Connecticut 2008 presidential primary and superdelegates

From OpenCongress Wiki

Jump to: navigation, search

stp.png This page is part of the Superdelegate Transparency Project, a collaboration of citizen journalists, LiteraryOutpost, OpenLeft, DemConWatch, HuffPost's OffTheBus and the Congresspedia community to build an open-source tally and informational resource on the 2008 Democratic superdelegates. (More about superdelegates.)

Things you can do:

Connecticut state flag.png You can also find Connecticut members of Congress, candidates and blogs at the Connecticut portal.


Primary elections

Democratic presidential primary

The Connecticut 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

Connecticut's Democratic Delegates
Congressional District or Affiliation Clinton Vote [1] [2] Obama Vote [1] [2] Other Vote [1] [2] Pledged Clinton [3] [2] Pledged Obama [3] [2] Superdelegate Superdelegate Status Agrees w/ voters? Accepted Donation(s) From Donation Amount
1 39,530 44,244 2113 3 4 +1 John Larson Barack Obama [4] Yes
2 33,239 32,818 2,112 3 3 +1 Joe Courtney Barack Obama[5] Yes Obama $5,000[6]
3 35,171 39,637 1,916 3 4 +1 Rosa DeLauro Barack Obama [4] Yes
4 26,689 33,725 1,416 2 3 Republican n/a n/a
5 28,777 29,296 1,812 3 3 +1 Chris Murphy Barack Obama [4] Yes Obama $5,000[6]
At-Large Pledged 164,831 179,349 9,335 5 6
PL/EO Pledged 164,831 179,349 9,335 3 3
Dem. Senator 1 Christopher John Dodd Barack Obama[7] Yes
DNC 1 Stephen Fontana Barack Obama[8] Yes
DNC 1 Ellen Camhi Hillary Clinton[8] No
DNC 1 Martin Dunleavy Barack Obama[8] Yes
DNC 1 Anthony Avallone Barack Obama [9] Yes
DNC 1 Nancy DiNardo Barack Obama[10] Yes
DNC 1 John Olsen Hillary Clinton[11] No
Add-On Unpledged 1 Don Williams Barack Obama[12] Yes


Hillary Clinton Barack Obama Undeclared Total
Total superdelegate endorsements: 2

(0 wobblers)


(0 wobblers)


(0 leaning Clinton, 0 leaning Obama)

Total pledged delegates 22 26 n/a 48
Grand delegate total 24 36 0 70

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

Connecticut receives a total of 60 delegates[13]

  • 48 pledged delegates
    • 31 district-level delegates
    • 11 at-large delegates
    • 6 party leaders/elected officials
  • 12 unpledged (superdelegate) delegates
    • 6 Democratic National Committee members
    • 4 members of Congress
    • 1 distinguished party leader
    • 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 Connecticut is here.

Articles and resources

See also


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Chart from the Connecticut Secretary of the State (direct pdf link).
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 USA TODAY Connecticut Caucus Results accessed February 21, 2008
  3. 3.0 3.1 Chart from the Connecticut Secretary of the State (direct pdf link).
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Author Unknown, Connecticut Democrats Endorse Obama, Hartford Courant, February 2, 2008.
  5. Superdelegate endorsements for Wednesday 5/21, DemConWatch, May 21, 2008
  6. 6.0 6.1, "Money to Superdelegates," Accessed March 11, 2008.
  7. Associated Press, "Sen. Dodd Endorses Obama", Associated Press, February 26, 2008.
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 Peter Urban, McCain Clinton Lead in State Primary Polls, Connecticut Post, February 4, 2008.
  9. Mark Pazniokas, Obama leads Clinton, 6-1, Among CT Superdelegates, Hartford Courant, February 8, 2008.
  10. Superdelegate endorsements for Monday 6/2, DemConWatch, June 2, 2008
  11. Superdelegate Endorses Clinton, The Associated Press, May 1, 2008.
  12. Lucy Nalpathanchil, "State Leaders Announce Support of Obama", Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network, March 27, 2008
  13. 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.
  • - 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.

External articles