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.
How about when she goes before the Convention August 23rd to say, rhetorically, "When I chose to stay in the race--against all odds four months ago, and with many millions of dollars of my own money at stake, er uh, at risk--who could possibly have known that Barrack would choose to visit Ft. Marcy Park on a sultry August evening?!"
or the Gov of Ohio.
I am so enjoying this. I’m certainly no Obama fan and don’t want him anywhere near the WH but he doesn’t make me clench my jaw when I see him.
I thoroughly despise Hil and Bill.
And what’s so great about it is the way it’s happening. She didn’t slowly lose followers and have time to see it coming. She was so sure she had it in the bag and this was totally not anticipated.
She got the smack down!!! Bwahahaha.
Hillary's Response: "Nothing is over until we decide it is! Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor? Hell no!.....and it ain't over now! OBAMA.....HE'S A DEAD MAN! RICHARDSON.....DEAD! NEIDEMEYER!!!.....
May the best man win!
Mitt pulled out when he was actually ahead in the delegate count which did not make sense. Mitt has cash which Mr McCain needs.. It’ll be Romney.
Never before in my life have I observed such a nasty, sinister racist.
Every superdel who comes out now is a come-lately, not worth their political spit in courage. At least the ones who backed Obama when he was up-and-coming (before he’s down-and-going) have to be given a little credit for going against the aging and now-proven-rusty Clinton Machine.
For our Nations sake, I truly hope so!
I think you're using a more classic representation of what the VP can often bring as an attraction by virtue of his or her presence on the ticket. Much of Hillary's constituency was actually in her camp, however, by "virtue" of their aversion to BHO and all that he represents, which Hillary has been kind enough to see that we would come to learn about him because of her growingly-perceived needs and by the extra time afforded through Operation Chaos.
In short, with BHO at the top of the ticket, other than die-hards who'll vote straight dhim no matter what, so-called blue-collar white workers (non egg-head, non-blacks, as the Forehead was quick to call them) will not become--in significant numbers--enamored of a BHO-topped ticket by there being a crusty, Huma-handled pantsuit on the bottom.
BHO remains the champion of only 25% of the nation's electorate, a figure brought to only 38% after adding Hillary's constituency, the same figure whether she's at the top of the ticket or not.
That she's available and fully committed should Obama be Arkancided or Torricellied.
It’s all about negotiation now.
She’s negotiating her exit like any good power broker with leverage to work with.
So the question we should all be asking is: How much is her exit worth the Democratic Pary?
Is it worth the VP slot? That much? Or will they let her twist in the wind of public mockery for a few more days and expect her to take less, then?
Is less the Senate Majority Leader slot? SCOTUS Justice HRC?
All we know is, come hell or high she aint leavin’ until those ‘loans’ she made ‘herself’ are paid back to China with interest
That the party isnt savaging her publicly much yet means VP is still on the table, IMO. Dont damge her too much seems to be the rationale.
Michelle is saying no, Obama might not take her after ‘white people’-gate ... I say come mid next week if she hasnt abandoned her campaign yet, expect an Al Gore shank job. Official endorsement of Obama, etc. Followed by Carter and Xenu and whoever else the Dems are worshipping these days.
The Ohio Gov.’s a Pubbie, and from what I hear, everybody hates his guts. The current buzz in Dem circles is Jim Webb, Sen of VA. If Obama can grab VA, that makes it tough on McCain to make up those votes elsewhere.
They should collaborate on a weird ass book. Maybe get Larry Sinclair involved.
You’re right, who am I thinking of from Ohio, I believe his last name starts with an S (that narrow’s it down/sarc).
Wow! Pretty blatant.
Gov. Strickland of Ohio is a Democrat elected last year. His most popular quality is that he’s not Bob Taft, the GOP governor he replaced. The ineptitude and corruption of the Taft administration ruined the GOP chances in Ohio for a generation.
Oops. Thanks for the correction. Sometimes Google is not my friend.
Also, it’s the Clinton people who are pushing for Hillary to be VP. If Obama thinks Hillary’s made the primary fights hell on earth, it’ll be nothing compared to having her on the ticket. And if elected, she’d be moving to have him impeached from day one.