March 2nd, 2008
10:41 PM ET

What Texas and Ohio Mean to Superdelegates

Editor's note: Jason Rae is a Democratic superdelegate from Wisconsin and has pledged his support to Sen. Barack Obama.  He agreed to blog for 360° about his experiences. (WATCH JASON ON 360°)


According to CNN records, 185 superdelegates have pledged to Senator Obama and 236 superdelegates have pledged to Senator Clinton.  That leaves just about 373 superdelegates up for grabs and those superdelegates most certainly will have a close eye on what is happening in Ohio and Texas on Tuesday.  So what are superdelegates hoping to see on Tuesday? 

First, superdelegates want to see a clear winner.  In the Democratic field, we are left with two strong, viable candidates seeking the nomination.  When it came down for me to decide who to support, it was a difficult decision and I think this is one of the main struggles we are seeing with superdelegates.  They are happy with either Senator Clinton or Senator Obama and thus they are hoping to see one candidate really get a commanding lead on Tuesday.  If that happens, I am thinking we will see a huge influx of superdelegates jump on board that candidate's campaign.

Second, superdelegates always have the best interest of the party at heart.  While certainly dragging this nomination out to convention would be a sight to see, doing so would be harmful to the party.  We need to unite behind a candidate as quickly as possible in order to be successful in November.  As such, and much like my first point, if one candidate has a resounding lead in pledged delegates coming out of Tuesday, I think that superdelegates will also be quick to endorse and help select a final nominee so that we can work on uniting as a party.

Superdelegates will be watching CNN very, very closely on Tuesday night to get election results.  I'm starting to think this may be the end of the primary process right here.

– Jason Rae, Democratic Superdelegate

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