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Obama Pulls Ahead of Clinton in Superdelegates
New York times ^ | May 10, 2008 | MICHAEL M. GRYNBAUM

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 Times’s 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 party’s national

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KEYWORDS: arkansashillbillies; doa; hillary
Now she is trailing in every quantifiable category of victory for the Democratic nomination, what sort of convoluted, cockamamie, tortured rationale is she going to offer up now to justify staying in the race?
1 posted on 05/10/2008 9:20:54 AM PDT by freerepublic_or_die
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To: freerepublic_or_die

The race isn’t over until the king or queen is crowned.


2 posted on 05/10/2008 9:23:54 AM PDT by weegee (Osama Obama claims to have visited 57 states now. Can you say Potatoe Head?)
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To: freerepublic_or_die

Hillary’s monkeys are flying now!


3 posted on 05/10/2008 9:25:27 AM PDT by John Jamieson
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To: freerepublic_or_die
She'll say she's a woman; hear her roar.

The Clintons are mentally ill.

4 posted on 05/10/2008 9:26:53 AM PDT by Dr. Eckleburg ("I don't think they want my respect; I think they want my submission." - Flemming Rose)
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To: freerepublic_or_die
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.

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?

5 posted on 05/10/2008 9:27:22 AM PDT by Anticommie
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To: freerepublic_or_die
Don't you remember the 2000 election? :)

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.

6 posted on 05/10/2008 9:28:15 AM PDT by dhs12345
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To: freerepublic_or_die
Now she is trailing in every quantifiable category of victory for the Democratic nomination, what sort of convoluted, cockamamie, tortured rationale is she going to offer up now to justify staying in the race?

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.)

7 posted on 05/10/2008 9:29:42 AM PDT by GOPJ
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To: freerepublic_or_die

Toto has jumped out of Mrs. Gulch’s basket.


8 posted on 05/10/2008 9:30:35 AM PDT by windsorknot
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To: dhs12345
The Democrats don't play fair. Has to do with their liberal anything goes beliefs.

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...

9 posted on 05/10/2008 9:34:11 AM PDT by GOPJ
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To: freerepublic_or_die
>tortured rationale is she going to offer up now to justify staying in the race?

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.”

10 posted on 05/10/2008 9:38:13 AM PDT by bill1952 (I will vote for McCain if he resigns his Senate seat before this election.)
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To: freerepublic_or_die

I saw a different total today that had him down 272.5 to 271.


11 posted on 05/10/2008 9:38:31 AM PDT by SlapHappyPappy
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To: windsorknot
LOL. The analogy that Hillary is Miss Gulch couldn't be more apt but you seem to implying that Toto is the Democratic nomination. Is that because it's a "dog"?
13 posted on 05/10/2008 9:40:55 AM PDT by freerepublic_or_die (Islam:Truly the opium of the morons with apologies to Karl Marx)
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To: freerepublic_or_die
New York Slimes Editorial to Hillary
DROP DEAD!

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2014076
14 posted on 05/10/2008 9:45:06 AM PDT by freerepublic_or_die (Islam:Truly the opium of the morons with apologies to Karl Marx)
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To: freerepublic_or_die

Will the (half) Black Muslim man subjugate the White Feminist?


15 posted on 05/10/2008 9:49:43 AM PDT by The Spirit Of Allegiance (Public Employees: Honor Your Oaths! Defend the Constitution from Enemies--Foreign and Domestic!)
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To: Anticommie
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?

It was never about who won, it was always about keeping them at each others throats for as long as possible

16 posted on 05/10/2008 9:51:11 AM PDT by PapaBear3625 ("In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act." — George Orwell)
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To: freerepublic_or_die

Toto could also collectively represent the Superdelegates who more closely resemble rodents.


17 posted on 05/10/2008 9:54:47 AM PDT by windsorknot
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To: windsorknot

Richardson is Obama’s VP. They will need New Mexico and McCain with his legalize illegal immigration stand will make it difficult for Obama.


18 posted on 05/10/2008 9:57:54 AM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (Shouldn't the libs love a Hunter Thompson ticket in 08?)
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To: Anticommie
I enjoy every hour of The Beast destruction

Dittos. It's a wonderful thing.

