May 1st, 2008
02:40 PM ET
10 years ago

Fresh swarm of superdelegates about to arrive

Expect more superdelegates to come.

Expect more superdelegates to come.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Get ready for a deluge of new superdelegates.

All superdelegates -– elected officials and Democratic National Committee members -– are not bound by their states’ results, and can vote for the candidate they choose. Both candidates are fighting just as hard for their support as they are for the votes of the people in the upcoming primary states.

But some superdelegates are unpledged add-ons - individuals selected by each state’s Democratic Party. They are elected at state party conventions, executive committee meetings or delegate meetings, depending on the state. A wave of those events are scheduled for the next few weeks, as states finalize their delegate slates.

Unpledged add-ons can be called superdelegates because they both have the same voting rights - the only difference is that superdelegates are selected before the primaries and caucuses, while unpledged add-ons are selected after the state has voted.

Some of these add-ons pledged their support for candidates before they were elected. Of those elected so far, Obama has officially earned six unpledged add-on votes, while Clinton has earned seven.

In total, there will be 76 unpledged add-on delegates. CNN is keeping track of these delegates, but will only add them to the official delegate after they are officially elected at their states’ meetings. As of today, 13 states have chosen their unpledged add-ons, with the results of today’s Maryland selection still pending.

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soundoff (203 Responses)
  1. California Girl

    Hillary is a fighter and she will WIN in November against McCain. The American people are afraid of Obama due to his relationship/connection with Reverend Wright, and the other radicals of Obama's past.
    Vote who you think can BEAT McCain in November and that is HILLARY.

    May 1, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  2. McShame

    TO CNN;

    why u dont report this ???!!! WHY???????

    Hillary Clinton said 'screw em' in reference to Southern Americans. Why is this news not front page??????????????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    SHame on CNN

    May 1, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  3. James, OH

    Peter Paul...vs Clinton!

    May 1, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  4. Krissy, FL

    Obama will only ruin the party if Hillary's cult followers refuse to vote democratic. So don't blame it on Obama, place the blame where it is due...and that is on you!



    Since the media is refusing to reveal/report the Paul vs Clinton fraud case in court right now, we need to create our own movement and flood every blog on CNN and every blogging website on the World Wide Web with information from the case regardless of what the topic is. For those that don't know – Google Paul vs Clinton and hold on to your shirt with what you read!!


    May 1, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  5. Bit, Alabama

    It's amazing how the media can report and give Rev. Wright the spotlight on their networks but can't give the Paul vs Clinton civil case any attention.

    Is it because of the "First Lady" protection rights even if it is a civil case?

    May 1, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  6. LifeLongDemocrat

    Karl Rove said something interesting on TV last night: he said the Dems have gone over the cliff before for McGovern and Dukakis. I hope Obama doesn't take us over the cliff!

    Hillary for 2008-2012, Obama for 2016/2020

    Go HIllary>>>>>>>>>>>!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 1, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  7. Anonymous

    Please superdeligates and vote for Obama so we can end this Clinton
    era of madness. What is Bill up to they not letting him talk now?

    May 1, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  8. George

    Wow, just more proof the Democratic authorities don't trust the people to choose the "right" nominee...

    May 1, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  9. Maxine

    I am in Ca and hear about Paul vs. Clinton.....why isn't the national media asking questions regarding this....oh, wait.....the Clintons must be innocent.....they don't lie.......I get it. But let's talk about a preacher gone bad. That is true, that is more important than being accused of fraud.

    May 1, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  10. Netta

    I no longer look to the cable news stations for information. As I watch this primary process, I see how the media twists facts around to suit them. I now view most of the cable news channels as "for entertainment purposes only."

    As for BO's support. He is not losing ground. These pollsters pick and chose who to question so as to get the desired result. If BO wins on Tuesday, the pundits will have to actually work and find a new news story. They don't want to give up on it as yet.

    May 1, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  11. pam Eugene OR

    I am sick of your support for Clinton. You have tried in every way possible to smear Obama and slant your "reporting".
    Obama is ahead in every possible equation and you keep saying he has lost support. Your bias for Clinton is sickening!
    And...Where are you reports on Paul vs Clinton. That is big news and you run a2-3 stories a day about an unimportant pastor.
    I am about to choose a different news source that is not so tainted.
    NOW let's see if you post this!

