Obama Superdelegate Surge Said to Be on Its Way

Candidate could clinch tonight
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 3, 2008 9:31 AM CDT
Democratic presidential hopeful, Sen. Barack Obama.   (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
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(Newser) – The coming superdelegate surge may just be big enough to put Barack Obama over the top before the day is through. The Chicago Tribune says as many as 30 supers may endorse the Chicagoan today, with 10 coming from each chamber of Congress. But the Washington Post says that Harry Reid is urging caution, telling the special delegates on Capitol Hill to wait for polls to close.

With 2.5 new super votes already this morning, Obama is roughly 39 votes from the nomination (Montanans and South Dakotans combined are electing 31 delegates today). The Times said Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin, who recently held a “unity session” with undecideds, will lead an endorsement party tonight as polls finally shutter until November. “It’s time,” said one undeclared senator.