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. Tyrone

    These men are fools! They will be backing a failed candidate because amost if not all of Hillary's people are voting for McCain in the fall. They can say what they want. Obama has lost already!

    May 23, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  2. CC

    Let's not forget that it was Terry McAuliffe, NOT Howard Dean, who was the head of the party when the rules about early primaries were put in place. That's Terry McAuliffe, chairman of Hillary's campaign committee, who got the rules put in place and insisted that they absolutely would be enforced. . .

    May 23, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  3. Rlewis Tx

    We are almost there , let's stay together people , once you get to know Obama then you will realize you made the right choice.

    Obama in November 2008 !

    May 23, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  4. Leo

    Democrats are a bunch of back stabbers and they are just hurting themselves. Obama has no experience and he should be the Vice-President to give him the chance to learn more about more sofisticated issues such as International , the economy and more.
    Honestly, I believe that if we have Obama as a President , he will bring this country lower that it is already.

    May 23, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  5. Joe

    Hilary backers. Get over it! You lost. Quit threatening to vote Republican or not at all! WE DON'T CARE!!!

    May 23, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  6. Jessica

    It is amazing to me that people are actually going to switch parties even though their opinion does not match the majority.
    Sad state of things when people throw temper tantrums and decide they have to get revenge because they aren't getting their own way.

    If Mccain becomes president and he overturns Roe v Wade Hillary Clinton will have her true legacy. I am absolutely disgusted with Women in America who aren't even looking at the real facts.

    May 23, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  7. Obama is the rascist one

    Sorry, but I think its funny people keep on bringing up rascism. Hillary and her husband before her are well known for not their stances on equal rights, etc... Yet every now and then something she says will be deemed as rascist. Want to know whats rascist? 90% of black men and women are voting for Obama. If not more. You really think all 90% fully support his stance on the issues or are just voting for him because he is half black? I mean please, lets be real here. Also I love how the issue of sexism isn't mentioned at all....

    Continue swithing sides so you can tell everyone "see look, look I'm cool, I'm backing the cool candidate!" While come November McCain and Bush share a cocktail in the White House while they laughingly look at his winning election results

    May 23, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  8. mr.dem

    well not counting 2mil peoples votes is not the way to go and its going to be hard to win if you dont have Fl shows how much obama cares about the people in the 2 states not counted

    May 23, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  9. Paul

    2 More nails in the coffin for the Democratic Party in the fall. There is no way this country will elect a Far Left Leaning Liberal Junior Senator fo President. He is the Golden Boy of the media but I've got news for you folks he's not electable and the DNC knows it. WAKE UP or we're looking at 8 more years of Republican rule in the Whitehouse. I will not vote for NOBAMA no matter who endorses him. He is a WOLF in SHEEPS CLOTHING. He hates AMERICAN and the blacks know this but because of the color of his skin they'll vote for him anyway. Boy oh boy are you people gonna be fooled come November!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    GO HILLARY!!!!!!!!!!!!!! '08!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 23, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  10. Same old song

    I find it amazing the spin that Hillary Clinton supporters put on everything. First of all they suppose to belong to the Democratic Party the same as the superdelegates. But it seems that her supporters are not members of the Democratic Party, but like her, they are members of the Me Party. It is all about them forget the rest of the country.

    They are always talking about Sen. Clinton's experience and Sen. Obama inexperience. When you asks them to list Sen. Clinton's experience, they draws a blank. They want people to vote for Sen. Clinton when the overall majority of the country finds her totally untrustworthy.

    For all of you Democratic Party members who wants her to run as an Independent and you will vote for her, please do because quite frankly I'm tired of hearing the threats. We hear threats from you and Sen. Clinton.

    She has tried every underhanded, vicious, malacious, tricky, and dirty trick that she can to win the Democratic nomination. I think she failed to realize that a great many people do not subscribe to evil.

    If Sen. Obama put Sen. Clinton on the ticket for Vice President, she will no doubt have him killed within a year so that she could be President. Sen. Clinton does not want to be President to better the country, it is all about EGO.

    I guess the devil is making her destroy the Democratic Party in order to satisfy her Wants.

    May 23, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  11. Susan

    Make that 4!!! time to Roll out the welcome mat1 OBAMA 08

    May 23, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  12. Cammi317

    "Senator Clinton should take this to the convention. The Superdelegates should all have to stand up and be counted"????? IF any of them wanted to switch from Obama to Clinton by now, THEY WOULD HAVE DONE IT. As you can see, they are running to him instead. She has clearly gone from serving the good of the party and country to attempting to serve herself. If she does not get off of this destructive path, she is going to loose delegates in droves.

