RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Two-thirds of Virginia’s Democratic superdelegates are publicly backing Hillary Rodham Clinton’s presidential bid, including all of the state’s Democratic congressional delegation.
Gov. Terry McAuliffe, also a superdelegate, is another public Clinton supporter. He has been friends with Clinton for many years and helped manage her unsuccessful 2008 campaign.
Ten out of 15 superdelegates publicly support Clinton in the Democratic primary. Others said they were still undecided or did not return requests for comment.
“Hillary is by far the most qualified of the candidates and will do a very very good job. It’s pretty simple,” said superdelegate Fred Hudson.
Meanwhile, superdelegate Sandra Brandt said she wanted to see a woman in the White House.
Virginia is expected to be a key swing state in the 2016 presidential contest.
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.
Sen. Bernie Sanders: 8.
Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley: 2.
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