Thursday, May 01, 2008

Superdelegate Comments

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Please post all superdelegate comments here. As always... only comment on new or rumored superdelegate endorsements. All other comments should be in a relevant comment or in our Open Thread.

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Oreo said...

Maine add-on added fro Obama

Kyle51334813822 said...

One of the contributor's on CNN announced that Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer will endorse the winner of the Montana primary. It's a conditional endorsement, and there's no direct quote, but it might be something to watch out for in the coming days.

Miranda said...

From PolitickerMD.com

"ANNAPOLIS-- Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Towson) told PolitickerMD.com today that "it's possible" he could endorse a presidential candidate by Wednesday, one-day after the final nominating contests in South Dakota and Montana.

Appearing at the District 30 Democratic Club Cookout and Fundraiser in Annapolis, Sarbanes would not say which candidate he would endorse. The representative from Maryland's 3rd Congressional District has long pledged to remain uncommitted until the process is finalized on Tuesday.

"I'm certainly not going to make a decision before Tuesday," Sarbanes said. "We're coming to the end of the process and I'll think you'll see a fair amount of closure taking hold."

As for his view on the role of a superdelegate, Sarbanes said, "Superdelegates were created to exercise some measure of independence, but they take their cue from various surrounding factions."

I think that most likely we won't see much until Tuesday and then we will see the flood at the time that the polls close, allowing Obama to make the pledged delegates as they come in what puts him over the top and puts a quick end to things, while making it seem the the voters and not the SDs decided it.

Steve said...

At the top of the Superdelegate Endorsements page the text reads "(Note: Florida, Michigan and Democrats Abroad superdelegates get 1/2 vote each, so there are actually 800 superdelegates casting 823.5 votes)", but I think you actually mean to say there are 855 superdelegates castin 823.5 votes since otherwise someone's getting more than 1.0 votes!

lompe said...

Remember Kevin Rodriguez, the super from Virgin Island?
We were worried about him. Angry islanders (Obama: 90% of vote) couldn't find him after he re-switched his endorsment back to Hillary. Some thought he might be jet-skiing somewhere, others feared for his well-being. No need to worry! Kevin is just fine. He is following Hillary around on her jet as a living proof that every superdelegate can change their mind.
Take good care of him, Hillary. Barack has got a bigger jet.

http://blog.washingtonpost.com/the-trail/2008/06/01/clintons_parting_shot_from_pue.html

PasadenaDem said...

i agree Miranda. Jim Clyburn has said he'll endorse Tuesday at 11:00am. This could get the ball rolling, but if the 30 or so can endorse by the time the polls close, and before Barack speaks in St. Paul, it can be the voters of Montana and South Dakota that put him over the top.

tmess2 said...

I think Obama would like to get the 32 unpledged delegates that he needs before 9 pm EDT on Tuesday (when the polls close in the west part of South Dakota), so that he is clearly in range to be put over by the pledged delegates from Montana.

I also think a lot of the unpledged would prefer to wait until Wednesday morning.

This could be the struggle over the next 48 hours as Obama's staff tries to convince the unpledged of the importance of beating the Wednesday morning stampede.

Regardless of speeches, I think the unpledged can do the math -- 17 from Montana and South Dakota + 17 add-ons + 2 from Iowa + 5 from Edwards in Florida+ 4 from Pelosi Club only leaves him one short (with way too many places to pick up the 1 without needing other unpledged delegates).

They can wait back and let others get on board first (maybe extending the contest until the 15th) or they can endorse Monday or Tuesday.

trudy said...

lompe,

I wonder if Kevin Rodriguez has given any thought to how he is going to get home :-)

PasadenaDem said...

tmess2,

i liked your post, tho 2 questions: 1) Matt and Oreo have 6 in the Pelosi club, but you say only 4? 2) i'm curious about the 17 add-ons that you refer to, in the context of helping Barack reach the magic number by Tuesday night. All the remaining add-ons aren't scheduled to be identfied until well after Tuesday. am I missing something?

lompe said...

tmess2
The rumour is that Obama has got more promises from supers than he needs, and that he has told Hillary this. The supers will be coming out in large numbers this week and everyone hopes that Hillary will concede graciously.

Trudy
I'm not sure if Mr. Rodgiquez wants to go home in the near future ;)

Graham said...

I am so confused. Many SuperDelegates are clearly planning to support Obama AFTER the primaries. But there is so much more value to the party and the campaign if 30 of the SuperDelegates do it before so the VOTERS put Obama over the top, not party elders. Why don't they come out now? Their chairman has asked them to. Maybe Carter can't come out, but the lower profile ones would benefit themselves and the party and put them in the position of having done a favor for the future president.
I don't get it. Can some one help me?

Bull Schmitt said...

Graham -

You're spot-on.. but for everyone that underestimates Sen. Obama's political skills, there's someone that ends us being surprised.

I'm sure Axelrod and others are making the case behind the scenes that people who declare before Tuesday night will be remembered.. the ones who speak up *after he hits 2117, not so much. It's just common-sense politics.

I'm not counting him out just yet ;)

tmess2 said...

My reason for 4 is that I am not sure that all 6 will endorse. I can easily see Cantwell not switching and Pelosi and Van Hollen not endorsing while it is still contested. So I used four to be safe.

The 17 add-ons is again being on the cautious side, there are 20 add-ons left from "Obama" states but I can see the possibility of split delegations or local politics trumping national. In my own state, Clinton probably had the majority at our State Committee meeting (going by my memory of the size of the caucuses for PLEOs) but we still went with out two state elected officials even though one was uncommitted and the other an Obama supporter.

Dan said...

Halperin is reporting DNC Jerome Wiley Segovia (VA) for Obama...

von said...

Segovia endorses Obama

Eric said...

Link for Segovia:
http://thepage.time.com/
obama-release-on-virginia-superdelegate/

von said...

oopps. Here's the link

rich said...

