Posts Tagged ‘what are superdelegates’

Thought you would all love this. I heard about the blog last week and never had a chance to post a link.

A couple of my favorite things that are younger than John McCain:

1). The Golden Gate Bridge

2). Penicillin

3). Minimum Wage

John McCain is Older than Penicillin


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Count Florida So I Can Be Vice PresidentSenator Hillary Clinton has hinted that she will keep her fight going until the convention, placating potential Florida and Michigan voters and in turn, bolstering her populist stance for a shot at VP.  

On the same day that the Obama camp is whispering to the press that he has moved on and has begun his search for a running mate, Clinton has declared publicly that she is willing to stay in as long as it takes.  Under the guise of counting Florida and Michigan’s primary votes, she is keeping herself relevant in the race and claiming, in no uncertain terms, that Obama is thinking prematurely about Veep candidates before her campaign has drawn its last breath.

You may think differently, but I’m still sold on the idea that Hillary’s camp is making these statements to preserve the overture that she is the only candidate that can begin the healing of the Dems if her name is next to Obama’s on the ballot.  Her immediate shift in messaging, on the same day as Obama’s ‘confidential search’ for a V.P. got underway is what clues us in on her thought process.

On the other side of the Democratic primary fight (you know, the one with the ‘potential nominee’ attacking the ‘presumptive nominee’?) Senator Barack Obama is now taking Sen. John McCain to task on ethics lapses. In so doing, Obama is also tipping his hand on what his strategy is going to look like in the fall.

Employing the Karl Rove tactic whereby a candidate should attack his opponents on issues where they are strong, Obama is going to attempt to get some miles out of questioning McCain’s (seemingly) stellar ethics record. The junior Senator from Illinois is calling McCain out for having lobbyists on his campaign staff, being caught for it and ultimately (and embarassingly) dismissing them.

And though I think that it is good strategy for Obama, and it fits well with his overarching message about McCain being ‘politics as usual’, I have to give credit to McCain’s staffers in their response to these charges. Mr. Obama, they said, still has not disclosed whether his campaign associates might also be lobbyists, which should raise questions about what the Senator might be hiding.

Kudos to you, McCain camp. You’ve properly dismissed the baggage you would carry into the General Election, admitted to it, let yourself be attacked on it but still maintained the moral high ground by essentially saying ‘if we’re willing to fire our lobbyists, why isn’t Obama doing the same thing?’

I hate to admit it. I like what Obama did here, but I like the McCain response better. The Obama strategists and messaging folks might take a good lesson out of this exchange – before you attack, you’d better be able to defend against a similar counter-attack.  


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I\'m the NomineeSen. Barack Obama has gained what could be the equivalent of the nomination, but at the high cost of dragging Hillary Clinton with him. Though she is not an outright Obama-nay-sayer anymore, she is still very much a part of this race and it is to her that a lot of attention is still focused.

Not that it’s a bad thing. The Obama-Clinton-2008-knock-down-drag-out-fight has registered thousands of new Democrats and has stirred up so much favorability for party this year that pundits are now predicting Dems to shatter records for unseating Congressional GOP incumbents. I’m still not sold on that latter point, but no one can deny the anti-Republican rhetoric that even some of the most conservative folks in America are using these days.

It’s not a good time be in any party other than the one with a gentleman named Barack Obama at it’s helm. And, just so there’s no confusion, I’m prepared to say that he is comfortably in control for until Election Day – though I doubt that I’m going out on much of a limb here. However, I am in the minority when I say that there will still be a role for Hillary Clinton in this new administration, and one that I believe can still involve her being called the first Madame Vice President.

If we’re going to talk about people who most deserve the Vice Presidency, no one should discount her from the list. She’s made the only electoral gains in states that Barack Obama must carry in the General Election and is the most prominent Democrat on everyone’s mind right now. She can also raise money by the boatload, her husband is a peerless force both inside and outside the party and she has had over a year in which she has softened her image in the eyes of the American public.

That being said, there is a general rule in politics that all presidential nominees follow: choose a running mate that cannot hurt you. He/she doesn’t have to help you, they just can’t hurt you. This is the consideration that all potential Vice Presidential candidates must receive and the metric by which all presidential candidates must use to justify their pick. If they hope to win, of course.

I honestly don’t see how Hillary Clinton, fighting on the undercard, has the potential to seriously hurt Obama’s chances.  Given all that she has proven in this race, she’s more of an asset to him than any other person out there.

