Rhode Island 2008 presidential primary and superdelegates

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Primary elections

Democratic presidential primary

The Rhode Island Democratic presidential primary election will take place on March 4th, 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

Rhode Island'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 4 2 +1 Patrick Kennedy Barack Obama[2] No
2 4 +1 3 Jim Langevin Hillary Clinton[2] Yes
At-Large Pledged 108,949[3] 75,316[3] 2,174[3] 3[1] 2[1]
PL/EO Pledged 108,949[3] 75,316[3] 2,174[3] 2[1] 1[1]
Dem. Senator Jack Reed Undeclared[4] Obama $5,000[5]
Dem. Senator 1 Sheldon Whitehouse Hillary Clinton[2] Yes Both $10,000 from Clinton and $10,000 from Obama[5]
DNC 1 Patrick Lynch Barack Obama[6] No
DNC 1 William J. Lynch Hillary Clinton[7] Yes
DNC 1 Edna O'Neill Mattson Hillary Clinton[8] Yes
DNC 1 Frank Montanaro Hillary Clinton[8] Yes
DNC 1 Grace Diaz Hillary Clinton[9] Yes
DNC 1 Mark S. Weiner Hillary Clinton[10] Yes
DNC 1 David Cicilline Hillary Clinton[11] Yes
Add-On Unpledged TBD 6/19/2008


Hillary Clinton Barack Obama Undeclared Total
Total superdelegate endorsements: 8

(0 wobblers)


(0 wobblers)

1 (+1 unnamed add-on)

(0 wobbling Clinton, 0 wobbling Obama)

11 (+1 unnamed add-on)
Total pledged delegates 13 8 n/a 21
Grand delegate total 21 10 1 (+1 unnamed add-on) 32 (+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

Rhode Island receives a total of 33 delegates[12]

  • 21 pledged delegates
    • 15 district-level delegates
    • 3 at-large delegates
    • 12 party leaders/elected officials
  • 12 unpledged (superdelegate) delegates
    • 7 Democratic National Committee members
    • 4 members of Congress
    • 1 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 Rhode Island is here.

Articles and resources

See also


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 USA TODAY Rhode Island Primary Results[1] March 5, 2008
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Roll Call, 2008 Presidential Endorsement List [2] February 14, 2008
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 State of Rhode Island Election Resultshttp://www.ri.gov/election/results/2008/presidential_preference_primary/] March 24, 2008
  4. Dem Con Watch [3] As of February 15, 2008
  5. 5.0 5.1 "Capital Eye: Superdelegates"
  6. Michelle R. Smith, "Rhode Island Attorney General Lynch endorses Obama" Boston.com, February 9, 2008
  7. [4]
  8. 8.0 8.1 Scott MacKay, "Prime choice: One opening left for super delegate," Providence Journal, Feb. 15, 2008.
  9. Scott MacKay, [http://www.projo.com/news/content/super_delegate_02-19-08_FP92EII_v18.37ff43d.html "Diaz, a Clinton backer, to be superdelegate, February 19, 2008
  10. [5]
  11. "Providence Mayor Cicilline Endorses Clinton," press release from Hillary Clinton campaign, June 14, 2007.
  12. 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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