CT's Nancy DiNardo announces for Obama:

http://abclocal.go.com/wabc/story?section=news/local&id=6179251

Eyewitness NewsCONNECTICUT (WABC) -- Connecticut's last uncommitted superdelegate in the battle for the Democratic Party's presidential nomination says she's backing Barack Obama.
Nancy DiNardo, chairwoman of the state Democratic Party, has held back her endorsement for months, saying she wanted to wait until the primaries were over.
"It's pretty close to the end now," she told The Associated Press.
...

Matt said...

Segovia and DeNardo added for Obama. Only front page and sidebar have been updated at this time.

Oreo said...

- Added DNC Jerome Wiley Segovia (VA) for Obama
- Added DNC Nancy DiNardo (CT) for Obama
- Added DNC Chris Whittington (LA) for Clinton

Blogger was erroring out a while ago but it looks like it may be resolved.

Thanks for your patience.... and bear with us today. We'll get things up ASAP

Micah said...

hey, just a heads up, im sure this doesn't invalidate her endorsement but the article you have for Gov. Granhold doesn't meet your standards for endorsement. It's an article about Baldacci endorsing clinton and granholm is listed as another thats endorsed her but there is no direct qoute or paraphrase.
Obama/Clinton Clinton/Obama 08

David Pearl said...

Micah. Do you refer to Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm? Check your spelling (not Granhold).

rich said...

So far, nearly half the day is done and it's shaping up to be a relatively quiet day amongst the remaining uncommitted SDs.

Cat got their tongues ?

Dilbuck said...

SD's have been endorsing much later in the day for the last week or two. I would guess that you may see a few more this evening and some more tomorrow throughout the voting in South Dakota and Montana, hopefully putting Obama over the top.

rkw said...

Lawrence endorses Obama

http://www.freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080602/NEWS15/80602060

Animaltalker said...

I just noticed on the front page, 200 left uncommitted Clinton needs 201.5 of course there are still the pledged to come from SD and MT but she's not going to get the majority of those now is she

Miranda said...

Another for Clinton:

http://www.newsday.com/news/local/wire/newyork/ny-bc-ny--clinton-superdele0602jun02,0,3024029.story

Going to be an odd but busy day??

eja11950 said...

Yep Animaltalker, Clinton is 30 delegates away from being mathematically eliminated assuming all of the remaining Edwards delegates go for Obama and Obama has no more superdelegate defections.

Of course, it's not truly over until the convention or she drops out of the race.

frstan said...

Sen. Barack Obama picked up another superdelegate during his visit today to Troy High School.



Southfield Mayor Brenda Lawrence, who is a superdelegate because of her role with the National Conference of Mayors, said it's time for the Democratic Party to unite behind Obama.

"I was undecided, but he's worked hard to show that he's the best candidate," Lawrence said before Obama arrived at the high school, where 2,000 supporters waited in excited anticipation for the probable Democratic presidential nominee.

frstan said...

the link for that
http://www.freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080602/NEWS15/80602060

Oreo said...

Lawrence added for Obama

Miranda said...

What a bad day for Blogger to be messing up. Grrrrr.

Anyway, another MI for Obama

http://www.wlns.com/Global/story.asp?S=8411834&nav=0RbQ

And I called Stein's office and they said that they are drawing up the press release for Clinton and it will be effective at 1:30 PM

Miranda said...

Apparently they are early for Stein:

http://www.theithacajournal.com/apps/pbcs.dll/
article?AID=/20080602/NEWS01/80602005/1002

Oreo said...

Thanks Miranda

Stein added for Clinton

Blogger was having issues again but it seems better now. Hope we're not the ones causing it ;)

Miranda said...
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Oreo said...

Sorry yes... I added Battaglieri earlier.

If you haven't seen it check the front page where we keep a running summary of endorsements for the day.

Miranda said...

I just saw it, sorry. Still having a little trouble getting from page to page, but since I can get this one I am trying to just hang here, lol.

von said...

Don't know if Dillon from Michigan has been added

http://www.wwj.com/pages/2219210.php?

lompe said...

Who is Dillon? Link is to Coleman. He's been added.

lompe said...

From CNN:
http://edition.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/06/02/superdelegates/

"Most of the 17 Democratic senators who are uncommitted superdelegates will endorse Sen. Barack Obama for president this week"
"the senators don't want to pound Hillary Clinton, and there is a sense she should be given a grace period."

Gurmel said...

Dillon is a Republican.House speaker in MI.Not a superdelegate.

http://www.mirsnews.com/login.php?referrer=alert.php?alert_id=187


You need to subscribe in order to read the article.

Miranda said...

Another for Obama from FL:
Janee Murphy

http://www.palmbeachpost.com/blogs/content/shared-blogs/palmbeach/
floridapolitics/entries/2008/06/02/fl_superdelegate_backs_obama.html

Oreo said...

Added DNC Janee Murphy (FL)* for Obama

Thanks for the link

grantcart said...

coleman from Michigan doesn't appear to be added even though poster mentioned it upthread

http://www.wwj.com/pages/2219210.php?

Oreo said...

Grantcart,
Coleman is there. Do a Ctrl-F and type in his name

rich said...

Funny that -- if today is any evidence, MI and FL, since Saturday's DNC (ie. RBC) ruling, has not back-lashed against the Obama campaign but has rather started to get to know him better.

Their remaining uncommitted SDs are starting to reflect that with their movement today.

rkw said...

CNN is reporting that most of the remaining undeclared Senators will announce for Obama this week.

http://www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/06/02/superdelegates/

Benjamin Spector said...

I believe, in a post, you said you will go along with DNC magic number 2118 as a new delegate will be chosen before the convention.

Currently 2117 is the magic numner you are using to wrap up the majority. Have you changed your mind?

Most of the web uses 2117, but I believe you are the most influential sorce and people are going with your numbers.

Oreo said...

Benjamin,
The number is 2117 and that's what we'll use until Donna Edwards is elected in Maryland.

You can read more about this here

Leah Texas4Obama said...

