ABC News: Obama has overtaken Hillary in the superdelegate race

Posted by: ST on May 9, 2008 at 11:01 am

According to ABC News’ calculations, more superdels support Obama now over Hillary (via Memeo):

ABC News’ Karen Travers Reports: For the first time this campaign season, Barack Obama has surpassed Hillary Clinton’s support among superdelegates, according to the ABC News delegate estimate.

Sen. Obama, D-Ill., picked up two superdelegates this morning giving him a new metric to tout in addition to his current commanding leads in pledged delegates, popular votes, states won, and money raised.

Rep. Donald Payne, D-N.J., switched his endorsement from Clinton to Obama and Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., endorsed Obama. DeFazio was previously uncommitted.

With these endorsements, Obama has the support of 267 superdelegates and Clinton has 265 superdelegates.

Every news organization’s superdelegate count is a little different because it is an imperfect science. Since October 2007, the Political Unit has continuously reached out to the nearly 800 superdelegates to determine their candidate preference. We also reach out regularly to the Obama and Clinton campaigns for their superdelegate lists and work to confirm any that they include on their lists.

Later in the piece they list superdelegate counts from other news organizations as of this morning, with most of them still showing Hillary in the lead by varying margins.

Meanwhile, Fox News’ Urgent Queue reports that over a dozen House Democrats have written to other Dems trying to implore them to support Hillary over Obama, citing the “electability” factor Obama wants everyone to ignore:

Dear Fellow Democrat,

We are writing to you because of our shared belief in our Partys principles and our commitment to ensuring that we have the strongest possible nominee to lead our ticket against John McCain and the Republicans in November.

The decision about who to support to be our Partys nominee is not one that any of us should take lightly. We havent. But, after giving this important decision a great deal of thought, we are convinced that Hillary Clinton has the vision, skills and commitment to make the changes our country needs. As Democrats who have run and won in competitive Congressional districts and battleground states, we believe that Hillary is best positioned to successfully lead the Democratic ticket in districts and states like ours around the country.

As you know, Hillary has racked up victories in bellwether states like Ohio, Pennsylvania and now Indiana that are absolutely vital to winning the White House and maintaining our Congressional majority in the fall. Hillary has won the big battleground states by connecting with voters whose support we must have to win the general election. Her victories in Pennsylvania and Indiana were all the more impressive after being outspent by as much as two or three to one.

Pennsylvania was not just a victory for Hillary Clinton. It was also a wake- up call for superdelegates, forcing us to ask ourselves two essential questions: 1) Which candidate can carry the magic 270 electoral votes to win in the fall? 2) Which candidate is most likely to help our fellow Democrats in down-ballot races? We believe the answer to both of these questions is Hillary Clinton.

On the first question, Hillary has shown she can win the all-important battleground states like Ohio, Pennsylvania and Florida even while being outspent. This speaks to her ability to connect with voters we must deliver in the fall, including blue collar Democrats who can sway this election as they have in the past.

Read the rest here.

In related news, Nutroots hero Larry “small wonder [Karl Rove’s] mother killed herself” Johnson, a rabid Hillary supporter, whines here about the Democrats’ proportional delegate system. :((

Don’t know about you, but I’ll be having a side order of schadenfreude with my lunch a little later today …

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5 Responses to “ABC News: Obama has overtaken Hillary in the superdelegate race”


  1. Leslie says:

    Over a dozen house democrats have left out the possessive apostrophe and added an unneeded capital letter.

    It’s party’s, not Partys, you goofs!


  2. Mwalimu Daudi says:

    To mark the occasion of the Ascention of the Messiah to the Throne of the Democrat Party, my typical white person hands have composed a little prayer in His honor:

    Our Father, who art the Junior Senator from Illinois

    Hallowed be Thy Name (especially the Middle Name, which must not be mentioned by the unwashed racist Jewish neocon tax-cutting global warming-denying conservative Republican wingnut Christianist fundamentalist theocratic heathen)

    Thy Kingdom come

    Thy Legislative Proposals be done

    In Congress, as in workers’ paradises across the world

    Give us today our Hope and Change

    We don’t need no steenkin’ forgiveness, you wingnuts!

    As we seek utter, cosmic vengeance against those who have sinned against Him.

    Lead us not into Distractions

    But deliver us from the Constitution and other dead white male tools of oppression

    For His is the power

    And the Glory

    And the power

    And the New Politics

    (Did we mention the power?)

    And of course the Power

    Forever and ever – no term limits!


  3. Jim says:

    AND, did you see that California superdelegate that wants to sell his vote for $20 million? Not for himself, mind you, but for Hispanic voter education. The nightmare that is the Dems voting scam just never ends.

  4. forest hunter says:

    MD: That should have required a tissue alert…….and extra faintin couches!

  5. Great White Rat says:

    the unwashed racist Jewish neocon tax-cutting global warming-denying conservative Republican wingnut Christianist fundamentalist theocratic heathen

    You forgot ‘gun-toting’. :d