2008 Cantwell Caveat: She’s Backing Clinton, But She’ll Vote Based on Pledged Delegates at the Convention
posted by March 25 at 14:50 PMon
U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell, one of Washington’s 17 Democratic superdelegates, isn’t ready to shift her allegiance from Sen. Hillary Clinton to Sen. Barack Obama — yet.
But in an interview with The Columbian’s editorial board Monday, she said the candidate with the most pledged delegates at the end of the primary season in late June will have the strongest claim to the party’s presidential nomination.
“I definitely don’t want the superdelegates to be the deciding factor,” she said.
“If we have a candidate who has the most delegates and the most states,” the Democratic party should come together around that candidate, Cantwell said. The pledged delegate count will be the most important factor, she said, because that is the basis of the nominating process.
UPDATE: I just traded emails with Cantwell spokesperson Ciaran Clayton, who confirms the accuracy The Columbian’s account.