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Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Winning and Yet Losing

Nothing is as simple as it appears. The Super Delegates in the Democratic Party's Presidential nomination system may work adversely for Barak Obama. He may won the majority of delegates and yet lose the nomination to Senator Hilary Clinton. Read on: t

Hillary Clinton's Superdelegate 'Firewall'

By Sean Gonsalves

At the heart of the Democratic Party's nomination process is a decidedly undemocratic creature known as the superdelegate.

What are superdelegates, a.k.a. unpledged delegates? Key word: unpledged.

Superdelegates -- mostly members of Congress, governors, party officials and grassroots activists -- can back any candidate they choose. While ordinary delegates are technically committed to a candidate, superdelegates can change their allegiance whenever they feel like it.

Former President Clinton, for example, is a superdelegate -- hence his vital importance to his wife's bid for the White House. The Washington Post reports: "Clinton, former president Bill Clinton ... and their allies have been working aggressively for months to court the superdelegates, drawing on old loyalties to open a huge advantage for the senator from New York in total delegates amassed."


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