May 1st, 2008
02:40 PM ET
7 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. clinton~fan~no~more~

    hey valerie get your facts straight. Michelle did NOT want to comment on both of them being on one ticket! No where did they say they would not support the Democratic nominee, in fact...Obama said it first weeks ago, it's on video! Clinton said it after him!

    This morning in Indiana she was goldilocks.
    Now in Kentucky she is a "filly".
    Well she's not getting ahead of me...
    I am going down to Fraggle Rock...for Barack!

    one, two buckle my shoe
    three, four, close the door.
    five, six bill loves chicks
    six plus seven
    equals eleven!
    eight and nine,
    i'm not behind
    we're coming to ten
    and nearing the end!

    Darn, this has been fun!

    May 1, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  2. gary

    ALL YOU PEOPLE WITH THIS ISSUE OF PAUL VS CLINTON ARE LITTLE CHILDREN. THIS ISSUE IS NOTHING BUT SOMETHING FOR MORONS LIKE YOU YOUNG PEOPLE TO MAKE WOST. ITS PEOPLE LIKE YOU GUYS THAT ARE MAKING IT WORST FOR YOUR CANIDATE O.B. HRC'S SUPPORTERS ARE THE ONES THAT HAVE THE KNOWLEDGE AND MORTALITY. YOU DONT SEE THE HATERS LIKE THE O.B. CULT IS. YOU O.B. SUPPORTERS CALL HRC SUPPORTERS STUPID.(LOL) WE ARE NOT THE ONES THAT VOTE FOR SOMEONE THATS GREEN AND UN KNOWN. THATS WHAT YOU CALL STUPID. WE KNOW ALL ABOUT OUR CANIDATE. YOU ONLY KNOW WHAT YOUR'S TELLS YOU. LIKE THEY SAY. WHAT YOU DONT KNOW WONT HURT YOU. THINK ABOUT IT IF YOUR BRAINS HAVN'T BEEN WASHED ALL THE WAY. GO HRC

    May 1, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  3. gary

    YOUNG PEOPLE TO MAKE WORST. HRC STANDS TALL.

    May 1, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  4. M. Kelly

    Hmmm, hopefully Obama has run out of positions to promise more superdelegates . . . all these superdelegates would luv for the 'inexperienced' guy to win – easier to walk over . . . Clinton would never let anyone walk all over her and wouldn't take 20 years to figure something out!

    May 1, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  5. Jo

    The process for electing the presidential nominee should be changed by the DNC. This is ridiculous. Obama and his staff have divided the party by making race an issue. It is definately more of an issue with blacks than with whites! He is causing the split in the party, and Hillary should not be made to pay for his actions. She needs to keep campaigning until delegates vote on the convention floor. Hillary '08!

    May 1, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  6. Marcie, VT

    God bless America, land that I love
    Stand beside her, and guide her
    Through the night with the light from above
    From the prairies, to the mountain
    To the oceans, white with foam
    God bless America, my home, sweet home
    God bless America, my home, sweet home

    I LOVE AMERICA–YAHOOOOOOOOOOOOO !
    Let's bring the soliders home, and get our economy back in gear.
    We can do it.

    May 1, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  7. t

    and the worst thing about paul v clinton is that it seems from some of the transcript I read, that the judges is in cahoots with the clintons. scary, people.

    May 1, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  8. JA

    From Australia it looks pretty bad for the Democrats. Both Obama and Clinton are unelectable. Obama will be President but he will have to wait until 2012.

    May 1, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  9. georgia

    Down with selective scrutiny.!!!
    Push for the truth on the Paul vs Clinton:LARGEST CAMPAIGN SCANDAL OF THE MILLEnIUM. They don't want it out but it's coming .
    Neither of those 2 should be anywhere near public office again . Let the truth be told ,but then neither Clinton know what that looks or sounds like. They even lie to one another .Sad ,Sad ,Sad .Shame on you both Billary !!

    May 1, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  10. kathleen retired Professional w/woman for obama

    Hillary and Bill are the world's biggest scam artists and we want "them" to run our Country.
    During her last debate with Obama that she set up, she made a big
    huge mistake saying that she would consider OBLIBERATING IRAN!!!. Do you say something like that on National T.V. and then claim you won the debate?
    And, to please Americans for their vote, say that there will be a
    "temporary reduction" in gas prices. Bloomberg said that was the
    dumbest thing he ever heard. This reduction would take away the
    money to be used in fixing our crumbling infastructure!!! Yes, Hillary,
    in Minnesota, people were driving off into the sunset into Lake Superior, plundging to their deaths!!!!
    You, Hillary, are a total idiot that will do or say anything to get a vote
    and promise Rendall,probably Edwards and whoever a job. Two of the biggest supposed criminals in the world not to mention scam
    artists and liars. We really want another run of that???? Please No.

