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More Obama Superdelegates on Deck


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The Superdelegate Anarchy strategy looks to be continuing with at least three superdelegates on deck and a possible seven-superdelegate windfall from North Carolina. The Wall Street Journal has the story.

Obama’s gracious she-can-stay-as-long-as-she-wants and his opponent’s ominous threats to create Convention conflict are part of the mix. The result is a heady broth that looks to be a momentum builder. I also have unconfirmed rumors of odd fundraising and money issues on the opponent’s side. These I’ll follow up. The WSJ piece is quoted in part below:

Slowly but steadily, a string of Democratic Party figures is taking Barack Obama’s side in the presidential nominating race and raising the pressure on Hillary Clinton to give up.

Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota is expected to endorse Sen. Obama Monday, according to a Democrat familiar with her plans. Meanwhile, North Carolina’s seven Democratic House members are poised to endorse Sen. Obama as a group — just one has so far — before that state’s May 6 primary, several Democrats say.

Helping to drive the endorsements is a fear that the Obama-Clinton contest has grown toxic and threatens the Democratic Party’s chances against Republican John McCain in the fall.

Sen. Clinton rejects that view. Over the weekend, she reiterated her intent to stay in the race beyond the last contest in early June — and all the way to the party’s convention in Denver, if necessary.

“There are some folks saying we ought to stop these elections,” she said Saturday in Indiana, which also has a May 6 primary. “I didn’t think we believed that in America. I thought we of all people knew how important it was to give everyone a chance to have their voices heard and their votes counted.”

Sen. Obama told reporters, “My attitude is that Sen. Clinton can run as long as she wants.” …

The expected move by Minnesota’s Sen. Klobuchar follows Friday’s endorsement of Sen. Obama by Sen. Bob Casey of Pennsylvania, which holds its primary April 22.

Both senators had planned to remain neutral, according to party officials, but decided to weigh in as the Democrats’ campaign became more negative and Sen. McCain was free to exploit the confusion looking to the November election.

One North Carolinian confirmed that at least several of the state’s House members would go public in favor of Sen. Obama before long. Meanwhile, elected officials in other states with upcoming contests, including Indiana, Montana and Oregon, are weighing whether to endorse Sen. Obama.

What makes such endorsements significant is that they’re from superdelegates. These delegates — members of Congress, governors and other party officials — can vote for whomever they want at the Democratic convention in August. Sen. Obama has a slight lead over Sen. Clinton in the pledged-delegate count — the delegates won during primaries and caucuses — but neither can amass enough pledged delegates for a majority. That makes the vote of the superdelegates decisive.
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