February 19th, 2008
09:50 AM ET
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Superdelegates loom over Democratic race

Sen. Obama leads in the overall delegate count in a close race with Sen. Clinton who currently has more support from superdelegates.

Sen. Obama leads in the overall delegate count in a close race with Sen. Clinton who currently has more support from superdelegates.

(CNN) - Democrats say they have a "dream team" of Sens. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama but they might be looking at a nightmare if superdelegates have to determine which one will be at the top of the ticket.

Usually the superdelegates are an afterthought - the nominee normally emerges before the National Democratic Convention by winning enough delegates in the caucuses and primaries to capture the nomination.

But this year, Obama and Clinton are running such a tight race that after millions of votes and months of campaigning, neither candidate is expected to have the 2,025 delegates needed to seal the nomination before the August convention.

And the superdelegates, a group of about 800 people who cast their vote at the convention, could set a candidate over the top.

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  1. SA, Illinois

    I will go with whatever the superdelegates choose. I do not want another Bush in the White House! At first, I didn't really agree with super delegates deciding, but Anderson Cooper's interview of the young, intelligent super delegate helped me to understand who they are and the role they are playing in our best interest.

    February 19, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  2. Pete

    Some quick observations:
    1. A Clinton/Obama ticket just ain't gonna happen-it would be political suicide for Obama, if he loses then he will probably exit politics ASAP if he wants to preserve his political capital for the future. That is the principal point of his message-Washington needs big time fixing.
    2. Obama is a 1:1,000,000 candidate, Clinton is a 1:50 candidate, McCain is a 1:10 candidate. The chance of repeating a candidate with Obama's demographic and personal qualities are astronomically small.
    3. The entire world has experienced the Clintons for over 15 years. This does not mean that HRC is the more experienced candidate, just that the public has more experience with her. Short of her 8 years as first lady, her experience is slightly less than Obama's. As sure as the sun rises in the East, a Clinton Presidency will be succeeded by a Jeb Bush Presidency.
    4. Even if Clinton wins by a 20% margin in Ohio and Penn. and 10% in Texas, she would still be short by over 60 "pledged" delegates. The only realistic way she can win now is to drag the Dems through a mud bath involving Florida and Michigan(the most critical state) and Superdelegate reversal of the public will. The HRC supporters should look carefully at the math and face reality-you are headed for the proverbial "trainwreck". This "trinwreck" will ensure a Republican victory in November!

    February 19, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  3. Grand Nagus

    I believe that the super delegates will look at who can best lead this country out of the quagmire that bush put us into and who has the experience necessary for the job. There is only ONE choice!!

    HILLARY 08!!!

    February 19, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
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