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. SD4Obama

    CNN::Paul vs Clinton, we all deserve to know. Even if it gets thrown out. Voters need to know why the Clintons including Chealsey are in court on a fraud case.

    May 1, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  2. Robert

    Obama supporters. Grow up. They Paul vs. Clinton case is a fraud.

    You look really stupid for doing this.

    Now who is negative.

    Go Hillary...a former Obama supporter.

    May 1, 2008 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  3. Liza

    How much longer do we need to wait on these super delegates? Please pick the running mate! That would be Obama in case you forgot!!

    May 1, 2008 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  4. A.M.

    I feel that now superdelegate's band wagon will join 'Obama' immediately after May 6, 2008 primaries of "Indiana' and North Carolina'.

    And the 'Democratic' party will be joined as one big block' against republicans come November; NO TWO WAYS ABOUT IT.....DO YOU HEAR DEMOCRATS...WE HAVE TO BE UNITED VERY SOON.

    A.M.
    Houston, Texas

    May 1, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  5. Democrat

    Obama supporters if I were you I'd hold on to my shirt before starting another negative campaign. Hillary has a HUGE HUGE story about Barrack that she is sitting on in the event that something else comes up. Goergen said Hillary should keep it quiet. And she has. But look out Barrack. Your supporters may really do you in and quite frankly I can hardly wait!! The reason so many Hillary supporters won't vote for Obama is because of their below the belt shots. And this recent attempt is just waiting for a counter attack.

    May 1, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  6. jp/michigan

    Obama will be the death of the Democratic Party. More Democrats will leave if he is nominated, and for sure a Republican will be in the White House , once again.

    May 1, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  7. R2

    Hillary: I will obliterate Iran.
    McCain: I will stay in Iraq for 100 years and bomb Iran.

    You decide '08

    May 1, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  8. Bayou Joe

    You mean Hillary still has a chance? Or maybe someone else besides these two losers. Happend before so don't count this out.
    Hillary and Obama can be left out in the cold.
    Maybe that is why Edwards remains uncommitted. or even Al Gore.

    Boy the dems are all *****UPED.

    They shot themselves in the foot again. Thank you Howard Dean and the DNC.

    May 1, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  9. Wayne

    Are you all aware that Barack Obama will only need about 80 more superdelegates to win, even if he loses Indiana and the remaining states? Hillary would need about 3 times that amount. Some of Hillary's Superdelegates are now switching to Barack Obama. For every one she loses, she has to gain 2 to be back where she started. Even the Superdelegate that recently introduce her at a rally last Friday has now endorsed Barack. When will she and her supporters realize that she is only prolonging this Primary. I am now convinced that she does not care about how much damage HER OWN Political Party has endured because of her own tactics.

    OBAMA/EDWARDS 08

    May 1, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  10. ShannonL

    You see...this is what happens when you allow Democrats to run ANYTHING.

    What kind of over-regulated nonsense is this???

    Texas has 3 primaries/caucuses/coin flips?
    add on delegates?
    superdelegates?

    May 1, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  11. The Dude

    We'll have a nominee by this time next week, and then we all need to UNITE!

    ANYONE BUT MCCAIN '08!
    No Country For Old Men

    May 1, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  12. CA Native

    PLEASE!!! Nominate Obama!!!

    Us conservatives want the easiest road to victory. An inexperienced 1-term senator who can't control the hate-spewing pastor/mentor thinks he can convince America HE is tough enough to take on REAL American enemies???

    LOL....

    Yeah – go on super delegates – vote for Obambi and HAND the Presidency over to McCain.

    May 1, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  13. Tania

    If there is a loser already , it is the leadership of the Democratic Party .
    One really has to question their credibility and sanity.
    Instead of allowing a democratic process take it's due course and allow the voter to decide , they have constantly interfered and tried to sway the election.
    Endorsements , super delegates and caucuses seem to be a side show and demeans the seriousness what an election is all about.
    One vote per person and make it count.

    May 1, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  14. Chuck in Alabama

    And we're told that Obama supporters are "educated?"