The bottom line is that if there is a for a history making ticket, it’s right now. Obama would be an absolute fool for not considering her, especially for all that she brings to the table.

…And now a note about the latest Delegate Tracker.  It has been updated to reflect Obama’s majoirty of pledged delgates post-Kentucky/Oregon. However, NBC News has Obama leading in Delegates and Superdelegates and has added Sen. Edwards’ delegates to Obama’s totals. It doesn’t appear that the other news organizations have done this, thus the ‘zero’ under the NBC column. Enjoy.

thinkmatter\'s Delegate Tracker - updated May 21st

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It Ain\'t Over YetSen. Hillary Clinton is positioning herself to be successful, relevant and powerful –  except not as President of the United States, but maybe as Vice President.

Reviewing what has happened in the past few weeks and months of this campaign, followers of current events will notice a pattern of positive reporting around the Democratic Party and the growing prospects of a Democratic win in November. You will also notice that the negative press around Clinton has not survived despite her continual, and somewhat intractable, campaign for the presidency.

In short, she has weathered the storm of criticism quite well. Sure, she lost Edwards. And even if she loses the rest of the primaries or bows out of the race, she will still be able to claim ‘gatekeeper’ status in this 2008 Election. Dare I say that the unanticipated savior of the Democratic Party has arrived?

Let me explain. Hillary is keeping the news cycle rolling in her favor. She wins West Virginia by a wide margin, and though it is a secondary story in the major media outlets, she’s getting ancillary press coverage that questions Obama’s viability with working class voters. She is still picking up superdelegates. She is choking up on CNN. And now she’s returning to the battlefield and on to the next primary with an undercurrent of doubt about Obama’s viability.

Hillary is still here and she is still getting the press to follow her every move.

Welcome to Bill Clinton Politics 101. And while I, and many other professionals, ascribe this notion of phoenix-like political recovery to him, it’s nothing new in the world of messaging and marketing.

For instance, The Politics of Messaging maintain that:

1). When you make a mistake, admit you were wrong (before being caught with a smoking gun)

2). Do nothing to reinforce a negative view about yourself, and

3). Take advantage of positive news by positioning yourself to benefit from it.

Her recent press coverage should bear this out. Not only has she succeeded in letting the public (tacitly) know that her mistake was being ostensibly defeated by Obama (obeying rule #1), but she’s doing so in a way that allows her to be magnanimous and take advantage of the positive press that all Democrats are getting these days.

Look at the way her speeches are non-controversial. Look at how she has been quietly campaigning at small stops and rallying every last supporter that is willing to come out for a stump speech. And lastly, look at the role Bill Clinton is playing by gathering his own set of voters in rural areas.

The Hillary of Today is much different than the Hillary of Yesterday. She is non-abrasive and sprinkling her message with determination. She’s becoming the Hillary that we always wanted and the one that we will want as Vice President. As in rule #2, the Clinton camp realizes that reinforcing the negative stereotype that many have of Hillary spells political death for her.  She’s playing nice because now, she has to.

So, she’s softening her image and softening the ground so that she can attempt a run at the Vice Presidency. If there is any hope of her becoming VP, it’s by doing exactly what she is doing. Getting people to like her and by exploiting Obama’s weaknesses by winning over white, older, blue collar men and women.

All this leads to rule #3. Hillary’s campaign is thriving on the perception that the Democratic Party is not united. What this means is that Hillary has and will continue to establish a constituency of her own.

Why has Hillary been saying that she can carry the independent voters in a General Election? Because she can. The one thing that Democrats need right now is a unified party with a unified message to finally put the nail in the coffin of the GOP in November.

Let’s face it, the only way Dems are getting good press these days is by the widely held assumption that there will a Democratic president in office in 2009. Here’s where Hillary takes advantage of the positive news.

All the Dems need is someone who can unify the party, start the healing and help them go to the convention stronger than ever. Since Hillary is winning independent voters in important states and she is no longer running contrary to Obama’s cause of hope, she is setting herself up as a potential unifier. Capitalize on the great press that Dems will win in November, swoop in and heal the party, and give them a powerful ticket all at once.

While I’m not saying that she will be successful, it is possible. And if this is the end she has in mind, she’s certainly playing her hand perfectly.

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I finally caved in. Follow me on Twitter and you can see every witty thing I have to say.


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Clinton Losing in Superdelegate TotalsIt has officially gotten a lot worse for Senator Hillary Clinton’s Campaign. The word coming from the New York Times and the Associated Press is that Clinton is now trailing Senator Barack Obama in superdelegate totals and it looks like there might be no end to the bleeding.

