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Superdelegate to Re-evaluate Support for Clinton in March

Tim Craig

Is Del. Lionell Spruill Sr. (D-Chesapeake), a superdelegate who could help decide the Democratic nominee for
president, reconsidering his pledge to support Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton?

"I'm going to look at it again after March 4," Spruill said today, referring to the upcoming primaries in Texas, Ohio, Rhode Island and Vermont. "He's doing well."

Spruill, an African-American who sits on the Democratic National Committee, was an early and vocal Clinton supporter. But there could be growing pressure on Spruill and other Virginia superdelegates to rethink their support for the New York senator after Sen. Barack Obama's convincing win in last Tuesday's primary.

Obama (D-Ill) won Spruill's Tidewater district with 70 percent of the vote. When asked what he meant by "he's doing well," Spruill responded, "no comment" before adding, "March 4."

By Tim Craig  |  February 19, 2008; 11:57 AM ET
Categories:  Election 2008/President , Tim Craig  
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Comments

Wait till you see the Superdelegate commercial !!!

SCENE: Football stadium filled to capacity.Two predominantly African American Colleges.

SOMBER VOICE: Everyone was not always treated equal (pan to Whites only restroom)

Everyone's vote did not always count the same.(Black voters being run away from ballot boxes in the 60s)

Did you know that TODAY in the Democrat Party 1 superdelegate counts more than the vote of everyone at this game?(slowly pan the crowd)

And the superdelegates are not even elected.

Superdelegate? Or Plantation Master?

Our votes will count. Either in or out of the Democrat Party.

And the Democrat Party can COUNT on that.

END

Posted by: JaxMax | February 19, 2008 4:33 PM | Report abuse

Say hello to the tip of the spear. As it becomes more apparent that the supers will not bow to Hillary, she will go after Obama's pledged delegates. Failing that she will push changing the rules re. Florida and Michigan, hire armys of lawyers...you name it. It's not about you, Hillary. Get over yourself.

Posted by: gmundenat | February 19, 2008 4:45 PM | Report abuse

We want to bash the Clintons and their will to win. However, like anything else time will tell. We are beginning to hear about Jesse Jackson calling the 'black' super-delegates and threatening them about winning re-election and supporting one of THEM in his race for the Presidency.

I will always question a 'used car salesman' with the name of Barack Hussein Obama that desires to be President of the United States, especially one that wants me to 'buy a pig in a poke.' Granted he is a graduate of Harvard Law School and tells his followers exactly what they want to hear. New on the scene, little experience.. He as a single individual WILL NOT AND CAN NOT change how the country is run.

The only way to do that is to PURGE all the old political figures on the hill... Anyone that is in office over three terms has to be out for one full term before they can be re-elected. If we have not learned this during the past eight years, then the majority of us have had their heads in the sand.

It is not about the Black Americans getting their share of the pie, not about what one individual can or can not do for American.

We have allowed Bush and the GOP and those on the hill that 'went along' because of doing what needed to be done to get re-elected vs doing what was right for American.

Posted by: Miller51550 | February 19, 2008 4:59 PM | Report abuse

Term limits are a prescription for instability. In addition, you hand over the reins of power to those who are not accountable, the long-term career staff.

How do you hold them accountable?

Posted by: NoVA | February 19, 2008 6:21 PM | Report abuse

I commend Spruill and other super-delegates like him (including Sen. John Lewis) who are rethinking their original support of Clinton and instead are leaning toward pledging their support to the candidate their constituents/the people support - especially in light of Hillary Clinton's recent libelous comments about Barack Obama. When one cannot run on their own merit and has to instead resort to slinging insults and lies, it makes you wonder why anyone would vote for her.

Posted by: wish4uk | February 19, 2008 7:57 PM | Report abuse

I applaud his courage and common sense. It is the only right an honorable thing to do. Just wait until Hillary starts her behind the scenes manipulations.

She does not deserve to be President and she is not ready for day one. My GOD people she can't even manage a campaign that six months ago should have been a slam dunk for her.

How utterly incompetent does she have to be to sink this far, this fast when she had all the money, endorsements, including her former Hubby/President campaigning for her.

She's going to go down in the annals of history as one of the worst campaigners of all time! If she is this incompetent with managing her own campaign, how on Earth are we to think that she can manage our nation.

Writings on the walls Hillary, bow out while you still have some degree of self respect! Well at least in your own mind.

Posted by: hopeful08 | February 19, 2008 8:10 PM | Report abuse

CNN CALLS IT FOR OBAMA!!

GO OBAMA!!

Posted by: Afgooey74 | February 19, 2008 9:23 PM | Report abuse

Hark. Is that a rotund madam I hear clearing her throat in the wings? ~Supracus Delagatae~ ! chanted the three witches into their bubbling cauldron."

-Shakespeare's McClinton

Posted by: PulSamsara | February 20, 2008 11:30 AM | Report abuse

Obama will be our Dear Leader!

Posted by: Anonymous | February 20, 2008 2:25 PM | Report abuse

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