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. Joe

    Actually, Maryland's selection has been moved to Saturday.

    May 1, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  2. Victory for Hillary

    Obama-bots post Rev-Wright-like hate speech. Funny how it mirrors their candidate.

    Obama wins democrats in strong republican states. Hillary wins the MUST win states. No Hillary – No peace!

    Peace out

    May 1, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  3. Venus


    Let's get Hillary out of view of the throne she is clinging!

    Every day she changes the rules on how to win!

    Now her camp want to have us believe the POLLS lying that Hillary can beat Mc Cain – when in fact she can't even beat Obama!

    Go Obama!

    May 1, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  4. Sara from Arizona

    Clinton supporters always look the other way when it comes to corruption!!! OBAMA 08'

    May 1, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  5. lynette

    so how come this article isn't first in order??? Still trying to push that obama's support is slipping? We'll have to see about that. Can't wait to see who raised the most money in April.

    May 1, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  6. Kitchen Sink politics

    ADAM LEVY- This is your story to get your anchor position............ PAUL VS BILL/HILLARY CLINTON

    Does anyone know the case #?

    May 1, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  7. Still 4 Obama

    CNN please report something on Paul vs. Clinton, you cant tell me that not "new worthy". Lets be fair here!

    May 1, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  8. Obama '08 & '12



    May 1, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  9. Farrell, Houston, Tx


    May 1, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  10. Confused

    I'm confused!

    Are these 76 "Add-On" delegates, part of the approx. 300 superdelegates that are still uncommitted, or is there now approx 376 still uncommitted??

    May 1, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  11. SLO Bear

    CNN, I'm curious about Paul vs. Clinton–are you?

    May 1, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  12. Peter from Oregon

    I miss the logic being used by the Hillary camp while posting, "She is the only one that is electable?"

    I think the voters are speaking about who is more electable by who is ahead in both popular vote, delegates and national polls against McCain.

    It's Obama. Please look at the facts and quit the fantasy.

    May 1, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  13. Jessica

    Barack is like the little engine that could. In the face of smear tactics and distractions, he gets to the core issue, discusses it openly and moves on. He never claims to be perfect, and has no fear of apologies when appropriate. I wish the media would get a clue, and stop trying to distract us from core issues. The media is creating the monster we see in Rev. Wright. It has been seen analyzed and dissected already, isn't there anything more interesting in this country? Of course he's going to fan the flames at his next opportunity, the question is whether you guys are going to kill the best campaign in decades and let this nut influence the election so profoundly. Stop creating the news, and just report it already!

    May 1, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  14. Mike

    To Anon (4:56 pm)

    For Christ sake, give it a rest already!

    How about we round up ALL the Clinton supporters, flock to the book stores and read NObamas books.

    Then, we can really understand the EVIL behind the mask!

    Go Hillary!!!!

    May 1, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  15. karen from va

    I asked CNN months ago to report on Paul v Clinton. I believe that Hillary has already paid a $35,000 fine to the FEC (small change) but they are facing a civil suit now. The FEC fine was a slap on the hand. Criminals who violate these laws need to face stiffer penalties, even if they are named after Sir Edmund Hillary (not! she made that one up too!)

    May 1, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  16. Mike

    To Frank, (4:56 pm)

    ...I could not have said it better myself...

    Go Hillary!!!!!!!!!

    May 1, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  17. Ms. Brown

    Hey Clinton supporters... I bet you didn't know this...


    Finally, I want to say a word about the basic decency I have seen in Mr. Obama. Mrs. Clinton continues to throw the Rev. Wright up in his face as part of her mission to keep stoking the fears of White America. Every time she does this I shout at the TV, "Say it, Obama! Say that when she and her husband were having marital difficulties regarding Monica Lewinsky, who did she and Bill bring to the White House for 'spiritual counseling?' THE REVEREND JEREMIAH WRIGHT!"

    May 1, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  18. John, NC

    McShane, what Hillary said about white Southern's isn't on the news because Barack didn't say it. Corporate media has been protecting Hillary from herself probably wanting to see her get creamed by the Repulicans in the general. If she thinks that FOX will be her best friend like they are now if she wins the nod, she is living in a fairly tale. People keep saying, she is a fighter, she will win. Well we will just see about that wont we!

    The Clintons are career criminals and always have been, half of American's have been so blinded by their bigotry and hatred of the black man, that they have been denying themselves of the truth!

    May 1, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  19. fred

    Hope Hillary gets them all!!!


    May 1, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  20. skip

    what is this all about that I'm reading...? "For those that don't know – Google Paul vs Clinton" I'm seeing start to pop up all over but why isn't CNN "breaking this as a story that would effect a voters consideration of a canidate?

    May 1, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  21. GL


    Another Clinton lie pandering for votes. Having already lost, if she truly meant what she said, she would have already shown her support for the democratic winner by dropping out gracefully and move on. Obama does not need to support Hillary, HE"S ALREADY WON. Do the math.

    Obama '08

    May 1, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  22. Pat, Renton, Washington

    Peter Paul vs. Clinton – Report it please!

    May 1, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  23. lynette

    I agree with Anon.

    May 1, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  24. Jim


    May 1, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  25. Jody Reno, Nevada

    God you Obama idiots are really getting on my last nerve.

    Go to your rooms and shut up or no dinner for you!

    May 1, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
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