    May 1, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  12. Renee

    Great–come out of the closet superdelegates and put the country out of "this mystery". LOL

    We have two good people who are tearing each other to shreds. We need someone in a leadership position to step up to the plate.

    We've seen enough of this gladiator fight –let's move on.

    May 1, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  13. Know what do you say!!!

    Stop the BULL people. Obama knew what he was doing he layed his hand and lost. His wife Michelle blew her mouth wide open also. Know she's quiet. Obama now wishes to denounce his Rev. Wright becuase he knew if he didn't he was going to lose delegates. He never really made sense with his words change and hope. You have to clarify what you mean and how your changes will be good for the American people. He was too weak in what he was saying. Although either one of them will be good. Lets support the winner. Whinning and stabbing the other opponet with those horrible words show what your made of. Your voting like children who lost their dessert at dinner time. And know you want to hold your breath until you turn blue to get your own way. It's time to enter into adulthood. Know would be a good time.

    May 1, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  14. Mike

    Obama Nation... Paul vs. Clinton... give me a break you are talking about a civil case... anyone can sue anyone...

    Rezko is a fraud case in Federal Court... CNN is not reporting anything about that as well... Obama has been linked to several other people that would really hurt him right now...

    If you want them to cover the Paul case... they should start covering Rezko... I thought all of you wanted to move on too more serious matters... like the economy, jobs, war, healthcare, etc...

    May 1, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  15. Frank

    This where the math gets tricky for Hillary...the most likely scenario is that these delegates elected by their state party congresses will split 50-50 percentage wise that leaves only about 200 delegates that are undeclared technically......if that math is anything to go by Hillary has absolutely no chance of overtaking Obama and less of a chance of being the nominee......I do not forsee a scenario of these states giving 100% of these delegates to supporters of one candidate.

    May 1, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  16. Dylan



    May 1, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  17. Renee

    When the superdelegates finish this process, we need to change the rules so that we will not be held up so long in the future. This is clearly not working for both parties, for obvious reasons. The only person it helps is the GOP nominee.

    In the Dems case, you are also dealing with lawyers, and they will both stretch the rules to the limit.

    Obama 08

    May 1, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  18. James

    CNN please report Paul vs Clinton. Stop taking sides. The world needs to know.

    May 1, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  19. Peter

    To all those Obama supporters who believe that this is just CNN stirring up mischief to help Clinton. Get over yourselves. CNN is not a Clinton lover anymore than they are an Obama lover. They are reporting the news that the polling companies have collected. These polls may or may not prove true (just look at the polls before New Hampshire), but this isn't information just creatively constructed by CNN...

    All of the primaries need to be completed before either candidate is expected to drop out or pushed out. So far neither candidate can possibly get the needed 2024 delegates to clinch the nomination without the superdelegates. Let those of us in the final primaries have our say and then let the cards fall where they may.

    May 1, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  20. Seriously gross just ick

    what the heck is going on here? these things have existed the whole time, and were a factor the whole time, but we just now here about it? why all the talk about delegate and supers and NO mention of unpledged add ons? did clinton invent these? i am so confused now.

    May 1, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  21. Paula

    Wow, I feel as though I'm in another country. There really is something wrong with this process. I don't trust the Clintons and they may have worked under the table to steal the election.

    Why bother to have a convention if you're going to pick the winner in a backroom somewhere. I don't like this, the Clintons are sneaky–and neither one of them have integrity.

    May 1, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  22. Jean

    The way to tell if the Clinton's lie is if their lips move they are lying.
    Go Obama!!!!

    May 1, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  23. Susan MO

    Endorse Hillary Clinton please.

    She is the most qualified, the most experienced, for the people.

    Obama lacks experience, slammed the people of Pennsylvania, and the question with his ties with Rev. Wright.

    The main reson I want Clinton to win is because she is the more experinced of the two.

    Hillary 08

    May 1, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  24. Wright

    Rev. Wright is a racist and a hater of our government and Americans. Fraud has obviously not been proven. Innoncent until proven guilty is the way it goes. Wright has openly proven that he is a racist etc. – no contest there.

    May 1, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  25. merle 7

    What are superdelagates add on? If CNN IS KEEPING TRACK i REALLY SMELL A RAT!

    May 1, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
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