In truth, this is the time that the superdelegates have been waiting for. Without a true winner in the past few months many of them were not willing to stick their neck out to shift the balance in favor of one candidate or the other. Obama’s recent North Carolina win last week, and the media coronation that followed, has assured any undecided super-d that the danger of declaring their allegiance too early has clearly passed.

Obama’s latest superdelegate pick-ups have now given him a lead in every measurable category over Hillary Clinton. As a result, one could easily envision a scenario in which Obama surges ahead in collecting superdelegates and claims the 2,025 total delegates/superdelegates he needs to clinch the nomination.

Those super-d’s who have decided to declare for Obama post-Indiana/North Carolina were, in all likelihood, simply waiting for an opportunity like this to present itself. I doubt that many will follow suit, but enough may that it could render the remaining primaries moot (perhaps even more so than they already are).

Though I will offer a word of warning here. As much as I have dedicated a lot of space to analyzing the faulty arithmetic that has led Senator Clinton into her own electoral quagmire, I have recently come to believe that keeping Hillary in the race might have a silver lining.

The current state of affairs, despite how important you may think it is for the Democrats to start the healing process, is actually beneficial to the Democratic Party. Dan Balz said it best last week when he mentioned the incredible success that the Dems are having in registering new party members and organically growing new campaign organizers. As soon as this history-making race went past Iowa and New Hampshire, voters for Hillary and Barack invested themselves even more in their party. The media circus also stirred up interest never before seen in a presidential election, much less a presidential primary season.

The Democratic Party has been reeling over the past 20 years. Its non-answer to the Republican marketing and issue machine has left it at an organizational disadvantage and funding disadvantage, which it is finally starting to pull out of. Thanks to a miserable 8 years of President Bush, Democrats are reaping the rewards of public opinion gone sour.

For as much as Hillary’s presence in this race is angering Obama supporters, threatening disunity and increasing the potential of alienating independent voters, calling the race because super-d’s flock to Obama’s side will hurt party organizing in the remaining states. Not only will voter’s feel robbed of the opportunity to have their voices heard (and the press will hammer that point home, I can assure you), the Democrats would lose the opportunity to register thousands of Democratic voters and build up an organization that has been lacking in so many ways for so many years. There’s no need to stop this train before it reaches its last stop.

Let the last vote be cast in Puerto Rico before we call it quits.

updated May 12th

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Superdelegates!After nearly 2 months of scrambling to discover just who and what Superdelegates are, our wonderfully late-to-the-dance American media outlets have finally released a list of the Democratic Superdelegates in each of the 50 states. With credit to the Boston Globe for tracking this down, I’ve posted the complete list below and also have a link to Superdelegates By State where you’ll find it in .pdf format.

The section dedicated to each state gives the name of every member and whether they fall under the DNC Membership category or if they are an elected official. You will also notice that some Superdelegates are classified as ‘Distinguished Members of the Party’, which are typically former presidents, vice presidents, DNC Chairman and the like.

The end of each section also has the total amount of Superdelegate votes for each state (or territory). This lists was prepared by the Office of Party Affairs and Delegate Selection. The Official list of DNC members and certified delegates (the “Temporary Roll”) is maintained by the Office of DNC Secretary Alice Germond . For more information call (202) 479-5131.

For more comprehensive coverage of Delegates and Superdelegates, please also see my post on Delegates and Superdelegates Explained for more information on why these electors are so important in nominating a Democratic candidate.

2008 Superdelegate List





DNC Members:

Randy Kelley

Yvonne Kennedy

Joe L. Reed

Joe Turnham

Nancy Worley


US House of Representatives:


Bud Cramer, Jr.

Artur Davis


Total Superdelegate Votes: 7



DNC Members:


John Davies

Patty Higgins

Blake Johnson

Cindy Spanyers


Total Superdelegate Votes: 4



DNC Members:


Deanna Fuimaono

Therese L. Hunkin

Fagafaga D. Langkilde

Nathaniel Savali


Democratic Governor

Togiola Tulafono


U.S. House of Representatives

Eni Faleomavaega


Total Superdelegate Votes: 6



DNC Members:


Donald Bivens

Janice C. Brunson

Donna Branch Gilby

Janet Napolitano

Joe Rios

Carolyn Warner


U.S. House of Representatives

Gabrielle Giffords

Rual Grijalva

Harry E. Mitchell

Ed Pastor


Total Superdelegate Votes: 10



DNC Members:


