simply being fooled by him?

    Isn't that the arrogance you attack him for?

    May 23, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  2. SDB

    Why should Hillary supporters "rally around" Obama if he is the nominee? There are reasons why people choose to support one candidate over the other. If Hillary supporters do not believe in Obama then they should not feel in any way that they need to "rally around" him...just for the "sake of the party." I know that I won't. I will write-in the name of the best candidate: Hillary Clinton.

    May 23, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  3. Herman in LA

    Sherri Jones,

    You say that Hillary is the "ONLY ONE" then that must mean that "BUSH" was the "ONLY ONE" who could get this country moving but look at what happen.

    Stop the hate and get on board if your a true demarcate.

    May 23, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  4. bill from pa

    The more Clinton and her campaign attempt to manipulate the rules the less electable she becomes. We've already had 8 years of a POTUS who manipulates the constitution (rules) to his advantage. We don't need another. Hopefully New York will show her the door from the Senate the next time around.

    May 23, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  5. Harry, Irvine California


    May 23, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  6. fred

    The party WILL NOT unite behind Obama!!!

    GOODBYE Obama!! He will lose worse than McGovern!!!


    May 23, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  7. Bill

    People who are threatening to switch parties and vote for McCain if their favorite Democrat doesn't get the nomination are missing one very important point. This very long, ugly primary process has not been about issues. It has been about personality, race, gender, name, etc. When we do finally have a Democratic nominee, we all need to unite and realize once again that we have much more in common with either potential Dem nominee than we do McCain. I am a very strong Obama supporter, but if Hillary gets the nomination I will vote for her in November.

    These threats of voting for McCain are childish and not at all logical. Think of the big picture. For many, many reasons I would rather have HIllary in the White House than McCain, even though Obama is my first choice.

    May 23, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  8. HSNP

    Here's a scenario:

    MI & FL delegates are seated according to Obama's wishes.

    MI & FL voters aren't happy about being jerked around by Obama.

    Obama loses MI & FL in the general election because he jerks voters around.

    Obama loses election.

    McCain becomes President of the United States.

    Obama cries like a baby.

    May 23, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  9. Mikie

    In other words, "Hillary, drop out now so the DNC can save face. Bull – they orchestrated this mess so they need to face the music.

    May 23, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  10. mr.Ohio

    Your state overwhelmingly supported Mrs. Clinton, now you turn just because of who you believe is going to be the nominee?
    Very unloyal!

    May 23, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  11. Michael in CA

    I'm still voting for Clinton in Nov. as a write-in. The thing that makes no sense to me is that the Obama campaign had stated, when they were behind in delegates in Jan., that Supers should vote the way their states voted. Humm, so then all of these big states should have their supers vote for Clinton. Who's changing their tune now??

    May 23, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  12. S. Johnsen

    New rules or old rules, it comes down to the same thing: Who do Superdelegates vote for? They are the trusted politicians whose suppose to do the right thing, the smart thing. Right now Obama has the money from lobbyist, backed as he is by the old boy's network of the Democratic Party. In the end I cannot believe that it is in the self-interest of the rest of the Superdelegates to chance this election on Obama, who run a very superficial and negative campaign. That is why Hillary should stay in there, fight all the way to the convention, just like Obama-maker and mentor Ted Kennedy did in 1980. She has a lot less delegates to take back than he did.

    May 23, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  13. keith, NV

    Thanks superdelegates

    May 23, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  14. Jazzy

    Congratulations to Senator Obama. Let our party come together and would all bloggers please stop the hate comments.

    May 23, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  15. Dave B

    These senators who leave Hillary and go to support Obama, don't actually believe that he is the stronger candidate to beat McCain in the fall. They just have to say so because it looks like Obama is going to be the nominee, and they want the part to unite.
    In a primary race that is practically tied, where Obama barely skated through with the nomination, it's completely debatable who is going to actually be the stronger candidate against McCain. And quite frankly, if Obama loses the states he lost in the primary in the general election, he won't be our next president.

    May 23, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  16. Nate in Mpls

    I absolutely love when people say that Obama is a "looser"!


    May 23, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  17. C. Disney

    I think that article and the reasons for coming together are a lot of bull. I think you will have to seat the Florida delegates because a Republican gov. and legislature made the rule not the people of the state and just as Florida played dirty in 2000 they are trying to play dirty again – the people did not ask to move the primary. If ypu dont handle this matter in the honest and best way you are going to have a lot of people change their vote to the Republicans or not vote at all. You have a lot of women involved in this election and they want justice.

    May 23, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  18. Graduate Stduent

    Ed and all other Obama nay-wishers,

    Obama supporters are realistic and we are from planet earth. We believe he can win in November just as you believe he can't win.

    Bill Clinton said, "If someone tells you, you can't win, it's because they know you can.!""

    President Bill Clinton

    Obama 2008

    May 23, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  19. GiroGeezer from Calif

    Please Senator Obama, don't offer VP slot to HRC.
    You do not need the aggravation.

    May 23, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  20. AJ

    Sherri Jones says:

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

    HAHAHAAHAHAA!! What are you smoking?? Superdelagates are the ones who need to vote in order to have a nominee. You must be a republican cause u talk like G.W.Bush.

    May 23, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  21. Dan (Kirkland, WA)

    Not over but inching oh so close!!!

    Obama/Sebelius '08

    May 23, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  22. Carolyn

    Thank you, guys so much. Now can someone tell the Clinton's it's over it's time to get ready for the convention. If, she really wants what best for the United States of America she will get ready for the convention with a supporter of his. It's not saying she is a strong women to continue in the race, it's say she is not really for the Demorcratices at all. I'm ready for CHANGE....I really can't take 4 more years, of the last 8.

    May 23, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  23. FloridaVoter

    OBAMA is going to get whooped in Florida! You could have had this did this to yourself asking for $4.00 a gallon, just change isn't going to cut it...YOU NEED SOLUTIONS!


    May 23, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  24. Joe

    Wow, those super delegates must really want a republican in office for 4 more years...

    May 23, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  25. ss8ty

    Democrats who are sore losers and wont vote for Obama. Vote on the issues not cause your nominee did not fair well. If you think McBush supports your issues and you like 5$ gat minus the 18 cents for a couple of months then by all means go ahead and vote for McBush. Just vote based on the issues not cause you are a sore loser.

    May 23, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
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