- Associated Press - Friday, November 13, 2015

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - Hillary Clinton has more support from New Jersey’s superdelegates to the Democratic National Convention than any other party candidate for president.

Six of the state’s superdelegates are backing the former secretary of state. None have publicly backed either Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders or former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley.

But the 10 remaining superdelegates are either uncommitted or have unknown positions.

“I’m sitting back and waiting to see how it plays. There’s a lot of time,” superdelegate Reni Erdos said. “Lots of things happen.”

A closer look at the issue:

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THE METHOD

Superdelegates are delegates to the Democratic National Convention who can support the candidate of their choice, regardless of what happens in the primaries and caucuses. They are members of Congress and other elected officials, party leaders and members of the Democratic National Committee.

With 712 votes at the convention next summer, superdelegates make up about 30 percent of the 2,382 delegates needed to clinch the Democratic nomination.

Associated Press reporters reached out to all 712 superdelegates during the past two weeks, and heard back from more than 80 percent of them. The delegates were asked which candidate they plan to support at the convention next summer. The results showed Clinton in the lead with 359; Sanders with eight; O’Malley with 2. There were also 210 uncommitted.

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THE NEW JERSEY BREAKDOWN

The Clinton supporters among New Jersey’s superdelegates are: Sen. Cory Booker, DNC member Tonio Burgos, Reps. Donald Payne Jr., Bill Pascrell and Bonnie Watson Coleman as well as DNC member Barbra Casbar Siperstein. The uncommitted or unknown superdelegates are DNC members John Currie, Lizette Delgado-Polanco, Reni Erdos, Marcia Marley and George Norcross as well as Sen. Robert Menendez, Reps. Donald Norcross, Frank Pallone and Albio Sires. New Jersey Assemblyman John Wisniewski is also undecided.

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THE DISCUSSION

Clinton’s resume and long experience are why she is getting support, superdelegates say. “I’ll borrow an old cliche,” Siperstein said. “I think she’s got the right stuff for the job and she’s earned her stripes.” Said Watson Coleman when asked the biggest reason she’s supporting Clinton: “Her record. Her experience.” Some of the uncommitted superdelegates were hoping Vice President Joe Biden would run and are holding off announcing support, including Erdos. What does she need to see to make a decision? “I am sure I don’t know,” Erdos said. “It’s the definition of pornography - I’ll know it when I see it.”

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Associated Press reporters Josh Cornfield and David Porter contributed.

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This story has been corrected to show that the contributor’s name is Cornfield, not Cornfied.

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