Obama even closer to magic number

May 23, 2008 12:29:12 PM PDT
The latest Associated Press tally has Barack Obama 56 delegates away from clinching the Democratic presidential nomination. He picked up the support of five more delegates today, including a California congressman who is switching his allegiance from Hillary Rodham Clinton. Congressman Dennis Cardoza is the 14th superdelegate to make the switch. He says Obama "has proven himself to be a thoughtful, knowledgeable, and inspirational leader."

Two of John Edwards' New Hampshire delegates also announced they are backing Obama today. State Senator Peter Burling says one factor for him is that Obama is so close to capturing the nomination. He says if Clinton were this close, he'd be giving her "exactly this kind of endorsement."

Edwards had won 19 delegates before he dropped out of the race in January. Following Edwards' endorsement of Obama last week, 11 have told the AP they will back Obama.