    May 1, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  11. t

    California Girl,
    you know she worked as a lawyer for communists right? Might wanna rethink your comment.

    May 1, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  12. kathleen retired Professional w/woman for obama

    Scams artists and liars, meaning the Clinton's not Edwards or Rendall. I don't know enough about Rendall or Edwards.

    May 1, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  13. t

    Valerie Moss,
    You are hortifcally distorting the truth. Michelle said that she wasnt sure whether or not she would actively campaign for her. And Obama HAS said he would support her. Its hillary I would be afraid of not supporting Obama. I mean shes already incinuated Mccain is better than Obama. Clitnon supporters, stop the BS.

    May 1, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  14. Sylvia

    Superdelegates:

    Trials and tribulations builds character. I believe Mr. Obama is a man of great character. How well he has handled the negative bashing from not only his opponent, Hillary Rodham Clinton, but also, her husband Bill Clinton, John McCain, Rev. Wright controversy, and the media only tells me Mr. Obama has the inner strength to deal with anything.

    I asked for your support for Mr. Obama because I truly believe that he is the only candidate that can bring our country our of the mess we are in. He speaks the truth, good judement, intelligent, and character.
    Thank you.

    May 1, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  15. Nunya

    Can it with the posting Clinton dirt on every possible blog. Stay on topic and stop being obsessed by one particular side theater. The comments are irrelevant to most of the stories where you're posting them and do nothing but make people think that Obama supporters are jerks. You aren't doing your candidate any good by such behavior.

    May 1, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  16. kenny

    Hey Superdelegates,
    We really have to accept the fact that Obama will never ever win in November. He can't even win those important Big States. So why bother, its either Go with Hillary, because even though we feel that sometimes they want the power back,lets admit to ourselves that she can really help our economy or...... we are voting for McCain. You be the judge, and we will prove it to you on November.

    Thank you and God Bless America!!!!

    May 1, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  17. t

    LifeLongDemocrat,
    Its your candidate thats been responsible for this. Which election have you been watching? Oh and you cant believe a word rove says he's one of the most evil political minds in quite a number of years. As a life long democrat, you should know this.

    May 1, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  18. Liz/New York

    Let's stop the nonsense.
    Obama is the only who can unite this coutry. He also has enough guts to tell the American people that "the summer break on gas tax" is not helpful, and just a political gimmick!
    He is the only one that speaks the truth.
    Go Sen Obama!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Obama/Richardson '08

    May 1, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  19. Tania-NC

    We are backing OBAMA in NC - Hillary is not winning this state!--He is the wave of the future. racist ways. Look at what he stands for. He is a man that can address the US and say I made a mistake about Rev Wright.

    Clinton/McCain has told so many lies and the media is not on her or him.

    After all of this negative stuff Obama is still standing tall. He is the next president. All Americans feel it's time for Hillary to give it up. She is DESTROYING our party. BACK DOWN HILIARY

    May 1, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  20. gary

    CALIFORNIA GIRL . YOU HIT IT ON THE HEAD. AMERICA DOES ACT LIKE THERE AFRAID OF O.B. HE CRIE'S RACE ALL THE TIME. HE ALREADY HAS SO MUCH HATE GOING ON ALREADY. THAT IS OUR BIG CHANGE. HE IS GOING TO START ANOTHER CIVIL WAR. HIS SUPPORTERS ARE ALREADY SHOWING ANDTELLING THE COUNTRY IF HE ISNT ELECTED THEY WERE GOING TO RIOT. EVEN THE MUSLIMS OVERSEAS ,AND HAMAS ETC. I THINK O.B. SHOULD BE DISCHARGED OUT OF THIS RACE. IF AMERICA LETS THESE THREATS GO BY ,THAN THEY WILL GET WHAT THEY DESERVE. THEY LET THE THREATS OF 911 GO BY. AMERICA NEEDS TO GET TO REALITY AND ELECT. HRC.

    May 1, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  21. t

    Mike,
    What?
    you've been listening ann " I'm a jack-wacko" coulter a little too much.

    May 1, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  22. Audrey

    I have tried to get CNN to report on Paul vs Clinton for some time now, but they will not.

    May 1, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  23. t

    Ann Aloha FariMedia, PA,
    you are painfully misinformed lady.

    May 1, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  24. t

    Democrats,
    if you have closed primaries you know you are excluding many many people right? I dont think your democracy works.

    May 1, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  25. kayla

    TO ALL SUPER DELAGATES, PLEASE DO NOT LISTEN TO THE CLINTON'S OR MR ICKES. TO VOTE FOR HILLARY. THE ONLY REASON THE REPUBLICANS' VOTED FOR HER IN PENSILVANIA AND OTHER STATES IS BECAUSE THEY KNOW THAT OBAMA CAN BEAT MCSAME HANDS DOWN. COME NOVEMBER THOSE SAME REPUBLICAN WILL NOT VOTE FOR HER!

    May 1, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
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