Posts Tagged ‘superdelegates’

A Surprise in Kentucky?

Tuesday, May 13th, 2008

Howard Fineman implied on MSNBC a bit ago that Obama would have a surprise lined up next week in Kentucky, and that it wouldn’t be quite as solidly down for Obama as tonight promises to be.

Considering Obama will most likely lock up the majority of pledged delegates, what exactly could that be? A major superdelegate endorsement? Rolling out superdelegate endorsements in such a number as to get to 2,025? I suppose we’ll find out next week.

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More Supers

Tuesday, May 13th, 2008

The chairwoman of the DC party, and former Colorado Governor Romer for Obama.

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More Superdelegates

Monday, May 12th, 2008

And of the slightly more prominent variety; Sen. Akaka of Hawaii for Obama

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More Superdelegates

Monday, May 12th, 2008

Obama picks up the endorsement of a Hawaii super, and will reportedly pick up the Idaho Democratic Chairman’s support.

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Superdelegates

Monday, May 12th, 2008

Rep. Tom Allen, also the Senate candidate from Maine, endorses Obama.

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More Superdelegates

Saturday, May 10th, 2008

Rep. Harry Mitchell of Arizona, and an Ohio add-on, for Obama, and a Massachusetts add-on for Hillary.

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Superdelegates of the Day

Saturday, May 10th, 2008

2 Virgin Island supers, and a Utah add-on for Obama, per Ben Smith.

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Record Day For Obama

Friday, May 9th, 2008

Joe Johnson of Virginia endorses Obama, bringing his superdelegate gain for the day to 9, his best ever.

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Superdelegates for Clinton

Friday, May 9th, 2008

Rep. Ciro Rodriguez of Texas.

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4 More Superdelegate for Obama

Friday, May 9th, 2008

Rep. Mazie Hirono of Hawaii, and a New Mexico add-on, per Ben Smith.

Also, Vernon Watkins of California and the South Carolina Vice-Chairman.

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Obama Passes Clinton with Supers

Friday, May 9th, 2008

So says ABC:

ABC News’ Karen Travers Reports: For the first time this campaign season, Barack Obama has surpassed Hillary Clinton’s support among superdelegates, according to the ABC News delegate estimate. 

Sen. Obama, D-Ill., picked up two superdelegates this morning giving him a new metric to tout in addition to his current commanding leads in pledged delegates, popular votes, states won, and money raised.

For a milestone we were looking towards with anxious anticipation not that long ago, it seems that it’s not really getting all that much attention today. And this would certainly seem to shut that window even more than it already was on Clinton’s electoral chances.

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Mr. Super Revealed…and Committed

Friday, May 9th, 2008

The blogger formerly known as “Mr. Super,” reveals himself as Ed Espinoza, a California DNC member and former Richardson supporter, and commits to Obama.

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Idaho Democrats vs. (Bill) Clinton

Friday, May 9th, 2008

Clinton, while campaigning in Indiana for his wife, Sen. Hillary Clinton, was quoted in national media as saying she would “bag” No Child Left Behind laws.”Every time I say this, it’s a guaranteed applause line,” he said. “You can drop me in the middle of Idaho where there’s not a Democrat in 200 miles and an elk would applaud me on that.”

Idaho Democrats called Clinton’s comments an insult. They said the state party is making a comeback – after suffering setbacks during Clinton’s two terms in office.

“If Bill Clinton had done for elk in Idaho everything he did for Democrats, we’d have far fewer elk,” said Idaho Democratic Party Chairman Keith Roark – an uncommitted superdelegate – Wednesday morning.

Roark said his criticism is not directed at Hillary Clinton, but rather the former president, and his impact on the state party. In 1991, the year before Clinton became president, the two parties had equal seats in the state Senate. By 2001, they had just three of 35 seats.

This is the elephant in the room the media either doesn’t understand, or doesn’t want to tell you for fear of taking some excitement out of the race. Many superdelegates blame Bill Clinton for the Republican takeover of Congress and their large gains in state races around the country in the 1990’s, and many of them feel that the Clintons were never politically good for the party at large. Considering the superdelegates are members of Congress who have to run those down ticket races and DNC members looking out for the good of the party at large, there is genuine aversion to another Clinton Presidency.

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Speaking of Superdelegates

Friday, May 9th, 2008

3 for Obama thus far (including a switch from Clinton), and 1 for Clinton:

For Obama; Rep. Peter Defazio of Oregon, AFGE President John Gage, and Rep. Donald Payne of NJ switches.  

For Clinton; Rep. Chris Carney of PA.

And 2 uncommitted superdelegates have words for Hillary in the NY Post today after her “white Americans” comment yesterday.

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Clinton and Superdelegates

Friday, May 9th, 2008

Politico has a story up on Clinton’s private meeting with superdelegates, reporting she asked them to “privately” commit:

 “Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton’s visit to Capitol Hill this week may have been more about weighing her support than it was about wooing superdelegates.

According to a senior Democratic aide, Clinton asked some uncommitted superdelegates if they could commit to her privately — without the political risks of a public endorsement — so that she could gauge whether she has the support she feels she needs to remain a viable candidate.

A Clinton staffer acknowledged Thursday that the campaign was in the process of “counting up” superdelegates because, “at the end of the day, we have to know where our numbers are.”

‘We do have some private supporters,” the staffer said. “[But] for their own political purposes, they can’t be on record.'”

A few things stand out in that to me, namely that the claim can’t be verified (much like her campaign’s tendency to exaggerate fundraising numbers) and that, as the article goes on to note, even if it is true, there’s nothing preventing those privately “backing” her from publicly voting for Obama in Denver.

 It also doesn’t sound like a very strong candidate when you admit that it’s politically risky for your peers to support your candidacy.  

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