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. karen

    More, more!! We need this over Now!!!! Obama needs a lot of time to fight Bush/McCain champain!!!!! Hillary get on board and bring the dems together–NOW!!! She would be a pretty good VP!!! She'd have an awsome boss!!

    May 23, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  2. Ed

    What planet is Costa on? You can endorse Obama for... whatever reason. (??) But you certainly can't endorse him because he is more electable. There is not a single metric ANYWHERE that has shown that Obama today has the ability to get more electoral votes than McCain.

    May 23, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  3. Lila

    Obama also got two former Edward's backers and Native American superdelegates today! Let's hope that Gore and Pelosi soon jump on board.

    Obama 08!!!!

    May 23, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  4. Yes We Can And Will

    Okay, so CNN make sure you update the delegate count. And keep checking back, because the numbers will change in Barack's favor fairly soon. I hope.

    Obama 08

    May 23, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  5. Joe - Wilmington, DE

    Finallly, voices of reason. The remaining superdelegates need to get on board and end this ridiculous fiasco NOW.

    May 23, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  6. MD

    One thing that's important to remember when looking at what's going to happen with Florida and Michigan's delegations: more happens at the convention than just choosing the nominee.

    I've heard some saying Obama would be weak to accept a compromise that wouldn't be purely in his best interest in terms of the nomination. But the Florida and Michigan delegates aren't likely to affect the nomination. What they could affect and should have a say in are some of the other issues and questions that will come up at the convention. That's why it's important to get those delegates seated, and honestly the sooner Clinton concedes the race, the more quickly the process for finding a fair and equitable way to seat those delegates is likely to happen.

    May 23, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  7. victor

    only Losers and selfish people will suppport McCain

    May 23, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  8. Sherri Jones

    I'm so sick of the superdelegates switching sides before the nomination!

    This Democrat will never support Obama!

    Hillary is the only one who can get this country out of the mess we are in. But if I don't my 1st. choice. Guess I will be switching parties this election.

    May 23, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  9. Greg

    This Florida-Michigan debate is a joke. Obama's name was not even on the ballot in Michigan but Clinton NOW wants their votes counted since she won.

    She is being selfish and keeping the party at odds. McCain is in absolute cruise control.....

    May 23, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  10. Beverly, NYC

    59 more to go, magic number 2026! Hopefully on June 3rd this fiasco will end & Hillary and her supporter can slink back under their rocks.
    I would rather have her skirt chasing husband campaign for Obama.

    May 23, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  11. Jaci

    I have yet to have a Clinton support give SPECIFIC reasons not to vote for Obama, besides insults that have nothing to do with the campaign he has run or issues he has run on,or his platform.

    This lead me to believe they are refusing to vote for Obama, due to sour grapes about their candidate losing (because of her own mis-management and miscalculations) or they are racist.
    Rev. Wright is NOT a good reason.... ESPECIALLY if you are supporting Hillary Clinton!

    I have YET to hear a good reason.
    Thank goodness, there are people coming around who are being honest and fair. Superdelegates, please end this madness for the good of the party.

    May 23, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  12. Chantal

    Unbelievable. Like rats jumping a sinking. How do these people look at themselves in the mirror? What a bunch a hypicritical traitors. So much for "support". Things start to look bad and they switch sides.

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

    ...oops i meant to say "Losers" and not loosers....gee i can't spell. I'm dumb no wonder i like mclame.....durrr!!

    May 23, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  14. not her please

    i love that the governor of NY says it looks like she's starting to get desperate!! i have only one question–where has he been for the last several months. she's not starting get desperate...perhaps he could've said she's starting to get MORE desperate but she started getting desperate months ago.

    i do wish the superdelegates would just put an end to this debacle. It's not doing the party any good no matter what they're saying to the contrary.

    May 23, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  15. TGO

    Its time for all the super delegates to rally around the BIG "O".

    Let not drag this on any further...There are a lot of voters that are getting tired of this drawn out waste of time!

