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. kathleen retired Professional w/woman for obama

    Well, Super Duper Delegates, does the fact that all Hillary's so called
    friends are leaving her side, with the exception of those that have been
    offered jobs, Like Rendall, the Sec. of Energy job. And, possibly and
    most likely Edwards, the Vice Pres. That is the way the Clinton's work,
    so why not. Go figure why Edwards has been holding back and testing
    the waters as to how Americans would feel about him if he chooses
    Hillary and Bill, the worlds greatest scam artists. A friend of Edwards,
    delegate in N.C. endorsed Hillary today. Wonder if Edwards had a tat
    to do with that one. You watch, Edwards has been for Hillary all along.
    That means he is no better than the Clinton's. Scam artists.

    May 1, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  2. jay, ny

    Can we stop all this Peter Paul vs Clinton crap. I've read the case and couldn't care less about it. Perhaps the reason no one is reporting it is because its a civil suit and they decided not to persue felony charges because it is a non issue. Maybe the reason Obama is losing support is because we are sick and tired of hearing all of his obnoxious supporters crucifying the only viable candidate in the most degrading terms. Stop whining and maybe Obama will actually start winning. Hope and change blah blah...why don't you hope you can win...there is something to hope for.

    May 1, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  3. NY Dem

    EVERYONE GOOGLE PAUL VS. CLINTON.. liar! liar! liar!

    May 1, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  4. kathleen retired Professional w/woman for obama

    Obama will NEVER lose the ELECTION to McCain.

    May 1, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  5. DJ, LA, CA


    Make up your minds already. As if you don't have a preference by now???

    Quit sitting on the fence trying to have it both ways and being selfish weasels.

    May 1, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  6. Neutral

    This is the problem when Obama cult followers doesn't understand what Paul v. Clinton. IT WAS THROWN OUT OF COURT!!!!

    Educated? NOT!!!!!!!!!

    May 1, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  7. Lonnie H.

    Is the media ignoring this? CNN, what's the problem? At least post this one...

    Los Angeles Judge Saves Hillary's Presidential Bid

    In the landmark civil fraud case against Bill Clinton in Los Angeles, where the former President is charged with defrauding a Hollywood dot com millionaire to help Hillary Clinton obtain more than $1.2 million from him for her 2000 Senate campaign, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Aurelio Munoz ruled on Friday, April 25 that Hillary Clinton would not be required to testify in a sworn deposition as a material witness in the case until AFTER the November election!

    Lonnie H.- Toledo, OH

    May 1, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  8. Neutral

    You know what Obama cult followers, you're like a boy crying for wolf....well..your leader is the same thing! EMPTY SUIT!

    May 1, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  9. Rob - WA

    CNN = terrorists. All a bunch of waste of space on the web while criminals in court (Clinton vs. Paul) and their Pastor is convicted as a child molestor goes unreported. Good job "news" outlet. God spite you all.

    May 1, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  10. Jim, Indiana


    May 1, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  11. SophieL

    The most obvious reason that CNN hasn't reported on Paul v. Clinton is because it's a non-event. several courts have thrown out the case. Paul need his 15 minutes, I guess. Look it up in Wikipedia for cryin' out loud. AND STOP TROLLING. Obama supporters crying to "move forward with the issues" yet stuck on this non-event. Get a life.

    May 1, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  12. New Democrat

    I am an Obama supporter, BUT I will vote for Hillary if she wins the nomination FAIRLY. If either Obama or Hillary win the nomination by virtue of an un-fair process with the superdelegates overturning the will of the people then I will change my registration and will no longer be a democrat nor will I vote in the general election. This is not a threat but simply a statement of fact. I will not belong to a political party that would do something so un-democratic!

    May 1, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  13. Jay

    anon..the Peter Paul case will be thrown out like ALL THE OTHERS!!

    Now lets talk about Larry Sinclair!

    May 1, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  14. fred

    You Obama nuts are a wacky as Obama, his wife and pastor!!!

    May 1, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  15. Fred-Boston

    The add on or super-delegates must take this nomination away from Obama starting now. It may not be fair to him but it must be done. He is unelectable. They keep seeing the finish line at 2025 delegates without Fla. and Michagan. The party needs to move the finish line,therby changing the percentages so Hillary has time to catch up.
    First as a group every democrat should insist Fla. and Michagan be seated. We can argue that it is on principal, which does have some truth to it. This will cut down on the big lead he got before everyone knew the truth.
    Then in 3 months-at the convention they can vote for Hillary after she has closed this phoney caucus lead even more. By doing this in 2 steps over several months it will "sanitize" this unseamly act that needs to be done. Obama has played by the rules but screw him.
    Obama will cost us the election! He will get the nomination unless we can get Fla. and Michagan in play now!

    May 1, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  16. Kaylee

    Hillary cannot win!!
    Just look at what kind of campaign she has run. She has had so much support and so many resources and yet a disaster.

    Vote Obama....Stop helping Republicans.

    May 1, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  17. Jay

    Anon..Just like all of the other Peter Pauls cases that have been thrown out because there is no evidence, so will this one!

    Maybe CNN should talk about Larry Sinclair!!!

    May 1, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  18. R2

    Hillary's Paul Vs. Clinton hearing is in November and just imagine the debacle the party will face if she is convicted for 5 years in prison after being elected President. Are the Clintons begging for Shame and impeachment? Whats wrong with them? Clinton should step down now and go pester Chelsea to have kids.

    May 1, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  19. Voter

    Hey you fools:

    Hillary has been dismissed from the Peter Paul case. Get your facts straight! Why don't you actually READ one of the articles about the case. The man is a fraud who has tried to tie Bill and Hillary to his fradulant ways, but the judge saw absolutely no link and deemed Hillary's behavior as perfectly legal.

    Stop making things up. Can't your candidate win without his croonies reporting false information?

    May 1, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |

    They will all vote for Obama, CLinton is out of here!

    May 1, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  21. FL Dem

    I never even heard of Paul v Clinton and I halfway pay attention to the election. Imagine the thousands of other voters.....

    It wasn't even on the NPR website earlier today. If the media doesn't inform us what's going on, where do we turn for information????

    May 1, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  22. Jay

    Peter Paul is a professional liar who has four separate criminal convictions, two for fraud. His video repackages a series of seven-year-old false claims about Senator Clinton that have already been rejected by the California state courts, the Justice Department, the Federal Election Commission, and the Senate Ethics Committee

    May 1, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  23. Ardnuas

    Come on Superdelegates, support Obama!!!!

    May 1, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  24. Sharon Minnesota

    The DNC should nominate the current choice of the American people. The polls are showing Clinton in the lead over McCain with Obama trailing her. Let's not give in to the ultra liberal wing of the democratic party just to salve the feelings of one group of people.

    I'm hoping that Obama can put aside his ego and talk some sense into his supporters. We do not need protests and riots in the streets as someone on CNN news has suggested would happen. It's time to be adults and stop the tantrums.

    We need a democrat in the White House and Clinton is the only one who can beat John McCain.

    Please use your good judgement when choosing.

    May 1, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  25. Lorna, NY

    Hillary is toast!

    May 1, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
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