Skip to comments.Obama Pulls Ahead of Clinton in Superdelegates
Posted on 05/10/2008 9:20:54 AM PDT by freerepublic_or_die
Senator Barack Obama surged ahead of his rival, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, in the count of superdelegates on Friday, the first time since the outset of the race that Mrs. Clinton has lost the lead in one of her few remaining trump cards.
Mr. Obama racked up seven endorsements in the last 24 hours from superdelegates, the Democratic Party insiders who are granted autonomy to support whomever they wish at the convention in August. One, a New Jersey congressman, switched his allegiance away from Mrs. Clinton, allowing the Illinois senator to pull ahead of his opponent, according to the latest New York Times count.
The Timess tally shows Mr. Obama with 266 superdelegates against 263 for Mrs. Clinton, based on telephone polls conducted with CBS News as well as public endorsements. A separate count by The Associated Press shows Mr. Obama running even with Mrs. Clinton. And a measure by ABC News showed the Illinois senator ahead as of this morning.
The superdelegate count was one of the few mathematical areas where Mrs. Clinton still maintained an advantage in the race. She trails her opponent in the popular vote and the total Democratic delegate count.
Superdelegates represent up to a fifth of the Democratic convention delegation, and have historically supported the front-runner at the convention. More than 250 superdelegates have yet to publicly announce their decisions.
On Thursday, Mr. Obama picked up the support of Representative Donald Payne of New Jersey, who told The Star-Ledger of Newark that he was switching away from Mrs. Clinton after thinking through one of the most difficult decisions I have made. Peter DeFazio, an Oregon congressman, also said he would back Mr. Obama.
The endorsements accelerated on Friday. Ed Espinoza, a Californian who is a member of the partys national
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The race isn’t over until the king or queen is crowned.
Hillary’s monkeys are flying now!
The Clintons are mentally ill.
I am not Obama's supporter, but I enjoy every hour of The Beast destruction, wonder what Limbaugh is going to advocate now, voting for your friendly county dog catcher?
Next they be asking for a recount and a re-recount and a re-re-recount... until they get the results they want.
The Democrats don't play fair. Has to do with their liberal anything goes beliefs.
Like to think Republicans are more fair. Romney could have hung around for a few more months but he did the right thing.
That the American people really want her - and they just don't know it ... yet. Is that a delusion or what? (It's waaaaay past time for her to exit stage left.)
Toto has jumped out of Mrs. Gulch’s basket.
Did you notice how Dems on CNN assumed there was vote cheating when "Lake County" in Indiana didn't come in until after midnight?
One guy actually said it - said, " in the old days votes were held back until we knew how many it would take to win".
No one batted an eyelash. Cheating pretty normal for them...
Why, to nail down the VP slot, of course.
She will present it as the democrats having no other choice if they want to win.
It is clearly demonstrated that Obama is not going to prevail without the white middle class, which he has lost, and that she can deliver that bloc.
Everyone had best take off the tinfoil, put sown the pipe and stop dreaming that this cannot happen.
I believe that it is going to happen.
And it spells defeat for McCain. Period.
The bigger problem is that he is going to suck up all of the RNC cash that would otherwise go to lower tier candidates while McCain tilts at the windmill of “independents and moderates.”
I saw a different total today that had him down 272.5 to 271.
Will the (half) Black Muslim man subjugate the White Feminist?
It was never about who won, it was always about keeping them at each others throats for as long as possible
Toto could also collectively represent the Superdelegates who more closely resemble rodents.
Richardson is Obama’s VP. They will need New Mexico and McCain with his legalize illegal immigration stand will make it difficult for Obama.
Dittos. It's a wonderful thing.
America can breathe easier now as the Clintons are toast and Obama is going to get smoked in November. Absolutely smoked.