David Kirkpatrick

April 4, 2008

The supers make a break for Obama

Filed under: Politics — Tags: , , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 5:53 pm

The superdelegagte attrition has been ongoing in terms of supers openly endorsing Obama over Clinton, and in some cases switching to Obama’s camp. With the Pennsylvania vote looming, and Obama gaining in those polls, it looks like the supers are ready to join his team in larger numbers.

From the second link:

WASHINGTON — Nearly three weeks remain before the next Democratic primary, but the results are rolling in from another part of the presidential contest — and they signify trouble for Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Democratic Party officials and insiders known as superdelegates are jumping to Barack Obama’s camp or signaling that’s where they are headed, including such prominent figures as former President Jimmy Carter. Some superdelegates who back Clinton have begun laying out scenarios under which they would abandon her for Obama.

“My children and their spouses are pro-Obama. My grandchildren are also pro-Obama,” Carter told a Nigerian newspaper during a visit to Africa. “As a superdelegate, I would not disclose who I am rooting for, but I leave you to make that guess.”

Clinton trails Obama in fundraising and in the total number of delegates awarded in state primaries and caucuses. One bright spot for her campaign had been the quest for superdelegates — the nearly 800 elected officials and Democratic activists who are not bound by election results and are free to vote at the party’s nominating convention for the candidate of their choice.

Because neither Clinton nor Obama may emerge from the primary season with enough elected delegates to lock down the nomination, the endorsements by superdelegates could be the key to victory.

And recently, more superdelegate support has been going Obama’s way.

1 Comment »

  1. Whenever her back seems to be against the wall, she always seems to come up with a win. I expect that will be the case here.

    Comment by Ben Keeler — April 5, 2008 @ 3:08 pm

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