Tom Harkin is 'now' on the Hill meeting with other superdelegate Senators. (MSNBC just said on TV).

They also said about 35 U.S. Representatives are getting ready to come out for Obama.

Eric said...

Chris Matthews just announced the Rep James Clyburn has announced for Obama

Mary said...

James Clyborn for Obama according to MSNBC

Jaya said...

The meeting needs to be short and supposedly so far only three are in attendance - Harkins, Salazar and Carper. They indicated that they would not come out in support of anyone until after tomorrow's primaries.

John Testor due to be interviewed on CNN. Any more news about Baucus except the Obama sign on his lawn?

Miranda said...

Here's the link for Clyburn

http://ap.google.com/article/
ALeqM5gi1V8BAi8JGiWbVFyBgclF-CcXuQD91264QO0

Miranda said...

There was another article here:

http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5hLPqTxd4Fe7e5EymHU-kTUgweRDQD91264807

That says that Rep. John Spratt of South Carolina would join Clyburn in making an endorsement. This should be tomorrow.

Leah Texas4Obama said...

CNN says:

Several sources tell CNN that House Minority Whip and superdelegate James Clyburn of South Carolina will endorse Senator Barack Obama Tuesday.

Robert in MN said...

Leah, I think you ment Jim Clayburn is majority whip.

Leah Texas4Obama said...

Robert in MN-
I just copied and pasted what CNN said. Those were their words ;)

LAURA said...

Huffington announced a James Clyburn endorsement for Obama:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/06/02/majority-whip-jim-clyburn_n_104768.html

Dilbuck said...

Just posting what Laura's link says on Huffington.



COLUMBIA, S.C. — House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn is endorsing Barack Obama for president.

The South Carolina congressman told The Associated Press on Monday that he has started to phone the state's superdelegates to ask them to get behind one candidate. When asked whether that candidate was Obama, Clyburn said yes.

Clyburn says he'll make a formal endorsement announcement Tuesday.

The backing of the highest-ranking black member of Congress comes more than four months after Obama won the Democratic primary in South Carolina.

Miranda said...

Those two are for tomorrow...but this one is for today. Another for Obama!

http://www.bellinghamherald.com/northwest/story/428734.html

rkw said...

McDonald from Washington endorses Obama....

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2004445675_apwawashsuperdelegates.html

Oreo said...

McDonald added for Obama

Miranda said...

West Virginia Governor Joe Manchin is expected to make a statement Wednesday about his undeclared superdelegate status.

http://www.wsaz.com/news/headlines/19470519.html

Oreo said...

Added Rep. James Clyburn (SC) for Obama

Jaya said...

18 invited - 4 showed up

http://www.rockymountainnews.com/news/2008/jun/02/democratic-senators-meet-discuss-possible-obama-en/

Salazar says senators didn't agree on endorsement
M.E. Sprengelmeyer and Isaac Wolf Rocky Mountain News
Originally published 03:08 p.m., June 2, 2008
Updated 06:18 p.m., June 2, 2008

lompe said...

Sen. McCaskill:
“I think tomorrow will be a very big day. I’ve spoken to 10 uncommitteds, and they’ve said yes, they’ll be committing [to Obama], and they’ll be committing sometime tomorrow. “
http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0608/10779.html

Miranda said...

Tomorrow will be a very busy day!! Looks like the Pelosi club may finally be ready!!

"There has been no pressure on me from Obamaland," writes Christine Pelosi, an uncommitted from California who has vowed to back the pledged delegate winner, almost assuredly Obama, once the primaries are over. "I'm not sure who's doing what before the polls close. My sense is that once the votes are in, the supers like me will speak out."

Bob Mulholland, a senior adviser to the California Democratic Party and an uncommitted superdelegate, says he too has been confronted with silence from the Obama folks. "They haven't called in a week," he told The Huffington Post.

Another superdelegate, who asked not to be identified, said he had talked with four other superdelegates none of whom had been contacted by the Illinois Democrat. "I haven't gotten anything from him," he said. "I had another superdelegate call me and say he heard I was going to come out for Obama on Tuesday but that wasn't the case. I think he was playing us off each other."

Is this cause for concern? Mulholland doesn't think so. "They already have got two or three dozen or so lined up," he said. "Of course they do. I'm sure they do, including a lot of members of Congress. So, I think that is already over... Assume he wins one or two states you let that happen and then Wednesday morning you let the others come out."

David said...

I would love a victory dance tom orrow night in St Paul... A masterstroke of the Obama campaign to wrap up the nom on the same stage as the RNC... I make BO's chances over JMc in November 80/20... What do you think?

trudy said...

If Obama people aren't calling around, I would assume they have all the supers they need.

The others can live in irrelevance in Gutless Land.

Miranda said...

I believe that just in picking the place he picked he has been very telling on having them lined up. Why pick there if you aren't going there, not being in Montana or South Dakota for a reason? We have learned from our current fearless leader, you fight them on their turf before letting them bring it to yours...no matter how unlikely it is that they will win...or even attack you for that matter?? Tomorrow is the final (or finally) Super Tuesday.

Plus, he doesn't need to call them, he knows he has them, we all have for months and he doesn't want too many to endorse anyway. It will just raise the anger level of Clinton fans and those he can get would be lost if the supers and that decision clinches it. I figure we will see enough for him to have a good buffer between 9am EST and when the first numbers start rolling in. Most right after the polls close. Will be a busy night tomorrow.

I do hope that Byrd is okay.

jcaesar91 said...

Keep in mind that Obama if he wins MT- has at least 2 supers who will endorse based on the winner- Margaret Campbell and Governor Schweitzer, with the 6 in the Pelosi club, and 16 that Obama should get in pledged delegates tomorrow + 2 pledged that have switched, Obama only needs 14 additional supers tomorrow...

Jaya said...

Well - here's some Twin Cities speculation:

1- It is the host of the GOP convention

2- It is the home of Tim Kaine (Harvard law; wife a judge who went to Princeton; 3 teenagers, brings along a new state -VA) He certainly wouldn't outshine or out-elder BO.