Don Beavers

Karla Bradley

Martha Dixon

Bill Gwatney

Lottie H. Shackelford


Democratic Governor

Mike Beebe


U.S. Senate

Blanche Lambert Lincoln

Mark Pryor


U.S. House of Representatives

Marion Berry

Mike Ross

Vic Snyder


Total Superdelegate Votes: 11



DNC Members:


Steven K. Alari

Joe Baca

Jeremy Bernard

Rachel Binah

Mary Ellen Early

Maria Echaveste

Edward Espinoza

Alexandra Gallardo-Rooker

Eric Garcetti

Kamil Hasan

Inola Henry

Mike Honda

Alice A. Huffman

Aleita J. Huguenin

Carole Migden

Bob Mulholland

Mona Pasquil

Christine Pelosi

John A. Perez

Robert Rankin

Mirian Saez

Garry S. Shay

Christopher Stampolis

Crystal Strait

Art Torres

Norma J. Torres

Keith Umemoto

Aicia Wang

Maxine Waters

Vernon R. Watkins

Rosalind Wyman

Steven Ybarra



U.S. Senate

Barbara Boxer

Dianne Feinstein


U.S. House of Representatives

Xavier Becerra

Nancy Pelosi

Howard Berman

Lois Capps

Dennis Cardoza

Jim Costa

Susan Davis

Anna Eshoo

Sam Farr

Bob Filner

Jane Harman

Tom Lantos

Barbara Lee

Zoe Lofgren

Doris Matsui

Jerry McNerney

George Miller

Grace Napolitano

Laura Richardson

Lucille Roybal-Allard

Linda Sanchez

Loretta Sanchez

Adam Schiff

Brad Sherman

Hilda Solis

Pete Stark

Ellen Tauscher

Mike Thompson

Diane Watson

Henry Waxman

Lynn Woolsey


Distinguished Party Leader Leadership Position



Total Superdelegate Votes: 66



DNC Members:


Joan Fitz-Gerald

Maria Handley

Debbie Marquez

Ramona Martinez

Jonathan W. Postal

Mannie Rodriguez

Dan Slater

Patricia Waak

William “Bill” Ritter, Jr.

Democratic Governor

Ken Salazar


U.S. Senate

Diana DeGette


U.S. House of Representatives

Ed Perlmutter

John Salazar

Mark Udall



Distinguished Party Leader Leadership Position

Roy Romer


Total Superdelegate Votes: 15



DNC Members:


Anthony Avallone

Ellen Camhi

Nancy DiNardo

Martin Dunleavy

Stephen Fontana

John W. Olsen



U.S. House of Representatives

Joe Courtney

Rosa DeLauro

John Larson

Christopher S. Murphy



Distinguished Party Leader Leadership Position




Total Superdelegate Votes: 11



DNC Members:


John Daniello

Rhett Ruggerio

Harriet Smith Windsor

Karen Valentine



Democratic Governor

Ruth Minner



U.S. Senate

Joseph R. Biden Jr

Thomas Carper



Total Superdelegate Votes: 7



DNC Members:


Robert Bell

Connie Borde

Toby Condliffe

Liv Gibbons

Christine Schon Marques

Theresa Morelli

Brent O’Leary

Leo Perez Minaya



Total Superdelegate Votes: 4



DNC Members:


Anita Bonds

Donna L. Brazile

Marilyn Brown

Mary Eva Candon

Yolanda Caraway

Larry Cohen

Arrington Dixon

Hartina Flournoy

Harold Ickes

Ben Johnson

Eric Kleinfeld

Mona G. Mohib

Minyon Moore

Jeffrey Richardson

Elizabeth M. Smith

Christine Warnke

James J. Zogby


Democratic Governor

Adrian Fenty



U.S. Senate

Michael Brown

Paul Strauss



U.S. House of Representatives

Eleanor Holmes Norton



Total Superdelegate Votes: 21



DNC Members:


Jon Ausman

Terrie Brady

Mitchell Ceasar

Joyce Cusack

Diane Glasser

Allan Katz

Raul Martinez

Chuck Mohlke

Janee Murphy

Rudolph Parker

Karen Thurman

Andrew Tobias

Bill Nelson


U.S. Senate

Allen Boyd


U.S. House of Representatives

Corrine Brown

Kathy Castor

Alcee Hastings

Ron Klein

Tim Mahoney

Kendrick Meek

Debbie Wasserman Schultz

Robert Wexler



Total Superdelegate Votes: 0



DNC Members:


