Argument: Superdelegates are ideal primary election tie-breakers
- "SUPERDELEGATES!....Ezra Klein comments". Washington Quarterly. February 6, 2008 - "Maybe I'm just being contrarian here, but why would this be so bad? After all, the only way it could happen is if the voters themselves split nearly 50-50. And in that case, the nomination would end up being decided by a massive effort to sway uncommitted delegates anyway. So who cares if that massive effort is directed at superdelegates (senators, governors, etc.) or the more plebeian regular delegates (typically county chairs, local activists, etc.). And in any case, why shouldn't the party elders, many of whom have to run on the same ticket as the presidential nominee, get a little extra say in the process?
- If, say, Obama wins 1,800 delegates to Clinton's 1,400, and superdelegates end up reversing a convincing Obama win, that would be a problem. That's pretty unlikely, though. On the other hand, if primary season ends up basically tied at 1,600 apiece, I don't see why superdelegates aren't as good a way as any to break the deadlock."
- Jose Antonio Vargas. "In Background, a Battle for Superdelegates--Clinton Ahead Among Party Leaders, but Threat of a Wholesale Shift Remains" Washington Post. January 30, 2008--"Of the nearly 300 superdelegates who have committed to a candidate, out of a total of 796, Clinton leads Obama roughly by a 2-to-1 ratio, according to numerous counts. The lead is so substantial, her campaign asserts, that even if Obama pulls ahead in pledged delegates after Feb. 5, Clinton will probably retain a modest edge in the overall delegate tally.
- But there is a catch. While delegates chosen in a primary or caucus are technically committed to a candidate, superdelegates can change their allegiance at any time. The threat of a wholesale shift hangs over both candidates."
- Campbell Brown, John Helton, Robert Yoon and Ed Hornic "Superdelegates loom over Democratic race" CNN Tue February 19, 2008--"...This year, Obama and Clinton are running such a tight race that after millions of votes and months of campaigning, neither candidate is expected to have the 2,025 delegates needed to seal the nomination before the August convention.And the superdelegates, a group of about 800 people who cast their vote at the convention, could set a candidate over the top."