19 posted on 05/10/2008 10:07:06 AM PDT by Lijahsbubbe
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To: weegee
It's not officially over until the Wicked Witch of the Ozarks is dragged out of the Pepsi Center in Denver by the men in white suits - kicking and screaming all the way. But it is obvious that the tipping point has been reached and an avalanche of superdelegates are going Obama's way as it is now safe for them to walk in Fort Marcy Park without an armed escort.

America can breathe easier now as the Clintons are toast and Obama is going to get smoked in November. Absolutely smoked.

20 posted on 05/10/2008 10:11:22 AM PDT by SamAdams76 (I am 14 days away from outliving Goose Tatum)
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To: GOPJ
what sort of convoluted, cockamamie, tortured rationale is she going to offer up

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?!"

HF

21 posted on 05/10/2008 10:12:43 AM PDT by holden
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To: EQAndyBuzz

or the Gov of Ohio.


22 posted on 05/10/2008 10:13:27 AM PDT by Atchafalaya
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To: Lijahsbubbe

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.


23 posted on 05/10/2008 10:16:14 AM PDT by surrey
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To: surrey

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.


24 posted on 05/10/2008 10:20:06 AM PDT by Lijahsbubbe
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To: SamAdams76
It's not officially over until the Wicked Witch of the Ozarks is dragged out of the Pepsi Center in Denver by the men in white suits

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!!!.....

25 posted on 05/10/2008 10:20:21 AM PDT by GreenHornet
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May the best man win!


26 posted on 05/10/2008 10:23:15 AM PDT by CTSeditor
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To: freerepublic_or_die

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.


27 posted on 05/10/2008 10:27:01 AM PDT by crz
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To: SamAdams76
I sincerely hope you are right about Obama getting smoked.

Never before in my life have I observed such a nasty, sinister racist.


28 posted on 05/10/2008 10:27:16 AM PDT by Prole (Pray for the families of Chris and Channon.)
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To: freerepublic_or_die

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.


29 posted on 05/10/2008 10:48:13 AM PDT by BlueStateBlues (Blue State for business, Red State at heart..)
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To: SamAdams76
Absolutely smoked.

For our Nations sake, I truly hope so!

30 posted on 05/10/2008 10:49:05 AM PDT by JDoutrider (No 2nd Amendment... Know Tyranny)
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To: bill1952
white middle class, which he has lost, and that she can deliver that bloc

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.

HF

31 posted on 05/10/2008 10:57:15 AM PDT by holden
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To: freerepublic_or_die; GOPJ
Now she is trailing in every quantifiable category of victory for the Democratic nomination, what sort of convoluted, cockamamie, tortured rationale is she going to offer up now to justify staying in the race?

That she's available and fully committed should Obama be Arkancided or Torricellied.

32 posted on 05/10/2008 11:03:46 AM PDT by DeaconBenjamin
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To: freerepublic_or_die

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.


33 posted on 05/10/2008 11:14:35 AM PDT by skipper18
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To: Atchafalaya

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.


34 posted on 05/10/2008 1:44:52 PM PDT by LadyNavyVet ("No more of those candidates who are pledged to the same goals as our opposition ..." Ronald Reagan)
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To: LadyNavyVet
The current buzz in Dem circles is Jim Webb, Sen of VA.

They should collaborate on a weird ass book. Maybe get Larry Sinclair involved.

35 posted on 05/10/2008 1:59:55 PM PDT by Stentor
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To: LadyNavyVet

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).


36 posted on 05/10/2008 2:28:25 PM PDT by Atchafalaya
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To: GOPJ
No I didn't notice that.

Wow! Pretty blatant.

37 posted on 05/11/2008 4:01:09 PM PDT by dhs12345
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To: Atchafalaya; LadyNavyVet

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.


38 posted on 05/11/2008 6:12:13 PM PDT by IndyTiger
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To: IndyTiger

Oops. Thanks for the correction. Sometimes Google is not my friend.


39 posted on 05/12/2008 5:48:12 AM PDT by LadyNavyVet ("No more of those candidates who are pledged to the same goals as our opposition ..." Ronald Reagan)
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To: dhs12345

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.


40 posted on 05/12/2008 7:05:25 AM PDT by GOPJ (A vote for a third party candidate is a vote for Obama)
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