May 23rd, 2008
03:00 PM ET
15 years ago

Two more Edwards delegates switch to Obama

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Edwards endorsed Obama earlier this month."](CNN) - Two more pledged delegates who previously supported John Edwards have announced their support for Barack Obama, CNN has confirmed. first reported that State Sen. Peter Burling and Deborah Bacon-Nelson announced their decision Friday morning.

Three of New Hampshire’s four pledged delegates have now switched to Obama since the former presidential candidate’s decision to back the Illinois senator’s presidential bid. New Hampshire delegate Joshua Denton switched his support the day after Edwards endorsed Obama.

Nationwide, 12 of Edwards 19 delegates have now decided to support Obama, including six of Edwards' pledged delegates in South Carolina and three from Iowa.

Obama currently has 1,969 delegates to Clinton's 1,779 in CNN's official count.

soundoff (209 Responses)
  1. Jana Delray Bch, Fl

    Obama was in Boca Raton, Fl. yesterday, trying to sway the Jewish
    voters, he best give it up, NEver going to happen. They don't
    trust him. Cafferty can tell you till the sheep come home, but the
    younger Jews are not going to vote for him either.

    How dare the Governor from NY make a statement that Clinton
    is desperate. This is coming from a black Obama supporter
    that should have been thrown out of office after he admitted to
    drugs and adultry.

    May 23, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |

    This is great, but the rest need to get off the pot and come come the movement, they can end this mess!!!

    **ALL Obama supporters need to personally call Obama's campaign in Ill. and let them know that we do NOT want Hillary as Vice. Hillary supporters are calling, we not sit back and trust this to work out as it should. Go to his web site and get number, I will not give it out on lin. Call the DNC!!


    May 23, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  3. greenfun

    Just the day before, the Center for Responsive Politics revealed Obama's real strategy to secure the nomination by winning over superdelegates– cold, hard cash.

    And while it would be unseemly for the candidates to hand out thousands of dollars to primary voters, or to the delegates pledged to represent the will of those voters, elected officials who are superdelegates have received at least $904,200 from Obama and Clinton in the form of campaign contributions over the last three years, according to the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics.

    Obama, who narrowly leads in the count of pledged, "non-super" delegates, has doled out more than $698,200 to superdelegates from his political action committee, Hope Fund, or campaign committee since 2005. Of the 82 elected officials who had announced as of Feb. 12 that their superdelegate votes would go to the Illinois senator, 35, or 43 percent of this group, have received campaign contributions from him in the 2006 or 2008 election cycles, totaling $232,200. In addition, Obama has been endorsed by 52 superdelegates who haven't held elected office recently and, therefore, didn't receive campaign contributions from him.

    May 23, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  4. WhoCares

    My dog is also endorsing Obama. I am thinking of giving it away.

    May 23, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  5. Matthew

    Barack For President. Know this Wolf. You can smile when you cann't say anything positive about my guy.

    May 23, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  6. DNC corruption

    I feel for the democrats.

    Trying to save themselves from the mess they created.

    That is what happens when you tamper with the vote in America.

    We won't simply go along with fixed elections and pretend we support the weak puppet leftist nominee.

    May 23, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  7. working girl

    welcome aboard

    May 23, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  8. Dr.Kothary , Blaine, WA 98230


    May 23, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  9. Ellie from Los Angeles


    Hillary Clinton 35%
    John McCain 30%
    Barack Obama 26%

    Let's see if Hillary announces running as an Independent shortly although insiders say she'll wait until June 3.

    May 23, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  10. Barbara

    Yes yes yes I am very happy to see everyone in the DNC understood that the time is flying and we must stop playing and get into the line just for the country we love ..yes USA before personal interest..

    Obama 08
    I love Edwards too

    God bless USA and all the good people

    May 23, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  11. yen

    With due respect to the Clintons, what part of mathematical lose they do not understand? It is all about numbers. She should immediatey change her strategy and embrace Obama. After all time heals all wounds. Try Hillary!!!

