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. cory,fl

    i wont vote for Obama, but maybe i will write in Hillary

    May 23, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  2. Greg

    With being a Democrat and a huge Clinton supporter, I look at this way. If Obama gets the nod to run for the house, then I will be voting for McCain come November. McCain has the white supporters and Obama doesn't. He will loose all the major states while McCain walks freely into the white house.

    May 23, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  3. Miami Mama for Obama


    IF, for some strange reason, the nomination is TAKEN away from OBAMA this AMERICAN WOMAN will NOT be voting for CLINTON!

    Obama or McCain '08

    JUST KIDDING – I can't do that to my children . . .


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


    And can someone PLEASE tell Sen. Clinton that she still IS NOT WINNING THE POPULAR VOTE! Even with FL and MI. Her math does not include caucuses. And why does she feel any validity with MI's contest when no other name was on the ballot but hers. Poor sport!

    FURTHERMORE, It is preposterous for her to continually ignite her supporters with false hopes that she can win! Senator Clinton's campaign chances for president have sailed and she is trying to chase down the ship, on water, without drowning!

    Bill aint Jesus and he can’t reach down and save her! She better stay with the ship and drift on down stream!

    May 23, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  5. sophia nyc

    Obama is more electable in November since Clinton can't even win the primary.

    Democrat '08

    May 23, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  6. Sheryl

    I've been a Clinton supporter since the Iowa Caucus. I still feel she is still the most viable candidate. I think the Democrats are a bunch of back stabbers and they are just hurting themselves. I am registering back to a Independent.

    May 23, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  7. Ron Larson

    Can someone factually explain why Florida and Michigan decided to "fly solo", and is Howrd Dean so weak and ineffective in his leadership to allow this? I still haven't seen any rationale for their foolish decision to harm their own party...isn't that Bill and Hillary's job?

    May 23, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  8. ss8ty

    When was the last time someone endorsed HRC?
    Think about it.

    OBAMA 08 – 13


    May 23, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  9. Joe Regis

    Any attempt now is futile.
    Hillary risk to become the
    laughing-stock of the world.

    May 23, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  10. Major Mike in Lorton, Virginia

    Would like to know what is Hillary's "walk-away-withdrawal" number? Maybe they can offer Hillary a "buy-out"....or pay her bills. It is so ridiculous that it is sad.

    May 23, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  11. An Independent Hillary

    Hillary should run as an Independent. The two party system needs to end, and she could be the credible candidate to do it! Obama is already going to lose the GE anyway. No one in my family is voting for him here in California because of his lack of both experience and concrete vision. I just hope they DON'T turn around and vote for McCain, but I'm afraid that's exactly what they're going to do.

    An Independent Hillary in 2008!!!

    May 23, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  12. Mark

    They set the rules for the game. All the players agreed to play by those rules. Clintons are a big policy makers of DNC. They thought those rules would be good for Hillary to win the nomination.

    But amazing things happened- in Bill's words, it is 'a fairy tale.' People of America spoke in favor of Senator Obama. But Clintons were not ready for that kind of support from 'ungrateful' fellow Americans – afterall they had done so much good to these 'stupid' fellow Americans who don't know who would be the best president.

    So, what to do? Clintons know well. Change the rules again so that they favor Hillary. It does not matter whether those changes are unethical. Now, they are talking about the voting rights of the people. Before, they talked about the law breaking nature of those poeple (FL ande MI).

    What can I say? Whom can I complain to?
    Best: God help us.

    May 23, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  13. Truth

    Good move...
    Super delegates has urgent responsibility to end this primary very soon. We need to start the healing process soon...

    Some republicans are blogging as Hillary supporters to widen the division in the democratic party. This is similar to what they did voting for her. The whole party (not only presidential candidate) will be at great risk of major loss in November if this primary will not end soon and we focus on November

    May 23, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  14. Sherrie

    Maybe he will get a flood of superdelegates, say maybe 30, so that he will have something in his favor. As if he needs something, thanks to Hillary. He's already won.

    May 23, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  15. bayo adeyanju

    obama the change we need to move america n the rest of the world forward.

    May 23, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  16. Darcy

    Please Super-delegates,

    Do your job and end this before May 31st.
    Your duty is to help the process not withhold your votes until everyone else has had their say and then weigh in - We must vote and you should too. This includes Nancy and the other LEADERS. We expect you to LEAD not FOLLOW us all off a clift.

    May 23, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  17. Joel

    Very simple: McCain will be winning if Hillary is not Dem Candidate. I support whoever devoted their life time serve this country, standout to defense this country, work hard to make this country better and Proud to be American!

    May 23, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  18. Bri in Charlottesville, VA

    I agree that we need to rally behind one nominee. Good thing that nominee actually happens to be the right person for the job and the only candidate that stands a mathematical chance of reaching the nomination!

    **Obama 08 and 12**

    May 23, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  19. Dr.Kothary , Blaine, WA 98230

    It is time for superdelegates to help finalise this race !!

    no need for King Clinton, Princess Chelsea or the former Queen
    Hiilary...we are talking about the White House and not the White Palace !!!

    It is time for us Americans to wake up and remember what made us strong and envy of the world....

    May 23, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  20. kenny cole

    the next endorse we looking for should come from HILLARY OR BILL OBAMA for presdent

    May 23, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  21. blair

    Why did not obama not register for the military when he was 18? Why did he wait until 1980. How many times is he going to change his name? Through most of his childhood, Barack went by the nickname Bar. When he grew older, he went by the name of Barry.Only when Barack went to college and needed the influence's of the government funds and black people did he start using barack.

    May 23, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  22. Chad, VA

    TO all you Obama haters this victory in NOV will be that much sweeter....
    You guys are so closed minded and the country will see a new day with BARRACK OBAMA as President. In Nov it will be a day that our childrens, childrens, childrens will discuss in thier history books.

    May 23, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  23. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    when will Hillary finally SHUT UP and GO AWAY?

    May 23, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  24. Rsay

    Being the "inevitable" nominee is not a cause for support. Most Clinton supporters do not care about bandwagons. Many of us cannot rally behind someone who is simply not qualified to be president. Obama said so himself in 2004. So, even if it is "inevitable," it is about principle, loyalty, and the understanding that we need to support someone that can actually win in November. Everyone talks about the "math" against Senator Clinton, but the "math" has also revealed that Obama has never received the support from the constituency that is essential to winning swing states in the fall. It is "inevitable" that the Democrats will once again manage to mess up what should be a slam dunk.

    May 23, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  25. shanebarrow

    Okay, here comes the childish "Either its Hillary or I'm voting Mccain in 5....4....3....2....1.....

    Obama/bloomberg 08

    May 23, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
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