There has been a flurry of superdelegate endorsements throughout the day, so much so it’s become increasingly difficult to keep up with them all, as USA Today discovered. Different news outlets seem to have different numbers of endorsements for each side too, with CNN reporting nine in the last 24 hours (5 for Obama, 4 for Clinton).
We have been keeping an eye on the all important superdelegates as well, but instead of trying to determine who’s ahead in the last day, we shall be reporting on those who have endorsed since the Pennsylvania primary. The April 22 date is as good as any as a starting point, particularly as Hillary Clinton hailed her win saying “the tide is turning”.
Bad news Hillary, the superdelegates do not seem to agree with you! Since Pennsylvania, we calculate that there have been 16 endorsements. Ten went to Obama, six for Clinton.
Endorsements for Obama
Jeff Bingaman (NM), Senator – 28 Apr 2008
Bruce Braley (IA), Representative – 30 Apr 2008
Lois Capps (CA), Representative – 30 Apr 2008
Ben Chandler (KY), Representative – 29 Apr 2008
Charlene Fernandez (AZ), DNC & State Vice Chair – 26 Apr 2008
Brad Henry (OK), Governor – 23 Apr 2008
Baron Hill (IN), Representative – 30 Apr 2008
Richard Machacek (IA), DNC – 29 Apr 2008
Audra Ostergard (NE), DNC & State Vice Chair – 23 Apr 2008
David Wu (OR), Representative – 24 Apr 2008
Endorsements for Clinton
Luisette Cabanas (PR), DNC &Territory Vice Chair – 30 Apr 2008
Mike Easley (NC), Governor – 28 Apr 2008
William George (PA), DNC – 30 Apr 2008
Ike Skelton (MO), Representative, 29 Apr 2008
Kathy Sullivan (NH), Add-On – 26 Apr 2008
John Tanner (TN), Representative – 23 Apr 2008
This is of course bad news for Clinton who needs the vast majority of the undeclared superdelegates to endorse her if she has any hope of catching up with Barack Obama’s 130-odd delegate lead.
Overall, Obama now has the majority of the Governors, Senators, and Representatives which have declared. Clinton leading is still leading among so-called ‘Distinguished Party Leaders’ and DNC Members.
Obama needs just 285 more delegates (not just superdelegates) to win.