    May 23, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  12. Joe

    The end is near for Hilary. He'll have 2026 by Monday if this continues.

    May 23, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  13. FL1


    May 23, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  14. The Change Express (Kissimmee, FL)

    YUP !..thats right..keep em' comin'

    OBAMA 08'/12'

    May 23, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  15. James, SC

    How can you have 1100+ hundred pages describing your health? John "Songbird" McCain is not healthy. He is also receiving 100% military medical dissability. This fact only proves that he is NOT healthy.

    May 23, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  16. Debby

    Who cares what about the 17 million voters not delagates that supported Clinton can Obama clinch them for the general thats more important. We already know he is going to be the nominee because of that slime Dean.

    May 23, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  17. Just want to know

    I just love our NC formal senator....welcome to the winning ticket in November...keep them coming....

    President Obama you are a blessing for change for all people...any color and any gender, and for anyone to suggest different are full of lies........

    God bless you, your family, Edwards, his team, all us your supporters and the voters that are true democrates that will vote and do the right thing in November...........

    McCain we see you in November...........

    May 23, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  18. DJ, LA, CA

    Dean should just make all the superdelegates make-up their minds ONCE and for all.

    PLEASE scrap this ridiculous superdelegate system next time to prevent this type of selfish mentality where people wait to the last minute to make -up minds to not offend the candidate most likely to win.

    May 23, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  19. HILARY 4 PREZ!!

    u OBAMABOTS just dont' get it if he steels the election then us 'uneducated' HILLARY supporters will be voting Mcain or wirting in HILLARY.

    The sexist media has stolen this from Hillary on day one and they just want to push their BLACK LIBERAL MUSLIM cnadidate down our throat.

    Its impossible for OBAMA to win in november because me and all the other HIALRY fans will not be brainwashed to vote fora DISHONEST LYING NEGATIVE politician!!

    May 23, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  20. Randy - Denver

    Thank you kind people it is nice that others can see the strength of Mr. Obama, his responses to Mr. McCain in the past week show that not only is he a warrior he is also a gracious person. He did not attack Ms. clinton with nearly the same strength he showed against Mr. McCain because he understands, under it all, that he and Ms. Clinton are actually on the same side. I just wish she had as much graciousness within her to ahve toned down her attacks on him as he did on her.

    I think this past week should put an end to those misstatements that he is a wimp and a pushover he DOES have the internal strength but uses it against his real opponant not just wildly swings at anyone who disagrees.

    May 23, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  21. Al-Houston

    The rest of the superdelegates need to just end this thing so we can move on and unite behind one candidate. Hillary just cant accept the fact that she has lost. Her and bill are in constant denial, it's become really sad and damaging to the party. One thing these primaries have proven is that the Clintons care little about the party, it's all about them. Hillary it's time to take it like a man !!!!!!!!!

    May 23, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  22. KE

    How many men (and women) candidates have fallen by the roadside? America was ready to elect a woman president in 2008. But the political leaders were afraid of a powerful woman. Sexism and racism was never a real issue in this race till they decided to use it against Hillary Clinton. But she was too smart for that she knew this is a political game and was not surprised as others may have. This is not the 2000 Presidential election. We know more now than what we knew then.

    May 23, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  23. Beverly, NYC

    57 more and this insaity shall be over. Maybe Hillary will get the hint. I'm sure McAulife et al will be all over the Sunday morning shows with a new nomination number.

    May 23, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  24. Joe Reg

    It did not have to drag that long.

    The race is all but over.

    Hillary who!!!

    May 23, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  25. Sissy2004

    Hopefully more superdelegates and delegates will continue to come in. I don't know about you guys but I am absolutely disgusted with the Superdelegates for not ending this terrible situation and Hillary for starting out strong but now coming off as a woman/child who is having a tantrum because she is not winning the monopoly game. Enough already. And those of you who say you are dems and support Hillary but refuse to support Obama and choose McCain that is just sick but that is your choice.

    May 23, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
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