Hillary Superdelegates Hold Firm

Dem leaders worried insiders could snatch nomination from popular vote
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 27, 2008 12:39 PM CST
Democratic presidential hopefuls Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, and Sen. Barack Obama, stand together before the start of a Democratic presidential debate in Cleveland Tuesday, Ohio. (AP Photo/Kiichiro...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – House Democrats who support Hillary Clinton appear to be rejecting calls to switch their support to Barack Obama if circumstances give the super delegates the deciding votes, the Hill reports. Despite charges that it would be anti-democratic to defy voters in their home states, many who talked to the Hill say they won't budge—with one member adding that the only way he wouldn’t vote for Clinton is if she died.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has been lobbying to avoid a situation in which popular support for Obama is negated by party insiders voting for Clinton. “I don’t think it was ever intended that superdelegates would overturn the verdict," she said. Obama supporters, of course, agree, including one Georgia rep: “When there is so much public participation and excitement, our rules should preserve their voices.”