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Obama Superdelegate Countdown Continues

Updated 6:06 p.m.
By Jonathan Weisman
At least 23 superdelegates and 10 pledged delegates previously backing John Edwards announced their support for Illinois Sen. Barack Obama today, bringing him to within 15 delegates of the magic number needed to wrap up the Democratic nomination -- even before the results of the last two primaries are known.

Obama and his supporters had hoped enough of the superdelegates would announce their support for him to claim victory tonight in Minnesota once primary results are in. That appears to have happened.

Some of his backers were big, House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.), former president Jimmy Carter, House Budget Committee Chairman John Spratt (D-S.C.) and Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.), who switched this afternoon from Hillary Rodham Clinton.

But the first African American nominee of a major party was pushed to the finish line not by the big names of his party but by the unknowns: Florida Democratic National Committee Member Diane Glasser, Delaware Secretary of State Harriet Windsor, Delaware Democratic Chair John Daniello and Delaware Democratic National Committee member Rhett Ruggerio, District of Columbia DNC member Ben Johnson, California DNC member Kamil Hasan and Tina Abbott, Secretary-Treasurer of the Michigan AFL-CIO.

"Throughout this primary election, I have witnessed two extraordinary candidates champion the concerns that matter most to the American people," Waters said as she bolted from the Clinton camp. "As an outspoken advocate on issues critical to women and children, I have great admiration for Senator Clinton and know first-hand her commitment to our country. However, our nation is at crossroads. Now is the time for us to unite so that real change is possible in November."

Read more here on the meaning of the Michigan and Montana endorsments.

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THANK GOODNESS! It's about time there was a major change in this country. I just hope to goodness that Hilary doesn't ride on the VP ticket. I agree with the idea that she will most likely try to use that "experience of being a VP" (alongside her riding on her husband's old presidential ticket) to justify her reasonings of why she should be in office after Obama's 4 years are up.
I just hope that the individuals who are upset over Hilary not winning the ticket do not turn to McCain out of spite....

Posted by: burritogirl | June 4, 2008 2:11 AM | Report abuse

"Do Not Allow Hillary to be VP position!!!"

We gotta hope that Michelle has the trump card here, as we've heard.

Allowing the Clinton slime anywhere NEAR the White House would be suicidal for an Obama admin.

Posted by: Chuckamok | June 3, 2008 8:31 PM | Report abuse

I will not be voting for Obama is Hillary is NOT on the ticket! My vote will go to McCain.

Posted by: Dr. Cara Hollander | June 3, 2008 8:27 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: tomabrahams | June 3, 2008 8:16 PM | Report abuse

Advice to Obama campaign staff: Do Not Allow Hillary to be VP position!!!
Can't you see why? . . . Just look ahead in the future! If Obama wins to become a President of the U.S., 4 years later Hillary will run the race against him. This time, she will use the most powerful weapon: all the insider info to come against him and block him from being re-elected for the second term. Hillary is a CAMELEON. She sucks up all the sweet creamy honey from Obama cabinet. Then she will quickly turn her back and throw a sour grapes against Obama to block him. If this doesn't happen, she will have Obama assassinated so that she can automatically become a president. Why Hillary is so obsessed to become a prez? Because once you become the president, even serving only one term, you will receive a life-time pension, free secret-service escort, and many others. To add to it, you can make million dollars quite easily by writing books (publishers will ask you to write). A nice library will be built in your name. Oh, yes, your name will be remembered forever in American history. She is not necessarily interested in serving for people of this country but is extremely interested in the POWER the position brings. She is obsessed for POWER. Did you see her ranking in Congress? Below bottom half near bottom. Hillary was not really as popular as other Congress women so she attempted to rise to the top of power. She failed. It was good for America.

Posted by: Heather | June 3, 2008 7:52 PM | Report abuse

IF Senator Clinton graciously concedes tonight, I suspect she has a CHANCE to be the VP candidate. IF she does not, and IF Obama ends up with two solid victories tonight in SD and Montana, it may be that HRC does not get invited to run as VP. There may even be other women who could be invited to run as Obama's VP candidate. How could any self-respecting feminist NOT support the ticket then? Would they truly feel a vote for McCain with someone like Condi Rice or Elizabeth Dole (who may be as old as McCain) is a vote a feminist would be proud of? The resulting Supreme Court would likely take away ANY gains we've seen accorded to women or minorities. You could expect to find the justice department in you own bedroom, or those of your daughters and grand-daughters. So-called feminists -- can you REALLY live with that thought?

