Thursday, February 14, 2008

Key Clinton superdelegates defect to Obama!

In a development that Mark Halperin is calling an "Earthquake," key superdelegate supporters of Hillary Clinton are leaving her to support Barack Obama. The key figure is John Lewis from Atlanta, Georgia:
Lewis is a universally respected, historic figure who is the first prominent Democrat to go from squarely in Clinton’s camp to Obama’s. The rationale he gave to the New York Times strikes at the heart of the argument that has been circulating among many wavering, undecided superdelegates, and among those now in Clinton’s camp who are feeling pressure to switch. Floodgates could open. The timing could not be worse for Clinton. And those in the party and the press who want to write off her chances will be able to make a big deal about this development. Take whatever you thought Clinton’s chances of winning the nomination before Lewis’ decision and divide that number by as much as two — those are the odds of her winning now.[1]
Also abandoning Clinton for Obama is Representative David Scott, also of Georgia. Said Scott:
"You've got to represent the wishes of your constituency," Scott said in an interview Wednesday in the Capitol. "My proper position would be to vote the wishes of my constituents." The third-term lawmaker represents a district that gave more than 80 percent of its vote to Obama in the Feb. 5 Georgia primary.[2]
These two defections wipe out the net two-delegate gain Clinton received from her razor thin win in New Mexico announced earlier today, but the bad news doesn't stop there:
. . . Christine Samuels, until this week a Clinton superdelegate from New Jersey, said during the day she is now supporting Obama.

Two other superdelegates, Sophie Masloff of Pennsylvania and Nancy Larson of Minnesota, are uncommitted, having dropped their earlier endorsements of Clinton.

On Wednesday, David Wilhelm, a longtime ally of the Clintons who had been neutral in the presidential race, endorsed Obama.[3]
The hits just keep on coming.

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