Clinton Isn't Losing in NH Delegate Count

'Superdelegates' are back
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 11, 2016 2:33 AM CST
Clinton Isn't Losing in NH Delegate Count
Hillary Clinton, accompanied by former President Bill Clinton and their daughter Chelsea Clinton, moves to the stage at her presidential primary campaign rally on Tuesday in Hooksett, NH.   (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

"Superdelegates"—and their importance to Hillary Clinton—are back in the news for the first time since 2008. Such delegates are Democratic Party insiders free to support any candidate at the convention, and Clinton has the support of six of them in New Hampshire, the Hill reports. That means she's expected to have the same number of delegates from the state as Bernie Sanders, who won 15 delegates to Clinton's nine in his huge New Hampshire primary victory. Two superdelegates are still uncommitted.

It will take 2,382 delegates to win the Democratic nomination, and thanks to superdelegate support, Clinton currently has 342 delegates while Sanders has just 42, according to the AP. Clinton—who debates Sanders in Milwaukee Thursday night—was out of public view on Wednesday as her campaign assessed its next moves, reports CNN, which notes that while a Clinton adviser describes superdelegates as her "only true firewall," she presumably hasn't forgotten how dozens of delegates switched to Obama after he won their districts in 2008. (Read more Hillary Clinton stories.)

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