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. Tim, AL

    What an idiotic comment from Cardoza: I think Hillary would be the best president, but since Obama probably will win, I want to be on the winning side and not the better side.

    What a moron.

    May 23, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  2. Sam

    Yet another example of people's follow the flock mentality. "I will switch my support from the candidate I prefer to the candidate who is winning." Thanks a lot, Democrat superdelegates. Your spinelessness will lead us over the cliff in an election that should have been a cakewalk for the THIRD TIME IN A ROW. You're making our country proud, you idiots.

    May 23, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  3. T. Duncanson

    Good. Hillary has to be off of her rocker if she thinks that the DNC is
    going to allow her to destroy the democratic party at this crucial point
    leading up to November. That debacle that she pulled in Florida was
    preposterous. Even her own supporters are beginning to realize that
    she is a toxic backstabber to the democratic party. She should have
    stayed a republican, maybe its not too late for her to join John McCain's
    ticket, which would be her biggest help by then guaranteeing a shoo
    in for the true democratic party.

    May 23, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  4. Pete

    Add the 2 new New Hampshire delegates to Obama's column too.

    After this weekend he'll need less than 50. She'll need about 260. It's over, let's all support Obama!

    May 23, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  5. ABG

    Unless the DNC seats the Florida & Michigan delegates and honors the results of those primaries, there will be no party unity, That is a fairy tale.

    There are over 18,000,000 people that have voted for Senator Hillary Clinton. We will NOT be falling in line unless the Democratic party does the right thing.

    I hope the Democratic party leaders understand there is a good reason why Clinton leads McCain in the big states. She can win and Obama cannot.

    Obama's biggest problem is not McCain. It is his lack of support by blue collare America that he thought it was OK to stereotype them as turning to bigotry.

    Why would anyone vote for someone who calls people bigots?

    May 23, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  6. Moe


    If you want to give a negative comment about Obama, please stated something factual, substantial, and issue related. Enough of these muslim references, rev. wright references, experience references, etc. Please stop showing your true ignorance and state a constructive criticism.

    May 23, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  7. NightDay

    Great Job, Let's keep it going and let's end this

    May 23, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  8. mary

    Good job, hang in there OBAMA

    May 23, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  9. Realist in Maryland

    VERY WELL STATED by Dennis Cardoza.

    It's the 4th quarter. It's not time for a last minute, rash decision. It defeats the party, rules, and Democracy as a whole. Hopefully other superdelegates feel the same and come out before the last of the month.

    On to the General Election!

    May 23, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  10. Greg, NY

    CNN, you're soooo biased. You made your headline positive for Obama, of course!

    You could've said that Clinton gets more superdelegately challenged, but nooo. Always spinning positively for your candidate!

    (end sarcasm)

    May 23, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  11. Mark from Seattle

    I am an educated white guy excited for a black president!

    May 23, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  12. Mark, Berwyn, PA

    Maybe Hillary should run for Govenor of West Virginia.

    May 23, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  13. Gene

    Outstanding news! Another Clinton supporter sees the writing on the wall!

    As more and more of them realize how difficult it would be for Senator Clinton to win, I hope we Obama supporters can exhibit some grace. I've been thinking lately how short-sighted it is of us to spew hatred towards Senator Clinton's supporters. As close as the general election will be, all Democrats need to unite!

    When I was about 12 I figured out why Republicans do so well in national elections: it's that they are always able to put the wounds of a primary behind them. They always get behind the nominee. Democrats will never match their success as long as we let "bitter" feelings divide us, so let's set that aside and get behind Obama / Clinton, a great way to unite the party and take down John McCain!

    May 23, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |

    Congratulations on two more endorsements Senator Obama! Well-deserved!!

    May 23, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  15. Mike


    Its almost over and we can finally IGNORE and FORGET about that lady.

    May 23, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  16. pam Eugene OR

    Let's get this over with and unite the party. It is way past time for the Clinton's to stop the foolishness.
    Please Hillary, for once, do the right thing and not the selfish choice.

    May 23, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  17. Debby

    Wow I don't know what these stupids are thinking. Cardoza being yet another turncoat and his reasoning just gives Clinton supporters more ammo not to vote for his new endorsee. His reasoning is idiotic because whether he likes it or not the rules committee is going to meet anyway. I guess Cardoza doesn't care if over 2 million voters aren't counted just as long as his is. What a moron.

    May 23, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  18. Linda from Prescott

    Hope to see more Super Delegates come thru today!

    It's time.
    Congrats Senator Obama!

    May 23, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  19. Candace from Texas

    Go Obama! Fl and MI went against the rules and they must follow the the rules. Why is Hillary to to change the goal post now? I agree that you can not move the goal post in the 4th quarter? She is so ridiculous in this matter. I can not believe that she is still fighting for this. This talk about Hillary supporters voting for McCain in November is nonsense! WE need to unify and not tear apart! Hillary "fighter" attitude is tearing the party apart!

    May 23, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  20. JJ in NY

    hillary must think that the DNC Rules committee is as sleazy and corrupt as she is . This "lady" lives in her own little world and is a legend only in her own mind .

    May 23, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  21. Belle

    I really DON"T think you get it Obama supporters....Clinton should be offered the VP slot. There are over 17 million voters for Clinton.

    Your disrespect of her, is what is souring the Democratic Party. Your unwillingness to call her a great candidate (and she is) is driving Middle of the Road Democrats to McCain.

    So who cares if you get our vote or not? YOU DON'T!!!

    By the way, you may want to check out the Untruthful comments of Senator Obama on the Fox news site....CNN certainly never questions him!!

    May 23, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  22. Venus

    CNN – Obama has gotten 4- superdelegates this morning!

    Thank you Supers and thanks for telling the truth about how evil Hillary is by trying to change the rules in the fourth quarter...ha,ha,ha!

    Thank you and welcome to the "O" Team!

    Way to go Bam!

    May 23, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  23. FromTampa

    Now if we can only kick Hillary out of Florida..

    May 23, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  24. Jerry

    To those comentors who leave Osama type are only displaying the quintessential Republican characteristics of hate and divisiveness and a party that caters only tokenly to people of color. You objective is pointless and your style is cruel. Much like the GOP itself.

    May 23, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  25. James, Redlands, CA

    It must really hurt to know you had the world in the palm of your hand and you took it for granted and lost.

    Poor campaign strategy lost this election for the "presumed" nominee.

    Hilliary and her supporters can only blame her and her strategists.

    Obama didn't plan her campaign.

    The Superdelegates didn't plan her campaign.

    Hilliary supporters look at reality, not what you would like to be reality.

    The Superdelegate march continues and the gates will open in June.

    May 23, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
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