Election 2008


Pressure Rises as Party and Voters Look to Superdelegates to Make a Final Decision

April 18, 2008 05:55 PM
by findingDulcinea Staff
Remaining undecided, superdelegates waver and delay as pressure and possible consequences are weighed from the party, the candidates and their own constituents.

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After a tense final debate in Philadelphia, Democratic Chairman Howard Dean has asked the remaining undecided superdelegates to make a decision, which could effectively end the party’s primary.

The decision stems from fears of going into the general election with a split party and having less time to prepare to challenge Republican John McCain.

Currently, N.Y. Sen. Hillary Clinton’s delegate and popular vote deficits are insurmountable without superdelegates voting in her favor. She has focused recent efforts on arguing about electability, which many assumed is directed more at superdelegates than private voters.

Nearly 300 superdelegates remain undecided, citing the necessity for all states to voice their selection and worries about constituent backlash.

Citing potential backlash from constituents and the necessity for all states to have the opportunity to voice their choice, almost 300 superdelegates remain undecided.

“I don’t want voters … to feel as though superdelegates are sweeping down and making the decision for them,” Debra Kozikowski, a superdelegate in Massachusetts, told USA Today.

Headline Links: Dean Presses Supers to Decide

Background: A controversial and tense debate spurs Dean

Reactions: Superdelegates hope to avoid final decision

Opinion & Analysis: Electability argument becomes Clinton’s key to Supers

Key Players: Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama

Reference: Superdelegates


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