May 1st, 2008
02:40 PM ET
6 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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  1. Democrats

    Next time:
    Closed primaries
    No caucuses
    Winner take all primaries
    All primaries within 1 month.
    No Superdelegates
    Let ALL people vote
    Then count ALL the votes.

    Too simple?

    May 1, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  2. gary

    IF THE SUPER DELIGATES CARE ABOUT OUR COUNTRY THEY WOULD GO TO HRC. HRC STANDS TALL LIKE OUR FLAG. SHE IS THE FIGHTER AND THE KIND OF PATRIOT OUR COUNTRY HAS STOOD FOR. HRC WILL ALWAYS FIGHT FOR OUR CHANGES . GO HRC..

    May 1, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  3. sue, Vienna, VA

    To: anon

    I just googled Paul Vs. Clinton and was blown away but what I read. It is beyond all reasonable belief that the Clinton's have gotten away with all that they have. And to Frank and Mike, "Get a life! No self-respecting, educated and moral male would vote for HRC."

    May 1, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  4. obama supporter

    i heard on tv last night a obama super d said over 80 sd were already sighed up for obama to be released on next wednesday after tues primary. and more were leaning his way

    way to go sd

    May 1, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  5. TerrenceW from NC

    OBAMA is ELECTABLE. Even Hillary says so.... "YES YES YES! He can win" So kill the unelectable talk.

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

    ANON OR IS IT ANUS . GROW UP AND LET LYING DOGS LYE. THIS CASE DOSNT MEAN JACK --.JUST SOME MORE HATE TACTICS FROM YOUNG MORONS LIKE YOU. ITS JUST A MONEY THING. YOUR LIFE MUST BE BORING ,IF ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS HATE ON THE CLINTONS. YOU ARE A BIG JOKE.

    May 1, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  7. obama supporter

    peter paul.com

    for the hillary scoop

    her pastor is in prisom for malesting a 7 year old girl. he went to prisom in jan 2008

    please post this cnn

    May 1, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  8. As his followers

    You only need to look at the hateful Obama supporters to see what sort of individual Obama attracts.

    Just like his pastor Wright.

    I do not even want to belong to the new democratic party which is as ugly as the OLD republican party used to be.

    Oh, right- many of the old republicans have switched to the democratic party over the past 8 years, bringing their politics of hate with them and are now ready to ruin the democratic party as well.

    We get what we deserve.

    May 1, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  9. RB

    Superdelegates better watch out for their support of Hillary Clinton and her possible felony crimes (Paul v Clinton). The republicans will definitely report on this if she gets the nomination. Surely, you know they will link her to EVERY democrat up for re-election. She's damaged goods. Cut our losses now!

    May 1, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  10. R.C.

    Hey CNN- this blog is the first time I've heard anything about the Paul vs Clinton civil case. I'd like to know more.

    May 1, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  11. Mike

    Dont drink the kool-aid.

    Vote for reality not false hopes.

    Vote Hillary and really change America for everyone.

    May 1, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  12. looking republican

    The new face of the democratic party is looking very much like the old republican party.

    Republicans got sick of their own party and came over to ours.

    With them came the same old despicable swiftboat tactics of the republicans.

    That WILL change the democratic party and totally sink it.

    BE afraid.

    May 1, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  13. OlvrWhit

    Anon, how many times do people have to tell Obama supporters that the Paul vs.Clinton story is a non-issue. Been thrown out several times and the Clintons have no connection.

    This is stupid and It amazes me that CNN allows posters who post only lies.

    May 1, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  14. Manuel TX

    The Obama supporters are really funny.

    Yes, please do read up on Peter Paul on a legitimate site and you'll see that the guy is a serial liar and con man. (Hmm. Sounds like Obama.)

    There is no case.
    :)

    May 1, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  15. Sure

    Another reason for voters to abandon the Democratic party.

