Friday, February 22, 2008

The Truth About Super Delegates and the Barack Obama Spin

Dear Orikinla,

You've probably seen some of the news about the delegates it will take to win the Democratic nomination, including discussions about pledged delegates and automatic delegates, or so-called "super delegates."

There are a number of misconceptions about the role that delegates will play in this election, so we've launched a new website, the Delegate Hub, to help you cut through all the myths about the race for delegates.

The three most important things to remember are:

1) A candidate needs 2208 delegate votes to secure the nomination with Florida and Michigan included.

2) After weeks of voting, the race is a virtual tie, with Hillary and Senator Obama now separated by little over 2% of all the delegates to the Democratic Convention.

3) Both Hillary and Senator Obama will need automatic (super) delegates to win the nomination.

Senator Obama has aggressively courted automatic delegates, while his campaign has simultaneously tried to discount their role in the process.

It's important that we respect the independent judgment of automatic delegates, who have the responsibility of casting a vote for the candidate they believe is best qualified to be president. And we want to make sure that they have a chance to hear from our supporters.

Click here to send a note to local automatic delegates telling them why you support Hillary, and why you think she will be the best leader for our party and our nation.

Forward this email to your friends, family and co-workers to tell them about the Delegate Hub.

Let's get the truth out.

Thank you for everything you are doing to help Hillary win!


Terry McAuliffe

Chairman, Hillary Clinton for President

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