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. Nancy

    The clock is ticking Hillary honey, No, the alarm is going off!!!. Please exit gracefully. Thank you.

    May 23, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  2. Theogracias

    CLEARLY Edwards is sexist and so are his supporters...if they switch to Obama... and they don't work hard either!!!

    May 23, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  3. lol

    who cares! run independent hillary. you don't owe the sham of a dnc anything. let dean and pelosi unify whats left of the democrats, after your 17 million plus voters register independent. hillary clinton independent 08!

    May 23, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  4. The Change Express (Kissimmee, FL)

    Just got another SD from Oregon today so..CNN, lets make that 5 total today..YEEEE-HAWWWWWWWW.

    U-ROCK OBAMA 08'/12'

    May 23, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  5. Joan

    To Clinton’s supporters,

    I am so emotionally invested in this election process and I feel your pain that your candidate is losing. I know I would be so pained if the maths were against my preferred candidate Obama.

    Whilst I understand that you are hurting and grieving, I cannot understand the difficulty some of you have in your understanding that Obama is winning fair and square. Clinton has not had any election stolen from her!

    Obama has won in every way used to determine a successful campaign. He has won 32 contests compared to Clinton's 17. He has won more delegates (this is how the party determines who wins its primary in a proportionate allocation of delegates and even Penn mistakenly thought California was winner takes all). He has won more states, more popular votes (get real, he wasn't even on Michigan’s ballot and neither were any other candidate apart from Clinton), raised more money, and the superdelegates who overwhelming favoured Clinton at the beginning of this race and none of you were complaining then (before super Tuesday, she had more than 100 more superdelegates than Obama), are now endorsing Obama mostly because majority of voters have spoken in their constituents.

    May 23, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  6. Jamaal Kansas

    Obama Keep going we don't want mcsame in the White House Because he is a Racist and is Bush's Older Brother that is why they share the same policy Beliefs. Democrats Unite.

    May 23, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  7. Joan

    Obama has also won by showing through his fund-raising that change happens best from bottom to up. He has out-raised any other politician in history and has over 1.5 million people contributing small amounts in regular intervals to his campaign.

    Clinton is a seasoned politician and should be proud of some of her achievements and whilst I did not appreciate her negative campaign
    I believe Obama has weathered these attacks and that it has made him a stronger candidate who has been shown to be as imperfect as the rest of us. Obama is not a messiah, but we have all seen him growing as a person and as a politician, who is not afraid to say sorry when wrong, and who quickly learns from his mistakes. This is a quality we need in a leader.

    Clinton is losing because voters have chosen Obama who has run an excellent campaign and the more people get to know him, the more they see why he would make a great president.

    May 23, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  8. Mr. Wais

    Edwards you did a good job , we need to finish it

    May 23, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  9. endorsements should be banned

    All of the big name and celebrity endorsements did not seal the deal for the Great Obama.

    I doubt forcing the super delegates to back the weaker candidate will help him now either.

    The people aren't that easily fooled. We spotted Obama as an empty suit and pandering hyoocritical demagogue from the start.

    The best candidate is Hillary Clinton. You can knock her out of the race- but we can still vote for her in Nov.

    May 23, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  10. Joan

    She is not losing because she is a woman (I’m a woman and many women and feminists support Obama), because of the DNC (whose members have overwhelmingly endorsed her and have a great relationship with her), because of ignorant young college students (being young does not equate ignorance and Obama has a wide range of supporters other than students), because of the biased media (both Obama and Clinton have had their share of good or bad press and that’s the reality), because of party elites ‘stealing the election from her’ (she was the party leaders’ darling as shown by their endorsements), and she is not losing because Florida and Michigan votes have been ‘stolen’ from her and the falsehood that Obama has prevented these votes from being counted.

    Clinton would still be losing even if Florida and Michigan are counted. She agreed to the rules that these states should not be counted until she started losing the delegate maths.
    It must also be pointed out that many Obama supporters did not vote in these fashion parade elections because they thought it would not count. Please also note that in Florida, many people voted because of a home tax issue on the ballot that would affect home owners, and not merely because there was a primary election.

    Anyone who watched the crowd at Grand Rapids Michigan during the rally with John Edwards and Obama would note that the people of Michigan do not hold Obama responsible for the DNC rules!

    Clinton is losing because even though she has a huge number of supporters, the democratic process allows voters to make their choice of a nominee, and the majority in majority of the contests, chose a different candidate. She is losing fair and square.

    May 23, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  11. Anna

    Of course. They all have political futures to secure. Who cares about the American people!!!!

