Democrats abroad 2008 presidential primary and superdelegates

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This collaborative project is building a running audit of the superdelegates to the 2008 Democratic convention, who they are, and whom they support. If neither Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama gain an outright majority of elected delegates in the primaries, these party and elected officials could decide the Democratic nominee. (Project home.)

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Primary elections

Democratic presidential primary

The Democrats Abroad Democratic presidential "global primary" election took place between Feb. 5 – 12th, 2008.[1]

Delegate count

This chart shows the delegates to the Democratic National Convention in August 2008, who will elect the Democratic nominee for president. Listed are "pledged delegates" - those who were elected through the state's caucuses or primaries - and the "superdelegates" - those who are delegates by virtue of their party or elected office.

Delegate allotments for At-Large and PL/EO delegate types are both based on statewide totals. Therefore, the statewide totals need only be listed in the 'At-Large' row

Democrats Abroad Democratic Delegates
Congressional District or Affiliation Clinton Vote [2] Obama Vote [2] Other Vote [2] Pledged Clinton [3] Pledged Obama [3] Superdelegate Superdelegate Status Agrees w/ voters? Accepted Donation(s) From Donation Amount
Americas Pledged 2288 2873 99 0.5 0.5
Asia-Pacific Pledged 962 2726 67 0 0.5
Europe/Middle East/Africa Pledged 4251 9615 224 1 2
At-Large Pledged 7501 15214 390 0.5 [4] 1 [4]
PL/EO Pledged 0.5 [4] 0.5 [4]
DNC Robert Bell Hillary Clinton [5]
DNC Connie Borde Barack Obama [6]
DNC Toby Condliffe Barack Obama [5]
DNC Liv Gibbons Barack Obama [7]
DNC 1 Christine Marques Barack Obama [8]
DNC Theresa Morelli Hillary Clinton [9]
DNC Leo Perez Minaya Hillary Clinton [10]
DNC Brent O'Leary Barack Obama [11]


Hillary Clinton Barack Obama Undeclared Total
Total superdelegate endorsements: 1.5

(0 wobblers)


(0 wobblers)


(0 wobbling Clinton, 0 wobbling Obama)

Total pledged delegates 2.5 4.5 n/a 7
Grand delegate total 4 7 0 11

† all delegate votes from Democrats Abroad (both pledged and superdelegate) are worth 1/2 vote each at the Democratic National Convention. This table shows the final value of each vote at the DNC convention, rather than the actual number of pledged and superdelegates attending the convention.

Delegates in the following two categories are pledged delegates

"At-Large Pledged" delegates are pledged delegates and are apportioned according to the statewide popular vote.
"PL/EO Pledged" delegates are also apportioned according to the statewide popular vote but are selected from a pool of party leaders and elected officials.

Delegates in the following five categories are all unpledged superdelegates

"Dem. Governor" delegates are sitting Democratic governors.
"Dem. Senator" delegates are sitting Democratic senators.
"DNC" delegates are party officials.
"Distinguished Party Member" delegates are former Democratic Presidents, Vice-Presidents, Speakers of the House, Minority or Majority leader of either house of Congress, Governors, or DNC Chairmen.
"Add-On Unpledged" delegates are [To Be Determined].

You may use this list to confirm that the correct number of delegates and superdelegates are represented on the table.

Wobbler and leaner superdelegates

The list of "wobbler" and "leaner" superdelegates helps predict shifts as they change or hedge their endorsements. Click on a superdelegate's name in the main state chart above to see more details about their endorsement status.

Articles and resources

See also


  1. Democrats Abroad,, retrieved February 13, 2008
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Democrats Abroad REVISED Final Results Press Release (PDF)
  3. 3.0 3.1 Obama Wins Democrats Abroad Global Primary, Feb 21, 2008 -- Note that this news release shows the total number of delegates awarded, rather than the total number of convention votes (which are half that number.)
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Democrats Abroad Democratic Delegation 2008, The Green Papers, accessed February 29, 2008
  5. 5.0 5.1 Judy Gerstel Obama, Clinton court Toronto supervotes, 'The Star', Feb 16, 2008
  6. Kevin McCandless, Obama Cleans Up in 'Global Primary', Cybercast News Service, Feb 22, 2008
  7. Breda Heffernan, Democracy On Tap Puts Pints and Ballot Papers Together, 'The Independent', Feb 6, 2008
  8. Obama Campaign Release on Democrats Abroad Superdelegate Pickup,, May 14, 2008
  9. "Democrats Abroad Automatic Delegate Theresa Morelli Endorses Hillary", press release on, May 5, 2008
  10. Ivan Salcedo, "Vote Democrat in the Dominican Republic.", Blog Ivan Salcedo, February 13, 2008
  11. Obama Campaign Press Release (PDF)

External resources

  • DemConWatch - Best source for superdelegate endorsement info.
  • USAToday Election Central - Probably the best resource for votes. Pledged PL/EOs and At-Large delegates are shown at the bottom.
  • - Adobe Acrobat document with full listing of superdelegates broken out by state and then type.
  • CapitalEye - Lists campaign contributions in last cycle.
  • - State political party links (the Washington Post link above should give complete information. However, if you need to follow up, try these links.
  • -'s page showing superdelegate status. If you click on the '+' icon for any state/territory, the list will expand and show the commitments. WARNING - This should not be considered a valid source for updating the table. It is however useful as a reference for finding source material. For instance, you can use a Google's news search to confirm a superdelegate's status as it is shown on
  • - Links to Secretary of State offices (for official election results).
  • Wikipedia's page on superdelegates - This list may supplement the info available at DemConWatch. Watch out for unsourced information, though.

External articles