Obama Gains on Hillary’s “Elected” Superdelegates

Remember those 796 Democratic superdelegates? Well over four hundred of these are elected officials and, until recently, Hillary Clinton had a substantial lead over Obama with their endorsements. This lead has almost disappeared.

According to Julianna Goldman and Catherine Dodge from Bloomberg, March 14, 2008:

Barack Obama has pulled almost even with Hillary Clinton in endorsements from top elected officials and has cut into her lead among the other superdelegates she’s relying on to win the Democratic presidential nomination.

Among the 313 of 796 superdelegates who are members of Congress or governors, Clinton has commitments from 103 and Obama is backed by 96, according to lists supplied by the campaigns. Fifty-three of Obama’s endorsements have come since he won the Jan. 3 Iowa caucuses, compared with 12 who have aligned with Clinton since then.

Hillary Clinton still retains a significant lead over Obama with unelected superdelegates, but this aspect might only worsen her relations with Democrats and public supporters, as unelected superdelegates are even further removed from the democratic process.