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)

    Thank God, why are they going sooooooooo dog gone slow about it? They all should just go on and endorse the Good Senator.

    May 23, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  2. independant

    Too little too late.

    May 23, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  3. Moses, Ca.


    May 23, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  4. Brenda

    Great, BUT the superdelegates want to take this nomination AWAY from Obama, or THEY would have ended this nonsense long ago!

    May 23, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  5. Raine

    Mr and Mrs Bill Clinton, bow out gracefully while you still can before you make bigger fools of yourself. Hillary you look warn out, you put up a good fight but you and Bill should know when it is time to throw in the towel. Too bad Bill was backing you, you maybe could have gone further.
    Rock on Obama!!! You are the man!!!!!!!!!!

    May 23, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  6. B / NYC

    They were lame then, they are lame now.

    May 23, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  7. Rick from NJ

    Senator Obama has decieved Edwards and the rest of the superdelgates by saying that "I have the most delegates"

    Senator Obama doesn't want to count delegates seated or votes counted in Florida or Michigan because he lost both states. There are over 300 delegates that would have to be seated, mostly to Clinton.

    He wouldn't be able to be bragging and tooting: "I have the most pledged delegates..I am the one with the most delegates" If Florida and Michigan were seated at the beginning of this primary. Obama would have been behind the whole time.

    He has fought tooth and nail not to count votes, delegates or have a new primary.Do you really want a President that doesn't stand up for you the people but instead stands up for government rules. Obama doesn't care about democracy or the people, he is thinking about Obama.

    He will lose Florida's support if he doesn't let them vote and will lose the primary if he does. Without Florida, the Democrats will lose..
    Obama should step down now that he has been vetted.

    He is having problems with groups of voters, big problems, much worse that anyone will ever admit. He can not penetrate any of these voters, no matter who he choses to help him. People of the following group of voters are the base of the Democratic Party.

    He has problems, huge problems with the following group of voters:
    Florida and Michigan voters
    The Jewish Voter Swing States voters
    Women Voters
    Older Voters
    Male white voters
    Catholic voters
    War hero voters
    Ohio, Pa, Michigan, Florida, NY, NJ, Calif, Virginia, West Virginia

    I don't think think Alaska, North Dakota, Elitist and African Americans are enough. That sounds like a losing ticket to me.

    Voters will run from Obama and vote for McCain if he becomes the nominee. Senator Clinton doesn’t have problems with any of these voters. She would win them all.

    Please support Senator Clinton if you really want a Democrat in the White House. Obama should wait for the sake of the Democratic Pary.

    May 23, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  8. B / NYC

    Can someone PLEASE just simply name five things that Barrack Hussein Obama has done for his state or our country in the very short time he has been in public office?

    Three things?

    Did not think so...

    May 23, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  9. Carlotta in California

    Are they both trial lawyers with $400 haircuts, just like Edwards?

    May 23, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  10. Sharon R.

    The race is over. Hillary needs to stop whining about FL and MI. when they broke the rules and she agreed that she understood the votes would not count. Rules are rules.There are many people in Fl and MI who didn't even vote because they knew the votes did not count. If you let them vote again that wouldn't be fair because then the other states would want a re-vote too. Obamas name wasn't even on the ballot in MI.

    Hillary needs to stop acting like a sore loser and bow out with some dignity. Slick Willie, needs to come to his senses. I will never vote for either of them again, only because they are showing their true colors. I had respect for the both of them in the past. But this election shows me they are acting like little children. God doesn't like ugly and that is why they are losing. They ran such a negative campaign. This is now backfiring on them. Go Obama! You have great character and you will make a great president!

    May 23, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  11. Fischer

    Hillary needs to give up now and help unite the party in readiness for the GE. It seems that all the super delegates are now firmly in Obama's camp since in all likelihood HRC can't possibly beat him this late. Let all Democrats including HRC's supporters unite with Obama's so that we can have a decisive victory in November. Let's stop the animosity towards each other and work together for the good of our great nation. We can't possibly vote for McCain out of protest who is threatening to bomb other countries and does not share our views and ideals as democrats.

    May 23, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  12. John San Francisco

    Welcome to the National Independent American Commons Party.

    Yes, this may be the name of new Political Party started by the Clintons.

    Many may find it hard to believe, can this really happen? Yes it can.

    The Clintons have every reason to break away from the Democratic Party.
    They have been betrayed and abandon by many Super Delegates that had supported them in the past.

    Many influential Democratic Politicians are putting pressure on the Clintons to end their run for the Democratic Nomination.

    The African American Voting Block has but all abandon the Clintons during the Primaries.