Carole Dabbs

Shirley Franklin

Jane V. Kidd

Mary Long

Lonnie Plott

Richard Ray

Michael Thurmond



U.S. House of Representatives

John Barrow

Sanford Bishop

Henry C. “Hank” Johnson

John Lewis

Jim Marshall

David Scott


Distinguished Party Leader Leadership Position



Total Superdelegate Votes: 14


DNC Members:


Antonio Charfauros

Cecilia Mafnas

Taling Taitano

Robert Underwood



U.S. House of Representatives

Madeleine Bordallo


Total Superdelegate Votes: 5



DNC Members:


Richard Port

Marie Dolly Strazar

Joshua Wisch

Beverly “Jean” Withington



U.S. Senate

Daniel Akaka

Daniel Inouye



U.S. House of Representatives

Neil Abercrombie

Mazie K. Hirono


Total Superdelegate Votes: 8



DNC Members:


Gail Bray

Jeanne Buell

Grant Burgoyne

Richard Stallings



Total Superdelegate Votes: 4



DNC Members:


Willie Barrow

Margaret Blackshere

Constance Howard

Thomas C. Hynes

Emil Jones, Jr.

Michael Madigan

Iris Y. Martinez

Steve Powell

John Rednour

Carol Ronen

Edward M. Smith

John Stroger, Jr.


Darlena Williams-Burnett

Margie Woods



Democratic Governor

Rod Blagojevich



U.S. Senate

Barack Obama

Richard J. Durbin



U.S. House of Representatives

Melissa Bean

Jerry Costello

Danny Davis

Rahm Emanuel

Luis Gutierrez

Phil Hare

Jesse Jackson Jr.

Daniel Lipinski

Bobby Rush

Janice Schakowsky



Distinguished Party Leader Leadership Position



Total Superdelegate Votes: 29



DNC Members:


Phoebe Crane

Cordelia Lewis Burks

Dan Parker

Robert Pastrick

Connie Thurman



U.S. Senate

Evan Bayh



U.S. House of Representatives

Joe Donnelly

Brad Ellsworth

Barron P. Hill

Peter Visclosky



Distinguished Party Leader Leadership Position




Total Superdelegate Votes: 11



DNC Members:


Scott Brennan

Michael L. Fitzgerald

Michael Gronstal

Richard Machacek

Sandy Opstvedt

Sarah Swisher



Democratic Governor

Chet Culver



U.S. Senate

Tom Harkin



U.S. House of Representatives

Leonard Boswell

Bruce L. Braley

David Loebsack


Total Superdelegate Votes: 11



DNC Members:


Lawrence Gates

E. Lee Kinch

Helen Knetzer

Teresa Krusor

Randy Roy

Kathleen Sebelius



U.S. House of Representatives

Nancy Boyda

Dennis Moore


Total Superdelegate Votes: 8



DNC Members:


Moretta Bosley

Terry McBrayer

Jennifer Moore

Nathan Smith

Jo Etta Wickliffe



Democratic Governor

Steve Beshear



U.S. House of Representatives

Ben Chandler

John A. Yarmuth



Total Superdelegate Votes: 8



DNC Members:


Patsy Arceneaux

Renee Gill Pratt

Ben L. Jeffers

Claude “Buddy” Leach

Chris Whittington

Mary Lou Winters



U.S. Senate

Mary Landrieu



U.S. House of Representatives


William Jefferson

Charlie Melancon



Total Superdelegate Votes: 9



DNC Members:


Jennifer DeChant

John Knutson

Sam Spencer

Marianne Stevens



Democratic Governor

John Baldacci



U.S. House of Representatives

Thomas Allen

Mike Michaud



Distinguished Party Leader Leadership Position




Total Superdelegate Votes: 9




DNC Members:


Alvaro Cifuentes

Maria Cordone

Michael Cryor

John Gage

Lauren D. Glover

Janice Griffin

Nancy Kopp

Belkis (Bel) Leong-Hong

Richard P. Michalski

Glenard S. Middleton

Heather Mizeur

Mary Jo Neville

Gregory Pecoraro

Carol Pensky

Karren Pope-Onwukwe

Michael R. Steed

John J. Sweeney

Susan W. Turnbull



Democratic Governor

Martin O’Malley



U.S. Senate

Benjamin L. Cardin

Barbara Mikulski



U.S. House of Representatives

Elijah Cummings

Steny Hoyer

Dutch Ruppersberger

John P. Sarbanes

Chris Van Hollen

Albert Wynn


Total Superdelegate Votes: 27



DNC Members:


Gus Bickford

Raymond Jordan

Elaine C. Kamarck

Debra Kozikowski

David M. O’Brien

James Roosevelt Jr.