3- Will be campaigning for Al Franken(well I had to throw that in)

4- A swing state - which BO took

5- Minnesota has been a model of good government for years - so he has his pick of issues to showcase

It's a good question - Why Minnesota?

David said...

Why Minnesota? How would you feel if McCain clinched the Rep nom in Denver at the Pepsi Center on a night that there was no primary in CO? Great move by BO... Transition (they have been calling it a "pivot") into the general election campaign makes sense...

David said...

& btw, MN is not a swing state... Firmly BO (Dem) territory IMHO... That's the motivation!

tmess2 said...

It's the last time he will get full national media attention until he picks his VP. Doing it at the site of the Republican Conveniton allows him to include lines like "In 3 months John McCain is going to be speaking on this stage and he is going to tell the American people x (something like we need to stay the course). But we know that this country can't afford 4 more years of that bankrupt policy. We don't need a third term of George Bush. We need a new direction."

Graham said...

IMHO : Obama does NOT have the delegates lined up! Does Obama's campaign have a history of lying?
***
David Plouffe, the manager of the Obama campaign, said. “We’d like them to come out publicly as soon as we can get them.”

It remained unclear, Mr. Plouffe said, if Mr. Obama could secure enough of the endorsements before Tuesday evening.
****
Let's not be part of setting false expectations!

Why would Obama hold them back?

Obama wants this over yesterday and if he had had 50+ yesterday he would have had them come out.
Also look at the pattern it doesn't indicate a back log that he is bringing out every two hours or so.
It's chaotic drips and spurts.

Supers can come out without talking to Obama, they just have to to a press release or stick up a lawn sign.

I personally wish the Dems were being smarter and braver.

I think he will get it by tomorrow, maybe, but if you want Obama to win do what you can! Take nothing for granted. Call a Super, Call South Dakota (He is down in the polls), Call Montana... it is close!
Democracy is not a spectator sport!
Obama 08!

lompe said...

Maria Chappelle-Nadal (MO) for Obama:

http://www.stltoday.com/stltoday/news/stories.nsf/politics/story/E486465EAF8BF9F38625745D0010F444?OpenDocument

frstan said...

http://www.mgwashington.com/index.php/news/article/floodgates-opened-for-florida-superdelegates-to-endorse/1187/
Several [FL} superdelegates said they'll announce decisions tomorrow or Wednesday.

“I was certainly going to wait until Florida's Jan. 29 vote was validated to some extent,” said former state party Chairman Mitch Ceasar of Fort Lauderdale, who will announce “in the next day or two.”

Here's a list of Florida superdelegates and where they stand, excluding three – DNC members Terrie Brady of Jacksonville and Andrew Tobias of Miami, and Rep. Allen Boyd of Monticello -- who couldn't be reached Monday:

Announced Monday:

DNC member Janee Murphy of Tampa, for Obama


Expected to announce soon:

DNC member Jon Ausman, Tallahassee

DNC member Mitch Ceasar, Fort Lauderdale

DNC member Diane Glasser, Fort Lauderdale

Rep. Ken Klein, Boca Raton

lompe said...

John Spratt (SC) seems to be coming out of the super closet for Obama today.
http://www.thestate.com/nation/story/422889.html

lompe said...

And Debra Kozikowski (MA) will come out right after the polls close today.
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB121245006132239641.html?mod=googlenews_wsj

Stephen said...

lompe - the link you provided does not reference anything about Debra Kozikowski. Are you sure this is the right URL?

lompe said...

Stephen
Seems like you have to login to WSJ or go through google news.

Debra Kozikowski "said she plans to announce her choice of candidate as soon as the South Dakota and Montana polls close, without waiting for their vote totals to be announced."

frstan said...

–Michigan superdelegate Joyce Lalonde, a member of the NEA and MEA Boards of Directors and political activist.*
The Page Halprine
http://thepage.time.com/2008/06/03/tuesdays-super-battle/

Peter said...

That last MI endorsement gave Obama his 8 superdelegate in MI vs Clintons 7. This means Obama have more superdelegates in MI than Clinton, which has a symbolic value given the MI-delegate debate.

frstan said...

In the sidebar, total delegates for Obama ha an extra 7.

Dan said...

Clyburn just made his "official" endorsement on NBC's Today show (though I know you guys already added him last night).

Matt & Oreo: I hope you guys are using some vacation time to take off work today & tomorrow...I think that handling the flood of endorsements is going to be a full-time job!!!

Christopher said...

Wow -- you would have thought that Hillary would have given up now now that Obama is approaching 21,000 delegates!

Minor typo in your side table ;)

BTW -- I've been a lurker but have followed the site religously for 4 months. Outstanding job!

Oreo said...

Nadal and Lalonde added for Obama.

We will be updating the sidebar first today as the numbers are arguably more important than the names today.

We will do everything we can to keep everything updated as quickly as possible.

ChagoFuentes said...

Does anyone think the Davids (Plouffe and Axelrod) are good enough to get within two super delegate endorsements from clinching the nomination by the time he goes on stage in Minneapolis-St. Paul? That could set the stage for a "Live from New York" video feed of Bill and Hillary (both supers) announcing they are switching to Obama. She could go a long way toward vindicating herself in one brief dramatic and climactic moment. Maybe she could even lead it off by introducing the Virgin Island super to switch one more time so she could be the second switch to put him over the top. Oh, well, what's a little fantasy to start off the morning? Sorry, I know this thread is supposed to be for endorsements and endorsement rumors only but a rumor has to start somewhere.

Stephen said...

ChagoFuentes said...
Post the comment on the Open Thread and you may get an answer.

ChagoFuentes said...

Incidentally, you guys are absolutely the best and most dedicated around (especially Matt and Oreo). I haven't missed a day since late January without visiting DCW for the latest. You are going to earn your keep today.

Robert in MN said...