    Yes, why should the Clintons maintain their loyalty to the Democratic Party?

    Millions of Americans that have voted for Hillary will be more than willing to walk away from the Democratic Party. Many of Democratic voters are angry with the DNC, and feel
    That the DNC is dysfunctional.

    Well, all of this is possible, but would it be an honorable thing for the Clintons to break away from the Democratic Party?

    The answer is NO. Many Americans have abandoned their Moral senses and Integrity to High Principals.

    There are many critical mistakes the Clinton Campaigned made that has resulted into Hillary being behind in the Democratic Primaries.

    Although it is valiant to have had a woman move forward the WOMEN agenda to have the first Woman elected into the White House. The Clinton Campaign has used every dirty trick in the book to obtain this Honorable Position in the White House.

    The Clintons have been willing to:

    • Break the DNC Rules that Hillary agreed to
    • Inject Racism into the Primaries
    • Distort the Truth
    • Misrepresent the facts regarding Mr. Obama’s Faith
    • Change the Rules to determine what vote should count to gain the Nomination.

    Yes, all of these issues can be proven, however it will not make a difference in June. This is the Surprise the Clinton Campaign has been preparing the American people for.
    They will start their own Political Party under the guise of the American people have been Disenfranchised by the Democratic Party and the Democratic Party can not be trusted to count the American people votes.

    Well this is only a fictional idea, however, you have be warned. “It could come true”

    You be the judge

    May 23, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  13. RB

    What are the others waiting for? Hillary to say/do something even more outrageous than she already has?? Well, maybe today's remarks will lite a fire under them ...and other superdelegates!!

    May 23, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  14. Just Plain Tired - St. Louis

    The superdelegates will ultimately decide the race anyway, because she can't win even if the Michigan and Florida delegates are seated as-is. Unfortunately the Clinton campaign has cut off it's nose to spite it's face with all that irrational crap they argue to manipulate the nomination. It's just rather sad that Hillary Clinton has resorted to bullying, threatening and/or or bluffing (whichever you choose) the Rules Committee with such desperation. Really, nobody should be expected to give up a fight that is so close, but when the writing is on the wall and the Presidency is at stake, superdelegates have no choice except to contemplate and make a decision. Maybe if Hillary had reached out to everyone, not just the two demographics that she concentrated on, she might be the front runner. Oh, she probably has suffered a little rejection because she's female, but she's nobody's victim. She put herself in the position she's in, and she can only deny this for so long.

    May 23, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  15. auntie k this is for you from qui


    May 23, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  16. Beckie Sue in Montana

    That's great but I'm more concerned with why Hillary would make the awful comments that she made earlier today. Every site is talking about it except for CNN.

    May 23, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  17. Ken

    I would like to know why "Super Delegates" such as Gov. Richardson and the Gov. of WV are NOT voting according to the majority of the people and who have won their state? Hillary Clinton won the states and at this point have not received their votes. Isn't this against the majority voters of those states.

    I think that it is time for some of the Barack Hussein "Super delegates" to switch from Obama to Clinton!

    Barack Hussein lacks the talent, skills, knowledge and experience to be our next president.

    Hillary Clinton has won the majority votes so far in this contest, so I believe that the media should be a bit more impartial and give Hillary Clinton the equal "positive" news coverage.

    May 23, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  18. Sandy

    Keep um might a battle but He keeps on winning.

    May 23, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  19. Kevin

    welcome on board buddy. Way to go.

    May 23, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  20. Dan , TX

    Clinton has run a great campaign, we thank her, we love her. She should continue competing hard in the remaining primaries and help ensure a fair seating of MI and FL delegates.

    We need to do a good job of uniting Clinton and Obama supporters behind a single candidate. We do not yet have a nominee, but we will soon, and it is hard to envision how it is not going to be Obama.

    McCain is a good man, but he has been inaccurate in his portrayal of Obama's positions, which makes me think he is not really in control of his talking points. I'm glad that McCain admits that Al Gore was right all along about global warming and that the conservative pundits on the radio and TV (Limbaugh, Hannity, etc) are idiots for their deliberate misinformation about global warming. McCain is not all bad. But we are going to vote for change in November. That means Obama.

    May 23, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  21. Valerie - St. Louis, MO


    May 23, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  22. vw

    Shame on your report, CNN.

    May 23, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  23. Noemi in Los Angeles, CA

    Join the best and brightest!! Catch the Obama train before it leaves.


    Obama 08

    May 23, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  24. Nia

    They all need to get off the pot already, before Hillary backs them into a corner with her hunting gun.

    May 23, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  25. Sara

    Yes, please keep them coming and end this Clinton circus. OBAMA 08'

    May 23, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
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