Clinton Clings to Lead in Superdelegates

Democrats trade words about process; AP tallies votes
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 11, 2008 3:15 PM CST
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(Newser) – Even after Barack Obama's weekend primary victories, he and Hillary Clinton are neck-and-neck in the delegate race thanks to her lead among superdelegates. By the AP's count, Clinton has won endorsements from 243 of the 796 party officials and insiders who vote at the convention for the candidate of their choice. Obama has commitments from 156.

The candidates are, not surprisingly,  at odds over how superdelegates should vote—following their state's voters or their own hearts. Obama said this weekend, “It would be problematic for political insiders to overturn the judgment of the voters." Clinton argues the chosen few should “exercise independent judgment.” Following her rival’s logic, she quipped, she’d be happy to accept Ted Kennedy and John Kerry's support.