Oreo and Matt, A link to this comment page from the SuperDelegate tracker might be helpful. I applaud your dedication and orginization.

Oreo said...

Superdelegate Tracker is linked at the top of the post.

Also... we are keeping a summary with quotes and pictures (when available) for today's endorsements.

You can find that on the front page

Dan said...

Montana's five undeclared supers to endorse the winner of the MT primary tonight:

http://blog.washingtonpost.com/
thefix/2008/06/
montana_governors_senators_to.html

Jeremy said...

On your Latest Endorsements list on the Superdelegate tracker home page, it doesn't denote what kind of superdel Lalonde and Chapelle-Nadal are (DNC, DPL, add on, etc.). I'm probably the only person who cares, but I like seeing this information.

Dr. in Ann Arbor said...

Preparing to add Sen. Herb Kohl (WI) into the Obama fold....

http://news.yahoo.com/s/thenation/20080603/cm_thenation/1325913

"It's time," said U.S. Senator Herb Kohl, the senior Democratic workhorse from Wisconsin who had resisted making an endorsement in the race for the party's presidential nomination out of a desire to maintain productive relations with colleagues Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.

Kohl, after more than a few consultations with Obama, will announce his position this week -- perhaps even today.

Oreo said...

Jeremy...
Fixed thanks

michael said...

Dr. in Ann Arbor says:

"it doesn't denote what kind of superdel Lalonde and Chapelle-Nadal are (DNC, DPL, add on, etc.)"

Both are DNC folks. Lalonde is a DNC memberfrom Mich and Chapelle-Nadal is a DNC At-large member from MO.

eja11950 said...

Rep. John Olver (MA) endorses Obama:

http://www.masslive.com/news/index.ssf/2008/06/congressman_olver_endorses_oba.html

Joshua said...

John Olver (MA) for Obama
http://www.masslive.com/news/index.ssf/2008/06/
congressman_olver_endorses_oba.html

Jaya said...

Jun 3, 10:58 AM EDT

By BETH FOUHY
Associated Press Writer



WASHINGTON (AP) -- Hillary Rodham Clinton will concede Tuesday night that Barack Obama has the delegates to secure the Democratic nomination, campaign officials said, effectively ending her bid to be the nation's first female president.

The former first lady will stop short of formally suspending or ending her race in her speech in New York City. She will pledge to continue to speak out on issues like health care. But for all intents and purposes, the two senior officials said, the campaign is over.

Most campaign staff will be let go and will be paid through June 15, said the officials who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to divulge her plans.

Oreo said...

Olver added for Obama

Jaya said...

Terry McAuliffe/Clinton campaign deny AP report. As so it goes..
Thanks for all the wonderful head counting!!

Oreo said...

- Added Rep. Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick (MI)* for Obama

Leah Texas4Obama said...
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Oreo said...

- Added DNC Debbie Dingell (MI)* for Obama
- Added DNC Richard Wiener (MI)* for Obama

Dan-in-upstate-NY said...

As per Ben Smith at Politico, two more supers to come out later today:

Spratt (SC)
Dawson (NY)

...as well as the last SC Edwards pledged hold-out:

Moore (SC)

Benjamin Spector said...

According to Mark Halperin

St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman — a staunch Clinton backer — says he’s preparing to endorse Obama when he takes the stage.


http://thepage.time.com/

grantcart said...

Fred K. McDowell, -- another half a vote -- has committed to Obama.

http://www.politico.com/blogs/bensmith/

Politico

Dan-in-upstate-NY said...

Coleman isn't a super.

And I gotta give Dawson some real credit for showing guts: he now has the distinction of being the only NY super to endorse Obama. He's gonna catch hell at home for that one!

That just leaves Rahm Emmanuel (the only undelcared IL super)...

Benjamin Spector said...

Oops!!!!

I couldn't find Coleman of St. Paul on the superdelegates list. I guess he isn't a superdelegate.

My bad.

Peter said...

Chris Coleman is not a super.

One interesting thing about endorsements today and yesterday is that several MI-supers have endorsed Obama. He now how a clear lead there against Clinton. Taking MI to cred-comitte would be even more difficult when Obama clearly have more support from important people in MI.

Peter said...

Nice to see Dawson. I think he was the one who "attacked" Ickes for his "theatrical" appearance in the RBC.

Oreo said...

- Added DNC Jennifer DeChant (ME) for Obama

Rodney said...

DNC John Perez of CA for Obama according to MSNBC:

http://firstread.msnbc.msn.com/

Me said...

Please add Spratt (D-SC) for Obama, he still in the uncommitted list, and the Obama camp is already counting him...

http://my.barackobama.com/page/community/post/samgrahamfelsen/gGByc5

also please add Edwards pledged delegate Tim Moore of South Carolina!

I want to see the numbers up :)

grantcart said...

MSNBC just said 3 more announced
and their number is 30.

Is there a problem with

Fred K. McDowell, -- another half a vote -- has committed to Obama.

http://www.politico.com/blogs/bensmith/

Politico

Oreo said...

Please check the front page. We are doing all summary updates there.

McDowell is a pledged delegate so he isn't mentioned here

JamesG said...

McDowel is a pledged Edwards and is reflected on the main page, not here.

Me said...

Oreo, I guess you have a day job that's interfering with the updating.. but..but... we're so close! :P ... whats the hold out with Spratt and Edwards delegate Tim Moore?

http://my.barackobama.com/page/community/post/samgrahamfelsen/gGByc5

and John Perez (CA)

http://firstread.msnbc.msn.com/archive/2008/06/03/1100876.aspx

Me said...

Ohio House Minority Leader Joyce Beatty, a superdelegate from Columbus, has announced that she will support Sen. Barack Obama for president.

http://blog.dispatch.com/dailybriefing/2008/06/superdelegate_beatty_back_obam_1.shtml

Oreo said...

- Added DNC Joyce Beatty (OH) for Obama

Joshua said...

