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. Bob Stephens

    I think that the only super delegates that are holding back now are the party people that owe the Clintons favors. Anyone with half a brain can see that Obama has won the nomination. I think the Clintons feel that they can force the delegates to give her the VP nomination at the convention no matter who Obama wants to run with.

    May 23, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  2. Jeff

    I think its funny that the name-callers (such as in the first comment), can never spell "loser" correctly. Even so, how is the person who has been consistently in the lead a "looser"? Jealousy is definitely rearing its ugly head.

    Look people, Hillary Clinton has changed her tone and is preparing to back Obama. She is in it at this point to try and earn back the money she has lent her campaign. Anyone who can't see that is delusional. Let's all ease up on each other, stop the insanity, and be prepared to fight McCain and ensure we do not have another 4 years of failed, anti-U.S. policies spewing from the White House. We can ill afford another 4 years of these failed policies. Anyone who votes for McCain is not only a true Democrat, but also not a True American.

    May 23, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  3. Yes, it is...

    Thank you, gentlemen. The inevitable is here. I think it's important that Hillary realize that NOTHING short of Obama doing something incredibly stupid (like, say, what Bill did while he was in office with Monica) is going to hand the nomination to her. Obama is the presumptive nominee (for you Hillary supporters, that means he's probably the guy to get the nomination). The majority of American Democrats have voted for him (in spite of Hillary's weird math). The caucuses have voted for him. The superdelegates are going to him.

    If, through some sneaky rules change, the nomination goes to Hillary, it will destroy the Democratic Party. Not because people don't like Hillary, but because people are tired of sneaky, backroom political deal-making. If this nomination goes to anyone but the person most people voted for (in the elections that counted....sorry...Florida and Michigan) can bet that Hillary will lose big in November. Peope will leave the Democraty Party in droves. All the maneuvering and "electability" will go out the window......

    May 23, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  4. cynthia

    we need to keep in mind this race was just starting and i bet if obama had been able to campaign and have his name on ballot he would have won michigan (over 45% voted uncommitted even though her name was the only one on that ballot) – and in florida obama was not known so i be he that would have been a tight race – YOU CAN NOT CHANGE THE RULES THIS LATE IN THE GAME – that would be like fixing a race – so HILARY please just go quietly and try again next time – don't make it so hard....and lets get over this issue of who can get what vote – it doesn't matter – we need to be UNIFIED against the Republican party if we want to win this election and stop this war – PRAY FOR OBAMA IF YOU ARE NOT SURE ABOUT HIM – does no good to talk about it just pray about it

    May 23, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  5. Linda

    It doesn't matter how many super delegate supporters Obama racks up. It is still a fact that 50% of the Democrats of this great USA do NOT want Obama for president. Also, 50% do NOT want Hillary Clinton as president. Something has got to be done to unite the party. Just giving it all to Obama will NOT unite, but will divide the party even further. I can tell you most Democrats in my area of the country will not support Obama. I don't know if putting Hillary on the ticket would help, but it would be a great injustice to the people of this country if AGAIN the wishes of the people are ignored. It would be very interesting to see how many super delegates were stolen by Obama from districts/states that voted in the majority for Hillary Clinton. I know two such superdelegates in my state that didn't support her when their district went strongly for Hillary. They have received the last votes from me!!!!
    Linda in Indiana

    May 23, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  6. GoldenChica

    I wonder what was offered to her to switch over. Come November all these fools will be sorry they sided with Obama. Even if he gets the nomination, the majority of the voters will write in Hillary's name in the ballot as a write in candidate.

    May 23, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  7. Marcus B

    I hope he gets enough superdelegates before June 3rd, so after those last primaries, he has enough to clinch the nomination. It would be absolutely dreadul if Clinton took this fight to the Convention. It would make her look like the sorest of losers. I can not imagine why ever her followers are not turned off by her lies, her desperation, and her pettiness. Let's start with the fact that in October of last year, Clinton agreed to these rules! You can not re-write history. And now to claim that they must count and use convoluted math to try and convince people is more hoodwinking than I've ever seen from the Obama camp. If she takes this to the Convention and still doesn't get the nomination, she will lose all respect in the Democratic party. It's unfortunate that she had to go down like this, but she should have planned for this to go beyond Super Tuesday. People talk about how presumptive it is for Obama to start searching for a running mate. I think it is presumptive to think that you will win by a landslide before the end of March. She has blindsighted and Obama and his supporters can not be blamed for that!

