Holdout Superdelegates Play Wait-and-See in Pa.

Last 7 uncommitted pols may stall until after primary
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 14, 2008 4:59 PM CDT
Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama D-Ill., left, and Pennsylvania AFL-CIO President Billy George.   (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
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(Newser) – Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama face off in Pennsylvania next Tuesday not only for 158 pledged delegates, but also for seven undeclared superdelegates, many of whom are awaiting the outcome of the primary. Fourteen Pennsylvania superdelegates have sided with Clinton and five with Obama, the Wilkes-Barre Citizens' Voice reports. The others may be waiting for state or district results before showing their cards.

"My No. 1 criterion is I’d not want to have the superdelegates overturn the will of the voters," said one of the seven. They may be trying to avoid being labeled liberal; three are Congressmen who represent districts that voted for George Bush in 2004. "There’s going to be a nominee well before we get to Denver," said another fence-sitter.