DNC Kwame Kilpatrick (MI) for Obama
http://www.freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/
20080603/NEWS06/80603063/1008/NEWS

There is a quote from the mayor within the text.

Leah Texas4Obama said...

From CNN...

CNN has also confirmed that six of the 13 Florida delegates pledged to John Edwards are now backing Obama, giving him three additional pledged delegate votes.
____

I don't have any names but maybe someone could check into this for more info.

Oreo said...

Kwame Kilpatrick added for Obama

Don't expect to see this one from the Obama campaign

Stephen said...

From Obamaland
Two South Carolina Delegates for Obama; Delegate Countdown - 33.5 To Go
http://my.barackobama.com/page/community/post/samgrahamfelsen/gGByc5

Chi Democrat said...

Yep. I always figured they would slip Kilpatrick and William Jefferson in on a busy day. But their votes count too.

The beat goes on.

Joshua said...

Yea he did not go to the Bill Clinton school of bending the truth

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Hal said...

MSNBC saying 29 to go!

eja11950 said...

Better John Spratt (SC) for Obama link:

http://www.heraldonline.com/152/story/600843.html

Andrew said...

John Spratt (SC) with quote:

http://www.heraldonline.com/152/story/600843.html

“I’ve been leaning that way for a long while, but keeping my powder dry,” he said. “Look, I could support several of any contenders in this primary. If Hillary had a majority of the votes at this point, or the prospect of it, I would consider supporting her. She’s run an impressive race. But according to Democratic Party rules, I think Obama has earned the Democratic nomination. It’s time to rally behind him, unite the party… and go for the real prize.”

Me said...

Spratt is going into Obama's column today! :)

“I’ve been leaning that way for a long while, but keeping my powder dry,” he said. “Look, I could support several of any contenders in this primary. If Hillary had a majority of the votes at this point, or the prospect of it, I would consider supporting her. She’s run an impressive race. But according to Democratic Party rules, I think Obama has earned the Democratic nomination. It’s time to rally behind him, unite the party… and go for the real prize.”

http://www.heraldonline.com/152/story/600843.html

Me said...

Debra Kozikowski (MA)

"I'm a practical person," Kozikowski said, "I took my time weighing the pros and cons of both candidates and what it meant to the Democratic Party in November and ultimately my decision came down on the side of Obama."

http://www.masslive.com/news/index.ssf/2008/06/congressman_olver_chicopees_ko.html

Lotus_J said...

They are calling the race in an AP article saying they have confirmation from SDs and saying Obama will get at least 30% of today's primaries.

Josh said...

Link for Debra Kozikowski (I think you already have John Olver)

http://www.examiner.com/a-1422073~Obama_picks_up_2_Massachusetts_superdelegates.html

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Oreo said...

Spratt and Kozikowski added for Obama

gpcote said...

http://www.politickerca.com/alexisenstadt/1088/source-superdelegate-mcnerney-endorse-tuesday

Leah Texas4Obama said...

MSNBC just now said --

Jimmy CARTER has come out for OBAMA!

Zachary said...

MSNBC reports that Jimmy Carter has endorsed Barack Obama

Eric said...

MSNBC announced moments ago that former President Carter has endorsed Obama.

gpcote said...

California DNC Perez endorses Obama!
http://www.politickerca.com/alexisenstadt/1089/california-dnc-member-perez-throws-endorsement-obama

Joshua said...

John Ausman (FL) for Clinton
http://www.palmbeachpost.com/blogs/content/shared-blogs/palmbeach/floridapolitics/entries/2008/06/03/
surprise_fl_superdelegate_to_c.html

grantcart said...

Another California congressman for Obama.
http://www.politico.com/blogs/bensmith/

trudy said...

link for the Carter endorsement? I can't find it.

gpcote said...

Now the remaining numbers of pledged delegates and uncommitted supers is largely under 200..So HRC is no longer viable..

Ted said...

http://www.breitbart.com/article.php?id=D912P78O1&show_article=1

link from breitbart.com of Jimmy Carter Endorsement that is expected tonight

Leah Texas4Obama said...

From MSNBC on TV:

CARTER will Officially endorse Obama 'after' the polls close tonight.


.

Dr. in Ann Arbor said...

Carter 'anticipated' endorsement is here:

http://www.live5news.com/Global/story.asp?S=8418707

ATLANTA (AP) - Former President Jimmy Carter said he'll endorse Democrat Barack Obama after the polls close on the final primary contests.

"The fact is the Obama people already know they have my vote when the polls close tonight," Carter told The Associated Press after speaking at the Georgia World Congress Center Tuesday afternoon.

Carter, a superdelegate, has remained officially neutral in the race but has offered high praise to Obama. Carter has noted that his children, grandchildren and their spouses back the Illinois senator.

Primaries are underway Tuesday in Montana and South Dakota, the final contests in the long primary race between Obama and U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton of New York.

Leah Texas4Obama said...

From MSNBC-

Senator Tester (MT) will endorse as soon as the polls close.

Dave said...
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Lynne Black said...

Jimmy Carter http://www.cbs46.com/news/16478207/detail.html

Stephen said...
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Gurmel said...

Clyburn also says Edwards’ South Carolina elected delegate Tim Moore will switch to Obama Tuesday.

http://thepage.time.com/2008/06/03/tuesdays-super-battle/

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Dave said...

New York DNC Ralph Dawson endorsement for Barack Obama. Politico has already updated it. It is in the last line of the article. Link below

http://my.barackobama.com/page/community
/post/samgrahamfelsen/gGBytD

Another link: -
http://www.usatoday.com/news/politics/
election2008/2008-06-03-clinton-delegates_N.htm?csp=34

Vicki said...

CNN just announced that Jimmy Carter will endorse Obama either today or tomorrow.

Vicki said...

btw, that is a red/black banner at the top of the page at cnn.com

Dave said...

California DNC John A. Perez endorses Obama. Already updated on other sites.

