- Associated Press - Friday, November 13, 2015

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Half of Utah’s four superdelegates to the Democratic National Convention are already lining up to back Hillary Rodham Clinton in the Democratic presidential race.

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 elected officials, party leaders and members of the Democratic National Committee.

The Associated Press reached out to all 712 superdelegates nationally 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, and 359 of them said they plan to commit to Clinton. Eight said they’ll support Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, two said they’ll support former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley and 210 wouldn’t commit to a candidate.

Here’s how Utah’s four Democratic superdelegates responded:

Wayne Holland, the former chairman of the Utah Democratic Party and current party National Committeeman, said he wants to wait and get a better feel for where Utah Democrats stand on the issue before backing a candidate. Holland said he may hold off from backing any candidate until the state Democratic convention next April. He said he has contributed to Clinton’s campaign, is familiar with O’Malley and thinks Sanders has “an important message.” Holland thinks Clinton is “on a roll right now,” and said “I do believe that in the entire field, both sides, she’s the most qualified to be president,” he said. “You don’t hear anybody say she can’t do the job.”

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Breanne Miller, the vice chair of the Utah Democratic Party, said she supported Clinton in 2008 and at this point, she intends to do the same thing for 2016. But Miller said she hasn’t closed herself off to any other candidates. She said she supports Clinton because ideologically she supports many of the issues that Clinton does and she wants to support women seeking public office. “She’s shown herself to be a leader and capable and intelligent and I think she is the best chance of us having a woman president,” Miller said.

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Peter Corroon said he’s waiting to see which candidate Utah Democrats chose during their March presidential caucus vote because of his role as chair of the state Democratic Party. Corroon said he likes Clinton, Sanders and O’Malley and doesn’t have reservations about any of them.

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Patrice Arent, a Democrat who serves in Utah’s House of Representatives and as a National Committeewoman for the Utah party, said she’s supporting Clinton but she’s impressed with the three Democratic candidates. Clinton is the most qualified because of her experience with domestic and foreign issues and she can work with people on both sides of the aisle, Arent said.

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