May 1st, 2008
02:40 PM ET
15 years ago

Fresh swarm of superdelegates about to arrive

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="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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    May 1, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  2. vince nc

    The delegates/super delegates will do what is right to pick the best candidate to beat john McCain in the general election in nov. however hillary should be that choice because obama will face another round of problems from Rev. Wright and the republican party will use this harshly against him. the relationship of spiritual adv./mentor for 20 yrs dont end over night because he decided to denounce and dis own his former pastor . hillary has continued to focus on the issues that the american people are faced with the economy healthcare and jobs .

    May 1, 2008 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  3. lamont anderson pa

    aron.oh my god i just read the paul vs clinton on google and i agree please flood every blog on the news net people need to know this information.on the fraud case by hillary and bill clinton.

    May 1, 2008 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
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