State's "elite" delegates not bound by caucuses
Not all of Washington state's Democratic delegates will be determined by the results of Saturday's caucuses. Washington also has 17 "superdelegates"...
Washington's 17 superdelegates and whom they supportUncommitted State party Chairman Dwight Pelz, Seattle; Vice Chairwoman Eileen Macoll, Pullman;
Democratic National Committee members Ed Cote, Vancouver; Sharon Mast, Bellevue; and David McDonald, Seattle; U.S. Reps. Brian Baird, Vancouver; Rick Larsen, Lake Stevens; and Jim McDermott, Seattle
Clinton King County Executive Ron Sims;
U.S. Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell;
U.S. Reps. Jay Inslee, Bainbridge Island, and Norm Dicks, Bremerton; former House Speaker Tom Foley, Washington, D.C.
Obama Democratic National Committee member Pat Notter, Wenatchee; U.S. Rep. Adam Smith, Tacoma; Gov. Christine Gregoire
Source: The Seattle Times
Not all of Washington state's Democratic delegates will be determined by the results of Saturday's caucuses.
Washington also has 17 "superdelegates" — an elite group that includes all Democratic members of Congress, the governor, party leaders and one-time high-ranking officials such as former House Speaker Tom Foley.
Unlike regular delegates bound by caucus results, superdelegates get to make up their own minds about which candidate to support — and they can change their minds. Just last week, Gov. Christine Gregoire, a superdelegate, threw her support behind Barack Obama.
Two other delegates will be added by party Chairman Dwight Pelz and elected by the party's Election Committee.
In a race that's shaping up as perhaps the closest in decades, the party's 796 superdelegates nationwide — about 20 percent of the total — could play a huge role in choosing the nominee.
Members of the Republican National Committee also serve as automatic delegates to that party's national convention. But they make up less than 5 percent of the party's delegates nationwide.
Three of Washington's 40 delegates are RNC members.
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