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. stan pittsburgh,pa

    hillary is only remaining in the race to pay off her huge debts from stupid campaign contributors- u guys have all been used by her!!!

    May 23, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  2. Dina/Bronx for Obama

    People don't want to vote for politicians who have the rules changed for their own personal good. Hillary did that here in NY in order to become the junior senator, and now she's backing down from a SIGNED statement that she would respect the rules of the DNC (because at the time, she thought she'd become the "Queen", hands down, with no competition), and now, because she's behind, she's changing her mind.
    Now she's losing her delegates to the soon-to-be next president, Barack Obama. If we feel even half as good as we feel now about him, it's a great achievement for America and we'll finally get respect again from foreign countries.
    Yes, We Can!

    May 23, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  3. hugues

    so long hillary !

    May 23, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  4. Marc

    Hillary changes the rules just about every day.

    Hillary supporters change their preferred candidate on a regular basis of late.

    Senator McCain just changes his mind/position on issues everyday and is un-endorsing supporters that he originally fought hard to gain.

    "No country for old men"

    May 23, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  5. Obama Supporter

    The Florida and Michigan delegates WILL be soon as it is official the Barack is the nominee. States that break the rules should NOT have a say in who is the nominee, both Barack and Hillary agreed to this before the first primary. Any child knows that you can't change the rules during a game, and allowing Florida and Michigan to be forgiven for breaking the rules and allowing their votes to influence the nominee selection at this point will lead to many other states doing the same thing 4 years from now. We must be consistent and stand firm on the rules. Hillary knows this, but will do or say anything to help herself. Should the roles be reversed, with Hillary's name not even being on the ballot in Michigan, based on what I have seen and heard from Barack during this campaign, I am confident he would NOT be pushing to have the votes counted, he would not be asking the DNC to break the rules as he is the "different" kind of politician this country has been starving for.

    Obama 2008 and 2012!

    May 23, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  6. Des,Toronto

    It's amazing, Obama's blackness is highlighted against his whiteness, while it's 50/50, for purely racist and political gain by MCain and Clinton. You ask any fair-minded person why they hate Obama and there is no other reason than the fact of his complexion. In 2008 this makes USA a very sad country!! Pick him for his honesty and genuine heartfelt feelings for America. Remember whay MLK said that "you should be judged by the content of your character not by the colour of your skin". Judge Hillary on this and she fails miserably every time!!

    Obama 08

    May 23, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  7. Barry

    will not be loyal to Obama, he is like all the other ones that have swiched from Hillary to Obama. In order to support someone you need to be loyal and support your choice thru the good times as well as the though times. This is the policital games that Obama is supposed to be so against.
    So Obama you can have the likes of people like this, they will turn on you at the slightest bit of trouble.

    May 23, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  8. MD in CT

    The animosity being generated may be appropriate for fans of 2 high school football teams but not the Democratic party in an election as important as this one. It is time for all reasonable supporters to state their position without using nasty and derogatory words. I am sure that all the elected delegates and super delegates are fully aware of the significance of their decision and have spent a lot of time and effort reaching their decision. Many of them are in the Congress and have actually worked with both Senator Clinton and Senator Obama. Yes, we all support one of them in this primary session but it is time to stop the destructive behavior from the supporters...unless you want a continuation of the war in Iraq with the drain on you personal income, the loss of your job to other countries, the lack of good schools and jobs for your children, and the continual decline of our great county in the eyes of the world.

    May 23, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  9. Argentina_Holdout

    What will be the great surprise ? Hillary will prevail with the votes of the Superdelegates.

    May 23, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  10. Yup

    Last I checked, Super Delegates can wait and choose until the convention. Isn't that changing the rules by forcing them to decide earlier?

    May 23, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  11. MEW

    It will be nice to finally get her out of the picture.........Then we only have to wait until November to get Obama out of the picture.

    May 23, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  12. Nicole in NE

    I totally agree that it was the GOP's fault that the primaries were moved up, so I firmly believe the delegates should be seated and votes counted, but let's be logical – it has to be done in a fair way.

    Florida: as is
    Michigan: 50/50

    ALSO – CAUCUS votes count, it doesn't matter if it is a SMALL turnout, or you don't agree with how it was done. THOUSANDS of people showed up and YOU CANNOT DISENFRANCHISE US EITHER!

