Iowa 2008 presidential primary and superdelegates

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Primary elections

Democratic presidential primary

The Iowa Democratic presidential caucus took place on Jan. 3rd, 2008.

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

Iowa's Democratic Delegates
Congressional District or Affiliation Clinton Vote [1] Obama Vote [1] Other Vote [1] Pledged Clinton [1] Pledged Obama [1] Superdelegate Superdelegate Status Agrees w/ voters? Accepted Donation(s) From Donation Amount
1 167 288 79 2 2 +2 [2] Bruce Braley Barack Obama[3] Yes Both $2,500 from Clinton & $14,000 from Obama[4]
2 171 295 107 2 3 +2 [2] Dave Loebsack Barack Obama[5] Yes Obama $9,000[4]
3 162 269 96 2 +1 2 +1 [2] Leonard Boswell Hillary Clinton[6] No Both $2,500 from Clinton & $19,000 from Obama[4]
4 170 278 59 2 2 Republican n/a n/a
5 169 132 58 2 1 Republican n/a n/a
At-Large Pledged 802 1299 58 3 4
PL/EO Pledged 737 940 824 2 2
Dem. Governor 1 Chet Culver Barack Obama[5] Yes Clinton $5,000[4]
Dem. Senator 1 Tom Harkin Barack Obama [7] Yes Both $25 from Clinton & $10,000 from Obama[4]
DNC 1 Scott Brennan Barack Obama[8] Yes
DNC 1 Michael L. Fitzgerald Barack Obama[9] Yes
DNC 1 Michael Gronstal Hillary Clinton[10] No
DNC 1 Richard Machacek Barack Obama[11] Yes
DNC 1 Sandy Opstvedt Hillary Clinton[12] No
DNC 1 Sarah Swisher Barack Obama[13] Yes
Add-On Unpledged TBD 6/14/2008


Hillary Clinton Barack Obama Undeclared Total
Total superdelegate endorsements: 3 8 0 (+1 unnamed add-on) 11 (+1 unnamed add-on)
Total pledged delegates 14 [14] 31 [14] [2] [15] n/a 45
Grand delegate total 17 39 0 (+1 unnamed add-on) 56 (+1 unnamed add-on)

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.

Total number of delegates

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. The full list of superdelegates from Iowa is here.

Articles and resources

See also


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 "Iowa Caucus results," USA Today, accessed February 21, 2008. Updated with County Convention results reported by the Iowa Democratic Party 3/25/08.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 [1], The Green Papers, May 16, 2008
  3. "Aide says Iowa Congressman Bruce Braley to endorse Obama" Action 3 News, April 30, 2008
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4, "Money to Superdelegates," Accessed March 25, 2008.
  5. 5.0 5.1 "Iowa Gov. Culver tells AP he will endorse Obama," Associated Press, provided by, February 7, 2008.
  6. "Congressman Boswell Endorses Hillary Clinton," Hillary Clinton Campaign press release, December 14, 2007.
  7. Superdelegate Endorsement List, DemConWatch", June 4, 2008
  8. Brennan to endorse Obama, Chicago Tribune, May 20, 2008
  9. "Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller and State Treasurer Michael Fitzgerald Endorse Barack Obama for President," Barack Obama Campaign press release, February 11, 2007.
  10. O. Kay Henderson, "Iowa's 'Super' Delegates," Radio Iowa blog, February 6, 2008.
  11. Thomas Beaumont, "Iowa superdelegate to endorse Obama" DesMoines Register April 29, 2008
  12. "Iowa Labor Leaders Endorse Hillary for President," Clinton Campaign press release, December 22, 2007.
  13. Jesse J. Holland, "Service Employees Union Endorses Obama," Associated Press, provided by, February 15, 2008.
  14. 14.0 14.1 "Obama Gains 14 More Delegates", Washington Post, March 16, 2008
  15. Obama Announces Support from Edwards Pledged Delegates,, June 3, 2008

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.

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