Category Archives: Super Delegates
Surely Hillary isn’t feeling too good by this time..Obama has taken the delegate lead with his four win sweep this weekend:
His winning margins ranged from substantial to crushing. In Maine, he led 59 percent to 41 percent with 91 percent of the precints reporting. In Louisiana, Obama defeated Clinton, 57 percent to 36 percent. He won in Nebraska by a 68 percent to 32 percent margin and in Washington 68 percent to 31 percent.
Obama’s victory in Maine — and the ease with which it came — actually exceeded expectations, even though he swept the caucuses held on Super Tuesday. Clinton had the backing of the state’s governor, John Baldacci, and its proximity to New Hamsphire and Massachusetts, both of which Clinton has already won this year, led some analysts to expect a close race.
It sucks to be Hillary right now..seriously, it does.
Now..about those Super Delegates..they are being talked about in the local news and thats a good thing..we need more news stories like the one below that expose the bullshit Super Delegate problem for what it is..backroom wheeling and dealing that takes away the power of the peoples vote.
The guy being interviewed is David Sirota..a great activist and author who recently moved to Colorado and has a new book coming out.
No matter how the masses vote this primary silly season, and I get to cast mine today..the true power is in the hands of the “Super Delegates” at the convention in Denver Colorado in August. Alternet has a decent writeup about the current situation with the remaining two Democratic nominees and delegates won and still up for grabs:
* To date, four states with a combined 137 pledged delegates have held nominating contests.
* Currently, Barack Obama is projected with 63 pledged delegates, and Hillary Clinton is projected with 48 (source).
* On Super Tuesday, 22 states and a couple territories with a combined 1,688 pledged delegates will hold nominating contests.
From this point, quick math shows that after Super Tuesday, only 1,428 pledged delegates will still be available.
No one controls the Super Delegates. They can vote for whomever they want, unlike the regular joe and jill delegates that are pledged to vote however their primary turned out or how their caucus voted.
Its a damn shame that when it comes down to the convention..our votes won’t really determine who the Democrats put up as their candidate.
And thats wrong on every level.