Clinton Asks Superdelegates for Private Commitment

Campaign focuses on updating headcount
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted May 9, 2008 2:46 PM CDT
Presidential hopeful Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., emerges through a blue curtain as Oregon Gov. Ted Kulongoski waves during a rally in Central Point, Ore. Thursday, May 8, 2008.    (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
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(Newser) – Hillary Clinton wasn’t asking anyone to stand up and be counted as she met with superdelegates on Capitol Hill yesterday. Instead of trying to lock in public endorsements—with political risks for the supers involved—Clinton was just trying to get a private headcount, Politico reports. "We have to know where our numbers are,” said one Clinton staffer, “and there’s no other way.”

Clinton dropped in on the Democratic Congressional Campaign offices and asked to speak to anyone uncommitted who happened to be around. Nearby, Barack Obama was making the rounds with more fanfare, talking with big groups of uncommitted superdelegates, shaking hands, and signing autographs. One Clinton supporter even had the frontrunner sign that day’s New York Daily News, which sported the headline “It’s His Party.”