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. Tony

    In actuality is doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure this out. You can't change the game rules in the 9th inning. Mr. Obama you have won the nominee, congratulations. Formulate a plan to win the general elections. For those of you that voted for Mr. Bush the Waste, the 1st then the 2nd time, should we listen to you go for the hat trick of stupidity by going for McAnotherBush! Those who vote for this clone must have short term memory less (pun intended). This is the guy who said we are better off now economically than 7 years ago. Check out his flip flops on youtube. It is a pleasure to see. Straight talk, nah, where I come from, that's called bull _ _ _ _. It shouldn't take a rocket scientist to figure that out either.

    May 23, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  2. Robert

    Good for them ! Finally, superdelegates are taking rfurther steps to end this race and start looking and uniting us for the general election.
    I was a Hillary supporter and now Obama
    GO OBAMA!!!!!

    May 23, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  3. SYM

    Hillary folks voting for McCain......That will show them! High gas, staying in Iraq, that will teach them that they should have voted for your candidate! You show them. But remember if you did one grave, you better dig two because you're going down with the rest of them. 🙂
    No Hate in 08.

    May 23, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  4. Ed

    Sherri ..poor you, even the Clintons will support Obama in 2 weeks time....and we all know you are not a stop pretending and get a life!!

    Hillary is now running for VP and not president , that is her only chance of becoming a president ..wait for Obama to serve 2 terms or poison him at a dinner!

    May 23, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  5. James

    This is insane for those who want the Dems to win in November!

    Superdelegates wake up! If you give the Dems another Dukakis or Kerry, the Republicans will be right back in the White House!

    Obama cannot win because he has too many handicaps if you look at the primary results, the polls this week showing him losing in Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania against McCain but Hillary beats McCain in all of these States!

    HILLARY HAS WHAT IT TAKES TO WIN AND TO LEAD AND OBAMA DOES NOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 23, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  6. Lance

    Hillary Clinton (Oligarchy) Vs. Democracy

    May 23, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  7. Theogracias

    Wow, what's the plurar for Judas???? ON TO THE WHITE HOUSE without them. My whole rib cage is aching from laughing...They are so sexist all of them..the voters, the media and the Supers!!!!The only sane person I can count on is Geraldine Ferraro!!!!If only we had MORE ignorant people in this country I'd be way ahead!!!!

    May 23, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  8. John W., Milwaukee, WI

    Clearly, the STRONGEST candidate is simply NOT Senator Obama; it is comforting to note that the Democrats have, once again, failed to learn any lesson from history, and will lose still another election...

    May 23, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  9. Nancy

    Do you think maybe our government will do the right thing for once and make Florida and Michigan and the Lady in the pant suit follow the rules set forth? You can bet your butt that if this were reversed. Hillary would do everything in her power to stop it. I hope all the Obama supporters are ready to converge on Washington if Hillary gets her whiney way.

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

    This is a plea to all of the Hillary supporters who will vote MCcain if HRC looses the nomination. Please rethink your decision. Our country is suffering tremendously. We are not respected around the world. The Saudis laughed in our President's face when he begged for more oil..I am paying just under $4.00/gallon for gas.. don't know about you but that is what I am paying. Foreclosures are at an all time high in my city. Don't know about your town but houses are going belly up near me.

    SO RETHINK YOUR DECISION! Get over the bull.. focus on the issueS. VOTE OBAMA!

    May 23, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  11. Scott Summers

    Obama all the way to the White House! And to Sherri Jones and other defectors, we don't need you, and don't let the door hit you on your way out.

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

    The so called Super Delegates has stream rolled this primary process and has given the nomination to Senator Obama as if he is entitled.

    Why could they not allow the primary to be completed then support your candiate? I am a democrat and may not vote in the general election.