    OOOOooooooo!!!! Look!!! Sparkly!!!!!

    May 1, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  15. DAN

    The will of the people is Hillary. Will the elitist democrats be patronizing and loose another election in Nov. How can people like Obama and Dean who want to disenfranchise peoples vote call themselves democrats when they are in fact opressors. New gallup poll has Hillary at 49% and growing. She's exactly what the country needs. Health care for everybody jobs green jobs jobs, plans to stop forclosures. cheaper energy. prosperity for everybody. Vote Hillary

    May 1, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  16. Hoosiers for Obama

    Valerie Moss- Obama said in his address to the rally in Bloomintgon Indiana last evening that he will 100% be ssujpporting Hillary if she is the nominee. Get your facts straight.

    May 1, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  17. Hoosiers for Obama

    Is there some kind of gag order regarding the Paul v Clinton fraud case?

    May 1, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  18. Steve

    Congressman Ben Chandler has just endorsed Senater Obama here is Kentucky. CNN please report this.

    Steve,

    Kentucky

    May 1, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  19. Karena

    Reading some of these comments , I wonder if some of you are old enough to vote.
    It is like the dog with an old bone in his mouth , even if it kills him he won't let go.
    How about discussing the issues in a civil manner but most of all get better informed first .

    May 1, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  20. Esoxslayer

    Nobody is even bringing up the Hillary negatives: Whitewater, support of Palestine Liberation Organization, Peter Paul fraud, NAFTA and IRAQ supporter, etcetera, etcetera. All you hear is "Rev. Wright, Rev. Wright", because that is the only negative of any kind that they can come up with. Obama supported STEELWORKERS, for years and years, long before Hillarious became the "blue collar" support leader the media portends.

    Her story on the Magnaquench jobs lost to the Chinese, from the company's sight in Valparaiso, Indiana, was laughable. It was Bill Clinton and his cabinet that pushed that through, in 1995. Oh, that is the same Bill Clinton that put a Chinese National at the White Houses' highest security clearance, receiving 29 CIA reports. I guess we won't see that commercial any more. LIAR, LIAR, LIAR, FLIP-FLOP, LIAR...

    May 1, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  21. L MIAMI FLORIDA

    HEY SUPERDELEGATES YOU BETTER VOTE FOR HILLARY !

    ====THE LARRY SINCLAIR VS OBAMA =GAY SEX AND DRUGS === FREEDOM OF SPEECH FEDERAL LAWSUIT IS COMING TO THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA SOON !

    GO MADAM PRESIDENT GO HILLARY !

    May 1, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  22. Phyllis M. Beech

    I FIND IT VERY INTERESTING THAT ONE OF THE SPIRITUAL ADVISORS TO PRESIDENT BILL CLINTON DURING THE MONICA LEWINSKY INCIDENT WAS THE REVEREND JEREMIAH WRIGHT. MOST RECENTLY THE PERSON RESPONSIBLE FOR GETTING REVEREND WRIGHT TO ADDRESS THE NATIONAL PRESS CONFERENCE ON MONDAY WAS A STAFF MEMBER OF THE HILLIARY CLINTON CAMPAIGN. I FIND THIS TO BE SUSPECT. MAYBE IT'S A COINCIDENCE BUT IN THE WORDS OF THE PROPHET, CHARLES BARKLEY "I MAY BE WRONG BUT I DOUBT IT".

    May 1, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  23. L MIAMI FLORIDA

    COUNT OUR FLORIDA VOTES

    NO HILLARY = NOOOOOOOOOOOO VOTES

    May 1, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  24. Vig

    If you want to see another 4 years of Republican rule, then a superdelegate should vote for Obama. There is no way Obama will win the general election. That's the bottom line. You may be head over heels with Mr. Congeniality, but that doesn't mean squat.

    May 1, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  25. paul oregon

    dont unstand this unpledged add on delegates sounds fishy to me
    why are we the people evenasked to vote ? if all these super delegates , pledged dele. addon delegates are the only ones whose
    vote counts????????
    lets hear abount paul v clinton

    May 1, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
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