Washington (AP) With the Barack Obama-Hillary Clinton battle for the democratic presidential nomination continuing, attention is focusing on so-called superdelegates.
They're various party officials, including all democratic governors and members of congress, who are not bound by any primary or caucus votes.
This year, the decision could be up to the superdelegates because neither candidate has a realistic chance of winning enough “pledged” delegates in the remaining primaries and caucuses before the late-august convention. Nearly 450 superdelegates have declared their choices, breaking in Clinton's favor but not by enough to wipe out Obama's overall delegate lead. And they're free to change their minds.
Another 270 or so superdelegates remain undeclared, and scores of them tell the Associated Press they intend to stay that way, at least through next month's Pennsylvania primary.
Some of the delegates say the protracted Obama-Clinton struggle is good for the party, but others are afraid it will damage the eventual winner and help republican John McCain.