    May 23, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  13. Cathy from Baltimore, MD

    Hey, where did my comment go? It's not even showing up as "awaiting moderation."

    May 23, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  14. Brian from Fort Mill, S.C.

    "Cody - Illinois May 23rd, 2008 11:59 am ET
    Reject the sexist vote Obama! Or will that cut too much into your base?"

    Be careful – or he might call you "sweetie!" 🙂

    May 23, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  15. Jack IA

    Regardless, Florida and Michigan votes should count...! Democratic primary needs to change to mirror the Republicans way.

    May 23, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  16. Reid

    When is CNN going to report reality to the people of the United States. The only person that is going to beat the republicans is Hillary Clinton. When is CNN going to stop backing B.H. Obama? He'll be lucky if Mrs. Clinton would ask him to be VP. Play by the rules! Quit the one sided broadcast of this race. He's a great speaker when he's reading the prompter, but if you ask him questions here comes the chase around the bush. Like when he was asked about his church and reverand Wright. The next thing I saw was him saying it was Americas fault for being racist not Wright's. He doesn't have the experiance or the love of this country. And he doesn't care for the people. He is getting the black vote just because he is black not for what he has done or will do for my Country. I have loved the United States since I was born, unlike Mr. Obama and his wife.
    Thank You for your time.

    May 23, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  17. Fed up in 08

    I'm so over all this garbage. Sick of the Obamadable and his cult followers. Those people are in a coma anyways and he is so not electable. Gonna vote Mccain since I can't vote for Obamadable just cuz he's a democrat.
    Obamadable is a racist brat. He cries when the reps pick on his wife, but when he was spouting off about Bill Clinton it was ok. He is a phony, hypocrite and I can't wait til the big boys devour him in November.

    May 23, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  18. E

    Obama is a joke!! He doesn't stand a chance against McCain. Senator Clinton would make a great president. When these people need Hillary's suport I hope she turns on them like they turned on her.

    May 23, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  19. Gloria

    Please tell me how the fact that CNN reports the facts & is accused of being biased against Clinton?

    Also why is a vote for Senator Obama considered sexist? That would mean that anyone who votes for Clinton is a racist, right?

    May 23, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  20. R.O.B.

    More good news!!!

    OBAMA '08

    May 23, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  21. Duane in Philly

    More superdelegates from states Clinton won overwhelmingly now backing Obama. We might as well congratulate McCain now for a victory in November.

    May 23, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  22. Roofin Reality, Houston, Tx.

    To Harry C from 12:15 EDT,
    I'm an Obama fan, and I believe Superdelegates can support whomever they want. If both your Senators are still supporting Clinton, that's good. After all, a week after Obama got smoked in West Virginia, their Senator just now endorsed Obama. So, you can't have it both ways. But I'm with you in spirit, I do wish they'd come on board.

    To Ed from 12:16 EDT,
    many of the polls have Obama up and if he keeps Penn as a blue state, gets Virginia where he's currently leading, gets Colorado and either New Mexico or Nevada, he has 276 electoral votes. And that's not including Michigan where he's currently up. That's the math as it is today.

    To Sherri Jones from 12:16 EDT,
    I would like to understand your rationale. Clinton and Obama agree 90% of the time, just like yesterday when they both voted for the GI Bill. McCain and Clinton vote the same less than 25% of the time (like yesterday when McCain chose to go to a fundraiser rather than go back to DC to vote – either way – for the GI Bill which would support the troops with eduational funding. Course McCain's position was already on record as being against.

    So, my question to you, why would you vote against your interest (you say you're a Democrat)? That doesn't make sense. IF you're talking to your child, or a girlfriend, would you tell them to do something that is diametrically opposed to what you both know is against their best interest? Really? Come on now.
    Either that is somewhat odd, OR you're really a Republican trying to stir up "chaos." So, which is it?
    And this question goes for the rest of the "I'm a Hillary supporter and I'll vote McCain if she doesn't win" persons who'll post here.

    GOD Bless us all. And to all, may you have a wonderfully memorable Memorial Day holiday weekend.

    May 23, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  23. Sean

    We're getting closer...

    Keep 'em coming!

    Obama 2008!

    (I'm also actively rooting for Gov. Kathleen Sebelius as VP. So Obama/Sebelius 2008!)

    May 23, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |

    OH HAPPY DAY!!!!

    May 23, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
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