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. Travis (in the real world)

    Did I just hear the "Lady in the Pant Suit" singing?

    May 23, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  2. Voting My Conscience not My Party

    It doesn't matter how many Super-Stupid Delegates stand behind
    Mr. Slogan Obama. He is not experienced enough to handle the presidency. He is an elitist and he has racist views.

    I am a Democrat and have only voted Republican one other time.
    If Obama gets the nomination, I will vote for McCain.

    Not out of spite but because I prefer McCain. He is a
    centrist–his views and actions are down the middle.
    He also works well with politicians of both parties.

    CNN, why are you prohibiting free speech on your forum? I read several blogs and this is the only one that censors comments at the whim of the moderator. Most blogs permit free speech as long as you obey the forum rules.

    May 23, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  3. AJ, IL

    The next primary in Puerto Rico ,although Puerto Rico results affect the Democratic primary , will have no revelance in the November general election. So really the next big (and final) primaries are on June 3rd with Montana and South Dakota. These final primaries are over a week away and Obama is beginning to fully engage McCain while Hillary whines about sexism, complains about Florida and Michigan, and faults the Democratic Party on its process and rules.

    Obama has been collecting Superdelegates at a rate of 30 per week for the last two weeks. By June 2nd, Obama will be 25 or less total delegates away from clinching the nomination.

    As one blogger noted, Hillary-supporters don't give legitimate reasons (i.e. not agreeing with his policy positions) why they are against Obama.

    May 23, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |

    Another snake, with friends like that who needs enemies. It just shows his true character. When the going gets tough jump ship. Obama can have him.

    May 23, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  5. Nateru


    ...don't let the door hitcha, Ms. Clinton!

    ...unless you'd STILL like to stay around longer and divide the party even more...

    May 23, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  6. Heidi

    obamaosama May 23rd, 2008 11:58 am ET

    PRACTICE THESE WORDS: Yes Sir, President Obama Sir.

    May 23, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  7. Helene

    Great news. Lady Macbeth should concede.

    May 23, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  8. ben/augusta

    Senator Obama has played by the rules. He has not once violated, bend, amend, or reject any of the rules which were in place. He has won this nomination fairly. This nation is fortunate to have such an honorable man running for president. If at this last hour there is some attempt to manipulate or change the rules in the bottom of the ninth, with two outs, and two strikes, then the person or group trying to change the rules is less than honorable.

    May 23, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  9. Bridgette-PA

    I love it when the plan comes together! Keep moving from Hillary to Obama, it makes sense because he is the nominee


    May 23, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  10. AMB

    Sherri Jones said:
    "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 sound like the kid who didn't get picked first for the baseball team. He just took his ball and went home...Shame!!! True democrats will work together to unite the party, regardless of who wins the nomination. I guess you must be one of those masquarading Republicans trying to get all of us true Dems worked up in a frenzy!

    Just take you ball and go home!

    May 23, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  11. Justin, OR

    All you Hillary Clinton supporters that are saying you are going to vote for McCain instead of Obama were he to win need not complain when the president isn't looking out for your best interests. Those of you who complain about Iraq, the economy, and healthcare better not say a word if you are a Democrat and you cast a vote for McCain. Vindictively voting against your own interests is NOT smart use of your vote people.

    May 23, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  12. Obama Supporter, but anybody but McCain 08!

    I cannot understand where the Clinton supporters come up with there claims against Senator Obama. If you must belittle the man and his family, do so on facts. Not some made up version of what you read, overheard or otherwise deduced.

    If you are not going to vote for the man for whatever reason then just say so. Stop the lies!

    May 23, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  13. NJ Dem

    The Dems threatening to vote against Obama are NOT Repubs but long term Dems who REFUSE to buy Obamas lies.. and are examples of sites where this movement is growing. We do not like McCain but we are willing to put him in the White House to stop Obama. We are Dems that will NEVER support Obama and the we are making sure the DNC knows this.........

    May 23, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  14. Jon, Pittsburgh, PA

    If Obama was on the short end of this contest, you can bet your bottom dollar that he would 1. Not drop out and 2. Ask for those votes to be counted, if in fact he had won the states in the same manner.

    So please Obamabots, get a grip on yourselves. Your guy seems likely to win the nomination and equally likely to lose the general. When that happens, you will be the first to blame Hillary Clinton for it.