Diane Saxe

Alan Solomont

John Walsh

Margaret D. Xifaras



Democratic Governor

Deval Patrick



U.S. Senate

Edward M. Kennedy

John Kerry



U.S. House of Representatives

Michael Capuano

William Delahunt

Barney Frank

Stephen Lynch

Edward Markey

James McGovern

Richard Neal

Tsongas Niki

John Olver

John Tierney



Distinguished Party Leader Leadership Position





Total Superdelegate Votes: 26



DNC Members:


Arthenia Abbott

Lu Battaglieri

Mark Brewer

Mark Brewer

Elizabeth Bunn

Carolyn Cheeks-Kilpatrick

John Cherry

Eric Coleman

Debbie Dingell

Joel Ferguson

Robert Ficano

Kwame Kilpatrick

Joyce Lalonde

Jeffrey Radjewski

Virgie Rollins

Richard Shoemaker

Debbie Stabenow

Michael Tardif

Richard N. Wiener

Lauren Wolfe


Democratic Governor

Jennifer Granholm


U.S. Senate

Carl Levin


U.S. House of Representatives

John Conyers

John Dingell

Dale Kildee

Carolyn Kilpatrick

Sander Levin

Bart Stupak


Total Superdelegate Votes: 0




DNC Members:


Donna Cassutt

Ken Foxworth

Nancy Larson

Brian Melendez

Mee Moua

Rick Stafford

Jackie Stevenson


U.S. Senate

Amy Klobuchar


U.S. House of Representatives

Keith Ellison

Betty McCollum

James Oberstar

Collin Peterson

Tim Walz

Distinguished Party Leader Leadership Position



Total Superdelegate Votes: 14


DNC Members:


Wayne Dowdy

Johnnie Patton

Carnelia Pettis Fondren

Everett Sanders


U.S. House of Representatives

Gene Taylor

Bennie Thompson


Total Superdelegate Votes: 6




DNC Members:


Doug Brooks

Mark Bryant

Robin Carnahan

Maria Chappelle-Nadal

Leila Medley

Sandra A. Querry

John Temporiti

Yolanda Wheat

U.S. Senate

Claire McCaskill

U.S. House of Representatives

Russ Carnahan

William Clay

Emanuel Cleaver

Ike Skelton


Distinguished Party Leader Leadership Position



Total Superdelegate Votes: 14




DNC Members:


Margaret Campbell

Jean Lemire Dahlman

Dennis McDonald

Ed Tinsley


Democratic Governor

Brian Schweitzer


U.S. Senate

Max Baucus

Jon Tester

Total Superdelegate Votes: 7




DNC Members:


Steven Achelpohl

Kathleen Fahey

Frank LaMere

Audra Ostergard

Vince Powers


U.S. Senate

Ben Nelson


Total Superdelegate Votes: 6



DNC Members:


Jill Derby

Yvonne A. Gates

Steven Horsford

Sam Lieberman

Harry Reid

Dina Titus


U.S. House of Representatives

Shelley Berkley


Total Superdelegate Votes: 7



DNC Members:


Raymond Buckley

Martha Fuller Clark

Gaetan DiGangi

Anita Freedman


Democratic Governor

John Lynch


U.S. House of Representatives

Paul W. Hodes

Carol Shea-Porter

Total Superdelegate Votes: 7


DNC Members:

Tonio Burgos

Joseph Cryan

Joseph C. DeCotiis

June S. Fischer

Phil Murphy

Donald Norcross

Dana Redd

Christine “Roz” Samuels


Democratic Governor

John Corzine


U.S. Senate

Frank R. Lautenberg

Robert Menendez


U.S. House of Representatives

Robert Andrews

Rush Holt

Frank Pallone

Bill Pascrell

Donald Payne

Steven Rothman

Albio Sires

Total Superdelegate Votes: 18



DNC Members:


Martin Chavez

Brian Colon

Diane Denish

Mary Gail Gwaltney

Annadelle Sanchez

Raymond Sanchez

Christine Trujillo


Democratic Governor

Bill Richardson


U.S. Senate

Jeff Bingaman


U.S. House of Representatives

Tom Udall


Distinguished Party Leader Leadership Position



Total Superdelegate Votes: 11



DNC Members:


Vivian Cook

Ralph Dawson

Herman D. Farrell Jr.

