Superdelegate Race Turns in Obama's Favor

Ill. senator gains 25 during primary sweep while Clinton loses 2
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 23, 2008 6:41 PM CST
Superdelegate Race Turns in Obama's Favor
Then Illinois Sen. Barack Obama, shakes the hands of supporters while answering his cell phone after leaving the Senate chambers at the Illinois State Capitol in Springfield, Ill., in this July 23, 2004, file photo. Ask those who served with him in the Illinois Senate if he is ready to be president...   (Associated Press)

Barack Obama's primary spree is swaying more superdelegates to his side: He has won over 25 of the elite voters and Hillary Clinton has lost two in the past 2 weeks, the AP reports. One California superdelegate has switched from John Edwards to Clinton to undecided, saying superdelegates must pick "the candidate that people have chosen, as opposed to advocating for our own choice."

Both hopefuls are fiercely lobbying superdelegates, mostly by phone. With a commanding primary momentum and delegate lead of 1,362 to 1,266.5, Obama urges superdelegates to follow their districts' popular vote and make “these primaries and caucuses count for something.” Clinton’s struggling campaign emphasizes their independence, saying that “these are the rules that are followed.” (More Barack Obama stories.)

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