Senator: Most superdelegates in Congress privately back Obama
The battle for Democratic superdelegates in the Capitol's marble halls is over, according to a report early Wednesday.
"Capitol Hill insiders say the battle for congressional superdelegates is over, and one Senate supporter of Barack Obama is hinting strongly that he has prevailed over Hillary Rodham Clinton," Politico's Amie Parnes and Josephine Hearn report Wednesday. "While more than 80 Democrats in the House and Senate have yet to state their preferences in the race for the Democratic nomination, sources said Tuesday that most of them have already made up their minds and have told the campaigns where they stand."
"The majority of superdelegates I've talked to are committed, but it is a matter of timing," Obama backer Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) told Parnes and Hearn. "They're just preferring to make their decision public after the primaries are over. ... They would like someone else to act for them before they talk about it in the cold light of day."
Asked which way the committed-but-unannounced superdelegates are leaning, McCaskill quipped: "James Brown would say, 'I Feel Good.'"
Of those who have publicly made their intentions known, Obama leads with superdelegates in the Senate, 18-13, while Clinton is up 77-74 in the House.
Clinton's spokesman fired back, questioning McCaskill and the report.
"Considering the rough patch Sen. Obama is going through, it's understandable that Sen. McCaskill would want to change the subject, but her observations don’t jibe with what automatic delegates are actually saying," he said. "Most are concerned about Sen. Obama’s electability and are impressed by the fact that Sen. Clinton is winning the states that Democrats must carry if we are to be successful in November."
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