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There are 4,040 delegates to be voting at the National Convention.  Of these, 333 are "declared/committed".

Of the 333 declared so far:
CLINTON = 184 (55%)
OBAMA   =  78 (23%)
EDWARDS =  52 (16%)
Richardson 19 ( 6%)
Kucinich    1 (0.3%)

"WTF?"  Some folks may be thinking. "But Clinton was THIRD in Iowa and only had a (relatively) narrow win in NH!  How is this possible??!!"

Ah, yes.  Well, the thing is there are "delegates" (that ordinary voters select), and then there are the SUPERDELEGATES, some of whom may well wear tights

and capes, but that's for another diary.

In terms of voter-selected delegates, 3,248 will be attending the National Convention.  Of these, only 67 have been selected so far.  The breakdown is:

OBAMA   = 25
(nobody else has any yet)

However, 266 of 792 SUPERDELEGATES have apparently committed so far.  Of these, the breakdown is:

CLINTON = 159 (20% of the 792 total)
OBAMA   =  53 (6.7%)
EDWARDS =  34 (4.3%)
Richardson 19 (2.4%)
Kucinich    1 (probably himself, see below)

The whole idea behind primary voting was to move the candidate selection process out of the "smoke-filled back room" and allow the people to decide instead of just the  party-insider power-brokers.  However, some of this element remains in the form of SUPERDELEGATES representing about 20% of the total convention delegates (though their "backroom" is probably somewhat less smoky these days).

Superdelegates include:
all currently serving Democratic members of Congress: 49 Senate + 233 House = 282
(I don't think Lieberbag gets to attend, though we could probably have him wiping down the Porta-Potties)

PLUS the members of the DNC (510).

Of the 510 DNC members:
100 - Chair and Vice-chair of each state committee
200 - apportioned among the states based on population and generally elected either on the ballot by primary voters or by the State Democratic Party Committee
210 - elected officials serving in an ex-officio capacity, AND a variety of representatives of major Democratic Party constituencies.

So, one might expect that a candidate would receive all the Superdelegate votes of the Congresscritters from their home state.  For Clinton, this is New York, of course, with a relatively large number of Congresscritters.  Huh.  Wonder why she chose NY to represent as Senator?

Now, on another note, I've been suffering with serious sinus congestion, cough, etc. for a few days.  Went to the doctor and his steely-eyed, highly technical diagnosis was that I have "that thing that's been going around lately.  That'll be a $30 co-pay, please."  So, the drugs I'm taking for this have started to kick in, thus rendering any futher analysis or breakdown of the DNC member numbers on my part unfit for general consumption (unless you're stoned, too).

So, party on, dudes!

Originally posted to sxwarren on Wed Jan 09, 2008 at 06:42 AM PST.

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Comment Preferences

  •  Tips: (5+ / 0-)

    Be sure to clean up, and remember to turn down the heat and turn off the lights when you're done.

    Some folks prefer a map and finding their own route. Others need someone to tell them where to go.

    by sxwarren on Wed Jan 09, 2008 at 06:43:26 AM PST

  •  I think that should Obama, or even Edwards begin (5+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    bawbie, sxwarren, ER Doc, Newzie, John Poet

    to win a lot over Clinton, two things will happen:

    a) one person will get to the number without Super Delegates

    and b) the Super Delegates will move to the "winner" regardless of their pledge or not.

    "No government has the right to tell its citizens whom to love. The only queer people are those who don't love anybody." - Rita Mae Brown (-5.38, -7.08)

    by AUBoy2007 on Wed Jan 09, 2008 at 06:49:18 AM PST

  •  Trivia: Edwards can't vote (2+ / 0-)
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    sxwarren, Glacial Erratic

    All the other Democratic candidates are also superdelegates by virtue of being a sitting governor, senator, or representative.

    Here's the complete list:

    Notice that most of these are selected by the voters, just in a different capacity.

    •  Invaluable link! Thanks! (0+ / 0-)

      Just what I was looking for but, in my drug-addled state, was unable to find.  Bookmarking it now - if I can remember what we were talking about.


      Some folks prefer a map and finding their own route. Others need someone to tell them where to go.

      by sxwarren on Wed Jan 09, 2008 at 07:02:26 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  Gee, these Delegates are Just... Super! (2+ / 0-)
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    CoolOnion, sxwarren

    It is interesting that political processes in a supposedly democratic country often have an obvious "finger on the scale". Practices we wouldn't accept from a bookie are ok when rigging the voting process.

    This is CLASS WAR, and the other side is winning.

    by Mr X on Wed Jan 09, 2008 at 07:01:13 AM PST

    •  OTOH - Dean did the same thing in 2004. (0+ / 0-)

      Lined up a whole bunch of Superdelegates even before the primary season began.  IIRC, his count after NH and Iowa was similar to what Clinton's is now, which is remarkable when you consider that he was starting from a much smaller home-state base.

      Some folks prefer a map and finding their own route. Others need someone to tell them where to go.

      by sxwarren on Wed Jan 09, 2008 at 07:05:46 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  Superdelegates may be supposedly 'committed' (2+ / 0-)
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    bawbie, sxwarren

    but they can change their minds and they don't actually cast their votes till the convention.  

    •  However, investors, er, contributors (0+ / 0-)

      are looking at that superdelegate count when deciding who to back and that's partly what keeps the funding rolling in.

      Some folks prefer a map and finding their own route. Others need someone to tell them where to go.

      by sxwarren on Wed Jan 09, 2008 at 07:16:08 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  Can You Please Cite Your Source? (1+ / 0-)
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    I'd like to look at these numbers and share them with people who would be asking according to what documented source?


  •  She Doesn't "Have" These Delegates (1+ / 0-)
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    These super-delegates are saying, today, that they will vote for her at the convention.   Over the last the weekend, voters in NH were saying (via polls) that they would vote overwhelmingly for Obama.  

    "Saying" ain't voting.

  •  if we're counting superdelegates (1+ / 0-)
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    then Obama won New Hampshire, 12 to 11.

  •  It is *possible* that some superdelegates (0+ / 0-)

    may change their tune if the upcoming primaries' popular voting swings wildly away from Clinton, but if she even keeps the voter-selected count close in succeeding contests, I'd say it's more likely that she'll gain in superdelegate support.

    Some folks prefer a map and finding their own route. Others need someone to tell them where to go.

    by sxwarren on Wed Jan 09, 2008 at 07:41:11 AM PST

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