Friday, February 15, 2008

Democrat Super Delegates Breaking Go with District Voice

Update: Obama supported in Japan town!

The super delegates in the Democratic Party are beginning to show their mettle. Other than Bill Clinton and PA Governor Ed Rendell, who will never waver from committment to Hillary Clinton, other super delegates may begin to do the right thing if Barack Obama wins in their individual local jurisdictions.

Obama 1116

Clinton 985

AP Two superdelegates drop Clinton endorsements. Going with the popular vote winner in their specific district!

Chuck Todd Texas Democratic race: Clinton leads Obama by 7-8 points

McCain 45 percent to Mike Huckabee 41 percent

Update: John Lewis did not switch committed to Clinton...

(Net the Truth Online)

Superdelegate storm likely to be short-lived
If 2004 is any guide, Democratic officials will migrate to front-runner
By Tom Curry
National affairs writer MSNBC
updated 7:54 p.m. ET, Fri., Feb. 15, 2008

WASHINGTON - Here’s a news flash: superdelegates do change their minds.

On Thursday Rep. John Lewis of Georgia, a Democratic superdelegate, seemed to rescind his pledge to cast his vote at the convention for Sen. Hillary Clinton, switching instead to Sen. Barack Obama.

Democratic voters in his district supported Obama in the Feb. 5 primary, and, Lewis indicated to the New York Times that he would too...

Free to choose
Dubbed “superdelegates,” they’re free to endorse whomever they want, to switch back and forth between contenders, or to wait until the convention to make their choices.

Delegates elected in primaries are pledged to cast their vote at the convention for a particular candidate, but party rules don't require them to do so. The party rules ask such delegates to “in good conscience reflect the sentiments of those who elected them.”

While Lewis has been heard from, no word yet from the superdelegates who have endorsed Obama but whose states’ Democratic primaries were won by Clinton. Some examples: Sen. Edward Kennedy of Mass., Rep. Steve Rothman of New Jersey and Rep. Adam Schiff of California.

Superdelegates are not chosen by means of primaries or caucuses, but are delegates by virtue of the elected offices they hold.

In the last few days, Democrat-allied groups (which is backing Obama) and Democracy for America, founded by Howard Dean and now headed by his brother Jim, have raised a ruckus about the superdelegate system.

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