Obama's picked up six in the superdelegate count so far today. He got 3.5 of those between 11:15 a.m. and noon -- CA John A. Perez, MA John Olver, and three from Michigan -- Congresswoman Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick, Debbie Dingell, and Rick Wiener.

http://firstread.msnbc.msn.com/
archive/2008/06/03/1100876.aspx

Noland said...

Jimmy Carter - Obama
Drudge Report

Dave said...

Former President Jimmy Carter for Obama. Link below: -
http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2008/06/03
/carter-to-officially-endorse-obama/

Other two endorsements NY DNC Ralph Dawson and Cal. DNC John A. Perez are very important as Ralph is from Hillary state NY and John Perez endorsed Clinton earlier and then became uncommitted.

Ben said...

Jimmy Carter
James Clyburn

Oreo said...

Perez added fro Obama

Dave said...

Oreo, how about Ralph Dawson? How about Carter? You added Jim Clyburn a day before his official endorsement.

lompe said...

Carnelia Pettis Fondren (MS)
for Obama
http://www.sunherald.com/306/story/602665.html

greywolf said...

oreo,

The green papers have Edwards down to 5.5 delegates from florida.
I know you have not picked them up yet..because you need names. If you tell me where to look.. Ill go searching to save you time.

Oreo said...

Carter and Abbott added for Obama.

We are updating pledged delegates as Green Papers does.

frstan said...

barackobama.com now lists
Two more Michigan superdelegates, Mike Tardiff and Tina Abbott (Secretary-Treasurer of the Michigan AFL-CIO and Vice Chair of the Michigan Democratic Party) have also endorsed Obama.

dont think you have Tardiff yet

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frstan said...

Chuck Todd says 19.5 to go

Leah Texas4Obama said...

Chuck Todd is adding in some that haven't endorsed yet... like those in Montana, etc.

That's why their number is so low.

Mary said...

maxine Waters for Obama according to CNN

Keryl said...

Maxine Waters switches to Obama. Just now on CNN.

Gurmel said...

Obama Announces Support from Edwards Pledged Delegates

By Sam Graham-Felsen - Jun 3rd, 2008 at 5:12 pm EDT

CHICAGO, IL—The Obama Campaign today announced that the following delegates pledged to former Senator John Edwards have committed to vote for Senator Obama at the Democratic National Convention. With today’s announcement, every delegate pledged to Senator Edwards in Iowa (four delegates), New Hampshire (four delegates) and South Carolina (eight delegates) will be voting for Senator Obama at the National Convention. In addition, 10 of the 13 Edwards delegates from Florida will be voting for Senator Obama at the National Convention.

The updated roster adds ten delegates today to Obama’s delegate total, raising it to 2,099.5 and leaving the campaign only 18.5 delegates away from clinching the nomination at 2,118.

Full list here:

http://my.barackobama.com/page/community/post/samgrahamfelsen/gGByg3

frstan said...

1.5 more, from NH and MI

State Rep. Sharon Nordgren of New Hampshire and Michigan AFL and Democratic Party official Tina Abbott join the superdelegate surge to Obama.

http://www.politico.com/blogs/bensmith/0608/15_more_from_NH_and_MI.html

Nathan said...

Dennis Moore Rep from Kansas and superdelegate for Obama.

http://www.kansascity.com/news/breaking_news/story/647792.html

frstan said...

California and DC Superdelegate for Obama; Delegate Countdown - 16.5 To Go
by Sam Graham-FelsenTuesday, June 03, 2008 at 05:17 PM
California DNC member Kamil Hasan released the following statement today endorsing Barack Obama for President:

I am endorsing Senator Obama as Democratic Party’s nominee not only because he has clearly won more pledged delegates, but I sincerely believe that he can provide the necessary leadership in taking this country in a new direction at this critical juncture in our history. Fortunately, we have had two excellent candidates. I have great admiration for Senator Clinton and the way she has run a spirited, high energy, issues based campaign. I am looking forward to continue to energize the Indo-American and the South-Asian communities in ensuring that Senator Obama becomes the next President of the United States. His election as the President of the United States will not only help unite a very divided nation, but elevate the image of the United States in the world to a level not seen since John Kennedy was the President.
District of Columbia superdelegate and DNC member Ben Johnson also endorsed Barack Obama.

Johnson said...

It’s time to close ranks behind Barack Obama, who has run an outstanding campaign and made many of us proud. This is no way diminishes my respect and admiration for Senator Clinton, who is a fine public servant who I have known for many years. But it is clear that Senator Obama has the momentum needed to help us win in November and I am proud to endorse him today.
link:
http://my.barackobama.com/page/content/hqblog

Miranda said...

Good Afternoon Everyone. Been a good ay while I was at work, I see!

Two more for Obama from what I can tell, Including Hasan...a defector

http://my.barackobama.com/page/community/post/samgrahamfelsen/gGByCK

Josh said...

Just wondering how anyone has national convention delegates in Iowa, since they haven't had their state convention yet (and it's a caucus state). Besides, I thought Edwards was scheduled to get 5 Iowa delegates

Gurmel said...

Chicago, IL -- Today, Florida superdelegate and Democratic National Committee Member Diane Glasser endorsed Barack Obama.

Obama is 16 delegates away from securing the Democratic nomination.

http://my.barackobama.com/page/community/post/samgrahamfelsen/gGByx7

Miranda said...

Here's one for Waters

http://my.barackobama.com/page/community/post/samgrahamfelsen/gGBygz

Josh said...

I guess the 4 IA Edwards delegates were from the Congressional District meetings. Edwards is still projected to get 1 delegate at the state convention at this point, I believe.

Oreo said...

- Added DNC Tina Abbott (MI)* for Obama
- Switched DNC Ben Johnson (DC) from Clinton to Obama
- Switched DNC Kamil Hasan (CA) from Clinton to Obama
- Added DNC Diane Glasser (FL)* for Obama
- Switched Rep. Maxine Waters (CA) from Clinton to Obama

Leah Texas4Obama said...