    As for reasons we have voted for Hillary Clinton:
    Broader experience for a longer time.
    Strongest of the 2 Democrats with regard to understanding the issues and solutions to the problems.
    Most likely to win against McCain.

    May 23, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  15. Independent

    Jaci May 23rd, 2008 12:16 pm ET

    I have yet to have a Clinton support give SPECIFIC reasons not to vote for Obama, besides insults that have nothing to do with the campaign he has run or issues he has run on,or his platform.....

    Jaci– I will give you reasons for not supporting Obama that are specific to his campaign and his platform–I do not share his values or his stance on a federal law allowing partial birth abortions; I do not share his stance on a federal law banning concealed weapons; I do not think that he has the best leadership or bipartisan building skills. Look at his record in the Senate. I believe he voted over 100 time present. That is neither a yes or no vote. That is not leadership to me. A leader takes a stand and defends his position when others thinks he is wrong. I also would look at his record for bipartisan support in the Senate. His records indicates that he votes mainly along party lines. Check the facts. From the Senate website one can clearly see that the candidate that has most often reached across party lines to build bipartisan support and also support bills of the other party because it was good legislation was John McCain.

    I hope that gives you some reasons why some of us would not support Obama.

    May 23, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  16. Debbie

    Glad to hear more superdelegates rallying behind Obama. The sad truth is Hillary will keep her devisive self in the thick of things past the convention. On May 31st they will likely split the votes somewhere near 40% for Obama and 50-60% for Clinton. Even with this scenario, Obama is still ahead. There is no other way. Clinton only wants "her" votes counted. She may go down in history as the one who tore the party apart because she didn't get her way. Her sense of entilement and using everything from sexism to lying to get what she believes is hers.

    May 23, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  17. Obama Supporter

    obamaosama – learn how to spell "losers", not "loosers"

    It's time for the rest of the superdelegates to cast their votes for Obama. Hillary is too untrustworthy, lying and pandering at her own convenience, doing and saying whatever she feels to get votes. We can trust Obama, his ideas for change and his judgement are the best!

    May 23, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  18. No Obama

    I will not follow Obama. Has nothing to do with sour grapes. I do not like the man. I am not a follower or easily put in a trance by egotistical men.

    May 23, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  19. Ratgurl

    It will be nice to finally move on to the next leg of the contest. Democrats UNITE!

    May 23, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  20. Darrell

    i am a Democart from Florida I have voted Democrat my entire life. If my Vote is not counted and our Deligates seated I will in Protest vote for McCaine and I know many others that are doing the same. Unless the DNC settels this issue with Florida they will loose Florida in the General Election no matter who the Candidate is. Fla is the 4th largest State in the Union and as Florida will vote so will go the nation. DNC you have been Served and put on Notice!

    May 23, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  21. for realsies

    Ms. Clinton. They believe your lies and are going to vote republican because of it. Your first responsibility after 6/3 is to tell them you were lying. Tell them you don't have the popular vote, tell them that even if you did you yourself said "it's a race for delegates," tell them that you know, for sure, without doubt that Barack Obama is not Muslim, tell them that the Canada NAFTA thing was a lie, tell them he didn't dienfranchise FL and MI. You HAVE to own up to your horrid lies, or the next four years of war and poverty are YOUR fault.

    May 23, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  22. Blabberwitz

    Any notion of changing the rules regarding Florida and Michigan now in the final days is ridiculous.
    Pathetic and sour, Clinton is not presidential nor vice presidential material.

    May 23, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  23. Tce

    RIGHT ON!! Let's get this thing done.
    GO OBAMA!!!

    May 23, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  24. CM

    Regarding Florida and Michigan, rules cannot be changed in the middle of the game! But a way must be found to seat the delegations to bring the party together. Also Senator Clinton must be given a role in Obama's administration to help bring her and all her supporters along.

    May 23, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  25. LastDems

    P.S. What makes everyone think that Barak is going to be a good President. Because he speaks like a Preacher? Yes, I am looking forward to complete sentences from the White House again, just like most people. He can talk about "yes we can" and "change" all he wants, but I have seen nothing that tells me he can change anything. He certainly has not laid out any plans for change. He is a great motivational speaker, but talking about change is different than actually illustrating how he plans to do this. If we need a motivational speaker for President, why not put Tony Robbins on the ticket too?

    May 23, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
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