Posted by: dCExpat in Durham | June 3, 2008 7:51 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: ed | June 3, 2008 7:49 PM | Report abuse

At Last!!!!Now Full speed ahead
Go Obama

Posted by: Anonymous | June 3, 2008 7:40 PM | Report abuse

Beatriz Perez-Sanchez - Great post.

Posted by: Chuckamok | June 3, 2008 7:27 PM | Report abuse

Hillary didn't so much lose to Obama as she defeated herself. If she hadn't started the campaign with the transparently arrogant assumption that she was somehow 'entitled' to the nomination, she might not have alienated so many potential supporters. She also showed that she is a sore loser. Rather than react with grace in times of defeat (e.g.her loss in the South Carolina primary), Mrs. Clinton and her husband further alienated African-American voters with their offensive and deprecating remarks about Obama's victory. Mrs. Clinton compounded her problems when she alleged that Senator Obama could not attract support among 'hard-working Americans, white Americans...'. Such racist-tinged remarks eventually sealed her fate. In short, she has no one but herself to blame for her defeat.

Posted by: Beatriz Perez-Sanchez | June 3, 2008 7:17 PM | Report abuse

Screw Clinton. Stand firm, Michelle.

Kathleen Sebelius for Veep.

Posted by: Chuckamok | June 3, 2008 7:13 PM | Report abuse

Being that Hillary supporters would never vote for Obama, there really is no need to have Hillary as a VP option, since it would bring in no support from her team, and would lose support from the Obama team.

Hillary has no value to the democrats at this point, due to her supporters.

Posted by: Franky | June 3, 2008 7:09 PM | Report abuse

Now Michelle can really be proud to be an American! But for all those people who cannot hope to be President or First Lady, 'tis a pity they will not be proud...

Posted by: Anonymous | June 3, 2008 7:00 PM | Report abuse

Hillary Clinton did a great job in her quest to do the top job. Despite all the obstacles, she continued to pursue her lifelong dream. Kudos to her.
It's sad that she was unable to reach the goal that she so desperately wanted and dreamed of.
Barack Obama has a tough road ahead of him. He has some baggage. Some of which we've seen, others that are to come to light in the days ahead.
It is disturbing that the delegates who once backed Hillary switched to the other side. Doesn't show much value in their position or the belief system for which they stand.
Just as they have switched, before the general election, others can switch again too.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 3, 2008 6:37 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: Tetris | June 3, 2008 6:26 PM | Report abuse

Wow! All of the candidates have been so close in delegates, I can't believe it's almost over! Now, for the VP's. There is a new Vice President poll that started last week at: also holds a 2008 Presidential Election Weekly Poll.
The results from each week are posted every Wednesday evening, so get your vote in for the week!

Posted by: Gramens | June 3, 2008 6:20 PM | Report abuse

OK. Endorsements from former Pres. Jimmy Carter and Rep. Clyburn were not surprises, given the information that we've heard over the weeks.

But...Rep. Maxine Waters? This one seems opportunistic to me, and this change smacks of wanting to have it both ways - getting on the winning team after the fact. The endorsement from Rep. Waters is as opportunistic as the switch to Sen. Obama a few weeks ago by the PG County Executive.

Posted by: + | June 3, 2008 6:20 PM | Report abuse

Springfield, IL | February 10, 2007
Barack Obama

"And if you will join me in this improbable quest, if you feel destiny calling, and see as I see, a future of endless possibility stretching before us; if you sense, as I sense, that the time is now to shake off our slumber, and slough off our fear, and make good on the debt we owe past and future generations, then I'm ready to take up the cause, and march with you, and work with you. Together, starting today, let us finish the work that needs to be done, and usher in a new birth of freedom on this Earth."

Posted by: Anonymous | June 3, 2008 6:06 PM | Report abuse

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