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FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:
The superdelegates are starting to break for Barack Obama.
Bloomberg news reports that Obama has almost pulled even with Hillary Clinton in endorsements from top election officials, and has cut into her lead among other superdelegates as well.
Since it's unlikely Clinton can catch Obama when it comes to the pledged delegates, the superdelegates will ultimately be called upon to decide the race.
Bloomberg says according to the two campaigns, of the 313 superdelegates who are members of Congress or governors... Clinton has the backing of 103 compared to 96 for Obama. Since Obama won the Iowa caucuses in early January, he's gotten 53 superdelegate endorsements - compared to only 12 for Clinton. And since the Texas and Ohio primaries, Obama has picked up 9 more superdelegates, compared to one for Clinton. Sounds like a trend.
One Obama supporter and superdelegate, Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill says, "That's not glacial, that is a remarkable momentum. I don't think there is anything that will slow that down."
The Clinton campaign doesn't think most of the uncommitted superdelegates will take sides until the rest of the primaries and caucuses are over. Adviser Harold Ickes says, "We think the momentum has been stopped, not cold, but very much stopped."
The Washington Post reports that Hillary Clinton has been opening up her Washington home to woo uncommitted lawmakers. It's not exactly like renting out the Lincoln bedroom… but, hey, whatever works.
Here’s my question to you: How significant is it if superdelegates are moving toward Barack Obama?
Interested to know which ones made it on air?
Michael from Notre Dame, Indiana writes:
If Hillary had the pledged delegate lead, the popular vote, and had just about broken even with the superdelegate count, do you think Obama would still be in this race? I don't think so. She needs to bow out now before she damages the party any further. She is staying in this race in hopes of someone convincing the superdelegates to go against the will of the people. This is suicide for the Democrats.
Ann from Charlotte, North Carolina writes:
Maybe they are finally realizing, by the record turnout in every election, that people are not happy with the status quo. Maybe they realize their own positions are on the line if they go against what the people want. Maybe they see that people are very uncomfortable that this has turned mean and nasty. The longer this goes on the greater chances are that the Democrats will be responsible for their own defeat.
Superdelagates supporting Hillary and Barack in equal numbers isn't significant. If Hillary wins Pennsylvania, Florida, and Michigan by double digits, which she should, she will be the Democratic nominee. How significant is it that Barack only receives thirty percent of the white vote in blue states would be a better hypothetical.
Nora from Texas writes:
Keep an eye on Hillary. This thing is not over till she says it is and that is not happening. I am sure there are lots of back room deals falling into place right now and lots of favors being called in. I think Obama is a great man; I am just afraid he is not going to survive the Clinton machine.
Al from Lawrence, Kansas writes:
It is very significant. A blind man can see the Obama has the nomination sewn up. If they had the guts, they could end this thing in a heartbeat. But, these superdelegates are the same folks who can't pass anything in Congress, and can't hold a proper election… see Florida and Michigan.