June 2nd, 2008
11:20 AM ET
10 years ago

Sources: Most uncommitted senators to endorse Obama

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/06/02/art.obamasen.gi.jpg caption="Most of the 17 senators who remain uncommitted will announce their support of Obama, CNN has learned."]WASHINGTON (CNN) - Most of the seventeen Democratic senators who have remained uncommitted throughout the primaries will endorse Barack Obama for president this week, CNN has learned.

Sources familiar with discussions between Obama supporters and these senators tell CNN’s Gloria Borger that the senators will wait until after the South Dakota and Montana primaries to announce their support for Obama.

Two sources familiar with the sessions said the endorsements will come sometime later this week.

Obama supporters have been “pressing” for these superdelegates to endorse earlier in the week, but according to one source, “the senators don’t want to pound Hillary Clinton, and there is a sense she should be given a grace period.”

A series of meetings on the topic have been facilitated at different times by Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin, former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle and Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin. Durbin and Daschle are Obama supporters, while Harkin is uncommitted.

According to CNN’s Candy Crowley, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid will remain uncommitted until Clinton officially drops out of the race.

soundoff (795 Responses)
  1. The Patriot

    Too bad, just a few more losers backing another loser

    June 2, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  2. Peter

    I am sure that Sen Clinton will soon claim that she is ahead amongst low-income white blue collar superdelegates from swing states and she will then proceed to propose the convention vote without Sen Obama's name on the ballot. Then, she will have the mandate she is seeking. After all only Clinton's and Bush's have the necessary birth rights to run this country.

    June 2, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  3. Patrick from Chicago

    I wish who have not committed do so now so we all can move forward to preparing for the general election. To really continue dragging this out is silly and counterproductive.

    June 2, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  4. Rob

    Ralph you are the only loser here and maybe Obama might not win the general, although I believe that he will, but what we know for sure is Hillary will not even be in the race after this week. So you and rest of those loud mouth idiots who were chanting Denveeer Denveeer on Saturday can pack it up and exit Stage left just like Hillary.

    June 2, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  5. Privilige in this Country

    If Hillary was in the lead this contest would have been over a long time ago. The DNC would have demanded Obama get out of the race; but because of "privilige" in this country Hillary and Bill are allowed to continue to divide the party.

    June 2, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  6. Howard

    Most of the senators will endorse Obama ... well, let's see, The senate is at an all time low with the American people ... what, about 20% ... and the popular vote is for Hillary Clinton ... so this must mean that a bunch of losers are backing another loser.

    June 2, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  7. MK

    Refraining from endorsing Obama does HRC no favors, as she interprets it to mean that she still has a chance. Supers can be respectful of HRC, compliment her however they wish, but they need to come forward asap for the sake of the party.

    June 2, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  8. virginialiving

    The McCain party is underway. Power to the people.

    June 2, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  9. BHO Not my candidate

    I will never vote for Carter 2.0.......

    June 2, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  10. Rob, Florida

    They need to make a decision as leaders, I don't understand what they waiting for?! HRC is being selfish and bad looser. She needs to think about the party and give in.

    June 2, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  11. wm from iowa

    I love how HRC is claiming that the superdelegates can "change their minds".....she is absolutely right, MANY have indeed changed their minds and have switched to Obama. She might want to re-think continuing to shout that from the roof tops......

    June 2, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  12. mark

    Clinton is now contradicting her own message by staying in the race. She is giving Republicans a huge advantage by hurting the Dem's chances to win in November, once a candidate is living a lie like that, it's impossible for them to stand for what they started out promoting, She is a totally ineffective politician because she has lost her message during the Primary because losing in the race has forced her into desperation.

    June 2, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  13. DemocracyNow2008

    Its Obama's time in American History now .
    He has taken the Kitchen Sink Campaign and stands tall.
    Obama is well vetted to be our next President of The United States of America.
    Thankyou Senator and others for endorsing the next great President of the Democratic Party but of this great nation we all call America.
    Obama 08

    June 2, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  14. dwho

    Thanks to the superdelegates. It is time for all of the primary craps to be over. Let us concentrate on the next thing on the agenda the General Election.

    June 2, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  15. Nile

    At this time . . . why is America . . . giving hrc . . . special treatment . . . both bill & hill . . . . took off their gloves months ago!

    I believe they have done more damage to the Democratic party than . . . that group from texas!

    Keep the faith America . . . Obama . . . . Obama . . . Obama . . .

    June 2, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  16. Obama for President


    June 2, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  17. Tammy/Indiana

    If we are to unite, then why are we giving her a "grace" period. They should be rallying around Obama...quit being such cowards and babying Clinton..support our nominee now so we can win in November!

    June 2, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  18. yvonne h

    At this point it doesn't much matter if they endorse before or after the last primaries. This race has gone on for so long, they may as well let Hillary have her last gasp...

    June 2, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  19. GINA, OHIO

    Obama supporters:: it's time to "Rock n Roll"!!! Yes we will!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 2, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  20. Nora

    THAT'S ALL FOLKS====)))))))))

    June 2, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  21. Quincy

    It truly is about time. Thank God for wisdom, good judgement and a committment to change.

    I have never seen such a resistance to change. I can now see why this nation went to civil war with the call for the abolishment of slavery.
    Some folks can't move forward for clawing to the past.

    HD TV is going to cause heart attacks next year.

    June 2, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  22. Unity

    Please make it stop. We need a candidate now, and at this point I don't care who. John McCain has had a free ride since February.

    June 2, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  23. Terry

    That's right.. Endorse Obama who will lose in November. Time to switch my party affiliation back to Indepedent. I'll either write in Hillary in November or vote for McCain. I certainly won't be voting for the Koolaid Man. Here we go again: Dukakis and Kerry part 3.

    June 2, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  24. Kathryn Irby - Metairie, LA

    That's what I'm talkin' about!

    June 2, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  25. Scott

    Popular vote is extremely close…..

    But I have Clinton ahead by a tiny margain-

    Popular Vote (with MI/FL now included
    Uncommitted to Obama)** 17,627,284 48.7% 17,692,901 48.9%

    Clinton +65,617 +0.2%

    35 million votes cast ..clinton is ahead by about 65,000. giving Obama 100% of the uncommited in MI,I am not sure is fair,you can.t tell me 100% of uncommited went for Obama in MI,Edwards was still on ballet.

    so I would maybe add another 25K to 50K to clinton lead for that reason.so I have clinton up by about 100K in popular vote with 35 million votes cast,that is unbeliavably close.

    June 2, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
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