    I didn't just show up and stand there for 2 hours for no reason! Give me a break!

    May 23, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  13. corey

    for all so call dems who said they will vote for macCain if Obama is the nominee at not real dems all are foolish. go ahead and vote for macCain ,the war will never end and they wil be a draff plus the economy will be will never recover.

    May 23, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  14. Hell has no fury like a woman scorned

    kudos to you gentlemen, we are looking for a few good men to bring this to an end, it's not about greed and power it's about making america what it should be the united states of america. let's stop this devisiveness for the sake of the party and work together,

    May 23, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  15. Brian from Fort Mill, S.C.

    The fat lady just went double platinum!

    May 23, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  16. clinton!

    the thing is, obama CANNOT win mccain, which hillary can. He is a black, do you expect a so corely conservative country like America to give powers to a black guy, NO. Even though people say they'll vote for obama, if he is the nominee, we all the results, he will be defeated and i would not be surprised it that loss will be by a wide margin. he's only chance of winning is giving hillary the VP spot.

    May 23, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  17. p Coleman

    I am a Hillary supporter and really think she would make the best president, can not understand why so many people think Obama is the chosen one and is going to fix all, guess we will see.

    I sincerely hope that Hillary does not become the VP, because from all the hateful things these supporters are saying about her, if anything at all happens to Obama I can just see the headlines blaming the Clintons, not to mention that all the media is endorsing him. This would be twice the talk that was involved with Johnson and the JFK situation. As a matter of fact this has already been stated in a number of comments and it is just plain blasphemy.

    May 23, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  18. taylor richmond virginia

    Big deal, this thing is over, the naming of Obama as the nominee is only a formality at this point. People need to get over it, get together and elect Obama in the fall. It was a hard fought contest between 2 great candidates, but the writing is on the wall.

    May 23, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  19. char19145

    I'd like to see Obama and Michelle go...........................BACK TO CHICAGO!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 23, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  20. johnson

    Big Bird could be runing as a democrat and I would vote for him over McCain.....

    May 23, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  21. The Don

    Imagine this. Hillary was spotted over 100 super delegates by Obmama at the begining of the primary election. Now he is over 30 supers past her.

    He is winning in every category expect the Bill and Chelsea category. What do the other supers really want? Money? Can't they see how delaying this is crippling the party? Is Hillary more important than the country or the party?

    At this point, I am fully in surpport of removing most of the super delegates especially the ones that have not endorsed. We will remeber you supers that did not voice up your surpport in time once this is all over. You will be the reason we fail our attempt at the presidency this fall. I am very dissapointed in you – there is nothign super about you anymore to me.

    May 23, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  22. LastDems

    Finally, anyone who say that Hillary is creating a rift in the party is crazy. She has half the Democrat vote, if Hillary is at fault, so is Barak. 50/50. Barak cannot claim victory without the number of delegates to do so. Until he does get the numbers, the race is wide open.

    Hillary is staying in it until the end to see if Barak screws up. Who knows what can happen leadnig up to the Convention. Maybe the people will find out he smokes a pack of butts a day. What kind of a message does that send to the youth of the country? "The President smokes. Why can't I?" Maybe one night he gets pulled over for DUI? Maybe he says something that further alienates him from more than half of the country.

    Unless he has the numbers, the race should go on.

    May 23, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  23. Cynthia - Arkansas

    This stuff is straight out of the Republican play book. If we don't come together to protect this country from another four years of failed leadership, I'm afraid it will be too late. This country is hanging on by a thread as it is. We have HUGE problems to solve (debt, war, economy) Any Democrat who says that they will vote for McSame because Hillary didn't get the nomination should be ashamed of themselves. The future for my grandchildren depends on us fighting TOGETHER to get this country back on the right track.

    Whether you like Obama or not, that's who the people chose. If you have to hold your nose and vote for him, at least don't vote against the rest of us who are eager for change.

    May 23, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  24. Diane

    I'm a registered republican who isn't sure she can vote for McCain. I'm looking strongly at Senator Obama and will make my final decision based on who they pick for VP's. If Obama picks Clinton as his running-mate I definately won't be able to switch my vote! Senator Clinton appears to be more corrupt than her husband was. Getting them back in the White House would not be good for our country – only for themselves.

    May 23, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  25. Charlene

    Congrats!! Obama '08 Positively Beautiful!!!

    May 23, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
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