3 DE supers for Obama

http://my.barackobama.com/page/community/post/samgrahamfelsen/gGBygz

Delaware Secretary of State Harriet Windsor, Delaware Democratic Chair John Daniello, and DNC Member Rhett Ruggerio also announced today that they will vote for Barack Obama at the Democratic National Convention in Denver this summer. The three superdelegates released the following statements today............ (See article for QUOTES)
____________

Obama's website now says he needs 12.

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frstan said...

elaware Secretary of State Harriet Windsor, Delaware Democratic Chair John Daniello, and DNC Member Rhett Ruggerio also announced today that they will vote for Barack Obama at the Democratic National Convention in Denver this summer. The three superdelegates released the following statements today.

“As a superdelegate from Delaware, I am representing the people of my state, where Barack Obama won in our primary. Senator Obama is an outstanding candidate who will unify the Democratic Party and be a strong candidate to beat Senator McCain in the November election,” Secretary of State Harriet Windsor said.

“Senator Obama has inspired Democrats across the country over the course of this primary, and we saw here in Delaware that his appeal will help our candidates up and down the ballot. As a state party chairman, I know how valuable this contest has been in energizing the grassroots, and I wanted every state to be able to participate and reap the benefits of this historic race. Now that all of the primaries and caucuses are behind us, I believe it’s time for Democrats to unite in taking on John McCain, and I'm pleased to be joined by Rhett Ruggerio and Secretary Windsor in endorsing Barack Obama for president,” Delaware Democratic Party Chairman John Daniello said.

“The Democratic Party has been blessed with two incredibly strong and extremely capable candidates. Its time though, that we as a Party, unite behind our nominee and begin to focus all of our energy on the general election. Senator Obama has proven that he has the vision, the fortitude and the character to effect real change and lead us to victory in November,” DNC Member Rhett Ruggerio said.

http://my.barackobama.com/page/content/hqblog

Leah Texas4Obama said...

Oreo and Matt-

We sure are having fun today!

God Bless America!!!

p.s. Don't forget we have two more primaries coming up! I forgot all about them during all of this excitement ;)

greywolf said...

Oreo, these are the names from Edwards that switched.. they were on Obamas web page... I know you dont up date until the green papers do but thought I would give you the names any way.

CHICAGO, IL—The Obama Campaign today announced that the following delegates pledged to former Senator John Edwards have committed to vote for Senator Obama at the Democratic National Convention. The updated roster adds ten delegates today to

Below is the full, current list of Edwards delegates committed to Senator Obama. In accordance with the decision of the Democratic National Committee’s Rules Committee, the Florida delegates each will cast one-half vote for their presidential choice at the Democratic National Convention.

FLORIDA

Joseph Beuttenmuller, Lake Mary

Barry Birdwell, Melbourne Beach

E. Alan Brock, Crawfordville

Deborah Courtney, Jacksonville

Rita Ferrandino, Sarasota

Fred McDowell, Leesburg

Mary Mooney, Crawfordville

Linda Spisak, Hobe Sound

Gregory Shimkaveg, Oviedo

Bill Vincent, Gulf Breeze



IOWA

Machelle Crum, Newton

Arlene Prather-Kane, Cedar Falls

David Relawsk, Iowa City

Merci Wolff, Sioux City



SOUTH CAROLINA

Lauren Bilton, Columbia

Daniel Boan, Kershaw

Christine Brennan-Bond, Moore

Michael Evatt, Seneca (birthplace of Senator Edwards)

Robert Groce, Summerville

Marilyn Hemingway, Georgetown

Tim Moore, Barnwell

Susan Smith, Pawley’s Island



NEW HAMPSHIRE

Deborah Bacon-Nelson, Hanover

Senator Peter Burling, Cornish

Rep. Sharon Nordgren, Hanover

Joshua Denton, Portsmouth

rkw said...

DCW - You guys do an amazing job. I had meetings and appointments all day long. So I could not begin to keep up with everything today. It was so easy to take a quick glance at DCW on my iPhone as I ran from place to place. It kept me in the loop with just a 30 second look at various times throughout the day.

Well done and your efforts are very much appreciated.

Leah Texas4Obama said...

Ivan Holmes (Oklahoma) for OBAMA

http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2008/06/03/oklahoma-superdelegate-endorses-obama/

Trudi said...

Is there a way to contact the Obama superdelegates,all superdelegates. Please, we don't want an inexperienced, person as president. Another Carter who will sit down with terrorists. You have an obligation to think of country. I am so sick of the media manipulating the delegates and the people of this country. Something does not ring true with Obama and you people will be the ones truly responsible for this countries continuous problems if he is President, PLEASE Obama cannot beat McCain. We need someone tough and straight on.

Lynne Black said...

Ivan Holmes Oklahoma (will endorse tonight)
http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2008/06/03/oklahoma-superdelegate-endorses-obama/

Graunie said...

Someone needs to move Maxine Waters from Clinton's column to Obama's

Aaron said...

Matt and Oreo for VP!

Trepanator said...

I've done a thorough search of the delegate lists based on the Green Papers, and have come up with the following pledged delegate count:

DemConWatch (Current):
Obama - 1742
Edwards - 12 (1 in NH, 1 in SC, 5 in IA, 5 in FL)

With All Edwards switches listed above:
Obama - 1751.5
Edwards - 2.5 (0 in NH, 0 in SC, 1 in IA*, 1.5 in FL)

*GP estimated add-on from future state convention, this not-yet pledged delegate will be reallocated to either Clinton or Obama at the state convention.

Jaya said...

News from Maine - sort of. WMTW-8(ABC)6 PM news interviewed Sam Spencer who says he will announce at 11 PM tonight on the evening news - but will not indicate who he will support until then.

As for Rep. Mike Michaud - a Edwards delegate - he said he was in no rush to endorse.

Keryl said...

Trudi...take it to the open thread. The link is on the left rail.

Matt/Oreo - hats off to you guys. You're amazing.

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