    May 23, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  16. pa voter

    Well, One more reason to vote for McCain. When are the Dems going to wake up and see what they did to the party? I guess in november when we get another rep. President. I am a democrat, But will be switching to rep. sreal soon.

    May 23, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  17. bill pike

    i love sports and when someone cheats or goes against the rules so far they are dealt with. Pete Rose is a people choice and has the all time record but he was dealt with. Florida and Michigan broke the rules and to allow them to WIN at no costs-costs the party and the country. It is like california and other states who would now vote for Obama–do we redo these states because when florida and Michigan happened nobody knew who Obama was and clinton use the name. Seat them but with a total of one vote each plus whatever their super delegates vote.

    May 23, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  18. Freida, NYC

    Obama supporters don't get it. We (Hillary supporters) will not back Obama in the general not because of educational-financial levels, or race. I am a young female, mixed race, well-educated (with a Ph.D), and with a very comfortable income. Why I will never vote for Obama? because, I do not trust him in many levels. I seriously doubt his love and pratiotism for this county, his inexperience, poor judgement, and his close friendship with so many anti-American leaders such as Farrakhan. The fact that he is running as a "Dem" is not enough qualification to convince me to vote for him. In order words, I am voting with my head not with my heart! This is why I strongly believe, that Hillary is the best choice we have as a Dem to lead this country. Sure she has a lot of baggages, but at least we know what they are, and what she is capable of. In contrast, we do not know enough about Obama.

    Obama supporters, please stop the madness, and try to see things from a different perspective.

    May 23, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  19. Trish

    I understand that Florida and Michigan broke the rules...but do the ignorant people screaming about the DNC meeting to seat these delegates really believe it is wise to to just "forget" about these votes going into the general election. That's political suicide!! The Democratic Party would be destroying their chances in November by not counting the votes in Florida and Michigan. We live in a democracy and are fortunate to have the precious right to vote. What does it say about our nation as a whole when the DNC just blows off so many votes??

    I do honestly believe that if Senator Obama was losing this primary race, his campaign would be screaming for ALL the votes to count as well. Obama could have avoided this mess by agreeing to a revote which was brought up a long time ago. Obama said no of course because it wouldn't favor him. Is this the type of man we want for President....who doesn't feel the votes of these Americans count?? I believe when Obama "skipped" campaigning much in West Virginia and Kentucky that he felt these people weren't important...he should have been fighting for those votes and instead took the easy road and moved on. That says alot about Obama's judgement and character. He had my vote and lost it. I no longer trust this man with our country's future.

    May 23, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  20. IA Voter

    Of course Hillary' & her supporters want the MI votes included. She went in unopposed (Obama at least), joining that State & FL in thumbing their nose at DNC mandate. Not hard to get votes when the choice is so limited.
    The people have spoken, John McCain recognizes Obama as his opponent, so let's get on with it & defeat the Bush philosophy in November. Done, Over

    Obama '08

    May 23, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |

    I'm so sleepy, is this contest still going on, has billary claimed to be the president yet by default?

    Wake me when it's done


    May 23, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  22. Dingumama

    Everyone knows Obama is the nominee and yet Clinton stays in the race. Just shows how much of a party pooper she is. She would be forcing Obama to end the race had she been in an advantageous position. Now that she is not, she wants to find a convoluted way to gain the nomination. Her intentions are clear to the rest of the world but some americans are still so naive to just follow and believe whatever she says foolishly.

    May 23, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
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    May 23, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  24. terri, montana

    Not only is Obama the most electable candidate in the democratic race, he is the most electable for us ex-republicans and independents and those who claim no political party!!! Once he is officially nominatted watch his support go through the roof!!! WOOHOO- Go Obama!!!

    May 23, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  25. Chuck R

    More political insiders for Obama current count of Delegates elected by the will of the voters in primary elections:

    Clinton 1329 Obama 1322

    Those picked by insiders at caucuses Obama 325 Clinton 173

    nuff said

    May 23, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
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