Massachusetts 2008 presidential primary and superdelegates

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Primary elections

Democratic presidential primary

The Massachusetts Democratic presidential primary election took place on Feb. 5th, 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

Massachusetts' 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 62,414 49,634 3,325 3 3 +1 John Olver Barack Obama[2]
2 65,032 41,651 3,422 4 +1 2 Richard Neal Hillary Clinton[3] Yes
3 67,258 38,611 3,669 4 +1 2 Jim McGovern Hillary Clinton[3] Yes
4 77,851 50,736 3,095 4 +1 3 Barney Frank Hillary Clinton[3] Yes
5 68,631 46,811 3,722 3 2 Niki Tsongas Barack Obama[4] Obama $5,000[5]
6 78,161 49,938 4,161 4 2 John Tierney Undeclared[6]
7 82,465 56,388 4,605 4 2 Ed Markey Undeclared[6]
8 50,378 72,090 2,485 2 4 +1 Mike Capuano Barack Obama[3] Yes
9 77,759 52,314 5,065 4 +1 2 Stephen Lynch Hillary Clinton[3] Yes
10 74,634 53,714 4,513 4 3 +1 Bill Delahunt Barack Obama[3] No
At-Large Pledged 704,591 511,887 38,059 12 8
PL/EO Pledged 704,591 511,887 38,059 7 5
Dem. Governor 1 Deval Patrick Barack Obama[7] No
Dem. Senator 1 John Forbes Kerry Barack Obama[8] No
Dem. Senator 1 Edward M. Kennedy Barack Obama[9] No Clinton & Obama $10,000 from Clinton, $4,200 from Obama[5]
DNC 1 Gus Bickford Hillary Clinton[10] Yes
DNC 1 Raymond Jordan Barack Obama[11] No
DNC 1 Elaine C. Kamarck Hillary Clinton[12] Yes
DNC 1 Debra Kozikowski Barack Obama[13]
DNC 1 David M. O'Brien Barack Obama[14] No
DNC James Roosevelt Jr Undeclared[6]
DNC 1 Diane Saxe Hillary Clinton[15] Yes
DNC 1 Alan Solomont Barack Obama[16] No
DNC 1 John Walsh Barack Obama[17] No
DNC 1 Margaret D. Xifaras Barack Obama[18] No
Distinguished Party Leaders 1 Debra DeLee Hillary Clinton[19] Yes
Distinguished Party Leaders 1 Steve Grossman Hillary Clinton[10] Yes
Distinguished Party Leaders 1 Paul G. Kirk Jr Barack Obama[20] No
Add-On Unpledged 1 Arthur Powell Hillary Clinton[21] Yes
Add-On Unpledged 1 Martha Coakley Hillary Clinton[22]

Totals:

Hillary Clinton Barack Obama Undeclared Total
Total superdelegate endorsements: 11 13 4 28
Total pledged delegates 55 38 n/a 93
Grand delegate total 66 51 4 121

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

Massachusetts receives a total of 121 delegates[23]

  • 93 pledged delegates
    • 61 district-level delegates
    • 20 at-large delegates
    • 12 party leaders/elected officials
  • 28 unpledged (superdelegate) delegates
    • 10 Democratic National Committee members
    • 12 members of Congress
    • 1 Democratic Governor
    • 3 distinguished party leaders
    • 2 add-on unpledged delegate

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 Massachusetts is here.

Articles and resources

See also

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 USA TODAY Massachusetts Primary Results[1] February 14, 2008
  2. Superdelegate endorsements for Tuesday 6/3, DemConWatch, June 3, 2008
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 Roll Call, 2008 Presidential Endorsement List [2] February 14, 2008
  4. Peter Reuell, "Tsongas throws support to Obama", MetroWest Daily News, June 5, 2008
  5. 5.0 5.1 CapitaleEye.com, "Money to Superdelegates," Accessed March 23, 2008.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Dem Con Watch [3] As of February 15, 2008
  7. Frank Phillips, "Patrick to back Obama's campaign," Boston Globe, Oct. 18, 2007.
  8. "Kerry endorses Obama for president," AP, Jan. 10, 2008.
  9. "Sen. Kennedy endorses Barack Obama," AP, Jan. 28, 2008.
  10. 10.0 10.1 Karen Jeffrey, "Democratic candidates out to get party insiders", Cape Cod Times, February 24, 2008
  11. John C. Drake, "Pressure's on Mass. superdelegates," The Boston Globe, provided by boston.com, February 13, 2008.
  12. John C. Drake, "Pressure's on Mass. superdelegates," Boston Globe, Feb. 13, 2008.
  13. Superdelegate endorsements for Monday 6/2, DemConWatch, June 2, 2008
  14. [4]
  15. [5]
  16. Martha Bebinger, "Tight Race for Dems in MA," WBUR, Feb. 4, 2008.
  17. [6]
  18. Foon Rhee, "Massachusetts superdelegate backs Obama", Boston.com Political Intelligence, February 21, 2008
  19. David Riley/Daily News staff, "Local superdelegates could have say", The Daily News Transcript, February 16, 2008
  20. "Collateral Damage?", CQ Politics, April 28, 2008
  21. "http://firstread.msnbc.msn.com/archive/2008/05/10/1007521.aspx", MSNBC First Read, May 10, 2008
  22. [7], DemConWatch, May 20, 2008
  23. Chart from the Democratic National Committee's website (direct pdf link).

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.
  • WashingtonPost.com - Adobe Acrobat document with full listing of superdelegates broken out by state and then type.
  • CapitalEye - Lists campaign contributions in last cycle.
  • PoliticalIndex.com - State political party links (the Washington Post link above should give complete information. However, if you need to follow up, try these links.
  • Politico.com - politico.com'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 politico.com.
  • PoliticalResources.com - 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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