    Obama 08!!!

    May 23, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  8. Liked Hillary once

    Only 11 days left till Clinton concedes. McCain is slowly imploding.

    May 23, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  9. joanne

    LOL LOL L:OL LOL LOL Another BACKSTABER Must be a friend of Jack Cafferty

    Hillary 08 Madame President GO HILL GO right to the ConVEntion

    Do not give in to OBAMA

    May 23, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  10. You said what you meant

    Good news!

    Obama O-8!!

    May 23, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  11. tigerakabj

    Time to end this so we can start getting up in McCain's face about the flip-flops. Let Hillary play with herself.

    May 23, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  12. Lorna, NY

    Keep them coming and end this thing already!

    May 23, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  13. Bob, Lyons Oregon,

    59 to go for Obama, great. There are reports of some more SD's coming out today, at least 1 or 2, check out "2008 Democratic Convention Watch: Superdeligates". They are very good at keeping up with the superdeligate and deligate watch. Not sure how to post a link in this comment section.

    May 23, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  14. Dark Days

    Good going Cardoza.

    Obama '08

    May 23, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  15. KC

    Obama just keeps getting more super delegates. This is just great for him. I do thank the super delegates that support Obama and have which over from Hillary. Let's hope that in the next two primarys that he wins big to get 2025.

    May 23, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  16. hill.bill.y

    Dean – Colton, you are right.

    Hillary's desperate, so she dumpster dive for florida and michigan.

    May 23, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  17. Tom

    like most people I have extremely strong feelings on the subject but in the interest of moving forward I'll keep it constructive and just say let's hope this snowballs quickly so people can get focused on November...

    May 23, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  18. Rus in St. Paul, MN

    Obama also gained the endorsement of 2 of Edwards NH pledged delegates today, gain for Obama today is 4, -1 for Clinton.

    You know, thinking about this, there is one really symbolic thing Clinton could do to really bring this party together. She should be the one that gives him the endorsement that puts him at the magic number. That would be the absolute best thing for the party.

    Unlikely it will happen, just wishful thinking....

    May 23, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  19. joanne


    May 23, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  20. Yes, And Yes!

    Great, 58 more superdelegates to go. I love it.

    Obama 08

    Oh and let's have a baby Obama in the White House.

    May 23, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |

    I'm glad that SUPAS are coming around, they really can put an end to all of this nonsense. I believe that if you're for McCain that YOU should stay out of DEMS bizness! Vote for your guy and WE will vote for ours. The one with the most votes will win. No need for blogging trash about BO (he's got no experience, blackness, wifeyness, etc.) Furthermore, Barrak supporters don't need to say nasty things about McCain (age, richness, whiteness, wifeyness etc.) BECAUSE THE MOST VOTES WIN REGARDLESS, got that Hill!

    May 23, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  22. Victoria

    Go Obama!
    Just give her Florida, and split Michigan 50/50, so we can move on!

    May 23, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  23. theresa in Prattville, AL

    That's I'm talking about. I'm a black female and likes Hillary but this is dividing our party. We all know Barack has won unless they still it from him. We need to stop this madness and move on. I think both candidates can go back to Florida and reaasure them that we will not break the rules but we do need the votes in November. They can apologize and ask Florida for forgiveness and tell them that McCain is not right for them.

    May 23, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  24. Dean - Colton, CA

    If 'count all the votes' were an actual concern to Clinton, then she would want to count the votes for 'nobody' in Michigan, and would want to get the votes from those who stayed home in both FL and MI. Trying to count the votes as they were cast is a disingenous attempt to skew things into her favor. If you can't have a revote, then the primary is invalid because a huge number of people woult *not* have their votes counted for the candidate they preferred.

    The 'count every vote' campaign is, in fact, a fraud, under this scenario. Either split the delegates, or have a revote – taking them asis would be fraudulent.

    May 23, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  25. john Jacob

    it's only inevitable if there are more traitiors/blind followers that cross over.

    May 23, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
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