June 3rd, 2008
10:30 PM ET
15 years ago

A flood of superdelegates for Obama

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(CNN) - Moments after the polls closed, Barack Obama’s campaign announced the support of 26.5 superdelegates - 10 from earlier in the day, and 16.5 new - releasing statements of support from:

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and Democratic Party Chair Don Bivens of Arizona; DNC Member (and daughter of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi) Christine Pelosi, DNC Member Rachel Binah, DNC Member John Perez, Rep. Sam Farr, Rep. Bob Filner, and Rep. Jerry McNerney of California; Governor Bill Ritter of Colorado; DNC Member Mitchell Ceasar and Rep. Ron Klein of Florida; Georgia State Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond; President of the National Federation of Democratic Women Helen Knetzer, a Kansas superdelegate; DNC Member Patsy Arceneaux of Louisiana; DNC Member Sam Spencer of Maine; Rep. John Sarbanes of Maryland; Rep. Bart Stupak of Michigan; Missouri Democratic Party Vice Chairwoman Yolanda Wheat; Nevada Democratic Party Chair Sam Lieberman and Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto; Rep. Rush Holt of New Jersey; DNC Member Muriel Offerman and DNC Member David Parker of North Carolina; DNC Member Jay Parmley of Oklahoma; Oregon Secretary of State Bill Bradbury and Oregon Democratic Party Vice Chairman Frank Dixon; DNC Member Ian Murray of Pennsylvania; and Executive Director of the Virginia AFL-CIO Jim Leaman.

The votes of superdelegates from Michigan and Florida have been reduced by half because of penalties imposed by the national party.

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama
soundoff (87 Responses)
  1. California Voter

    McCain gets my vote.

    June 3, 2008 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  2. Dem Switching

    Four years ago the democrates screamed in Florida that Al Gore got the popular vote and that he should have won. Now the tables are turned and Obama has won not with popular vote but with superdelegates everything is OK. Months ago even his supporters were saying that the superdelegates should not decide this election but again they are flip flopping like their candidate.

    Go McCain 08

    June 3, 2008 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  3. Less Austin, Texas

    McCain, no words to describe his stale character and frail emotions.

    Hillary spoke from her mouth.

    Obama spoke from his HEART!!

    June 3, 2008 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  4. toyar

    finally, now we can focus on winning in November. We'll know very soon if Hillary truly wants to see change or if she just wants to divide the party,
    time will tell.

    Obama deserve a big pat on the back he has shown that most Americas have more in common than not.

    June 3, 2008 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  5. Dee


    Keeping them coming.

    The longer Hillary stays in the more delusional she looks.

    June 3, 2008 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  6. Chris, Middletown, CT

    Do we really need to go to HillaryClinton.com to "tell Hillary what her next steps should be"? I think theres a clear message (and no HRC supporters...its not media bias...and sexism) – we don't like liars (aka misspeakers)....time for you to read the positions of the candidates and vote for the person who matches your vision for the country....and don't think for a second that "we need a woman in the White House" was ever a good reason to support a candidate who spun a new position on each stop....and played "experience" she didn't have...if she had this "experience" – she would of ran for Senate in her actual home state of Arkansas...

    June 3, 2008 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  7. Sue in MI

    Thank you Chris! This was never a fair fight...softball questions, no vetting,
    just lots of cheering and meaningless slogans. Hillary can beat McCain-Obama won't even win a debate with him. Think people! We need Clinton!

    June 3, 2008 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  8. Emeka

    Yes we can!

    Yes we can!

    Yes we Can!

    June 3, 2008 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  9. Marie in California

    I have friends and family in both Michigan and Florida. They supported Hillary in the primaries....I guess each ended up being just a "half person", whatever that is....and they tell me they will have very long memories about all of this, long enough to include the November general election as they vote for McCain.

    Obama is not qualified to be president! Just because the supers and the DNC hustled him across the finish line doesn't mean the rest of will be good little "party sheep" and follow suit....or, should I say, mindlessly follow an "empty suit."


    June 3, 2008 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  10. Texas Girl


    June 3, 2008 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  11. heather holmes

    I am so confused, because I am a democrate and I am a strong supporter of Hillary Clinton, and I know no politician is perfect, but come on America has chosen barack Hussein Obama! Let me think about this Should I vote for Hussein or hillary Clinton who has experience and has no muslim ties I think unless Clinton is on the ticket to make sure Hussein is doing his job I am voting Mcain. Thanks super delegates and America for destroying this country.

    June 3, 2008 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  12. Amy 4 Obama

    Jose........who cares about you............go for Mcsame and continue your suffering

    June 3, 2008 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
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