    May 23, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  12. jim t

    FULL SPEED TO THE WHITEHOUSE!! ,leaving hillary in the dust

    May 23, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  13. CJ

    Thank God! So much closer to getting this thing over and done!!

    May 23, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  14. Joan

    Surely your vote is worth more than a wasted choice made out of spite and anger, or even worse by personal prejudices that have wounded, pained and divided Americans for so many years.

    I know you are disappointed that Hillary is losing this election and I appreciate that you are hurting right now. I know that politics is a cruel game, especially this year where emotions are involved. Please take your time to grieve, but this time, it is far too important to make sure that you do not waste your vote because of selfish reasons or personal disappointments. When the pain of Hillary’s loss has dulled a little bit, please take another objective look at Obama, and you will be surprised that there are a lot of things about him that would appeal to you.

    Hillary will surely work with Obama to make some of her vision into reality and that has a better chance of happening than with McCain. Please help unite the party and help America and the rest of the world by helping to elect Obama as president.

    Thank you

    May 23, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  15. KE

    The Obama campaign has played the 2000 Republican tactics all along and Obama knows it and he will ride on it till he will make a decision. Then we will see real Obama and his electability and the leadership by how he handles things to come.

    America's legitimate candidate choice would have been Hillary and McCain if the DNC didn't stop all this information about Obama to come out. I've thought about this from day one people are going to vote on principles before issues, differences of opinions and the party line.

    May 23, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  16. RB

    Forget HRC. DO NOT offer her the VP position. She has done all she can to make you appear weak. You will NOT be able to counter republican attacks on the subject. She'll make you look like a fool! You don't need her to get "blue collar votes". And, if women would rather not vote or vote for McCain, fine. We'll see how they feel when Roe v Wade is overturned!


    Hillary is yesterday's news because of her unprofessional behavior. Not because she's a woman. She'll never get the votes of a united party. EVER. She's trying to bring you down with her...

    May 23, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  17. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    and where is New Mexico's TOM UDALL????

    May 23, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  18. Linned

    Great 57 more to go. Obama train – choo choo

    May 23, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  19. A CANUCK

    Welcome have made a wise decision......Obama is the only one running who is capable of leading America into this new century. OBAMA2008

    May 23, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  20. Rich

    I've been thinking about the disparity between the number of Clinton supporters who won't support Obama vs the other way around. I think everyone realizes the need for unity in the end, if this election is not to go to McCain. With things looking fairly certain for Obama, it's easier for his supporters to focus on the need for unity, which leads to more people saying they'd vote for Clinton if she won. For Clinton supporters, the best hope at this point is her electability argument. Therefore it is in their best interest to say they won't vote for Obama in order to give this argument as much credence as possible.

    May 23, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  21. Ben (New York)

    Better for Hillary...why would she want a delegate who originally supported a loser and now another loser.

    Let see first I supported John Edwards (no longer in the race)
    and now a man who is against Florida and Michigan being re-counted because he then would see who really has the popular vote.

    I'll give up those losed super-delegates any day.

    May 23, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  22. Doomed party

    The democratic party is doomed.

    Clearly divided between moderate centrists and elitist left wing radicals.

    Most Lifelong democrats will make the decision to leave this bankrupt party after the fiasco of this primary.

    We will vote our conscience in Nov- either for McCain or write in Hillary Clinton.

    Under no circumstances will we go with the puppet Obama. THIS is not a third world country where fixed elections are acceptable.

    May 23, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  23. Chris from San Antonio

    Obama less than 60 delegates away from the nomination, but yet we still hear how Hillary is the people's choice.
    Can anyone from the Hillary camp rectify this apparent disconnect?

    May 23, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  24. Truth

    57 more delegates to the finish line

    Obama needs to be careful not to change his message. I'm very concerned of him backing off his message yesterday of negotiating with our enemies and disagreeing with Carter. If you do that many of your supporters will leave you.
    We like you Obama because of what you said

    May 23, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  25. enomisa

    The super delegates betray their own purpose which is to vote for the BEST candidate when the voters are deadlocked. There is no need for superdelegates if they simply echo the popular vote.

    Obama was the early leader, but he is weaker and weaker at the end. Clinton waged a bad campaign but still held her own and is stronger at the end.

    So the choice is easy. But the party will appease the youth and the African Americans.

    They choose to pander and will lose in Nov.

    That is the price to pay for appeasement. it never works to cave in to the threats of vocal segments of the party.

    The silent majority will still speak with their votes.

    May 23, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
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