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. Alex

    Hillary is our best chance of defeating McCain. Obama is too weak against McCain!!!

    May 1, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  2. b-liberal

    Obama supporter: ""unpledged add-ons"??????? I smell a rat…"

    It is scary when people decide for themselves and are not in Obama's pocket. Or they haven't been worked out by caucus manipulation.

    Just because Obama has the media, followers, FL and MI voters, big lobbies, wife under his thumb, doesn't mean he controls everything!

    May 1, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  3. Lynn

    Don't give up Hillary !!! Like Alex said, you are our best chance.

    May 1, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  4. Janel, St. Paul, MN

    Hopefully these delegates will take the time to read up on the issues and to listen to the voice of the American people who want change.

    The majority of Americans will not be happy with another Clinton administration and will be "miserable" should McCain win.

    Senator Obama offers a clear vision and a tremendous opportunity for Americans to hold their heads high as he demonstrates that we are indeed a nation that respects and honors an African American president.

    May 1, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  5. Jim

    Hillary can beat McCain and it's not just the new polls telling us and the superdelegates what people are thinking and what the nation wants.

    Obama is unelectable for several reasons: he won no big states, neither Ohio nor Florida, the man he says has been like a "father" reverand Wright has and will shape his beliefs, he insults many Americans when he accuses them of being bitter and clinging to guns and religion, he did not do well at all in the debates with Hillary.


    May 1, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  6. Dee, MO

    CNN why are you'll so in love with the Clintons. Oh.... I forgot CNN=Clinton New Network. LOL

    May 1, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  7. Mack

    These add on superdelegates need to do what's best for the democrat party and cast there support for Sen. Clinton so that we can put a democrat president back in the white house. Sen. Clinton needs the support of those delegates because she will beat John McCain in the general election.

    May 1, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  8. superstar

    Hillary is toast!

    May 1, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  9. Anonymous

    Obama has not lost any support as CNN would want people to believe. In my circle of Obama supporters here in Wisconsin, I have not heard anyone wavering in his support so can someone please tell me specifically where he is losing support unless they are only talking to Clinton supporters? Be honest.

    May 1, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  10. Ilona Proud Canadian

    The media coverage of this Paul vs Clinton case is very, very strange, to say the least. I am wondering if maybe there is a reason why the media is not telling the voters about this. Maybe there is a "Gag" order on this?

    If CNN voluntarily choose not to tell the Public about the status of this huge Court Case that's one thing, but why are they allowing us to report on this blog about the situation. You know when you think about it, the Judge deliberately postponed Hillary's having to testify until after the November elections, he could have easily included a gag order, can you imagine what kind of fallout this would have on the elections,? both for Dem. Nominee and the General Election?

    Whatever the reason you guys should do whatever you can to get the news out there for the voters. I am sure the polls would paint a completely different picture. Hillary Clinton would definitely be swimming against the tide!

    May 1, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  11. Robert

    Paul vs Clinton is NOTHING! That's why it's not news! Get over it, Has anyone ever given a thought as to why we have to keep chomping at the bit???? Or maybe this is a tactic we have to just see how strong someone really is-Answer–Hillary Clinton–Knock her down and keep knocking her down; but guess what; she keeps getting back up..just like a true fighter!!!! Wake up America!

    May 1, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  12. McHillary

    CNN: "FLAG PINS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

    Paul v Clinton


    May 1, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  13. Jennifer

    CNN is unbelievable,
    They are taking polls from FOX. Everyone with any sense knows that the republican want Hillary to run against. No matter what Obama's ill are. they are nothing compared to what Mccain has when we finally start vetting him.
    There are a 1000 or more polls out there. I could make up a poll myself that says anything I wanted as long as it put hillary over Obama and CNN would gladly put that poll up.
    so what's fair anymore. Nothing I guess. I feel bad about the state of this election season.

    May 1, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  14. andrea, Illinois

    Now, I really do want to know what's up with Paul vs. Clinton.

    How come we haven't heard anything about that one? You guys are rather reporting a gazillion times how Hillary drives to the gas station (How entertaining????) or Rev. Wright.

    Guys, you better start reporting a bit more objectively..... or are you turning into FOX?

    May 1, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  15. ANTI OBAMA 08


    How about bringing to everyone's attention that Obama is a racist. How about article related to how he supported his Muslim Cousin in Kenya who eventually lost which lead to violence. Obama doesn't have a chance.

    You OBAMANACS keep whinning about how "mean" Hillary is and how she is destroying the party....seems like ya'll are doing your part as well. Thanks

    McCain 08

    May 1, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  16. Kitchen Sink politics

    PAUL VS CLINTON..................CNN???????????

    May 1, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  17. Jennifer

    I used to really like CNN they used to be fair now they are turning into republican media. Where is the integrity?
    I am sure this is not what TED TURNER had in mind when he started this up.
    CNN please start showing some integrity.

    May 1, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  18. Tony B B.C.Mich


    May 1, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  19. Sue F

    ANON, I've been trying for months to get someone in the media to report on this case, the only thing that happend was that I was banned from commenting! People just don't get it! If she get's elected they can all kiss any change goodby, because her and Billy will be in court for another four years!

    May 1, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  20. Sherry Graves

    COURT CASE????



    May 1, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  21. linda-Texas

    Senator Obama on T-O-D-A-Y this morning.....

    Obama's response today to being called "elitist" for the "bitter" remarks he made in San Farncisco: “The irony is that I think it is fair to say that both Michelle and I grew up in much less privileged circumstances than either of my two other potential opponents,” he said.

    "Obama knows why he’s attracted the attacks. “Here I am. An African-American named Barack Obama who's running for president,” he said with a chuckle. “I mean, that's a leap for folks.”

    He is so completely out of touch.

    May 1, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  22. Ilona Proud Canadian

    By the way guys, CNN's poll is usually taken by telephone, just google...cnn/opinion research corporation do they confirm that the people they are including in the "sample of the population" are in fact legal registered voters? I have a scary feeling about these Polls. You know how powerful the Clintons used to be!!!!

    May 1, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  23. Donna

    Why aren't you all over the Paul V Clinton case??????????????

    May 1, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  24. Pat

    True Anon,
    The Republicans will sink Hilary with the Peter Paul case that the media is refusing to cover. I know about Rev. Wrigth...when will the press tell me about Peter Paul??? When will they tell us more about McCain's pastor and his controversial remarks against Catholics??? maybe after August, maybe never...

    By keeping those issues mute, the press is only vindicating black people like Pastor Wright and Minister Farrakhan who want all blacks behind them in a racially divided America, blaming whites for their problems, as they convince their black followers that the White man is evil and out to get them . People like Rev. Wright thrived under the Jim Crow Laws because they had a following and they hate inspirational and young black men like Obama who are not racist because he threatens their power in black society and Church if he is elected. When one changes his/her vote from Obama to Clinton because of this "Pastor", then the Reverend Wright and the likes win the debate and a racially divided America shall prevail and will continue well into the 21st century...

    We have a biased and irresponsible media in this country that will not open our eyes and it's sad...

    Angry black man in Washington DC

    May 1, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  25. Susie

    Very well said Frank Hillary all the way to the white house she is a very strong woman she will be our next President of the United States

    May 1, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
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