Saturday, February 23, 2008

Superdelegates Switching to Obama?

The AP is reporting that the so-called "superdelegates" are beginning to move toward Obama as he racks up win after win in the primaries and caucuses. This is from the AP story:

The Democratic superdelegates are starting to follow the voters — straight to Barack Obama.

In just the past two weeks, more than two dozen of them have climbed aboard his presidential campaign, according to a survey by The Associated Press. At the same time, Hillary Rodham Clinton's are beginning to jump ship, abandoning her for Obama or deciding they now are undecided.

The result: He's narrowing her once-commanding lead among these "superdelegates," the Democratic office holders and party officials who automatically attend the national convention and can vote for whomever they choose.

We posted a blog entry in the past in which we advocated that the superdelegates should vote the way their state or district, depending on what kind of superdelegate they are, votes. We still think that this is a good idea, because it removes these delegates getting caught in the middle of a potentially very nasty intra-party fight.

Unless Clinton starts winning some elections, though, there isn't going to be a nasty intra-party fight because Clinton will be out of the race way before the convention.

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