Tuesday, June 3, 2008

MONTANA - Democratic superdelegates

U.S. Senators:

Sen. Max Baucus - Obama (Endorsed 6/3/08)

Sen. Jon Tester - Obama (Endorsed 6/3/08)

Democratic Governor:

Gov. Brian Schweitzer - Obama (Endorsed 6/3/08)

National Democratic Seniors Coordinating Council:

John Melcher - Obama (Endorsed 4/2/08)

Democratic National Committee Members:

Margaret Campbell, MT Democratic Party Vice Chair - Obama (Endorsed 6/3/08)

Jean Lemire Dahlman - Obama

Dennis McDonald, MT Democratic Party Chair - Obama (Endorsed 6/3/08)

Ed Tinsley - Obama

"No Endorsement From Montana Superdelegate," - New York Times, 4-7-08


It was fairly evident who Margaret Campbell was leaning toward for the Democratic nomination: The superdelegate, Montana state legislator and vice chair of the state Democratic party had a pancake breakfast with three Obama campaign aides early Sunday (followed soon after by a personal call from Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton).

But Ms. Campbell might have let her enthusiasm get the best of her, when she let slip that she planned to put her superdelegate support behind Senator Barack Obama.

That was a no-no. State party rules prevent its members from endorsing a candidate during a contested primary, and so Ms. Campbell was forced to backpedal on Monday.

“The chair and vice chair are required to maintain their neutrality in primaries,” Ms. Campbell said in a statement released on Monday. “That is my intent.”

Montana has eight superdelegates, and the neutrality rule also applies to another superdelegate, Dennis McDonald, the chair of the party, said Kevin O’Brien, a spokesman.

“Chairman McDonald has said that he’ll wait until at least June 3 until he tips his cowboy hat in any direction,” Mr. O’Brien said, referring to the date of the Montana primary.

State's Total Unpledged Delegate Votes: 8

Primary Results: Obama 57%, Clinton 41%

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