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Dem Leaders Urging Va. Superdelegates to Back Obama

Steve Fehr

A coalition of Democratic leaders from across Virginia are urging the state's superdelegates to endorse Barack Obama for president.

Obama overwhelmingly won the Virginia primary Feb. 12, taking 64 percent of the Democratic vote. But several of the state's superdelegates have endorsed Hillary Clinton and others, including U.S. Sen. Jim Webb and Democratic Party of Virginia Chairman Richard Cranwell, have not endorsed either.

Thirty-four chairman of local Democratic committees - including those of Fairfax and Arlington counties -- joined with five congressional district chairman to send a strongly worded letter to all 16 superdelegates Monday.

"We have done our homework on the national Democratic delegate math," the letter states. "Our homework tells us that there is no reasonably plausible scenario in which Hillary Clinton can substantially narrow the pledged delegate gap with Barack Obama between now and the end of the presidential primary season. The only way in which Hillary Clinton could secure the Democratic nomination is if you were to overturn the will of both the Commonwealth of Virginia's and the nation's elected pledged delegates."

By Steve Fehr  |  April 7, 2008; 6:04 PM ET
Categories:  Election 2008/President , Sandhya Somashekhar  
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