Obama picked up four new superdelegates after primaries Tuesday that denied Clinton the "game changer" she had hoped would salvage her candidacy. (Clinton picked up one, Rep. Heath Shuler (D) of North Carolina, who followed through on a pledge to back the candidate who won his district.) Several new Obama backers say it is time for the Democratic Party to unite and prepare for the general election. One, Jennifer McClellan, a former Clinton superdelegate, switched allegiances after Tuesday's contests.
"Given what happened last night, it is very unlikely we will have a different result [in later contests] and it's time to come together as a party, move forward, and prepare for victory against John McCain in November," Ms. McClellan, a state lawmaker in Virginia, told reporters in a phone call Wednesday.
At least one prominent Clinton superdelegate said the primaries Tuesday raised new doubts about her candidacy.
"I want to talk to Senator Clinton. I'd like to know what her strategy is," says Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D) of California. "She's my friend and I'm loyal. On the other hand, I don't want to rend the party asunder and so I think in this one the key is really in the strategy and whether the strategy is workable."