Emily Giske

Judith H. Hope

Maria Luna

Gregory Meeks

Dennis Mehiel

June O’Neil

David Paterson

David Pollak

Roberto Ramirez

Richard Schaffer

Sheldon Silver

Marianne C. Spraggins

Irene Stein

Sylvia Tokasz

Randi Weingarten

Robert Zimmerman


Democratic Governor

Elliot Spitzer


U.S. Senate

Hillary Rodham Clinton

Charles E. Schumer


U.S. House of Representatives

Gary Ackerman

Michael A. Arcuri

Tim Bishop

Yvette D. Clarke

Joseph Crowley

Eliot Engel

Kirsten E. Gillibrand

John J. Hall

Brian Higgins

Maurice Hinchey

Steve Israel

Nita Lowey

Carolyn Maloney

Carolyn McCarthy

Michael McNulty

Jerrold Nadler

Charles Rangel

Jose Serrano

Louise Slaughter

Edolphus Towns

Nydia Velazquez

Anthony Weiner


Distinguished Party Leader Leadership Position


Total Superdelegate Votes: 45




DNC Members:


Joyce Brayboy

Susan Burgess

Jeanette Council

Jerry Meek

Dannie Montgomery

Muriel K. Offerman

David Parker

Carol W. Peterson

Everett Ward


Democratic Governor

Michael F. Easley


U.S. House of Representatives

G.K. Butterfield

Bob Etheridge

Mike McIntyre

Brad Miller

David Price

Heath Shuler

Melvin Watt

Total Superdelegate Votes: 17



DNC Members:


Jim Maxson

Renee Pfenning

David Strauss

Mary Wakefield


U.S. Senate

Kent Conrad

Byron L. Dorgan


U.S. House of Representatives

Earl Pomeroy

Total Superdelegate Votes: 7



DNC Members:


Joyce Beatty

William Burga

Enid Goubeaux

Mark Mallory

Ronald L. Malone

Rhine L. McLin

Patricia Moss

Sonny Nardi

Chris Redfern

Stephanie Tubbs Jones

Democratic Governor

Ted Strickland


U.S. Senate

Sherrod Brown


U.S. House of Representatives

Marcy Kaptur

Dennis Kucinich

Tim Ryan

Zachary T. Space

Betty Sutton

Charles Wilson

Total Superdelegate Votes: 18



DNC Members:


Kitti Ashberry

Jim E. Frasier

Kalyn Free

Ivan Holmes

Betty McElderry

Jay Parmley


Democratic Governor

Brad Henry

U.S. House of Representatives

Dan Boren

Total Superdelegate Votes: 8



DNC Members:


Bill Bradbury

Frank Dixon

Jenny Greenleaf

Wayne Kinney

Gail Rasmussen

Meredith Wood Smith


Democratic Governor

Ted Kulongoski


U.S. Senate

Ron Wyden


U.S. House of Representatives

Earl Blumenauer

Peter DeFazio

Darlene Hooley

David Wu


Total Superdelegate Votes: 12



DNC Members:


Rena Baumgartner

Anna Burger

Carol Ann Campbell

Ronald R. Donatucci

William M. George

Marcel Groen

Leon Lynch

Sophie Masloff

Gerald McEntee

Jean A. Milko

Ian Murray

Evelyn D. Richardson

T.J. Rooney

Ruth C. Rudy


U.S. Senate

Robert P. Casey, Jr.


U.S. House of Representatives

Jason Altmire

Robert Brady

Christopher Carney

Michael Doyle

Chaka Fattah

Tim Holden

Paul Kanjorski

Patrick J. Murphy

John Murtha

Allyson Schwartz

Joe Sestak


Distinguished Party Leader Leadership Position



Total Superdelegate Votes: 27


DNC Members:


Celita Arroyo de Roques

Luisette Cabanas

Francisco Domenech

Kenneth McClintock

Roberto L. Prats

Eliseo Roques-Arroyo


Democratic Governor

Anibal Acevedo Vila

Total Superdelegate Votes: 7



DNC Members:


Patrick Lynch

William J. Lynch

Edna O’Neill Mattson

Frank Montanaro


Mark S. Weiner


U.S. Senate

Jack Reed

Sheldon Whitehouse


U.S. House of Representatives

Patrick Kennedy

Jim Langevin


Total Superdelegate Votes: 10



DNC Members:


Gilda Cobb-Hunter

Carol Khare Fowler

Donald L. Fowler

Waring Howe, Jr.

