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Obama's Victory: Three Key Endorsements

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Pelosi’s other position was that super delegates – the Democratic elected officials and Party apparatchik whose votes would ultimately decided the nomination – should wait to see which candidate won the pledged delegate count.  By adopting this stance, Pelosi opposed various arguments intended to induce super delegates to flock to the Clinton candidacy.  The first was that Clinton was the inevitable Democratic candidate because she had the most experience and would run better against John McCain.  After February 5th, the Clinton campaign argued she deserved the super delegate vote because she had won the most important states.   Near the end of the competition, the Clinton campaign argued she deserved the super delegate vote because – by Byzantine Clinton calculation – she had won the popular vote.  Ultimately, because of Pelosi’s suasion, none of the Clinton arguments convinced super delegates.  On June 3rd they flocked to Obama.  The hand of Pelosi moved these delegates.


Senator Obama waged an extraordinary campaign, one that will be studied for years to come.  Still, he could not have prevailed without these key endorsements.


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