    May 23, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  13. Edison from Strubolt County

    To MI and FL voters who feel like the DNC is disenfranchising you:

    Do not blame Howard Dean, or Barack Obama, or the "anti-Hillary" media. The only people you can blame for this is your state's democratic party members who broke the rules, knowing that doing so would nullify your votes. Don't forget that. Your OWN STATE'S party leaders disenfranchised you. So be angry, yes, but not at the DNC. We have entered a contest with clearly established rules, one that all candidates involved agreed to, therefore the contest must finish under the same rules it started with. Seating the delegates as is would be malarkey. HRC knows it just as well as BO. So if you don't want this to happen again in the future, punish your state party, not the national party. We're all losers if McCain gets elected.

    May 23, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  14. catherine

    One step closer

    May 23, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  15. bye bye DNC

    I'm leaving the party and going "Independent"

    Not because of Hillary or Obama but because the PARTY has turned it's back on the people. Also the attitude and infighting among people these days is sad. Just look at the Obama posters mocking Hillary and vice versa. SAD!

    May 23, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  16. Linda31

    Jaci, I agree with you. Anytime I point out Obama's record, they come back with a " I still won't vote for him". If leads me to believe that they are not really democratic, because if it was because on the fact and what they have done in office they voted the same 90% of the time.

    Thank you to the superdelegates, because they are the only ones that can now put an end to this and let Obama offically begin his general election plans.

    May 23, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  17. Anonymous

    I find offensive when people write that those following Obama are as Disciples, that word in itsef is meant in reference of Christ followers, and for those of us that are believers we certainy don't agree with you persepctive on that. With that said, I do believe God inspires people to do his will on this earth, and I personally feel that Obama is chosen , probably initally unknown to him, by God to lead this Nation back to God, under the laws of God from which our constitution was formed, and once again restore the value of each human life in this courtry and throughout the world. I think it shows great insight for the super delegates to weigh all this and then give their support to Obama, as i understand this is not done lightly. I aso think Sen. Clinton will also join in this journey as well, in humbleness and respect.

    May 23, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  18. Wayne

    and two of Edwards' delegates from New Hampshire.
    Obama needs only 57 delegates for the nomination.

    May 23, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  19. Brian Knoxville, TN


    As is true with the vast majority of Obama fans, you're obviously not paying very close attention.

    Hillary Clinton is more experienced and has been more effective than Barack Obama. He is too far to the left for many Democrats, and John McCain is much closer to the center than is Barack Obama. That's why many "bitter" Democrats in rural America, who would otherwise be happy to vote for Hillary Clinton, will vote for McCain over Obama.

    Besides, the truth is that Obama and his fans have been infinitely more insulting to Hillary Clinton in their public statements than has Hillary or her supporters to him. His constant negativity toward her on the trail up until the Pennsylvania primary was just way under-reported and -discussed by the pundits.

    You ask us for specific reasons not to vote for Obama? Can you give any specific reasons why we should vote for him? Had you even heard of him before January '08?


    May 23, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  20. carrie

    ha ha ha ha ha
    ha ha ha
    ha ha ha ha
    ha ha ha ha ha
    how many superdelegates have switched from obama to clinton?NONE
    how many superdelegates have swithed from hillbilly to obama?ALL
    ha ha ha ha ha
    and a million more ha's

    May 23, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  21. TM

    This is beyond ridiculous. Democrats needs to get behind one candidate and someone needs to give in for the good of the party and our country. Do we really want a Republican in office to continue the war in Iraq? Or work for the rich to get richer while the poor get poorer? Come on Ms Clinton – give up already!!!

    Go Obama..................

    May 23, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  22. Ron NYC

    It's one thing to fight a good fight and another to continue to beat a dead
    horse. Clinton is sounding more like Bush who insists to "stay the course" even if it is causing a global disaster.

    May 23, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  23. TC

    Anyone who earns less than $200,000 a year and votes for McCain is voting against their own interests.

    May 23, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  24. hillbilly lover

    I find it so funny that hillary supporters still believe obama is stealing the nomination from her.

    May 23, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  25. 2012

    Wow!! What an endorsement........accepting the inevitable just for the sake of the party! Of course, there are future favors and ambitions to consider, too..........


    I hope all you sheep grew a good coat last winter........Shearing time is getting near!

    May 23, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
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