    May 1, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  16. obama supporter

    hillary is into it over iran
    bless you cnn for running it

    we will go to war again if dhe wins

    May 1, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  17. Truth Be Told

    HA HA @ FRANK 4:56p: The 'SUPPER' Delegates? Who are those? Are those the folks who oversees the Supper?
    MIKE 5:48p: You could not have said it better – Well I guess not! Seems you are just as clueless as Frank! LOL!

    May 1, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  18. Ann Aloha FariMedia, PA

    I wonder how many Obama endorsers are going to switch now??? And if Senator Clinton and Senator McCain agree on something, that to me shows how they both are reaching across the aisle and being non-partison...which in fact Obama says he would be...NOT

    May 1, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  19. Lonnie just telling the truth

    The truth of the matter is that this race for all intended purposes will be over come May 6th after Obama shows off his staying power. Everyone knows she cannot and will not catch him and won't close the gap either. If she were black Wolf Blitzer and Lou Dobbs would be belittling her at every turn. And look at her gun slinger attitude with all the over the top tough talk. I told you all that she'd blow it all up just to prove she has the nerve to do it. No more Bush, Clinton, Bush, Clinton. Time for a change. Obama '08/12

    May 1, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  20. John, Miss

    I love watching the Clinton Crybabies yap on these blogs (Obama in unelectable, Obama drop out, Obama is finished now) like it makes a difference – completely ignoring the fact the people chose him as their candidate, not her. Clinton continues to lose and will not win the nomination. 56% of the country thinks she's a liar, and you say OBAMA can't win? You're delusional. Yeah go ahead, vote for McCain – you'll have shown us when Roe v Wade gets overturned and 3 conversative judges get appointed to the Supreme Court. Good plan, morons.

    May 1, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  21. Vote with your state!

    Hey, all you Hillary supporters: Do you still think that superdelegates should go with who their state supported?

    If there are 76 of these of these "Ad-On" delegates, that's about 1.5 per state. By my count Obama has won 30 states to Hilary's 15.

    That would give Obama about 45 to Hilary's 23, for the states that have voted – for a net gain of +22 for Obama.

    May 1, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  22. RG

    A serial liar and a con man?
    No wonder he contributed over a million to the Clintons, birds of a feather...

    May 1, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  23. Stephanie Hussein Worchowski

    The RepubliCONS want Hillary so bad! WHY....because they know they can and will kick her ever loving behind in the G.E. Why do you think they keep drudging up the Rev Wright issue yet concealing this huge Paul vs Clinton litigation.

    The RepubliCONS fear Obama.....WHY, because he stands for something when all others fall for anything.

    May 1, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  24. Sante

    Fox, please outline me 10 thinks that make Obama ready to be Commander in chief.
    I will tell you 10 thinks that he is HOT ready:
    - Mysterious relationship with mysterious people
    - He is a snob ,arrogant with people that he does not depend on, manipulates those that he needs; behind there back he is sarcastic!
    -for the last 10-15 years what he has not done very much as a Community organiser, Senator in Chicago or more so senator of USA?
    /my answer would be :running for offices; professional runner/
    - credibility issues : big time, /many things that have been sad by him / but 1/2 of the Democrats do not accnolige it for different reasons; one of them is relating to hating Clintons .
    - luck of experience: he will experiment with this country and the world: dangerous ambition
    - chameleon , very , very good at it.
    - he started to attack FIRST Hillary Clinton; during the debates still with Eduards and Richardson. I have a copy! The explanation was : she is a front runner!!?? Isn't it now opposite?
    - his campaign uses many hidden tactics, he supposed to be "different"
    -Very left – I call it SOCIALISM / NARCISSISM.
    -Bad debater,;and he supposed to negotiate with world anti American leaders?

    Hillary is a B... , but I am not planning to marry her, I need she to do job for me and my family!!!

    May 1, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  25. melisa

    gwt to hilllary now!!! suck sink to obama will loser!!!!!

    May 1, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
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