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. Independent

    Congratulations Obama.

    Good luck in this process.

    May 23, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  2. C Howe

    SHE will never give in. FIGHT FIGHT harder is the only way because Obama is not as strong or fierce as SHE. And SHE will never let her supporters down. They will keep pushing until he eventually has to yield, because SHE is the stronger candidate. She wears the pants.

    May 23, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  3. DannyCali

    Obama still unelectable because he is too flip-flop. Look how many name he have in his life when he still a child and still a Muslim he have other name, when he young he have another name, and when he be come a Christian or faith he have another name. So this is the man going to our next President? I don't think so people your guy have to think
    twice before vote for him and before too late.

    May 23, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  4. Shawn, Takoma Park, MD

    Woo Hoo!

    It's time for Hillary to step aside with some grace and dignity. I know she has a large number of um...well let's just call them "low information voters" but not even they can REALLY believe her outrageous and ridiculous positon on the FL and MI delegates.

    The undeniable TRUTH is, she agreed to the rules and now wants to change them because SHE LOST...which somewhow makes Obama – who is adhering to the agreed-upon rules – the villian? She just cares SO MUCH now! And for them, of course, not her.


    Bye Bye Hillary.

    May 23, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  5. E.White, Houston,TX

    This needs to be decided before May 31st.

    What a P.R. nightmare for the Democratic Party, to have a bunch of screaming people at the Credentials Committee meeting, in D.C..

    Super D's it's time to do you job.

    The gentleman who said it is "immediate" is on point.

    May 23, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  6. Tim in Canada

    The Democrats take America one step foward, then the Republicans come along and take Her two steps back. They are anti-progressive.

    May 23, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  7. van Linsky

    Hillary Clinnton should stop fighting for the Democrats and become an independent candidate, given how she has been treated by her party, or join the Republicans. Democrats do not deserve her as a leader.

    May 23, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  8. Swalker327

    Why don't you Hillary supportors just shave your heads in revolt and shut up. With all the Independents and Republicans that will be voting for Obama this year we don't need you. And to all my fellow women voters who plan to vote for McCain - you are idiots. Were you listening when he said he would replace the two supreme court justices who plan to retire during the next term with conservative judges - do you know what that means idiots???

    NO MORE ROW v. WADE!!!!!!!!!!!!! DON'T BE DUMB!!!

    OBAMA '08

    May 23, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  9. Nobama

    17+ million voters for Hillary AND Obama. It's not like she was a long-shot! What are the Obamamanicas afraid of if he's such a sure bet?

    I am one of those uneducated, single white women who WILL NOT vote for Obama under any circumstance ... even if by some chance Hillary was VP.

    McCain – default choice – NEVER OBAMA!!!

    May 23, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  10. R Garcia, Northern Cali

    I have a question for all these people who don't support Obama, can you please give me just 1 reason, why Mccain would be a better candidate? And give me some thorough facts and information to support it. All I see if people saying they will never vote Obama, but they can't explain why, when we have a thousand reasons, I need to see one, so you can have my sympathy.

    May 23, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  11. enomisa

    The DEMS are doing it again- they are setting themselves up for a GE loss by supporting the least electable candidate.

    Obama is too far left to appeal to the HRC supporters, much less to independents and moderate republicans.

    He is also flip-flopping all over the issues- which creates mistrust. First he would talk to our enemies unconditionally- it was on his website and taped on debates. Now he denies that and takes a different position.

    On Rev Wright, the same thing- first supports him and then ultimately denounces him. Again- all for political expediency.

    May 23, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  12. Tom,des moines

    Obama vs McCain=McCain win easily.

    Hillary vs McCain=Hillary win easily.

    May 23, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  13. Susan

    BIG MISTAKE................

    WAIT & SEE!!!

    May 23, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  14. Mark

    How much more of this nonsense are we going to have to put up with. If the rules that were broken get changed just because the out come they thought was going to happen isnt happening. We have failed as a demcratic party. Hillary needs to stand up to sit down

    May 23, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  15. Katy

    There's never any news reported when Hillary's numbers go up. She had less than her current 279 supers just a few days ago, but CNN doesn't splash that all over.

    May 23, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  16. Marc in Quebec

    I do believe the fat lady in the pantsuit has sung.....

    May 23, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  17. PJ

    Obamaosama, you're a fool.

    Who are you to call anyone a loser and what evidence do you have to call them that. Are you just name calling like child because that's all you're capable of.

    Obama will be the president and we will see who the loser is in November. oh yeah it won't be McCain either, it will be all those who are ignornant and naive of what is to come.

    May 23, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  18. Sarge in Florida

    Why is CNN so biased towards Obama. Start show interviews that they have about Mccain and see how much this OLD SENILE man denying the allegations from previous interviews. Seems like CNN doesn't want a Black man in the White House because they won't reveal the true McBush.

    May 23, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  19. JOHN

    LATE IN NOVEMBER!!!!!!!!

    May 23, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  20. Woodi

    Will someone please tell me.....since when has being a former first lady made you the best candidate for President? Our country has had many Presidents and none of them have had to have "former first lady" on their resume to make them viable leaders. So why is it that this time, everyone thinks that "former first lady" makes this candidate the best one? ..OH. I answered my own question- everyone doesn't think that and that's probably why....well you know...why she's not necessarily the winner.

    May 23, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  21. Mikhailovich

    Could someone tell the overheated, strident CNN commentator who comes on at 7pm eastern time to read these comments and articles? He rants about "democracy", flag pin in lapel, when the big issue is really about someone (Clinton) trying to change the rules of the game, football, shall we say?, when she is losing in the last 60 seconds. A common understanding of fairness ought to dictate that this kind of manoeuvre is not worthy of a long discussion. For what it is worth, may I suggest that the Democratic leadership send an authoritative messenger to Clinton to direct her to throw in the towel before she succeeds in pulling down the political party to which she professes loyalty?

    May 23, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  22. not her please

    To Linda above......if 50% of the people as you say don't want Obama and 50% of the people don't want Clinton...why should we go with Clinton??? because you want her? i don't get your logic but then again i don't get the logic of many of Clinton's supporters. Consistently in polls she polls highest regarding the most unfair attacker and the most negative yet the people vote for her and say they share her values and not Obama's. So, they value negativity and unfairness. i don't think that's something i could ever be proud of.

    May 23, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  23. Ryan Reelston

    Clinton just has to get 80% of the remaining states & the superd's... then she almost pulls even with Obama. Then we seat, say, Florida and she WINS! You can do it Hill!

    May 23, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  24. Unshrub

    IF only Hillary would see the light.

    May 23, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  25. appeasement always fails

    The DNC has dug its own grave by selecting and installing Obama as the nominee.

    Now the superdelegates must flock over to him in order to create the illusion of support and strength.

    In reality, they are appeasing the African Americans and the new youth, both of whom have threatened to stay home and not vote UNLESS Obama is the nominee.

    Appeasement, in response to threats, is never the wise policy to pursue.

    May 23, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
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