Wilber Lee Jeffcoat

Marva Smalls


U.S. House of Representatives

James Clyburn

John Spratt


Total Superdelegate Votes: 8



DNC Members:


Jack Billion

Deb Knecht

Nick Nemec

Sharon Stroschein


U.S. Senate

Tim Johnson


U.S. House of Representatives

Stephanie Herseth


Distinguished Party Leader Leadership Position


Total Superdelegate Votes: 7




DNC Members:


Will Cheek

Inez Crutchfield

Lois M. DeBerry

Jimmie Farris

Myron Lowery

William Owen

Elisa Parker

Gray Sasser


Democratic Governor

Phil Bredesen

U.S. House of Representatives

Steve Cohen

Jim Cooper

Lincoln Davis

Bart Gordon

John Tanner

Distinguished Party Leader Leadership Position



Total Superdelegate Votes: 15



DNC Members:


Roy LaVerne Brooks

Linda Chavez-Thompson

Yvonne Davis

Al Edwards

Norma Fisher Flores

Jaime A. Gonzalez, Jr.

David Hardt

David Holmes

Denise Johnson

Eddie Bernice Johnson

Sue Lovell

Robert Martinez

Moses Mercado

John Patrick

Betty Richie

Boyd Richie

Robert Slagle

Senfronia Thompson

U.S. House of Representatives

Henry Cuellar

Lloyd Doggett

Chet Edwards

Charles Gonzalez

Al Green

Gene Green

Rubin Hinojosa

Sheila Jackson-Lee

Nick Lampson

Solomon Ortiz

Silvestre Reyes

Ciro D. Rodriguex

Distinguished Party Leader Leadership Position



Total Superdelegate Votes: 32



DNC Members:


Karen Hale

Wayne Holland, Jr.

Helen Langan


U.S. House of Representatives

Jim Matheson


Total Superdelegate Votes: 5




DNC Members:


Judy Bevans

Ian Carleton

Howard Dean

Billi Gosh

Chuck Ross, Jr.


U.S. Senate

Patrick J. Leahy

U.S. House of Representatives

Peter Welch


Total Superdelegate Votes: 7


DNC Members:


Cecil R. Benjamin

Carol Burke

Kevin Rodriguez

Marilyn Stapleton


Democratic Governor

John de Jongh


U.S. House of Representatives

Donna Christian-Christense


Total Superdelegate Votes: 6



DNC Members:


C. Richard Cranwell

Barbara Easterling

Alexis Herman

Joe Johnson

Jim Leaman

Jennifer L. McClellan

Mame Reiley

Lionell Spruill, Sr.

Susan Swecker

Jerome Wiley Segovia


Democratic Governor

Tim Kaine


U.S. Senate

Jim Webb


U.S. House of Representatives

Rick Boucher

James Moran

Robert Scott

Distinguished Party Leader Leadership Position



Total Superdelegate Votes: 16




DNC Members:


Ed Cote

Eileen Macoll

Sharon Mast

David T. McDonald

Pat Notter

Dwight Pelz

Ron Sims


Democratic Governor

Christine Gregoire


U.S. Senate

Maria Cantwell

Patty Murray

U.S. House of Representatives

Brian Baird

Norman Dicks

Jay Inslee

Rick Larsen

Jim McDermott

Adam Smith

Distinguished Party Leader Leadership Position



Total Superdelegate Votes: 17



DNC Members:


Belinda Biafore

G. Nick Casey, Jr

Alice Travis Germond

Joe Manchin,III

Pat Maroney

Marie L. Prezioso


Democratic Governor

Joe Manchin


U.S. Senate

John D. Rockefeller


U.S. House of Representatives

Alan Mollohan

Nick Rahall


Distinguished Party Leader Leadership Position



Total Superdelegate Votes: 10



DNC Members:


Stan Gruszynski

Awais Khaleel

Jason Rae

Melissa Schroeder

Tim Sullivan

Lena Taylor

Joe Wineke

Paula Zellner


Democratic Governor

Jim Doyle


U.S. Senate

Russell D. Feingold

Herb Kohl

U.S. House of Representatives

Tammy Baldwin

Steve Kagen

Ron Kind

Gwen Moore

David Obey


Total Superdelegate Votes: 16




DNC Members:


Nancy Drummond

Peter Jorgensen

Dr. John A. Millin

Cynthia Nunley


Democratic Governor

Dave Freudenthal


Total Superdelegate Votes: 5









Total Superdelegate Votes: 4


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