Michigan 2008 presidential primary and superdelegates

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Primary elections

Democratic presidential primary

The Michigan Democratic presidential primary election took place on Jan. 15th, 2008, but its delegates were stripped of their votes by the Democratic National Committee as a penalty for pushing it head of its scheduled place.

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

Michigan's Democratic Delegates
Congressional District or Affiliation Clinton Vote [1] Uncommitted Vote* [1] Other Vote [1] Pledged Clinton [1] Pledged Obama [1] Superdelegate Superdelegate Status Agrees w/ voters? Accepted Donation(s) From Donation Amount
1 19,566 9,634 1,546 1* Bart Stupak Barack Obama [2]
2 16,452 10,190 1,234 Republican n/a n/a
3 14,958 12,733 1,287 Republican n/a n/a
4 17,495 9,398 1,362 Republican n/a n/a
5 22,503 14,514 1,168 +1* Dale Kildee Hillary Clinton[3]
6 15,882 11,295 1,365 Republican n/a n/a
7 16,763 10,116 1,555 Republican n/a n/a
8 20,093 13,670 2,050 Republican n/a n/a
9 25,967 20,179 2,615 Republican n/a n/a
10 24,368 11,957 1,774 Republican n/a n/a
11 26,068 16,366 2,299 Republican n/a n/a
12 30,883 22,385 2,530 +1* Sandy Levin Hillary Clinton[3]
13 22,431 23,517 1,766 +1* Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick Barack Obama[4]
14 26,793 31,788 1,899 +1* John Conyers Jr. Barack Obama[5] Obama $4,000[6]
15 28,087 20,417 3,471 +1* John Dingell Hillary Clinton[3]
At-Large Pledged 328,309 238,159 27,921
PL/EO Pledged
Dem. Governor 1* Jennifer Granholm Hillary Clinton[3]
Dem. Lt. Governor 1* John Cherry Hillary Clinton[3]
Dem. Senator 1* Debbie Stabenow Hillary Clinton[3] Both $10,000 from Clinton and $10,000 from Obama[6]
Dem. Senator Carl Levin Undeclared[7] Obama $10,000[6]
DNC 1* Arthenia Abbott Barack Obama[8]
DNC Mark Brewer Undeclared[7]
DNC 1* Lauren Wolfe Barack Obama[9]
DNC 1* Debbie Dingell Barack Obama[10]
DNC Elizabeth Bunn Undeclared[7]
DNC 1* Robert Ficano Barack Obama[11]
DNC 1* Joyce Lalonde Barack Obama[12]
DNC Jeffrey Radjewski Undeclared[7]
DNC 1* Michael Tardiff Barack Obama[13]
DNC 1* Richard Wiener Barack Obama[14]
DNC 1* Joel Ferguson Hillary Clinton[3]
DNC 1* Lu Battaglieri Barack Obama[15]

DNC 1* Kwame Kilpatrick Barack Obama[16]

DNC 1* Brenda Lawrence Barack Obama[17]

DNC Richard Shoemaker Undeclared[7]
DNC 1* Eric Coleman Barack Obama[18]
DNC 1* Virgie Rollins Barack Obama[18]
Distinguished Party Leaders
Distinguished Party Leaders
Add-On Unpledged TBD 6/14/2008
Add-On Unpledged TBD 6/14/2008


Hillary Clinton Barack Obama Undeclared Total
Total superdelegate endorsements: 3.5 7.5 3.5 (Includes 2 unnamed add-ons) 14.5 (includes 2 unnamed add-ons)
Total pledged delegates 34.5 29.5 n/a 64
Grand delegate total 38 37 3.5 (includes 2 unnamed add-ons) 78.5 (includes 2 unnamed add-ons)

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 Michigan is here.

Articles and resources

See also


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 MI Secretary of State Election Results, accessed February 27, 2008.
  2. Superdelegate Endorsement List, DemConWatch", June 4, 2008
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 Dingell, Kildee endorse Clinton for president MichiganLive.com, February 06, 2008
  4. Superdelegate endorsements for Tuesday 6/3, DemConWatch, June 3, 2008
  5. Kevin Bogardus and Walter Alarkon, "Black lawmakers backing Obama press colleagues to heed voters," The Hill, February 16, 2008.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 "Capital Eye: Superdelegates"
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4
  8. Superdelegate endorsements for Tuesday 6/3, DemConWatch, June 3, 2008
  9. College Democrats President and Vice President Endorse Obama, Barackobama.com, May 14, 2008
  10. Superdelegate endorsements for Tuesday 6/3, DemConWatch, June 3, 2008
  11. Ficano endorses Obama, Freep.com, May 15, 2008
  12. Superdelegate endorsements for Tuesday 6/3, DemConWatch, June 3, 2008
  13. Superdelegate endorsements for Tuesday 6/3, DemConWatch, June 3, 2008
  14. Superdelegate endorsements for Tuesday 6/3, DemConWatch, June 3, 2008
  15. Superdelegate endorsements for Monday 6/2, DemConWatch, June 2, 2008
  16. Superdelegate endorsements for Monday 6/2, DemConWatch, June 2, 2008
  17. Superdelegate endorsements for Monday 6/2, DemConWatch, June 2, 2008
  18. 18.0 18.1 DCW SD List, DemConWatch, Retreived May 31, 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.
  • 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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